All of Hawaii is known for its breath-taking beaches, and Maui is no exception. Kaanapali Beach, located in the Northwest region of the island, was voted “America’s Best Beach” in 2003, not only for its white sand and clear water, but for its unique cultural and geographic attractions. The beach is home to two championship golf courses, the Royal Kaanapali and the Kaanapali Kai, as well as an open air Whalers Village, shopping, restaurants, and the famous Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock cliffs.
Visitors can often spot a breeching whale off the Kaanapali shore and every sunset sees an unforgettable Hawaiian commemoration which takes place at Black Rock. Every evening, a cliff diver lights a trail of torches along the rock before ceremoniously diving into the dark waters to symbolize an act by Hawaiian ruler King Kahekili. The area is home to the island’s first planned resort, and with five hotels and several condominium villages facing the beach, Kaanapali is a hub of activity for both locals and tourists alike.