News from Maui, Molokaʻi & Lanaʻi
Named "Best Island" year after year by national travel publications, Maui, and her sister islands Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi, 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.
"Sleep with the Sharks" at Maui Ocean Center
Maui Ocean Center offers an exciting aquarium sleepover for children in grades 3 - 8 on July 27. Participants will enjoy the intriguing nighttime behavior of sharks and fish, touch live sea creatures, observe a supervised feed of green sea turtles and enjoy exciting ocean-themed games, crafts and a movie. $60 plus tax per child, 15% discount for members. Fee includes a pizza dinner, continental breakfast, snacks and a souvenir. The sleepover runs 5:30 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday. Reservations are required by calling 808-270-7075. Visit www.mauioceancenter.com for more information.
Tour da Food Maui - GAS-tronomy!
Following an "aha!" moment during research for an article about gas station food for Hawai'i Westways magazine, Tour da Food Maui owner Bonnie Friedman has added GAS-tronomy Maui to the excursion menu. This three-and-a-half hour tour starts early in the morning, visits four gas stations serving up some of the best local food on Maui and is definitely for seriously adventurous food lovers only. GAS-tronomy Maui is offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for from two to four guests. Reservations and pre-payment in full required. Please call 808-242-8383 or visit www.tourdafoodmaui.com for more information.
Witness live coral spawning at Maui Ocean Center's Coral Spawning Spectacle
Discover the wonders of coral reproduction on Friday, July 20 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Enjoy tours on topics including "Coral 101" and "How to Protect Coral" beginning every 15 minutes from 7:45 - 9 p.m. Join a tour at anytime or explore the park at leisure and mingle with aquarists and naturalists. Complimentary light pupu, coffee and desserts offered, along with a cash bar. $35 for adults and $30 for children 3-12, kamaaina and member discounts available with valid ID. Reservations required, call 808-270-7088. Visit www.mauioceancenter.com for more information.
Makena Tennis Club holds Summer Junior Tennis Camp
Makena Beach & Golf Resort's newly resurfaced six-court Makena Tennis Club is holding a Summer Junior Tennis Camp July 16-20, 2012. The camp features a jam-packed schedule with morning tennis basics with the club's pros and afternoons filled with pool or beach time, arts and crafts, and Hawaiian culture demonstrations. The camps also provide lunch, snacks and beverages daily. For more information, contact the Makena Tennis Club at 808-891-4050.
Just for teens: "The Spot" at Grand Wailea
"The Spot" is the newest addition to Camp Grande. It is a teenage paradise with a karaoke lounge, XBOX 30 Kinect, Rock Band, Dance Central and a sports lounge. Open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 5 - 10 p.m. for guests ages 13-17 years only. For more details, call 808-875-1234 ext 4754.
Wailea Fantasy Tennis Camp - November 14-18, 2012
Designed for avid adult tennis players ranging in skill from recreational to tournament-level, players receive daily instruction from top tennis legends. Fantasy Tennis Camp is one of the Unforgettable Events from Four Seasons Resort Maui and includes four days of instruction and play with the pros, four nights resort accommodations, welcome party, awards luncheon, and other opportunities to enjoy Maui. Pros include Tom Gullikson, Corina Morariu, Jose Higueras, Taylor Dent and Tracy Austin. Pricing begins at $2,995. To play tennis with the pros, go to www.waileatennis.com/fantasycamp_2012/index.html or call 808-879-1958.
Sheraton Maui introduces "Honu (Turtle) World, Marine Talk & Tour"
The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has partnered with the Maui Ocean Center to provide a fun and educational experience for their guests. The marine talk and tour will enlighten guests with fascinating facts about the underwater world found along Puu Kekaa (Black Rock), snorkeling tips, fish identification and proper beach and reef etiquette. "It's a Honu World" is lead by a Maui Ocean Center Marine Naturalist once a week and is complimentary to resort guests. For more information call 808-661-0031 or visit www.sheraton-maui.com.
What'SUP at Travaasa Hana
Experience a sense of adventure and Hana's natural beauty during a new stand up paddle (SUP) boarding adventure at Travaasa Hana, offered complimentary for guests in a small group setting. This new activity takes place in secluded Hana Bay, letting guests soak up intimate views of lush vegetation and a black sand beach and enjoy a core workout at the same time. www.travaasa.com/hana.
