News from Maui, Molokai & Lanai
News from Maui, Molokai & Lanai
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, stunning 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.
The 19th Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival
April 22-24, 2011, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua presents the 19th Annual Celebration of the Arts, with this year's theme being "E na aumakua...A Call To All Things Natural." Opening ceremonies include traditional Hawaiian oli (chants) from Hawaiian practitioners. Hands-on art demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance will be offered throughout the weekend. The Celebration Luau and Show will culminate the weekend festivities. Concluding the festival, The "After-Hours Party" will be held in the Alaloa Lounge with no cover charge from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. For tickets and reservations, please call 808-669-6200 or visit celebrationofthearts.org.
Royal Lahaina Resort spring concerts
On April 23, Five for Fighting - an intimate performance as singer/songwriter John Ondrasik performs his deeply personal songs that include social messages and make an emotional connection. Enjoy hits such as the Grammy-nominated song "Superman" from the platinum certified "America Town." On May 7, Toad the Wet Sprocket - this 4-piece band of Santa Barbara, CA high school cronies came to be known as Toad the Wet Sprocket in 1986. To this day, their mellow, melodic folk-pop sound makes them one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early 1990s. www.groovetickets.com or www.royallahainaresort.com. 808-661-3611.
Tihati Productions presents Maui's 1st Annual Fireknife Competition
You do not want to miss this rare and spectacular cultural competition, April 29 & 30, at Maui's Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Warriors from across the state compete for the first ever "Fireknife Champion of Maui" title while perpetuating the ancient war dances of Samoa and incorporating dramatic contemporary choreography using sharp blades set ablaze. This exciting evening will also feature extravagant vignettes from Maui's newest luau production, "Te Au Moana." For more information or to purchase tickets, call Tihati Productions at 808-877-7627 or email email@example.com.
Lei Day celebrations with Brothers Cazimero
In celebration of Lei Day, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach and KSSK Radio Hawaii are presenting a morning breakfast radio show on Monday, May 2, 2011. The popular "Perry & Price" radio show will broadcast live for five hours starting at 5 a.m. at the resort's signature oceanfront Tropica Restaurant & Bar, with a special live performance by the Brothers Cazimero. Open to the general public and hotel guests, the show includes an energizing buffet breakfast with varied choices including Westin SuperfoodsRX. Visit www.westinmaui.com or call 808-667-2525 for more details.
"A Celebration of Quilts" exhibit and quilt show
The Bailey House Museum gardens will be a rainbow of colors for "A Celebration of Quilts" exhibit and quilt show on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local quilters from across Maui will hang their quilts throughout the gardens and will demonstrate quilting methods to visitors. Antique quilts will be exhibited in the Bailey House Museum. Admission to the show includes admission to the museum and is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, please call 808-244-3326, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mauimuseum.org.
Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
On June 9, 2011 the longest-running and most prestigious festival of its kind in Hawaii, The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, celebrates 30 years of fine food and wine with a four-day culinary extravaganza. Join Festival Host and Master Sommelier Fred Dame as he brings together world-renowned winemakers, top master sommeliers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders for a long-weekend of daily culinary exhibitions, interactive wine tastings and evening gala events. For more info, call 1-800-527-2582 or visit www.kapalua.com/index.php/recreation/events.
Maui Wedding expo offers exciting choices for bridal couples
The Maui Wedding Association and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa are presenting the 16th Annual Maui Wedding Expo on July 30, 2011. Located at the resort's Valley Isle Ballroom, the expo will showcase wedding vendors in various categories including bridal attire, jewelry, floral arrangements, themed décor, musicians, photographers, wedding cakes, ceremony officiants and more. There will also be live entertainment, a wedding fashion show and hourly prize giveaways that include hotel stays and a diamond ring. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., entry admission is $3 per person. Visit www.westinmaui.com.
