Kahana is a picturesque region in northwest Maui between the posh resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua. The scenic Kahana coastline provides great views of Molokai and Lanai across the ocean channel. This is an idyllic vacation destination with close access to exceptional dining, meticulously-groomed golf courses and pristine beaches.
Things To Do
A visit to the beach is the first thing to do in Kahana with a beautiful shoreline and great snorkeling and tidepool exploring. For a nice day trip adventure go for a hike in Iao Valley State Park just west of Wailuku. The historic and lush valley is towered over by verdant peaks including the 1,200-foot tall Iao Needle. The 10-mile long park has a paved pedestrian path that is a nice place for a family walk, and kids will also enjoy the interactive exhibits at the park's Hawaii Nature Center. Bird lovers will enjoy a visit to the wetlands of Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary where dozens of bird species may be seen. The 143-acre preserve is home to several endangered Hawaiian waterbird species including coots, stilts, Hawaiian ducks (koloa), and migratory birds including Canadian geese. Also close to Kanaha is the 7-acre Maui Nui Botanical Gardens which offers self-guided tours as well as ethnobotany tours amidst the many Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plant species being cultivated. From Kanaha it is just a short drive to the resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua where you will find many interesting shops and nice restaurants as well as lots of activities from snorkeling and scuba diving to sunset sailing and championship golf courses. The Kaanapali Beachwalk is a two-mile-long boardwalk fronting the beach and and the elegant resort hotels, and a great place for an evening stroll. You're also not far from all the shops, dining and activities of historic Lahaina town.
Kahana Beach is somewhat protected by an offshore reef creating great snorkeling conditions when the ocean is calm. Just to the north is Honokeana Bay which has interesting tidepools to explore as well as nice snorkeling and swimming. A very scenic area near Kahana is Napili Bay which is a lovely wide and sandy crescent with typically gentle shorebreak waves that are fun for bodyboarding. This is also a nice snorkeling beach where Hawaiian green sea turtles are often seen along with myriad colorful fish dodging and darting among the coral reef, and keep an eye out for humpback whales passing by offshore during the winter months.
For a nice dinner visit the Kahana Gateway shopping center where you can enjoy Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine at Roy's Kahana Bar & Grill. Roy's impeccably trained servers deliver innovative cuisine to delight your palate and they take pride in offering the finest, fresh-grilled Hawaii seafood and with creative combinations of local produce. Also at Kahana Gateway is the Maui Brewing Company which offers lunch and dinner as well as their own freshly brewed beers, and even their own root beer. For more restaurant options drive to the nearby resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua where oceanfront dining is spectacular. You can also head into Lahaina town where there are dozens of great restaurants..
The Kahana Gateway Center has many interesting shops and art galleries to browse through and find unique gifts to remember your stay. The Whalers General Store at the Kahana Gateway Center is a great place to find Hawaiian-style souvenirs and also get some supplies for the day including sunscreen and snacks. Kahana is also not far from all the great shops in the resort areas of Kaanapali and Kapalua. Walk along the Kaanapali Beach promenade for fun shopping along a scenic shoreline. A multitude of interesting shops can also be found in Lahaina town to the south.
A rental car is recommended when staying in Kahana vacation rentals so you can explore the great beaches of West Maui as well as the island's many interesting sights and attractions from the summit crater of Haleakala Volcano to lush landscapes of verdant Hana town.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Maui's western shoreline is known for its year-round idyllic weather with an abundance of sunshine, moderate rain and comfortable temperatures usually in the 70s and 80s. Winter temperatures may dip down into the 60s and summer temperatures sometimes rise into the 90s on the hottest of days, though the tropical trade winds provide a pleasant cooling effect. Kahana Beach is typically very calm with glassy conditions in the morning hours, though during the midday and afternoons the trade winds may blow a bit stronger. Like all Hawaii beaches, conditions can change and you should always use caution before entering the ocean. Inexperienced swimmers are advised to always swim and enjoy ocean activities at lifeguarded beaches. Check with lifeguards before going in the water to learn about the safest areas to swim and enjoy the water activities you choose.
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What is now known as Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary was an important Hawaiian fishpond area in the early 1700s. In 1951 the site was designated as a bird refuge and then in 1971 it was registered as a natural landmark. During a visit to Iao Valley you will learn about the famous battle there in 1790 between the Maui army and the warriors led by the future King Kamehameha I who was victorious and went on to unite all the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. There are many historic sites throughout this region. In Lahaina town you can learn more about Maui's rich history on the self-guided Lahaina Historic Trail marked with informative bronze plaques about the different eras including whaling, missionaries, and sugarcane.
by Jeff Berzolla