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January 1, 2012

News from Maui Nui
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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.

Air Lift Ferry Service

Hawaiian Airlines MauiHawaiian Airlines adding flights, easing connections with Maui hub
Maui travelers will have more flight options with the new Maui hub Hawaiian Airlines is creating at Kahului Airport (OGG). Hawaiian is increasing air service to Maui by 25 percent with more roundtrip flights between Maui and Honolulu, schedule adjustments to enhance connections with mainland flights arriving in Honolulu, and increased nonstop service between Maui and both Kauai and Hawaii Island. In addition, Hawaiian is reintroducing nonstop service to Maui from Los Angeles for the summer. Hawaiian is supporting the Maui hub with three Boeing 717-200 aircraft it recently acquired. The airline is also adding the only non-stop service between New York City (JFK) and Hawaii (HNL) on June 5, 2012 making it more convenient for East Coast visitors to vacation and transact business in The Aloha State. For more info, please visit


Andaz Wailea MauiAndaz Wailea Resort & Residences to debut on Maui

Wailea Resort proudly welcomes a new brand to their collection of luxury properties in the 1,500-acre master planned resort, Andaz. The former Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort property began much anticipated site work in November this year and is slated to open in March 2013 as the Andaz Wailea Resort & Residences. The 15-acre property located oceanfront on pristine and sunny Mokapu Beach will host 297 guestrooms, 19 residential villas, cascading outdoor pools, spa, fitness center, meeting space and restaurants. For updated information, please visit

Rediscover the legend at Sheraton Maui
Start the new year off right in one of Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's newly renovated guest rooms, located on legendary Kaanapali Beach. After a $6.5 million renovation, the 508-room resort has upgraded their look and enhanced their in-room features. Feel a sense of comfort with plush carpeting, traditional Hawaiian artwork, delicate drapery, freshly painted walls in warm hues and brand new tropical furnishings, stay connected with newly installed wireless internet and let the relaxation begin. To rediscover the legend of Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, visit or call 808-661-0031 and begin your island journey.

Aston Maui Hill decorates for your pleasure
Welcome home to the house on the hill. At Aston Maui Hill, guests can relax in the newly renovated lobby, with new tile flooring, inviting furniture, artwork and lighting. The $200,000 budget included the comfortable and spacious lobby opening onto the aquamarine hue, completely re-tiled and re-surfaced swimming pool and jet spa. Lounge chairs recline under a canopy of trees or on the pools sunny side for tans. Looking like a private estate, the resort is home to repeat visitors and newcomers who gather by the pool for the manager's weekly reception, please visit

Four Seasons Resort Maui debuts trend-setting Missoni-designed cabanas
Four Seasons Resort MauiFour Seasons Resort Maui announced its collaboration with Missoni, the internationally acclaimed Italian fashion designer and is featuring two Missoni-inspired cabanas at its internationally recognized Serenity Pool. In addition, a Missoni lounge has been staged outside the resort's 22 Knots boutique. Seaside Luxe's ( exclusive boutique, 22 Knots, at Four Seasons Resort Maui carries the entire Missoni Lifestyle Collection: Home & Fashion. The bright, colorful ocean facing Missoni Cabanas can be rented daily.

Makena Beach Golf ResortMakena Beach & Golf Resort room beautification project completed
Makena has seen many changes over the past year, with a multi million dollar beautification of the resort. At the center of this activity is the renovation of the resort's 310 rooms and suites. After a year of work, the Makena ohana (family) is proud to announce its room beautification is now complete. Already spacious and large, the guest rooms have been exquisitely enhanced and upgraded with new wall-to-wall carpeting, granite countertops in the bathroom areas and refinished cherry wood furnishings. For more information, please call 808-874-1111 or visit

Hyatt Regency Maui's new arrival experience
Experience a new arrival at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa with the completion of the newly renovated front desk lobby. Guests are welcomed with an uplift of Hawaiian spirit with new pod-style check-in, upgraded concierge desks, new transportation area, and refreshed landscaping, artwork and new accent colors on every floor to complete the aloha ambiance. For more information visit or call 808-661-1234.

