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April 2, 2012
 

News from Maui Nui

Maui WaterfallNamed "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. 
 
 Events

Kapalua MauiKapalua Wine & Food Festival - June 8 - 10, 2012
A collaboration of Kapalua Resort partners is creating a new spin on the longest running food and wine event in the USA showcasing why we are "Lucky Live Hawaii!" Now in its 31st year, this celebration of the finest in epicurean delights embraces all things Hawaiian, including the culinary bounty of Maui and Kapalua Resort. Every June, the world's most renowned winemakers, top sommeliers, and celebrated chefs come to Kapalua for a weekend of exhibitions, wine tastings, and gala events at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. For info, call 808-665-7231 or  Kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com.

Kaanapali Fresh - a culinary extravaganza
Kaanapali Fresh"Kaanapali Fresh" celebrates the resort's delectably exquisite cuisine, meaningful experiences and a variety of quality activities. The three-day event, held August 31 - September 2, includes a progressive dining experience throughout the resort highlighting award-winning restaurants and renown chefs utilizing Maui's local ingredients; a "Grown on Maui" farmers market; a Kaanapali agricultural tour; a signature food and wine festival saluting "farm to table" with "local farmer, chef and winery trios" along with name entertainment; a sensational Sunday brunch and a moonlight "concert under the stars" complete with a fireworks spectacular. For info, please call 808-661-3271.

ukulele festival LanaiThe Second Annual Lanai Ukulele Festival at Four Seasons Resorts Lanai
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, in partnership with the Lanai community, HawaiiONTV.com and Jazz Alley TV, is pleased to announce the second annual Lanai Ukulele Festival, April 13 - 15, 2012. The alluring sounds of Hawaii's favorite instrument will sweep the island - from the beaches of Manele Bay to the upcountry of The Lodge at Koele. During the three-day free event, guests will be treated to complimentary performances by legendary Hawaiian performers including Grammy winners Richard Hoopii and Kawika Kahiapo. Please call the Concierge for more information, 808-565-2388 or visit www.facebook.com/fourseasonsresortslanai.
 
3rd Annual Maui Open Studios 2013
Maui Open StudioPlan your Maui visit around this exciting annual art event held over all 4 weekends of February every year. Design your own self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces of over 100 artists and artisans. The entire event is free. It begins with the Opening Celebration/Preview Exhibition followed by three weekends of open studios taking place island-wide. The event has been a huge success with hundreds of art collectors connecting directly with the artists and thousands of individual studio visits made by the public. Meet the artists, watch demonstrations, talk story, buy art. 415-450-1307, mauiopenstudios@gmail.com.

Walea Wine Festival"Savor" the date - Wailea Wine & Food Festival
 December 6 - 9, 2012 are the dates to remember for Wailea Resort's newest signature event, the Wailea Wine & Food Festival. Preparations are underway designing this impressive culinary and wine experience. The festival will showcase Wailea Resort chefs and their award winning cuisine, featuring Maui's rich bounty of ranch, ocean and farm fresh products, along with exceptional wines, and educational culinary and wine encounters led by world renowned Master Sommeliers. Detailed information on exact events, locations and ticketing will be available online at www.waileawineandfoodfestival.com starting June 1, 2012.

Waa Kiakahi

Waa KiakahiJune 1 - 3, the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association will be on Kaanapali's shores to practice their mission statement. The mission of the HSCA is "to learn, revive, educate and practice those ancient Hawaiian skills and values as they relate to sailing canoes and the Hawaiian culture." Come join us for complimentary canoe rides and a rare opportunity to speak with and learn from an extraordinary group of some of Hawaii's best watermen and women. For event schedule and more info call 808-661-3271 or go to  www.kaanapaliresort.com.

Tours and Activities

Backyard luau is ready at Aston Maui Lu
On the menu for a stay at the Aston Maui Lu - a real Polynesian Village Luau. No driving necessary. Guests simply cross the lawn for their private party. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning at 5 p.m., talented entertainers teach conch shell blowing, ukulele, hula, carving, followed by a feast of roasted kalua pork and mahi mahi, plus mac and cheese, hot dogs and Maui chips for the kids, followed by a show that tours Polynesia in hula, Tahitian dance, and music with a fire knife dance finale. 808-879-5881, www.AstonMauiLuHotel.com.
 
