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A Message From Maui Nui - April 2010

April 1, 2010

Maui Nui News
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.
Direct Flights to Maui Nui
Direct Flights Make Travel to Maui Convenient
With more than 166 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.
Maui Nui Accommodations
Honua Kai Resort & Spa opens new tower
Honua Kai Resort & Spa celebrated the Konea Tower opening in February, housing 310 one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury suites and adding to Hokulani Tower’s 318 suites. The Resort is located on 38 oceanfront acres of Kaanapali’s pristine North Beach, and each of the 628 guest suites features professionally equipped kitchens, and spacious and homelike floor plans. An imaginative aqua network of pools, hot tubs, waterslide, waterfalls and fountains allows for privacy and play. For reservations, call the Resort at 1-888-718-5789 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hawaii Time, or visit

Lahaina Shores Beach Resort
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is the only vacation condominium rental in Lahaina that’s right on the beach! Restoration of the building’s landmark exterior is complete with new ceramic tile floor treatments on the outdoor lanai of each condominium adding new sheen to this oceanfront property. Couples, seniors, and singles traveling together all love that everything is within an easy stroll, Reservations 866-966-7169. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and our blog.

New wedding department at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
With five beautiful outdoor wedding venues, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is proud to announce that they have a new weddings manager. This individual is responsible for all ceremonies, which take place on property, from the initial inquiry to the moment the couple says, “I Do.” New packages are also available for ceremonies ranging from small vow renewals to large events of 100 guests or more. For more wedding information visit

Honua Kai ideal for small business meetings and retreats
The new 628-suite Honua Kai Resort and Spa provides meeting planners with an ideal location for small business meetings and executive retreats on the island of Maui. Honua Kai offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities in a tranquil tropical setting and there is a limit on the number of groups on-site at any one time to preserve the private and personal group experience. Honua Kai is ideal for smaller incentive programs, board meetings, CME programs and reunions. To book a meeting at Honua Kai Resort & Spa, contact the resort directly at 1-888-718-5789.
Culture and Agri-Tourism
Maui artists to be featured at Na Hoku O Hawaii Music Festival on Oahu
Maui’s own Kealii Reichel, Amy Hanaialii, Ekolu and Henry K. Allen head to Oahu for the first annual Na Hoku O Hawaii Music Festival May 27 – 30. The event celebrates Hawaii’s music and culture, and features The Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon, Hawaiian Airlines’ Presentation of the HARA Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show, red carpet events, live music by more than 100 artists across 25 venues throughout Waikiki, and daily workshops. The event showcases the underlying power of music – to share the soul of our unique culture while touching the heart of our common humanity.
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Kaanapali Beach Resort hosts 5th Annual Waa Kiakahi
Kaanapali Beach Resort welcomes the fifth annual Waa Kiakahi, June 4 - 6. Free and open to the public, the event perpetuates the ancient sport and culture of Hawaiian canoe sailing. Activities include a traditional Hawaiian welcome for the 10 participating crews of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association in front of The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach. Complimentary Hawaiian sailing canoe rides are being offered and guests are welcome to meet the crews and learn more about the sport. For more info, contact the Kaanapali Beach Resort Association 808-661-3271.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival – April 23-25, 2010
In conjunction with the 2010 Maui Invitational Music Festival, Kaanapali Beach Hotel hosts the second annual Henry Kaleialoha Allen Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival with free concerts, workshops and presentations throughout the weekend. The festival features musicians like Alan Akaka, Danny Akaka Jr., Aloha Kekoolani, Duke Ching and others. Cultural specialist to lead resort’s beach activities division Makena Beach & Golf Resort is expanding its ocean adventure program with the skills of Kimokeo Kapahulehua, a highly respected waterman and outspoken advocate for the preservation of Hawaii’s resources. Born in Hawaii, Kapahulehua is an avid canoe paddler and Hawaiian cultural practitioner. He also serves as a member of the Kihei Community Association board. Kapahulehua will lead the resort’s ocean tours and lessons, which feature kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling and paddle boarding. Makena Beach Activities is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, e-mail or call 808-891-4026.

