Being Hawai'i's Most Hawaiian Hotel by name means that we are continually striving for our commitment to Po'okela (excellence) in all that we do.
Whereas many hotels may have one cultural adviser, we pride ourselves on having an entire staff dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture.
From GM to our ho'okipa staff we receive cultural training including 'ukulele and hula classes to 'olelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian language) and understanding of our sense of place. Adding to this we also have a team of cultural experts that each have their own specialty Hawaiian subject. Uncle Sam Ako composes songs for the hotel and is sought after by many Hālau and established entertainers to accompany their performances. He brings his wealth of musical knowledge to our staff and guests in his teaching of the 'ukulele and Hawaiian songs. Aunty Malihini, who is known by all of our guests, is talented in all areas of Hawaiian but her main passion is for Hawaiian medicine. One of our many complimentary cultural activities that we offer to the guests is our cultural garden tour, in which Malihini can tell you the medicinal purposes of all Hawaiian plants that grow in abundance around the property.
During Makahiki season the staff are charged with handcrafting their own Hawaiian implements from, traditional weaponary to a fully functioning Hawaiian canoe, Ka'ilila'au.
Our cultural activities are offered daily and include 'olelo Hawai'i, 'ukulele, lei making, hula and many more, providing a cultural exchange to learn and enjoy beyond normal guest activities.
Project Po'okela began in 1986 where the employees were inspired to create our own missions statement: "We at Kā'anapali Beach Hotel recognize the need to enhance our sense of place for the mana of the land, its Hawaiian past, present, and future, because this is the essence of our being the most Hawaiian hotel."
Here we believe that inviting our guests to join us and immerse themselves and their family in our culture that we are perpetuating the authentic Hawaiian message that "Aloha" truly comes from the heart. Once a guest stays with us they become one of our 'ohana (family) this is why we have our Lei Kukui ceremony. Beginning with a traditional oli (chant), the ceremony explains the symbolic significance of our kukui nut leis that we present our guests with. Part of this ceremony is to tell them that at Kā'anapali Beach Hotel we do not say "goodbye" we say "A hui hou" (until we meet again) because once you are 'ohana, our door will always be open to you.