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.
Travaasa Hana, Maui Celebrates Festivals of Aloha
Travaasa Hana, Maui is taking part in the Festivals of Aloha, a multi-island festival paying tribute to Hawaiian culture. The celebration shares the unique island traditions of East Maui. On Saturday, October 19, the festivities kick off with the Hana Parade and Celebration. On Thursday, October 24, cultural activities and games will be offered at Travaasa Hana, Maui. On Saturday, October 26, the celebration ends with Hoike Night at the Hana Ball Park. For a full list of events, visit www.bit.ly/17qVWfA. To book a room at Travaasa Hana, call 808-248-8211 or visit www.travaasa.com/hana.
Xterra Returns to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua October 26 - 27, 2013
The world's premier off-road triathlon, combining a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) rough water swim, a 30.4-kilometer (18.89-miles) mountain bike and a 9.5-kilometer (5.9 miles) trail run best described as a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests returns to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. For more information, please visit www.xterraplanet.com/maui.
Restaurant Week Wailea Returns in November
Wailea Resort has set the dates for its popular Fall dinner promotion, "Restaurant Week Wailea." This celebration of Wailea's finest cuisine takes place at 21 participating resort restaurants throughout Wailea Resort starting Sunday, November 3 through Saturday, November 9th. Wailea's chefs will once again create remarkable three-course, pre-fixe dinner menus for just $29, $39 and $49 per person. Participating restaurants partner with the Maui Food Bank for this bi-annual event and proceeds from the special menus are donated to the Maui Food Bank. For details and menus visit www.wailearesortassociation.com.
Shane Victorino to Help Raise Funds for Youth at Wailea, Maui
Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino will return to the Wailea Golf Club for the annual Shane Victorino Celebrity Dinner & Golf Classic, Saturday, November 23, 2013, on the award-winning Wailea Gold Course. The benefit event features a slew sports and entertainment celebrities teeing it up to raise funds for local programs and initiatives servicing youth in Hawaii. Event information: www.shanevictorinofoundation.org. For information about the Wailea Golf Club, visit www.waileagolf.com.
PGA TOUR Hyundai Tournament of Champions - Where Champions come to play
The Hyundai Tournament of Champions returns to Kapalua's Plantation Course January 2-6, 2014 and hosts the most elite field in professional golf. Featuring champions-only from the prior season, the qualified field includes such stars as Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Dufner and many of the TOUR's most exciting players. Another unique experience is the event Pro-Am where four-man amateur teams are paired with champions in a fun-filled format. Entry includes the All-Amateur Tournament, the Pro-Am, gift pack, functions and more. 808-665-9160; www.pgatour.com/hyundai.
4th Annual Maui Open Studios 2014
Plan your Maui visit around this exciting annual art event held over all 4 weekends of February every year. Design your own self-guided tours of artist studios and exhibition spaces of over 100 artists and artisans. The event is free. It begins with the opening celebration/preview exhibition followed by three weekends of open studios taking place island-wide. The event has successfully connects hundreds of art collectors directly with artists and thousands of individual studio visits are made by the public. Meet the artists, watch demonstrations, talk story, buy art. 415-450-1307 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
15th Annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea Dates Set for 2014
Mark your calendars now, June 4 - 8, 2014 are the dates set for the 15th 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 Golf & Emerald Golf Course is home to or open-air evening theatre on the slopes of Mt. Haleakala, the Celestial Cinema. Under the Stars, Lit by the Moon, Powered by the Sun, for details and information visit www.wailearesortassociation.com or www.Mauifilmfestival.com.
New Personal Electronic Tablets on Hawaiian Airlines B767 Routes
Hawaiian Airlines is now the only U.S. carrier to offer the Apple iPad mini on all of its wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft for in-flight entertainment. Travelers on Hawaiian's B767 routes can now enjoy more than 100 hours of the latest Hollywood releases, television shows, and a variety of exciting interactive game on iPad minis that are complimentary in the Business Class cabin and available for rent in Coach. Hawaiian Airlines B767 routes include service between Kahului, Maui and Seattle, Oakland and San Jose. For more information, visit www.hawaiianairlines.com.
