Battle of Koko O Na Moku

At the intersection of Ka’anapali Parkway and Nohea Kai Drive, look to where the golf course greens now stretch. The scene is set amid lush plains cultivated with taro and sweet potatoes. Visualize thousands of warriors in the field, garbed in loin cloths and wielding weapons, such as ma’a (the sling, with which Maui warriors […]

Koko O Na Moku Race Track

Named after the famous battle between two royal brothers who fought in the area, a race track stood right on Ka’anapali’s sandy beach. The track stretched from Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, past Aston at the Whaler on Kaanapali Beach and Whalers Village to The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. It was built for horse racing, which […]

Chief Kaka’alaneo and Legend of Kaulula’au

Chief Kaka’alaneo and Legend of Kaulula’auKaka’alanmeo was a high chief of the land at Keka’a (Maui’s capital circa 15th century). He lived near the extinct volcanic cone of Pu’u Keka’a. The chief reigned over a thriving community of many people, as his land was fertile and rich with groves of breadfruit, bananas, sugar cane, sweet […]

Pu’u Keka’a & Chief Kahekili

This famous dark lava rock promontory is named Pu’u Keka’a in Hawaiian (which translates as “the rolling hill,” probably in reference to people at one time observing stones rolling down from the top without any known cause). It is said that in ancient times, a heiau, or temple, was located at its summit. To this […]

Kaanapali’s Keka’a Landing Pier

Heading downhill toward Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and the golf course cart path, you see the oceanfront scene ahead is dominated by Pu’u Keka’a (commonly known as “Black Rock”). Located to the right of this large volcanic cinder cone, just off the pathway, are the remains of the Keka’a landing pier. This pier operated […]

The Stones of Moemoe and Wahine O Manua

At the south end of Outrigger Maui Eldorado Resort behind the tall hedge, lie two large brown pohaku, or stones, which are steeped in legend. Over six feet long, the larger of these is called Moemoe and resembles a reclining or sleeping person. Maui, the demigod, and Moemoe, a young man, were contemporaries. Unlike Maui, […]

Plantation Farm and Ancient Village of Keka’a

Look toward the golf course green adjacent to the Royal Lahaina Resort. During the first half of the 20th century, this site flourished with mango trees and grasses. It is most remembered by local families for its pig farm, in which hogs were raised to feed the many sugar plantation workers. Mango trees were planted […]

Kaanapali Airstrip and Windsock Lounge

Just north of Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas and Kahekili Beach Park, you’ll find a grove of kiawe trees along the shore. From 1962 until 1987, the Kaanapali Airstrip and Terminal occupied this area adjacent to the beach, which was surrounded by cane fields. In fact, the north side of Kaanapali Beach became known as “Airport […]

Kaanapali Beach Resort Hosts 7th Annual Wa`a Kiakahi 2011

Kaanapali, Maui, HI – Kaanapali Beach Resort is hosting the seventh annual Wa‘a Kiakahi event within the resort from Friday, June 10 – Sunday, June 12, 2011. Open to the public, Wa‘a Kiakahi perpetuates the ancient sport and culture of Hawaiian canoe sailing. The schedule of activities includes: Friday, June 10, 4 pm Traditional Hawaiian […]

2009 Na Mele O Maui Student Art Competition Results

WAILUKU, HI – Art by Bridgette Ige, 10th grade, Kamehameha Schools Maui, was selected Best of Show and First Place in the Division II, Three-Dimensional Art category for the 2009 Na Mele O Maui Student Art Competition. “Bridgette?s ceramic ?opihi was creative and fun,” said Steve Brinkman of Brinkman Photography. “It was beautifully executed and […]