Kā’anapali Beach on Maui’s beautiful western shore has been a favorite playground and resting place for Island residents and visitors alike for a thousand years. In ancient times, Kā’anapali, which means “rolling cliff” in Hawaiian, was a royal retreat for the rulers of Maui who delighted in the perfect three-mile stretch of white sand beach, the gentle waves, warm sunny days, and the inspiring backdrop of the majestic West Maui Mountains. Kā’anapali Beach, on Maui’s beautiful western shore, has been a favorite playground and resting place for Island residents and visitors alike for a thousand years. In ancient times, Kā’anapali, which means “rolling cliff” in Hawaiian, was a royal retreat for the rulers of Maui who delighted in the perfect three-mile stretch of white sand beach, the gentle waves, warm sunny days, and the inspiring backdrop of the majestic West Maui Mountains.
This magical spot is steeped in culture: On the three-mile long beach, Maui’s royalty surfed, raced their outrigger canoes, feasted at luaus that lasted for weeks. Where the Kā’anapali golf courses now grace the land, they played ‘ulu maika, a form of lawn bowling with heavy lava balls. It even was used in ancient times as a training ground for Hawaiian warriors in the art of warfare.
Now, in contemporary times, people who love the tropical ocean and beaches gather from all over the world to play golf on the same fields, romp in the same surf, or bask under the same sun along the sweeping beaches to enjoy the natural beauty that is the foundation of Kā’anapali Beach Resort. Before the opening of Kā’anapali Beach Resort in 1962, Maui was a quaint “outer” island, and few visitors found their way here from the bustling city of Honolulu. Front Street’s Pioneer Inn was Lahaina’s only hotel, and it was an intrepid traveler who made his or her way here. But in 1962 everything changed. Kā’anapali Beach Resort splashed onto the travel scene as the world’s first fully master-planned destination resort. And Maui was suddenly placed on the map as a world travel destination.
All that exists here now has its genesis in the foresight of its original planners and developers. The official opening date of Kā’anapali Beach Resort was December 1962. Robert Trent Jones’ world-famous Royal Kā’anapali Golf Course was christened then, as was the private Royal Lahaina Beach Club, the first structures to be completed in the new resort. More hotels, sensing the potential of Kā’anapali, came in quick succession – Kā’anapali Beach Hotel, Sheraton, Marriott, Hyatt Regency, Westin – all building state-of-the-art hotels featuring tropical elegance. That was only the beginning. Over the years, Kā’anapali has become an extraordinary Hawaiian playground for vacationers from around the world. Its draws – nearly constant tropical sun and great weather, great beaches and surf, fabulous hotels and condominiums, challenging golf courses, and lots of traditional Hawaiian aloha – would prove to be irresistible to sun and fun seekers the world over. It forever changed the landscape of resort development and created the concept of a luxury vacation at a resort that was a destination in itself.
Temptation Tours provides a number of island excursions originating in all Ka’anapali Beach Resort locations.