Designed for beginning to intermediate artists, this outdoor acrylic painting class offers a demonstration of basic technique followed by the opportunity to create your own work of art. With a maximum of 10 students per session, visitors will receive one on one support and instruction to produce a finished painting for keep. This class is available to anyone age 14 and up and all materials are supplied by Grand Wailea. Thursday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. $40 per person + $25 materials fee. To sign up, call NaPua Gallery at Grand Wailea, 808-874-0510.
Cycling Fantasy Camp Tour de France Style - November 30 - December 8, 2012
Experience cycling like those on the ProTour when Tour de France veteran and Canadian Olympian Ryder Hesjedal and Go Cycling Maui return to present their cycling camp. Geared to riders with modest to advanced experience, the camp offers instruction by several of the world's most competitive riders. Package includes eight nights lodging at Four Seasons Resort Maui, daily breakfast and lunch, on-ride needs, after ride therapy, complete mechanical support and the Maui Cycling extensive swag bag. For more info, visit www.mauicyclingcamps.com to view past camp videos.
The Fishpipe is Grand Wailea's newest water ride and available for non-registered resort guests to experience for only $15 per ride. It's a new and unique type of water ride where you slide further than the longest water-slide in the world. Ninety seconds in the Fishpipe is like going down a mile long water slide with a top speed of 11 feet per second, and Grand Wailea is the first resort in the world to have it. For kids ages 5 years and up. For more details, call 808-875-1234, ext 4754.
Discover a "Honu World" during Turtle Mania in August
Get up close and personal with Hawaii's honu (green sea turtles) at Maui Ocean Center in August. Throughout the month, special naturalist presentations, an interactive tour and exciting children's crafts reveal fascinating facts about the biology, behavior and diet of honu. On Tuesdays, guests can upgrade to the exclusive Sea Turtle Tour Package for an unforgettable turtle encounter. Tours are offered at 11:30 a.m. for $15 plus admission per person and include a lunch or snack option at Reef Café. Call 808-270-7088 to reserve a tour. Visit www.mauioceancenter.com for more info.
Dive into "Shark-tacular!" at Maui Ocean Center in July
Sharks are one of the ocean's most powerful and often misunderstood marine animals. In July, separate shark fact from fiction as the Aquarium highlights these apex predators with special naturalist presentations, children's crafts and an exclusive tour upgrade. Guests can book the Shark Tour Package on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. for the chance to witness a supervised feed of hammerhead sharks, visit behind-the-scenes and more. Tours are $15 plus admission per person, and include a lunch or snack option at Reef Café. Call 808-270-7088 for reservations. Visit www.mauioceancenter.com for more info.
Makena Resort offers Tide Pool Tours with Maui Ocean Center expert
As part of the resort's comprehensive list of free recreational activities for guests, Makena Beach & Golf Resort now offers complimentary tide pools tours along Makena's coastline. Guided by Maui Ocean Center's marine expert Tia Rose, the tours are held every Saturday from 9 - 10 a.m. Families of all sizes will be enlightened with excellent snorkeling tips, beach and reef etiquette, fish identification, and be intrigued by fascinating facts about Hawaii's beloved green sea turtles. For more information, please call 808-891-4024 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
The Shops at Wailea debuts video series, welcomes viewers "Inside The Shops"
The Shops at Wailea has launched a new video series entitled "Inside The Shops at Wailea." Each three-minute episode, available via The Shops at Wailea's YouTube page (www.YouTube.com/TheShopsAtWailea), showcases a unique art gallery, boutique and dining destination, as well as the center's weekly "Wailea on Wednesday" arts and entertainment events. Episode one features Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Martin & MacArthur and The Art of Peter Max Gallery. For more information visit www.TheShopsAtWailea.com, or connect with the center on Twitter and Facebook.
Maui Coffee Festival at The Shops at Wailea debuts August 4
The Shops at Wailea has partnered with the Maui Coffee Association to develop a first-of-its-kind coffee event in south Maui. The first-annual "Maui Coffee Festival at The Shops at Wailea" will take place Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Shops at Wailea. Attendees at this free event will interact with Maui coffee growers, learn what makes the island's coffee unique, and sample an array of brews and coffee-related offerings. For more information visit www.TheShopsAtWailea.com, or connect with the center on Twitter and Facebook.