Westin Maui ResortInnovative meeting experience at Westin Maui
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa's half-million dollar revitalization of its meeting experience includes enhanced features promoting an eco-friendly approach - linen-free cocktail tables with illuminated colored lighting and serpentine swirl banquet tables; vertical buffet station with frosted paneling and lighting for creative presentations; mobile espresso brewers; wicker lounge furniture for a classy look; and a new stage for Wailele Luau at the outdoor Aloha Pavilion. Meeting planners are encouraged to go green using Westin's emenu program with extensive online choices to design events, multi-day programs or select specialty events such as the interactive Go-Green Racing. Visit

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offer luxurious Le Labo amenities
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have teamed up with Le Labo Fragrances to offer a unique collection of body care products inspired by Le Labo's popular fragrance, Rose 31. Beginning in 2012, Fairmont guests will enjoy shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, shower gel and body lotion scented with the Le Labo's signature fragrance, Rose 31. Le Labo Fragrances is a New York-based perfume house known for its collection of handmade perfumes using only the highest quality raw ingredients. Call 808-875-4100 or visit more information.

Westin's beachside cabana service on Kaanapali Beach
Westin Maui ResortA retreat on Maui is incomplete without beach fun. At The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on famed Kaanapali Beach, guests can now enjoy personalized beachside service when they rent private beach cabana chairs for two or poolside cabanas within the resort's 87,000 square-foot aquatic playground with five outdoor pools and lush waterfall surroundings. Choose your favorite bites and refreshing cocktails from the beachside menu that will be brought to you as you indulge in a sunny beach day. Reservations are highly recommended, call the resort at 808- 667-2525 or visit

Culture and Agri-Tourism

Maui County Ag FestivalTickets on sale for Maui's Grand Taste Education

Maui's famed regional cuisine is based on locally grown produce, fresh fish and seafood,and locally raised beef, pork and eggs. Meet local chefs and farmers, ranchers and fisherman who are creating menus that matter at the Grand Taste Education at the 5th Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival Saturday, April 7. Presented with Slow Food Maui, Maui's Grand Taste Education showcases 13 teams. Advance tickets $25 or $30 at the event. Held at Maui Tropical Plantation, the festival provides a one-stop experience of the wondrous impact of agriculture in day-to-day life.

Hawaiian slack key CD nominated for Grammy® Award
Slack key guitar master George Kahumoku, Jr.'s newest CD, Wao Akua - The Forest of the Gods, has been nominated for a Grammy® Award. The instrumental collection of traditional and original songs performed on his signature 12-string guitar will compete in the "Regional Roots" category. Visitors can see him live at the Napili Kai Beach Resort every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the resort's Pavilion during his "Masters of Hawaiian Music" concert series. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 808-669-3858. For more info, email at

Westin Villas offers cultural festivities
Maui Cultural FestivitiesThe Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is offering a series of cultural festivities for resort guests to enjoy including May Day celebrations and the Fourth of July "Hawaiian Flower Shower" with 50,000 fresh flower orchids showering guests from a helicopter above. Held weekly at the resort's ocean lawn, the "Aloha Friday Craft Fair" with over thirty local crafters is a treasure find though guests can also take advantage of the resort's complimentary shuttle service to explore Whalers Village and historic Lahaina town. Visit


Grand Wailea brings Alan Wong to Maui

Grand Wailea DiningGrand Wailea toasts a partnership with chef and restaurateur, Alan Wong. The former "Kincha" at Grand Wailea is the new location for Wong's third restaurant in the Hawaiian Islands. Well respected nationwide within the culinary industry, President Barack Obama's favorite Hawaii chef is known for merging various ethnic cooking styles and techniques into cohesive and tasty dishes highlighting locally-grown products. Wong, one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, will oversee the concept and menu creation. The restaurant, to be called "Alan Wong's Amasia," is scheduled to open Spring 2012.

