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Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson at Hale Huakaʻi

We stayed as a guest of the resort

The alarm went off in our spacious room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, and I opened the curtains to reveal a beautiful view of the ocean with my children who had arrived on the island the evening before. As I opened the curtains, my kids all said, “wow.” They were in awe of the beautiful view. Then I surprised them with the news that we were going down to the beach to have a family Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) lesson at Hale Huakaʻi.

Hale Huakaʻi is a public activities center located on the resort where they offer snorkeling, cabana rentals, SUP, and more. Our kids got their swim gear on and after a filling breakfast at the Tiki Terrace; we went to meet our instructor at the beach.

Our instructor, Kent, who is a local on the island immediately connected with our kids. My daughter and I spend our weekends paddle boarding around OC, but our boys are not as comfortable on the water. Kent took his time to get to know our kids before we left the beach. He interacted with them, found out about their interests, and made them feel comfortable with him before we went out on the water.

Kent helped everyone get their paddle boards in the water, and just as we were leaving the beach, a beautiful sea turtle swam under our boards. It was a sign that we were going to have a magical day on the sea.

As an avid paddle boarder, it felt like I paddle boarding for the first time as my board glided across the crystalline water. Unlike when boarding in SoCal, I could see all the way to the ocean floor and all the beautiful fish swimming around. It was my favorite paddle boarding experience yet.

We made a stop at the popular rock diving spot, Black Rock, where my older son went to the highest peak to take a leap of faith. He decided to do a flip (not recommended) for his first time jumping off the rock and ended up doing a full-on belly flop. As he landed on the water, everyone in the water made a simultaneous “ooowwww.” He was in so much pain as he got back onto his board, but Kent turned his tears into laughter and helped to take his mind off the pain and embarrassment of doing a belly flop in front of a group of people.

After Andrew’s mishap on black rock, we continued to paddle board further out seeing more beautiful fish below. Kent pointed out different fish in the water and told us all about them. Unfortunately, the time had come to when we had to make our way back to the beach.

When we arrived at the beach, Kent helped the family back on the sand and brought everyone a refreshing bottle of water to hydrate after our adventure on the sea.

After our experience with Kent at Hale Huakaʻi, our kids continued to visit him for help with their trumpet flute, a beach bee sting, and just to tell him what they were doing. Our paddle boarding experience was a great start to our stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and the staff immediately made our kids feel like they were a part of their family.

When planning your upcoming trip to Maui, make your reservations to stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and plan an unforgettable paddle boarding class at Hale Huakaʻi, and ask for Kent. He will treat your children like his own, and make the experience one you’ll remember forever.

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  1. Sounds like a lovely place and a lovely time. Can’t wait to have a trip like this of my own =)

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