Makena Tennis Club reopens after a complete renovation
Makena Beach & Golf Resort's Makena Tennis Club has reopened after a two month long renovation. The update includes the resurfacing of the club's six Plexipave courts and remodel of its pro shop. Club programs include daily clinics, group and private lessons, junior programs, and monthly themed events. The club is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with two courts also lit and open for night play until 9 p.m. daily by appointment. For reservations or more information, call 808-879-8777, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Trail to remote Kalaupapa reopens
The mule and hiking trail to Kalaupapa has reopened with a brand new name. "Kalaupapa Rare Adventure" takes visitors to the remote settlement with the help of nine sure-footed mules. In addition, Kalaupapa remains accessible via ﬂights to the settlement. These ﬂights can be booked through various locations on the island including Molokai Fish & Dive, Molokai Outdoors, Hotel Molokai concierge desk as well as Kalaupapa Rare Adventure. For more info, please call the Molokai Visitors Association at 808-553-3876.
Westin Resort Maui's new line-up of fun
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa's Director of Fun has introduced new activities for children and adults including complimentary stand-up paddle lessons Wednesday mornings at one of the five outdoor pools within the resort's 87,000 square-foot aquatic playground. Yet another exciting inclusion is organic-based henna tattoos with unique Hawaiian designs for children to apply as a body-art design. It is a great "show-and-tell" piece to share with friends when they return home. For more information on activities offered through the Westin destination program and Westin Kids Club, visit www.westinmaui.com.
Maui Pineapple Tour
Maui welcomes back the one and only Maui Pineapple Tour! Situated in the historic town of Haliimaile, the tour takes guests on an exclusive experience of Maui's pineapple heritage. Tours are offered Monday thru Friday at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Guests enjoy a guided tour of the harvesting of the Maui Gold® pineapple fields, the packing and shipping factory and one complimentary pineapple. The tour is held in Haliimaile, minutes from Kahului, with onsite parking available. Cost is $65 for adults and $55 for children 5-12 years. For reservations, please call 808-665-5491 or visit www.mauipineappletour.com.
Spring and summer renewal
Tap into your sense of adventure with unforgettable experiences at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. The exciting offerings include stargazing on Tuesday evenings, after "Na Moolelo o Hawaii Nei" Hawaiian storytelling held on the ocean lawn. "Movie under the Stars" also return on Thursday nights as a relaxing family outing for all. There will also be lots of splashing fun at the Westin Kids Club's weekly "Super Wacky Water Day" with water balloon toss, slide races, sand-castle building, Hawaiian crafts and nature scavenger hunt, hula hoop contests and more. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers Keiki Easter Egg Hunt
Keiki (children) 12 years and younger are invited to join the Easter Bunny and Aloha Bear to gather eggs for fun and prizes. The event will take place on the Plantation Grove Lawn, Sunday April 24, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive early as there will be sections for different age groups and don't forget to bring your Easter basket! For more information please contact the hotel at 808-669-6200.
rePHresh Poolside Escape
Summer holidays promise to be fun and exciting at the oceanfront Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Every Sunday, the resort will offer an intuitive rePHresh experience for hotel guests with varied activities including "Minute-to-Win-it" games for all ages, entertainment by a local deejay spinning hip island tunes, a Caipirinha Bar to build your own cocktail with fresh fruit choices and an action grill station with the resort chef preparing delicious fish tacos to whet your appetite. Join us from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by the resort's outdoor pools with a swim-through grotto, slides and waterfalls.
Special savings available on Maui Film Festival at Wailea passes
Wailea Resort has announced that festival passes are on sale now for the 12th Annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea, June 15 - 19, 2011. Early bird pricing is offered now thru May 1! Fabulous film screenings, award tributes, filmmaker panels, Taste of Wailea, Taste of Chocolate, Starry Night Moondance and other gala events are woven together in this amazing five-day film festival. The Wailea Golf Course is home to the open-air evening theatre, the Celestial Cinema. For details and information please visit www.mauifilmfestival.com or www.wailearesortassociation.com.
Grand Wailea paddle board tour
Visitors will learn the basics of paddle boarding with personalized instruction while enjoying Maui's marine life. Although this is not a snorkeling tour, snorkel masks will be provided for up-close encounters with reef life on Wailea Beach fronting Grand Wailea. Cost is $99 per person. For more information, visit www.grandwailea.com or call 800-888-6100 ext. 4257 for reservations.
