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A "stand up" challenge

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A "stand up" challenge

Snorkel with turtles in Napili Bay

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Snorkel with turtles in Napili Bay

One of Maui's best snorkeling bays

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One of Maui's best snorkeling bays

Make a friend while snorkeling

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Make a friend while snorkeling

Have a whale of a time December through May

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Have a whale of a time December through May

Your beach chairs are waiting for you

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Recreation

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Stroll along the beach. Build sandcastles. Try stand up paddle boarding. Enjoy whale watching during the winter months. Golf at adjacent Kapalua Resort (special rates for Napili Kai guests). Swim. Snorkel. Soak up the sun. Play tennis. Embark on a hike. Napili Kai Beach Resort on beautiful Napili Bay is set in a prime location for ocean and beach activities, plus a host of other attractions and activities in the surrounding area. You can even spot humpback whales from your lanai or the beach in the winter. Our staff and Activities Concierge can help you add fun and adventure to your vacation with more information on the following activities nearby, as well as popular attractions across the island.

Keiki Club

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Keiki Club Keeps Kids Busy and Parents Happy

Napili Kai is an ideal resort for families visiting Maui. Our complimentary on-site children's program, "Keiki Club," provides fun and island-oriented activities for children ages 6-10 years old.

The Keiki Club is offered seasonally during Easter Break, Summer (Mid-June through August), Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It is free of charge to our guests.

Based at the beachfront Makai Hale, the Keiki Club offers activities for children from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon Monday through Saturday, with a Wednesday Night Movie from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call in advance to register your children. Sessions are led by our friendly Keiki Attendants.

Some of the Activities Your Child Might Enjoy at Keiki Club:

  • String a Hawaiian Flower Lei
  • Create a Puka Shell Necklace
  • Ukulele Lessons
  • Create a Canoe
  • Lau T-Shirt Printing
  • Petroglyph Art Tapa Drawing
  • Mo'o (lizards) Safari (and a Cool Mo'o Craft!)
  • Sand Art
  • Arts/Crafts of the Islands
  • Painting Niu (Coconuts)

Golf

Hawaii is renowned for its fabulous golf courses, and it just doesn’t get any better than at the Kapalua Golf Courses. Kapalua’s Bay Course, situated directly across the street from Napili Kai, is incredibly beautiful and well-suited to players of all levels. Kapalua’s spectacular and challenging Plantation Course is ranked as one of the top courses in the United States and is home to the annual televised PGA TOUR season-opener, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

The Kapalua Golf Courses are managed by Troon Golf, and special rates are extended to guests of Napili Kai. For more information on these fabulous world-class courses, visit http://www.golfatkapalua.com. Our Activities Concierge can assist in making your tee times.

Hikes and Coastal Walks

There are a variety of walking trails in the area surrounding Napili Kai, ranging from leisurely strolls to strenuous hikes. The closest to Napili Kai is the Kapalua Coastal Trail, which starts from Kapalua Beach (adjacent to Napili Kai) and meanders along the coast through native bird nesting areas, along scenic Oneloa Bay, below the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, and ends at D.T. Fleming Beach Park. Portions of the trail are not paved, so wear sturdy shoes.

The Village Walking Trails follow the paved cart path of what previously was Kapalua’s Village Golf Course. The course closed a few years ago and the paths are now maintained as walking trails. Different routes are offered, from easy to extremely strenuous. These paths do not run along the shoreline, but take you instead into the lush hills, through bamboo and guava forests, unveiling spectacular panoramic views of the coast.

For more information on hiking opportunities near Napili Kai, visit http://kapalua.com/activities/hiking-trails

Whale Watching

The magnificent humpback whales migrate from the north to Hawaii’s warm waters for the winter months, where they linger until late spring. Although the first few whales are sometimes sighted as early as late September or October, their numbers continue to increase as the months go by. From early December through mid-May, whales are present in Maui’s waters in large numbers, with the peak months being February and March. This time of year is referred to as “whale season” in Hawaii, and there is no better place to see these spectacular creatures than right on the beach fronting Napili Kai. You can often see whales spouting, breaching, and raising their flippers offshore—no need for binoculars!

