Experience Ka’anapali, where the world comes to play
SPONSORED — There are so many tropical vacation options that choosing may be overwhelming. To make your trip to paradise spectacular, look for what sets a place apart. Beaches are a must, along with plenty of activity options and privacy.
Luckily, there is a place that checks all the boxes – Hawai’i’s first master-planned resort, Kā‘anapali Beach Resort, offers three miles of quiet, contained beaches along Maui’s western shores. Here are the treasures you’ll uncover when you visit.
A culinary hotspot
From wine tastings to cooking events, your palate will love Kā‘anapali Beach Resort. If you’re visiting in October, check out the Hawai’i Food and Wine Festival, highlighting chefs and cooking personalities from around the country.
Kā‘anapali chefs steal the spotlight with signature dining experiences and friendly cooking competitions. You’ll taste authentic regional cuisine with a combination of Polynesian and Asian flavors. Count on fresh creations with a year-round growing season that yields ingredients from mountain to sea.
A quick hop to Lāhainā
Kā‘anapali is a five-minute drive from Lāhainā, a former whaling town and capital of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i from 1820 to 1845. Explore seaside Front Street with ocean breezes and colorful shops. You can marvel at the largest banyan tree in Hawai‘i near Lāhainā Harbor.
Getting to West Maui from Kahului Airport is also easy, thanks to a new access road on Honoapi‘ilani Highway. A free shuttle runs between the resorts and Lāhainā.
Whales, whales, whales
During the “Golden Era of Whaling” from 1825 to 1860, Hawai‘i was known as the whaling capital of the Pacific. Whaling ships anchored in Honolulu and Lāhainā, shaping the local economy. You can learn more with a tour of the Lahaina Heritage Museum.
Hunted almost to extinction, humpback whales have made a return. Every year, they travel up to 5,000 miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska to breed and give birth in the warm waters of the ‘Au‘au Channel between Maui and Lāna‘i—a marine sanctuary. The ocean off Kā‘anapali comes alive with tail slaps, flukes and breaches from December through April.
With the islands of Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i as a backdrop, whale watching in Kā‘anapali is as easy as walking out on your lanai. For a closer look, you can take a tour leaving from the beach, even combining it with sailing, snorkeling, and sunset cocktails.
Maui beaches offer lessons in surfing, standup paddle boarding, sailing on a catamaran, and snorkeling. Green sea turtles, butterfly fish, parrotfish, tangs, eels and triggerfish thrive along the underwater lava rock ledge of Pu‘u Keka‘a—or Black Rock.
On land, you can go beachfront shopping at Whalers Village’s 90 shops and restaurants. The three-level, open-air venue offers high-end stores and whimsical boutiques.
Golfers can head to scenic Kā‘anapali Golf Courses, which offers two 18-hole courses, a practice range and two putting greens for all levels—and it recently became the first Maui course to offer FootGolf.
A royal history
Kā‘anapali is steeped in history. The golf greens were the battleground for warrior chiefs fighting for supremacy of the islands. The beaches and gardens were a retreat for the ali‘i, Hawai‘i’s kings and queens. The land flourished with sugar cane and taro.
There’s a moment before sundown when the deep note of the conch sounds, and all heads turn toward Pu‘u Keka‘a, a sacred spot where the soul leaps into eternity. The Sheraton hosts a nightly cliff-diving ceremony and, as your day closes, you’ll witness this tribute to history that remains rooted in the island and its people.
Visit KaanapaliResort.com to learn more and book your stay.
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