Westin Maui ResortWestin Maui introduces Ahupuaa menu
Savor a delicious four-course menu honoring the Hawaiian Ahupuaa (the traditional Hawaiian land division running from mountain to ocean) at Tropica Restaurant & Bar at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. The dinner menu showcases local produce harvested from various climate zones celebrated in old Hawaii. Selections include Hawaiian Blue Opae featuring pohole fern salad with local chili pepper, Kula Onion Risotto with upcountry Maui goat cheese and Kapalua beets as well as Maui Cattle NY Strip Loin with Kula grape tomato and sweet potato hash. Wine pairings are available with each course. Visit

TGIF at Makena
TGIF At Makena MauiMakena Beach & Golf Resort's culinary team gives you another reason to say "TGIF" with its new seafood buffet offered every Friday night. Featuring fresh seafood caught in Hawaiian waters and the fresh herbs and produce grown on Maui, the seafood buffet is a celebration of Hawaii's remote location and nature's bounty, both land and sea. Delight in such delicacies as whole Mahimahi steamed in ti leaves with a Thai coconut curry vegetable sauce or the scallop fettuccini with a creamy lobster sauce. For reservations or more information, visit or call 808-875-5888.

Restaurant Week in Wailea, MauiRestaurant Week Wailea returns May 20-26, 2012
Wailea Resort proudly announces the return of their popular dinner promotion, "Restaurant Week Wailea". This celebration of Wailea's finest cuisine takes place at 16 participating resort restaurants throughout Wailea Resort starting Sunday, May 20th through Saturday, May 26th. Wailea's chefs will once again create remarkable three course, pre-fixe menus for just $29, $39 or $49 per person. Participating restaurants partner with the Maui Food Bank for this bi-annual event and proceeds from the special menus are donated to the Maui Food Bank. Visit for details and menus.

New Makena Grill opens
Makena Grill MauiThe Makena Beach & Golf Resort introduces a new restaurant name and new menu at its newly renovated restaurant. Formerly called the Molokini Bar & Grille, the new Makena Grill will feature a new menu designed by Executive Chef Marc McDowell that features Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine with strong focus on sustainable farm-to-table ingredients. For more information visit or call 808- 874-1111.

The Ultimate Gin & Tonic at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Manele Bay has introduced the exclusive Ultimate Gin & Tonic, which emphasizes the concept of farm-to- table. Unlike other G&T's that use pre-made tonic water, this one is created daily by executive pastry chef Rabii Saber. The cocktail is made with Tanqueray and Chef's secret recipe, which includes fresh botanicals found on Lanai and authentic cinchona bark powder. Please call the concierge for more information at 808-565-2388.

Four Seasons Resort LanaiFour Seasons Resorts Lanai presents special wine dinners for Winter
Join Chef de Cuisine Junior Ulep and Cake Bread Cellars, from Napa Valley, on Thursday, February 9, 2012 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. Please contact Lea Hennessy at 808-565-2335 or for reservations and more information.

Pizza with a purposePizza with a purpose
There's pizza - and then there's "pizza with a purpose" - the motto of Porto, a new flame-fired artisan pizza restaurant at Maalaea Harbor Shops off Route 30, adjacent to Maui Ocean Center. Named after the Italian word for "harbor," Porto is committed to using locally grown foods and supporting local farmers - and will also raise money for Pacific Whale Foundation's research, education and advocacy work on behalf of the marine environment. Porto offers handcrafted pizzas, appetizers, salads, soup, panini and desserts for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is also available. Open 6 am to 7:30 pm. Visit

Maui Shave IceMakena guests cool off with shave ice served beachside
After a day in the hot sun, nothing is more refreshing than shave ice. Makena makes it easy for guests to experience this Hawaiian-style treat by serving varieties of the local delicacy at its beach activities center. The most popular selection is "rainbow style," with three or more flavored syrups creating the colors of the rainbow on this cool treat. For more information, please visit or call 808-874-1111.

Starbucks Maui WaileaFresh from the oven...Makena-style doughnuts
Makena Beach & Golf Resort's lobby café, Barista 5400, has introduced another sweet treat to brighten each morning - freshly made Makena-style doughnuts. Made fresh daily by their team of talented pastry chefs, these doughnuts are soft and warm on the inside and topped with your favorite desert toppings like coconut, maple glaze, chocolate, and even coconut flakes on the outside. The best part is that these doughnuts go great with the resort's freshly brewed Starbucks coffee. For more information visit or call 808-874- 1111.