Davenport to Headline 7th Annual Wailea Fantasy Camp
Three-time Grand Slam singles champion Lindsay Davenport will headline the 2013 Wailea Fantasy Camp, November 20 to 24, 2013, at the Wailea Tennis Club and Four Seasons Resort Maui. The former world #1 pro will join former U.S. Davis Cup Captain Tom Gullikson, two-time U.S. Open Champion Tracy Austin, former ATP pro Taylor Dent, former #1 doubles player Corina Morariu and USTA National Coach Troy Hahn for five days of instruction, drills, video analysis, exhibition play and social events. For more information: 1-808-879-1958 or www.waileatennis.com.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui Introduces Slimming Experience
Non-Invasive Laser Therapy Treatment and Lifestyle Program Debuts at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui. The I-Lipo spa service results in slimmer, tighter shape with no down time.Targeted to specific areas of the body such as the abdomen, thighs, butt, chin and upper arms, results are both measurable in the short and long-term. Dr. Emerson explains the process: "I-Lipo uses low level laser technology to stimulate the body's natural process for releasing stored fat from fat cells, thereby shrinking the cells and reshaping the body." www.fourseasons.com/maui or 808-874-8000.
Blend Your Own Island Fresh Smoothie at Travaasa Hana, Maui
Guests are invited to create a refreshing island smoothie at Travaasa Hana, Maui, in a new class that combines elements of fitness and food. In the class, guests blend the perfect combination of local produce via bicycle blender - bringing health and exercise together in a delicious and creative way. For more information on the class, call 808-248-8211 or visit www.travaasa.com/hana.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Presents Awili Spa and Salon
Maui's newest resort unveiled Awili Spa and Salon on September 1st. The 14,000-square-foot apothecary concept Spa and Salon features 10 treatment rooms, full-service salon, three relaxation rooms, 24-hour fitness center and private adult spa pool. Customized experiences are designed around each guest offering unique and traditional Hawaiian services in a contemporary apothecary space. The spa apothecary lounge has a selection of foraged indigenous herbs and plants; blended to create personalized scrubs, lotions, body butters and oils. All custom products are reserved in a digital recipe card for spa clients. www.andazmaui.com.
Waihua Spa Unveils "Farm-to-Table" Spa Treatments for Fall
Experience unique farm-to-table treatments featuring fresh lavender, rosemary, and lemongrass that are harvested from the Organic Garden at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua including Soothing Lavender Manicure and Pedicure, Invigorating Aromatherapy Massage and a Detoxifying Herbal Facial. For more information, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua.
Lamalama Facial at Heavenly Spa by Westin™
Enjoy radiant and glowing skin during your island getaway in Maui, Hawaii. The Heavenly Spa by Westin™ at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa has introduced SOTHYS product line in the Lamalama (Brightening) Facial where semi-precious rubies and sapphires will help resurface and brighten complexions while the active hydroxyl clears impurities. A relaxing massage and oxygenating mask will finish this refreshing facial renewal treatment. Originating from Paris, SOTHYS products will also be available as retail at the resort's oceanfront spa. For reservations, call 808-661-2588 or visit westinmaui.com.
E Malama Kou Kino - Care for Your Body: October 31 - November 3, 2013
As part of a fall wellness focus, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua announced October 31 - November 3, 2013 as the event dates for its first annual "E Malama Kou Kino". Visitors and the local community alike are invited to take part in this four-day experience to help balance mind, body and spirit through fitness workshops led by leading health and wellness practitioners. For full event schedule and ticket information, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kapaluawellness.
Introducing Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui will unveil the new Willow Stream Spa in December 2013. Following a multi-million dollar remodel, the new spa will encompass over 9,000 square feet of interior space and three outdoor spa cabanas. Treatment rooms will include the Nalu (Wave) Suite, with a state-of-the art wave table that simulates the feeling of floating, the Wailele (Waterfall) Suite which offers Vichy Shower treatments, and the Hui (gather) Suites, four treatment rooms with a private foyer, perfect for small groups. For more information, call 808-875-4100 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Maui's Newest Resort Opens - Andaz Maui at Wailea
Andaz Maui at Wailea opened September 1 showcasing its impressive design, amenities, approachable service and oceanfront location on Mokapu Beach. The resort features 297 guestrooms & suites, 7 luxurious two to four bedroom residential villas, along with cascading outdoor infinity pools, full service spa, 15,000 sf of meeting and event space and two highly acclaimed full service restaurants, Kaana Kitchen and opening later this fall, Morimoto Maui, by acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Two pool-side cocktail lounges and a 24-hour market fully stocked with local snacks and beverages. www.andazmaui.com.
"Going Green" All-Electric Tesla S 85 added to Four Seasons Resort Maui Limousine Service
Four Seasons Resort Maui has launched a "going green" limousine service using Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year, the all-electric Tesla S 85 luxury sedan, to transport guests from the Kahului airport to the resort. The Tesla S 85 accommodates three passengers and is available for round trip airport service and for escorted trips around the island on an hourly/daily rate. The Tesla is also being added to the complimentary transportation options with the Maile, Lokelani, and Elite Oceanfront suite packages. www.fourseasons.com/maui or 808-874-2201.
