News from Maui, Molokaʻi & Lānaʻi
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.
Raise Your Glass to Tickets on Sale
Wailea Resort Association announces tickets for the inaugural Wailea Wine & Food Festival are now on sale. Hosted by world-renowned Master Sommelier Fred Dame, the four-day culinary extravaganza will showcase exceptional wines from around the world paired with award-winning cuisine of Wailea Resort chefs. Utilizing Maui's rich bounty of ranch, ocean and farm products, this long awaited culinary experience will bring world famous winemakers, master sommeliers and panelists to celebrate the latest trends in food and wine and marks the first year of this exciting new signature event for Wailea Resort. www.waileawineandfoodfestival.com.
Think Pink for Hope
The award-winning Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin will organize its third annual Think Pink for Hope fundraiser benefitting American Cancer Society. Scheduled on October 24, from 5pm to 7pm, the event features live entertainment, Maui trunk show and a choice of mini spa treatments. Located at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, the event is open to resort guests and non-guests. It is an ideal occasion to energize your spirit and join in the fight against breast cancer. For reservations, call the spa at 808-662-2644 or visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Recognizes 20 years with "Legacy of Aloha"
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will celebrate 20 years with a weekend celebration of cultural events, October 18 - 21. In partnership with Island Air, Troon Golf and Hawaiian105 KINE Radio, a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity. Event highlights include, celebration hoolaulea, live radio broadcast with Hawaiian105 KINE and Aloha Friday Luncheon Show featuring Willy K and Napua Makua, E ala e ceremony, celebration golf tournament and legacy finale dinner show with Nuff Sedd. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua or call 808-665-7079.
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono Holiday Celebration
The sixth consecutive year of the Inn's signature holiday event, Lei of Aloha 6, takes place on Saturday, December 1 from 1 - 4 p.m., tickets $25. This year's theme is "Hawaiian White Christmas." The open house and benefit for Hokulani Holt's halau hula, Pau O Hiiaka, includes a house tour of Maui's award-winning bed & breakfast inn, music, hula, poetry readings, light snacks and beverages; and, new this year, A Hawaiian Country Store with gift items for purchase. A glorious afternoon and the perfect Hawaiian way to usher in the holidays. 808-244-5897, www.mauiinn.com.
Skating by the Sea, a Kaanapali Holiday
A first among Hawaii resorts, the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas presents a timeless holiday tradition with ice skating in the tropics. The four-diamond resort on pristine Kaanapali North Beach will transform its outdoor ocean lawn into a holiday escape complete with a 1,000 square-foot hybrid ice skating rink offering magnificent views of the warm Pacific and humpback whales. In addition to Skate & Stay room package, holiday makers can reserve private parties or indulge in Skate Into The New Year revelry. Open to resort guests and non-guests, skate rental is available. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
2013 Maui Challenger at Wailea Tennis Club
The United States Tennis Association Hawaii Pacific Section just announced the men's 2013 Maui Challenger will be held at the Wailea Tennis Club, January 20 - 27, 2013. The USTA Pro Circuit in the Hawaii Pacific Section is one of the first tennis events in the year, starting on the heels of the Australian Open and has the highest number of wins by American players. In 2012, the Challenger hosted over 60 players in Honolulu, ranked in the top 250 in the world . For information contact Melissa Pampulov, Marketing Director (808) 585-9525. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning Watercolor Painting: Maui's Flora and Fauna
Grand Wailea's Artist in Residence, Mary Faustine, offers beginning painters the opportunity to explore their creativity in an intimate, comfortable setting. Students will learn the basics of color and composition and create their own design using Mary's custom stencils of Hawaii's sea creatures and tropical flowers. The class is limited to six participants to ensure a highly personalized experience. Classes are on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - Noon, $65 per person for ages 13 and older. For information, visit or call NaPua Gallery at ext. 4907 or direct at 808-874-0510.
Learn Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Kapalua and Napili
Stand up paddle (SUP) lessons are now available at both Napili and Kapalua Bays through Tiki Man Stand Up Paddle, the only company providing lessons at these two popular West Maui beaches. Stand up paddle boarding originated in Hawaii and is now one of the fastest growing sports around the world. Tiki Man's lessons are 90 minutes; students are usually up on the board within 30 minutes then enjoy an hour of paddling on their own. Operating 7 days a week, 9 to 5 (weather permitting). Visit www.TikiManSUP.com.
