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A Message From Maui Nui - October 2010

October 1, 2010

Maui Nui News

October 2010
Named “Best Island” year after year by national travel publications, Maui, and her sister islands Molokai and Lanai, continue to offer memorable experiences for first-time visitors and seasoned travelers alike. World-class resorts, award winning cuisine, championship golf, staggering natural beauty and the islands’ host Hawaiian culture have propelled Maui Nui into the limelight. Here are just a few reasons why “The Magic Isles” are among the most desirable destinations in the world.

Direct Flights to Maui Nui
Direct flights make Maui more accessible

With 155 direct flights to Maui each week on all the major carriers, Maui is easy and convenient to visit. Flights are available from various West Coast cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Other direct flights are available from Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, Edmonton, Chicago, Anchorage and Calgary.

Maui Nui Accommodations
Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas completes renovation

Famed for being Kaanapali’s hidden jewel, Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas recently completed a renovation. The $1.6 million makeover will bring a fresh new look to the resort’s lobby, function area, garden courtyard and meeting space. Situated on the finest beachfronts of Maui, the upscale, condominium resort combines the feeling of being at your very own exclusive beach home with all of the perks of a full-service resort, such as daily maid service, a poolside restaurant and a day spa. For more information, visit

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa undergoes $15 Million transformation
This fall, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa will undergo an extensive $15 million transformation. Scheduled for completion in December 2010, the resort will debut updated guestrooms, and an exciting new restaurant, Japengo, a sexy, hip dining destination offering lively Asian-fusion cuisine blending exotic flavors from around the world. Occupying the former space of Cascades, Japengo will feature an open-air garden Moon Bar, a Sushi Lounge and an outdoor dining overlooking the Pacific Ocean. For more information, call 808-661-1234, or visit

Win a trip for two to Napili Kai
Napili Kai Beach Resort, a deluxe resort on Maui’s beautiful Napili Bay, is marking its 50th anniversary with an online contest to win a free week-long trip for two to Maui. The 50th Anniversary Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents who are at least 21 years of age. No purchase is necessary, and the entry form, eligibility, rules, prize, and other contest details are available at Entry deadline is December 31, 2010. For resort reservations or information, call Napili Kai Beach Resort at toll-free 1-800-367-5030.

New reception center for guests at The Kapalua Villas
The Kapalua Villas relocated their reception center and administrative offices to 2000 Village Road. Return guests will know this building as the Adventure Center Building, which is located on the right as you enter Kapalua Resort. The new reception center provides ease of access to the Villas front desk, concierge, bell services, and the executive offices, all of which are conveniently located under the same roof as the Kapalua Resort’s logo shop, adventure desk, full service concierge, and a new dining venue opening in the near future. For info, call 800-545-0018 or visit

Grand re-Opening of the historic Lahaina Inn
The historic Lahaina Inn re-opened on September 1, 2010 after a complete re-model, under the new management of Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts (HH&R) which owns and operates the Royal Lahaina Resort. The Lahaina Inn is ideally located just off of Front Street, within easy walking distance of art galleries, restaurants, lounges, and shops. Guests of the Lahaina Inn now also enjoy access to the oceanfront amenities at the full-service Royal Lahaina Resort, including swimming pools, beach and water activities, restaurants and lounges, tennis, and golf. For more information, call 800-222-5642 or visit

The Fairmont Kea Lani embarks on $14M room renovation
All 413 one-bedroom suites will be renovated with new furniture, paint and décor, new linens, draperies, HD flat screen TVs, and new interior doors and cabinets. New sleeper sofas and other “value adds” guests include microwaves and mini-refrigerators. The remodeling coincides with the current pool deck renovation. In fact, the fall renovation is the first of three scheduled remodeling projects, which include the build-out of Ko, the resort’s signature restaurant and Spa Kea Lani. Suite renovations are scheduled to be completed by the holidays. For more info, call 808-875-4100 or visit