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay offers Hotelier Apprentice Summer Camp
Designed for kids who have been hit by the travel bug at an early age, the "Hotelier Apprentice Summer Camp" program offers the rare opportunity to explore the hospitality industry. The complimentary program offers a variety of hotelier professions as children work alongside with resort employees, allowing for insight into the diverse career paths of the hospitality. The program is offered to children five to 12, throughout July. The curriculum includes Culinary Arts, Botany, Engineering, Health & Wellness, and Marine Biology.  Please call the Concierge for more information, 808-565-2388.

Maui Ocean CenterSleep with the sharks at Maui Ocean Center
Calling all keiki in grades 3-8! Spend the night at Maui Ocean Center for the chance to discover Hawaii's unique marine life, play exciting ocean-themed games, observe interesting sea creatures that glow in the dark, and more. Fee is $60 plus tax per child and includes a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, snacks, and souvenir. Aquarium members receive a 15% discount. Advance reservations are required. Upcoming sleepover dates: April 6 and 20; May 25; June 22. For more info or to make a reservation, call 808-270-7075 or email info@mauioceancenter.com.
  
Makena Beach activities partners with Maui Dive Shop
Explore the underwater world of Malauaka Beach with the experts at Maui Dive Shop. The Makena Beach & Golf Resort has partnered with the Maui Dive Shop to offer new ways to experience the waters of the Pacific. Maui Dive Shop has been providing Maui residents and its visitors with their quality dive equipment and expertise for over thirty years. With their expertise, the Makena Beach Activities Center provides guests with a variety of scuba, scooter, and snuba tours, including complimentary scuba and snorkel instruction. For information call 808-891-4024 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
 
Grand Wailea photographyOutdoor photography lessons at Grand Wailea
Grand Wailea now offers a hands-on program for photographers of all skill levels with award-winning photographer, Michael Gilbert. Practical classroom instruction is followed by a photographic exploration of Maui. At the conclusion of the class, students will observe the process of producing photographic canvases firsthand and take home a finished 16-inch canvas. All cameras welcome, even cell phones! Sponsored by Breathing Color, Canon, Nik Software and Tamron. Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - Noon; $40 per person + $25 materials fee. To sign up, call NaPua Gallery at Grand Wailea at 808-874-0510.

Maui Ocean Center offers appreciation discount in May
May kicks off Kamaaina & U.S. Military Appreciation Month at Maui Ocean Center. Throughout May, kamaaina (residents) and U.S. military personnel receive 50% off general admission with proof of a valid Hawaii state or U.S. military ID at the time of purchase. The special discounted rates are $12.75 for adults, $11.25 for seniors 65+, and $7.25 for children ages 3-12, all prices plus tax. This offer is available exclusively at Maui Ocean Center's front gate and cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. For info, call 808-270-7000 or email info@mauioceancenter.com.
 
Maui Golf Kids"Kids Play Free" at Makena Golf Course
 The Makena Beach & Golf Resort invites families to experience the natural setting and spectacular ocean views of the resort-owned Makena Golf Course with their "Kids Play Free" option. The new program provides one child (ages 7-17) a complimentary round with every paid adult green fee. The program compliments the golf course's overall junior kid's initiative, which includes a summer camp and availability of junior rental clubs. For information call 808-891-4000 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Accommodations

Lumeria Maui opens as luxury wellness retreat
Lumeria MauiLumeria Maui is the newest accommodation to open in Hawaii in 2012 offering a new paradigm in experiential adventure travel. Programs include surfing classes taught by legendary surfers Buzzy Kerbox and Suzie Cooney, yoga and wellness detox programs, and farm-to-table dining experiences where guests harvest meals from organic gardens. The historic plantation estate on Maui's north shore was originally built in 1909 by the Baldwin sugar cane family and has been restored include 24 rooms and private bungalows. It also offers group retreats and specializes in corporate events. Call 1-855-579-8877 or visit www.lumeriamaui.com.
 
Maui Beach HotelMaui Beach Hotel joins Aqua Hotels & Resorts' portfolio
Maui Beach Hotel will be managed by Aqua Hotels & Resorts, www.aquaresorts.com, effective April 1, 2012.   Maui Beach Hotel is located on Kahului Bay at 170 Kaahumanu Avenue and is the only hotel owned by Elleair Hawaii Inc., which also owns the Elleair Maui Golf Club,  www.elleairmauigolfclub.com, in Kihei.  For more information on the company and individual hotels, visit www.aquaresorts.com or call 1-808-943-9291.
 
