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Kainalu Ocean Sports at Mauna Lani

Venture to the sea

Inquire & Reserve

The timeless means once used to navigate Earth’s largest ocean are maintained by the world-class watermen and women of Kainalu Ocean Sports. Kainalu, or “ocean wave,” honors the eternal relationship between the mountain, “mauka,” and the sea, “makai.” Carrying on the ancient expertise of their Hawaiian elders, Kainalu links the practices of the past with the people of the present, imparting timeless wisdom to accompany your transformative journey via land or sea. As your outrigger canoe glides across the crystal clear waters, inching home towards Mauna Lani’s crescent of white sand beach, return to the soulful gathering place that is Surf Shack, where you, too, can share the memories you’ve made at Mauna Lani.

  • Open Daily 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

  • Location: Surf Shack

  • Gear Rentals | Activity Sign-Ups

  • Open Daily for Light Fare: 11:00am – 5:00pm | Beverages: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Aerial view of the Surf Shack at Mauna Lani
Surf boards
Men at the Surf Shack at Mauna Lani

Adventures Start and End Here

The Surf Shack

Adventures begin and end at the Surf Shack. Inspired by Hawai’i’s iconic surf dens of yesteryear, the Surf Shack is a place of comradery and connectivity, linking Mauna Lani’s white sand beach to the Great Lawn, where family and friends of all ages unearth youth in the form of playful childhood games while marveling wondrously at the ever changing colors of the Hawaiian sunset. Grab your gear, talk story with friends old and new, and ponder the adventures that await as our pro watermen and women prime your journey with ancient Hawaiian wisdom and tales of their ancestors. And after you’ve experienced the inspiring ways of Kainalu, kick back, relax and reflect on the invaluable memories you’ve made as you savor fresh ahi poke and the sounds of live, local musicians.
Men in an outrigger canoe at Mauna Lani


Spend a day on the water with our Kainalu Pros, learning the fundamentals of paddling through outrigger canoe excursions, stand up paddleboarding and prone paddling.
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Snorkel & Dive

The clear, calm waters along the Kohala Coastline are teeming with tropical marine life-- what you find off Mauna Lani’s sandy shore may amaze you.
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Active Pursuits

Activate the body, nourish the mind and enrich the soul via land and sea activities tailored to build endurance and invigorate your senses.
Aerial view of an outrigger canoe at Mauna Lani
Aerial view of an outrigger canoe at Mauna Lani


Paddle nearby or venture along the coast and witness the abundant marine life, stunning reef formations and volcanic ledges. Experience what's possible with a paddle.

  • Mauna Kea Sunrise Paddle Experience
  • Guided Stand-Up Paddle Experience (SUP)
  • Outrigger Canoe Excusion
  • Outrigger Canoe and Snorkel Excursions
  • Prone Paddleboarding Instructional Clinic & Paddle
  • OC2 Outrigger Canoe Paddle
  • Surf Lessons
  • Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rentals
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Instructional Clinic
  • Prone Paddleboard Rental
  • Private Prone Paddleboarding Training
Snorkeling at Mauna Lani
Snorkeling at Mauna Lani

Snorkel & Dive

Discover the flourishing reefs, home to Hawaii’s colorful fish such as the yellow tang, graceful manta rays, sea turtles and dolphins. Head to the Surf Shack for a snorkel mask to rent or purchase for your aquatic odyssey. Opt for scuba classes and certifications with all gear included at Mauna Lani Sea Adventures. Advanced Reservations Required.

  • Snorkeling
  • Intro to Scuba Class (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
  • 1-Tank Afternoon Scuba Dive (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • 2-Tank Morning Scuba Dive (8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
  • Shore Refresher Scuba Dive for Certified Divers (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • PADI Open Ocean Scuba Certification Class (30-Hour Course | 5 - 7 days)
  • PADI Advanced Open Ocean Certification Class (5-6 dives)
Woman swimming in the ocean
Woman swimming in the ocean

Active Pursuits

Inspired by an awareness of one’s hā (breath) – the foundation of life and the key to healthy routines, the Performance program focuses on progression-based fitness and training elements. Advanced Reservations Required.

  • Waterman Performance Training
  • Morning Ocean Swim Clinic
  • Intro to Underwater Rock Running
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Morning Power Walk
  • Learn to Swim Again Clinic
  • All Levels Beachside Yoga
  • Floating Yoga (on a Stand-up Paddleboard)

Experiences at Mauna Lani