Rip It & Relax It
If you are seeking outdoor adventure and pampering comfort, take advantage of the "Rip It & Relax It" package offered at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. The package includes a surf lesson packed with water action along with a 50-minute massage at the award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin™ Enjoy the perfect Hawaiian experience as you frolic in the warm Pacific, then relax with soothing renewal at the full-service spa oasis. In addition to surf lessons, Island Style Adventures also offers stand-up paddle lessons and kayaking off Kaanapali Beach, mere steps away from the resort.
New developments at Makena Golf Course
The Makena Golf Course introduces a new fleet of Precedent club cars that feature onboard GPS equipment, enhanced safety features, and electronic food and beverage ordering capabilities at the golf course's beverage outlets and restaurant. The course's golf pro shop received a facelift and features a full line of apparel, equipment, and accessories from top golf manufacturers. The Makena Golf Course is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. For more information or to arrange for tee times please call 808-891-4000, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Saving is a Sport With Aston Hotels & Resorts' Aloha Book
For Maui travelers, saving on vacation extras just became a sport with Aston Hotels & Resorts' great coupons from their exclusive Aston Aloha Book. In addition to Aston's e-Xtravaganza April - June savings, guests staying at any Maui property will receive this value packed coupon book at check-in. Kids ride free with a paying adult on the Sugar Cane Train, Atlantis Submarines and the Hawaii Nature Center, Iao Valley rainforest walk. Shopping deals range from free coffee to a free bodyboard leash. www.AstonHotels.com.
Aqua Hotel Molokai beefs up entertainment line-up
The Aqua Hotel Molokai is proud to offer nightly local entertainment during dinner from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Every other Wednesday, the hotel also features hula by the award winning Moana's Hula Halau from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The hotel's most popular entertainment offering continues to be its "Aloha Friday Festival" held every Friday beginning at 4 p.m. Local kupuna (elders) play various instruments and sing lovely melodies until 6 p.m. Impromptu hula is also commonplace! Dinner is served from 6 - 9 p.m. and a local band plays until 10:30 p.m. For more information, call 808-553-5347 or visit www.hotelmolokai.com
Aston Hotels & Resorts on Maui may make mile millionaires
Imagine how far you could go and how many great trips you could take, to and from Maui, if a million (1,000,000) HawaiianMiles suddenly appeared in your frequent flyer miles account. Aston Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, is making that travel dream a reality. To enter, simply log on to www.astonhotels.com/millionmiles and complete the form for a chance to win. Miles won are added to the winner's account and may be used in the HawaiianMiles redemption program. No purchase necessary. Rules do not exclude good luck frogs in the entrant's pocket. www.AstonHotels.com.
Lanai City Grille rocks on with Henry Kapono
Lanai City Grille continues to be the hot spot on Lanai to enjoy great music each Friday night, and the month of April is no exception. Henry Kapono, one of Hawaii's most popular, respected and beloved musicians will perform at The Lanai City Grille on April 15, 2011. Kapono has sold more records and performed for more fans in live concerts over the past 20-plus years than any other performer in Hawaii. His music touches people from an unusually broad range of lifestyles, age groups and backgrounds. For reservations or more information, call 808-565-7211.
3rd Annual Progressive Dinner Party
Dishing up Lahaina's history takes on a delicious twist May 13 and 14 with the 3rd Annual Progressive Dinner Party presented by Lahaina Restoration Foundation. The evening will progress from one dining location to another featuring gourmet food, beer, wine, music and original theatre at three of the town's most notable historic locations. Proceeds will be used to preserve and protect Lahaina's historic sites. Attendance is limited to those 21 years or older. Tickets are $135 per person all inclusive. For more information call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 808-661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
Renowned Maui chef and friends "Practice Aloha" with new book
What is the aloha spirit and do you practice it? Those are the questions that led Mark Ellman, renowned Hawaii Regional Cuisine chef and owner of Mala Wailea restaurant at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, to write his book, Practice Aloha: Secrets to Living Life Hawaiian Style (Mutual Publishing/$15.95). Co-written by Barbara Santos, the 237-page book features lively stories from Hawaii's favorite folks, including politicians, celebrities, authors, musicians, and community leaders. Plus, keeping with Chef Ellman's passion, the book also features delicious recipes. Available at www.amazon.com and Mala Wailea restaurant.