Grand Wailea hosts Niu Festival
Niu means coconut in Hawaiian. Niu Festival celebrates the cultural importance of the coconut to the Hawaiian people. Highlights include nonstop entertainment, educational workshops, canoe rides and coconut-themed food booths. Cultural practitioners will demonstrate traditional uses and byproducts of the niu. The Coconut Marketplace offers Maui-made coconut crafts and products. Maui's top amateur chefs will battle it out at the "Coconut Cook-off." Festival proceeds support the nonprofit Hui O Waa Kaulua. Perfect for families! Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grand Wailea's Molokini Lawn. Free Admission. See www.niufestival.com or call 808-283-9419.
Second Annual Lanai Slack Key Festival
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, in partnership with the Lanai community, HawaiiONTV.com and Jazz Alley TV, is pleased to announce the second annual Lanai Slack Key Festival, August 17-19, 2012. The alluring sounds of the slack key guitar will sweep the island - from the beaches of Manele Bay to the upcountry region at the The Lodge at Koele. Throughout the three-day free event guests will be treated to complimentary performances by legendary performers and musicians. Please call the concierge for more information, 808-565-2388.
MACC's signature gala benefit, Maui Calls, returns in August
Celebrate "Na Lei O Hawaii" at Maui Arts & Cultural Center's popular gala benefit on Friday, August 10, under the stars and swaying palms. Maui Calls is a premier event for residents and visitors. Fresh flower lei and sweet island music greet guests entering the theme-decorated amphitheater. Twenty stellar Maui chefs will deliver a bounty of innovative dishes paired with outstanding wines served by vintners from across the country. One of Hawaii's top musical artists performs as guests get ready for the live auction filled with customized packages. For tickets, call 808-242-SHOW or visit www.MauiArts.org.
Kaanapali Fresh debuts Labor Day Weekend 2012
Kaanapali Beach Resort presents the first annual Kaanapali Fresh, a new three-day summer event highlighting Kaanapali as the premium spot for exquisite cuisine, meaningful experiences, and superb activities August 31 - September 2. The entire resort comes together to offer visitors opportunities to sample chefs' menus, learn about Grown-on-Maui products with Maui's farmers, savor the beauty of Kaanapali, and simply enjoy the rich history of the land. There's exciting entertainment by Spyro Gyra and Makana at the "Kaanapali Food & Wine Festival" and Third Eye Blind at the "Concert Under the Kaanapali Moonlight". Tickets: www.kaanapalifresh.com.
Wailea Wine and Food Festival launches website
Wailea Wine and Food Festival launched their new event website issuing a call for entries to "Art, Wine & Food" artwork competition for Maui County residents. Artwork submitted will be displayed December 6 - 9, 2012 and available for purchase via silent auction benefiting the Maui Culinary Academy. Plans are underway for an impressive four-day culinary extravaganza showcasing exceptional wines, world renowned Master Sommeliers, award winning resort chefs and Maui's rich bounty of ranch, ocean and farm fresh products. More information will be announced over the next few months. Updates available at www.waileawineandfoodfestival.com.
42nd Maui Marathon returns to the Magic Isle in September
One of Maui's premier sporting events, the Maui Marathon returns for its 42nd year on the Magic Isle. Considered one of the most scenic routes in the United States, the marathon begins in Kahului and ventures along the island's scenic coastline ending in Kaanapali Resort. Shorter distance races and a fitness expo are also offered. For more info, please visit www.mauimarathonhawaii.com.
"Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style" -- Maui Nui's premier cultural showcase
During September and October, "Festivals of Aloha, Maui Nui Style" honors and celebrates the pageantry, parades, street parties, concerts and family activities spanning all three islands of Maui Nui -- Maui, Molokai and Lanai. This year's theme, "E kupuohi i ke aloha" (flourish with aloha), is symbolized by the Kamehameha Butterfly. Like the butterfly, people are all on a journey of transformation, to learn and grow with aloha. Official festival ribbons are $5 each and provide discounted admission to many events. Button sales are cash-only and help fund countywide events. For a schedule of events and information on purchasing a button, call 808-878-1888 or visit www.festivalsofaloha.com.
"Maui Friday Town Parties" showcase island's historic towns
"Maui Friday Town Parties," developed by the Maui County Office of Economic Development to showcase Maui's historic towns and celebrate the unique nature of their communities, takes place each Friday in Maui's signature and beloved areas. Visitors and residents enjoy special nights of interaction and fun, punctuated with free entertainment, special offerings and "Friday-only" promotions from each town's family of merchants. Wailuku celebrates the first Friday, Lahaina claims the second, third Fridays honor Makawao and the last Friday of each month takes everyone to Paia. For more info, visit www.mauifridays.com.
New Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport brings fresh new style and service
The exciting and all new Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport has opened its doors offering both business and leisure travelers a refreshing stay near many of Central Maui's treasured attractions, the island's government seat and the majority of Maui businesses. Pampering guests with everything needed for a relaxing visit, Maui's newest property offers a refreshing outdoor pool surrounded by luxurious cabanas, a well-equipped exercise room and the flexibility to combine both work and play in a comfortable and pristine island environment. For more info, visit www.marriott.com/hnmmk.
Andaz Maui Wailea designed by world-renowned The Rockwell Group
Andaz Maui at Wailea, slated to open in Spring 2013, released their architectural rendering, designed to be LEED certified as well as capture the spirit and feel of today's Hawaii. This will be the first Beachfront Andaz Resort, located on Mokapu Beach in Wailea Resort. Featuring 290 thoughtfully appointed guest rooms, two highly acclaimed restaurants, a retail market, and spa with ten treatment rooms featuring its own private adult pool, tea lounge and fitness center. Multiple cascading outdoor infinity pools will allow hotel guests access directly onto Mokapu Beach. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aston Kaanapali Shores Offers Fun at the Shores
Summer is packed with free fun at Aston Kaanapali Shores. Guests can take a hula or lei making lesson. Scuba lessons, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard courts, outdoor barbecue areas, plus two pools, are free. Wednesday evening guests gather at the pool deck for the Malahini Polynesian Review. On Thursday morning Maui's talented artisans exhibit handmade Hawaiian arts and crafts. Check the kids into Camp Kaanapali for Hawaiian storytelling, crafts, lei making, hula and sand castle building. Happy Hour celebrates sunset, daily at the Beach Club Restaurant on the main pool deck. www.AstonHotels.com.
"Book the Cottage, Get a Party"
Hotel Lanai is offering a "wine and pupu" evening party to any guest booking the inn's lovely one bedroom cottage during August and September. The intimate one-hour soiree is designed for up to six guests and includes Lanai City Grille's signature pupu along with the wine of the day and hand-selected beers. A historic landmark built in the early 1920's, the charming plantation-style inn welcomes guests with a personal touch and family-like ambiance one expects from a country inn. For more info or to book your stay, please call 808-565-7211 or visit www.hotellanai.com.
Cool off in paradise at the Maui Coast Hotel - Kamaole Poolside Café
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Maui Coast Hotel's Kamaole Poolside Café brings the very best of what Maui has to offer. With a wide range of menu items including continental favorites and traditional island fare, pool view, nightly Hawaiian entertainment and daily happy hour, the Café ensures not a moment of vacation is wasted. Open year-round from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. To learn more about Maui Coast Hotel and the Kamaole Poolside Café, please visit online at www.mauicoasthotel.com. Like Us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MauiCoastHotel.
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai debuts Social Butterfly
Something new is fluttering around Four Seasons Lanai this summer. The Resorts are pleased to release the Social Butterfly, a sophisticated hi-tech social wonder with its wings on the pulse of all things Lanai. Guests are encouraged to follow Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, via Facebook and Twitter, and keep the Social Butterfly informed of their travel plans prior to the visit and during their stay on Lanai. Fans have exclusive privileges towards special deals only offered on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Please call the concierge for more information, 808-565-2388 or visit www.facebook.com/fourseasonsresortslanai.
Hotel Lanai features "Friday Night Music Night"
"Friday Night Music Night" continues with Lanai's musical dream team of Eddie Maligmat and Richard Natto. Eddie has performed with such local and international favorites as Don Ho and Hawaii songstress Nohelani Cypriano. Richard is known across the islands for his uncanny singing impersonations of music icons including Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and even Cindy Lauper! Combined, these local legends produce a repertoire running the gamut from traditional Hawaiian to light rock and everything in-between. For more info or to book your stay at Hotel Lanai, please call 808-565-7211 or visit www.hotellanai.com.
Maui Villa features fabulous new cutting-edge Smart TV
Tropical Villa Vacations, specializing in luxury vacation homes and villas, is breaking new ground with its first villa equipped with a Smart TV. The stunning 3-bedroom 4-bath Bella Luna (D302), one of the agency's exclusive collection of residences at Wailea Beach Villas, now boasts a 60-inch Samsung Smart TV featuring 2D and 3D HD viewing, voice and gesture control options, and unlimited Netflix programming via HD BluRay DVD player. It also allows guests to browse the web and access photos or music from digital cameras, cell phones, and computers. Visit www.TropicalVillaVacations.com.
