Kaanapali Historical Trail

History and Legends Tour
Pipi Holo Ka'ao
(A well told tale travels far and wide)

Ka‘anapali History & Legends Tour 

Maui Nei Native Expeditions (Maui Nei) is a cultural and eco-tourism provider dedicated to sharing Hawaiian culture and Maui’s rich history with visitors and residents.  As part of that mission, Maui Nei is introducing a new tour that will expand its programs from Lahaina to Ka‘anapali in West Maui: Ka‘anapali History & Legends Tour is […]

The Owl Cave Legend

At the Lahaina end of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, walk along the beach to the mouth of the stream. Named Hahakea, this stream originates way up the mountain on the other side of Honoapi’ilani Highway. On Kaanapali’s South Course near Hahakea streambed is the site of what once was known as the cave […]

Lo’i Kalo – Taro Patch

Across from the south end of Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, look at the 17th green of the South Course and you’ll notice the ground dips slightly lower. This area was used to cultivate taro (kalo) in abundant terraced patches (lo’i) in old Hawai’i. They thrived in fresh water sources, and it was through here that […]

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 […]