Kaanapali Beach

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on May 9, 2001

Kaanapali is normally a gentle beach with nice sand, plenty of sun and Lahaina in the distance. The sorkling is weak, but its good for playing in the waves and people watching. If you do ant to snorkel, head over to the Black Rock end.

Now for the editorial - PLEASE watch out for a rogue wave if swimming at Kaanapali. On a day when there wasn't much wave action I was out a bit more than waist deep with my two year old daughter. I saw what looked like a bigger than normal wave coming and only realized how much bigger when I saw it how much it rocked and lifted a catamaran anchored a little offshore. I picked up my daughter and tried to get into shore but the wave was just too strong... It crashed over my, knocked me to the ground... when I hit bottom I lost my grip on my daughter and she got pulled away. I got to my feet and looked around - couldn't see her. Thank God, as the water receeded after the wave she was being pulled and rolled along the bottom and just was lucky enough to bump into my leg I grabbed her and pulled her out. We never saw a wave that big earler that day or later - just the one. We've been back many times through the years and never saw a fluke wave like that again. PLEASE remember that this isn't Disney World, its the real world and bad things can happen. Have fun but be careful!

Ka'anapali Beach
Ka'anapali, Western Shore Of Maui
Maui, Hawaii, 96761
(808) 667-5900


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