Media site

News from Maui, Molokaʻi & Lānaʻi

April 8, 2013
 

Hana Bay, MauiNamed "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. 
  
Accommodations
 
Andaz Maui at Wailea to open Summer 2013
Situated on Maui's Mokapu Beach, the 15-acre Andaz Maui at Wailea is slated to open this summer. Designed by renowned architects Rockwell Group, Andaz Maui at Wailea will capture the spirit of today's Hawaii and will be Hawaii's first LEED® certified resort. The resort will feature 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven luxurious villas; a full-service spa with an adults-only pool, retail and fitness facility; more than 15,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and two restaurants, including Morimoto Maui by acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto. For information, visit www.maui.andaz.hyatt.com.

Grill Masters at Oceanfront Kaanapali Alii condo rentals
Kaanapali AliiKaanapali Alii has added complimentary Grill Master services to its list of innovative amenities for guests. The Alii condo advantage includes a gourmet kitchen that guests stock with their favorite meats and Maui fresh vegetables ready to grill at our oceanfront barbecues. Look for the grill masters' chef jackets at the barbecues for complimentary marinades and sauces along with helpful tips. A fragrant herb garden and a barbecue chest with complimentary plates, utensils, napkins, and aluminum foil add to the experience. Reservations 1-866-966-7169. www.kaanapalialii.com.
 
Sheraton Spa MauiRediscover the Discovery Room at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa invites guests to rediscover the Discovery Room at its 50th Anniversary exhibit. The exhibit is located in the Hoku Rotunda, representing the location of the original hotel lobby and Discovery Room. Guests can view photos and newspaper clippings from the resort's grand opening.  Sheraton Maui's was the first major hotel to open on a neighbor island and welcomed high-profile guests including singer/actor Bing Crosby, golfing great Sam Snead, Bob Hope, Duke Kahanamoku, among many others. Learn more at www.sheraton-maui.com

Hookipa Desk provides personal service at Destination Resorts Hawaii
Destination Resorts Maui Hookipa Desk"Hookipa" means hospitality and Destination Resorts Hawaii now is highlighting the custom services of its Hookipa Desk, where personal concierge can design tailored itineraries prior to arrival or book activities while on the island. Destination Resorts Hawaii offers the largest collection of condominium and luxury villa accommodations in Wailea and Makena while providing high-end services often only found at upscale hotels. In addition to customized vacation experiences, the Hookipa Desk can arrange for grocery shopping and delivery, a personal chef, golf tee times and spa treatments and more. Information, www.destinationresortshawaii.com

The Fairmont Kea Lani offers pre-arrival vacation planning
The Fairmont Kea Lani's new pre-arrival program offers guests personalized vacation planning, weeks before they even arrive at the hotel. Through this new service, guests are contacted sixty days before arrival by the pre-prrival manager, who offers information and insider tips in various categories: families, romance, adventure, Hawaiian culture, food & wine, health & wellness and "what's new" on Maui. Guests can then secure reservations for activities, dining and events, resulting in a customized itinerary that is unique to the traveler's interests and finalized long before they arrive to Maui.
 
Hyatt Maui's new keiki check-in program enhances family arrival experience
Little guests at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa are greeted upon arrival in traditional Hawaiian fashion with a shell lei and invited to "check-in" at the keiki registration desk which mirrors their parents registration at the front desk. Keiki guests are asked to write down their info (name, age, state, signature) and then given a small gift bag with tropical themed favors, brochures on family resort activities, activity book, crayons, sand dollars and hotel post cards. For more information, visit www.maui.hyatt.com or call 808-661-1234.

Sheraton Maui Resort & SpaOhana time at Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has partnered with children's book author Heather Hamilton and illustrator Wendy Watson to create "The Journey of Aloha...A Magical Maui Adventure". The story takes children on a magical vacation to Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. After a day of fun in the sun, families can cuddle up with cookies and milk to enjoy the enchanting bedtime story. Reconnecting with what matters most has never been easier. For more information visit www.Sheraton-Maui.com.
 