Maui Tai at WestinNo Ka Oi Mai Tai at Westin Maui
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa has created an award-winning Mai Tai cocktail using locally made Maui Gold Pineapple Rum exclusively created for the resort by Haleakala Distillers. Using rum infused with Maui-grown pineapples and sugar cane, the resort's refreshing sustainable cocktail called "No Ka Oi Mai Tai" isn't replicated elsewhere and is served at the resort's restaurants and bars including Wailele Polynesian Luau. The rum bottles are even sanitized and reused to promote a green-friendly approach to Mai Tai-ing one on! Visit

Tours and Activities

Travaasa Archery Experience MauiTravaasa Hana debuts new archery experience

As part of Travaasa Hana's adventure programming, the resort debuted Maui's only hotel archery experience in December 2011. By participating in this activity, resort guests can learn and practice the fundamentals that create the foundation of archery while boosting mental attention and physical performance. The two-hour activity takes place twice a week near the hotel's turn of the century Plantation Guest House in Hana, and is led by certified archery instructors who are longtime hotel employees. For more information, visit

Cruise in style with complimentary bikes at Makena
Bikes cycling with Makena Resort MauiCruise the winding scenic roads of Makena in style or take these classic bikes beachside along the flagstone roads of the historic King's Trail. Either way, you'll get a sense of a gone by era and lose yourself in the serene environment that is Makena while enjoying a cardio workout on Schwinn bikes compliments of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort. Bikes are complimentary to guests and come complete with helmets, locks, and beverage holders. For more information, visit

Outdoor landscape painting lessons
Capture the natural beauty of Maui with local artist, Roxanne Broadbent. Designed for beginning to intermediate artists, this outdoor acrylic painting class offers a demonstration of basic technique. With a maximum of 10 students per session, you'll receive one on one support and instruction enabling you to produce a finished painting that you can enjoy for years to come. Class is held in Wailea and is available to anyone age 14 and up and all materials are supplied. Thursdays, 8:30 - 11:30 am, $65 per person. Reservations required, 800-232-4604 ext 51.

"Play.Pause.Repeat" at Westin Villas
Each day at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas begins with exhilarating fun, whether it is a morning stand-up paddle lesson, snorkeling or kayaking in the ocean mere steps away. The AAA Four Diamond resort offers guests of all ages a daily "Play.Pause.Repeat"program with activities such as Hoe Waa outrigger canoe paddling, botanical tours, Hawaiian language classes, ukulele lessons and koi fishing. At the Westin Kids Club, a new playground offers children fun in the sun, in addition to a pirate ship pool with slides. The adventures that accompany these activities are unforgettable. Visit

Stargazing, iPads and S'mores
Get in touch with nature with the Makena Beach & Golf Resort's newest activity, "An Evening Under the Stars." Join the resort's knowledgeable staff for an evening of storytelling and stargazing under the clear Makena night sky. Experience high-tech stargazing with the resort's new iPads equipped with Sky Safari applications. Learn about each constellation as well as the importance of these stars to Native Hawaiians while sipping hot cocoa and making your own s'mores around a cozy campfire. For more information, call 808-874-1111 or visit

Westin Hula Lessons for Keiki MauiKeiki (children) learn to hula at Wailele Polynesian Luau
Third generational fire-knife dancer and hula dancer Tavita Taueetia is teaches basic steps of hula, one of the many cultural activities offered at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. The children are invited to perform a special hula at the resort's popular Wailele Polynesian Luau featuring a dinner show with Maui's only extreme fire knife dance finale. For more information on intuitive activities offered through the Westin destination program and the Westin Kids Club, visit


