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Kainalu Sports

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Hawaiians have honed their relationship to the sea over many centuries. Daring to ride the biggest waves, sail outrigger canoes across Earth’s largest ocean, and dive into the sea’s salty depths, Hawaiian watermen and women have shown the rest of the world what is possible. Drawing upon this ancient expertise, guests are invited to paddle, pedal and perform by way of Kainalu Academy. Kainalu Sports is Mauna Lani’s innovative approach to resort activities—a recreation program unlike any other in Hawai‘i. Guided by world-class athletes, resort guests can learn a new language for adventure and embark on immersive journeys of self-discovery.

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Mauna Lani Prone Paddleboarding
couple on a guided snorkel paddle adventure

Venture to the mountain, venture to the sea

Kainalu Sports

“Kainalu” is more than just the Hawaiian word for ocean wave; it’s a way of life. Embracing kainalu means learning to ride life’s waves and surf across its fluctuations and tides with strength, grace, and a hefty appetite for fun. The program explores “Mauka to Makai,” which is the Hawaiian philosophy that recognizes the intimate relationship between the mountain (mauka) and the sea (makai). What happens in one environment affects the other; they are inseparable.

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