Maui Newsletter: December 2020

Ka’anapali Resort Christmas

Ka'anapali Resort Christmas
The end of the year in Ka’anapali is probably similar to yours with holiday decorations, charitable giving, exchanging greetings and way too many delicious cookies. And did you see the photo of the Ka’anapali Resort Christmas tree? One of the best, ever!

Yes, 2020 has been quite a roller coaster ride, hasn’t it?

But there’s always good news and here is ours to share with you:

One concept that seems to be the foundation of all beliefs, all cultures about the holiday season is the idea of HOPE. And friends, we once again have reasons to be hopeful. As we creatively find ways to celebrate and share in this crazy “distanced” world, we are inspired to do it safely because there is an end in sight. We’ll have patience, because we know this is temporary. There’s that bright star of hope, right up there, shining on us all.

We are so looking forward to spending real time with our friends and visitors and yes – it will happen! The Hawaiian word for moving forward is “Imua.” Today we raise a glass in appreciation of many things – of the island, the beauty, the culture and to you, our friends. We wish you the best of holidays and remember…


Kaanapali Luxury Living Maui Newsletter December Market 2020
Kaanapali Luxury Living Maui Newsletter December Market 2020

Tropical Hawaiian Snowballs (Hawaiian Style Russian Tea Cookies)

  • 2 cups butter, unsalted
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1⁄2 cups macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted, for rolling
Ka'anapali Resort Christmas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 5 cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and vanilla and coconut extracts.

Sift together the flour and the salt.

Slowly add to the butter mixture.

Add nuts. Mix until blended well.

Roll into small, bite sized balls. (about 3/4 of an ounce or 2 tablespoons). I like to use a small #40 portion disher (small, 3/4 ounce sized, ice cream scoop) and place 1-inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until slightly golden.

While still warm, (not hot, not cold) roll through powdered sugar.

Keeps about a week (but they won’t be around that long) in an air-tight container.

Tropical Hawaiian Snowballs Recipe from