Sunny Maui Condos offers affordable paradise
Budget conscious visitors to paradise will appreciate a new management company specializing in affordable accommodations on Maui. Sunny Maui Condos focuses on comfort, cleanliness, and affordability. Units are spacious one-bedrooms starting at 750 sq. ft. and located on the ground floor with full kitchens and laundry facilities. The company offers value-oriented services such as free parking, free wireless Internet, and never charges for resort or other fees. For more information and reservations, call 808-240-1311 or visit www.sunnymauicondos.com.
Hotel Molokai remains open after fire
The Hotel Molokai remains almost fully operational open after a morning fire in mid-June. While the hotel's restaurant, kitchen, laundry facilities and various storage areas were affected, fortunately, the hotel remains open to welcome guests to Molokai. As a result, all food & beverage and laundry services have been suspended. Further, a complimentary Continental Breakfast is being offered each day in the lobby for in-house guests and there are a variety of local eateries no more than two miles away. There is public transportation to and from Kaunakakai during the day and the hotel also offers a limited daily shuttle service to and from Kaunakakai at 11a.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. The hotel bar has reopened and will continue to host the "Aloha Friday Event" with hula and music from 4 - 6 p.m. with local entertainment to follow. Plans to completely rebuild are in progress and Hotel Molokai looks forward to welcoming guests to the grand reopening of Hula Shores. For more info, call 808-553-5347.
"Breakfast and Binoculars" at Sarento's On The Beach
Fans of oceanfront dining have a new place to enjoy breakfast in South Maui. Well regarded for its award winning dinners, Sarento's On The Beach in Kihei now offers breakfast from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. daily. The menu, which includes new favorites Yazmin's Huevos Rancheros, and Loco Moco, uses many local products including fresh island eggs. Already only feet from the ocean, binoculars are placed on each table so diners can enjoy every aspect of the view. For more information and reservations, call 808-875-7555 or visit www.sarentosonthebeach.com.
Merriman's Kapalua celebrates everything taro
More than any other fine dining restaurant on Maui, Merriman's allows visitors to explore taro, the Hawaiian food staple, in a variety of ways under the expertise of Hawaii Regional Cuisine founding chef, Peter Merriman. Made from "Lehua Taro" grown in Maui's Honokohau Valley, guests can savor pan-sauteed Maui Lehua Taro Cakes, served with Hamakua mushrooms, Hirabara Farms Swiss Chard and tomato-ginger coulis. Smaller bites like Taro Fritters and Smoked Taro Hummus, served at the Ocean Front Point Bar, are the perfect accompaniment to 'from scratch' cocktails made with garden fresh ingredients. www.MerrimansHawaii.com. 808-669-6400.
Lanai City Grille spices up menu with signature sushi selections
Chef Warren Seto celebrates his one-year anniversary at Lanai City Grille by adding "spicy ahi tacos" and fresh sushi to the menu. His signature "Lanai sushi roll" is a favorite among visitors and residents alike. A crab roll topped with island sashimi and Japanese tobiko (fish roe), Chef Seto adds his special sauce providing an explosion of flavor. As locals say, "no shoyu needed!" Many of his traditional dishes have been updated as well. For dinner reservations or to book your stay at Hotel Lanai, call 808-565-7211 or visit www.hotellanai.com.
Alan Wong's Amasia now open
Maui's newest restaurant is tucked inside Grand Wailea's Japanese garden surrounded by 800 tons of rock from Mount Fuji. Reminiscent of a teahouse in Kyoto, the original structure was built in Japan and brought to Maui in 1990. Following a $3 million renovation, the beautifully restored restaurant features private tatami rooms, a formal dining area, a cocktail lounge, a sushi bar and a robata for grilled delicacies. Open daily from 5 - 10 p.m. The full menu is available at www.wailearesortdining.com. For reservations, call 808-891-3954.