Tours and Activities

50% off for U.S. police, firefighters, lifeguards and EMTs at the Hawaiian Aquarium
Throughout November, Maui Ocean Center will show gratitude for all U.S. Police, Fire, Lifeguard and EMT personnel with 50% off general admission! These brave rescue personnel will enjoy aquarium admission at $11.25 plus tax for seniors and $12.75 plus tax for adults and one guest; rescue personnel must accompany guest. Valid identification must be presented upon purchase for the discount. The Wave of Gratitude offer is not combinable with any other discounts. For more information, call 808-270-7000 or visit

New wildlife at Hyatt Regency Maui
There’s a new flock in town at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, which welcomed new members to its growing family of over 40 exotic species. Mandarin Ducks, Wood Ducks and European Mute Swans recently joined the existing flamingos, African Crowned Cranes, Australian Black Swans, parrots, and the guest- adored African Black-Footed Penguins. Still to come, are Chilean Black Swans, Eaton’s Plumed Whistling Tree Ducks and White Faced Whistling Tree Ducks. Guests can enjoy the new additions during the resort’s Wildlife Tour, conducted several times a week. For more information, call 808-661-1234, or visit

Stand-up paddle board tour at Grand Wailea
By popular demand, Maui Ocean Activities at Grand Wailea launched a stand-up paddle board tour allowing guests to learn the basics of paddle boarding with personalized instruction while enjoying the marine life on Wailea Beach. Snorkel masks are also provided to guests, complimentary, for up-close personal encounters with reef life. $99 per person. Call 800-888-6100 ext. 4257 to book.

Pacific Whale Foundation offers weekly Island Rhythms cruise
Dancing to popular reggae tunes on a beautiful catamaran while you enjoy a sunset over the Pacific – now that’s fun! This Pacific Whale Foundation cruise is offered every Friday from Maalaea Harbor and features local reggae sensation Marty Dread who acts as DJ, vocalist and master of ceremonies. He gets everyone up dancing! Marty has released numerous solo and group albums, been nominated for Na Hoku Hanohano awards and performed around the world. For reservations, call (808) 249-8811 ext 1 or visit and click on “ecotours” and “evening cruises”.

Sleep with the sharks at the Hawaiian Aquarium – if you dare!
Children grades 3-8 are invited to spend the night at the aquarium on October 29 among sharks, octopus, eels and many other bizarre creatures! Participants will learn about the ocean’s unusual animals, their dangerous defenses, creepy camouflage and amazing abilities through hands-on discovery lessons, crafts, and supervised shark feedings. Halloween costumes are welcomed; pointed objects are not permitted. The sleepover is from 5:30 p.m. Friday until 8:00 a.m. Saturday and includes snacks, pizza and continental breakfast. Cost is $60 plus tax. Space is limited. Call 808-270-7075 for reservations and details.

Coral reef outreach station
Grand Wailea, in partnership with the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, offers guests the opportunity to join sanctuary volunteers at the information station by the beach for hands-on games, activities and learn about the Hawaii’s unique coral reef ecosystem, humpback whales and other protected species. Great fun for the entire family. Complimentary to residents and visitors.
Call 800-888-6100 ext 51 for more information.

Hyatt Regency Maui’s new telescope elevates star-studded astronomy program
A new state-of-the-art telescope at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa has elevated the star-studded astronomy program. Edward “Eddie” J. Mahoney, the resort’s Director of Astronomy, leads guests on an entrancing Tour of the Stars astronomy show atop Hyatt’s Lahaina Tower. With three shows nightly, intimate groups can see spectacular views of little-seen constellations with the new Celestron high-definition 14-inch aplanic telescope, Hawaii's only recreational HD telescope. A special late night Romance Tour of the Stars includes champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. For more information, call 808-661-1234, or visit

Tour Fins & Flippers at Maui Ocean Center
Join an Ocean Naturalist guide and have a fin-tastic time learning amazing facts about hammerhead sharks and green sea turtles on the Fins & Flippers tour. Guests will have the opportunity to sneak a peek behind the scenes at the aquarium and participate in a supervised feeding at Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbor. Tours are offered at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in October and December for $10 per person plus aquarium admission. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Sign up at the aquarium’s front gate or call 270-7088. For more information, call 808-270-7000 or visit

