Sitting pretty under the Maui sun, steps from the golden sands of Ka‘anapali Beach, is Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel – an oceanfront property that blends a tropical holiday with a true Hawaiian experience.
Known as ‘Hawai‘i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel’, Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel embodies the meaning of Hawaiian hospitality (ho‘okipa) and prides itself on perpetuating and sharing Hawaiian culture through daily classes, lessons and traditional experiences.
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In the hotel’s enclosed courtyard, 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens provide a quiet escape from Maui’s crowds, while the Tiki Bar is the best spot to enjoy the hotel’s famous mai tai, poolside. Pair this with nachos or try the world’s first plant-based burger, the Beyond Burger, at the adjacent Tiki Grill. If your stay falls on a Sunday, don’t miss the Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Tiki Terrace restaurant, where you can sip on champagne and feast on breads and pastries, tropical fruit, seafood delights and Hawaiian specialties.
There’s plenty to do at the hotel’s cultural centre, Hale Ho‘okipa, which invites guests to join daily activities that teach you how to hula, speak the native language, play the ‘ukulele, practise ma‘awe (weaving) and much more. For the more action-packed water-based activities, visit the hotel’s water activity centre, Hale Huaka‘i, and sign up for stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling and conch shell blowing to name a few. Oh, and in case you were wondering, there’s no resort fee at this hotel!
For some retail therapy, stroll five minutes along the picturesque beach walk to Whaler’s Village, an outdoor beachside mall, and shop to your heart’s content.
Traditional Hawaiian experiences
A Hawaiian holiday calls for a traditional Hawaiian experience, like a tour out to sea on a wa‘a – a six-person outrigger canoe – paddling out just like the original Polynesian voyagers did when they first arrived in Hawai‘i. Looking back at the majestic West Maui Mountains from the ocean, you’ll learn about the spiritual and cultural significance of the canoe for the Hawaiian people, and their connection to the ocean and living sustainably. If you only have time for one Hawaiian adventure while at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, make it this one.