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.
Hawaiian doubles up on LA-Maui service this summer
For the first time, Hawaiian Airlines will offer twice-daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Maui this summer in response to demand for a 'Magic Isle' vacation. Hawaiian is adding 34,000 seats to Maui over 10 weeks of service. Both flights will offer the comfort and roominess of Hawaiian's wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, seating 264 passengers. Travelers will also enjoy Hawaiian's signature onboard hospitality program featuring island-style complimentary meals, made-in-Hawaii snacks, and its showcase of the culture, people, and Aloha Spirit of the islands. For more info, visit www.HawaiianAirlines.com or call 800-367-5320.
Hawaiian Airlines launching flights to Auckland, New Zealand in March
Hawaiian Airlines is opening a new international gateway to New Zealand with nonstop service, three-days weekly, between Honolulu and Auckland, beginning March 13. Hawaiian will be the only U.S. carrier flying into Auckland and will operate the route using its largest aircraft, the Airbus A330-200 seating 294 passengers. Great round-trip fares are available for flights between Auckland and Maui, with convenient one-stop connections in Honolulu, avoiding the need to change airlines or terminals. For more information, visit www.HawaiianAirlines.com or call 800-367-5320.
HPS offers Maui's most intimate and private water adventures
Hawaiian Paddle Sports is Maui's top rated tour company (Trip Advisor) offering a private alternative for ocean activities. If going out on a 150-passenger boat or an over crowded kayak tour to whale watch doesn't sound like your ideal experience, a private tour with Hawaiian Paddle Sports is just what you're looking for. They don't combine parties so you'll be with just your group and a private guide. One of four companies on Maui to be certified by the Hawaii Eco Tourism Association, tours are not only educational and fun but also environmentally responsible. HPS offers stand-up paddling, kayaking, surfing and traditional Hawaiian canoe paddling. For info, please call 808-660-4228 or visit www.hawaiianpaddlesports.com.
"Sea of Love" Valentine's dinner at Maui Ocean Center
Spend a romantic evening surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii's sea life at Maui's most unique Valentine's dinner. Experience the aquarium after dark with semi-private seating in the stunning Living Reef Exhibit and ocean view Seascape Ma'alaea Restaurant. The delectable four-course menu is prepared by James Beard nominated Chef Henry Tariga and catered by the award-winning Seascape Maalaea Restaurant for $99 plus gratuity and tax per person. Reservations open January 2 for Aquarium members and January 10 to the general public. Call 808-270-7088 Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for reservations.
Vinyasa Yoga retreat returns to Four Seasons Resort Maui, February 19 - 24
Kathyrn Budig, internationally known yoga instructor, returns to Four Seasons Resort Maui February 19 - 24 for her popular Vinyasa Yoga retreat. New this year, paddle board yoga on the water. During this five-night, four day program, Budig will work with students on a number of poses designed to build and deepen a practice, teaching the correct ways to safely engage the body. Each day she will teach Vinyasa Flow, a combination of syncing movement and breath, with Wailea's beach as backdrop. For more info, visit www.maui.fourseasons.com/2012/01/20/vinyasa-yoga-retreat.
David MacPherson brings "love" to Four Seasons Resorts Lanai this February
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay will host the David MacPherson Tennis Camp, February 7 - 9. MacPherson, a nationally ranked Men's Doubles ATP Champion and coach of the #1 ranked American doubles players Bob and Mike Bryan, will serve up his experience, technique and coaching secrets for this grand slam of tennis clinics. The exclusive camp will feature world class coaching methods and practice drills. For more information, please contact Robert LeBuhn at the Tennis Center at 808-565-2072.
Dive into "Whale Craze" at Maui Ocean Center in January and February
Join the whale-a-bration! Maui Ocean Center celebrates the return of the Humpback whales with two full months of exciting whale-themed activities. Learn all about these magnificent mammals and their extraordinary journey to Hawaii with daily naturalist presentations, whale watching from Harbor Plaza, the Whale Sanctuary info booth, exciting children's activities and more. Download a free whale activity page for kids online to complete at home or at the Aquarium. For more info, visit www.mauioceancenter.com or call 808-270-7000.
Wailea Golf Club upgrades rental clubs to RocketBallz
Wailea Golf Club has upgraded its rental program for 2013 with a new fleet of rental clubs featuring TaylorMade's wildly popular RocketBallz clubs. Guests can now play Wailea's award-winning courses with a full complement of top-rated RBZ clubs including driver, woods, wedges and irons, plus the White Smoke putter. Renowned for helping players achieve greater distance, RBZs have received rave reviews for their performance, feel and looks. Wailea Golf's rental clubs are available for men and women at the Wailea Gold & Emerald for $60 plus tax. For info, call 1-888-328-MAUI or visit www.waileagolf.com.