Zero gravity beach chairs to enjoy sunny days
Zero gravity beach chairs is fast becoming a hot favorite amongst resort guests staying at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Newly introduced as a beach amenity, the chairs offer easy comfort to sun worshippers planning a relaxing beach day. Available for daily rental, the chairs are easily converted into full-stretched positions for lazing in the sun. Whether one prefers to hang out on Kaanapali Beach mere steps away from the resort or head out and explore other beaches around Maui, the chairs can be folded for easy transportation. Visit

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai unveils new experiences at the Stables at Koele
Discover the timeless landscapes and paniolo (cowboy) history of Lanai on horseback at the Stables at Koele. The new state-of-the-art facility features an equestrian arena, offering daily rodeos and roping demonstrations. Learn how to ride rope and rejuvenate like the Hawaiian paniolos of Lānai’s historical ranching past. Saddle up at the charming country outpost in the heart of the Palawai Basin, just south of Koele. From there, the ascending trails lead to various ridgelines canvassed by Lanai’s lush landscape. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Concierge at 808-565-4555.

Meet an amazing aquarist on Maui Ocean Center’s exclusive tour
Explore the aquarium through an aquarist’s eyes on this interactive tour. Meet an aquarist, enjoy a behind- the-scenes tour and learn how the aquarist team cares for MOC’s animals and exhibits. Guests also get to participate in a supervised feeding of sharks at Hammerhead Harbor. Tours are offered at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in October and November for $10 per person plus aquarium admission. Space is limited and fees applicable to parents and guardians accompanying children on the tour. Reservations recommended. Sign up at the aquarium’s front gate or call 808-270-7088. Call 808-270-7000 or visit

“Tri” Lanai at the Second Annual TriLanai Off-Road Sprint Triathlon
The second annual TriLanai Off-Road Sprint Triathlon takes place on Saturday, October 30. The triathlon will provide participants the opportunity to experience the island from a unique perspective rarely offered to the casual visitor. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. with a 1/2 mile open-water swim at Hulopoe Bay, followed by a 16 mile bike race up Hulopoe Bay’s switchback road. The final leg of the competition is a 4 mile run to the finish line. For more information or to make room reservations, please call toll-free 800-321-4666 and ask for the TriLanai package.

Aqua poker anyone?
A holiday in Hawaii is often incomplete without traditional activities such as hula lesson, flower lei making and ukulele lesson. Guests at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa not only enjoy these activities through the Westin Destination Club Program but also delight in trendy activities such as “wii bowling” and “aqua poker”. Organized by the resort’s Director of Fun Jack Stone, aqua poker is offered at the adults’ swimming pool overlooking the warm Pacific. Families with children too have their share of fun through “slide races” and “minute-to-win-it” games at the resort’s outdoor pools. Visit

Pacific Whale Foundation offers free wildlife guides
Want to learn more about Hawaii’s whales, dolphins, coral reefs, sea turtles, monk seals and sharks? With support from an award from Hawaii Tourism Authority, Pacific Whale Foundation has published a series of Hawaii wildlife guides available free to visitors and the public. You can pick up your copies at Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Stores at 612 Front Street in Lahaina and at the Harbor Shops at Maalaea. Schools, libraries, hotels and agencies are invited to request copies in quantity for distribution to the public. For information, call 808-249-8811 ext. 1 or visit

Onsite Coral Reef Naturalist Program offered Sundays through Thursdays at Ulua Beach
New to snorkeling? The experienced naturalist at this free information station helps you learn the names of the fish you’ll see at the nearshore reef at Ulua Beach and will offer tips for reef-friendly snorkeling techniques from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Wailea’s Ulua Beach. Offered by Pacific Whale Foundation with support from an award by Hawaii Tourism Authority. For info, call 808-249-8811 ext. 1.

