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Ka’anapali Beach, HI; History & Things to Do Such as Whale Watching, Sunset Sailing Tours & More
Do you dream of white sand, rolling aquamarine surf, and tranquil strolls under a blue tinged moon? Ka’anapali Beach located on the Island of Maui, HI could be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to a restful vacation with modern amenities. Ka’panapali Beach is best known for its pristine white sandy beaches, excellent swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving activities, sea turtles and sea life, sunset views and whale watching, walking trails, nightly cliff diving ceremonies, shopping, restaurants, and five star resorts. One of the most beautiful beaches in West Maui is Ka’anapali’s Black Rock Beach which is famous for its cliff jumping, scenic walks, and snorkeling adventures among the abundant coral, bright colored tropical fish, and graceful sea turtles.
History of Ka’anapali Beach, HI
Ka’anapali Beach was once home to the native Hawaiians and many legends and notable historical events took place along one of Hawaii’s longest shorelines. One of the most famous landmarks is Black Rock (Pu’u Keka’a) which many ancients believed to be a sacred place where the souls of the dying would leap from their physical state into a spirit one. One of Maui’s most famous chiefs, Chief Kahekili who excelled at cliff diving challenged the spirits by leaping of off black rock and into the sea below. Today, at sunset a local diver from a nearby resort will reenact Chief Kahekili’s leap of bravery by gracefully diving from the rocks into the ocean below. The Hawaiian villages at Ka’anapali gradually disappeared as outsiders settled upon the land and built plantations. The area just north of Black Rock became home to the immigrant families who went to work for the sugar industries. Further to the south of Black Rock once stood a racetrack that was not only popular with plantation owners and their workers but also with Hawaiian royalty. The track was a thriving hub of activity until the end of World War I. By World War II, industrial operations and railroads were moved to other areas on the island and for almost two decades, Ka’anapali became a ghost town.
Things to Do in Ka’anapali Beach During Day & at Night
Whalers Village Mall is your premium one-stop-shopping experience located just off the beach in Kaanapali. With more than 90 stores available, you will be certain to find the perfect gift for that special someone. The center stage found within the mall offers hula lessons during the day and performances of Polynesian dance in the evening. Don’t miss the Whalers Village Museum which offers daily talks about humpback whales and exhibits on the whale hunting which was a popular industry in early 19th century. Ka’anapali is also renowned for its golf resorts which are home to national golf tournaments such as the Champions tour Ka’anapali Classic. The Ka’anapali Golf Resort offers 1,200 acres of pristine courses with imposing mountain and ocean views. The resort also boasts a fully equipped pro shop and golf rentals.
Sailing Tours & Charters in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai, & West Maui, Hawaii
Visitors to Ka’anapali can take advantage of the sunny climate by enjoying a variety of water activities including snorkeling, scuba, sunset sailing tours, deep sea fishing and more. Morning and afternoon whale watching tours are also available through Gemini Sailing Tours throughout the year. Contact us for more info today!