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Celebrate Halloween in Maui: A Look at Ancient Superstitions

Halloween is an exciting time in Maui: Everyone joins in on the fun, and walking down Front Street in Lahaina Town is a real celebration. In fact, Halloween is one of the biggest celebrations in Maui! If you’re staying at Kaanapali Alii, joining in on the fun is easy. To prepare to celebrate Halloween in Maui, here is a look at some of the ancient superstitions in the area.

Ancient Superstitions of Hawaii

We’ve all heard the superstition that you’ll have seven years of bad luck if you break a mirror, or that seeing a black cat is a prophesy of upcoming doom. But, there are likely a few Hawaiian superstitions that you haven’t heard. Here are a few to get you in a creepy mood for Halloween:

  • Don’t Whistle at Night: If you dare to whistle at night, you might just accidentally summon the huakai po, (which translates to night marchers). These terrifying specters are the ghosts of ancient Hawaiian warriors. If you happen to hear drums beating in the distance, you’d better get out of there fast – the drums signal the path of the huakai po.
  • Bring Berry Offerings: When you hike a volcano in Hawaii, it is wise to bring an offering of ohelo berries to Pele in order to rightfully proceed.
  • Arrange Chopsticks Carefully: When eating rice with chopsticks, do not leave them standing straight up in the bowl! This is how rice is offered to the dead, and doing so will bring you bad luck).
  • Sleep Away from Windows: When sleeping, don’t sleep with your head by the window, you might get your head chopped off by a demon! You must also avoid sleeping with your feet to the door – doing so can result in being dragged off by a night marcher, or you could lose your way when your soul leaves your body at night.
  • Don’t Get Cursed: Don’t take any sand or rocks from Hawaii or Maui: If you do, the fire goddess Pele will curse you, and you’ll experience bad luck until you return it.
  • Speaking of Pele: If you see an old woman on the side of the road, or an old woman wearing a white cape, offer her a ride and food and drink. The goddess Pele often shape-shifts into the form of an old woman.
  • Visits from the Dead: If you suddenly are overwhelmed by the sweet scent of flowers, don’t panic: It means a deceased family member is visiting you. Also, if you spot a black moth – definitely don’t kill it. This is your deceased loved one paying a visit.

Celebrate Halloween in Maui at Kaanapali Alii

When you stay at Kaanapali Alii, you have easy access to Front Street, which is the center of the celebrations. These spooky superstitions will have you looking over your shoulder all night! Remember to have a great time as you celebrate Halloween in Maui!


Kaanapali Beach #1 US Beach According to TripAdvisor


Kaanapali Alii proudly announces Kaanapali Beach is #1 in the US according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Beaches awards.


The Travelers’ Choice Beaches awards honor top beach spots around the world, based entirely on the reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. In total, 276 winning beaches were named across Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, the U.S. and more.


We have always known that Kaanapali Alii is located on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach’s golden sands. But now travelers have confirmed it. Kaanapali Alii is definitely the #1 Beach in the US!


“The Travelers’ Choice Beaches winners have joined an elite list of destinations that are enjoyed and appreciated by a large community of travelers,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “This award is a great honor for the local tourism industry and reflects the destination’s great charm and appeal.”


The complete list of 2013 Travelers’ Choice Beaches can be found at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches


Celebrate Japanese Obon this Weekend

Obon is the Japanse Buddist tradition that sets aside a time to honor family and loved ones who have passed away.

Traditionally celebrated in the summer, Obon is a holiday during which family members return to their ancestral homes to visit and pay respects.

Over the past five hundred years, Obon has evolved into a social and cultural event.  Celebrations are happy and joyous occasions and include the dance of Ben Odori, which symbolizes and celebrates the sacrificies the ancestors have made on our behalf.  It is said that during the dance, the spririts of the dead dance among us.

Visitors and tourists are welcome and encouraged to participate.   Join the Wailuku Hongwanji Mission this Friday or Saturday nights at 7:00 PM to experience Obon for yourself.

Wailuku Hongwanji Mission
1828 Vineyard St
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793


Awaken Your Senses & Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body & Spirit

First Light – E ala e!


We invite you to join us in experiencing the First Light of the New Year in a Hawaiian Sea-water Cleansing, also known as Hi’uwai.

Hi’uwai means to cleanse in sea water.  In ancient Hawaii, the bath between midnight and morning was regarded as a ceremony of purification.  It was a symbol of cleansing all impurities of the past year.  Since salt water was regarded as the water of purification, everyone who could – went to the sea to bathe.  The ritual of purification involves wading silently into the tranquil sea while releasing problems, stress or grief.

Take this opportunity to participate in this hi’uwai to promote inner and spiritual peace in oneself and create a new wellness.  Awaken your senses and rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.