Fun Charters Maui Offers Private Ocean Adventures
Fun Charters Maui's "Kaha Loa" vessel (a 26' Glacier Bay luxury power catamaran) welcomes a maximum of six passengers on amazing, intimate and private tours of West Maui. The charter offers snorkeling, whale watching, fishing and scuba diving featuring the very best Maui has to offer. The adventure begins as guests are picked-up on Kaanapali beach at 8 a.m. with a 1:30 p.m. return. Enjoy a continental breakfast and lunch with all snorkeling gear and Hobie inflatable stand up paddle-boards. Contact Captain Keone at 808-250-8993 or email@example.com, or visit www.funchartersmaui.com.
Tween and Teen Holiday Mixers
A unique experience is in store for tweens and teens this holiday season at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. A night of fun, dancing and excitement with delectable mocktails and treats will be offered at Pulehu, an Italian Grill with a pre-party at Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin. Live entertainment by the resort's events manger Thomas Florin (aka DJ T-Flo) will add merriment with lots of gifts and prize giveaways. The festivities begin early with a Halloween party on October 30, and two more mixers on November 27 and December 18. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
Sand Sculpture: Fun for All Ages
Grand Wailea provides this fun and complimentary experience on Wailea Beach. Under the expert guidance of local artists Riki and Tom Inzano, beach visitors may create three-dimensional sand sculptures using only sand and water in under two hours. The Inzanos have created incredible sand sculptures for special events throughout Maui and they've created unique "sand critters" to make it easy for beachgoers of all ages to get in on the fun. Class is offered every Friday at 10 am on Wailea Beach fronting the Grand Wailea. For more information, call 808-875-1234 ext. 4754.
Longest Waterslide in West Maui
The world's first rotating barrel ride, the Fishpipe, is now offered at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. Situated by the children's play area with a pirate ship waterslide, this new water ride allows guests to slide further than the longest water slide in the world. A 90-second ride in the Fishpipe is like a mile long water slide. Open to resort guests and non-guests, up to three guests can ride at the same time. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com for more details including all-day pass pricing.
New Twice-daily Air Service from Kahului to Hana
On October 1, Mokulele Airlines began operating twice-daily flight service from Kahului Airport to Hana Airport, in partnership with Travaasa Hana, Maui. Passengers fly aboard a nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan 208B and enjoy spectacular views of Hana's coastline during the 20-minute flight. The morning flight departs Kahului at 11:19 a.m., arriving in Hana at 11:40 a.m. It departs Hana at noon arriving Kahului at 12:21 p.m. The afternoon flight departs Kahului at 4:14 p.m. arriving in Hana at 4:35 p.m. It leaves Hana at 4:55 p.m. and arrives in Kahului at 5:16 p.m. Tickets are $59 each way. Travaasa Hana, Maui is also offering complimentary roundtrip flights for guests who book a three-night, all-inclusive package. www.mokuleleairlines.com or www.travaasa.com/hana.
Aloha Pavilion, a New Look and Feel
Creative themed parties, exotic luau experiences and inspiring wedding settings come alive amidst the surroundings of the newly-redesigned Aloha Pavilion. Situated oceanfront at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on legendary Kaanapali Beach, the indoor space with an outdoor feel appeals to both meeting planners and bridal parties alike. Redesigned with two new meeting rooms commanding unrivalled ocean and neighbor island views, the indoor space opens into two hexagon-shaped pods with pillared columns and the expanse outdoor space featuring cascading waterfalls, swaying palms and koi pond gardens. Visit www.westinmaui.com.
Hauoli Na Lanui - Happy Holidays
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui has recently announced its upcoming holiday festivities. "Thanksgiving in Paradise" will take place on November 22 and will include a gourmet buffet, Hawaiian entertainment and premium open bar. On November 30, the hotel's 25-foot Christmas tree will be lit in the hotel lobby with free local entertainment and refreshments. Look for Santa to arrive via outrigger canoe on Christmas Eve at Polo Beach. Christmas Day will feature an incredible buffet overlooking the ocean. All events are open to the public. For information, call 808-875-4100 or fairmont.com/kealani.
