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A Message From Maui Nui - July 2011

July 1, 2011

Message from Maui Nui

Iao NeedleNamed "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.

Tours and Activities

Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Manele Bay's new resident - Dr. Shades
There's a new doctor in house - Dr. Shades that is. As part of Manele Bay's complimentary poolside amenity program, Dr. Shades will clean, repair and heal guests' sunglass wounds. His medical bag also includes complimentary loaner sunglasses. While he may not have a medical license, Dr. Shades has the expertise to keep those baby blues protected from the glistening Hawaiian sun. Catch the doctor between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. poolside. For more information, please call the Concierge at 808-565-2388.

Alii Nui offers Maui's premier sailing option
Imagine a sunset sail with Maui's fantastic orange and lavender skies as a backdrop for your special celebration. As Maui's newest vessel, the "Alii Nui" is a state-of-the-art 65' foot sailing catamaran that can accommodate up to 80 passengers comfortably. Combined with impeccable service and the culinary talents of Maui Executive Catering Chef Jeff Scheer, Alii Nui is your perfect option for weddings, receptions, birthday parties, family reunions and corporate retreats. Snorkel sails and whale watching excursions (in season) also offer unparalleled water adventures. For info, call 1-800-542-3483 Ext. 1 or email at

Lanai Ukulele Festival debuts at Four Seasons Resorts Lanai
Enjoy award winning ukulele music at the first annual Ukulele Festival at Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, July 29-30, 2011. Catch performances by Grammy winner Richard Hoopii, Na Hoku winner Tony Conjugacion, and various hula halau as they perform under the stars. For more information, please call Reservations at 800-321-4666 and ask for the Ukulele Festival package.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua announces new adult pool
Adults will rejoice with new-found solace and serenity at the middle section of the 10,000 square foot, tri-level swimming pool. The 'right of passage' area will accessible and enjoyed by those 18 years and older. Additionally, an ocean-facing hot tub will be dedicated as another relaxing respite. For more information about the resort and its myriad offerings, please visit

"Tri" Lanai at the Third Annual TriLanai Off-Road Sprint Triathlon
The third annual TriLanai Off-Road Sprint Triathlon will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011. 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 .750m (1/2 mile) open-water swim at Hulopoe Bay, followed by a 25km (16 mile) bike race up Hulopoe Bay's switchback road. The final leg of the competition is a 6km (4 mile) run to the finish line. For more information or to make room reservations, please call toll-free 800-321-4666 or visit

Fishing in HanaNew Programming at Travaasa Hana (Formerly Hotel Hana-Maui)
Travaasa Hana, formerly Hotel Hana-Maui, is pleased to announce its diverse selection of programming reflecting the small town flavor and traditions of Hana. Activities include a historical tour of Hana town, guided coastal and garden walks, throw net fishing demonstrations, hula and ukulele lessons, lei making, coconut husking, bicycle tours, stand-up paddle boarding, outrigger canoe paddling, and landscape and digital photography classes. For more information, visit

Zipline on Maui"5 Zip Line Tour with Giant Swing" in Kapalua
Imagine zipping for over 6,000 feet and then enjoying the exhilaration of a huge swing like no other! Maui's most thrilling adventure begins with a 360' long suspension bridge, the largest in Hawaii. You will then tackle five dual track zip lines with comfortable equipment allowing spectacular views with your partner. With lines of varying lengths, this tour provides you with more than a mile of zipping! The breath-taking finale is a two person "swing" that pulls guests up to about 40 feet in the air and across the valley. The "free fall" experience is like no other. Reservations are required. Please call 808-665-3753 or visit

Citrus College hot summer music series

Hyatt Regency Maui celebrates one hot summer with a lineup of fantastic live music with a visit from California's Citrus College Performing Arts -now until July 23, 2011. Musical highlights include concerts by the college's highly-regarded performing groups - Blue Note Orchestra and Nightshift. All concerts are complimentary and open to the public. For more information and a complete schedule, please contact Hyatt Regency Maui's Activity Concierge at 808-667-4727.

