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. 

During Makahiki season the staff of Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel are charged with handcrafting their own Hawaiian implements, from traditional weaponry to a fully functioning Hawaiian waʻa (canoe), Kaʻililaʻāu.

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.


Please enjoy 2017 Makahiki Closing Ceremony video:

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