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A Message From Maui Nui - July 2010

July 1, 2010

Maui Nui News

July 2010
Named “Best Island” year after year by national travel outlets, 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 a few reasons why “The Magic Isles” are some of the most desirable destinations in the world.

Direct Flights to Maui Nui

Direct Flights make Maui More Accessible
With 180 direct flights to Maui each week on all the major carriers, Maui is easy and convenient to visit. Flights are available on all the major carriers from various West Coast cities including Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Other direct flights are available from Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Anchorage and Calgary.

Hawaiian Airlines Launches New Las Vegas Flight
Hawaiian Airlines announced it will begin direct service between Las Vegas and Maui beginning October 3. Flight #32 will depart Kahului Airport on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. and arrive at McCarran International Airport at 4:35 p.m. Flight #31 will depart Las Vegas on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:25 p.m. and arrive on Maui at 9:25 p.m. For reservations, please visit or call 1-800-367-5320.

Maui Nui Accommodations

Monthly Celebrations Honor Guests
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa introduces ‘In Celebration of’ – a guest recognition program with monthly themes nominating hotel guests chosen by their family. A drawing held Wednesdays selects one lucky hotel guest recipient and offers one resort indulgence whether it is a spa renewal at the Heavenly Spa by Westin TM, a culinary special or use of a pool cabana for the day. Hotel guests planning a vacation in months to come can look forward to participating in ‘In Celebration of Romance’ held in August and ‘In Celebration of Wellness’ in September. Visit for details.

New Executive Boardroom at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has unveiled its new Alii Boardroom designed for executive meetings. Fully equipped with the latest audio and visual technology, the Alii Boardroom measures approximately 12-feet by 28-feet with seating for up to 11 people. Executive touches include leather ergonomic chairs, dedicated wired and wireless Internet connectivity and a 52-inch LCD TV. The resort hotel now offers 27,130 square feet of indoor meeting space and 86,740 square feet of outdoor function areas for a wide range of group needs. For more information, call 808-879-1922.

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui Announces “Renovation with Aloha”
Exciting enhancements are coming to The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. Complete renovations to all three swimming pools are scheduled to take place this fall. The pool decks are being replaced with quartzite, a naturally beautiful stone that will dramatically enhance the expansive pool areas. During this time, The Fairmont Kea Lani will continue to be a full service resort and at least one swimming pool will always be open. Take advantage of spectacular discounts with our “Renovation with Aloha” promotional rates. For more information, visit or call 808-875-4100.

“TLC for PDA” Poolside Amenity
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay has just unveiled technology-driven poolside amenities, allowing both you and your favorite handheld device to recharge and disconnect al fresco. The tech-savvy “TLC for PDA” amenity offers Tender Loving Care for your most prized possession – your Personal Digital Assistant. Whether it be a Blackberry or iPhone, the device will have a twitter-ific time in paradise with the hourly poolside amenity service. There’s also a blissful “hands free” mini-massage to revive overworked and texting-weary fingers and, for those that need a reboot, a selection of refreshing PDA inspired libations, such as the Blackberry Mojito. For more information, please call the Concierge at 808-565-2388.

Tours and Activities

Horseback Tours Showcase Beauty of the Makena Region
Makena Ranch now brings “The Ultimate Paniolo Experience” to Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s 1,800 acres on Maui’s southern shore. Riders embark on a two-hour journey along the slope of Mt. Haleakala, where they mingle with paniolo and their cattle while winding through ranchland and kiawe forest. Each group has a maximum of six riders. Tours run Monday through Saturday in the mornings and afternoons, and start at $135 per person with the option of including a barbecue lunch for $20. For reservations, call 808-875-5821 or visit

Cuisine Confidential – Your Personalized Maui Restaurant Guide
Tour da Food Maui expands its services called “Cuisine Confidential” and for just $10, she creates PERSONALIZED Maui restaurant guides. “I think more visitors want ‘the inside scoop’ from someone who truly knows the dining scene – both local and upscale,” says Friedman. The process is so simple. Go to her Tour da Food website, click on the Cuisine Confidential tab and fill out a brief questionnaire. Customers receive a PayPal invoice and within 72 hours, Friedman sends out a personalized list of 20 restaurant recommendations including all the need-to-know details. Please call 808-242-8383 or visit for more information.

