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Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel Debuts Paddling Canoe Tour

July 22, 2018, 10:14 AM HST
* Updated July 23, 8:20 AM
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Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel announces the debut of a brand-new paddling canoe experience, available to guests at the hotel’s ocean activity center, Hale Huakaʻi.

The new Wa‘a (canoe) named Kaleopo‘okela, meaning “the voice of excellence,” is the first ever paddling canoe experience for tourists owned and operated by a hotel on Kā‘anapali Beach. The canoe is named in honor of Project Po‘okela, in effect since 1986. On this exciting new tour, guests will have the opportunity to venture out beyond Pu‘u Keka‘a and learn about Maui above and underwater from a Hawaiian perspective. Beach Alakai (leaders) guide canoe passengers through the ocean and the mystical places of Maui.

“We are so excited to be the first hotel on Kā‘anapali Beach to own and operate a paddling canoe tour for the islands’ guests. It is a fantastic addition to our Hale Huakaʻi which provides our guests with truly memorable and safe ocean experiences, led by our Beach Alakai, who are each highly experienced Maui watermen. We can’t wait for visitors to experience this one-of-a-kind canoe tour,” said Lokepa Naeole, manager of Hale Huakaʻi.

Paddling canoe tours take place on Kā‘anapali Beach, oceanfront at the hotel at 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Participants can choose a group tour or a private charter tour, where it is possible to sightsee, snorkel and participate in a cultural tour.

A group tour (four persons per canoe ride, minimum three go out) is $87 plus tax for one hour and a half. A private charter tour (four persons per canoe ride, minimum two go out) is $105 plus tax per hour or fraction thereof. Children ages 5 to 12 years (accompanied by an adult) receive 15% off.


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