Na Lamaku, Westin Maui’s cultural torch bearers
Na Lamaku, the resort’s newly-introduced cultural committee, is creating a special sense of place through education, storytelling and cultural experiences designed for guests and community through associate (employee) participation. “Aloha is not only a warm greeting, it also reflects love, kindness, giving and sharing sincerely from one’s heart,” said resort Director of Fun and Cultural Advisor, Jack Stone. “By incorporating the Hawaiian culture into our activities for guests and sharing moolelo or stories, we also spread our aloha,” added Jack. Comprising of resort employees, Na Lamaku will showcase a series of cultural performances on May Day, Visit

Experience a cultural journey at Aston Maui Lu
Aston Maui Lu welcomes guests to learn more about the rich Polynesian culture through new classes presented by the Maui Polynesia Sunset Show. Learn the craft of ti leaf making, coconut leaf headband and the New Zealand braided key chain. Or join in on the hula lessons where guests learn the basics to this traditional art of Hawaiian storytelling. Classes are from Tuesday through Friday. Activities are free to registered guests at the hotel and fee is $10 for non-Maui Lu guests. For reservations, call 808-879-5881 ext. 7715.

Craft fairs and cultural celebrations
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. On April 28, the festivities start with a Filipino heritage performance in celebration of Filipino month, followed by the famed May Day Hoolaulea celebrations on May 4. Other events include Hawaiian entertainment in celebration of King Kamehameha Day on June 11; Tongan-themed festivities on June 16; July Carnival on July 4; and a colorful Samoan Festival on July 7. Visit

21st Annual Maui Onion Festival
Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants hosts the Maui Onion Festival honoring the Kula Maui Onion. The fun, family event features a full day of celebrity chefs demonstrating cooking techniques followed by food sampling for the audience, best onion recipe contest, keiki and adult raw’ Maui Onion eating contest, food and product booths, island music and entertainment and more. Shopping promotions start April 26 at Whalers Village. Chefs: Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s Restaurants; D.K. Kodama, Sansei and Cane & Taro; James McDonald, PacificO and iO; Russell Siu, 3660 on the Rise (Oahu) and David Paul, David Paul's Island Grill. For more information visit or call 808-661-4567.
Tours and Activities
Maui Marathon turns 40!
Recognized as one of the ten most scenic marathons in the U.S., the 40th annual Maui Marathon takes place on September 19, 2010. The point-to-point race runs from Kahului in central Maui to Kaanapali on Maui’s westside. The course is the oldest consecutive running marathon in Hawaii and a major portion traverses within 50 feet of the Pacific Ocean. Join in the exciting three-day weekend event featuring a sports & fitness
expo and a welcome carbo luau at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Special room packages are available to participants and supporters. Visit or

Wailea named to Golf Magazine’s Gold Medal list
Golf Magazine named the Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons Resort Maui to its 2010 list of Gold Medal golf resorts, thanks to more than 6,000 readers who cast their votes at, Both resorts are affiliated with the Wailea Golf Club, which has received this prestigious designation from Golf Magazine at least four times previously, in addition to similar accolades from other golf and travel publications, The two Wailea properties are among only 25 resorts to make the prestigious Gold Medal list, For more information about golf in Wailea, visit

Share Your Stories of Maui at the New Link@Sheraton
The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa recently completed the addition of the Link@Sheraton, a connectivity hub for guests to surf the web, send an e-postcard, catch up on the latest news, enjoy a snack, and simply relax. The Link@Sheraton is located in the Reef’s Edge Lounge and houses five computers, additional Ethernet cables, flat screen TV’s, a printer, and more. Link@Sheraton is rolling out to Sheraton hotels worldwide as a key component of a comprehensive effort to revitalize the iconic Sheraton brand and enhance the guest experience at Sheraton’s 408 hotels in 75 countries. Visit

Flyin’ Hawaiian Zipline Tour
The new Flyin’ Hawaiian Zipline Tour is Maui’s longest course. The five-hour tour includes eight zipline experiences, including a backwards zip and grand finale. The course spans lengthwise across the West Maui Mountains, crossing eleven ridges and nine valleys. The tour was designed with conservation of native eco- systems in mind. Moderately strenuous, there is some hiking required in between platforms, but it remains a perfect activity for the whole family (as long as kids are over 10 years old and 75 lbs.) Maximum weight is 250 pounds. Visit or call (808) 463-5786.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding School
Take to the sea to see what’s “SUP.” The craze over Stand-Up Paddle boarding has people out enjoying the water from a different perspective, yet there is a certain amount of safety, skill, and etiquette that is required to finesse a ten foot board around a crowded beach. Maria Souza developed Maui’s first Stand-Up Paddle Boarding School and her 90-minute lessons include proper technique, ocean knowledge, and warm-ups and cool-downs. No previous experience required, however, one must know how to swim and kids must be at least seven years old. For info, call (808) 579-9231, or at