Enter for a Chance to Win the Aston Hotels & Resorts Million Miles Sweepstakes
Aston Hotels & Resorts is ready to make travel dreams come true with its Million Miles sweepstakes. Enter for your chance to win the Grand Prize of one million HawaiianMiles. Or, you could win one of three first place prizes good for a four-night stay at an Aston property on Oahu, Maui, Kauai or Hawaii Island. In honor of Aston's 65 years of hospitality, they'll include 65,000 HawaiianMiles to help get you there. Enter online through Oct. 31, 2013, at www.astonhotels.com.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Keiki Club
The resort recently introduced "Keiki Club," a special registration for children that mirrors the typical hotel check-in process. From 2-4 p.m., little guests are greeted upon arrival in traditional Hawaiian fashion with shell lei, and are invited to "check-in" at the keiki registration desk. Keiki are asked to provide their name, age, and state and provided their own Hawaiian nickname. Keiki are then sent along with a "scavenger hunt" passport outlining keiki activities at the resort. Complete five activities and win a prize! For more information, visit maui.hyatt.com or call 808-233-1234.
National Car Rental Comes to Grand Wailea
Wailea travelers who do not want to commit to renting a car for the entire stay can rest at ease as National Car Rental is now at Grand Wailea. Vacationers can easily rent a car for just a day, a portion of their stay or on an as-needed-basis. Car renters do not need to be guests at Grand Wailea to rent a car from National Car Rental's desk at the resort. For more information, call 808-875-1234 ext. 3957.
Aston Hotels & Resorts Enhances its Industry-Leading STARs Online Program
Aston Hotels & Resorts has made it even easier for travel agents to earn rewards and access expert-designed resources to help them visit, learn about and sell Aston properties through its new, streamlined STARs Online program. To celebrate, travel agents can earn big with special "65 Days of $65" Cash Back Bonuses through Nov. 6, 2013, for travel from Sept. 3-Dec.21, 2013, earning cash bonuses of $65 for booking stays of five consecutive nights or more at a single Aston Hotels & Resorts property. For more info, visit www.astonstars.com.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Turns Pink for October
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month with resort-wide offerings for the entire month of October. From pink-inspired refreshments and spa treatments to the resort's first Stand-Up for Pink! paddle boarding event, Hyatt Regency Maui partners with Susan G. Komen: Hawaii and the Butterfly Effect to raise money to support Susan G. Komen's mission of combating breast cancer at every front by saving lives, empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find a cure. For more information visit maui.hyatt.com or call 808-233-1234.
Skyline Eco-Adventures Celebrates Arbor Day with Zip for the Trees Fundraiser
Skyline Eco-Adventures is partnering with Plant A Wish to host its annual Zip for the Trees community zipline and tree planting event from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on November 2, 2013, in celebration of Arbor Day. Skyline will offer a three-line zipline tour on a first-come, first-served basis for $30 per person at the Haleakala course, with all proceeds benefiting community organizations. Skyline and Plant A Wish will also be guiding youth groups in planting native trees, along with hosting entertainment and educational exhibits. Call 808- 878-8037 or visit www.zipline.com.
Atlantis Celebrates 25 Years of Ocean Fun!
Atlantis Submarines is celebrating its 25th anniversary this fall. Atlantis descends more than 100 feet underwater off Lahaina Harbor into a fascinating world pulsating with wondrous marine life that goes unseen except by fish and scuba divers. A highlight of the tour is seeing the sunken Carthaginian vessel and its successful transformation by Atlantis into a vibrant artificial reef. This thriving habitat is home to schools of colorful fish and other marine life. Atlantis supports this eco-tourism experience with a state-of-the-art "green" submarine that emits no pollutants. www.AtlantisAdventures.com or 1-800-548-6262.
Creepy Creatures Scavenger Hunt
Throughout October, the aquarium's Creepy Creatures Scavenger Hunt will take guests on an adventure to find and learn about many bizarre and fascinating creatures that have even stranger abilities and defenses. The scavenger hunt is designed so answers can be found at home as well as at Maui Ocean Center and will be available at the Aquarium's Front Gate and on the website. For more information or to download a copy of the scavenger hunt, visit www.mauioceancenter.com.