Makena Resort Introduces New Alii Suite
Makena Beach & Golf Resort introduces its new presidential ocean front suite. The newly refurbished Alii Suite features hues of pastel blues and royal purples, and an island motif with plush carpets, sofas, leather recliners and cherry wood accents. The master bedroom features an eastern king plush four-poster bed and new antique furniture and fixtures. The wrap around balcony opens to oceanfront views with new rattan furniture. The wet bar area features a personal Keurig Coffee machine with assorted Starbucks Coffees and Tazo Teas. For more information, please call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
The Fairmont Kea Lani Supports Culinary Education
One exceptional Maui Culinary Academy student will have the opportunity of a lifetime thanks to a new $5,000 annual scholarship and work experience award recently introduced by The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. "The Tylun Pang Aspiring Chef Scholarship" was developed in honor of the hotel's Executive Chef, Tylun Pang who is a long-time supporter and member of the academy's advisory board. The scholarship will include an 8-week work program, offering culinary experience and menu development for the resort's award-winning signature restaurant, Ko. For information, call 808-875-4100 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Celebrates 50 Years of Aloha
January 2013 marks the kickoff to a year-long celebration of the beautiful Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's Golden Anniversary. Celebrate 50 years of aloha with Kaanapali's first hotel at legendary Black Rock. Generations of families have shared their memories of the iconic resort. Families continue to enjoy the rich history and cultural activities the resort offers today by enjoying the nightly cliff dive ceremony. Special anniversary packages will be offered including promotional rates on the family-friendly Ohana Suite. Come rediscover the legend. For more information, call 808-661-0031 or visit www.sheraton-maui.com.
A Night of "Poke & Sauvignon Blanc" Pairing at Makena
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort has partnered with one of the world's youngest master sommeliers to explore the pairing "Poke and Sauvignon Blanc." The event tasting will be held on October 11, 2012 from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Molokini Bar & Grill. The event pairs Executive Chef Marc McDowell's poke creations with wines selected by Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo. This Poke and Sauvignon Blanc tasting event is the first of the resort's new monthly "Food & Wine Education Series." For more information, please call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Macallan Ice Sphere and Perfect Pairings
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas has introduced the Macallan Ice Sphere, served exclusively at the resort's award winning restaurant - Pulehu, an Italian Grill. The visual aspect of your favorite drink is most striking with the beautifully-formed smooth sphere fitting perfectly in a classic cocktail or blend. It is the ultimate way to enjoy whiskey or the resort's signature drinks with a cooling effect and minimal dilution. For an educational and entertaining wine session, Pulehu offers Perfect Pairings Monday evenings from 5 - 5:30 p.m. Includes three wines and light appetizers. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
New Chef, New Menu at Humuhumunukunukuapuaa
Grand Wailea resort presents Chef Mike Lofaro as the new chef de cuisine of its signature restaurant, Humuhumunukunukuapuaa. Lofaro's new menu focuses on the versatility and natural flavors of sustainable ingredients from land and sea. New dishes include crispy Hawaiian snapper, Opah medallion, Big Island abalone chowder, Korean-style fried chicken, Hawaiian spiny lobster, brioche and lemongrass-crusted domestic lamb, Hawaiian ahi tartare, and Surfing Goat cheese and melon. More information on Lofaro and the full menu is available at www.wailearesortdining.com. For reservations, call 808-875-1234, ext.4949.
Legendary Red Violin, Exquisite Dinner, Opus One wines
What could be more compelling than listening to the virtuoso violinist/owner of the Red Violin, sipping the finest vintages of Opus One and savoring a menu that traces the violin's global travels? All this plays out at Four Seasons Resort Maui on Friday, December 7, as part of the resort's Unforgettable Events series and the Wailea Wine and Food Festival, December 6 - 9. For information, please visit World Famous Red Violin and Opus One Wine Event. For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-874-2201.