Molokini Bar & Grill offers new Happy Hour Menu
Makena Beach & Golf Resort's Molokini Bar & Grill introduces a new happy hour menu. Served from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. daily, the menu celebrates specialty cocktail creations highlighting fresh herbs from the resort's on-property garden including the Molo-Rita featuring fresh basil, lime, house-made ginger syrup and tequila or the Lemongrass Fizz made with coconut rum, house-made lemongrass syrup and lime. For appetizers, chow down on the Kalua Pork Fries, fresh poke of the day, or island-style shrimp kebobs with lilikoi butter. For more information, please call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Café on the Green offers new "Summer Selections Happy Hour"
Makena Beach & Golf Resort's Café on the Green serves up a special "Summer Selections Happy Hour" from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. daily. The new appetizer menu features tasty appetizers like The Dip Stick (featuring grilled artisan bread and served with aged balsamic or extra virgin olive oil), Thai Style Lettuce Wraps and All Beef Sliders. Appetizers range from $4 - $6 with drink specials like $5 Makena Mai Tais, $4 draft beers and $6 house wines. For more information, please call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Ko Restaurant now open following $5.1 million rebuild
After 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 korestaurant.com.
Romance is in the air - September is "Couples Month"
For couples flirting with a tropical stay in paradise, think September at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea - Hawaii's traditional Aloha Month and the Resort's "Couples Month." Complimentary classes and activities will be offered each day. Guests can attend cooking classes with Master Executive Chef Roger Stettler or Four Seasons bartenders will teach couples how to make the resort's signature cocktails. Outdoor wellness classes feature experts in couples' meditation and trunk shows will be presented by the resort's new designer shops.
"Hula Appears" at Ku Mai Ka Hula International Competition in September
Maui's only adult hula competition, "Ku Mai Ka Hula," returns to Maui Arts & Cultural Center September 8. Featuring award-winning halau from Japan and Hawaii, this inspiring day of hula celebrates the longstanding friendship between Hawaii and Japan. Men and women compete in adult solo and group performances. Dancers perform both kahiko (traditional) and auana (modern-day) styles. On September 6, world-renowned recording artist and kumu hula Kealii Reichel will present Hakukole, sayings, chants and songs of ridicule, as part of the cultural program. Call 808-242-SHOW or visit www.MauiArts.org.
Hana Hoolaulea celebrates like only folks in Hana can!
The Hana Hoolaulea returns to "Maui's favorite small town" of Hana on August 4. The event commemorates the 100th year of Hana School and festivities include traditional Hawaiian music, hula, food, crafts and historic displays. Take the gorgeous drive to this sleepy town (considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world) and immerse yourself in the hookipa (welcome) of some of the friendliest people in all Hawaii. For more info, please visit www.hanaculturalcenter.org or call 808-248-8622.
Play along with "Ukulele Mele" at Bailey House Museum
Ukulele players of all abilities are invited to bring your ukulele to workshops led by Mele Fong at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. Fong is a professional singer and entertainer, and also teaches private and small group ukulele lessons. The workshops will be 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm. The cost is $5 and includes admission to Bailey House Museum. Dates are July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25 and September 8 & 22. For info, call Bailey House Museum at 244-3326, e-mail email@example.com. Website: www.mauimuseum.org.
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui mixes luxury with culture
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui has recently introduced an enhanced Hawaiian Culture program for guests. Led by the resort's full-time Cultural Coach Jonelle Kamai, the program offers complimentary guest activities such as outrigger canoe paddling, Hawaiian language class and a historical walking tour. Each activity is conducted with cultural respect and accuracy. In addition, the hotel staff honors a different aspect of Hawaiian culture and history each month with a day-long celebration that includes musical performances, activities and dining specials. For more information, call 808-875-4100 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Kaanapali Sunset Luau at Black Rock extends show dates
The Kaanapali Sunset Luau at Black Rock is now offering show dates three times a week during the busy summer months. Due to great demand, the luau, held on the Ocean Lawn of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, has added an extra showing on Friday evenings. Guests can enjoy an exciting and colorful presentation set to pulsating and syncopated drum beats, a traditional Imu unearthing, a delicious all you can eat luau buffet, and a full open bar. For tickets call 808-877-4852 or visit www.sheraton-maui.com.
Story of Hawaii Museum opens
Maui's newest attraction, Story of Hawaii Museum, Gift Shop & Gallery, presents a unique exhibit that tells the tale of the Islands through historic maps, rare prints, and authentic antique pieces. The display begins with the Polynesian migrations of prehistory, continues with examples of maps from the European voyages of exploration, the Kingdom of Hawaii, missionary and plantation days, the Territorial period, World War II and statehood to the present. Open daily, admission ($10 adults, $5 children 12 and under) includes a DVD about the mapping of Hawaii. For info, call 808-283-3576 or visit www.storyofhawaiimuseum.com.