Visit Scuba Claus and his elf helper in the Open Ocean at Maui Ocean Center
Be sure to have your Christmas list ready for a visit with Scuba Claus and his Elf Helper in the aquarium’s Open Ocean exhibit throughout the 12 Days of FISH-mas, December 14 through December 25! Scuba Claus and his Elf Helper will make their appearance in the Open Ocean exhibit at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to host exciting Dive Link presentations at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A special dive mask will allow Scuba Claus to communicate with guests and answer their questions about the sharks, stingrays and fish in the open ocean. For more information, call 808-270-7000 or visit

Health and Wellness
Honua Spa at Hotel Hana-Maui honored again

Adding to numerous previous accolades, Honua Spa at Hotel Hana-Maui has again been recognized as a winner in Spa magazine’s 2010 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards, which highlights their readers’ picks of top spas around the world. As part of this year’s top favorite in categories that include Favorite Destination Spas, Honua Spa was one of 5 winners in the category of “Favorite Spas for Couples – U.S.”. Winners in order of ranking will be honored at Spa magazine’s 14th annual media event at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City on Friday, October 22. Find out more at

ʻTis the season to be tranquil and renewed
Located at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, Spa Helani, A Heavenly Spa by WestinTM celebrates year-end festivities with delightful spa specials available in December. Indulge in a “Snow Angel Facial” with pearl and citrus extracts for an illuminating glow. Or experience a “Peppermint Frost Massage” using signature healing oil with peppermint, menthol and camphor to release tension through therapeutic massage techniques. For a sweet treat, try the “Sparkling Sugar Manicure & Pedicure” that captures the essence of renewal with a sparkling finish! Call 808-662-2644 for spa reservations or visit

Indulge in exotic “wrap”-ture at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s Mandara Spa
Inspired by a Tahitian recipe, the Elemis Exotic Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap blends fragrant Coconut and Frangipani flowers to produce Monoi, scented waxy oil traditionally used by Polynesian women to protect and condition their bodies. We anoint your body with this warm, rich and creamy formula before you are cocooned in a comforting wrap. The sublime experience is topped off with a soothing scalp massage. 50 minutes - $145 / 75 minutes - $205. For information, call Mandara Spa at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at 808-891-8774.

Relaxing water therapies
The award-winning Heavenly Spa by WestinTM at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa presents a unique water therapy experience with Vichy shower treatments. Designed for men, the “Hawaiian Salt Glow” includes a full body application of an earthy island scent and Hawaiian salt before the dancing waters of the Vichy shower rinse away any tension and stress. Ladies will enjoy the “Island Body Polish” with a citrus and pineapple scented sugar scrub, followed by seven shower heads streaming water from head to toe, and finishing with a hydrating body moisturizer. For reservations, call 808-661-2588 or visit

Bathing in coconut
Spa Grande elevates the art of bathing with Coconut Euphoria. The bath, designed by the requests from our guest, smoothes and softens the skin with a deep sugar and coconut exfoliation followed by a bath of coconut milk and Hawaiian pineapple juice with a scalp treatment. The treatment is finished with a luxurious application of coconut lotion to keep your skin hydrated. Call 800-888-8100 ext. 4900 for more information about Spa Grande or visit,

Hotel Wailea Maui opens new fitness facility
Guests can start their day with an energizing workout at the brand new fitness facility at Hotel Wailea Maui. The workout area is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offers state-of-the-art equipment including: Healthrider Treadmill, Healthrider Elliptical, Bowflex PR1000, Professional Stationary Bike, Free Weights (1-15lb), Fitness Balls, Speed Ropes and Yoga Mats. The addition of the fitness facility complements the active and health-minded packages currently available at the resort.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Thinks Pink this October
Beauty is as beauty does – and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s Waihua Spa has designed a menu that will make you blush with pride, as three thoughtfully-created treatments will donate $10 per indulgence to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Recently voted one of Spa Magazine’s ‘Favorite Resort+Hotel Spa in Hawaii and South Pacific’ in the 2010 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is honored to support such a meaningful cause. For details and appointments, please call 808-665-7079 or visit

The Fairmont Kea Lani hosts “Go Red for Women” luncheon, expo and fashion show
The Maui Chapter of American Heart Association presents the 1st Annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, November 12, at The Fairmont Kea Lani, a premier sponsor of the event. Events include a silent auction, health screenings, holiday fashion show, red carpet photo session and, of course, a 3-course meal with a focus on sustainability. The luncheon is part of the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease in women. For additional information, log onto or call the AHA Maui office at 808-244-7185.