Maui's premier gay-owned wedding company coordinates its first legal gay union

Maui Gay WeddingsWith civil unions now legal in Hawaii, gay-owned Inc. coordinated its first legal gay wedding January 2 on a secluded beach on Maui's South shore. Owners Kevin Rebelo and Frank Miholer have coordinated some 5,000 weddings since 1994 with their sister company, Of that figure, approximately 350 have been gay ceremonies. The couple believes the legalization of civil unions will bring even more visitors to Maui and Hawaii. The company specializes in small and intimate beach weddings. To plan your nuptials, call 800-859-0072 or email

Makena Point Weddings MauiPopular wedding location now even more picturesque
Makena Point, Makena Beach & Golf Resort's most popular wedding ceremony location, has been enhanced with a new and picturesque stepping stone walkway. This location, scouted and created by the produces of the 2011 Hollywood Movie, "Just Go With" starring Adam Sandler, is surrounded on three sides by water and provides the ultimate beachfront location for Maui destination weddings. For more information, please visit or call 808-874-1111.

Luana Lounge offers cabanas and cocktails
Fairmont KeaLani Weddings MauiWhat could be more perfect this Valentine's Day than date night at The Fairmont Kea Lani's Luana Lounge? "Luana" is the Hawaiian word meaning "to be at leisure, enjoy pleasant surroundings and to live in comfort and ease." The open-air loungeoffers spectacular views of the beautiful Maui sunset, nightly entertainment from local musicians and intimate cabana canopy couches. Cocktails, pupu and delectable desserts are the perfect compliment to a romantic night out with a new, or old, love. Call 808-875-4100 or visit for more information.


Dale Zarella Maui MermaidDale Zarrella unveils Mermaid Dream

Mermaid Dream is sculpted at the Grand Wailea out of a single 3,000 lb. root of Rainshower tree. The piece of wood sat outside the studio for four years until one morning Dale saw a vision of the mermaid swimming gracefully inside. As she slowly emerged, the story began to unfold. Swimming effortlessly she is following the baby turtle that hatched in her hand earlier with three other turtles following behind. A beautiful playful moment. Stop by Napua Gallery at Grand Wailea and receive complimentary valet parking. 808-874-0510.

New stores at Westin Maui
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa presents two new retail stores - Maui Surf Shades and Élan Vital Galleries. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maui Surf Shades offers Maui Jim sunglasses and organic Maui tanning lotion. Maui artist Élan Vital will showcase unique original paintings invented with his technique and compared to gemstones with multiple layers that explore nooks and crannies of light and color that change and sparkle as you move. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the gallery is located lobby level at the resort's Ocean Tower.

Shops at Wailea MauiThe Shops at Wailea adds new merchants
The specialty coffee and tea retailer The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf will open its first store on Maui at The Shops at Weilea in January. Maui Clothing Company will open its doors in January, offering family beachwear, alohawear and resortwear in an array of tropical styles and prints, as well as jewelry, handbags, hats and accessories. Karamel Collection opened its doors in December. The family-run boutique offers fashion inspired by the owner's island lifestyle, and includes seasonal on-trend collections, with garments made in France, Italy and Brazil. For more info visit

Play, island-style, at Whalers Village
Maui Whalers VillageA hotspot for complimentary cultural entertainment and activities, Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants celebrates the island lifestyle in and around a grand Center Stage. Stop by for Polynesian hula and Tahitian dance shows in the evenings, and join in to learn more about Hawaiian arts and crafts during the day. A free-admission Whalers Museum deepens island understanding with a colorful slice of whaling history, while the whole Village quickens during a variety of exuberant annual festivals. For current details, visit the calendar at or 808-661-4567.

Health and Wellness

Maui YogaYoga guru to the stars hosts winter retreat at Four Seasons Resort Maui

Kathryn Budig, an L.A. based yoga instructor who teaches Vinyasa yoga, leads guests February 27 to March 3. Learn techniques to better connect the breath to movement, allowing poses to flow like choreography. The retreat includes five nights in a garden view room; full breakfast daily in DUO; four sunrise and three sunset yoga sessions including two offsite excursions; welcome reception and traditional outrigger canoe closing ceremony. Packages begin at $3,800 for a single participant. To reserve, please contact pat. or call 1-808-874- 2939.

