In the 1960s, as developers built West Maui resorts to rival Waikiki’s, Ka‘anapali experienced a surge of popularity. It’s easy to see why this former sugar plantation was chosen: its beaches. At the north end, Kahekili Beach is great for snorkeling. Along the length of the resort, Ka‘anapali Beach is lined with swank hotels that have made West Maui a top destination. One of Ka‘anapali’s signature attractions, P‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock) is a unique outcropping of lava surrounded by thriving coral reef. While divers and snorkelers savor the underwater sights, landlubbers enjoy the mile-long oceanfront walkway or the Ka‘anapali Historic Trail, a two-hour journey starting at the Royal Lahaina Resort and including 10 sites reached on foot and via the Ka‘anapali Trolley.