Where to Find the Best Happy Hour in Kaanapali

This three-mile stretch of Ka’anapali Resort’s white sands location on the west side of Maui is ideal for a sunset cocktail and tasty snacks. On the islands, the expression “pau hana” is often interchanged with the phrase “Happy Hour” and translates to “work is finished.” The essence of “pau hana” encourages visitors to put down their phone and relax in the company of others over drinks and pupus (appetizers). Here are some of the top spots to get your pau hana on in Ka’anapali.

We have cross-checked our picks with top sites like Maui Magazine, Pride of Maui and Tripadvisor to make sure we’re offering you the best lunches to enjoy in Ka’anapali. Bon appetit!

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Barefoot Bar

Pina coladas, mai tais, and the other classics — Barefoot Bar has them all in spades. Be sure to try their Maui mule made with local vodka and mint for a regional twist on this refreshing favorite. Open 9am to 9pm. hulagrillkaanapali.com

Kaanapali sushi
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Happy hour drinks are great, but you need some sushi to sop up that booze, look no further than Japengo. With plenty of hand-rolled options as well as half-sized portions, here you can try a wide variety of some of the best sushi on the island. Open daily 5pm to 9pm with happy hour on Thursday 5pm to 6pm. hyatt.com

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Reopened in spring of 2018, Leilani’s features not only a killer happy hour, but breathtaking sunsets too. A unique cocktail list and diverse menu make this a local and tourist favorite. The chef’s tasting menu is $21 from 4pm to 5:15pm daily and it’s a delicious steal. Open 11:30am to 9pm. leilanis.com

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Monkeypod Kitchen

Just cause it’s an island doesn’t mean you need a fruity cocktail, and Monkeypod Kitchen is a beer lovers heaven. So there are 36 beers on tap here, and they’re all handcrafted. Of course there are cocktails as well, all of which are made with fresh ingredients (read: less of a hangover.) Open daily 11am to 10pm. Happy hour is daily 3:30pm to 5pm.  monkeypodkitchen.com

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