When:     Saturday, January 1, 2012
Where:   On the beach in front of Kaanapali Alii
Time:      6:30am – Hi’uwai will begin promptly.

What to bring:

  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Warm clothing
  • Open mind and heart

E ala e!
E ala e, ka la i ka hikina
I ka moana, ka moana hohonu
Pi`i i ka lewa, ka lewa nu`u
I ka hikina, aia a ka la, e ala e!

First Light!
Rise up the sun is in the east
In the ocean, the deep ocean
Climbs to the heavens, the great height of the heavens
In the east, there is the sun, rise up!


Travel Tip – How To Cut A Pineapple

Whether you are visiting Hawaii or not, it’s always nice to know how to cut a pineapple.  Since there are so many ways to cut a pineapple, we thought we would share one of them with you.  In this short video by Chef Todd Mohr you will learn how easy it is to cut a pineapple for a simple table display.  Enjoy!



Couture Comes to Maui

Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) brings couture to Maui with “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion” Exhibition and Couture Hawaii Fashion Show.

Alfred Shaheen's Monstera

The Couture Hawaii Fashion Show on Saturday, September  3, 2011 will feature the latest collection of aloha wear and couture fashions from well-known Hawaii Designers, including Anne Namba from Oahu, Maggie Coulombe from Maui, Bernard Foong of Honolulu and more.  The University of Hawaii – Maui College’s Couture Club student collection will also be shown.  Pre-show activities include displays from vendors of fashion and accessories made in Hawaii as well as catered appetizers, cocktails and DJ dance music.  Fashion show will be held at the Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard from 6pm to 8pm.  Tickets are $35 for general admission and $100 for the VIP package.  For tickets, call the MACC Box Office at (808) 242-7469 or visit MauiArts.org.

Alfred Shaheen's Pua Nani
September 4th through October 29th, 2011 you can view “Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion” exhibit at the Schaefer International Gallery.  This traveling exhibition organized by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is the first major retrospective of Hawaii’s textiles and aloha wear manufactured by Alfred Shaheen on the island of Oahu, 1950s-1970s.

Alfred Shaheen's Spear Fishermen Shirt

Spanning Alfred Shaheen’s 40-year career, the exhibit features a stunning collection of the garments that capture the island style and cultural history of Hawaii.  Shaheen pioneered a silk-screening method, professionally trained his City of Craftsmen, and mined the visual iconography of Hawaii’s mutli-ethnic community to create a new design aesthetic.  Exhibit open Wednesday – Sunday from 11am – 5pm.  Admission is free.  For more information about the exhibit visit MauiArts.org.

Photos courtesy of Camille Shaheen Tunberg.


Celebrate the Fourth of July at Whalers Village

Always a hotspot for cultural activities and fun, Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants celebrates Independence Day in and around Center Stage with complimentary entertainment throughout the day.

Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants

Stop by for arts & crafts from 11am-1pm, coconut husking demonstration classes from noon-1pm, and Brenton Keith and his Bag O’Tricks from 1:30pm – 2:30pm and face painting from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.

Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants

Always popular, a free-admission Whale Museum deepens island understanding with a colorful slice of whaling history.  The Whale Museum tells the story of the heyday of whaling in Lahaina (1825-1860) from the perspective of the seafarers themselves, with self-guided audio tours, daily films, scale models, artifacts, photo murals, graphic interpretations, whale tooth ivory objects, and scrimshaw.  The Whale Museum is open daily from 10am – 6pm.

Whalers Village is a short stroll from Kaanapali Alii in the world-famous Kaanapali Beach Resort.

For more information about this and other exciting Maui activities please contact our Activities Specialist at (866) 661-2544.


Kaanapali Celebrates Ancient Hawaiian Canoe Sailing

Join Kaanapali Beach Resort in celebrating and perpetuating the ancient sport and culture of Hawaiian canoe sailing at the 7th Annual Wa’a Kiakahi.  A fun and educational experience the whole family will enjoy at this free three day event!

7th Annual Wa'a Kiakahi

On Friday, June 10, 2011 at 4:00pm on Kaanapali Beach there will be a traditional Hawaiian welcome for the 10 participating crews of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association.  On Saturday, June 11th from 10am-4pm look for the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association tent and register for a complimentary Hawaiian sailing canoe ride.  Crew members will be on hand throughout the day and this is a great opportunity to meet the crews and learn more about this ancient form of Hawaiian Canoe Sailing.  Sunday, June 12th at 8:00am experience a traditional Hawaiian farewell ceremony for the crews before the teams race from Kaanapali to Moloka’i.  This is one event you won’t want to miss!

For more information about this and other exciting activities contact our activities specialist at (808) 661-3475.