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This Iconic Kaanapali Resort Brings Maui to Life

ByJean A. Francis

Apr 20, 2022

A trip to Hawaii is always a good idea, but choosing the right accommodations for your stay improves the overall experience. When Maui is the island of choice, Sheraton Maui Hotel stands out as an ideal hotel option for several reasons.

Being the first resort built in Ka’anapali, it has a rich history but has also evolved over the years to meet changing traveler trends. Spread across 23 oceanfront acres, over 80% of guest rooms offer stunning ocean views.


In early 2020, just before the pandemic hit, the Sheraton Maui Resort completed a $30 million multi-phase renovation. From the renovation came a transformed lobby, a new family playroom and redesigned bedrooms.

Learn about Native Hawaiian culture

A trip to Hawaii isn’t complete without immersing yourself in the local culture and traditions, and a stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort makes it easy for travelers to do that. One of these traditions is the evening diving ceremony.

Located right next to the resort is a 30-foot lava rock peninsula called Pu’u Keka’a. Besides being a great snorkeling spot, this “hill of rolling stones” is also the location of the resort’s nightly cliff-diving ceremony.

According to local Hawaiians, it is a place where souls leave the earth for their ancestral spiritual land. King Kahekili, ruler of Maui and Oahu for 45 years until 1794, was known to practice diving from Pu’u Keka’a. His legendary leap is re-enacted to this day every evening at sunset.

“Lele Kawa (cliff diving), a nighttime experience created to honor the place, the history and its people, is only done at Pu’u Keka’a,” explained Jonnie Torres, Director of Sales and Marketing , Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa .

Nighttime cliff diving ceremony at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. (photo by Codie Liermann)

Enjoy unique vacation experiences

Spending an evening at a luau is a must when visiting Hawaii. Sheraton Maui Resort guests need not go far, as the Maui Nui Luau comes to life directly on the property. Luau guests are greeted with a lei and refreshing cocktails, followed by a traditional Hawaiian meal. As the sun sets, stories come to life through traditional song and dance.

For a more intimate evening, guests can choose to take a secluded table for two (or four) under the stars. A variety of menus including a starter, salad, main course and dessert. Fine dining, sunset ocean views and excellent service combine to create an unforgettable private party.

A slightly livelier evening will bring guests to the Sandbar, part of the new lobby renovation. In addition to enjoying a bird’s eye view of the property and all its events, visitors can enjoy refreshing cocktails like The Sandbar Mai Tai, Rip Current or Swirling Turbulence as well as unique appetizers to share, including I’a Ekolu (Fish Three Ways), Huli Huli Chicken Flatbread or Lobster Beach Balls.

If sweets are on the mind, guests can opt to hit the beach to top off their evening with Hawaiian-style s’mores.

Sheraton Maui Resort's new lobby lets guests order craft cocktails and appetizers from the Sandbar
The new lobby at the Sheraton Maui Resort allows guests to order craft cocktails and appetizers from the Sandbar. (photo via Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa)

A relaxing retreat

Those looking for an upscale stay can choose to book one of the newly renovated hotel rooms at the Section Moana. Privacy and relaxation were at the forefront when creating this space.

“Moana at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa offers a unique retreat experience. You’re literally sitting on a cliff with a 180 degree view of Kaanapali,” Torres said. “Guests can enjoy one of our many private pods in this area of ​​the resort or simply relax in one of our lounge chairs at Kaanapali Point. This local is so private and exclusive that there is nothing close to this experience in Maui.”

Whether it’s watching whales frolic while taking those first sips of early morning coffee or soaking up the afternoon rays with only the sound of ocean waves in the background, the Moana section is the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate.

Early morning sunrise ocean view from balcony at Moana at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Early morning sunrise ocean view from a balcony at Moana at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. (photo by Codie Liermann)

Nearby Attractions

Once guests have sampled the Ube Mochi Pancakes at Coral Reef, they’re unlikely to want to go anywhere else for breakfast, but while the Sheraton Maui Resort offers multiple dining options and endless activities to continue, it is also in a great location for venturing out to nearby attractions. Ka’anapali golf courses are just down the road and several hiking trails are a short drive away. Plus, if it’s fueling up for a long hike or treating yourself after a morning of adventures, a visit to Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop is a must.

Back at the resort, choosing to spend a day vacation by the pool in a rented cabana is a great way to break up the adventure or wrap up the trip. A relaxing day spent swimming, snorkeling, and dining by the pool is sure to top off an unforgettable stay on Maui before heading home.

Although there are busier and more popular times throughout the year, pleasant year-round temperatures make Maui a great place to visit anytime. “The Valley Isle” offers picture-perfect views at every turn, endless adventures to discover, and friendly people – and the staff at Sheraton Maui Resort is ready to greet guests with a warm welcome.

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