Whale watching cruises are very popular at this time of year for a more close-up encounter with these gentle creatures, although the humpbacks are protected by both State and Federal laws. Boats are not allowed to approach whales within 100 yards. Our Activities Concierge can assist in making recommendations and reservations for your whale watching cruise.

Cultural Sites

Lahaina

Lahaina has a long and varied history, which is now woven into the fabric of the present-day town. The earliest settlers of Maui stepped foot on its shores around 450 A.D – and some think even earlier. However, it was the prosperity of the 1800s and the foresight of King Kamehameha that put Lahaina on the map.

In 1802, King Kamehameha pronounced that the West Maui town of Lahaina would be the capital of his Hawaiian island kingdom. He even built a brick palace on the shores of Lahaina (the ruins of which are still there) along with other royal buildings and residences on a site called Moku`ula. Lahaina served as the seat of government for over 50 years, until the capital moved to Honolulu.

In the 1800s, Lahaina was also a major whaling port and fishing town, thanks to the calm harbor and it’s location on the whale migration routes. Also known as Lele, which means “Land of Relentless Sun,” the weather was a major draw for immigrants as well. However, the bawdy sailors had to share the immigration limelight with the missionaries that were also attracted to the area. This brought about a battle of virtues – the missionaries had many virtues and the sailors had none. Eventually, with the construction of missionary schools, the introduction of the missionaries of the printing press on the island and the construction of a prison for sailors in 1853, the missionaries won out and tamed the nautical culture.

 

Dragon’s Teeth --  Makaluapuna Point on Oneloa Bay, Kapalua

Makaluapuna Point – known locally as “Dragon’s Teeth”-- is at the northwestern point of Oneloa Bay, a rugged quarter-mile stretch of beach north of Napili and Kapalua Bays (just before the Ritz Carlton). You can walk there along the Kapalua Coastal Trail from Napili Kai (about 15 minutes), or park nearby.  The interesting formations were created from one of the last lava flows on Maui, with the lava here being quite different from the rest of the lava on the island--much lighter, denser, and fine-grained. Over the centuries, strong winds and pounding surf have shaped the lava into jagged points that look like dragon's teeth, thus the name. Hundreds of years of salt spray have whitened the lava and eroded holes in some areas.

Parking: From Napili Kai, head north on Lower Honoapi'ilani Rd towards Kapalua. At the stop sign (near the little chapel), you’ll see a paved parking area—this is free beach parking. From there, the walk to Dragon’s Teeth is approximately 5 minutes along the edge of the golf course. Honokahua Preservation Site (see below) is along the way, on the right side of the path.

Wear sturdy shoes when walking here, as it is rocky and uneven, and this area is subject to strong wind gusts. Use caution. No facilities or water available.

 

Honokahua Preservation Site – Kapalua

 The most significant historical site at Kapalua, this massive burial site was unearthed when excavation began for the building of The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. When the importance of the discovery was realized, the plans were changed so the hotel structure was moved inland. The area contains over 900 ancient Hawaiian burial sites dating from the years 610 to 1800. It is recognized as a highly sacred site, as Hawaiians believe that from such a place ancestor spirits continue to lovingly watch over the land and its people. The area is now carpeted with lush grass and bordered by native naupaka plants. Also at the site is a portion of the 16th century Alaloa or "King's Trail," a footpath that once encircled the island.

A great way to learn about this site is by participating in the "Sense of Place" tours that are offered to visitors by employees of The Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. Contact the Ritz Carlton for the latest schedule.

View the area, but DO NOT enter the actual burial grounds. Please show respect, as this is a sacred site.

 

Nakalele Blowhole – Highway 340, North of Napili

If you are exploring by car along the main highway heading north from Napili and Kapalua, you can see the Nakalele Blowhole. About half a mile past mile marker 38, there is a cliff overlooking Nakalele Point. From there you can see the blowhole, which—depending upon surf conditions—can often be emitting a flume of water fifty feet high. Hawaii’s blowholes are created when pounding waves and wind combine to create a hole in the lava, which then serves as a funnel for the powerful surf. The blowholes are fascinating to watch, as well as rich in legends and folklore. Ancient Hawaiian legends maintain that some blowholes are inhabited by mo’o (great dragon-like lizards) whose fierce moan echoes through the sound of the hole.