Sleep with the Sharks at Maui Ocean Center
On July 23, children in the 3rd - 8th grades are invited to sleep with the sharks at Maui Ocean Center! This fun and educational overnight begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and ends 8 a.m. Saturday. Participants will have the exclusive opportunity to explore the Aquarium after dark, witness the fascinating nighttime behavior of sharks and fish, touch live sea creatures, and enjoy a supervised feeding of green sea turtles along with exciting ocean-themed games, crafts, movies, and more! Fee includes a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, and snacks. Space is limited and reservations are required. Cost is $60 per participant with a 15% discount for Aquarium members. Call 808-270-7075 for reservations or visit for more information.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s New Telescope Elevates Star-Studded Astronomy Program
The resort unveils a brand new high-tech telescope for the resort’s cosmic experience, Tour of the Stars, this month. The new Celestron high-definition 14-inch aplanic telescope will be Hawaii’s only recreational HD telescope. The new state-of-the art telescope offers better views, greater clarity, and more photography opportunities. Director of Astronomy Eddie Mahoney promises even more entrancing astronomy tours and stargazing parties. Offered three times nightly; plus, a special romance-inspiring, couples-only Romance Tour of the Stars on Fridays and Saturdays includes champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. For more information, contact Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa at 808-661-1234 or visit

Catch a Wave at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
No summer visit is complete to Maui without surfing the warm Pacific. Located oceanfront at the Aloha Pavilion of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Island Style Adventures Surf School offers a refreshing surf experience. In addition to surf lessons, the school also arranges stand-up paddle lessons, a new sporting adventure that has become a rave among local residents and visitors to Maui. Lessons can also be paired with lunch at the resort’s Ono Bar & Grill to satisfy the well-deserved appetite. For reservations, call 808-244-6858 or visit

Explore Hawaii’s Ocean on Discovery Saturday
There is much to discover in the warm waters of Hawaii! Get your hands wet as you interact with a Water Educator from The Digital Bus on Discovery Saturday on July 17, August 21 and September 18 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Discovery Pool Exhibit at Maui Ocean Center. Enjoy a close-up look at different ocean organisms under a microscope, learn about the importance of healthy reef ecosystems, touch a few of Hawaii’s live invertebrates, and track the real time changes in the salinity, oxygen level and pH balance of the exhibit. Discovery Saturday is complimentary with aquarium admission. For more information, call 808-270-7000 or visit

TriLanai 10K Run and 5K Walk
A really fun 10K Run / 5K Walk plus a Keiki Run around Dole Park takes place on Saturday, August 14. Starting at 9:15 a.m., it’s the perfect event for anyone training for the TriLanai Triathlon or just wanting to run or walk around Lanai City. Please visit for more information.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Hosts 2nd Annual Maui Photo Festival, Aug. 25-29
The second Maui Photo Festival and Workshops at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, will bring more than 20 of the top photo workshops trainers to one of the world’s most photogenic locations: Maui. Seminar content covers the spectrum — digital novice to pro — through classroom sessions, demo and hands-on opportunities and location shoots. Hyatt Regency Maui will offer a special room rate for festival attendees. For more info, visit or contact Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa at 808-661-1234.

Hotel Wailea Opens Weekend Lounge with entertainment
Wailea, Maui has a new weekend nightlife venue at the Hotel Wailea. Every Friday and Saturday, happy hour operates from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. serving fresh & organic cocktails & martinis. Live entertainment starts at 10:00 p.m. and goes until 12:30 a.m. in the Weekend Lounge, located adjacent to the lobby check in area. No Cover, must be 21 years of age or older, valet parking available. Visit

Hotel Lanai - Ladies Only Please
Two of the top LPGA teaching pros are heading to Lanai to coach women on how to improve their game from a variety of different levels. Whether you want to hit the “long ball” or hone the short game skills, this school is focused on the abilities of women. Beverly Fergusen and Sherri Hayes will share mental, physical and practice techniques that are guaranteed to take anyone's game of golf to the next level. Schools are offered in August/September 2010 & February 2011. For more information or to make reservations contact Hotel Lanai at 808-565-7211; or visit

Tour Behind the Scenes with an Amazing Aquarist
Explore Maui Ocean Center through the eyes of an aquarist! Upgrade to the Amazing Aquarist Tour for $10 plus aquarium admission per person. Meet an aquarist and learn how they care for the marine animals and exhibit habitats at the Aquarium on an exclusive behind the scenes tour. Guests will also have the exciting opportunity to enjoy a few hands-on aquarist duties including a supervised feeding of hammerhead sharks, Hawaiian green sea turtles and fish at Hammerhead Harbor and Turtle Lagoon! Amazing Aquarist Tours are offered every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in July and August. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 808-270-7088 for reservations or visit for more information.

