Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Hawaiian Cultural Program

Hawaiian Cultural Program

E komo mai! When you visit Fairmont Kea Lani, you become part of our ʻohana. We are committed to sharing the true spirit of aloha with our guests by connecting them with the rich history of Hawaiʻi's culture, people, and traditions. Learn how to say 'until we meet again' (a hui hou), paddle the sparkling Pacific with a hoʻokele (navigator) guiding the way, learn to dance hula or strum theʻukulele, make a fresh flower lei or learn more about the ecosystem of Hawaiʻi through our Rooted in Aloha program. 

Hawaiian Canoe Experience 

Learn the basics of paddling, along with the history of the canoe and its importance in the Hawaiian culture.  Advance reservations are required, as space is limited we recommend booking in advance of your resort arrival.  Though the activity is offered at no additional charge to registered guests, a 24-hour cancellation policy applies with a ‘no show’ fee of $65 per guest.  Offered Monday through Friday (7am, 8am, 9am and 10am) from Polo Beach, the six-man outrigger canoe holds two staff paddlers with four guests, ages 10 years and older (when accompanied by a registered guest aged 18 or older).

E Ala Ē 

Join our paddlers for a traditional Hawaiian sunrise chant to welcome the dawn of a new day. (Every Monday through Friday 7:00am, meet at Polo Beach)  

ʻUkulele Lessons 

Master the basics of strumming island tunes on the ʻukulele. (Classes held daily at 9:00am within Hale Kukuna) 

Hula Lessons

The hula is a traditional Polynesian dance accompanied by chants and gestures, known for its signature graceful hand movements and swaying style. The hula is a way of life in Hawaiʻi, an ancient form of communication which predates written language. We invite you to learn about the art of hula during your stay, and channel your own mana (energy) into dance. (Classes held Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday at 11:00am and Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday at 1:30pm within Hale Kukuna) 

Lei Making 

We share traditional styles of lei making that our kupuna (ancestors) used and still use to this day while incorporating the gathering process. Teaching guests how and what to gather around the grounds of the resort allows for an experience unique to each and every guest.  (Classes held Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday at 1:30pm within Hale Kukuna) 

Art, Culture & Chocolate 

Our renowned Artist in Residence, Dale Zarrella, delights in recounting the Maui myths and legends that are the inspiration behind his life-sized bronze and rare local wood sculptures. Join Dale's walking tour about the grounds of the resort while Dale, who has commissioned works for Popes at the Vatican, weaves his yarns. Indulge in Dale's homemade chocolates, shaped like mini honu (turtle) at the completion of the tour. (Every Thursday at 10:00am, meet at the breezeway leading off the lobby towards the spa)

Fish Feeding at the Koi Pond 

Feed breakfast to the resort's koi fish. Daily at 9am, meet at the Koi Pond located next to the entrance of Nick's Fishmarket. 360 View - Koi Pond 

Torch Lighting Ceremony 

A nightly tradition dating back centuries, the blowing of the pū (conch shell) signifies the ending of a beautiful day in paradise. This celebration concludes with an oli (chant). Sunset nightly, at the Lower Pool.




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