by Andrea Doyle | July 11, 2018
Maui offers incentive travelers the attractions of a beach destination and so much more, including its own unique customs, music, legends and traditions. For groups looking to enjoy this sense of place, Fairmont Kea Lani's Hawaiian Cultural Program is just the ticket.

Its offerings include the Hawaiian Canoe Experience, which takes groups onto a six-seat outrigger with a large-arched support beam, or ama, on one side. Before catching a wave, the instructor blows a conch shell and leads a chant, or oli, to ask for permission to enter the ocean.

The canoe experience is an ideal way for groups to get immersed in the Hawaiian environment. Along with a near-guarantee of seeing turtles, humpback whales frequent the Wailea areal, with dolphins and monk seals making appearances as well.

Other popular cultural programs at the Fairmont Kea Lani include a Polynesian and Native Hawaiian plants walking tour, ukulele lessons and torch-lighting ceremony.

Hawaii's only all-suite and -villa resort, the Fairmont Kea Lani features 413 suites and 37 villas as well as a restaurant, KO, which serves plantation-inspired cuisine.  

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This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of Incentive.