Romance

Plan your elopement at Travaasa Hana 
Travaalsa HanaElope to heavenly Hana for a secluded wedding or civil union and honeymoon. Travaasa Hana's elopement package features an inclusive stay (with all meals, spa treatments, and activities), arrangement of marriage license or civil union appointment, traditional wedding lei, fresh flower scatter at wedding site and in-room upon return from ceremony, the personal services of a wedding specialist, and more. Located at the end of the Road to Hana on Maui's eastern shore, Travaasa Hana is surrounded by natural beauty and known for its Hawaiian cultural heritage and small town charm. www.travaasa.com/elopement
 
Tours and Activities

Maui Dining Tour da FoodTour da Food Maui - noodles and dumplings and Dim Sum, oh dough!
Sometimes all you need are carbs. So Bonnie Friedman has added a new Tour da Food local culinary experience for those who love noodles and anything wrapped in dough. Tour starts at 10 a.m., includes sweets and savories from three "Historic Hawaii Plantation" ethnic groups at the meeting place, and at one unexpected snack stop. Guests choose from two local favorite restaurants for lunch. Tour is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and lasts approximately two-and-a-half hours. Reservations and pre-payment in full required. Please call 808-242-8383 or visit www.tourdafoodmaui.com for more information.
 

New adventure guide program for kids
The Westin Kids Club at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas has unveiled a new and exciting Adventure Guide. Available for children ages five to twelve years old, the half-day and full-day programs include themed daily fun, ranging from Groovy Tie Dye Tuesday to Wacky Water Wednesday and Nature Escape on Thursdays. Fancy designing your very own flip flops on Aloha Friday? These and more fun and educational activities await child guests at the four-diamond oceanfront resort. Visit westinkaanapali.com.
 
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai is Dolphin SMART
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is pleased to announce participation in Dolphin SMART.  Created by NOAA Fisheries, National Marine Sanctuaries, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and the Dolphin Ecology Project, Dolphin SMART is a one-of-a-kind program that combines responsible viewing, education, training and outreach to benefit both dolphins and participating dolphin-viewing businesses.  For more information, call 800-321-4666 or visit www.fourseasons.com/manelebay.

Best Banana Bread Maui Lahaina LuauBest banana bread on Maui? Visit the Old Lahaina Luau!
A perennial winner of "best luau on Maui," The Old Lahaina Luau continues to offer an authentic evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances and island crafts. They are now receiving raves for what some call the "best banana bread on Maui." Not only do guests enjoy the treat as part of their sumptuous feast, they also receive personal miniature loaves as a special departure makana or gift. Sister restaurant, Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop, offers the bread daily. For info, call 808-667-1998 or visit www.oldlahainaluau.com.

Westin Kids Club offers new activities
Westin Kids Club MauiThe Westin Kids Club at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa promises lots of fun and excitement for children ages five to twelve years old. The half day, full day and evening programs include new and varied craft-making and activities each day. Sunny Sunday includes a photo safari and tapa journal while Tiki Tuesday presents beach volcano and Hawaiian postcard. The night camp includes gecko and toad hunts, indoor camping and late night games. Open to resort and non-resort guests, details on daily activities and pricing are available online at www.westinmaui.com.

tTrilogy celebrates 40th anniversary
In 2013, Trilogy Excursions celebrates its 40th anniversary of snorkeling and sailing charters within Maui and Lanai. Trilogy is Hawaii's longest-running, family-owned sailboat charter, and to commemorate the event they be hosting a contest to send two lucky couples on the Maui getaway of their dreams. Trilogy is also entering its third year of monthly reef cleanups, and in conjunction with Algalita Marine Research Foundation is performing the first baseline study of microplastics in inshore Hawaiian waters. For more information, please visit www.sailtrilogy.com, or stay up-to-date with current events at blog.sailtrilogy.com.

