New Cultural Practices You Cannot Miss at Kaanapali Beach Hotel

By Hawaii.com Team

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Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel offers a variety of cultural activities that are scheduled daily. We invite you to have fun and immerse yourself in our culture. The cultural activities are offered complimentary or at a nominal fee to hotel guests. Just stop by and sign up in advance at the Hale Hoʻokipa in the lobby. They are the best people to talk to about things to do in the area as well as Hawaiian culture.

Stop by Hale Hoʻokipa in the lobby to sign up for your cultural activities.
Activities start every day at: 8:30 AM, 10:00AM, 11:30AM, 1:00PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM.

Daily Cultural Activities

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Hale Hoʻokipa unveils a new schedule of daily land and water cultural activities celebrating ancient Hawaiian practices. Available at the renovated Hale Hoʻokipa (cultural center), new activities include Hula (Dance), Kapa (Cloth-printing), Lei (Traditional Lei Making), Mālama ʻĀina (Ethnobotany), Mea Hoʻokani (Instruments), Mele (Music and ʻUkulele), Moʻolelo (Storytelling), ʻŌlelo (Language), Hoʻolauleʻa (Celebration), Maʻawe (Native Fibers), and Kilomoana (Ethnoecology).

The outdoor Hale Huakaʻi (activities center), will also offer ocean activities that pay homage to the ways of ancient Hawaiians.

A Full Experience

Lei Making. Photo: Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel

“We are excited to bring the ocean connection to life while also continuing to foster ancient Hawaiian traditions through our programs offered on land,” said Dee Coyle, Director of Training Poʻokela & Hoʻokipa at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. “With the addition of these new activities and the restructure of the Hoʻokipa department to staff an authentic cultural learning center, we are connecting with our beach hale to ensure our guests have a full ahupuaʻa experience from the mountains to the sea for years to come.”

Gayle Miyaguchi, Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel’s new Cultural Advisor, worked with Coyle to introduce the new activities, which are offered complimentary or at a nominal fee to guests.

Hula (Dance)

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You will walk away from this class knowing that the hula is more than just a Hawaiian form of dance. Learn the importance of how hula preserves our culture, language, history and stories of Hawai’i.

ʻŌlelo (Language)

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Learn the correct pronunciation of Hawaiian alphabet, some common words and sentences, as well as the history of the near extinction and revitalization of our native language.

Maʻawe (Native Fibers)

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You will learn about different weaving techniques and the different materials used. Plus learn how to weave your very own item to take home.

Lei (Traditional Lei Making)

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Learn about traditional lei making styles, gain knowledge about the significance of lei, traditional uses, gathering protocols, and learn to fashion a short lei to take away.

Kilomoana (Ethnoecology)

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Learn the ocean’s role in Hawaiian life and the connection each of the beach boys have with it. Talk with a surfer, navigator, paddler or fisherman who can share their knowledge of our ocean resources.

Mea Hoʻokani (Instruments)

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You will get the opportunity to see and try out different Hawaiian musical instruments. And you will learn how and why each was used, then make your own instrument to keep.

Moʻolelo (Storytelling)

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You will learn about Maui, Hawaiian culture, spirituality and language through story telling. Guests are welcome to bring questions and be involved in conversation.

Kapa (Cloth-printing)

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Learn how cloth was made and see the plants that were used. You will experience the process from beginning to end and decorate your own small piece of kapa.

Mele (Music and ʻUkulele)

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Discover Hawaiian music and songs and learn a few chords on the ‘ukulele and Hawaiian words in a mele (song). The development of Hawaiian music will also be covered with examples of different genres.

Mālama ʻĀina (Ethnobotany)

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See the Hawaiian plants that are on property. Learn Hawaiian terminology and mannerisms of food cultivation and its spiritual connection. Plus take part in the processing and production of traditional foods.

Hoʻolauleʻa (Celebration)

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Join the Hale Hoʻokipa staff in the lobby in a music session where everyone, of any ability, is invited to play music, dance hula, sing along or just enjoy.

Sign Up for Various Island Activities

Ukulele Lessons. Photo: Kaanapali Beach Hotel.

Hale Hoʻokipa will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week and the nearby ʻOhana Fun Center will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., where guests can sign up for various island activities, obtain concierge services like restaurant reservations, island directions, and other guest related requests.

Stop by Hale Hoʻokipa in the lobby to sign up for your cultural activities.
Activities start every day at: 8:30 AM, 10:00AM, 11:30AM, 1:00PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM.

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