Hawaiian Culture

As “Hawaiʻi's Most Hawaiian Hotel” we take immense pride in nurturing and perpetuating the rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands.

From hotel management to our hoʻokipa (hospitality) staff we receive a wealth of cultural training, including ʻukulele and hula classes, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) lessons and a deep understanding of our islands’ history and sense of place.

We also boast not one, but a team of cultural experts who specialize in a wide range of Hawaiian subjects. Aunty Malihini—who is well known and loved by our hotel guests—has an extensive knowledge of Polynesian culture and specializes in her passion, Hawaiian medicine. As one of our many complimentary activities, we invite guests to take a cultural garden tour with Aunty Malihini, who will guide you through the medicinal properties of all the Hawaiian plants that grow in abundance across our 11 acres of lush hotel grounds. 

Every year, we host Hula O Nā Keiki, a children’s solo hula competition, designed to educate our keiki (children) in the ways of our ancestors. Our Maui hotel also showcases free hula and Hawaiian music performances nightly, plus a range of daily cultural activities, including ʻōlelo Hawai'i, ʻukulele lessons, lei making, hula and much more.

We look forward to sharing our knowledge and island hospitality with you at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, where you can experience Hawaiian culture and aloha at its best.

Makahiki Season

Makahiki, the annual festive season starting with the appearance of Pleiades over Hawaiian skies and its disappearance 4 months later, was dedicated to the god Lono. In ancient times, all unnecessary work stopped, war was forbidden and temple services were suspended. The people paid their taxes to their chiefs in the form of handicrafts and garden products and were then free to play and dance.

Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel observes this Hawaiian custom by committing to one cultural focus during the entire season. In the past years, the staff of Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel were charged with handcrafting their own Hawaiian implements, from traditional weaponry to a fully functioning Hawaiian waʻa (canoe), Kaʻililaʻāu.  

Please enjoy 2017 Makahiki Closing Ceremony video:

2018 Makahiki 

From November 2017 to March 2018, each department cultivates native plants on property from seed to seedlings. When the season closes, these plants will be transferred to Mauna Kahalawai (West Maui Mountains) to propagate the beginnings of a new forest, perhaps to be fully enjoyed by their future great grandchildren.

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