Wailele Luau presents new dinner show
Wailele Luau MauiThree-time Merrie Monarch winner Kamaka Kukona with show choreographer Reri Septirno have redesigned Wailele Luau at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Held outdoors with a stunning oceanfront and waterfall backdrop, the new show utilizes the elements of earth, fire and water to reflect the rich Polynesian culture through superb performances with vibrant costumes. Highlights include the story of Pele, Goddess of Fire and a new performance dedicated to Wailele (meaning waterfalls). The extreme fire-knife dance performance by fire-knife dance champion Martin Tevaga is the perfect finale! Visit www.westinmaui.com for show dates and details.

Hawaiian Paddle Sport Outrigger Canoe tourHawaiian Paddle Sports offers Hawaiian outrigger canoe tour
Guests experience Hawaiian culture firsthand through this cultural canoe tour. Learn Hawaiian words and sayings, place names, stories from Hawaiian mythology and the navigation of Polynesians. Guests will also learn to make rope from coconut fibers while drinking from a fresh coconut after the tour. The day begins with instruction on how to paddle and a water safety briefing followed by a traditional oli or chant. HPS is one of only four Maui companies to be certified by Hawaii EcoTourism association. For more info, call 808-660-4228 or visit www.hawaiianpaddlesports.com.

Tween and teen mixers at Westin Villas
Maui for Teens and TweensA unique experience is in store for tweens and teens this summer at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. An evening 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 with a cool DJ spinning teen favorites will add merriment to the get-together with lots of gifts and prize giveaways. Activities include dance contest, Wii games, balloon sculpture and more! For dates and more details, visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
 
 Dining

Persian cooking lessons on MauiChef Paris Nabavi announces Persian cooking classes
Chef Paris Nabavi, of Cilantro Mexican Grill and Pizza Paradiso, announces "Persian Cooking Classes" a series of interactive cooking demonstrations. Held at his home kitchen/organic garden, guests will be able to casually mingle and enjoy a front-row seat as he creates Persian delights. The classes will be held the last Saturday of every month. This five course meal includes beer and wine for $100 per person with proceeds benefitting Maui Food Bank. Book online at www.chefnabavi.com. Class schedule is April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27 and August 31. 808-276-4350.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay - Nobu by the Pool
Set cliffside, overlooking a protected marine preserve, globe-trotting epicureans are invited to discover Chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa's lastest culinary offering - Nobu by the Pool.  The first of its kind, the poolside sushi bar offers the Chef Nobu's world-famous flavors and technique in a more casual daytime setting. Please call the concierge for more information 808-565-2388 or visit www.fourseasons.com/manelebay.

Sheraton Maui Resort & SpaSheraton Maui Resort and Spa stirs up legends and more
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at legendary Black Rock in Kaanapali celebrates its golden anniversary with a special Makana cocktail using Okolehao Liqueur. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has a rich history of legends and myths. This cocktail embodies these legends in its use of native ingredients. Made from the root of the Ti plant, Okolehao is one of Hawaii's oldest liqueurs. Throughout history, Okolehao was labeled "Hawaiian Moonshine", and consequently banned for many years. The spirit is now made and distributed by Haleakala Distillers. For more information visit www.sheraton-maui.com/pressroom/press-releases.

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui DiningNew culinary garden at The Fairmont Kea Lani
The Fairmont Kea Lani recently unveiled a new lava rock culinary garden. Fresh produce from the garden will support the resort's four restaurants and supplement the vegetables and herbs that are currently sourced from upcountry farmers. The new garden includes four types of basil, two types of chives, rosemary, lemongrass, coriander/cilantro, thyme, sage, dill and oregano, as well as carrots, sweet bell peppers, jalapenos and more. Since the unveiling, guests of the luxury resort have enjoyed the garden's serene seating areas.

Ko Restaurant Maui WaileaKo Restaurant introduces winemaker pairings
Now diners at the award winning Ko restaurant can enjoy the signature plantation era-inspired cuisine, paired with wine from a new featured winemaker each month. Ko, the signature restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani, recently announced Winemakers Pairings, a prix fixe three-course menu comprised of Executive Chef Tylun Pang's favorite dishes, paired with three stand out wines. The menu is available daily and a new winemaker will be featured each month. For more information or to make reservations, call 808-875-2210.