Oceanfront Yoga classes now offered at Makena Beach & Golf Resort
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort has partnered with renown Maui instructor Juliet Lee to bring an oceanfront health and fitness program to Makena with free oceanfront yoga classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Each class looks to provide resort guests with a low impact and non-rigorous way to improve their health and fitness during their stay with both tai-chi and Pilates style yoga sessions. The yoga classes are free for all registered resort guests. For more information, please call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Nobu Lanai debuts at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Nobu Lanai, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay's new restaurant, showcases Chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa signature new-style Japanese cuisine, as well as new creations infusing local ingredients. As a leader in innovative Japanese cuisine, world-renown Chef Nobuyuki has revolutionized the dining experience for epicureans and travelers alike and with his presence on Lanai has elevated the already vibrant culinary scene. Nobu Lanai is open for dinner nightly, from 6 - 9:30 p.m. For more information, please call 808-565-2832 or visit www.noburestaurants.com.
Kanemistu Bakery reopens
Kanemistu Bakery reopened last November to the delight of locals and visitors alike. A "Molokai institution," the beloved restaurant and bakery offers breakfast, lunch and a wide variety of pastries and breads. Their "midnight bread run," where locals and visitors alike line up after hours to get piping-hot loaves of fresh bread, is legendary. Be sure to order their famous onion-and-cheese bread and slather your half loaf of bread with jelly, butter, cream cheese or cinnamon. It's a Molokai must.
Culinary fun at Travaasa Hana
As part of Travaasa Hana's programming, the resort added several fun cuisine classes. Among the new additions are "Juicy Living," a class on discovering the benefits of juicing fruit and vegetables; "Name That Grape," a wine tasting experience; "Art of the Cocktail," a mixology lesson which includes the Mai Tai; "Feed Your Face," a class on "superfoods" for your body and face; "Hawaiian Salt Sampler," a salt tasting; and "Pineapple 101," a class on pineapple cutting technique and uses. www.travaasa.com/hana.
Makena Resort's "Food & Wine Education Series" continues in 2013
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort's Food & Wine Education Series partnership with Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo continues in year 2013 with a whole year of new monthly food and wine tasting events. On February 7, the resort will host a "Pasta and Italian Wines" tasting event from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Molokini Bar & Grille. Old world Italian wines will be paired with the pasta dishes from each wine's corresponding region. For more information, please call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Restaurant Week Wailea returns in 2013
Wailea Resort proudly announces the return of their popular bi-annual dinner promotion, "Restaurant Week Wailea" in May and November. This celebration of Wailea's finest cuisine takes place at participating resort restaurants throughout Wailea Resort starting Sunday. Wailea's acclaimed chefs will once again create remarkable three course, pre-fixe menus for just $29, $39 or $49 per person. Participating restaurants partner with the Maui Food Bank and proceeds from the special menus are donated to the Maui Food Bank. For exact dates and special pre-fix menus visit www.wailearesortassociation.com.
Luana Lounge offers cabanas and cocktails
What could be more perfect this Valentine's Day than date night at The Fairmont Kea Lani's Luana Lounge? "Luana" is the Hawaiian word meaning "to be at leisure, enjoy pleasant surroundings and to live in comfort and ease." The open-air lounge offers spectacular views of the beautiful Maui sunset, nightly entertainment from local musicians and intimate cabana canopy couches. Cocktails, pupu and delectable desserts are the perfect compliment to a romantic night out with a new, or old, love. Call 808-875-4100 or visit fairmont.com/kealani for more information.
Dennis Cakebread hosts a five course wine dinner at Makena Resort
As part of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort's "Winery of the Month Series," Molokini Bar & Grille will host a special five course wine dinner featuring Cakebread Cellar Wines paired with a special menu designed by Executive Chef Marc McDowell. The wine dinner will be hosted by vice-chairman of Cakebread Cellars, Dennis Cakebread, on Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Surrender to sunset at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Set overlooking our sparkling pool with commanding views of the ocean, The Lounge offers an unforgettable setting for guests to enjoy sunset cocktails and after dinner drinks. The elegant lounge features a refined cocktail menu with emphasis on house made ingredients, local produce and handcrafted methods, complimented by a world class selection of wines and sparkling wines by the glass. For more information, please call 808-565-2388 or visit www.fourseasons.com/manelebay.
The Fairmont Kea Lani offers menus for guests with dietary needs
Lifestyle Cuisine Plus, Fairmont's exclusive culinary program, offers guests menus that cater to specific dietary needs. Menus include macrobiotic, raw, vegan, diabetic, and heart-healthy and offer a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menus are available at the resort's restaurants including the signature restaurant, Ko. Call 808-875-4100 or visit www.fairmont.com/kealani for more information.