The Fairmont Kea Lani gets greener
The Fairmont Kea Lani has added to its 50+ environmental initiatives by implementing a state-of-the art bottled water system. The Vivreau® Advanced Water System now allows the luxury resort to serve its own purified sparkling and still water in reusable glass bottles, reducing the need for plastic bottles. The resort also decreases its carbon footprint, as bottles no longer need to be shipped and packaging waste (plastic and cardboard) is eliminated. The purified water can be enjoyed daily at the resort's signature restaurant, Ko. Call 808-875-4100 or visit www.fairmont.com/kealani for more information.
 
Rediscover the legend at Sheraton Maui
Sheraton MauiSpring forward 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 www.sheraton-maui.com or call 808-661-0031 and begin your island journey.

Kapalua VillasExclusive new villa rentals at Kapalua Bay
Travelers can now enjoy a rare opportunity to rent two ultra-luxury villas at the exclusive Ritz Carlton Club & Residences, Kapalua Bay. Opened in 2009 on West Maui's famed Kapalua Beach, the spectacular property includes 84 villa residences featuring Ritz-Carlton amenities and services. Short-term rentals are very limited, but Tropical Villa Vacations now offers two of these extraordinary villas: Ocean Dreams Villa 2203 and the recent addition of a second residence--the Sea Mist Villa 2403. Tropical Villa Vacations specializes in luxury vacation villas, including beachfront homes, villas, and estates. Visit www.TropicalVillaVacations.com.

Dining
 
Ko Restaurant now open following $5.1 Million rebuild
Ko RestaurantAfter nearly nine months and an investment of over $5.1 million, the complete rebuild of Ko, the signature restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, is now complete. Ko, which translates to "sugarcane" in Hawaiian, showcases the diverse culinary history of the sugarcane plantation era, serving innovative Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese dishes. Led by Executive Chef Tylun Pang, the menu features family recipes that have been passed down for generations. Ko is open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 808-875-2210 or visit www.korestaurant.com.
 
Roy's Kaanapali opens at Kaanapali Golf Clubhouse
Celebrated Hawaii Chef Roy Yamaguchi opened Roy's Kaanapali in February 2012 with approximately 5,000 square feet of newly renovated air-conditioned space. The menu features many of Yamaguchi's signature dishes including his Hawaiian-syle Misoyaki Butterfish and Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé. Firmly rooted in his childhood memories and passion for the exquisite flavors of Hawaii, the James Beard Award-winner invented what he calls "Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine" - a combination of exotic flavors and spices mixed with the freshest local ingredients emphasizing the fresh bounty of the Pacific. Open for lunch and dinner. 808-669-6999 www.roysrestaurants.com.
 
Grand Wailea DiningAlan Wong's Amasia opens at Grand Wailea
Maui's newest restaurant, in collaboration with master chef Alan Wong, opens at Grand Wailea in May. Imagine tasting the flavors of Asia in Wong's unique and impeccable style. Or do flavors from Peru, Singapore, Spain, and other global destinations excite your palate? Alan Wong's Amasia captures these taste sensations through the sharing of small plates, offering a global marketplace of different cultures where East meets West in Hawaii. Amasia will feature a sushi bar and a robata for grilled delicacies. For more information, visit www.wailearesortdining.com or call 800-232-4604 ext 4900.

Merriman's Kapalua introduces The Point Bar 
MerrimansKnown for sweeping ocean views and breathtaking sunsets, the outdoor ocean front wine deck at Merriman's Kapalua is now "The Point Bar", featuring a full service bar and cocktails made entirely from scratch. Previously serving only wine and beer, the new "Point Bar" now offers unique concoctions such as House Made Ginger Ale with Maui Ocean Vodka, Bourbon & Hibiscus, Tequila & Mango with Coconut Foam and Cucumber & Gin - all made with ingredients from Merriman's own ocean front garden. For more information visit www.merrimanshawaii.com or call 808-669-6400.
 
Maui Celebrity ChefMaui "Chef to the Celebrities" publishes new book
Maui-based "Chef to the Celebrities" Sabra Ricci has published a new book, "Lobster for Leos, Cookies for Capricorns," and has made the rounds of national talk shows, including a January appearance on The Today Show. Ricci is known for healthy and "astrological cuisine," with clientele ranging from Fortune 500 CEOs to Hollywood A-listers including Orlando Bloom, Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey, and Jenny McCarthy. On Maui, Ricci provides personal chef services for guests of Tropical Villa Vacations, a vacation villa agency featuring ultra-luxury homes and estates. Visit www.cookinproductions.com or www.TropicalVillaVacations.com.
 