Aloha Friday summer concert series
The Fairmont Kea Lani is proud to introduce a new summer concert series in partnership with The Institute of Hawaiian Music at University of Hawaii, Maui College. Starting in July and every Friday throughout the summer, Maui's most talented students will offer a free concert in the hotel lobby from 5 - 6 p.m. This unique program, led by Hawaiian music icons (including four-time Grammy award winner George Kahumoku Jr.) preserves authentic Hawaiian music while mentoring the next generation of musicians. Look for singing, slack key guitar, ukulele and hula. Call 808-875-4100 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Let's Go (throw net) fishing at Travaasa Hana
Discover a true Hawaiian way of life by learning throw net fishing with a local guide. Guests can learn to hold and throw a handmade fishing net and hope for a catch in Hana Bay. Reflecting the Hana lifestyle, this cultural activity is unique to Travaasa Hana and free for resort guests. Cast away! www.travaasa.com/hana.
Hawaiian Airlines launching flights to Sapporo, its fourth Japan Gateway
Maui should start seeing more visitors this November from Japan with the start of Hawaiian's new flights between Sapporo and Honolulu. The flights will be offered three times a week. Hawaiian's Sapporo flights will add approximately 41,000 new air seats annually from Hawaii to Japan and its travel-friendly schedule, with late morning arrivals into Honolulu and early afternoon departures, will allow visitors from Japan to make easy flight connections to Maui. Sapporo will be the fourth Japanese destination that Hawaiian has introduced recently to its route network. For more information, visit HawaiianAirlines.com or call 800.367.5320.
Hawaiian says "G'day" to Brisbane, Australia
Hawaiian Airlines begins nonstop service between Honolulu and Brisbane, Australia, three times weekly, starting November 27. Hawaiian will be the only U.S. carrier flying to Brisbane, the capital city of the State of Queensland and centrally located on Australia's east coast. With Brisbane being a major travel hub, Hawaiian has timed its flights to make same-day connections with cities throughout Queensland and other states in Australia, via a partnership with Virgin Australia. Brisbane will be Hawaiian's second Australia gateway, with daily nonstop service currently offered between Sydney and Honolulu with connecting flights to Maui. HawaiianAirlines.com; 800-367-5320.
Allegiant and Alaska to begin flights from Bellingham, Washington
Allegiant Air (www.allegiantair.com) will begin service between Maui and Bellingham, Washington on November 14. Alaska Airlines (www.alaskaair.com; 1-800-252-7522) will also add service between Maui's Kahului Airport and Bellingham, on a seasonal basis, starting November 8.
Beer Baths at Kapalua Spa
One of Europe's most popular and therapeutic spa treatments, Kapalua Spa and Maui Brewing Company have created this first ever in Hawaii. Imagine soaking in a foamy tub full of beer - almost like a giant mug! Enjoy a beer scrub during your soak to exfoliate your skin. The indulgence continues with a customized, soothing massage. Beer is not only good for the soul, but for the skin due to the rich vitamins of its natural ingredients. The treatment includes a "Kapalua Spa Brew," a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage and snack of beer bread. 1-866-941-KSPA; www.kapalua.com.
Sheraton Maui's Spa at Black Rock offers fun "Teen & Keiki" treatments
The Spa at Black Rock, located at the Sheraton Maui Resort& Spa, now offers specialty Teen and Keiki treatments. Teenagers can enjoy a Teen Pure Facial, designed with a teenager's skin in mind, while Keiki can relax with a calming 25 minute full body massage. Keiki and Teens can also choose from a selection of nail polishes named after ice cream flavors for a delicious manicure or pedicure; perfect for a warm summer day on Maui. To reserve your keiki or teen treatments call 808-667-9577 or visit www.sheraton-maui.com.
Spa Moana at Hyatt Regency Maui introduces new summer spa menu
Relax in a tropical paradise and experience summer bliss at Hyatt Maui's Spa Moana. The new summer spa menu features a variety of locally-inspired treatments including Lilikoi Body Renewal, an invigorating body treatment that exfoliates, softens and nourishes the skin and Organic Sun Recovery that restores essential nutrients and hydration for sun kissed skin. For more information, visit www.maui.hyatt.com or call 808-661-1234.