Travaasa Hana, Maui Introduces Four-course Gluten-free Tasting Menu
Travaasa Hana, Maui has gone gluten-free with a new four course chef's tasting menu. The new menu incorporates fresh Maui grown beef and produce. Sample menu items include pan seared scallops with corn puree and kawari sprouts, Kula grown mixed baby salad with Kula cucumber, a grass fed beef filet with Kula asparagus and Hamakua mushrooms, and a gluten-free chocolate decadence dessert. The prix fixe menu is $65 per person, or included in the all-inclusive, Total Travaasa package. Visit www.travaasa.com/hana.
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai Announces Inaugural Lanai Cab Classic Wine Festival
Join Four Seasons for the first annual Lanai Cab Classic wine festival from December 13-16. Wine enthusiasts and food connoisseurs can embark on a culinary journey throughout the festival and will be treated to a variety of offerings including wine seminars, winemakers luau, champagne brunch and a golf tournament. For more information, call 800-321-4666 or visit www.fourseasons.com/lanai.
Grand Wailea Launches "Thirsty Thursdays" at Botero Bar
Visitors looking to quench their thirst may take advantage of Grand Wailea's "Thirsty Thursdays" promotion at Botero Bar. For $20, visitors will receive a tasting of three cocktails highlighting the current month's featured spirit and a souvenir Botero Man ceramic glass. They will also enjoy 20% off food and 50% off pricing on well drinks, house wine by the glass and domestic beers the entire evening at Botero Bar. For more information, visit www.wailearesortdining.com or call 808-875-1234, ext.4900.
Makena Hosts Food & Wine Education Series
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort partners with Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo to bring a Food & Wine Education Series to Makena. The series consists of once a month Food & Wine tasting events designed to pair the best of Executive Chef Marc McDowell's fresh and cultured dishes with the best of old world and new world wines selected by one of the world's youngest Master Sommeliers. The Food & Wine Education Series starts on October 11 with their Poke & Sauvignon Blanc event. For more information, call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Tropica Restaurant & Bar Infuses Elements of Excitement
With over a decade of diversified culinary experience, chef de cuisine Jennifer Evetushick has enhanced the restaurant's menu with an infusion of Euro-Pacific and Hawaiian-themed techniques. Favorites include Chile Grilled Tako, an octopus delicacy that is very Mediterranean while Tropica Ceviche is a flavorful dish served with Tropica's homemade crackers. A signature special, the Seafood Pho introduces a vegetarian base with tomatoes instead of the traditional beef broth and showcases seafood from Hawaiian islands. Redesigned with firebowls within its water features, the restaurant's outdoor ambience creates an extraordinary dining experience. Visit www.westinmaui.com.
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, The Lodge at Koele Trefethen Family Vineyards Wine Dinner
Join Executive Sous Chef Junior Ulep and special guest Janet Trefethen, of Trefethen Family Vineyards, for an evening of exquisite food and wine pairings presented in a five-course dining experience. This special event will be held at The Lodge at Koele on Saturday, November 10 from 6-9 p.m. at $125 per person. For more information, call 808-565-2335 or visit www.fourseasons.com/koele.
Family Sunday Roast Dinners at Makena
For many, Sunday Night means family roast dinners and Makena is bringing that tradition to the Molokini Bar & Grill. The restaurant is proud to introduce a three-course roast dinner offered every Sunday at only $29.95 per person. The meal features a mixed green salad with Hilo Honey Vinaigrette, your choice of Prime Rib or Porchetta or Chef's Choice Special accompanied with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. The dinner ends with a decadent cocoa treat called the chocolate bomb. Wine pairings are available. For more information, call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Crab Fest and El Guapo
The Ocean Pool Bar & Grill is offering themed dinners including a Crab Fest featuring fresh, succulent catch on Wednesday evenings. Taco Tuesday introduces the 4½ pound El Guapo wet burrito with "I got burrito'd at Ocean Pool Bar & Grill" free t-shirt when you finish every tasty morsel. Other delicious choices include fresh tacos, signature share plates, refreshing Mexican beers and specialty margaritas. Situated poolside at The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, the restaurant is open all day. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, The Lodge at Koele Pride Mountain Vineyards Wine Dinner
Join Executive Sous Chef Junior Ulep and Pride Mountain Vineyards, from California, for an evening of exquisite food and wine pairings presented in a five-course dining experience. This special event will be held in the Dining Room at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele on Thursday, January 17 from 6-9 p.m. For more information, call 808-565-2335 or visit www.fourseasons.com/koele.
