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 […]