Looking for a place for a sunset stroll? Try the beach walk at Kaanapali.
Park in the Whalers Village garage and wander through the shops to the shore. If you're there a bit before sunset, turn right and head toward Black Rock. Every night at sunset, the Sheraton has a little torch-lighting ceremony. The highlight is when a young man jogs across the beach to the Black Rock lava outcrop with his flaming torch. He climbs up the rock, lights a few torches along the way, and pauses dramatically at the top of the rock. He tosses his lit torch into the water, then his lei. As a finale, he makes the 30-foot dive into the sea.
All right, if you've been here during the day, you've seen local kids, out-of-shape tourists, and everything in between make this jump. But you have to admit, the torch lighter does it with style!
If the torches on Black Rock are already lit when you get to the beach, turn left and follow the paved path. A few minutes away from Whalers Village, there aren't as many people on the path and you can listen to the waves while soft tropical breezes bring you the smells of plumeria, hibiscus and occasional barbecue grills. The path winds between the shore on one side and the Kaanapali hotels and condos on the other. You might find a place you want to be sure to try on your next trip to Maui!
If you walk far enough in this direction, eventually you pass three hotel luaus - the Marriott's, the Hyatt's, and Drums of the Pacific. Until recently, the luaus were screened off. People would stop to peek through gaps in the bushes to catch a bit of the shows, but now there's no attempt to block the view. You can stop and watch as long as you care to... but without the proper colored plastic bracelet, you won't be able to sneak in for a drink!