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Hawaiian Culture

Are you ready for a deep dive into the culture of Hawaii? String a lei, play the ukulele and weave hala (pandanus)! If you’re the adventurous type, we’ll take you on an archeological hike to the nearby petroglyph fields, the largest in the Hawaiian islands. We’ll guide you through ancient lava shelter caves and man-made fishponds stocked with seafood once restricted only to the ali’i (Hawaiian royalty) of old.


Hui Holokai, our Fairmont Orchid Beach Club Ambassadors, look forward to sharing their cultural knowledge, ocean skills, storytelling talents and aloha with you. There’s just as much to do in the water as on the water and along the shore. Pair island whale watching with a sunrise canoe adventure. Picnic on the beach and look out for spouting humpbacks. Reel in the big one and how to snorkel with the masters.

‘OHANA (FAMILY) CANOE RIDES | Adventure out to Pauoa Bay with our Hui Holokai for a 15 minute complimentary canoe ride.

A truly unique way to begin your day. Join our Hui Holokai ambassador and witness the arrival of the sun over majestic Maunakea and Hawai’i Island. Blowing of the conch to wel-come the sun and an ancient Hawaiian Oli/Chant will surely give you what we call “chicken skin”. This is the only way to start your day!

OUTRIGGER CANOE TOUR (1 HR) | $75 per person
Embark on a journey with our Hui Holokai Ambas-sador by paddling a traditional Hawaiian canoe and learning the history of the Hawaiian method of transportation within the islands.

STAND UP PADDLE ADVENTURE (1 HR) | $75 per person
Paddle boarding originated in Hawai‘i and is now considered the fastest growing water sport on the planet. Learn from the Hui Holokai Ambassadors and explore stand up paddle boarding beyond the lagoon and into the deep blue!

Discover the captivating Kohala coastline while paddling with our Hui Holokai Ambassador, and snorkeling within Pauoa Bay.

CANOE FISHING ADVENTURE (1 HR) | $135 per person
Hawaiians would never say they are going fishing as it is said that the fish hear this and then know you are coming, they hide in caves or rocks and you will not catch anything to feed your family. Therefore in true Hawaiian custom we use the term Holoholo for this adventure. By land or by sea, join our Hui Holokai Ambassador and learn ancient Hawaiian fishing techniques and its importance in daily life. Options include shoreline fishing or paddling a double hulled canoe.

LEARN TO SURF (1 HR) | $75 per person
Introduction to surfing with a Hui Holokai Beach Ambassador. Land based exercises, ocean safety and paddling with the final thrill of putting it all together and riding a wave!

SURF ADVENTURE (1 HR) | $75 per person
Surf with a Hui Holokai Beach Ambassador at a local surf spot. This is for a guest who has had a surf lesson before or has not surfed in a long time and needs a refresher course.

Prices shown are per person, all equipment provided by guide. Participants must be 10 & older. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 18 & older. One family per activity. All activities are confirmed based on availability of staff and ocean conditions. Reservations must be made at least 1 day in advance. All activities can be confirmed with a minimum of 2 persons and maximum of 6 persons.

For more information or reservations please visit the beach shack or call +1 808 887 7524.


An evening at the Hawaiiloa Luau is full of Hawaiian tradition and hospitality. A hosted bar and a spectacular dinner offer the freshest and finest ingredients found in the islands.

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TOURCH LIGHTING | Held prior to sunset beginning at the Luana Lounge Terrace, this time-honored tradition, the blowing of the conch shell or “pū” by our Hui Holokai Ambassadors signifies the ending of another beautiful day in paradise. A must see for keiki (children) and adults alike!

ALOHA FRIDAY AT AHUAKŪPUNA (ALTER) | Join us to honor our kūpuna (ancestors) past and present in a moving ceremony.

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