Ono Bar & Grill introduces themed dinners
Enjoy a superb prime Rib dinner on Wednesdays and barbeque dinner on Saturdays at the Ono Bar & Grill. Located poolside at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, the three-course dinner is served 5 - 10 p.m. Priced between $29.95 and $34.95, the Prime Rib dinner offers a choice of 12oz or 16 oz cut with asparagus and starch selections including baked potato. Savor succulent pineapple glazed baby back ribs and kiawe smoked beef brisket during Saturday barbeques with salad and Kula strawberry cobbler. Visit www.westinmaui.com for more details.

Ko Restaurant announces Sunday laulau special
The award-winning Ko restaurant now offers a local special for Maui visitors. Every Sunday evening, diners can experience seafood laulau, a healthy and modern take on a traditional Hawaiian dish. The seafood laulau will include Maui fresh catch fish, shrimp, scallops, spinach, mushrooms and baby bok choy, all wrapped in taro leaf, steamed, and served with jasmine rice. Diners are encouraged to come early - the laulau special is first come, first served and does sell out! For more information or to make reservations, call 808-875-2210.

Westin Kaanapali Ocean ResortCelebrated mixologists spice up Maui cocktail scene
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas has set a trendy cocktail scene for an eclectic seasonal experience. Celebrated mixologist Manny Hinojosa recently visited the resort to create designer Fall & Winter cocktails with the infusion of local ingredients. Currently available at the resort's Ocean Pool Bar & Grill, yet another world renowned mixologist will spice up the scene in April 2013 with refreshing Spring and Summer cocktails. Francesco Lafranconi will explore the island paradise and introduce new delights with his award winning touches. Visit westinkaanapali.com for more details. 
 

Shopping

Kim McDonald Studio now open in Paia
Maui Artis Kim McDonald PaiaBest selling fine artist Kim McDonald's lush, evocative island paintings have earned her comparisons to Gauguin and other "primitivist" impressionists. Her primal flowing seascapes, night skies and island beauties seem infused with an older, deeper rhythm, borne from earlier times, when natives worshipped nature and lived in harmony with the wind, the waves and the scattered stars.  In addition to paintings and giclees, Kim creates one of a kind Warrior Surfboards and a fun line of beach accessories.  Visits to Kim's Paia studio available by appointment.  208-697-7380 / www.kimmcdonald.com.
 
Maui Makana Gift BasketsHello Makana sends Hawaii to your doorstep
Discover Hawaii, anywhere in the world! "Makana" means gift, and Hello Makana is a new company that sends monthly care packages of created-in-Hawaii goods. These unique gifts support island producers and keep people connected with Hawaii. This May, it's all about Maui! May's Makana will include a stylish map print and other surprises from Maui producers and communities. (March's Oahu Makana is pictured.) Learn more at www.hellomakana.com. Subscribe by April 10 to get April's box, or by May 10 to get the special Maui Makana in May. View past Makana at www.hellomakana.com/blog.
 
 
Events

Makena Resort celebrates Duck Horn Winery in April
Makena Resort MauiThe Makena Beach & Golf Resort continues it Winery of the Month Series by celebrating Duck Horn Vineyards. On Friday, April 12, 2013, the resort's Café on the Green restaurant will hold a five course wine dinner designed by Executive Chef Marc McDowell featuring pairings with the nationally acclaimed Napa wine.  Each month within the coming year, Makena will feature a new vineyard/winery with upcoming partnerships with Brewer-Clifton, Alexander Valley, Frank Family and Vine Cliff Vineyards.  For reservations or more information call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Star Noodle Empty Bowl Project2nd Annual Empty Bowl Project at Star Noodle
The 2nd Annual Empty Bowl Project will be held on April 13, 2013, from 5:30 -8:30 p.m. at Star Noodle. The restaurant and the Maui Organization for the Ceramic Arts unite again to offer inspired cuisine, outstanding art and great entertainment the Maui Food Bank and Hale Mahaolu. Ceramic artists from around Maui gather to create 400 hand crafted ceramic bowls to be sold for a $25 donation at the event. Each bowl purchased is a keepsake reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. For more info, call 808-667-5400 or visit www.starnoodle.com.