Four Pinots at Four Seasons - June 7-9, 2012
Maui Four Seasons RestaurantsFour Seasons Resort Maui invites top California Pinot Noir vintners from Anthill Farms, Brewer-Clifton, Costa de Oro, and Patz & Hall to co-host this weekend of events. Wine dinners in the Resort's restaurants-Ferraro's, Spago and DUO.  A golf tournament at Wailea Golf Club supports a cause chosen by the wineries. Wine seminars and a sunset oceanfront gala featuring local "farm to table" cuisine and over forty hand-selected wine producers of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.  Prices for various Four Pinots at Four Seasons events begin at $98. Contact concierge.maui@fourseasons.com or call 1-808-874-2201.

Pizza Paradiso MauiPizza Paradiso - affordable and healthy eating in West Maui
Pizza Paradiso celebrates the food of the Mediterranean with healthy and affordable dining options. Recognized three times for "Maui's Best Pizza" by the readers of the Maui News and their award-winning Tiramisu, their menu now includes a new line of Mediterranean combos and party platters. Pizza Paradiso utilizes locally sourced produce and beef, and handcrafts all of their sauces, dressings and marinades in small batches to ensure only the freshest quality products. Open for lunch and dinner, take out or dine in. For information, please call 808-667-2929 or visit www.pizzaparadiso.com
 
Maui Fresh Fruit Juice BarKapalua Spa Café & Juice Bar
West Maui's most quick and convenient spot for healthy and light fare, the Kapalua Spa Café & Juice Bar features a wholesome menu of sandwiches, salads, wraps and snacks using only the freshest ingredients and local products. A variety of homemade smoothies offer a nourishing and energizing snack and an extensive offering of specialty coffee drinks make the Café the perfect spot for a morning break. The entire menu is made fresh daily on site, to order and is guaranteed to be delicious! Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 808-665-8282 for more info.

Cocktails at Four Seasons LanaiThe 100-Mile cocktail at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Manele Bay has introduced the exclusive "Malama Ka Aina" libation as part of the "Cocktails for a Cause" menu. Inspired by the "100 mile" movement that focuses on products grown or produced within 100 miles of the destination, the Resorts have added yet another green touch to the menu in an effort to give back to the land and award guests something sweet to sip. The entire beverage is created using local ingredients found within a 100 mile radius of Lanai. Please call the concierge for more information at 808-565-2388.
 
Toast! Wine and spirits cuisine-pairing dinners at Grand Wailea
Grand Wailea's successful Toast! program at Humuhumunukunukuapuaa restaurant continues celebrating America's finest wine regions and favorite spirits. June 22 - Toast to Rum, July 20 - Toast to Oregon's finest wines, September 14 - Toast to Macallan & Highland Scotch, October 12 - Toast to South America's best wines. Toast! is masterfully led by Chef Isaac Bancaco and Restaurant Manager Tracy Ford. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Maui Visitor Industry Charity Walk. Seating is limited and full menus can be viewed at www.wailearesortdining.com. For more information, call 800-232-4604, ext. 4900.
 
Digital wine selection at Ko Restaurant
At The Fairmont Kea Lani's signature restaurant, Ko, iPads, armed with the Tastevin app provide a multi-media experience for guests to explore wine options. The application assists in selecting a wine by providing notes from a sommelier and alcohol content/acidity, as well as recommending pairings with menu items. The newly renovated Ko bar offers daily happy hour specials from 3 - 5 p.m. The dining room is open for lunch and dinner, daily. For more information, call 808-875-2210 or visit korestaurant.com.

Maui Ocean Center offers the island's most unique venue for exclusive events
Maui Ocean CenterMake any special event, from a daytime retreat or birthday party to an intimate evening or soiree, unforgettable at Maui Ocean Center. From the award-winning Seascape Maalaea Restaurant to the expansive ocean view of Harbor Plaza, Maui Ocean Center is Maui's most unique venue for celebrations of 20 to 400, including proposals, weddings, receptions, banquets, incentive groups, and company parties. For more info, call 808-270-7081 or email sstisher@mauioceancenter.com.