Trilogy Excursion Debuts “Keiki Camp” for Summer on Lanai
Keiki (Kids) Camp is a fun interactive child enrichment program, available for kids ages 6 to 12 on our Discover Lanai trip. The program includes a visor, eco-coloring/activity book, certified naturalist counselors, tide-pool exploration, snorkeling and beach time! Educational and entertaining, it is designed so that children are accessible to their parents. Along with our regular dinner, we offer hot dogs for the kids and, dessert on the sail home! Limit is six children per counselor. For more info, call 808-874-5649 or visit

Family Travel Season Inspires New Activities
As summer kicks off, so do exciting summer activities at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. In addition to year round Hula dancing, Hawaiian crafting, and snorkeling lessons, the Sheraton Maui is now offering Link@Sheraton Movie Nights, Chef’s Tours, and Aloha Fridays. A family favorite, Aloha Friday offers guests even greater opportunities to experience Hawaiian culture with such activities as coconut husking, rubber ducky racing, and fire knife dancing. So now that the kids are out of school, Sheraton Maui looks forward to an exhilarating summer of splashing, eating, relaxing and experiencing Maui! Visit

Health and Wellness

Day Spa Opens at Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Makena Beach & Golf Resort welcomes a new level of luxury and rejuvenation with the opening of the Makena Kai Day Spa. The spa is the first on Maui operated by Hawaiian Rainforest Spa, which specializes in natural healing therapies. Services include exclusive massage therapies, facials and body treatments that incorporate indigenous botanical products. Makena Kai’s outdoor treatments are offered in two thatched-roof cabanas. Indoor spa rooms are also available. The spa is open to resort guests and outside visitors. For reservations, call 808-875-5858 or visit

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Launches the Fall Wellness Series 2010
An all-new health and wellness series – The Fall Wellness Series – takes place September 2 through December 19, 2010 at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui. Both physical and spiritual wellness practices and modalities will be featured weekly during four-day wellness weekends including one-on-one casual sessions and appointments with a roster of inspiring masters in Qigong, Reiki, Pilates, Energy Healing, Meditation, Sound & Vibrational Healing, Fitness, Green Lifestyle and much more. For more information, contact The Spa at 808-874-8000 or

Spa Grande Debuts “Ula (Red) Rain Massage”
The intensive ʻUla Rain Massage was developed to bring both physical and emotional benefits. It can be used as a booster of immunity, hormone function and circulation and to improve general vitality. Fall asleep to the sound of Hawaiian rain falling upon your body while being massaged. Natural, sun-dried clays of rainbow colors are liberally massaged onto the body, allowing nutrients and anti-oxidants to be absorbed, while the slow soft rain lulls you into deep relaxation. For info, visit or call 800-888- 6100, ext. 4949.

Romance at Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin TM
Experience a Couples Instructional Massage at Spa Helani at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas and learn basic massage techniques to give intimate massages at home. After the 80 minute instructional, couples can soak in a bath of choice and are presented with a couples massage book. Couples seeking to completely indulge can renew with a Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage using coconut lemongrass cream to accompany this sacred healing massage that uses the hands & forearms in rhythmic and flowing movement. Call 808-662-2644 to book or visit

Relax and Chill with Mandara Spa’s Freeze Facials
The renowned Mandara Spa at the oceanfront Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa now features a relaxing way to “chill” with two super cool facials designed to rejuvenate the skin. The “Skin Smoothie Instant Anti- Aging Facial” is a 25-minute hydrating treatment that reshapes and contours the face for younger looking skin ($79). The “Ice Goddess Facial” goes deep to gently reduce topical lines and wrinkles from the face and neck and is available for both 50- and 75-minutes ($179/$199). To make an appointment, call 808-891-8774.

Makena Luau Debuts on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Presented by Tahu Productions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s new Makena Luau provides a window into the traditions and customs of the Pacific Islands, as well as the history of the Makena region. The luau includes a shell lei and Mai Tai greeting; open bar; all-you-can-eat dinner buffet; entertainment and activities; self-parking; and tax and gratuity. Cost is $95 per adult, $49 per child (5-12 years of age) and complimentary for children four years of age and younger. For reservations, call 808-875-5828 or visit

Pasta Abondante
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas unveils Pasta Abondante Mondays at Pulehu, an Italian Grill. Savor every bite from our Pasta Abondante evening. Regale in endless pasta, a plethora of pizza, and an avalanche of decadent desserts sure to leave your appetite rejoicing and your senses dancing. Pair your experience with an international wine list and engage your palette with signature cocktails while taking in an ambiance full of warmth and whimsy. For reservations, please visit us at or call 808-667-3254.

