This is Hawaii’s most Hawaiian hotel
Located in West Maui, overlooking Molokai and veranda he is, Kaanapali Beach Hotel recently completed a $ 75 million property-wide revival, or Kealaula. Most notable in the makeover is the new restaurant by the sea, Huihui. Other transformations include accommodation in sections of the hotel with modern Hawaiian avant-garde design as well as a regenerated courtyard, complete with edible and fragrant plants. The oldest planned community in the state has done a remarkable job of upgrading, without losing the charm and character inspired by the history and traditions of the island.
Affectionately dubbed “Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel,” the award-winning Ka’anapali Beach Hotel offers daily cultural classes, which encourage guests to travel deeper to understand what the aloha spirit is. Read on to learn about the new approach as well as learn more about what to do, see and eat while visiting this enchanted destination.
Responsible Stewardship of Hawaiian Culture
After swimming in the ocean and soaking up the sun at famous Kaanapali Beach, a three-mile stretch of pristine sand on the western shores of Maui, treat yourself to an education at Hale Ho’okipa from the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in the lobby or at Hale Huaka’i on the beach. These cultural and adventure-oriented experiences are designed for everyone in your family to enjoy, from walks in the courtyard gardens to guided canoe tours to learning the various Hawaiian instruments.
- Hula: If you’ve been to Hawaii, you’ve probably seen the hula, a form of storytelling, before. Dig deeper and discover how this form of dance preserves culture, language and history.
- ‘Olélo: The Hawaiian language is complex and often difficult to understand. Learn the correct pronunciation of the Hawaiian alphabet as well as some common words and phrases.
- Ma’awe: Through weaving, you will make something with natural fibers that you can take home.
- Lei: There are many ways to make a necklace and now you can not only learn how to make one, but also gain knowledge about the traditional uses and meaning of this recognizable flower necklace.
- Mixed: Now is your chance to learn more about Hawaiian music and ukulele instruments.
- Kilomoana: Learn about the ocean’s resources and its importance to Hawaiian culture through a chat with a surfer, sailor, paddler or fisherman.
- Kapa: Find out how Hawaiian fabric was created and see the plants that have been used.
Modern accommodation with unique touches
Returning guests will be pleasantly surprised by the reimagined Papakū South Wing and Kauhale South East Wing, both of which have undergone a significant transformation with the help of Philpotts interiors. Employee-made makamae shadow boxes with mākau (hooks), lūhe’e (octopus lure), upena (fishing nets) and mea kaua (weapons) offer special sensitivity and a nod to the culture traditional Hawaiian.
A great opening
The property’s new beachfront restaurant, Huihui, capitalizes on the postcard-perfect views the location offers. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Executive Chef Tom Muromoto has created mouth-watering, colorful and delicious Hawaiian dishes. From a hikina bowl with cocoa pudding and chia, granola and fresh fruit for breakfast to a Moloka’i venison burger for lunch with lāwalu fish, which is wrapped in ti leaves similar to those grown on the property, you’ll find plenty of filling dishes to write home about.
Huihui, which means “constellation of stars” or “to join, intertwine, blend” celebrates ancient Hawaiian navigation. And, to that end, outrigger canoes are stored under the restaurant for future sailing academy lessons on Hawaiian travel and orientation for locals and guests.
Dining here goes far beyond the tasty and creative feast and takes you past the spectacular ocean views. You will also enjoy live music and dances performed by local talents.
Pro tip: A plethora of dining (and shopping) options can be found nearby, within walking distance of the hotel, within Whaling Village if you want to venture off the property.
Island activities to explore
Watch the sunrise at the top of Haleakala, the “House of the Sun” is a popular activity on the island of Maui. The Summit District of this national park includes the wilderness of the volcanic crater as well as the scrub on the mountain slopes. Exploring the windswept multicolored ash slope on foot is an experience you won’t soon forget. And, with over 30 miles of hiking trails, there’s plenty to see.
Trek on the Pā Ka’oao, Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands), and Keonehe’ehe’e (Sliding Sands) trails are a great way to spend time in a diverse Mars-like landscape. For a truly remarkable experience, take the time to take a nature hike in Hosmer Grove, where you will walk under fairy circles, full of evergreens and eucalyptus trees. Discover the Leleiwi Overlook, the Kalahaku Overlook and the Halemau’u Trail. Keep an eye out for the rare and endangered plant ‘ahinahina, or Haleakala Silver Sword.
Pro tip: To make the most of your time, join Humble Visits on a small-group adventure that includes the 10,023-foot peak of Haleakala National Park as well as two different trails inside the park. You’ll be in good hands with a gracious hiking guide as you wander through incredible scenery and have lunch at a local sandwich shop.
Another great activity to do while on vacation is snorkeling at Molokini Crater, a small crescent-shaped islet off the southwestern shores of Maui. You will see corals, algae, various species of fish and many nesting birds in this federally owned and protected marine reserve and seabird sanctuary. Practice your pronunciation of Hawaii’s multi-colored state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a, also known as the reef triggerfish.
Pro tip: Meet Red Line Rafting Co. at Kihei Boat Ramp, where you’ll be fitted with snorkel gear before setting off for a 15-minute speedboat ride to the crater. The experienced guides will take you on a great adventure which will definitely be the highlight of your trip.