Lumeria MauiFarm-to-Table Dining at the New Lumeria Maui
Lumeria Maui, Hawaii's newest luxury retreat, offers the latest in farm to table dining. Guests participate in daily harvests among eight tropical and edible organic gardens, learn about medicinal uses of Hawaiian native plants, how kalo is pounded, and even how to use kukui nuts to make candles and season fresh fish. Horticulture programs teach guests how to make their own organic garden, how to improve soils using composts, cover crops, rotation, companion planting, and how to identify major diseases of vegetables and get rid of pesky bugs. For info, please visit www.lumeriamaui.com.
 
Makena Resort enhances weekend buffet offerings
Makena Grill MauiThe Makena Beach & Golf Resort's culinary team has revamped its popular weekend buffets casting a wider net of flavors with the same fresh ingredients and quality they are known for. Makena presents a Friday night "Island-Style" buffet featuring Hawaii's famed local cuisine in fine dining preparations. Saturday night brings "An Asian Affair" celebrating traditional dishes from Asia's multi-faceted and vibrant cultures. The weekend ends with the resort's famed Sunday brunch now filled with more action stations and breakfast items. For information, call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Romance
   
Makena's premier oceanfront wedding venue: South 16 Fairway
Imagine weddings on a manicured stretch of green, sitting on the edge of the Pacific Ocean with kiawe wood trees and waves crashing on ancient lava rocks, providing the perfect framing for a spectacular golden sunset. Makena Beach & Golf Resort's South 16 Fairway provides this picturesque setting and more. The fairway provides over 47,500 sq. ft. of space for a wedding or reception for up to 5,000 people and is backed by excellent wedding coordinators and banquet staff. For information call 808-875-5843 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
 
New venue for Outrigger's free vow renewal ceremony
Introduced last year, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts' free vow renewal ceremony has quickly become a popular amenity. Open to couples staying with Outrigger at any of its Maui properties, the exclusive ceremony is an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime. The weekly ceremony is now held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the private beachfront cabana of the Outrigger® Maui Eldorado Kaanapali in the Kaanapali Beach Resort. For more information, visit www.outrigger.com/MauiVowRenewal.
 
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai Debuts License to Wed Specialist
Designed to offer unrivaled service on the exotic Island of Lanai, Four Seasons takes graceful planning and execution to a new level with a complimentary "License to Wed Specialist" service. Licensed by the state of Hawaii to authorize marriage and civil union licenses, the specialist offers a personalized one-stop bridal boutique for blissful couples at Four Seasons. Couples can now meet with this in-house specialist to obtain the proper documentation in the comforts of their room, poolside or anywhere of choice. For more information, please contact their wedding specialist at 808-275-2147.

Culture and Agri-Tourism
  
Hawaiian music on LanaiHawaiian music in Lahaina
Enjoy great live Hawaiian music on the Baldwin Home lawn every last Thursday of the month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. with the Hawaiian Music Series. The free program, brought to you by Lahaina Restoration Foundation, takes place under Maui's moonlight in historic Lahaina and features local entertainers performing traditional Hawaiian music. Together with award winning restaurants and shops is the perfect setting for an evening out on the town. This program is supported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County Office of Economic Development. For more information, call The Foundation's office at 808-661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
 
Lumeria Maui honors Hawaii through cultural experience programs
Lumeria Maui is committed to honoring the traditions of Hawaiian culture through classes, programs, tours and volunteer activities. Guests may participate in "Talk Story" around firepits with a local kupuna (elder), cleanse and purify with a traditional "Calabash; Bowl of Light" activity, and relax during a Hawaiian astrology lesson. Off-campus opportunities include volunteering in Honokowai Valley to help restore ancient villages and learn about Hawaiian farming practices, taking horseback rides through Haleakala crater to discover the importance of this sacred mountain or visiting one of Maui's sacred heiau (temples). For info, visit www.lumeriamaui.com.

Honua Kai Resort on Maui continues sustainability efforts
Honu Kai MauiMaui's newest resort practices the traditional Hawaiian concept of "malama aina," (caring for the land). Honua Kai Resort is a hospitality leader in environmental stewardship that includes honu (green sea turtle) and ocean education. The only Maui resort with a wetland pond, restoration of this micro-ecosystem has led to the return of several bird species. Honua Kai embarks on a reforestation project in May 2012 on its sister island, Kahoolawe. Formerly used by the U.S. military, the island is protected by Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission. Contact the Resort at 1-855-844-0571 or www.honuakai.com.
 