Restaurant Week Wailea returns November 7 – 13, 2010

Back by popular demand, Wailea Resort proudly announces the return of “Restaurant Week Wailea.”
Dates have been set for November 7 – 13, 2010. Watch for more details as many of the resorts’ award winning restaurants prepare three course, pre-fixe meals ranging from $29 - $49 per person. Wailea Resort restaurants partner with the Maui Food Bank for this bi-annual event and proceeds from the special menus are donated to the Maui Food Bank. Visit for details and menus coming soon.

Chocolate and Truffles Decandenza
Pulehu, an Italian Grill is organizing a Chocolate and Truffles Decandenza first anniversary party on October 27, 2010. The chocolate truffle themed event showcases food stations offering delectable delights, wine and cocktail specials and entertainment. The three-hour event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is priced at $95.00 per person. A recipient of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s 2010 Aipono Silver Award for Best Kept Secret, Pulehu at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is famed for its Italian specialties created using locally-grown ingredients. Visit, or call the resort’s Kai Ala Market at 808-662-2676 to purchase tickets.

14th Annual Noble Chef Event to be held at The Fairmont Kea Lani
Maui Culinary Academy’s premier annual fundraising event, The Noble Chef, will be held on October 29 at The Fairmont Kea Lani. This year’s theme, “Taste of the Islands,” features top chefs from around the Hawaiian Islands. The exciting live auction highlighting culinary adventures specially designed for discerning diners helped raise over $180,000 last year. The Noble Chef is Maui Culinary Academy’s largest annual fundraiser with proceeds directly supporting culinary education and student advancement in competition, academics and community service. For more information, email or call 808-984-3261.

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai presents a special wine dinner featuring Mt. Difficulty Vineyards
Join Chef de Cuisine Ronald Simon and New Zealand’s Mt. Difficulty Vineyards on Friday, October 15, 2010 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for an evening of exquisite food and wine pairings, presented in an inspiring five-course dining experience at The Lodge at Koele’s Dining Room. Please call 808-565-2335 or email for reservations and more information.

Football season comes alive at Pailolo Sports Bar & Grill
Catch your favorite football team in-action on large HD flat screen televisions at the Pailolo Sports Bar & Grill. Located oceanfront at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, the sports bar is perfect to enjoy live telecasts with multi-channel options. Spend twenty dollars or more at the restaurant bar and you will be automatically entered into a weekly couch raffle for VIP couch seating for Sunday football games. Domestic and imported beer pitchers are sold at special prices at the sports bar during football season. For more info, please visit

The Chef’s Table at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
For those seeking an exclusive dining experience, Hulopoe Court offers The Chef’s Table. Guests will enjoy a customized five-course menu, interaction with our chefs and a private dining ambiance in the exhibition kitchen. Whether you are a gourmand, or unfamiliar in the kitchen, guests may also take this experience a step further and cook alongside the chef, course by course and learn techniques that may be applied at home. The experience starts at $400 per couple and can host up to ten guests. For more information or to make reservations, please call the Concierge at 808-565-2388.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa introduces Halona Kai martini lounge
Amidst the lush greenery of the atrium lobby, guests can enjoy a sophisticated martini happy hour from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly, at prefixed prices according to the hour. Guests can begin their evening at 4 p.m. with any martini for $4. At 5 p.m., the drink price increases to $5, then $6 at 6 p.m., $7 at 7 p.m., $8 at 8 p.m. and $9 at 9 p.m. Martini selections include Toasted Coconut, Mandarin Blossom Cosmopolitan and more. For more information, call 808-661-1234, or visit

Café Kula
Café Kula at Grand Wailea is now Café Kula & Marketplace with the addition of a “self-serve” grocery-style section so families can have the choice of freshly-made hot and cold items or simply stocking-up on fresh fruits, cold cuts, gourmet foods, snacks and staples like bread, cereal, dairy, coffee, local produce and drinks. The addition of the Marketplace allows visitors to easily pack for picnics, excursions and room-stocking. Open daily. Call 800-888-6100 ext. 4273 for more information.

