Things to Do in Kāʻanapali
“Hawaiʻi's Most Hawaiian Hotel” is home to Hale Hoʻokipa (House of Hospitality) with a team of cultural advisors, who are dedicated to offering authentic cultural experiences through a range of complimentary family-friendly daily cultural activities, including hula, ʻukulele, and Hawaiian language lessons, lei making, garden walks and more. You can also enjoy free live Hawaiian entertainment nightly and experience fun beach and ocean activities at Hale Huakaʻi, the hotel’s Ocean Activities Center! For any island activities outside of the hotel, our ʻAlihilani Guest Services will be more than happy to recommend the best activity for you and your family with the best offer of Maui.
Kāʻanapali Beach was ranked No. 2 in the Top 25 Beaches in the United States in the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards. Only the best hotels, destinations and beaches receive this prestigious accolade and with its miles of golden sand and pristine water, it’s no wonder that Kāʻanapali Beach grabbed second spot. Better yet, this beautiful Maui beach is just steps from our hotel!
Puʻu Kekaʻa (Black Rock)
Black Rock, also known as Puʻu Kekaʻa, was once revered as a place where the spirits would leap from this world to the next. Today, Puʻu Kekaʻa is known as a popular destination with many exciting things to do. It is an exceptional West Maui snorkeling destination with clear water, colorful reefs and exotic sea creatures, plus cliff jumping, Stand-up Paddle Boarding and more. From December to May, humpback whales travel to the protected waters of Kā'anapali, making it one of the top whale-watching destinations in the world.
Whalers Village Shopping Center & Museum
Set beachfront in the center of Kāʻanapali Beach Resort and just a short stroll away from our hotel, Whalers Village is a shopper's paradise. Its 90 stores feature Maui's best assortment of art galleries, high-end fashion, surf wear and jewelry, not to mention oceanfront restaurants, coffee shops and casual dining options. The Whalers Village Museum also shares the history of Hawaiʻi's whaling past and houses the world's largest collection of whaling memorabilia.
Favored by Hawaiʻi's royalty for its climate, location and surfing, Lahaina has something for everyone. Familiarize yourself with the quaint Maui town by taking a walk down Front Street, where you can enjoy stunning sunset and ocean views, while visiting shops, art galleries and restaurants. At Lahaina Harbor you’ll find Maui whale watching (seasonal, from Dec to May) tours, snorkeling trips, surf lessons and fishing charters. You can also walk the Historical Trail, mapping Lahaina’s historical sites and ending at Banyan Tree Park, home to the second-largest Banyan tree in the world! On weekends and holidays the 145-year-old tree also offers the perfect opportunity for souvenir buying, with arts and craft fairs held from 9AM-5PM.
Kahekili Beach Park
Kahekili Beach Park is located on the most northerly end of Kāʻanapali Beach Resort. Nicknamed “Airport Beach” as it was the former location of a small airport, this serene and uncrowded beach offers soft sand, a beautiful reef and crystal clear waters, making it a favorite among divers, swimmers and snorkelers. Green sea turtles are known to frequent the waters here and during whale season, it’s an ideal spot to whale watch from the shore. Kahekili Beach Park is family friendly and features showers, picnic tables, restrooms and barbecue grills.
Kāʻanapali Beach Resort is home to 36 holes of world-class golf. The Kāʻanapali Royal Golf Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., has hosted Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, the World Cup, LPGA Kemper Open, Champions Tour and the Champions Tour Skins Game. At 6,700 yards, this Par 71 course offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the West Maui Mountains.
The Kāʻanapali Kai Course was designed by Arthur Jack Synder in 1976 and was renovated by Robin Nelson in 2005. This beautifully landscaped 6,400 yard, Par 70 course hosted the Golf Channel’s “Big Break Kāʻanapali” and boasts incredible scenic views. Suitable for golfers of all levels, professional golf instruction is available.