Spa Grande launches Royal Niu Coconut Dream
The Royal Niu Coconut Dream is a 2" hours experience for two incorporating the fibrous coconut husks as exfoliation tools for the application of a mild coconut scrub. The scrub is followed by a coconut butter body cocoon with a scalp and foot massage, followed by a 25-minute coconut milk bath. The Royal finale is a 50-minute massage performed with coconut oil, shells, and husks promoting muscle relaxation and physical well being. Uliuli, vibrant colored feather implements, are used to invigorate skin and/or muscle reflexes. 800-232-4604, ext. 4949.

Spa Helani unveils seasonal specials using Aromafloria
Enjoy your Maui escape with a soothing and organic based aromatherapy treatment designed to promote wellness. The award- winning Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by WestinTM offers seasonal specials such as Pomegranate Massage, Body Scrub and Couples Pedicure in January and February, followed by Honey Papaya Massage, Body Scrub and even a mother-daughter manicure/pedicure called Flower Child the following three months. Located at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, the full-service spa promotes poolside massages such as Hauoli Wa Wai which includes a massage and volcanic lime foot scrub. Call 808-662-2644 or visit

Hula Hooping is newest fitness craze at The Fairmont Kea Lani
Hula Hooping on MauiIt's not just for kids anymore. Guests at The Fairmont Kea Lani now enjoy three complimentary hula hoop fitness classes per week. Trained instructors in hula hoop fitness utilize brightly-colored hoops that weigh three, four and five pounds each. The new fitness craze is said to trim waistlines, burn calories and build core muscles. Guests are often heard giggling through the class and have reported that they leave class "feeling like a kid again." Call 808-875-4100 or visit for more information.

Water Therapy at Westin SpaWater therapies at Heavenly Spa
Recognized for the third consecutive year by SPA Magazine for its service of excellence, the Heavenly Spa by WestinTM at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa has introduced two water therapies in its newly launched spa menu. "Healing Waters" is a 30-minute Vichy shower therapy that uses the healing and cleansing effects of Hawaiian sea salt to detoxify and ease tight muscles while the Maui Manako Scrub uses raw sugar with coconut oil and mango infused scrub for the exfoliation process and coconut mango infused body lotion for a velvety smooth finish. Call 808-661- 2588 or visit

Spa Kea Lani Introduces the New Oceanside Spa Cabana
Spa Kea Lani MauiSpa Kea Lani is proud to introduce the Hale Neehope, a unique outdoor spa cabana situated on the shoreline of south Maui. This private cabana is surrounded by lush landscaping and plumeria trees, resulting in fresh floral scents and seclusion. Individuals and couples alike will enjoy cool ocean breezes and the sound of waves crashing against volcanic rock as they experience unique Hawaiian treatments. For more information, or to learn about Spa Kea Lani specials, call 808- 875-2229 or visit

Spa Helani promotes fresh fitness classes
Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by WestinTM at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is encouraging vacationers to embrace wellness by introducing fitness classes. De-stress with Vinayasa or Hatha Yoga held mornings on the oceanfront lawn or elevate your energy with "Beach Boot Camp" and "Belly Dancing." At the "Sunset Hula Mixer," guests not only learn the art of hula, they celebrate the evening with a Mai Tai amidst stunning Maui sunsets. The resort's Westin Workout centers are also open 24 hours for guests committed to maintaining an active lifestyle. Visit

Awards and Accolades

Travaasa Hana MauiTravaasa Hana named #1 resort in Hawaii

Travaasa Hana (formerly Hotel Hana-Maui) was named #1 Resort in Hawaii in 2011 by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, and ranked #58 of 100 hotels worldwide. Conde Nast reported, "You won't find a radio, a TV, or a clock in the open-air cottages at this 'breathtaking resort' with a perfect design score. Some have private lanai hot tubs, and all have ocean views and cathedral ceilings. Perfect-scoring service 'makes your visit unforgettable.'" Conde Nast Traveler readers also named The Spa at Travaasa the #1 Resort Spa in Hawaii. For more information, visit