Wailea Marriott's May Day Celebration showcases employee talent and their keiki
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa celebrates May Day, May 5, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m with a special focus on the hotel's employees and their keiki (children). Guests will marvel at the "Keiki Royal Court," featuring employees' children and grandchildren proudly representing each of our beloved Hawaiian Islands. The housekeeping department returns to share their talents with cultural entertainment from the Philippines, Tahiti, Tonga and Hawaii. Local food prepared by the hotel's culinary team will be available for purchase. Guests also have the opportunity to judge the lei contest. For info, call 808-879-1922.
  
Maui Baldwin HomeHistory's never been so fun
Front Street museums come alive every second Friday with a multitude of changing activities at both the Baldwin Home and Wo Hing as part of Lahaina Restoration Foundation's newest Program, "Haina Hou - Let the story be told." The interactive and educational program focuses on sharing Lahaina's rich history through demonstrations, presentations, activities, museum tours and more. From 6 - 8:30 p.m., museums offer a special admission rate of $5 (children 12 & under free) which allows entry to both museums. For more information, please call The Foundation's office at 661-3262 or visit www.lahainarestoration.org.
 
Dale Zarrella's artwork comes to Makena Resort
Dale Zarella Maui MermaidArtist Dale Zarrella brings his famous wood sculptures to the Makena Beach & Golf Resort lobby. Found in the finest corporate and private collections throughout the world, Dale brings three examples of his incredible skills including: the Mermaid Dream and Kaikehohonu (the deep wisdom), two full scale sculptures featuring graceful mermaids and intricate depictions of Hawaii's sea life. The resort's collection also includes Dale's intimate carving of Fire Goddess Pele inspired by the painting Pele Honua Mea by late artist and historian Herb Kane. For info, call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Ferry Service on Maui
 
Maui Flights Hawaiian AirHawaiian Airlines expanding summer service from California
Hawaiian Airlines is making it easier for travelers in California to visit Maui this summer with the reintroduction of nonstop daily flights from Los Angeles, and additional nonstop flights from Oakland and San Jose. Hawaiian's Los Angeles-Maui flights will be offered daily from June 21 through August 18. From the Bay Area, Hawaiian will increase to daily nonstop service from four flights weekly between Oakland and Maui, with nonstop service between San Jose and Maui increasing to five flights weekly by adding two flights per week. For schedule information, visit HawaiianAirlines.com.

Start spreading the news! Hawaiian Airlines launching non stop flights from JFK
Hawaiian Air Maui FlightsOn June 5, Hawaiian Airlines is launching daily nonstop service between New York City's JFK Airport and Honolulu, making this the only direct flight connecting the two cities. Hawaiian will use its new Airbus A330-200 aircraft seating 294 passengers and offer the enjoyment of a roomy, comfortable interior and its distinctive "Hawaii Flies With Us" inflight hospitality showcasing the islands' culture, natural beauty, people, and Aloha Spirit. With a 3:00 p.m. arrival in Honolulu, New York visitors can make several easy connections to Maui's Kahului Airport. HawaiianAirlines.com.

Health and Wellness
 
Kaanapali Alii offers luxury and relaxation
Health enthusiasts love the luxury condominiums of Kaanapali Alii where they gaze at the shimmering blue Pacific and the golden sands of Kaanapali Beach stretching and relaxing with veteran yoga instructor Carmen Karady. Yoga sessions are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7 a.m. Also, in the Alii Athletic Club, guests can join certified in-house trainer Morgan Torres for a variety of classes Monday thru Friday including cardio circuit, mat Pilates, resistance toning and power & stretch. Yoga and fitness classes are $15 each. For reservations, call 1-866-966-7169 or visit www.kaanapalialii.com.
 
Maui YogaAshtanga Yoga and Maui Film Festival - June 13-18, 2012
Join renowned Ashtanga yoga team David Swenson and Shelley Washington to deepen your personal practice at the serene Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. This retreat coincides with the Maui Film Festival, a magical time on Maui. Five nights in luxury accommodations, four morning and three afternoon yoga classes in various inspirational settings, daily breakfast buffet in DUO, tickets to the Maui Film Festival Celestial Cinema Screeenings and the Resort's Signature "Taste of Chocolate." Pricing begins at $3,900. For more information, please contact yoga.maui@fourseasons.com or call 1-808-874-2939.
 