Fifth Annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
Hawaiian Steel Guitar FestivalThe Fifth Annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival takes place Friday through Sunday, April 19-21, 2013 at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Celebrating the music created on the Hawaiian steel guitar, the festival features masters of the instrument including Alan Akaka, Greg Sardinha, Bobby Ingano,  Geri Valdriz, Ed Punua, and Ross Kaaa in free performances, presentations, workshops, and jam sessions. Complimentary cultural activities and exhibits are also offered throughout the weekend. For more information, call 808-283-3576,  visit www.mauisteelguitarfestival.com or find it on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mauisteelguitarfestival).

Makena Resort MauiMakena Resort's Food & Wine Education Series features Santa Barbara wines
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort's monthly partnership with Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo continues with the April edition of the series featuring Wines of Santa Barbara. On April 25, the resort's Molokini Bar & Grille will hold a tasting event featuring such regional wines like Lincourt Chardonnay, Byron Santa Maria Pinot Noir, and Star Lane Cabernet. Executive Chef McDowell will demonstrate how to make food pairings such as Cheese Fonduta, Shredded Duck and Beef with a Demi Sauce.  For reservations or more information call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Top Chef Bravo finalist Sheldon Simeon at Maui Onion Festival
Maui Onion FestivalWhalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants in Kaanapali hosts the grand Maui Onion Festival in honor of Maui's own sweet Maui Onion on Saturday, May 4. In its 24th year, the festival will be more dynamic than ever, summoning the creativity of Hawaii's greatest chefs and drawing a crowd for free culinary samples and a fun-packed day. Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle and Top Chef Bravo Fan-favorite and third place winner joins James McDonald of Pacific'O and i'o; Jojo Vasquez of The Plantation House; Kevin Hanney of SALT and Chris Kulis, of Capische? Free. 9:45 a.m. - 8 p.m. www.whalersvillage.com.

Kaanapali Beach Resort launches "Grown on Maui Farmers Market"
Maui farms produce fragrant coffee, native taro, fresh vegetables, colorful flowers, exotic fruits, sweet Maui Kula® onions, landscape greens, sugar cane, pineapples, seed crops, grass-fed beef, even seafood. In an effort to demonstrate its support of Maui agriculture, Kaanapali Beach Resort will host a quarterly Grown on Maui Farmers Market at Whalers Village June 1, August 31, November 16 and February 8. Presented in partnership with Whalers Village and the Maui County Farm Bureau, a grassroots 501c (5) organization of farms and ranch families, agricultural industries, and associated organizations dedicated to supporting agriculture on Maui. Free. 7:30-11:30 am. www.kaanapaliresort.com.

Mother's Day Brunch concert with Anuhea & Friends
Anuhea Maui Mothers dayIn celebration of Mother's Day, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is presenting a delightful brunch concert featuring the famous Anuhea & Friends on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Located oceanfront at the resort's Aloha Pavilion, the show will start at 10:30 a.m. Open to general public and hotel guests, it is the perfect treat for families planning a unique indulgence for their mothers. The show includes an excellent buffet with extensive breakfast and lunch selections. Visit www.westinmaui.com or call 808-667-2525 for more details including pricing.

Four Seasons MauiWine connoisseurs head to Maui for VIP private cellar event
Wine connoisseurs rejoice! The Four Seasons Resort Maui is hosting its Vintage Wine Weekend May 24 - 26, 2013, as part of its Unforgettable Events series. The three-day event will feature Renown wine experts and master sommeliers, including Chuck Furuya and Roberto Viernes, Gary Burke of Costa de Oro; Steve Clifton of Brewer Clifton; Donald Patz of Patz & Hall; Dan Kosta of Kosta Browne; and representatives from Domaine Chérisy. The weekend will commence in the tradition of La Paulée events in Burgundy. Visit www.maui.fourseasons.com or call 808-874-2201.