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai presents a special wine dinner featuring Drew Wines
Join Executive Chef Fabrice Huet and California’s Drew Wines on Saturday, November 27, 2010 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for an evening of exquisite food and wine pairings, presented in an inspiring five-course dining experience at Manele Bay’s Hulopoe Court. Please call 808-565-2335 or email for reservations and more information.

Culture and Agri-Tourism
The 10th Annual “E Hooulu Aloha – To Grow in Love”

“E Hooulu Aloha – To Grow in Love,” a celebration of Hawaiian arts, culture, food and entertainment on Saturday, November 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Bailey House Museum. Uluwehi Guerrero shares his talents along with Uncle Richard Hoopii and Leiohu Ryder. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets are available at the Bailey House Museum at 2375-A Main Street, in Wailuku, 808-244-3326.

Makahiki festival at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas
A day of cultural fun awaits all at the Makahiki Festival, held at the Ocean Lawn at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. Organized by newly-appointed guest services manager Makalapua Kanuha, the one-day event on November 19, 2010 showcases Hawaiian games and demonstrations such as “Ulu Maika” – observed as age-old traditions. Other activities include canoe rides off North Kaanapali Beach, delicious Hawaiian plate lunch served at Pailolo Sports Bar & Grill as well as a craft fair with locally-made crafts, handmade jewelry and soap, art pieces, souvenirs and more. Visit

Maui’s volunteering on vacation program
“Voluntourism” has become a worldwide travel trend as travelers seek ways to “give back” to places they treasure. Now it’s easy to experience the satisfaction and fun of “voluntourism” on Maui. Through Pacific Whale Foundation’s Volunteering on Vacation, you can help out for a few hours on behalf of Maui’s environment. It’s free and it lets you experience aspects of Maui that are often missed by travelers. Many of the programs protect sites that have cultural and historical significance, so participants learn about Hawaiian culture and Maui’s unique plants and wildlife. Participate for three hours and get a free tote bag! Call 808-249-8811 ext. 1 or visit

Hotel Hana-Maui sponsors Festivals of Aloha, Hana 2010
Historic Hana celebrates Festivals of Aloha Maui Nui Style like no other town with a weeklong celebration October 16 to 23, and gives it a heartfelt flavor seen nowhere else. Guests can experience Hawaiian culture and crafts throughout the week. Hotel Hana-Maui will provide ukulele lessons, throw net fishing demonstrations, coconut basket and lauhala weaving, lei making and more. Festival entertainment features the hotel’s own Mountain Apple recording artists CJ Helekahi & Leokane Pryor. On Thursday, October 21, the hotel hosts the annual Kupuna Luncheon which honors our community elders in Kauiki Restaurant. Call Hotel Hana-Maui at 808-248-8211 or visit

Kaanapali Alii guests invited to “First Light - E ala e! (Awaken)” on January 1, 2011
As the day dawns on January 1, 2011 guests of the oceanfront condo rental property Kaanapali Alii are invited to participate in “First Light - E ala e!” This native Hawaiian sea-water cleansing ritual is also known as Hiuwai. A symbol of cleansing all impurities of the past year, this Hawaiian ritual of purification involves wading silently into the tranquil sea while releasing problems, stress or grief. Cultural practitioner Fred Torres will lead the event. Start your 2011 New Year purified in the warm waters of Maui! Visit or call 866-966-7169 for reservations.