New GPS Yardage System Elevates Golf Experience at Wailea
Beginning this fall, golfers on Wailea's Gold and Emerald courses will be able use Wailea Golf Club's new in-cart GPS yardage system, designed to enhance the customers' playing experience and safety. Featuring graphically advanced touch screen displays, the new Visage system enables players to get exact yardages to the pin, send instant messages to the pro shop and "see" the cart ahead when playing a blind hole. For group tournaments, advanced scoring capabilities include a live leaderboard for added competition excitement. For more information about the Wailea Golf Club, visit www.waileagolf.com.
Botanical Tour at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
At The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, guests can experience a new botanical tour within the lush surroundings of the 12-acre oceanfront resort on Kaanapali Beach. In addition to weekly guided tours, guests can embark on their own self-guided tours using the botanical tour maps featuring close to fifty flora and fauna. These include wildlife such as flamingos as well as indigenous cultural plants, Hawaiian canoe plants and modern introductions. Appealing to all age groups, families with children will particularly enjoy this unique activity during their island holiday. Visit www.westinmaui.com.
On October 31, Maui Ocean Center will host fun-filled Halloween-themed activities! Keiki ages 3-12 visiting the Aquarium can 'trick-or-treat' in the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop to receive candy and Halloween trinkets. Underwater pumpkin carving is a highlight of the Halloween happenings. Guests can watch as scuba divers carve pumpkins underwater in the Black Tip exhibit at 11:30am and Open Ocean exhibit at 1pm. More information available at www.mauioceancenter.com.
Dig Your Way Out! Grand Wailea's Keiki Souvenir Sand Bucket
Parents, no need to purchase an additional sand bucket for your keiki to use on Maui's beautiful beaches. Grand Wailea's poolside restaurant, Volcano Bar, now serves children's meals in a Grand Wailea souvenir sand bucket with shovel to keep. Buckets include choice of selected sandwich or hot dog with mini cookies, Jell-O cup, fruit, Maui potato chips and Capri Sun. For more details call 808-633-4089
Hauoli Na Lanui - Happy Holidays!
The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui has recently announced its upcoming holiday festivities. "Thanksgiving in Paradise" will take place on Thursday, November 28 and will include a gourmet buffet, Hawaiian entertainment and premium open bar. On Friday, December 6, 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 visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Skating by the Sea, a Kaanapali Holiday
This unique year-end holiday festivity returns to The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas for the second consecutive year. Open to guests and the general public, the hybrid skating rink will span over 2,000 square-feet in size, making it twice the size of last year's rink. Held outdoors on the South Lanai Lawn overlooking the pools and shimmering ocean, it is a fun activity to celebrate with families and friends amidst Hawaii's tropical paradise. The skating rink will be open daily in December and enhanced with holiday music, lighting and festive decor. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
12 Days of FISH-mas
Maui Ocean Center will count down the 12 Days of FISH-mas December 14 through 25. There will be delicious food and drink specials at the Hale Mea Ono coffee cart and Seascape Maalaea Restaurant, exciting visits from Scuba Claus and Elf, along with holiday treat giveaways for guests during daily naturalist presentations. Special appearances will be made by Scuba Claus at 11 a.m. and Elf at 3 p.m. at the interactive Dive Link presentations in the Open Ocean exhibit. Scuba Claus and Elf will wear special dive masks that allow them to speak to guests. For info, call 808-270-7000.
Sangrita to Open on Maui
Sangrita Grill + Cantina is a new full-service restaurant from Cilantro creator Chef Paris Nabavi that takes Mexican food on Maui to a whole new level. The menu features new interpretations of classics from the Mexican interior, a wide selection of coastal dishes, and a few favorites from the Cilantro kitchen (including our Chipotle Citrus Rotisserie Chicken). Located in the Fairway Shops at Kaanapali, Sangrita offers patio seating, a small market with grab-and-go items, and a full bar with West Maui's most impressive tequila and mezcal selection. Visit sangritagrill.com to learn more. Opening Fall 2013.
DIY pancake restaurant opens on Maui
Slappy Cakes, a make-your-own pancake restaurant recently opened West Maui's Honokowai Marketplace, Maui. Featuring a griddle built into every table, Slappy Cakes offers a variety of batter options and "fixins" so guests can customize and make their own pancakes. A unique and fun dining experience, Slappy Cakes also offers a full breakfast and lunch menu with an emphasis on local, sustainable, and organic ingredients. Slappy Cakes is soon to be one of the most popular breakfast spots on the island of Maui. For more info, call 808-419-6600 or visit www.slappycakes.com.
