Located on breathtaking Kāʻanapali Beach and recognized as ‘Hawai’i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel’, Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel is the place to stay for a truly Hawaiian culture vacation.
From land to sea, the Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel boasts an array of activities influenced by Hawaiian heritage. Beyond their stunning refurbished bedrooms are a variety of daily complimentary activities from learning the mele (‘ukulele), to hula (dance), and even brushing up on ‘ōlelo (Hawaiian language). All taught by local cultural experts, who are native to the islands. Classes start with a mo’olelo (story) that relates to your activity of choice before you dive in with hands-on immersion into the wonders of Hawai’i.
Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel continues to enrich its guests beyond culture. Its natural surroundings are also on show. Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean on a canoe tour guided by traditional experienced watermen. Jump into a waʻa kaukahi (six-person single-hull outrigger canoe) and take to the waters with alaka’i (leaders) who will also share their knowledge of the ocean and its temperaments. It’s an experience to see a side of Hawaiian life from a whole new watery angle.
At the end of each day, retreat to the luxury of guest rooms that are infused with modern design elements while retaining a strong sense of Hawaiian culture. Each room features makamae shadow boxes of kīholo (shark hook), lūhe‘e (octopus lure), and ‘upena (fishing net). The makamae match the themes of the building, all of which come together to tell a story of Hawai’i.
Before you leave, take part in a departure ceremony to receive a signature kukui nut lei. Not only does the lei have much symbolic meaning, but it also acts as a reminder of your stay at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel where you’ll arrive as a guest but leave a part of the hotel’s ‘ohana (family).
This article was produced in partnership with Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel. www.kbhmaui.com