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Escape from the world in this resort community

Situated on Maui’s West Shore, Ka’anapali is Hawaii’s first planned resort. Before it was a resort community, however, Ka’anapali served as a retreat for the royalty of Maui. The origins of the resort community date back to the early 1960s, where it was deemed the perfect place for a resort community. After all, visitors could experience the sun, sand, and surf of Maui and play golf and partake in other leisurely activities. It didn’t take long for Ka'anapali resort to become a model for resorts across the globe. This renowned beach is composed of five hotels and six condominium villages. 
Today, Ka’anapali is known for its idyllic yet lively ambiance. It features three miles of white sand beaches and stunningly clear water, a captivating sight. From famous attractions to scenic views, it’s easy to comprehend why Ka’anapali is a popular getaway for the world.

What to Love 

  • Spend the afternoon at Black Rock Beach 
  • Enjoying a refined meal at Leilani’s on the Beach
  • Pursuing local festivals, such as the Maui Onion Festival

Local Lifestyle 

Ka'anapali has a population of approximately 930 residents, making it one of the smallest towns on the west side of Maui. However, thanks to the numerous resorts here, the town has plenty to see and do. Residents and visitors alike adore Ka’anapali for the beautiful Pacific Ocean and outer island views, whale watching from the shoreline, and easy access to a variety of restaurants, bars, nightlife, and shopping.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment 

Enjoy an upscale dining experience at Leilani’s on the Beach, which specializes in award-winning Hawaii regional cuisine. The menu boasts fresh fish that’s delivered daily, and all-natural cuts of meat prepared island style. 
Spend the afternoon shopping at Whalers Village. This eclectic beachside shopping mall offers many boutiques, restaurants, hula lessons, and other activities. From Louis Vuitton to Keani Hawai’i, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the best brands and one-of-a-kind specialty retailers. After you’ve exhausted yourself shopping, you can grab a bite to eat from one of the many restaurant options available here.

Considering its history as a resort community, it’s no surprise that Ka’anapali still boasts some of the best resorts on the entire island. If you’re looking to enjoy a relaxing getaway, book a weekend at one of the many resorts located here. Choose from Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Royal Lahaina Resort, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

Things to Do 

You’ll never be at a loss for something fun to do in Ka’anapali. Beach activities may be at the top of the list, but this idyllic community has plenty of other adventures to enjoy. Get some tee time at Kaanapali Golf Courses, home to 36 holes and incredible Maui views. As you journey through the Royal Course, notice the historical plaques on each tee. 
When it comes to beaches, Ka’anapali will exceed your expectations. Black Rock Beach is a popular beach known for its white sand and landmark lava. You can spend a sunny afternoon snorkeling, cliff diving, or simply soaking up the sunshine on the beach. Ka’anapali Beach features resorts, eateries, and shopping, plus a scenic beachwalk. Meanwhile, Kahekili Beach Walk features a covered picnic pavilion and barbecue grills, making it the perfect place to enjoy a meal by the water. 

Be sure to check out Ka'anapali’s many festivals and events, starting with the Maui Onion Festival. Taking place at Whalers Village, this festival has been a part of the community since 1990. Today, it brings thousands of visitors and residents together every year to learn more about Maui’s most famous agricultural crop.
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