Restaurant Week Wailea returns May 26 - June 1
Restaurant week WaileaWailea Resort has set the dates for this Spring's popular dinner promotion, "Restaurant Week Wailea".  This celebration of Wailea's finest cuisine takes place at participating resort restaurants throughout Wailea Resort starting Sunday, May 26 through Saturday June 1st.  Wailea's chefs will once again create remarkable three course, pre-fixe menus for just $29, $39 and $49 per person.  Participating restaurants partner with the Maui Food Bank for this event bi-annually and proceeds from the special menus are donated to the Maui Food Bank.  Visit www.wailearesortassociation.com for details and menus.

Kapalua Wine Food FestivalKapalua Wine & Food Festival, June 6 - 9, 2013
Oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life will once again reconvene on the beautiful shores of Maui in celebration of the 32nd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival.  Along with host, Master Sommelier Michael A. Jordan, MS, CWE and co-host Chuck Furuya, MS, renowned wine-makers, star-power celebrity chefs and Maui's own celebrated contingent of Culinary stars will lead panels and journey guests with world-class varietals and fine cuisine..  The event is held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua from June 6 - 9.  To purchase tickets, please visit www.kapaluawineandfood.com.

Special savings passes available for Maui Film Festival at Wailea
Maui Film Festival in WaileaMaui Film Festival at Wailea returns June 12 - 16, 2013marking the 14th anniversary of this spectacular event in Wailea Resort.  This five day festival includes film screenings, award tributes, filmmaker panels, Taste of Wailea, Taste of Chocolate and other festivities. The Celestial Cinema, the festival's crown jewel outdoor venue (Wailea Golf Club's driving range at the foot of Mount Haleakala) highlights the romance and beauty of Maui.  For a limited time, 2013 Festival Passes are being offered at a savings now thru June 3rd.  For ticket information visit www.mauifilmfestival.com.
 
The third annual Lanai Ukulele Festival
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, in partnership with the Lanai community, HawaiiONTV.com and Jazz Alley TV, is pleased to announce the third annual Lanai Ukulele Festival, June 21-23, 2013.  The alluring sounds of the ukulele will sweep the island - from the beaches of Manele Bay to the upcountry of The Lodge at Koele.  Throughout the three-day free event guests will be treated to complimentary performances by legendary musicians.  Please call the Concierge for more information and special accommodations packages, 808-565-2388.

4th July Flowers MauiCelebrate Fourth of July with Hawaiian Flower Shower
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas' annual Fourth of July celebrations are designed with an eco-friendly touch - 60,000 fresh orchids in shades of white and purple are showered onto resort guests from a helicopter above! The Hawaiian flower shower creates an unusual buzz of excitement especially with specialty flowers that are dropped together with thousands of orchids. Guests who find the specialty roses receive prizes ranging from dining and spa certificates. The environmental-friendly activity promotes a clean and smokeless "flowerworks" alternative and emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.

Wailea to host top junior players from Western North America
Wailea GolfMaui will be the host site of the prestigious Boys Junior America's Cup (JAC) this December at the award-winning Wailea Golf Club. The team competition showcases an international field of the top four junior players from each of 17 regions including 12 western states, two Canadian provinces and Mexico. Many former JAC participants have gone to become successful Tour players including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Corey Pavin, Notah Begay and Peter Jacobson. Wailea Golf Club also hosted the Girls Junior America's Cup in 2012. Information: 1-888-328-MAUI or www.waileagolf.com.

Culture and Agri-Tourism

Honua Kai volunteers at Kahoolawe

Honua Kai Resort & Spa is a hospitality leader in environmental stewardship with malama aina practices that begin in the ocean, to protect the coral reef and beach, and extend to every room. The resort sent a group of 20 staff members to Kahoolawe, the smallest of the eight main Hawaiian islands, seven miles from Maui, to plant trees in March. Reforestation is crucial to keeping the island's soil from eroding into the sea. A protected island reserve, Kahoolawe can be used only for native Hawaiian cultural purposes; environmental and historic preservation; and education. www.honuakai.com.

