With the Turtles in Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, USA

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The old town area of Lahania contains one of the most historic and largest Banyan Tree’s in the United States. It anchors a wonderful historic area, along with an afternoon of shopping along it’s main street, finishing with an opportunity for some ocean water viewing at the end of the Lahania strip. It’s a must visit area on any trip to Kaanapali.


This post is one chapter on our trip to Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan on a 2 for 1 Companion Fare and enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Activity: With the Turtles in Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America


During towards the end of our stay, we ventured in the rental car from the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, up to Kapalua Bay. I hadn’t previously ventured north (or west) of Kaanapali, Maui so it was new territory for me.

We wandered down the back roads off the Honoapilani highway. There’s only about 20 parking spots at the public beach access so I dropped the family and headed back down the road to find some street parking.

I trucked down the short beach access to find a beautiful small crescent shaped beach. It had a bit of a compact shore line but we were able to find some space and lay down some towels.

During our stay, we had several sea turtles within sight of the shore hovering around including babies. It kept MrsWT73 occupied with her snorkel as she spent time looking at them despite the strong waves in the area.

The turtles were so close, you could easily see them from shore. They spent most of their time scraping away at the rocks that were close to the shoreline. The visibility was not that good thanks to the shoreline being so rough.

My son enjoyed the strong waves here. He kept announcing publicly that his dad was trying to kill him (by bringing him to the beach thanks to the super strong waves); much to the interested attention of anyone around that would listen to him. I somehow made it off the beach and back to the hotel with out being reported to the Ministry of Child Protection and Family Services. Otherwise a pretty excellent spot for a family beach away from the hotel crowd and we’d easily return. The only minus was the rocky area near the shallows and the strong current that would make it unsuitable for kids under 10. You’d have to strictly supervise paddling here as a parent!

We had a McDonalds dipped cone on the way back and fries; a random comment but that’s the kind of day that it was.

My Thoughts on Walking in Lahania:

All in all, I was pretty happy with our getaway in Maui, Hawaii. It was great to spend some time in a safe destination where there aren’t many complications, everyone is happy with the surf and restaurant choices. Kaanapali was a nice area to anchor ourselves for a get family get away. MrsWT73 was already eying up the more expensive Starwood offerings for a trip into the future.


If you’ve visited the isolated beaches of Maui, do you have any secret’s your’ willing to share publically ?

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