Kaanapali in my opinion was the best area to be as far as beaches and hotels. We stayed at the Sheraton Black Rock, which sits on the edge of a black rock cliff where nightly cliff diving is a ritual. There are many hotels along this strip of beach, all beautiful. I especially liked this one for the layout and rooms, as well as the open air dining and beach location. Snorkeling here is outstanding, although I did get stung numerous times by jellyfish, and man-o-war were out too, so beware! But you did get to see schools of vibrant fish and sea turtles that swam right beneath you. The beaches here are white and sandy and the sunset going down over Lanaii is beautiful. I also liked being within walking distance of Front Street, which had many shops and restaurants for evening fun. In late afternoon, many casual restaurants/bars had great drink specials for only a couple of bucks.