Free Kid's Club at Kaanapali Alii luxury vacation rentals
The oceanfront Kaanapali Alii offers luxurious vacation rental condominiums and a free Kid's Club with hula, ukulele, lei making and more. Add free tennis clinics by the tennis pro along with many activities and meals at participating merchants free for Alii kids when accompanied by a paying adult. Gas BBQs, free fitness facility, no resort fees, free parking. One- and two-bedrooms offer 1,500 to 1,900 square feet of spacious elegance with fully equipped kitchens, living room/dining room, private lanai, two full baths, and washer/dryer. For reservations call toll-free 1-866-966-7169 or call

UFO Parasail announces UFO Adventures private charters
Create your own hourly, half or full day charter. Choose from Extreme Tubing, Wake Boarding, Light-Tackle, Coastal Fishing (Catch and Release), Knee Boarding, Snorkeling, Banana Boating (through Dec. 14). Enjoy your day of adventures on the water with a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain on a spacious 12-passenger, 28' x 10' beam, vessel. Learn about the lore of Kaanapali and Maui from knowledgeable crew. Fun for all ages! UFO provides a cooler with ice and sport drinks, as well as the equipment. Bring your own food and beverages. Call 800-359-4836 or visit


Travaasa Hana debuts on Maui
travasa maui hana hotelTravaasa Destinations, a new collection of experiential hotels, debuted its second location, Travaasa Hana, on June 30. Set amid the picturesque oceanfront community of "Heavenly Hana" on Maui's secluded eastern shore, the hotel, formerly known as Hotel Hana-Maui, features 70 cottages and suites, a wellness spa, locally sourced dining, and extensive programming highlighting Hawaii's rich cultural heritage. Guests can choose from two different offerings: an all-inclusive, adults-only program which includes meals, daily spa treatment, and as many activities as they wish, or an a la carte stay. For more information, visit

Makena Hotel mauiMakena beautifies and revitalizes to celebrate 25th anniversary
In honor of its 25th Anniversary, The Makena Beach & Golf Resort is undergoing significant upgrades including the revitalization of its 310 guest rooms and suites. Designed with "simple elegance," the rooms feature new carpet, granite bathroom countertops, contemporary faucets and fixtures, refinished cherry wood furnishings, 37-inch flat screen televisions, mini-refrigerators, superior bed linens and towels, and a new line of Tommy Bahama bath products. For more information, please call 808-874-1111 or visit

Aston Mahana at Kaanapali
Guests are raving about their "newly renovated Maui home-away-from-home", the Aston Mahana at Kaanapali's ocean-front premium suites. Each "home" has an all-new designer kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, dishes and cook wear, central air, in-room washer/dryers, plush bedding and elegant bathrooms, plus the luxurious furnishings in the living area with 32-inch flat screen TV, DVD and stereo CD players. VIP check-in and concierge services introduce them to their playground, the golden sands of Kaanapali Beach, a beachfront spa, pool and tennis courts, the Kaanapali boardwalk and four championship golf courses. Their end-of-day reward - picture perfect views of Molokai and Lanai. Please visit

Castle Resorts & Hotels offers special grocery delivery discount
Castle Resorts & Hotels is excited to announce its new partnership with Island Grocery Service. With this convenient service, guests may pre-order groceries for their Maui vacation and have their favorite foods pre-stocked in their condos just before arrival. For a limited time, Castle makes this time-saving service even more enticing with a $10 discount off of customers' orders! To learn more about this service and to check-out exciting summer specials, visit or call 1-800-367-5004.

Maui's Sunseeker LGBT resort expands in preparation for civil unions
Hawaii's new civil unions law goes into effect January 2, 2012 and Maui will soon become a top same-sex ceremony and honeymoon destination further diversifying Maui's hospitality industry. In preparation, the Sunseeker, Hawaii's largest LGBT Resort, has acquired two adjacent properties to the east of the existing property expanding from 17 to 31 rooms. Identified by the landmark rainbow flag, the one-acre enclosed compound is on Maui's South shore. The Sunseeker caters to the gay and lesbian clientele, but shares aloha with all. For more info, visit, call 1-808-879-1261 or go to


Four Seasons Resorts Lanai Presents special wine dinners for Fall
Join Chef de Cuisine Junior Ulep and Stoller Vineyards, from Oregon, on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 6 - 9 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. The Lodge at Koele will also present a similar experience with Lewis Cellars, from Napa Valley, on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Please call Lea Hennessy, 808-565-2335 or for reservations and more information.

makena Dining Maui restaurantsNew name and menu for Makena Golf Course restaurant
Café on the Green, previously the Makena Clubhouse, offers satisfying, hearty lunches and one of the best "happy hours" around. The menu has also been refreshed highlighting local recipes and island grown products. Some of the delectable options include the Makena Burger w/Molokai Sweet Potato fries, Duck Confit Saimin, Pipikaula Reuben and the restaurant's signature dessert, Banana Lumpia. "Happy hour" (daily, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.) offers $4 draft beers, $6 martinis, Mai Tais, and house wines. Plus, the starter menu is offered at 50% off. Open from 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 808-875-5888.