Kapalua Golf Academy 1/2 Day Golf School
The perfect tune-up for your game covering the basics and everything in between – putting to full swing. Our PGA staff makes this a fun and enjoyable learning session for all levels of students. Students are grouped by playing ability with a 4 to 1 student teacher ratio. Only $195 per player for 3 hours. For more information call 808-665-5455 or visit
Health and Wellness
Westin Maui supports sustainability programs
The first hotel to promote a smoke-free environment in Hawaii, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa continues to be actively involved in sustainability initiatives. Efforts include recycling 300,000 bottled and canned containers per year; implementing bio-degradable utensils such as cups, lids, utensils and straws made from corn and potato by-products; investing in 5.5 million dollars in energy efficient equipment as well as contributing over $100,000 to the Nature Conservancy of Hawaii’s watershed program in Maui by donating a dollar from each spa service booked at the resort’s Heavenly Spa the past six years. Visit

For a great round, check out Wailea Golf’s new therapy service
Wailea Golf Club’s new Golf Rehabilitation Therapy is designed to reduce body soreness, tightness and joint compression, and restore strength and flexibility before, during and after play. Located at the Gold & Emerald clubhouse, licensed massage therapists and trainers provide various rehabilitation services including massages, assisted stretching, traction, ice/heat application, and posture and movement therapy. Chair massages are also available to loosen tight muscles. The new service is available daily by appointment only, except for chair massages which require no appointment. Promotional discounts available. For more information: 1-800-665-0670.

Kaanapali Alii opens new pool, fitness center & spa
This luxurious oceanfront condo just opened a second freshwater swimming pool, two whirlpool spas, an expanded children’s pool, and a shaded pool pavilion with flat screen TVs, Also just added: a new state-of- the-art Fitness Center with the latest in cardio and strength equipment, plus a serene yoga and stretching area, and large picture windows opening to views of the West Maui Mountains and the Kaanapali Kai Golf Course, The new Alii Spa also opened with professional spa services including massage and facials. For reservations 1-866-966-5790, visit our website, Twitter & Facebook.

Spa Grande debuts anuenue (Rainbow) Rain Massage
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. Rich, organic cocoa and fragrant coconut will satisfy any guests’ craving for a beautiful & delicious treatment! Treatment begins with a chocolate- coconut body exfoliation, a chocolate-moor mud bath with coconut milk & floral petals followed by a rich chocolate moisturizer. For info, visit or call 800-888-6100 ext 4949.

Anti-aging skincare at Spa Helani
Spa Helani, A Heavenly Spa by WestinTM offers a new facial product line by G.M. Collin with 80-minute clinical treatments including the “Sea C Spa Facial” featuring a powerful antioxidant, anti-aging skin care designed to delay the signs of aging and to rejuvenate the skin. This treatment is for both pre and post sun exposure and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, evens out the skin tone and illuminates the skin restoring its youthful appearance. The spa at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas also offers a 205-minute Performance spa package for the active man. Visit
Dishing up Lahaina’s history takes on a delicious twist
This second annual progressive dinner, presented by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, takes place May 28-29 featuring gourmet food, music and original theatre at four locations. Chef David Paul of David Paul’s Island Grill and Chef Alex Stanislaw of the Plantation House at Kapalua provide the feast. Skits, singing, strumming and appearances by townspeople of the 18th century historic period will be offered. Tickets; $135 for those ages 21 or older. Reservations: Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 808-661-3262 or online after April 15 at

Value-added savings and e-menu programs for meeting planners
Customizing and selecting menu choices are literally at your finger-tips! With the newly developed Westin Emenu online program, meeting planners could easily select their options from the extensive choices offered by The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner; themed coffee break such as Super Foods House; receptions; specialty desserts such as Chocolate Fountain; and events with exciting themes such as Dive In Movie Night, Wii Tournament, Hang Loose Beach Party or the glamorous Beyond The Velvet Rope, each promises to be a successful hit. Visit

Legendary cliff dive ceremony celebrated with new bar name
The Cliff Dive Bar, formerly known as the Lagoon Bar, has been renamed to celebrate the traditional Cliff Diving Ceremony which has been a long-standing tradition at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Every evening since 1963, Sheraton Maui welcomes visitors to join them as the legend of King Kahekili’s famous dive is re-enacted on the cliffs of Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. The Cliff Dive Bar is the best location to capture the excitement of this tradition. Guests also enjoy hula, fresh-grilled fare, and specialty cocktails. Please visit