Westin goes green
Spearheaded by resort associates, the Sustainable Council is a key initiative at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas towards becoming an environmentally-friendly resort. Its best practices include “Styrofoam Elimination” with reusable and/or biodegradable products in place, “Green Housekeeping” program to increase indoor air quality by limiting cleaning chemicals that pollute the environment and “Waste Minimization, Recycling and Organic Waste Management” to divert minimum 20% of its trash from the landfill. The resort’s restaurants and deli stores offer “Sustainable Menus” to promote healthy eating habits and use of locally-grown nutrients, supporting local organic farmers and businesses. Visit

Maui Open Market (M.O.M.), has opened at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu
Maui Open Market is a combination Farmers Market and Arts & Crafts Fair with food and shaved ice. M.O.M is seeking to become the premier Maui produced Arts and Craft’s Fair. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday and Monday to the public, admission and parking is free. M.O.M’s mission is to provide reasonable vendor opportunities to local farmers, artists and craftspeople to sell their Maui products to the residents and visitors on Maui. For more information, visit or

New wedding setting on Maui

Couples seeking an intimate oceanfront venue for their wedding will be delighted with the debut of the Kai Lani Lawn at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the setting is perfect for an early morning ceremony or an evening affair with a stunning sunset backdrop. The sprawling 26-acre oceanfront resort also offers the spacious Ocean Lawn for elaborate themed outdoor receptions. Located lobby level, the newly-opened Puukukui Boardroom offers state-of-the-art design and Westin- branded comfort. It is ideal for corporate-style meetings and cozy cocktail receptions. More details are available at

Fun at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants

A hotspot for complimentary cultural entertainment and activities, Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants celebrates the island lifestyle in and around a grand Center Stage. Stop by for Polynesian hula and Tahitian dance shows in the evenings and join in to learn more about Hawaiian arts and crafts during the day. A free-admission Whalers Museum deepens island understanding with a colorful slice of whaling history, while the whole Village quickens during a variety of exuberant annual festivals. For details, visit or call 808-243-2290.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa adds new shops
Furniture builder and retailer Martin & MacArthur opened its first resort-focused store at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Martin & MacArthur Makai showcases Hawaiian made gifts including Kopa Haiku Skin Care locally made in Haiku, Maui using natural essences of Maui’s flowers for fragrances. Another store that recently opened at the oceanfront resort is Nalu Pearl. Specializing in pearl jewelry, the store’s specialist designers handpick and design each jewelry piece. Black Tahitian pearls and South Sea pearls are their signature favorites, combined with gem stones and carat gold. Visit

Maui’s Pinnacle Award winners

The 2010 Pinnacle Awards celebrate hospitality excellence by identifying the convention and visitor bureaus, hotels, and conference centers that set the standard for others to follow. Above all, what makes the 2010 Pinnacle Awards most significant is that winners are selected by the readers of Successful Meetings, based upon their own real-life, meeting experiences. Here are Maui Nui winners over the years.
•    Maui Visitors Bureau (6-time winner)
•    Grand Wailea Beach Resort & Spa
•    Makena Beach and Golf Resort
•    Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
•    Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Maui captures meetings honors
Each year, Maui Nui partners are honored by meetings publications for their excellent facilities, food and beverage service, top-notch staff and everything else required to handle meetings and events of all sizes. Recently, meeting planners for Meetings West named The Fairmont Kea Lani, Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa as the top three resorts on Maui in their “Best of the West” for 2010. Also, Successful Meetings named Makena Beach & Golf Resort one of the country’s top hotels for meetings, incentive travel and group events. Kudos to these fine resorts for bringing these accolades home to Maui.

Wailea Gold makes Golfweek’s Top 100 Resort Courses
Wailea’s championship Gold Course has once again been named to Golfweek’s prestigious list of the Top 100 Resort Courses in the United States. Winners were selected based on input from Golfweek’s raters, who evaluated courses on multiple attributes including course and facility esthetics; shot-making demands on or around the greens; variety and memorability of holes and quality of conditioning. Wailea’s Gold and Emerald courses were both designed by Robert Trent Jones II and offer sweeping ocean vistas from every hole. For more information and tee time reservations, swing over to

PR Contact:
Kelii Brown
Director, Public Relations & Promotions
Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau
808-244-3530, x 716