The Fairmont Kea Lani announces a new look for Ko Restaurant and 50% off suite rates
Dining at Ko mauiStarting August 15 2011, The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will undergo an extensive remodel to the signature restaurant, Ko. The new design will feature sweeping curved walls, a floating shaded roof, a dynamic action bar, built in seating banquettes, and porcelain tile flooring. Each design element has been carefully selected to complement the regionally sourced, plantation inspired, cuisine. During the renovation, the all-suite Fairmont Kea Lani will be offering vacation packages with rates of 50% off. For more information call 808-875-4100 or visit

Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele - The Dining Room
The Dining Room, the acclaimed restaurant at The Lodge at Koele has introduced a new menu, featuring American cuisine, with European style and rustic Hawaiian ingredients. A spectacular four-course tasting menu is offered nightly, along with an optional wine pairing. The tasting menu will change every couple of weeks, based on availability of the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. For more information, please call the Concierge at 808-565-4555.

Makena Food FarmingInteractive garden to provide Makena Resort with fresh produce
Certified Master Gardener Chef Marc McDowell believes in fresh, locally grown seasonal foods, served in their window of perfection, and his latest project has him going organic. McDowell has created an interactive herb, vegetable and butterfly garden that will provide more than 90 exotic herbs, over 100 vegetables and 8 varieties of butterfly flowers adding another dimension to his "farm-to-table" and "everything-made from scratch" philosophies. Located on the property, the garden provides easy access to the freshest ingredients for every meal prepared for guests. For more information, please visit

Makena to host "Invitation to Foodies" culinary event
On September 2 - 3, 2001, the Makena Beach & Golf Resort hosts the "Invitation to Foodies" culinary event bringing together home chefs, home gardeners, and adventurous foodies to taste the tropical flavors of Hawaii's island fusion cuisines. The event will also allow attendees the opportunity to network with local foodies, chefs and farmers. Featuring delicious five-star gourmet wine dinners, grand tastings and cooking demonstrations with distinguished Hawaii chefs throughout the weekend, the event will benefit three non-profit organizations on Maui. For more information, please visit

Enjoy true local island cuisine with "What Maui Likes to Eat" cookbook
Executive Chef Tylun Pang of The Fairmont Kea Lani has published a cookbook with recipes featuring Maui's most popular and beloved dishes, including some from Ko, the hotel's signature restaurant. Pang included stories of growing up in the Islands and how Maui's culture comes together over food, making this a true treasure of Maui's culinary history. A longtime supporter of Maui Culinary Academy, Chef Pang is donating all of his proceeds to the school. Cookbooks may be purchased through or at Café Ciao at The Fairmont Kea Lani.

Celebrate Summer with half-off Happy Hour prices at The Fairmont Kea Lani
Celebrate Summer Maui KealaniTo celebrate summer on Maui, The Fairmont Kea Lani will offer daily happy hour specials of 50% off all pupus, wines by the glass, beers and well drinks. Take in a sunset at Luana Lounge, sit pool-side at Polo Beach Bar or sample Ko Restaurant's famous Oishi sushi. Complimentary valet service makes this happy hour hard to beat. Offered daily between 4 - 6 p.m. through August 15, 2011. For more information, call 808-875-4100 or visit


Put a Ring on it"Put a Ring on It" program
Four Seasons introduces the "Put a Ring on It" program, designed to offer customized planning to assist those in need of a dazzling proposal. All that is left is to get down on one knee and bring the bling. The complimentary service includes a consultation with the Resort's Director of Experience, a romance specialist, who will coordinate and execute the flawless occasion. Whether a hopeless romantic, commitment shy or for those in need of a little nudge executing the tender moment, we will conjure up an unforgettable event that is sealed with a kiss. For more information, please call 800-321-4666 and ask to speak with the Director of Experience.

"Romancing the Sea" private sailing sea kayak voyage
Explore the beauty of the Pacific with this romantic adventure for two. Journey with your loved one on an intimate and private sailing sea kayak adventure. Take in the beautiful views of the West Maui Mountains, as our trained naturalist navigates along the coast where tropical coral reefs, colorful fish and graceful "honu" (green sea turtles) dwell. Story telling of Hawaii's maritime history and ecological dynamics are shared before an optional snorkel. For further information or to make reservations please contact Ambassadors of the Environment at 808- 665-7292 or email

Culture and Agri-Tourism

The Kokua Project voluntourism experience
In partnership with the Lanai Animal Rescue Center, Four Seasons is pleased to offer guests an opportunity to experience the island and culture through the Kokua Project. The community-based voluntourism program allows guests to give back to the community and the island's land by reducing their environmental footprint, and feel a strong connection to Lanai. The project is ideal for everyone and all benefit from this enriching program.Guests can help care for local animals at the Lanai Animal Rescue Center, where the mission is to assist animals in need. Volunteer activities range from "Pet & Purr" cat socialization, painting kitty condos, and gardening. To learn more, please contact the Concierge at (808) 565-4555.