The Saturday Japanese Buffet is back at Makena
Raku Japanese Restaurant (the former Hakone Restaurant) at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort brings back the acclaimed Saturday Japanese Buffet. A local favorite, the all-you-can-eat Saturday Buffet features traditional Japanese favorites such as miso butterfish, kalbi beef, tempura shrimp and vegetables, seaweed salads, and kabocha pumpkin salad with cranberries. The buffet is offered on Saturday nights only from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. For reservations or more information call 808-875-5888, or visit www.Makenaresortmaui.com.
Sake pairing at Japengo
Maui's newest hotspot, Japengo, a Pacific Rim Restaurant and Sushi Lounge, debuts a sake pairing series beginning in April. Every third Thursday, the restaurant will feature an exclusive sake paired with Japengo's cuisine with a portion of ticket sales benefiting a Maui nonprofit. Part of the resort's extensive $15 million transformation, Japengo recently celebrated its grand opening in January 2011. Japengo draws on Hawaii's freshest, locally-grown products, coupled with exotic ingredients from neighboring Pacific Rim countries, to create a culinary adventure showcasing modern Asian-inspired flavors with Hawaiian flair. Call 808-661-1234, or visit www.maui.hyatt.com.
Makena Beach & Golf Resort introduces oceanside dining
Makena Beach & Golf Resort now offers a private oceanside dining experience. The romantic dinner features a catered seven-course gourmet menu and oceanfront views on a manicured lawn or in a private cabana. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, or popping the question, a private Makena Oceanside Dining experience is an unforgettable way to make a lasting impression on your date. Prices for this memorable experience start at $500 (plus tax and gratuity) per couple; 48-hour advance notice is required. To make reservation, call 808-875-5888 or e-mail concierge@Makenaresortmaui.com.
An intimate dining experience
Indulge your loved one with a romantic getaway at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas on North Kaanapali Beach. The spacious villa complete with a dining area is perfect for ultimate pampering through the in-villa dining experience. Enjoy dining within your villa as a resort chef prepares and serves a gourmet meal for two with a menu designed to your preference. Should you prefer an intimate cabana setting with spectacular ocean views, a special dinner can be arranged with private butler service whereby a delicious meal will be served course by course. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
All-inclusive children meals
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa launched "SPG Kids Pass", a family friendly program available to Starwood Preferred Guests (SPG) staying at the award winning oceanfront resort. The SPG Kids Pass allows children 12 and under to eat and drink on an all-inclusive basis at the resort's 'Ono Bar & Grill for only $20.00 per day when accompanied by a paying adult dining at the poolside restaurant. Resort guests who are not members can enroll for free in the SPG membership program to participate in SPG Kids Pass. Visit www.spg.com.
Makena Beach & Golf Resort now proudly brews Starbucks® coffee
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort has renovated its café lobby and re-named it Barista 5400. Proudly Brewing Starbucks® Coffee and selling Starbucks®, the café features a top of the line Schaerer Espresso Machine and sells resort made Spam Musubi, fresh baked breads and pastries, breakfast burritos and homemade salads, wraps and sandwiches. Open Daily from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information call 808-874-1111 or visit www.Makenaresortmaui.com.
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is offering one of the first online hotel bridal registry services for couples seeking honeymoons in Hawaii as wedding gifts. The couple's romantic retreat can be further enhanced with a Heavenly Couples Massage at the resort's award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin™ or a Heavenly View Sunset Dinner for two in a private outdoor cabana overlooking Kaanapali beach. Family and friends can easily select and purchase from an array of items for the couple's honeymoon by visiting the resort's website at www.westinmaui.com.
A Westin inspired wedding
Bridal couples can look forward to custom-designing their Hawaii destination wedding with the support of wedding coordinators at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. The Resort's director of events ensures that all arrangements are handled with care while assisting couples with the spirit of aloha. In addition to traditional arrangements involving selection of menu, entertainment, floral décor, ice sculptures, tiki torches and lanterns, favors and keepsakes as well as photography, bridal couples are offered creative options to personalize their wedding such as having a blessing read in the Hawaiian language. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
22nd Annual Maui Onion Festival
Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants hosts their signature event, the Maui Onion Festival, honoring Maui's most famous export Saturday, May 7, 2011. The fun, family event is open to the public, featuring a full day of celebrity chefs demonstrating cooking techniques followed by food sampling, best onion recipe contest, keiki and adult 'raw' Maui Onion eating contest, food and product booths, and entertainment. Chefs include Roy Yamaguchi, Royʻs Restaurants; D.K. Kodama, Sansei Restaurants and Cane & Taro; Brian Etheredge, Capische?and 2010 winner James McDonald of PacificʻO and iʻo and oʻo Farm. Visit www.whalersvillage.com or 808-661-4567.