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay - Brewer-Clifton Wine Dinner - May 28, 2010
Join executive chef Fabrice Huet and Brewer-Clifton winery on Friday, May 28 for an evening of exquisite food and wine pairings, presented in a five-course dining experience at Ihilani. Reservations required, please call (808) 565-2335 or

Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele - Clos Du Val Wine Dinner - June 18, 2010
Join Chef de Cuisine Ronald Simon and Clos Du Val winery on Friday, June 18 and on Thursday, February 25 for an evening of exquisite food and wine pairings, presented in a five-course dining experience at the Dining Room. Reservations required, please call (808) 565-2335 or

Zen-Zen Restaurant Pacifica opens at Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Fine Pacific Rim cuisine and sweeping ocean views are served up four days a week at the all new Zen-Zen Restaurant Pacifica, which opened in January at Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Master Chef Tom Yasuji Kamijo prepares dishes by request at the popular sushi and sashimi bar. Menu items feature fresh, in-season Maui ingredients and include: Grass-fed filet mignon steak with creamy yukon gold cassoule, broiled black cod with a traditional miso marinade, and grilled blue prawns. Open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For reservations, call 808-874-1111.

Grand Wailea launches new dining website
Offering six restaurants, bars and lounges, Grand Wailea launches a new, friendly website for smartphones with design appearance and navigation for touch-screen devices. The images, links and text are larger for easier press-and-go browsing of menus, special events, promotions, happy hour specials and exclusive recipes from Grand Wailea’s chefs, Visit or call 800-888-6100 ext 4402 for more information.

Mother’s Day Brunch & Fashion Show – Sunday, May 9, 2010
Join the Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s most popular brunch of the year where they help you treat your Mom to be “Queen for the Day!” Hawaii’s favorite designers and top Maui hula halau (hula schools) will entertain the entire family with a fashion show and live entertainment. There will be a grand prize drawing for a weekend of pampering for one lucky mom! For more information visit or call 808-667-0124.

Father’s Day Champagne Brunch – Sunday, June 20, 2010
The Kaanapali Beach Hotel will help you to honor your Dad on his special day. Every dad receives a gift certificate to return for prime rib dinner in the Kaanapali Mixed Plate restaurant and a chance to win prizes! For more information call Kaanapali Beach Hotel at 808-667-0124 or visit

Maui Culinary Tours
If stopping to smell the roses (or rosemary) is more your idea of a thrill, then this adventure fits the bill. Maui Culinary Tours gets you up close and personal with island cuisine by touring Upcountry Maui’s agriculture belt. Visit farms and ranches and talk story with the farmers. Once you’ve seen it sprout, its time to see how it gets served. Finish your tour with a gourmet dining experience prepared by some of the island’s best chefs. For more info, visit, or by calling (808) 283-5924.

Specialty Mai Tais Abound on Kaanapali Beach
The newly renamed Mai Tai Bar, formerly known as Sundowner Bar, located at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the perfect poolside retreat to share an afternoon with the people you love. Inspired by the famous Mai Tai Bar on Waikiki Beach at the Royal Hawaiian (a sister property of the Sheraton Maui), this bar offers a number of specialty Mai Tais and tropical cocktails, as well as sandwiches, wraps, and pupus. Be sure to try the signature Black Rock Mai Tai – a mix of light rum, orange Curacao, orange juice, and pineapple juice topped with dark rum.

Westin Unwind at Pulehu, An Italian Grill
Pulehu, An Italian Grill offers the Westin Unwind program with a unique twist to celebrating an evening in tropical paradise. Sample four different wines and cheeses on “Wine Down Wednesday” or tease your palate with a taste of the Orient on “Sake & Sushi Tuesday”. Both activities are held at 5:00 pm at the restaurant located at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. A weekly chef’s sushi roll demonstration is also held Friday evenings from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the resort’s Ocean Pool Bar & Grill. Visit or call 808-667-3254.

29th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
On June 24, 2010, the longest-running and most prestigious festival in Hawai‘i celebrates 29 years of fine food and wine with a four-day culinary extravaganza! Festival host, Master Sommelier Fred Dame brings together world-renowned winemakers, top Master Sommeliers and Hawai‘i’s most celebrated chefs for a weekend of culinary exhibitions, interactive wine tastings and evening gala events. This year be sure to check out Sunday's lunch demo, “DK's Secrets, Sansei Style” with renowned chef DK Kodama, and stay for the sell out Kapalua Seafood Festival, held at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. For more information call 888-KAPALUA or visit

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