Grand Wailea Chef Celebrates “Local Roots”
Creating the perfect union of simplicity and taste, Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Chef Isaac Bancaco’s “localvore” approach to cuisine celebrates his local roots (Hawaiian, Chinese and Filipino) and a commitment to natural flavors and the unpretentious use of the purest and freshest local ingredients. Bancaco spent years training with Chef Ming Tsai competing alongside him as Ming’s sous chef on “Iron Chef America” against Bobby Flay. Tsai, with Bancaco’s assistance, handed Flay and the Iron Chefs their first loss in the then new “Kitchen Stadium America.” Maui born and raised, Bancaco showcases the best Hawaiʻi offers, both from land and sea. Visit or call 808-875-1234, ext. 4949.

Perk Up at Wailea’s First Starbucks
The oceanfront Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has proudly opened a new Starbucks store, the first for the luxurious Wailea resort destination. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., the 1,458-square foot store is located off the main lobby and features beverages, pastries and merchandise Starbucks customers know and love. And for those who want to grab-and-go, customers will enjoy complimentary 15-minute parking at the resort hotel. For more information, call 808-879-1922.

New Luau at Grand Wailea
Grand Luau at Honuaula tells the tale of mighty seafaring Polynesians discovering Hawaii, touching upon the documented voyages of Laamaikahiki and Moikeha, the mermaid Kananaka, the love story legend of Naulu and more. Pre-show activities include lei greeting, Hawaiian lawn games, temporary tattoos, pre-show hula lesson, wedding tribute hula and photos with cast members in full costume. Shows are scheduled on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Prices start at $96 for adults, $51 for keiki 6-12 years of age. For tickets, 800-888-6100 ext. 51.

Pita Paradise Mediterranean Bistro Opening in Wailea Resort
Pita Paradise, a popular Kihei eatery, is expanding to a second location in Wailea Resort in the Wailea Gateway Center. Specializing in Greek and Italian cuisine, it offers breakfast, lunch and dinner 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily. In addition to serving their popular pita sandwiches, Johnny’s fresh fish specials and salads, the menu included espresso drinks, as well as their father’s traditional Greek dishes. They are also bringing back the dinner menu from their Kalama Village eatery. For more information, call 808-879-7177.

Te Au Moana Luau –The Ocean Tide
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa now offers a brand new Luau dinner show designed exclusively for their oceanfront location. Fresh flower lei greeting, Imu Ceremony with Kalua Pig, Hawaiian Artisans showcasing their crafts include coconut husking and lei making. Complimentary validated parking. Luau dinner and shows on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit or call the Wailea Beach Marriott at 808-879-1922.

Umalu Market Opens for Summer
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is making it easier for traveling families to keep the keiki happy. Now open for summer, Umalu Market, Hyatt’s gourmet grab-and-go outlet, offers resort guests and visitors convenient, light bites including fresh sushi, locally-sourced produce (spectacular strawberries!), pre-made sandwiches and fresh salads. Plus, affordable snacks, local Hawaii products, and bottled water and sports drinks are ideal for room-stocking or picnics. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 808-661-1234.

Summer Wine Tastings Pair Fun and Flavor
The Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa is now offering a wine tasting and pairing on Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in the Reef’s Edge Lounge. Each wine tasting, which currently accommodates up to ten people, offers guests an opportunity to sample a selection of wines from the Black Rock Steak and Seafood wine list. Tasting notes and wine samples are provided by Better Brands Distribution, and each wine is thoughtfully paired with sample items from Black Rock’s menu intended to complement and enhance the flavor. For more information, visit

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay – “Lanai from your Lanai”
For our hotel guests, we are pleased to announce a new in room dining experience, “Lanai from your Lanai.” Designed to take advantage of Manele Bay’s oversized outdoor lanai, guests can customize the menu and enjoy the service of a fine dining restaurant in the private, romantic, al fresco setting of their own guestroom. For more information, please call the Concierge at 808-565-2388.

Culture and Agri-Tourism

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Offers “Na Mea Makamae”
Experience a walk n’ talk of ‘The Treasures’ enveloped by the Hawaiian islands – inspirations gathered from nature, art and the rich culture steeped in tradition. Engage in an integrated tour that weaves through lush grounds and thoughtfully-appointed hallways, highlighting wellness philosophies using medicinal herbs and practices, art installations throughout the hotel and traditional Hawaiian works within the Village Gallery. Na Mea Makamae is complimentary to all, offered every Tuesday at l0 a.m. and departs from the Medicinal Garden. For information or reservations, please contact the resort directly at 808-669-6200.