Lobster Fest at Makena's Molokini Bar & Grill
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort's hosts lobster fest every Tuesday and Thursday at Molokini Bar & Grill. Highlighting the best ways to enjoy lobster, the semi-weekly event offers a three-course "Surf & Turf" dinner for only $39.95 as well as specialty appetizers and entrees that include a savory lobster Mac and cheese for $24, and a one-pound live Maine lobster steamed or grilled with your choice of starch and vegetables or a bed of wok-fried vegetables for only $38 per person. For more information, call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
NFL Season Excitement in Maui
Pailolo Bar & Grill continues its annual tradition of featuring NFL football games with the return of football fever. Located oceanfront at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, the sports bar restaurant will open early at 7am on Sundays for live broadcast of the action-packed games on its nine high definition televisions screens. In addition to serving breakfast sandwiches and burritos, there will also be $10 pitches of beer and $6 double Bloody Marys in collectible drink cups. Football fans can also catch their favorite team at play on Monday and Thursday nights. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
Huakai, A Kaanapali Journey
At The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, guests are invited to join in a morning Huakai or journey to explore Kaanapali. Held Monday mornings at 9am, guests can learn about the history of Kaanapali and the significance of Maui's sacred site, Puu Kekaa as Maui Paddle Sports staff connects stories from the past to the present. The interactive cultural experience also includes a pineapple cutting demonstration. For a personal experience, Hoe Waa canoe rides are offered daily at 8 and 9:30 a.m. For more information including pricing, visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
The Fairmont Kea Lani Voted Maui's Best in Hawaiian Culture
The readers of Maui News recently voted The Fairmont Kea Lani as offering the island's "Best Hawaiian Cultural Program." The extensive program, led by certified Cultural Coach Jonelle Kamai, offers hotel guests learning experiences that include outrigger canoe paddling, Hawaiian language, Hawaiian history and monthly musical celebrations. The hotel's close partnership with University of Hawaii, Maui College also allows access to the island's most talented culinary and music students, providing traditional Hawaiian entertainment and cuisine. All events are free and many are open to the public. Call 808-875-4100 or fairmont.com/kealani.
Hawaiian Outrigger Experience
Experience and learn the culture, art and sport of canoe paddling, and information pertaining to the non-instrumental navigational techniques used by Polynesian voyagers. Learn how the canoe has shaped Hawaiian life from its beginning, and pay homage to this original form of ocean exploration. Cultural guides will share traditional oli (chants), ancient myths, legends and historical facts. The activity is available daily, every hour from 7 - 11 a.m., on Wailea Beach fronting the Grand Wailea. Cost is $39 per person, per hour. For more information, visit www.mauioceanactivities.com or call 808-875-1234 ext. 4257 for reservations.
Heavenly Spas in Maui Unveil "Hualani"
The Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa and Spa Helani at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas have introduced a new spa essence named Hualani (heavenly fruit). Made locally using pineapple and passion fruit, the indigenous product is immersed in signature treatments such as the Heavenly Massage. Guests can also enjoy Hualani shampoo, conditioner, body wash and crème lotion within the spas' changing areas. The subtle fragrance is most refreshing and presents elements of Hawaii. Key designing elements included sourcing fruits grown on the islands and local production.
