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Hawaiian Cultural Program

  • Hawaiian Culture, Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
  • Hawaiian Canoe Experience
  • Nightly Torch Lighting
  • Hula
  • Mermaid University

Hawaiian Canoe Experience

Learn the basics of paddling, along with the history of the canoe and its importance to Hawaiian culture during this popular 1-hour ocean adventure. Our 6 man outrigger canoe holds 2 staff paddlers plus 4 guests (ages 10+) on each excursion. Offered Monday through Friday from Polo Beach. Due to the popularity of this activity, advance reservations required.  We recommend booking in advance of your hotel arrival.  Though the activity is offered at no additional charge, a 24 hour cancelation policy applies with a ‘no show’ fee of $65 per guest.

E Ala E

Traditional Hawaiian Sunrise Chant when we face east and ask the sun to wake up and rise over the mountain.
E Ala E - Pualani Kanaka’ole Kanahele
E Ala e, ka la i ka hikina,
(Awaken, the sun in the east,)
I ka moana, ka moana hohonu,
(From the ocean, the deep ocean,)
Pi‘i ka lewa, ka lewa nu‘u,
(Climbing to heaven, the highest
I ka hikina, aia ka la, e ala e!
(In the east, there is the sun, arise!)

E Komo Mai Tour

This 45-minute walking activity includes information on native and canoe plants such as laua‘e, lo‘i and sugar cane along with their uses by the Hawaiian people. The knowledgeable guide also shares stories of Haleakala, Maui and the Hawaiian islands. Offered on Wednesdays at 10am, please meet in the Lobby.

Use this guide during the E Komo Mai Tour or venture on your own and enjoy a self-guided Polynesian and Native Hawaiian plants walking tour.

‘Ōlelo Hawai’i Session

Guests are invited to join us for a “talk story” session on ‘Olelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language). In this 45-minute activity, guests learn about the history of the Hawaiian language, how to pronounce words they see around the islands, and leave with a personal keepsake - your Hawaiian name! Thursdays at 9am, please meet in the Lobby.

Hula and Ukulele Lessons

Hula is a traditional Hawaiian dance accompanied by chant or song that preserves and perpetuates the stories, traditions and culture of Hawaii. Children of all ages can experience Hula and Ukulele lessons offered alternating Mondays at 9am, please meet in the Lobby. Hula - 1st & 3rd Monday, Ukulele - 2nd & 4th Monday.

Mermaid University

Tuesday, 10:00am − 11:30am, Lower Lagoon Pool Come join 'Mermaids on Maui' in an under the sea university. Enjoy coaching from a real mermaid, learn to swim with a monofin, share mermaid legends and more. Ages 5-12. Private sessions are available. Reservation required and activity fee applies.

Night of Art, Culture and Chocolate

Enjoy a night of art, culture and chocolate with world renowned Maui artist, Dale Zarrella. Learn island myths and legends through his sculptures created using rare Hawaiian woods and bronze. Following the presentation, indulge in his signature chocolate creations. Wednesdays at 6pm, please meet in the Lobby

Ku'i Kalo

Explore Hawaiian culture through history and legends of Taro. From thousands of years ago to present day, this incredible plant and food source has sustained the local community. Fridays from 9am to 10am, please meet at LUANA.

Hawaiian Culture Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Grab your smart phone or camera and a hotel map and have fun discovering the resort by completing this self-guided scavenger hunt. Once you solve all 10 clues, you will be rewarded with a tasty treat from MAKANA Market + Cafe. If posting your selfies to social media accounts, feel free to tag @FairmontKeaLani or #AlwaysKeaLani. Details available at the Front Desk.

Fish Feeding at the Koi Pond

Meet at the bottom of the grand staircase off the Lobby to help feed breakfast to the hotel's koi fish. Daily at 9am.

Torch Lighting Ceremony

Children of all ages are invited to join our torch lighter for a tiki torch lighting ceremony with conch shell blowing. Nightly at sunset from Lower Pool.

Details and Reservations

Hawaiian Cultural Program activities are available to registered guests of the Fairmont Kea Lani resort at no additional charge (unless otherwise noted.) For more information and to reserve space on the Hawaiian Canoe Experience or Mermaid University, please contact our Concierge Desk at 1 808 875 4100 extension 290, or by email.

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