Aloha Friday, Hoolaulea Summer Bash Celebration
In addition to weekly craft fairs held Fridays at the resort’s ocean lawn, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas has also scheduled a series of multi-cultural community celebrations that Hawaii is famous for. Upcoming on July 30th from 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., guests and the community can enjoy an Aloha Friday, Hoolaulea Summer Bash Celebration. Experience hula performances and Hawaiian music and delight in exciting Polynesian performances! Delicious local food offerings from around the island will accompany the celebration along with craft fair and special activities to enjoy. Visit for details.

Immerse Yourself in Hawaiian Culture on No Ka Oi Friday
The beauty of aloha spirit comes to life as The Hawaiian Aquarium shares with guests the unique culture of Hawaii on No Ka Oi Friday. This cultural celebration takes place on the last Friday of every month; July 30, August 27, and September 24. Join us throughout the day for exciting activities, including a Mid-Day Manao tour with the enthusiastic Aquarium volunteers, special guest presentations, a delicious island-style plate lunch special in the ocean view award-winning Seascape Maalaea Restaurant and more. For more information, call 808-270-7000 or visit

Akina Tours Offers the First “Grown on Maui” Bus Tour
Akina Tours is offering the first “Grown on Maui” bus tour. The new tour operates every Tuesday from
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (and may expand to include Fridays if there is a demand). During the tour, Maui residents and visitors will have “up close and personal” experiences with Maui’s agricultural community by visiting local farms. Agri-tourism is one of the ways a farmer expands his revenue options and many Maui farmers have embraced the concept and welcome opportunities to educate and showcase their crops to visitors. Call Akina Tours to confirm reservations at 808-891-4604 or email


Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Rated #1 in Golf Resort Survey
Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Survey for the top 80 golf resorts ranked the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea as #1. The oceanfront hotel is affiliated with the Wailea Golf Club, which houses three layouts: the Wailea Gold, Emerald and Old Blue. The Four Seasons Resort Maui and Wailea Golf Club collectively scored 96 overall, including 97.9 for Course Design & Access, 97.9 for Golf Staff & Services, and 98.1 for Location. The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui and the Grand Wailea also ranked among the top 80. Visit or call 808-875-7450 for more information.

Hike Maui Wins 2010 Eco Award
Hawaii’s oldest hiking company, Hike Maui, has won the 2010 “Ecotour Operator of the Year” award. Hike Maui was selected by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association due to its long-time commitment to sustainable travel. This award also recognizes Hike Maui’s dedication to conservation, education and the Maui community. The company has been in business since 1983 and offers the best guides in the business who are renowned for their knowledge of Hawaiian botany, geology, culture and history. Their mission is to teach people about Hawaii, and to do so while having a fun adventure. For more info, call 866-324-6284 or visit

Celebration of the Arts Named “#1 Annual Hawaiian Festival”
Modern Luxury Hawaii magazine crowned The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s signature cultural event with top honors in their Top 10 Annual Statewide Festival poll. Clifford Naeole, the hotel’s esteemed Cultural Advisor and Event Chairman, along with his dedicated team, gather Hawaii’s most well-known and beloved artists, educators, cultural art masters and healers. Maui visitors blend with locals steeped in tradition over a weekend of events and classes, to weave a rich tapestry and learn about Hawaii’s past, present and future. The next event is being held over Easter Weekend, April 22-24, 2011. For more information please call Clifford Naeole at 808-669-6200 or visit

Miscelaneous Maui News

The MACC Announces Opening of Yokouchi Family Pavilion
The final stage of improvements to Maui Arts & Cultural Center will be completed by late summer. Yokouchi Family Pavilion will feature a fully contained performance stage with state-of-the-art lighting and sound capped by a starlight glass roof. Behind the stage, Yokouchi Founders Court dining area will have a skylight covering to let in the moon and stars and keep out the weather. There will be six built-in beverage bars and a full-service catering kitchen in addition to a second floor gathering space overlooking Kahului Harbor. For updates, call 808-242-ARTS or see

Maui County “Green Book” Debuts
The County of Maui and Maui No Ka Oi magazine recently teamed up to produce the first “Maui County Green Book”. Created to help locate and patronize local Maui businesses, the organizations included share a common vision: building a sustainable future for Maui County, which includes the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The “green movement” continues to rage worldwide and Maui County is no exception. This proactive approach not only benefits our islands’ residents, but visitors as well. For more information, call 808-242-8331 or visit

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Maui Visitors Bureau
808-244-3530, x 716