Yokouchi Pavilion & Courtyard open to rave reviews and awards
Maui arts PavillionMaui Arts & Cultural Center's new jewel, the Yokouchi Pavilion & Courtyard with its distinctive glass-capped roof, was inaugurated earlier this year by Sir Elton John in two sold-out concerts. It has already been honored with two commercial building awards, including 2011 Kukulu Hale Award for New Project from the Hawaii Chapter of NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and AIA Honolulu/ American Institute of Architects 2011 Design Award (Built). The pavilion enhances The Center's ability to offer the highest quality performing arts to Maui. Call 808-242-SHOW or visit

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua and Ambassadors of the Environment
Adults will relax, rejuvenate and rejoice with an excellent offer to experience the spa's soothing ambiance, inspired by the healing waters of Waihua, which the ancient Hawaiians believed was the most pure form of water captured by the leaves of the taro plant. When adults book two 80 minute treatments, children can experience Ambassadors of the Environment programs - complimentary! (Up to $200 value.) To make reservations or for more information please contact The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua at 808-665-7079.

3rd Annual Lahaina Plantation Days
Lahaina Plantation DaysOn October 20 - 22, Lahaina Restoration Foundation will present its 3rd Annual Lahaina Plantation Days held on the former Pioneer Mill site surrounding the old smokestack on Lahainaluna Road. This three-day event will pay tribute to West Maui's rich plantation heritage with historical displays and exhibits, cultural areas, restaurant food booths, beer tent, kid zone and entertainment by Hawaii's popular entertainers. The event kicks off on Thursday evening with a Movie Night featuring "Great Grandfather's Drum", celebrating Japanese-American culture and history in Hawaii, on a large outdoor screen. For more information, call 808-661-3262

Air Lift - Ferry Service Maui

Hawaiian Airlines launching daily flights to Osaka
Maui Nui will soon see more visitors from Japan with the start of new daily flights between Osaka and Honolulu on July 12. Hawaiian is adding 100,000 air seats annually from Japan's second-largest area with late morning arrivals into Honolulu and early afternoon departures, allowing visitors from Japan to make easy flight connections to Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Hawaiian's Osaka flights will offer its award-winning "Hawaii Starts Here" inflight service showcasing Hawaii's culture, people, and natural beauty, while providing new pan-Asian cuisine, Japanese entertainment options and special on-board products. For information, visit or call 800-367-5320.

Health and Wellness

Spa Travaasa HanaThe Spa at Travaasa Hana named top resort spa in Hawaii
Travaasa Hana (formerly Hotel Hana-Maui) was named #1 resort spa in Hawaii in 2011 by Conde Nast Traveler. The Spa at Travaasa Hana infuses therapeutic native Hawaiian treatments with exercise as part of its holistic approach to relaxation and wellness. Overlooking Hana Bay and historic Kauiki Hill, it is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor wellness center. Services include massages, body treatments, facials, and energy balancing using the organic skin care line Amala, along with fitness offerings focusing on balance, posture, core strength, and flexibility. For more information, visit

The Fairmont Kea Lani caters to guests with specific dietary requests
Lifestyle Cuisine Plus at KealaniLifestyle Cuisine Plus, Fairmont's exclusive culinary program, offers guests menus that cater to specific dietary needs. Menus include macrobiotic, raw, vegan, diabetic, and heart-healthy and offer a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. All Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menus will be available at the resort's restaurants including the signature restaurant, Ko. Call 808-875-4100 or visit for more information.

Beach-front cabana massage at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
Spa on the shore with an exclusive beach-front massage this summer! Escape takes on a whole new meaning in our inviting cabana as the rhythmic sounds of crashing waves and song birds evoke a truly unique spa experience. Our team of expert therapists will customize your massage to leave you relaxed, renewed and refreshed. A 50 minute Lomi Lomi Massage is $155 (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and includes complimentary access to the spa facilities on the day-of your scheduled treatment. To make reservations or for more information please contact The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Kapalua at 808-665-7079.

