Sunset at Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock

The sunset at Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock just bring a chair or towel, some adult beverage, some company and you’re all set.   It’s easy and FREE and requires no physical exertion.  Just sit back, relax and absorb the beauty.  A few tour boats do sunset cruises to Kaanapali Beach so make sure you’re not in front of one during the sunset.

If you stroll over to the Black Rock which is right in front of the Sheraton on Kaanapali Beach, there’s a daily torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony a few minutes before sunset.  I’ve seen this a million times and never get tired of it.  It off starts with a Hawaiian warrior running from the Sheraton hotel onto Kaanapali Beach.  Then climbing onto the Black Rock and lighting torches along the way. He offers a lei to the ancient Hawaiian gods and then dives head first into the ocean.


Kaanapali Beach is huge and stretches for 3 miles long.  But the prime spot for the sunset is pretty much in front of the Black Rock which is found at the doorsteps of the Sherton Maui Resort & Spa.

2605 Kaanapali Parkway
Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761


Parking is literally a nightmare here because the free spots are rare or the paid parking spots with a hefty price tag.  Here’s a list of the various parking spots:

  • There is a public parking lot located at ground level at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa which is last hotel located at the north end of Kaanapali Parkway and is the closest to Black Rock.  There’s a very limited number of stalls so come early or camp out for spot.
  • If you plan shop or dine at the Whaler’s Village, there’s a parking garage. It cost $2.50 per hour but it’s free for the first 3 hours if you get a validation stamp at one of the many shops and restaurants.  The walk from the Whalers Village to the Black Rock is about 7 to 10 minutes, just follow the cement path parallel to the beach til it ends heading north.
  • Kahekili Beach Park has a huge free parking lot.  It is just on the north side of Black Rock.  Once parked, walk South towards the Black Rock, pass the golf course, walk through the Sterton Resort and the Black Rock and Kaanapali Beach should be on your right.  It is between the Newest Honua Kai building and the Aston Mahana.  The walk is about 20 minutes.
  • All the hotels along Kaanapali Beach should have some kind public parking, just pull up and ask.  Hotels along Kaanapali Beach are the Sherton of course, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, The Whaler, Kaanapali Ali, The Westin, The Marriott Beach Club and the Hyatt.
  • Just past the Whaler’s village look for the “beach parking” signs painted on the blacktop in that main lots.  There is also a small lot down by the Hyatt without a sign notice but once in the small lot the Beach Parking Only sign is hidden behind a bush!
  • I’ve seen people drive around Kaanapali Parkway looking for any valid parking spot and walking to the beach.


  • Bring something to sit on like a towel or a beach chair.
  • Bring a camera!
  • Come 20 minutes before sunset to snag a good spot, enjoy the magnificent view, and watch the torch ceremony at the Black Rock.  View Maui Sunset Times
  • If you sit in front of the Sheraton hotel, you can hear the announcer tell the legend of the Black Rock.
  • You don’t need a buy a sunset cruise ticket to see the Kaanapali Beach sunset.
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