Fairmont KeaLani Maui Hawaiian MusicThe Fairmont Kea Lani Presents $10,000 Grant to the Institute of Hawaiian Music
The Fairmont Kea Lani recently presented a $10,000 grant to the Institute of Hawaiian Music at University of Hawaii Maui College. Funds were gifted from Fairmont Community Assistance and Responsibility to the Environment (CAREs), a corporate grant program that focuses on the well being of the communities where Fairmont does business. Funds from the grant will be allocated to new mobile audio performance, as well as an acoustic upright bass, allowing students to perform and produce professional quality recordings at the Wailea resort and across Maui.

Westin Maui offers cultural experiences for all ages
Westin Maui Resort SpaEnjoy the art of learning to weave or craft a fish using coconut leaf fronds during your vacation. This new activity is now offered at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Additionally, guests are also treated to free ukulele lessons, hula dancing and coconut husking demonstration by Tavita Taueetia where you can taste fresh coconut water. The local craft fair held oceanfront at Tropica Lawn offers unique finds including handmade items while Stargazing with Becky takes you on a fascinating exploration of the stars. Visit www.westinmaui.com for complete list of activities

Miscelaneous

Maui Humane SocietyVisitors can now offer a helping paw to homeless pets

Do you miss your pet when traveling? The Maui Humane Society (MHS) has introduced a new volunteer program for pet-deprived visitors who want to interact with and help homeless animals while vacationing on Maui.  The "Helping Paws Visitor Program" takes place at the MHS shelter in Central Maui every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon involving pre-planned activities such as walking dogs, bathing puppies, brushing cats, or playing with puppies and kittens-an important part of their socialization. For details, visitors can email volunteer@MauiHumaneSociety.org, call 808-877-3680 ext. 14, or visit www.MauiHumaneSociety.org.
 
The Fairmont Kea Lani Focuses on community giving
Each year, The Fairmont Kea Lani hosts annual fundraising events for The American Heart Association and Maui Culinary Academy. During the holidays, hot turkey dinners are donated to the Women Helping Women shelter, as well at the South Maui Police, Fire and Paramedic departments. All of the hotel's HI-5 recyclables are donated to a local youth education program, who then redeems the items for cash, averaging $11,000 per year. In 2013,the hotel will donate and serve monthly dinners at the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center in Wailuku.

Health and Wellness

Take Home Hualani, an island-inspired Hawaiian essence

Westin Maui Resort SpaOriginally designed for spa treatments in the three Heavenly Spas in Hawaii, visitors to Maui can now enjoy the exclusive Hualani retail line during their island vacation. From Hualani Shampoo to Hualani Conditioner, Hualani Body Wash, Hualani Crème Lotion and Hualani Body Scrub, the products are perfect for personal use and as a renewing gift from Hawaii. To purchase, visit the Heavenly Spa by Westin or Spa Helani at the Westin resorts located on Kaanapali Beach, Maui. To learn more on Hualani-based spa services, www.westinmaui.com or www.westinkaanapali.com.

Awards and Accolades

Kaanapali Beach, MauiTrip Advisor announces "best beaches" for 2013

Trip Advisor recently named its "best beaches" in the United States as part of its Travelers' Choice 2013 awards and Maui was well represented. Topping the list at #1 was Maui's Kaanapali Beach noted for its "clean, quiet, beautiful waters. Great for long walks, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, sunsets, views." Maui's Wailea Beach ranked 6th and was touted as a "long sandy beach with perfect swimming." Waianapanapa State Park in Hana also made the list, ranking 17th. For more info, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches.
 