One Forty sizzles at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
Epicureans can delight in an array of new culinary concepts at Manele Bay's new restaurant One Forty. Inspired by the island's 140 square mile radius and the fact a medium steak is grilled to perfection at 140 degrees - One Forty at Manele Bay offers an extensive steak and seafood dinner menu. With an emphasis on local ingredients, One Forty showcases Chef Joseph Yaple's talents infusing prime and Wagyu beef from Snake River Farms, and local Hawaiian catch, prepared to perfection. For more information, please call 808-565-2388 or visit www.fourseasons.com/manelebay.
14th Annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea dates set for 2013
Mark your calendars now, June 12 - 16, 2013, for the 14th annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea. This five-day festival includes fabulous film screenings, award tributes, filmmaker panels, Taste of Wailea, Taste of Chocolate and many other gala parties and festivities throughout Wailea Resort. Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf Course is home to an open-air evening theatre, the Celestial Cinema. Under the Stars, Lit by the Moon, Powered by the Sun! For details and information visit www.mauifilmfestival.com or www.wailearesortassociation.com.
East Maui Taro Festival returns to Hana
The East Maui Taro Festival returns to Hana from April 20 - 21. This lively two-day event takes place at the Hana Ballpark, Kahanu Garden, Kapahu Living Farm and Hana Bay, and celebrates taro, a staple of the Hawaiian diet. Demonstrations of taro and poi production, as well as feasting, live entertainment, dance, and arts and crafts make up this free event. www.tarofestival.org
Four Seasons Resort Maui announces its first "Aloha Windsurfing Clinic"
Maui's top windsurfing champions - Matt Pritchard and Shawna Cropas - will conduct a five-night, four-day "Aloha Windsurfing Clinic" March 2-7, 2013 at Four Seasons Resort Maui, as part of the resort's popular one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Events. The two windsurfing pioneers have years of coaching experience and they will gear the clinic to both beginning and more advanced students seeking to gain and sharpen skills while enjoying all the luxury services and amenities the resort offers. To learn more, go to maui.fourseasons.com/2012/01/19/windsurfing-camp.
Barber services now available at Kapalua Spa
The newly opened barber shop at Kapalua Spa offers an indulgent and luxurious grooming experience to pamper men in a truly memorable setting - complete with barber chair and pole! Our expertly trained master barber provides a range of services using grooming products designed especially for men - traditional shave, head shaves and more. A complete range of time-honored rituals and instruments - straight razors, lathered shaving cream and hot towels - are also featured. For more info, call 808-665-8282 or www.kapalua.com.
Kapalua Spa launches treatment inspired by Hawaiian love
Kapalua Spa announces the Hawaiian love story inspired by the story of star-crossed lovers Princess Naupaka and a commoner. Legend notes the Naupaka blooms in halves and when the flower from the mountain (Naupaka Kuahiwi) joins the oceanside (Naupaka Kahakai), the lovers will be reunited. Hawaiian Healer Darrell Lapulapu developed an exclusive fragrance featuring the two Naupaka flowers specifically for this couples-only treatment which includes lomi lomi massages, exfoliation using the special fragrances and couple's bath. Includes lunch, tropical fruit tray and coconut water. $575 plus tax and gratuities. 808-665-8282 or www.kapalua.com.
New retail store opens at Travaasa Hana
Local and Hawaiian goods are the focus of the new retail store at Travaasa Hana, Maui. Visitors to Hana and hotel guests may pick up Hawaii keepsakes and specialty items such as Hawaiian made artwork, bath and body products, photography of Hana, culture and cook books, resort wear, coffees, chocolates, jams, jellies and much more. www.travaasa.com/hana.
Travel + Leisure honors two Maui locales in magazine's first "best beaches poll"
Maui's Wailea Beach and Honokalani Black Sand Beach are among the stretches of scenic sand that won "best in class" in Travel + Leisure magazine's first-ever reader rankings of the world's best beaches in six different categories. In Travel + Leisure's January issue, Wailea Beach gets the nod for the best beach for activities: "Expert guides lead snorkeling, canoeing and boogie boarding excursions amid the private coves." And Maui's Black Sand Beach in Waianapanapa State Park is the winner for beach with the most dramatic landscape: "Only a quarter of a mile long, it makes a big impression because of its black sand and spiny hala trees." For more info, please visit www.travelandleisure.com/articles/best-beaches-on-earth/3.