Spa Kea Lani unveils its second outdoor cabana
Spa Kea Lani is proud to unveil its second outdoor spa cabana at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. The new cabana, surrounded by tropical landscaping and adjacent to the serene adult pool, follows the opening of the popular ocean side cabana last fall. Both cabanas are ideal for romantic couple's massages and include the soft sound of waves or fountains. Spa Kea Lani offers over fifty spa experiences by professional aestheticians and therapists. Many treatments are inspired by traditional Hawaiian healing methods and utilize local ingredients. 808-875-2229 or visit www.fairmont.com/kealani.
Spa Grande Presents "Niu Detox and Muscle Relieve"
This 80-minute treatment starts with the external use of raw coconut fibers brushed along the skin setting in motion a powerful detoxification process which strongly enhances lymphatic glands activity, circulation, and cell regeneration, draining toxic mucous matter into the colon, thus purifying the entire system. The dry skin brushing is followed by a 50-minute massage performed with pure coconut oil and coconut shells. The application of pure coconut oil moisturizes the skin and also helps relieve painful inflammation, and heals dry, cracking skin. 800-232-4604 ext 4949.
Wailea resorts receive top honors in golf resort polls
Wailea Resort's Four Seasons Resort Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani Maui and Grand Wailea were named to Conde Nast Traveler's coveted 2012 list of the Top 15 Hawaii Golf Resorts. The beachfront properties are affiliated with the Wailea Golf Club's three 18-hole layouts: the Wailea Gold, Emerald and Old Blue courses. The Four Seasons Resort Maui and Grand Wailea also received Gold and Silver Medal rankings, respectively, in Golf Magazine's 2012 Premier Golf Resorts list. To date, the Wailea Golf Club has received more than a hundred accolades. Information: 1-888-328-MAUI or www.waileagolf.com.
All six Maui Outrigger properties receive TripAdvisor® honors
TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site, recently announced its 2012 Certificate of Excellence award winners and 18 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts properties received the distinction, including all six Outrigger resort condominiums on Maui: The Kapalua Villas, Outrigger Aina Nalu, Outrigger® Maui Eldorado(SM) Kaanapali, Outrigger Royal Kahana, Outrigger Napili Shores, and Outrigger Palms at Wailea. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding travel reviews on TripAdvisor. Find out more about these and other Outrigger properties at www.outrigger.com.
Kapalua Spa wins Best Luxury Destination Spa
Kapalua Spa captured the coveted "Best Luxury Destination Spa" in the United States by World Luxury Spa Awards. The program recognizes spas that have raised the bar of service excellence within a highly competitive industry over the past year. The winners were selected by an annual voting process where thousands of spa guests worldwide vote online. Open to luxury spas in various categories, the awards are recognized globally by the public and media, and are universally acknowledged as the world's leading awards initiative for luxury spas. 1-866-941-KSPA; www.kapalua.com.
Travaasa Hana earns #1 rankings for its spa and resort service
Readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, two of the nation's top travel publications, have given Travaasa Hana high marks for its spa and resort service. The Spa at Travaasa Hana was voted the #1 resort spa in the Hawaiian Islands for the second consecutive year in Conde Nast Traveler's 2012 spa poll. Travaasa Hana also received the highest score on Maui and second best in the state for resort service in Travel + Leisure's 2012 World's Best Awards. www.travaasa.com/hana.
The Lodge at Koele named to U.S. News & World Report's 10 Best Hotels in the U.S.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele was named one of the top 10 Best Hotels in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. The Resort secured the coveted highest ranking for hotels in Hawaii among the exclusive list, placing second overall. Please call the concierge for more information at 808-565-2388.
Grand Wailea Voted Top 10 Family Resort in the U.S.
Grand Wailea is named one of the Top 10 Family Resorts in the U.S. by Celebrated Living's annual "Platinum List." Celebrated Living is the publication for American Airlines' first class cabin. Grand Wailea is nestled on 40 acres of lush, Hawaiian gardens featuring 780 luxurious accommodations, the largest spa in Hawaii with Spa Grande; nine pools with seven water slides and an adult-only pool; a 20,000 square-foot Camp Grande; seven restaurants, bars and lounges, a retail promenade and the largest private corporate art collection in the Hawaiian Islands.
Celebrated Living Magazine features Hyatt Regency Maui on Platinum List - Summer 2012
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has been featured in this year's Platinum List in Celebrated Living Magazine - the premium class passenger publication for American Airlines - and was ranked among the Top 10 Hotels of Hawaii. For more information visit www.maui.hyatt.com or call 808-661-1234.