Maui plays host to the International Festival of Canoes

This two-week program dedicated to cultural revival brings master carvers and canoe-makers from all over the Pacific. These native artisans create canoes, carry them through Lahaina town in a big parade, and demonstrate traditional skills such as surfboard shaping, drum carving, and house thatching. (808) 667–9175.

This traditional May event can only be witnessed on the Island of Maui.  The Kaanapali Alii is perfectly situated to enjoy all of the events and activities that make Maui a special place for your next Hawaii vacation.


Kaanapali Alii Hosted Stay

Thank you so much for the beautiful and very thoughtful basket we found in the room on our arrival at the Kaanapali Alii for our stay April 22-24th. My wife and I found it to be most enjoyable and it complemented the fabulous accommodations perfectly. Mahalo for your generosity and we look forward to coming back for another visit in the future.


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Wa’a Kiakahi is a special event that you have to see!


Ka’anapali Beach Resort on Maui is hosting the Wa’a Kiakahi canoe-sailing event May 29-31.

Waa Kiakahi, which is open to the public, perpetuates the ancient sport and culture of Hawaiian canoe sailing.

The schedule of activities includes:

Friday, May 29, 3 p.m. Traditional Hawaiian welcome for 10 participating crews.

Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Complimentary Hawaiian sailing canoe rides. Crew members will be on hand throughout the day.  The public is welcome to meet the crews and learn more about this ancient form of Hawaiian canoe sailing.

Sunday, May 31, 8 a.m. Traditional Hawaiian farewell ceremony for the crews before the teams race from Kaanapali to Molokai.

If you are already headed to Maui, and staying at the Kaanapali Alii, you will want to experience this event.  If you are thinking about a Maui trip, now is the time to book your trip and make sure that your trip itinerary includes some time watching this special form of Hawaiian culture.