Kapalua Resort's "Journey through the Ocean"
In a one-of-a-kind outdoor hale (huts) setting, "Journey through the Ocean" is inspired by the refreshing trade winds and panoramic ocean views. This rich and deeply nurturing four-hand synchronized massage is performed by two therapists using a nourishing marine body gel, Lomi sticks, hot stones, body polish and cleansing face massage. The treatment is completed with a hand/foot massage featuring a tropical fruit essence. The 30,000 square foot Kapalua Spa include indoor/outdoor treatment areas, outdoor hydrotherapy circuit, salt water pool and sunning deck, state-of-the art fitness center and movement studio, café, boutique, beauty salon. www.kapaluaspa.com 808-665-8282.
 
Spa Moana offers treatment of the day specials
Relax in a tropical paradise with newly-introduced, discounted treatment of the day specials at the acclaimed Spa Moana at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Located on the boastful shores of Kaanapali Beach, the only oceanfront spa in Maui, features newly-upgraded amenities with services centered around Hawaiian healing. Unique treatment specials are chosen for specific days and feature: Monday: lomilomi massage, Thursday: island ginger relief; and Saturday: pacific spirulina wrap. For more information about Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, please contact the resort at 808-661-1234 or www.maui.hyatt.com.
 
Spa Kea Lani introduces new four-hand treatment
Spa Kea Lani is proud to introduce a new treatment to its award-winning spa list: Na Lima Nui. This "four-hand" treatment includes a 50-minute full body relaxing massage with a 20-minute facial and facial massage. The facial and body massage overlap, offering the guest two massage therapists, and four hands, massaging them at the same time. For more information, or to learn about the special introductory price, call 808-875-2229 or visit www.fairmont.com/kealani.

Shopping

Artists of Honua Kai Series features Maui artisans
Maui ShoppingHonua Kai Resort launches the Artists of Honua Kai Series, a partnership with leading local Maui artists in showcasing their works for ten days monthly in an open-air setting. The artists represent various media and subject matter, and offer their art for sale. Featured artists through 2012 include Patrick McFeeley, Tim Garcia, Piero Resta, Douglas Hoffman, Connie Adams, Kimberly Treloar, David Watersun, and Randy Jay Braun. A special showing of Clark Little Photography is planned for November-December. For more information, call the resort at 1-855-844-0571 or visit www.honuakai.com.

Makena Mercantile ShoppingMakena Mercantile and Nellie's Boutique opens at Makena
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort has opened two new lobby retail stores - Makena Mercantile and Nellie's. Makena Mercantile, the resort's sundry store provides the necessities for a stay at the resort and other Makena-inspired souvenirs for the trip home. Nellie's, an upscale clothing boutique, will feature the latest resort wear fashions featuring well-known designer names, local designer clothing, unique beach-inspired jewelry and an array of swim wear for the whole family. Both are open daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. For information, call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Awards and Accolades
2012 World's Top Villa Rental Specialists
Conde Nast Best 2012 MauiIrene Aroner, owner of Maui-based Tropical Villa Vacations, has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler for the sixth consecutive year as a top "Villa Rental Specialist." In the April 2012 issue, Aroner is named as one of fewer than 50 agents worldwide to make the list, based on an in-depth assessment of agents' competency, connections, business practices, attention to detail, and thorough familiarity with the villas and regions they represent. Tropical Villa Vacations specializes in an extraordinary selection of luxury beachfront homes, villas, and estates. Visit www.TropicalVillaVacations.com.
 
Sheraton Maui's pool rated "Top 10" by TripAdvisor
Soak up the sun at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's 142 yard lagoon style swimming pool. Just rated one of TripAdvisor's Top 10 resort pools, this magnificent oceanfront swimming retreat is surrounded by lava rock waterways, 23 acres of lush tropical landscaping and legendary Black Rock (Puu Kekaa). Enjoy a famous Black Rock Mai Tai while floating around on a complimentary bean bag while the keiki play on the water slide. For more information on the newly renovated resort, visit www.sheraton-maui.com

Maui Ritz Carlton Kapalua AwardThe Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua awarded Hawaii Green Business for 3rd year
The sustainability efforts of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua are recognized by Hawaii's Governor for continuing to implement an array of eco-conscious initiatives and community spirit. For the third year in a row, officials from the State of Hawaii Department of Health will once again honor Maui's renowned resort hotel as among the few designated as a 'Hawaii Green Business,' at an awards ceremony at the Governor's office on March 30th. For info, call 808-669-6200 or www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua.

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