Maui's Mama's Fish House awarded "best fine dining restaurant" in Hawaii
Hawaii Magazine recently asked their estimated 200,000 print and website readers to share their "Hawaii best" selections in more than 60 categories. In the "best fine dining" category, Mama's Fish House ranked #1 besting perennial favorites such as Roy's, Alan Wong's, La Mer and Merriman's. Located in the sleepy town of Paia and nestled in a beautiful coconut grove on a secluded white sand beach, "Mama's" features an award-winning menu teamed with unpretentious service and Maui-style aloha. For reservations, please call 808-579-8488 or email info@mamasfishhouse.com.

Travaasa Hana MauiTravaasa Hana Voted No. 1 boutique hotel
Travaasa Hana, a quiet retreat in East Maui made up of 70 cottages and suites, has been recognized as No. 1 Best Boutique Hotel in Hawaii Magazine's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. A favorite escape for travelers seeking barefoot elegance and a Hawaiian sense of place, Travaasa Hana was also named No. 4 Best Hotel/Resort for a Romantic Getaway, and in the top 20 for Best Luxury Hotel/Resort in HAWAII Magazine's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. The results were announced in the March/April 2013 issue. www.hawaiimagazine.com.

Old Wailuku Inn, MauiThe Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono earns Fodor's Choice 2012 distinction
The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono, has been recognized as a 2012 Fodor's Choice selection. Just 15% of all Fodor's listed properties and activities are chosen and must offer an all-around truly remarkable visitor experience. The beautifully restored 1924 "Queen of Wailuku homes" was opened in 1997 with seven distinctive guest rooms; in 2002, three additional guest rooms were opened in the Vagabond's House cottage. The Inn is listed on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places and has won numerous awards. Phone 808-244-5897, toll-free 800-305-4899 or www.mauiinn.com for more information.

Wailea GolfWailea Golf Club earns new accolades
Wailea Golf Club has added three new accolades to its growing list of honors. In the first ever Readers' Choice Award, Hawaii Magazine listed the Wailea Golf Club among the best golf courses in the islands. Wailea's championship Gold Course has also been named by Golfweek as one of Hawaii's Best Courses You Can Play, and by Golf Digest as one of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses for 2013-2014. With more than a hundred accolades to its name, Wailea continues to be one of the most highly lauded golf resorts in Hawai'i.1-888-328-MAUI or www.waileagolf.com.

Hyatt Maui named top hotel in the world for stargazing
Stargazing at Hyatt in MauiHyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa's acclaimed Tour of the stars program has earned the resort the title of CNN Travel's "Top Hotel in the World for Stargazing," another accolade in the growing list of recognitions for this unique astronomy experience. Hyatt Regency Maui  tops CNN Travel's list as the sole representative for the United States, and is joined by properties and experiences reaching from Morocco to Iceland. For more information visit www.maui.hyatt.com or call 808-661-1234.
 
The Lodge at Koele named to U.S. News & World Report's top Hawaii resort
Four Seasons Resorts Lanai was named to U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Hotels in the USA." Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele secured the #2 spot in the United States. 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 #6.  For more information, call 800-321-4666 or visit www.fourseasons.com/koele.
 
Wailea Beach recognized with best beach awards
Travel + Leisure Magazine released for the first time a "Best Beaches on Earth" list; Wailea Beach on Maui's sunny, southern shores took first place in the activities category. TripAdvisor announced their 2013 Travelers Choice Beaches Awards Winners and Wailea Beach earned the honor of being one of the Top 10 Beaches in the US. Wailea's resort hotels and condos offer a host of ocean and beach activities. Snorkeling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, outrigger canoe rides, whale watching (in season) and sand castle building are some of the most popular. www.wailearesortassociation.com.
 
Westin Maui sweeps five SpaFinder awards
Thousands of votes have been tallied, and the results are in: The Westin Maui Resort & Spa has been selected to receive the coveted 2012 SpaFinder® Wellness Readers' Choice Category Award as among the Best Beach Spa, Best for Families, Best for Romance, Best for Weddings, and Best Pet-Friendly. This prestigious recognition validates the resort's Heavenly Spa by Westin™ for service and product excellence. It is given annually to the top-ten most-voted spas for each category by spa-goers across the world. Visit www.westinmaui.com for more information on the spa including treatments.