Spa Kea Lani Introduces Second Outdoor Cabana
Spa Kea Lani is proud to announce 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 massages and include the soft sound of waves or fountains. Spa Kea Lani offers over fifty spa experiences by caring and professional aestheticians and therapists. Many treatments are inspired by traditional Hawaiian healing methods and utilize local ingredients. Call 808-875-2229 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Wellness Wednesdays at Heavenly Spa by Westin™
Experience a healthy lifestyle at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. The resort's new Mind & Body Studio presents weekly sessions with experts sharing useful tips and knowledge on personal health and well-being. Each month presents a different topic: October features Anti-Aging, An Uplifting Experience; November features Massage Technique for Couples; and December features The Art of Bath, Restoring Balance. Held Wednesdays from 4 - 5 p.m., the cost is $20 per person and includes a gift and refreshments. Call the spa at 808-661-2588 for reservations or visit www.westinmaui.com.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele offers the "Art of Wellness & Yoga Retreat"
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele is pleased to offer a unique wellness-chic haven with the "Art of Wellness & Yoga Retreat," November 9-11, 2012. Designed for health and wellness enthusiasts in search of personal discovery and relaxation, the three-day event will include daily sessions that feature Viniyoga - a combination of meditation, Asana and breath work, as well as an in-depth nutritional seminar. Packages start at $630 for single participant and $790 for double participant. Please call Reservations for more information, 800-321-4666.
Fall and Holiday Specials at Spa Helani
Unwind and energize this autumn with tropical coconut and kiwi spa specials at Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin™. The sensory experience includes massage, body scrub and couples pedicure. For the holiday season, spa lovers will be treated to indulgences such as Peppermint Massage and Snow Angel Facial. Located at The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, the spa has even created a mother-daughter spa delight with its Island Princess Manicure Pedicure with each keiki (child) receiving a princess crown. Gift certificates are also available for purchase for the festive holidays. Visit westinkaanapali.com.
"Girls Night Out" at the Makena Resort
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort has planned a night out for the girls, featuring sipping on champagne and shopping at the resort's new clothing boutique, "Nellie's." The activity features a private two-hour shopping spree complete with champagne, hors d'oeuvres and special discounts on the store's fashions and accessories. Nellie's clothing boutique features the latest in resort wear fashions for the entire family with brands like Joseph Ribkoff, Johnny Was, Nic & Zoe, Tommy Bahama and Kahala. For more information, please call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Tropical Villa Vacations Honored with Travel Weekly Silver Magellan Award
Tropical Villa Vacations is a Silver Award recipient in Travel Weekly's 2012 Magellan Awards, honoring the best in the travel industry. The Maui-based company, which specializes in luxury home and villa rentals, is one of only two villa rental agencies worldwide to be named in the 2012 awards and the only villa agency award recipient in Hawaii. Tropical Villa Vacations was founded in 1995 and represents dozens of hand-picked ultra-luxury properties in Hawaii, including private beachfront homes, estates, and extraordinary villas. www.TropicalVillaVacations.com.
Japengo Continues to Receive Recognition as a Top Maui Restaurant
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa's acclaimed Japengo restaurant continues to be recognized as one of Maui's distinguished dining destinations. Japengo's distinguished Pacific Rim cuisine and sushi lounge garnered the restaurant two awards at this year's Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. For two consecutive years, Japengo has been recognized as "Best of the Fest" receiving silver in 2012 and gold in 2011. For more information visit www.maui.hyatt.com or call 808-661-1234.
Aston Maui Properties Garner MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Award
The staff and management of Aston Kaanapali Shores and Aston Mahana at Kaanapali were recently recognized for delivering outstanding quality. The resorts each received the MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Award recognizing hotels that achieve 99% customer satisfaction index and 99% product delivery performance with a minimum of 100 bookings. Results are measured against the experiences of 450,000 travelers. Aston Kaanapali Shores combines the comfort and convenience of a condominium with hotel-caliber services. The Aston Mahana at Kaanapali receives rave reviews for all-oceanfront suites with floor to ceiling ocean views. www.AstonHotels.com.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele named to Travel Weekly's Superior Deluxe Hotel Awards
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele was named to Travel Weekly's highest and most coveted hotel classification and represents the world's finest hotels (106 total). To qualify for the Superior Deluxe, hotels must have extensive amenities, beautiful setting, exceptional public spaces and accommodations, unique architecture, and extraordinary service. For more information, call 800-321-4666 or visit www.fourseasons.com/koele
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay's Challenge at Manele named to Golf Magazine's Top 100
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay's coveted Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, The Challenge at Manele, was recognized by Golf Magazine among the Top 100 Coursed You Can Play in the United States. For more information, call 800-321-4666 or visit www.fourseasons.com/manele