Lanai Embraces Heritage Tourism
Lanai Hospitality Partners has developed a new "Heritage Tour" to showcase the rich and deep history that celebrates the amazing story of the formation of Lanai's unique and vibrant island community. The tour encompasses all of the special cultures that make up the island starting with the influence of Native Hawaiians through to today's current cross-cultural community made up of Hawaiians, Filipinos, Japanese and more. For more information, call Lanai Hospitality Partners at 808-479-5577.
Baldwin Home Museum Candlelit Tours
Experience the Baldwin Home Museum by candlelight every Friday evening between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The museum captures a glimpse of early life in Lahaina. The Baldwin Home, built 1834, served as the home of practicing physician, Rev. Dwight Baldwin who is credited for saving the people of Maui, Molokai and Lanai from the smallpox epidemic of 1853. The Baldwin Home Museum is located on the corner of Front and Dickenson Street in the heart of historic Lahaina. For more information and admission fees, call The Foundation's office at 808-661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
Monthly Hawaiian Music Series
Enjoy great live Hawaiian music by talented local artists on the Baldwin Home lawn every 2nd Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Relax under the shade trees and enjoy the free concert brought to you by The Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Chairs are limited and blankets, mats, and low beach chairs are welcome. The Baldwin Home Museum is located in the heart of Lahaina, on the corner of Front and Dickenson Street. For more information, call Lahaina Restoration Foundation at 808-661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
Spa Moana Debuts New Spa Menu
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa's Spa Moana launched a new treatment menu in March focusing on its core Hawaiian values: lokahi (unity); maluhia (peace); ikaika (strength); and maemae (purity). New treatments include a Volcanic Detox Wrap, created with mineral-rich volcanic clay and Hawaiian noni; and Maui Sugar Polish, an aromatic vichy body polish that blends Maui sugar, fresh Hawaiian botanicals, and a choice of unifying rose hydration, lavender relaxation, Kona coffee invigoration, or a coconut citrus cleansing scrub. For information, call 808-661-1234, or visit www.maui.hyatt.com.
Grand Wailea Presents "Divas Night Out!" - Two Events in One
Ladies! Get spoiled with chocolate mini treatments, indulge with sinful chocolate desserts, get glamorous with a fashion show and de-stress with a two-hour soak on the hydrotherapy circuit. Cost is $60 per diva. Space is limited so reservations are required. Please call 808-875-1234, ext 4949. Ladies who want an early start can enjoy the divalicious menu at Botero Bar starting at 5 p.m. offering "Skinnitinis" and "SkinniEats" with live entertainment and a Brighton charm bracelet giveaway. For info, please visit www.grandwailea.com or call 800-888-6100 ext 4949.
Bamboo Bliss at Wailea Beach Marriott's Mandara Spa
Pampering has never been so exotic than with Mandara Spa's newest treatment, the Bamboo Massage. Offered at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, the 50-minute Bamboo Massage is a warm, soothing massage that will tantalize the senses. Imagine warm bamboo shoots of various sizes soaked in essential oil rolling, sliding and massaging your muscles. Customized to your preference, Mandara Spa's therapist use deep tissue techniques or gentle strokes to melt away tension and sooth your muscles into sweet oblivion. To begin your way to bamboo bliss, contact Mandara Spa at 808-891-8774.
New Service Offered at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua
This is a true innovation in chip-free, extended-wear nail color! Shellac goes on like a polish and is cured under a UV lamp making it instantly dry. It looks natural, yet provides strong nail protection with a resilient mirror finish that resists dulling and chipping. Nails will have a high gloss shine! This is a 55 minute treatment offered for $75. To make reservations or for more information please contact The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua at 808-665-7079.
