News: Kaanapali Beachwalk Extended North

Monday, November 17, 2008


Almost thereI recently found this article online from the Haleakala Times from last month that was reporting on new changes to the Ka’ananapali beachwalk along the shores of Ka’anapali Beach in West Maui.  The article mentions that, through efforts between the Maui Kaanapali Villas and the Lahaina Bypass Now organization, there is a new pathway that now connects Kahekili Beach with the Ka’anapali beachwalk.

We love the Ka’anapali beachwalk and make it a part of our regular activities when we’re in Maui.  Whether it’s going down to Whalers Village, taking Cindy to the spa at the Westin, or just a day of walking all the way down to the Hyatt, it’s just a fun way to get your exercise or walk off a little of the Hula Pie you might have endulged in the night before.

Since we stay at the Sheraton over on Black Rock, we pretty much have easy access to both Kahekili Beach to the north and the beachwalk to the south, and haven’t really given much thought to how others get from one to the other.  Although I haven’t found much more information about this online so far, it will be interesting to see how it is when we’re there in February.

Pathway at Kahekili BeachThe photo on the right was taken just at the south end of the previous pathway near Kahekili Beach, which would connect to one of the parking lots at the Sheraton.  Now, you could easily walk through the parking lot and through the open air areas of the Sheraton to get to the beach and the main beachwalk, but I was never really sure if that part of the property was for guests only or not.

In any case, this previous pathway was right along the golf course in Ka’anapali and near the Maui Eldorado.  We’ve followed this path north up to about the Royal Lahaina before switching onto the sand.  It will be fun to see where this path continues to now since last time, we never made it as far as the Maui Ka’anapali Villas.

If you’d like to see more of the Ka’anapali Beachwalk, you can check out our Photo Tour page, which features over 100 photos that we took from walking along the beachwalk.  And for each photo, you’ll see a satellite map image of where the photo was taken courtesy of Google Maps. It will certainly be one of my projects this next trip to update this tour with additional photos of the new pathway areas near Kahekili Beach.

More to Come?

Going back to the article for a moment, it also cites that the Lahaina Bypass Now organization is also working with land and property owners along Maui’s west coast to build a connected walkway starting up north in the Kapalua area and extending south all the way to Lahaina Town.  Doing a quick lookup on Google Maps, it’s about a 10 mile drive between those two areas, and for a walkway along the coast, it would only be longer by foot.  It sounds a little too ambitious to me, but I would certainly be interested in seeing it if it is ever completed.

Let me know what you think.

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Kris and his wife Cindy are avid Maui fans, and have visited the island half a dozen times since '06. Over the years, they have made many friends living on Maui or through social media, which keeps them in touch with the island until they can return again.

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One Response to “News: Kaanapali Beachwalk Extended North”

  1. Bettina Jetter Says:

    We returned from our vacation on Maui recently (Nov 2009) and walked the beachwalk north of the Sheraton. There are beach walk signs along the way but you really need to look for them because the signs are facing North, which is ideal for people walking towards the Sheraton but not vice versa. The walk continues through the Aston Ka’anapali Villas (take a break at the Castaway Cafe) – pass the pool at the Aston Villas, walk through the parking lot and turn left immediatly. There is a private wall from the neighboring private house. Follow the wall for about 15 yards and turn right. Now you are on a boardwalk that leads towards the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Condo North, there are a few other hotel/condominiums further North.

    We really liked the walk it’s close to the beach, the view is great and it’s perfect for a run or a walk. I’m not sure how long the beach walk is but you can walk from the Hyatt on the South end all the way up to the Northern end of Ka’anapali. Altogether it’s about 3 or 4 miles long (my guess).

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