 

Maui Bell Stone -- Highway 340, North of Napili

Continuing on the highway past the Nakalele Blowhole, you will see a large volcanic rock on the side of the road just after mile marker 42. This six-foot-high rock is the Maui Bell Stone. When struck in the right spot, it resonates like a bell. (If you strike this rock on the right side--mountain side--you will hear a metallic clank.) There are several such bell stones throughout the islands, created from the unique chemical composition of the lava. In ancient times, the Hawaiians used these bell stones to communicate important events, such as a royal birth, the arrival of a chief, or a warning of danger.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP, for short) is one of the fastest-growing sports around the world, but its roots are in Hawaii—and in particular, Maui. It started in Hawaii decades ago with Waikiki beach boys standing on their surfboards, navigating with outrigger paddles as they took pictures of tourists during surfing lessons. In the 1990s, Maui-based master surfers Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama began using paddles with their boards as an alternative way to train when the surf was down. This caught on with other surfers and eventually evolved into a sport of its own: stand up paddle boarding.

SUP is easier to learn than surfing and is a fun sport for all ages and fitness levels, as long as you can swim. Napili Bay, with its crescent shape and reef-protected waters, is one of the best spots on the island to learn SUP. However, ocean currents in Hawaii can be dangerous and unpredictable, so don’t just grab a board and head out to sea. Be cautious, and take time to learn how to stand up paddle properly for the most safe and positive experience.

Stand up paddle lessons are offered right on Napili Bay, and our Activities Concierge can assist in making recommendations and arrangements for your SUP experience.

Haleakala Volcano

Sunrise Crater Tour: "HOUSE OF THE SUN"

A trip to Maui is never complete without viewing a magnificent sunrise from the top of Haleakala, Maui's sleeping volcano. Travel to the 10,023 foot summit with and experience the dawn of creation. Panoramic views, nature in the raw, and the wonders of Haleakala National Park will leave you breathless!

Spa

Napili Kai’s on-site boutique day spa offers a variety of massage therapies, body treatments, facials, and waxing. The oceanfront Makai Massage and Bodywork facility features two air-conditioned treatment rooms for body treatments, chair or table massage (including hot-stone style), facials, as well as a romantic Moonlight Massage Under the Stars. Call 808-662-0887 for appointments. http://www.makaimassage.com

Tennis

The Kapalua Tennis Garden is conveniently located across the road from Napili Kai. This award-winning facility offers ten plexipave courts, a fully-stocked pro shop, tournaments, events, and tennis instruction, clinics and camps with Peter Burwash International pros. Four of the courts are lit for night play. One of the top tennis facilities in the state! For more information, visit http://www.golfatkapalua.com/tennis.html. Our Activities Concierge can assist with your tennis arrangements.

Zip Line

There are multiple zip line opportunities on Maui, with one of the best in the state located just a short distance from Napili Kai. Kapalua Adventures offers a zip line in the West Maui mountains – the only “parallel” zip line on the island, allowing two people to zip across the skies together. This zip line operation features Hawaii’s longest suspension bridge and nearly two miles of zipping, making it one of the largest in the United States. If you’re looking for a fabulous zip line experience, this is it. For more details, visit http://kapalua.com/activities/zipline. Our Activities Concierge can assist with your zip line reservations.

