Walk with me: Ka’anapali

All in all, August might not be the best time for a trip to Maui. Unless you are fond of crowds. Crowds with lots and lots of children. We certainly did our part.


But my philosophy regarding Hawaii is that if you get a chance to go, you go. Any time, any island. And so, August at Ka’anapali. Where the competition for pool lounges is so fierce we saw at least one altercation between some folks who were most definitely not hanging loose.

Our solution was to rise before the sun and before the crowds. Early morning walks at Ka’anapali are spectacular: miles and miles of ocean view and mostly on the flat. If you start early enough – meaning in the dark – you can even walk without being jostled by those pesky joggers who come out of nowhere and make you spill your coffee.

And by early, I do mean early. You good with 5:30 a.m.? The swans at the Ka’anapali Hyatt are awake by then, so you should be, too:


It doesn’t take long for the sky to lighten along the boardwalk. 5:45 a.m.:

five forty am

By 6: 15 a.m. the day has truly begun:


The egrets have begun their morning shift, patrolling the hedges for unwary geckos:


And looking out over Black Rock, all early risers are rewarded with a morning rainbow:


Good morning to the koi at the Ka’anapali Sheraton:


And to these guys, too. I have really big feet so you get that these are really big snails!


The beach walk pops out behind the Sheraton and continues up a slight hill along a golf course. And you can keep going and going and going. Just be sure to say hello to the neighborhood cats:


My favorite stretch is along the Kai Ala boardwalk:

kai ala boardwalk

kai ala drive

Then onward to North Ka’anapali and the Westin Villas, and a few more felines along the way:


It’s time to turn back when I reach the lovely cassia javanica trees in the Maui Kai parking lot:


I easily clocked six miles before breakfast. It is the best, most beautiful walk I know, and I can’t wait to go back. Aloha, Maui…

“Walking is man’s best medicine” – Hippocrates




About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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11 Responses to Walk with me: Ka’anapali

  1. rthepotter says:

    Spectacular rainbow! (And walk.)

  2. OH, pretty! And my, what big snails they have!

  3. Jean Gutsche says:

    What a stunning place!

  4. Jaye Bee says:

    I love the pics and your explanatory notes. We are chicken-bound for a while. No travel for us other than the occasional overnight, so I am really enjoying your vacation.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Loving the memories of those early walks. No need to say more, it is all right here in words and pics.

  6. Tina & John says:

    Great pics. Take me back!! xo

  7. Paul says:

    Didn’t realize the boardwalk went north of the Sheraton, when did that happen?
    Will be there quite soon 🙂 🙂

    • polloplayer says:

      I’m not sure how long it has been there. I discovered it two years ago. Basically, you head diagonally through the Sheraton property – there was a sandwich board sign for “Hank’s” hot dog restaurant that I used as a landmark while we were there. Walk past that sign, turn right and then left past the Sheraton tennis courts. You will exit the property and then see the path continue next to the golf course. Enjoy your visit!

  8. citymama says:

    somehow I just saw this. almost glad as it was nice to revisit with the pics. i love maui!!

  9. Matt says:

    Love the photos, sounds like a great trip. The snails are interesting but just remember not to touch them or wash up really well if you do. These things CAN carry Rat Lungworm Disease which you do not want to get, more on that at: https://lookintohawaii.com/hawaii/49267/rat-lungworm-disease-information-all-islands-hi

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