Whether you’re a visitor staying in one of Maui’s gorgeous resorts or a local with a deep knowledge of all of Maui’s secret, wondrous places, we invite you to explore the West Side of Maui with us.
Join us as we:
- Sip Kona coffee on Ka’anapali Beach, and visit the stunning Black Rock
- Snorkel with the turtles, then picnic at Wahikuli Wayside State Park
- Browse shops, then wine and dine local in Lahaina
A Kona Sunrise at Ka’anapali Beach
Start your day with us at Honolulu Coffee! Conveniently located in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency on one of the most popular beach paths in all of Maui, Honolulu Coffee is the perfect spot to begin your adventure.
Honolulu Coffee opens before the sun rises, and we bake our pastries fresh each morning; if there’s a better way to greet the day, we sure don’t know it. Sit back in the Hyatt Regency open air deck and enjoy our breathtaking views while indulging in our signature Hawaiian Latte. The perfect blend of coconut and macadamia syrup complements our espresso coffee and your choice of milk.
Our Kona Estate coffee is grown on our own farm on the slopes of Mauna Loa, and craft roasted at our Experience Center in Honolulu. Energize your body and spirit with Kona coffee and a tasty, house-made Hawaiian Acai Bowl or decadent Almond Croissant to prepare for your day of exploring Maui.
Make sure to get a to-go cup of our Kona coffee and sip it as you breathe in the ocean air and enjoy a stroll down the beautiful Ka’anapali Beachwalk.
The Black Rock
Following the beach path north, you’ll find the legendary Pu’u Keka’a, also known as Black Rock. This large rock formed by lava divides Ka'anapali Beach, and is a popular cliff diving and snorkeling spot. Dip your toes here in the Pacific surf.
Black Rock is also a culturally significant landmark with spiritual importance for the Hawaiian people. It is believed that from Black Rock, a soul will leap into the spirit world after death. For this reason many battles were fought here so if a warrior died his soul would be in the right place to find his way into the spirit world.
If you got an early start at Honolulu Coffee, it shouldn’t take more than 25 minutes to get to Black Rock. Sticking to the footpath on the beach, it’s just about one mile – a perfect stroll.
Snorkeling & Lunch in Wahikuli Wayside State Park
If you have a car, get your picnic basket and snorkeling gear, because it’s time to hit the water! Just a ten minute drive south along the coast is Wahikuli Wayside State Park, a small but gorgeous beachside park with a fine white sand beach, barbecues, and picnic tables.
Here, a hidden snorkeling spot offers a chance to enjoy the waters and observe the turtles and other wildlife in the reef just offshore. Don’t forget to check the weather before getting in the water, though!
Dinner and Shopping in Lahaina
No day on the West Side of Maui would be complete without exploring its vibrant urban center, Lahaina, a couple of miles further south from Wahikuli. Lahaina’s electric, often eccentric, and always eclectic hub, Front Street, has it all and is a popular meeting spot for residents and visitors alike. Whether you’re in the mood to browse the wide range of gift shops and funky boutiques, take a snorkeling tour, grab a boat to Lanai, or just want to people-watch, Front Street has a little something for everyone!
In the center of Front Street you will find Banyan Court, a dense green park in the center of town and home to our 150 year old Banyan tree. Not only is she the biggest in Hawaii, this beauty bears the distinction of being the largest tree in the country!
Front Street also boasts a dizzying selection of local food spots and it can be hard to choose with so many options before you. Don’t panic, we’re here to help! When you are ready for dinner, some of our personal favorites are conveniently located just north of the Mala Boat Ramp and Historic Wharf. Not only do these restaurants have the best view on the entire island but they back it up with some ridiculously good grinds and some truly mind blowing cocktail concoctions.
We especially recommend the menu and staff at Star Noodle and Frida’s but you can’t go wrong with any of the surrounding restaurants. (Pro tip: park at the Safeway across the street and stroll over to avoid the chaos of the small parking lots.) There’s nothing that says “I’m on a Hawaiian vacation” more than eating an exotic meal and sipping on a tropical cocktail while enjoying one of our jaw dropping sunsets.
We never grow tired of the beauty of our island nor jaded by sharing it with our guests. Mahalo for joining us on one of our perfect Lahaina days but really there is no “one perfect day” on the West Side - there are 365 of them and they are all waiting here for you. There is so much more we’d love to tell you but for the inside scoop you’re going to have to visit us in person! Please make sure to ask your barista for recommendations and local tips - we want you to have the vacation of a lifetime!