Fitness & Health

Napili Kai offers guests complimentary use of its Fitness Center, but if you desire more comprehensive and varied workout options, the nearby Kapalua Spa can help. Just a five- minute walk from Napili Kai, Kapalua Spa offers an ongoing schedule of fitness classes ranging from yoga and pilates to zumba and boot camp, with a wide variety of interesting options in between. The classes are open to the public for a fee. Visit http://kapalua.com/spa/fitness-center

Beaches

Napili Beach, which fronts Napili Kai Beach Resort, is certainly one of the most lovely beaches on Maui. The crescent-shaped bay creates a protected cove of sand, and the bay generally offers calm waters for swimming and snorkeling. Many guests are happy to plunk themselves down in Napili’s white sand day after day to soak up the rays. Others, however, enjoy exploring the diverse beaches in the surrounding area—and there are many to choose from, each with their own character. Kapalua Bay, adjacent to Napili Kai, was named “America’s Best Beach” in 1991 and is popular for water sports as well as sunbathing. Oneloa Bay is secluded and ruggedly beautiful, but not conducive to swimming. D.T. Fleming Beach offers a long stretch of sand for walking and running, with waves that are suited for boogie boarding and surfing. A short drive north on the highway, Honolua Bay (at mile marker 32) and the adjacent Mokuleia Bay (also known as “Slaughterhouse”) are small coves offering fantastic snorkeling in summer months but dangerous surf in the winter.

Maui’s ocean is a source of great beauty and fun but can also be dangerous. Pay attention to signs posted at beaches relating to ocean conditions. In addition, use common sense. If in doubt, don't go out. And if you do go out, don’t go too far!

Here are some ocean safety tips from Maui County: 

Napili Beach, which fronts Napili Kai Beach Resort, is certainly one of the most lovely beaches on Maui. The crescent-shaped bay creates a protected cove of sand, and the bay generally offers calm waters for swimming and snorkeling. Many guests are happy to plunk themselves down in Napili’s white sand day after day to soak up the rays. Others, however, enjoy exploring the diverse beaches in the surrounding area—and there are many to choose from, each with their own character. Kapalua Bay, adjacent to Napili Kai, was named “America’s Best Beach” in 1991 and is popular for water sports as well as sunbathing. Oneloa Bay is secluded and ruggedly beautiful, but not conducive to swimming. D.T. Fleming Beach offers a long stretch of sand for walking and running, with waves that are suited for boogie boarding and surfing. A short drive north on the highway, Honolua Bay (at mile marker 32) and the adjacent Mokuleia Bay (also known as “Slaughterhouse”) are small coves offering fantastic snorkeling in summer months but dangerous surf in the winter.

Maui’s ocean is a source of great beauty and fun but can also be dangerous. Pay attention to signs posted at beaches relating to ocean conditions. In addition, use common sense. If in doubt, don't go out. And if you do go out, don’t go too far!

Here are some ocean safety tips from Maui County: http://www.mauicounty.gov/documents/15/61/Ocean_Safety_HandOut-2007.PDF

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is easy and fun, and Napili Kai is situated on one of the best snorkeling beaches on the island – Napili Bay. The water is generally calm and clear, and snorkelers don’t have to venture very far out into the bay in order to discover a fascinating underwater world. Rocky formations on both sides of the bay, as well as coral reefs within the bay, provide ideal habitats for colorful and interesting marine life. Snorkeling here is wonderful even on an overcast day. However, don’t snorkel if the water is rough or murky – wait until the ocean conditions are calm, then don your mask and fins and jump in.

Many boat companies on Maui offer snorkeling excursions (as well as SCUBA) to unique, hard-to-reach snorkeling destinations. Our Activities Concierge can assist in making recommendations and reservations for great snorkeling excursions.

Snorkeling is easy and fun, and Napili Kai is situated on one of the best snorkeling beaches on the island – Napili Bay. The water is generally calm and clear, and snorkelers don’t have to venture very far out into the bay in order to discover a fascinating underwater world. Rocky formations on both sides of the bay, as well as coral reefs within the bay, provide ideal habitats for colorful and interesting marine life. Snorkeling here is wonderful even on an overcast day. However, don’t snorkel if the water is rough or murky – wait until the ocean conditions are calm, then don your mask and fins and jump in.

Many boat companies on Maui offer snorkeling excursions (as well as SCUBA) to unique, hard-to-reach snorkeling destinations. Our Activities Concierge can assist in making recommendations and reservations for great snorkeling excursions.


Tiki Man Sunset Paddle photo by Tiki Man SUP