Gogobot names Maui to "Top 10" winter destination
Gogobot, a global community of "in-the-know" travelers who share insider tips on the world's best destinations, named Maui as one of their "Top 10 Winter Destinations." Members of its 2.5 million user base recognized Maui as one of the best travel destinations in the world. The site states, "A beautiful island in the Hawaiian archipelago and a favorite of paradise-seeking vacationers for years, Maui remains a top destination." For more information, please visit www.gogobot.com/awards/top_winter_destinations.com.
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui ends 2012 with more than 20 awards
In 2012, The Fairmont Kea Lani earned praise from national and Hawaii-based publications for its recent renovations, impeccable service, complimentary guest offerings, full-service spa and newly renovated signature restaurant resulting in over 20 new awards. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure gave the resort high marks throughout the year and travel experts like Orbitz.com, Travel Weekly, Ensemble Travel, Apple Vacations and Meetings Focus West Magazine awarded the resort with titles such as Hotel of the Year in North America. For information, call 808-875-4100 or fairmont.com/kealani.
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele named Conde Nast Traveler "Top Resort in Hawaii"
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele was named to Conde Nast Traveler's annual Gold List 2013 - The World's Best Places to Stay. In the Hawaii category, Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele ranked #1 and sister property, Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay ranked #3. For more information, call 800-321-4666 or visit www.fourseasons.com/koele.
Four Seasons Resort Maui receives top hotel on Maui award
Four Seasons Resort Maui, along with its three other sister Hawaii properties, has received top honors in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List - The World's Best Places to Stay. All properties received scores above 93 out of a possible 100. The awards are based each year on the opinions of nearly 47,000 of the magazine's readers who visited cities, islands and hotels in the past year, as well as the airlines and cruise ships they traveled on.
One of the world's best places to stay
Wailea Beach Villas, managed by Destination Resorts Hawaii, has been named to the 2013 Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List, a designation of the World's Best Places to Stay. It was also ranked #5 on the "Top 25 Resorts in Hawaii." This exclusive beachfront villa resort for the pampered and privileged is located on famed Wailea Beach. Each two and three bedroom vacation villa is lavish, attended by a personal housekeeper, with a concierge to arrange a personal chef, butler or other decadent services. For more information, contact www.DestinationResortsHawaii.com or call 800-367-5246.
Two Aston Maui properties receive upgrades
Aston Hotels & Resorts creates a million-dollar look and perfect pools for two Maui resorts. At the Aston Kaanapali Shores, guests will find a million-dollar renovation at the popular beachfront condominium resort. New carpet, in greens and florals, is installed in the hallways and guest rooms, working in harmony with the tropical setting. At Aston Maui Banyan in Kihei, both pools have newly installed surfaces of Brazilian quartzite tile. The $400,000 renovation includes new cabanas and granite top sinks. ADA approved lifts have been installed for each pool, along with new restroom decor and easy-use outdoor showers. www.AstonHotels.com.
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai unveils property enhancements and resort experiences
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai recently completed several property enhancements at Manele Bay and The Lodge at Koele, refining the overall design aesthetic of the resorts to capture a distinct sense of place. The beauty, history and vibrancy of Hawaii are woven throughout both resorts, from the design to experiences. The most notable enhancements include new décor and furniture, a new private fine art collection showcasing Hawaiian artists, Hawaiian themed tropical gardens and landscaping, and new restaurants and lounges, including the highly anticipated Nobu Lanai. For more information, please call 808-565-2388 or visit www.fourseasons.com/manelebay.
Hula Shores Restaurant at Hotel Molokai under renovation
Construction for Hotel Moloka'i's Hula Shores Restaurant is slated to begin in mid March with a target reopen date of June 19, 2013. In the meantime, Hula Shores is offering free continental breakfast to guests and an open grill poolside Thursday through Sunday from 4 - 9 p.m. Hula Shores Bar is open daily from 4 - 10 p.m. For more information contact General Manager Michael Drew at 808-553-5347 or email at email@example.com.
The Fairmont Kea Lani, voted Maui's best for Hawaiian Culture
The readers of The Maui News recently voted The Fairmont Kea Lani as 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.
Enjoy true local island cuisine with "What Maui Likes to Eat" Cookbook
Executive Chef Tylun Pang of the award-winning Ko restaurant offers his favorite recipes in the popular cookbook, "What Maui Likes to Eat." The book includes stories of growing up in the Islands and how Maui's culture comes together through food. A longtime supporter of Maui Culinary Academy, Chef Pang donates all of the cookbook proceeds to the academy for culinary education on Maui. Cookbooks may be purchased through Amazon.com, at The Fairmont Kea Lani or at retailers across Maui. For more information, call 808-875-4100.