Spa Kea Lani MauiSpa Kea Lani offers complimentary foot scrub with treatment for July
Book an 80-minute facial or massage, and receive a complimentary Volcanic Foot Scrub. This unique treatment combines exfoliating volcanic pumice with purifying ginger, olena (turmeric), wasabi, lemongrass, mamaki tea, and tropical oils. The ingredients are selected to stimulate circulation and moisturize skin, leaving feet feeling soft, smooth and revitalized. For more information, call 808-875-2229 or visit

20-Hands Duo Massage at Grand Wailea

20 Hand Massage MauiSpa Grande at Grand Wailea launches its most lavish experience, the 20-Hands Duo Massage. Imagine, 100 fingers massaging you simultaneously from head-to-toe. An unforgettable two-and-a-half hour experience being offered in celebration of Spa Grande's 20th anniversary through September 4, 2012. Spa Grande's 20-Hands Duo Massage, $2,000 including taxes and gratuities. 24 hours advance reservation required, and/or based on availability. For info, visit or call 800-888-6100 ext 4949.


Maggie Coulombe in MauiMaggie Coulombe opens studio in Whalers Village
In July, Lahaina's Maggie Coulombe, one of Hawaii's premier couture fashion designers, opens her second Maui studio at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants. Known for creating one-size-fits-all dresses as if tailored to each customer, Coulombe's designs often feature transitional fabrics including silk, cashmere and linen. She has a loyal following and celebrities KeSha, Fergie and Teri Hatcher are huge fans. Coulombe studied fashion apparel design at Ryerson University in Toronto graduating with "Designer of the Year" honors in 1990. In 1995, she fell in love with Maui restaurateur Louise Coulombe and relocated to Maui.;

The Art of Peter Max Gallery opens in Wailea
Peter Max Art Gallery MauiThe Art of Peter Max Gallery has opened at The Shops at Wailea, one of only two galleries in the world exclusively dedicated to the artwork of renowned artist, Peter Max. Curated by the artist himself, the gallery features a new collection of original acrylic paintings, including his "Maui Series" which depicts scenic images of Maui wrapped in the kaleidoscope of vivid colors that are unmistakably Peter Max. For more information, call 808-891-6770, visit, "like" The Shops at Wailea on Facebook or follow @ShopsAtWailea on Twitter.

Awards and Accolades

Kaanapali Beach Hotel wins TravelAge West WAVE Award
Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel, was honored as "Best Resort for a Hawaiian Cultural Experience" at the 2011 TravelAge West WAVE Awards. Travel agent professionals throughout the 14 Western states and readers selected the "Best of the Best" from a list of "Editor's Picks" chosen by TravelAge West Editor-in-Chief Ken Shapiro and his editorial team. The WAVE Awards are a celebration of excellence in travel products, services and destinations, with winners that consistently demonstrate excellence within the travel marketplace. For more information, please call 800-262-8450 or visit

Hyatt Regency Maui - 2011 Aipono Award for Excellence
Hyatt Regency Maui announced its recent recognition of the 2011 Aipono Award for Excellence in Sustainability by readers of Maui No Ka Oi Magazine. The Aipono Awards acknowledge the resort for demonstrating its commitment to sustainable environmental practices while improving everyday business operations on the property. After the completion of a $15 million property-wide transformation in December 2010, the Excellence in Sustainability Award honors the property for energy conservation, waste reduction and water conservation. For more information please contact the resort by phone at 808-661-1234 or visit

WestJet readers choose Wailea Golf for 2011 Value Award
For the second time, Wailea Golf Club was selected by the readers of WestJet's inflight magazine up! for its Value Award. This is the sixth honor that Wailea Golf has received thus far in 2011. Others include Golf Digest's list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Courses" (Gold Course), Conde Nast Traveler's "Top 15 Hawaii Golf Resorts" (with the Four Seasons Resort Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani and Grand Wailea), and Golfweek's "Best Courses You Can Play" (Gold and Emerald courses). For information and tee times, please visit

Hotel Lanai named one of 50 top hotels under $150
Built in 1923 for pineapple plantation executives, the 11-room charming Hotel Lanai was named one of the 50 top hotels under $150 by Sunset Magazine. According to Sunset, the 11 rooms aren't 5-star but are loaded with charm: Hawaiian quilts on the bed, hardwood floors, white wainscoting. For information, visit

Capische! named 2011 Aipono Restaurant of the Year award
Located at the Hotel Wailea Maui, Capische? was named "Restaurant of the Year" at the annual 2011 Aipono awards banquet for Maui's food and beverage industry. Owner and award-winning chef Brian Etheredge has created a truly unique and inventive Italian/French menu and offers a remarkable wine list. Well-known for offering Maui's finest Italian dining experience, diners also enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding islands and sunset. For more information, visit