It’s older and less high-tech than its upscale neighbors, but the Kaanapali Beach Hotel has an irresistible local style and a real Hawaiian warmth that’s missing from many other Maui properties. Depending on your taste, you’ll find this property’s giant carved tikis, whale-shaped pool, and somewhat dated decor kitschy or refreshingly unpretentious. Instead of African parrots and Asian artwork, the lobby is adorned with traditional Hawaiian hula implements and weapons—many created by the staff during their annual Makahiki celebration. Three low-rise buildings border Kaanapali Beach; the beachfront units are mere steps from the water. The large-ish, motel-like rooms are decorated with wicker and rattan furniture, historic photos, and Hawaiian-style bedspreads. Hula and live music create a festive atmosphere every night in the courtyard. During the day, the expert watermen and women at Hale Huaka[‘]i (the resort’s water activity center) will teach you surf or paddle. Dry off and head to Hale Ho'okipa, the new cultural center, to practice throwing a fish net or playing the bamboo nose flute. The staff serenades you during a morning welcome reception and a farewell lei ceremony. Note: This is the rare hotel that permits smoking—but only on the lanais of designated rooms, about 40, all on the 6th (top) floor of its Lanai and Kauai wings, and only when sliding doors to the rooms are shut.