Meditation Class at Heavenly Spa by Westin™
For an uplifting experience, guests at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa can participate in the new meditation classes designed to help one relax and unwind amidst the soothing surroundings of the resort on Kaanapali Beach. Incorporating traditional peaceful Hawaiian chants, the session focuses on posture and breathing techniques to create a sense of tranquility, quiet the mind and heighten awareness. Other classes available include yoga, aquacise, body toning, plyometric interval training and beach boot camp.
Stay Balanced, Happy & Healthy
Through a partnership between New Balance and Westin Hotels & Resorts, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa will help travelers stay healthy and fit on the road. During their stay, guests can borrow running shoes with brand new, disposable insoles for each use, as well as a variety of men's and women's apparel including shorts, shirts and socks for men and shorts, capri pants, shirts, sports bras and socks for women. The resort's Westin Workout center has also been upgraded with new Life Fitness cardio machines featuring TV consoles, free weights and resistance equipment.
Spa Grande Fair at Grand Wailea
On the 20th of each month, Spa Grande will be hosting a Spa Fair at the Spa Grande lobby. Visitors can stop by for complimentary beauty demonstrations, a chance to win one of 20 spa prize giveaways and 20% off spa and salon products. Event participation is open to all ages and are complimentary. For info, visit www.grandwailea.com or call 800-888-6100 ext 4949.
Fun for Keiki and Teens at Spa Helani
Enjoy your Maui escape with a side-by-side manicure and pedicure for makua mea keiki (mothers and daughters) at the award-winning Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin™. The floral fragrances and bright spring colors will dance upon your fingers and toes! Teens, ages 13 to 19 years old, can look forward to a teen massage designed to soothe and relieve stress; heavenly organic facial with organic ingredients for a healthier skin as well as teen pineapple lime manicure and pedicure for tropical styling. For reservations, call 808-662-2644 or visitwww.westinkaanapali.com.
Wailea Gold makes Golfweek's Top 100 Resort Courses List
Golfweek named the Wailea Gold to its 2011 list of the country's top resort courses. The Gold rose 22 spots to #73 since last year's ranking. Winners were selected by Golfweek raters who evaluated courses on multiple attributes including course and facility esthetics; shotmaking demands on or around the greens; variety and memorability of holes; and quality of conditioning. Wailea's Gold has also been named by Golfweek as one of America's best public access courses, in addition to other honors from Golf Digest, Zagat and Conde Nast Traveler. For more info, visit www.waileagolf.com.
Capische? Restaurant voted "Most Romantic" by diners
Capische? Restaurant, located at Hotel Wailea Maui resort, was voted one of the 50 "Most Romantic Restaurants" of 2011 by Open Table diners. Based on more than 7 million restaurant reviews over the last year, Capische? was one of two restaurants statewide (and the only on Maui) chosen by people reviewing their dining experiences on Open Table, a leading provider of free online restaurant reservations. This accolade is added to Capische?'s many local and national awards including #1 Italian Restaurant in the State of Hawaii 2009 - Zagat, Maui's Best Kept Secret 2008 - Fodor's and Chef of the Year 2008 - Aipono Awards of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine. For more information on Capische?, visit www.capische.com.
Kamakana Country Store Opens in Kaunakakai on Molokai
Featuring local island produce, kitchen novelties and imported chocolates and teas, the Kamakana Country Store opened its doors in November 2010. The store offers various workshops including how to make Hawaiian salts, Hawaiian kapa, shell lei, bamboo wind chimes and more. You can also tour a tropical nursery featuring thyme, eggplant, green beans and various lettuces. For more information, call 808-553-5725 or visit www.MolokaiCountryStore.com.
Vacation like the stars at Grand Wailea
In celebration of Grand Wailea serving as the primary film location for the movie "Just Go With It" starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston; and the location of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition photo shoot, guests are welcome to try on the exquisite jewelry used on Brooklyn Decker's photo shoot worth over $1 million of emeralds and diamonds at Grand Jewels. For info, visit www.grandwailea.com or call 800-888-6100 ext 4932.
Blue Monkey Opens in Kualapuu on Molokai
Blue Monkey opened in January 2011 in the small town of Kualapuu at the Coffees of Hawaii Coffee Farm. The shop features locally made ukulele, imported guitars, ukulele and guitar strings and music books. They also sell locally made jewelry, woodcarvings and paintings, notecards, pottery and kites from Big wind Kite Factory. For more information, call 808-567-6776.
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