We are traveling to Maui, August 12-21, family of 5, including two 15 year old girls and 11 year old boy. We'd like to be on or very near the beach, and we are especially interested in snorkeling. We've been to the Big Island but never to Maui. It seems that West Maui may be best for us, but trying to narrow locations, acknowledging that we're fairly late in planning this trip and many locations are booked. I've reviewed the Top Questions good rental agencies thread, looked at most of those agencies as well as AirBnB and VRBO. Our budget can go up to about $500 per night if necessary (given late planning and our priorities). We'd prefer not to be in too large a high rise if possible.
It seems that the Kaanapali area might be best suited to our needs, but limited availability. Puamana seems to have some nice options, but we need to know more about the area. Many areas above Kaanapali seem lovely but seem to have little or no actual beach, though lovely surf and view.
I've tried to provide as much info as possible, but no doubt I've omitted something. Please don't limit advice to areas mentioned, I don't know much, that's why I'm asking, and I'd welcome the advice of the experienced experts who kindly monitor these forums. Thanks!