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Humorous Hawaiian History At Black Rock Beach

Napili-Honokowai, HI, United States
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Black Rock Beach lies on the far northern end of Kaanapali Beach, past most of the mega resorts which lie to it's south. It's a very popular public beach and attracts both local Hawaiians and tourists from the nearby hotels. It's also an excellent spot for snorkeling as a large reef lies just offshore from Black Rock point. The beach also marks an important aspect of Ancient Hawaiian history here in the form of cliff diving. Chief Kahekili (whom ruled Maui in the late 1700's) once dove off these rocks without fear many times, frightening off bad spirits which drew the respect and joy of many of his warriors at the time. The beach and point here is also a part of the Kaanapali Historical Trail which begins here.
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Honoapiilani Highway
West Maui is reached via the Honoapiilani Highway, often bottle-necked especially in the late afternoon hours.


Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Resort we stayed at for a blissful 8 nights. Enjoyed the resort's two large pool areas and restaurants, although pricey.

Points of interest

Major resort town north of Lahaina that is home to most of west Maui's big resorts such as the Hyatt, Starwood and Marriott vacation properties.
Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area
Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area lies just offshore from Black Rock Beach.
Resort and village area that lies to the north of Kaanapali.
Napili Bay
Beautiful cove and beach for swimming and surfing just minutes north of Kaanapali.
Kahekili Beach Park
Beach park just north of Black Rock Beach is named after the former Maui Chief, Kahekili.
Black Rock Beach
Excellent public beach for snorkeling and sunbathing just north of Kaanapali.


Maui Brewing Company Brewpub
This brewery brews at least 5-6 different kinds of local craft beers. My personal favorite was the Bikini Blonde Ale. Good food, too!

Special activities

Kāʻanapali Beachwalk
Black Rock Beach can be accessed via the Kaanapali Beachwalk from the south and the Historical Trail from the north side.

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