When you visit, you join our ‘ohana (family). We are committed to connecting guests personally and meaningfully with Hawai’i’s aloha culture, our history, traditions and people. E komo mai! (Welcome!)
Learn how to say “Until we meet again” (A hui hou) in the native language, paddle the Pacific with a ho‘okele (navigator), try the hula or ‘ukulele, make a lei with tropical flowers or take a native plant tour. Our Hawaiian Cultural Program immerses you in authentic Hawaiian culture.
Hawaiian Canoe Experience
Monday – Friday, Sunrise, Polo Beach – Reservations Required
It’s one thing to read about it. It’s another to paddle Maui’s turquoise waters in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe with our resort ho‘okele (navigator). He’ll teach you first-hand about the ancient tradition and techniques, and don’t be surprised if you spot a green sea honu (turtle) surface inches away from your paddle. This is one of our most treasured guest experiences — don’t miss it (book before you arrive)!
Make a reservation for this incredible complimentary one-hour excursion: Monday to Friday from Polo Beach. The six-man outrigger canoe holds two staff paddlers with four guests, ages 10 and older. Our 24-hour cancelation policy requires a $65 per guest “no-show” fee. Visit our concierge or call 808 875 2290 to reserve your spot.
Learn more about the history and tradition of canoes and the experience we offer at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
Meet our artist in residence over art and chocolate, find out more about Hawai‘i’s history from a vintage map collector and take a native botanical walking tour. Sightsee and learn something new on a diverse variety of tours and guided outings.Learn More
Meet the locals, try something new and get in touch with your playful side. Our thoughtfully curated cultural experiences give you a genuine flavor of the Hawaiian way of life and aloha experience — from hula and ‘ukulele to language lessons and the ubiquitous taro plant.Learn More
Passed down for generations, Hawaiian customs are a cherished part of the aloha culture, intimately connecting mauka (mountain side) to makai (ocean side), earth and seasons. Paddle and chant with us at dawn to welcome the sun with the traditional “E Ala E” greeting and close the day by blowing the pū (conch shell), an ancient Polynesian ritual.Learn More