Kaanapali resorts invite guests to embrace local culture

When you go to a location like Hawaii, you typically decide on up a profound feeling of peace, rest, and achievement. Maybe you go snorkeling, choose a hike, stand on a surfboard. Perhaps you consume starfruit and mango every morning and check out the sunset each individual night. 

As a vacationer, you get a ton from Hawaii, but how effectively do you actually know the society, the traditions, the place? How do you give back again and display appreciation?

Mastering much more about the region does not have to entail textbooks or lectures. It can be as straightforward as comprehension the importance of a name or ceremony. Below are a couple of approaches resorts are creating it a lot easier for friends to construct these connections. 


Oralani Koa, the manager of Hawaiian programing at the Westin Maui Vacation resort and Spa, Kaanapali, suggests that naming the resort’s towers was her most loved component of their new renovation. Prior to proposing a name, Koa, who has a diploma in Hawaiian language, invested some time investigating the record and the function of the land by hunting by aged maps, books and articles.

In her exploration, Koa found that the to start with tower was suitable in alignment with the North Star. So they selected to identify it Hokupaa which usually means north star.

“When we name anything in Hawaiian, we consider the spot requires on regardless of what the title implies,” Koa claims. “Once you discuss the title, the essence of that identify is presented. Hokupaa also has a deeper this means that says we all reside less than the same sky. Our hope is that our friends will depart us superior than when they arrived and that in the long term they can glance up at the north star and remember all the excellent recollections they built when on vacation.”


Puu Kekaa is a sacred web page where by the lava flows down the hillside around 300 feet to the ocean. In the earlier, locals believed this was a area in which a soul could leap into eternity and their ancestral spirit land.

There are sites like this all over Hawaii, but this one was thought to be much too unsafe for any person to bounce. That is till Main Kahekili, who dominated from 1749 to 1794, manufactured the leap and grew to become the “King of the Spirit Leap,” earning a wonderful deal of respect and admiration.

To fork out homage to this sacred website, every single night time the Sheraton Maui Vacation resort and Spa invitations a youthful warrior to mild the torches, tell Kahekili’s tale, say a blessing, and dive into the surf underneath.

The Westin Maui Resort and Spa also hosts an night ceremony. “Chase the Sunset” consists of lighting torches and ingesting a shot to wellness. When the solar is just about past the horizon, hotel workers move out pictures that are produced in partnership with a neighborhood kombucha producer. The elements are great for you and reflect the color of the sunset with turmeric, hibiscus and ginger.

At the Kaanapali Seashore Lodge, Kongbay Moua, the promoting supervisor, claims their team hosts a farewell ceremony in which just about every visitor is taught how to properly string a kukui nut to their lei. They contemplate it a “welcome to the family” celebration and invite the guest to appear back yet again and to convey their lei and insert a different kukui.  

(Kaanapali Beach Hotel)


Moua also operates to carry in cultural practitioners from the local community who exhibit and educate neighborhood skills and crafts like hula, weaving and plant information. And they arrange an yearly weaving meeting and children’s hula competitors, that deliver in people from all in excess of the islands to share knowledge, instruct just about every other and assist perpetuate the conventional arts. 


In an exertion to care for the surroundings in a tangible way, and in collaboration with nearby surfers and watermen (people who are perfectly-versed in the ocean and who can fish, paddle, canoe and understand currents) the Westin Maui Vacation resort and Spa designed the Waterman Software.

“We developed this plan to join with nonprofits and advocate for and clean up our surroundings,” Koa suggests. “Once a month with each other with our visitors, we take old pillow instances to use as rubbish baggage and wander up and down the seaside gathering litter. Mainly because a waterman is someone who normally takes treatment of the land in all its sides.”

Kaanapali Beach Resort is a absolutely self-contained family vacation vacation spot on a three-mile stretch of beach front. Irrespective of whether you want a romantic getaway or a enjoyable family holiday vacation, you will hardly ever be at a reduction for a thing enjoyable to do in Kaanapali.