Kaanapali Beach Hotel honored with Quality Assurance Award for 2nd year
Kaanapali Beach Hotel recently earned a Quality Assurance Award from MLT Vacations for 2011. Determined by customer voting, the award recognizes a very select group of hotels that achieve a 99% customer satisfaction score and 99% delivery of product performance. Fewer than 200 of the 2,300 hotels and resorts represented by MLT have received an award. This is the second year in a row that Kaanapali Beach Hotel has achieved this honor. For more information, please call 800-262-8450 or visit

Capische? receives Critic's Choice Ilima award for best neighbor island restaurant
Capische? restaurant recently captured the best neighbor island restaurant award from the Honolulu StarAdvertiser. Owner and executive chef Brian Etheredge puts an inventive spin on his dishes and creates a winning combination of "Northern Italy meets Southern France" selections. Adding to the appeal is the ambiance that takes full advantage of romantic sunset and ocean views of their location at the Hotel Wailea. Capische? offers an extensive wine collection and live piano music sets the mood for guests in the martini lounge. Visit

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Among "T+L 500 World's Best Hotels"
Hyatt Regency MauiReaders of Travel + Leisure magazine have once again selected the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa as one of the world's premier resorts with inclusion in "T+L 500 World's Best Hotels" for 2012. The coveted list will be featured in the January 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure magazine and online at For more information, visit or call 808-661-1234. Other Maui Nui resorts to make the coveted list include Fairmont Kea Lani, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Four Seasons Resort Lanai - The Lodge at Koele, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua and Travaasa Hana.


Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua presents the 20th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will embrace two decades of a culture steeped in rich traditions over Easter Weekend, April 6- 7, 2012. Named "#1 Annual Festival in the Aloha State" by Modern Luxury Hawaii, the interactive series will once again convene Hawaii's most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers during the momentous 20th Anniversary. A special Celebration of the Arts Room Package will be offered and additional information may be found at or For tickets and reservations, please call 808-669-6200.

13th Annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea sets dates for 2012
Maui Film FestivalJune 13 - 17, 2012 are the dates set for the 13th annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea. This five day festival includes fabulous film screenings, award tributes, filmmaker panels, Taste of Wailea, Taste of Chocolate and many other gala parties and festivities throughout Wailea Resort. Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course is home to the open air evening theatre, the Celestial Cinema. "Under the Stars, Lit by the Moon, Powered by the Sun"...come enjoy one of Maui's most spectacular events. For details and information, visit or

2012 Maui Open Studios ventures to Hana
Art lovers can plan their weekend escape to Hana around Maui Open Studios' Hana weekend, February 25-26, 2012. Local artists will open their studios to the public on Saturday and Sunday. A weekend highlight will take place at Travaasa Hana when writer Patricia Jennings shares stories from her new book, Georgia O'Keeffe's Hawaii, at a special book signing on Saturday, February 25. As a 12 year old, Jennings (now 85) escorted O'Keeffe around her home of Hana and to Wailuku as O'Keeffe painted the islands tropical flowers, waterfalls, and ocean. For more information, visit

Schaefer Portrait ChallengeSchaefer Portrait Challenge - A real picture of Hawaii
Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery announces its 4th triennial exhibition, Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2012. This prestigious, juried exhibition runs January 11 - March 11. Featuring artists from various Hawaiian islands along with portrait subjects who live and work in the state, the Challenge comprises 59 works by 57 artists. Viewers will see faces in various media, who represent the remarkable people of Hawaii, and those who visit the gallery through February 17 can vote for their favorite. Open Wednesday thru Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free admission.

Sacred Hearts School presents its 40th annual bazaar
Sacred Hearts School MauiThe Sacred Hearts Bazaar, West Maui's highly anticipated spring event, will take place Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 at the school campus located on the corner of Wainee and Dickenson Streets in Lahaina. Event hours are 4 - 10 p.m.; admission is free. Scrip may be purchased for a variety of the bazaar highlights including rides, games, food and a Maui Brewing Co., beer garden. For more info, please visit or call 808- 661-4720.