Three's Bar & Grill Launches Maui's Newest Gourmet Food Truck
Three's Bar & Grill Food Truck is the latest of Maui restaurant food trucks offering upscale menu times. The truck will chase the swells at local beach parks and events with food served straight from the award-winning restaurant menu including Peruvian pork tacos with Kula corn, black bean and mango relish; Hamakua mushroom and Swiss cheese burger; and panko crusted ahi roll with Thai curry butter sauce. Prices range from $5 to $12. Surfboard wax, for those that may run out, is always on the menu. For information, visit www.threesbarandgrill.com.
Dazoo Opens on Maui's North Shore
Dazoo restaurant will open in Paia come mid-October. Dazoo aims to reinvent fine dining on Maui, using fresh locally sourced ingredients prepared with Asian-Pacific flair. Dazoo will offer a remarkable dining experience featuring affordable tapas style plates and cocktails by award-winning bartender Jimmy Shoemaker. Dazoo invites you to come break their artisanal loaves, savor its house-made fruit shrub drinks and travel on a culinary adventure. For reservations, call 808-579-9999 or visit www.dazoomaui.com.
Kea Lani Restaurant Unveils Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar
The Kea Lani Restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui recently unveiled a new build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar. Featuring locally-produced Ocean Vodka, the bar includes all the essentials for a perfect Bloody Mary, such as celery sticks, spicy Maui-made hot sauces, pepperoncini, olives, seasonings and thick bacon slices. The Bloody Mary Bar adds to Kea Lani Restaurant's open air breakfast experience, including a premium buffet with a gluten-free station and a made-to-order omelet station. For information visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Japengo Island to Island Culinary Experience
Hyatt Regency Maui and Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach present the ultimate island indulgence, perfect for luxury travelers: The Japengo Island-to-Island Culinary Experience.This exclusive package gives traveling gourmands the opportunity to enjoy Japengo's Pacific-Rim cuisine - plus other perks - on both islands. The unique experience takes place over the course of four nights, as travelers first dine and stay at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach for two nights, and are then transported via private helicopter to enjoy dinner and accommodations for two nights at Hyatt Regency Maui. For more information visit www.japengohawaii.com or call 808-233-1234.
Pulehu Presents Aipono Wine Dinner
As part of its fifth anniversary celebrations, Pulehu, an Italian Grill, will present an evening of exquisite food and wine on November 6, 2013. Organized in partnership with Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, Maui No Ka Oi and Maui Culinary Academy, the Aipono Wine Dinner will include action stations where resort chefs will feature inspired creations with a sustainability twist. Acclaimed for its award-winning dishes including the Molokai Sweet Potato Gnocchi that won the Gold Award in 2012 Kaanapali Fresh, Pulehu promises an evening unlike any other. Call 808-667-3254 to make reservations or visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
New "Skinny" Menu Specials available at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Alaloa Lounge and Pool Bar & Café at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will be featuring new "skinny" menu specials this Fall as part of an overall health and wellness campaign. Low-calorie and healthier alternatives for cocktails and select pupus will be available. For more information, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kapalua.
Mohala Hou Ke Kapa /"Kapa Blossoms Anew"
An exhibit in Schaefer Gallery at Maui Arts & Cultural Center featuring 28 kapa practitioners from Hawaii and California whose work involves traditional and non-traditional use of materials and techniques in kapa-making. Learn about the history, tools, and botanical resources of this Hawaiian art form, and those who have revitalized the almost lost knowledge and cultural value of the craft. Presented in collaboration with Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Maui Historical Society/Bailey House Museum. More info at www.MauiArts.org - Exhibits. Exhibition open January 21- March 9, Tue-Sun, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free admission!
Drums of the Pacific Luau - Refreshed
This fall we are refreshing the luau and adding more multi-dimensional aspects to this beloved show, both with updates to Sunset Terrace - the luau's home - and to the show itself, to be completed by December 2013. Refreshments to Sunset Terrace include resurfaced floors, new bathroom facilities, an elevated VIP group area, and redesigned tables and chairs. Guests will also enjoy the addition of a new interactive entertainment element, new performances, costumes, and dancers - including three fire dancers. maui.hyatt.com or call 808-233-1234.
Grand Wailea Brings Adventure to Life with New Wilderness Survival Program
With the popularity of "The Hunger Games," Grand Wailea presents "Wilderness Survival Program," a creative experience of hands-on courses designed to train for survival and endurance while learning about Hawaiian culture at the same time. Children ages five and up can put their skills to the test and learn skill sets like camouflage, cardio endurance, swimming skills, living off the land food sourcing and archery at Camp Grande. For more details, visit www.grandwailea.com/press or call 808-633-4089.
Ulalena's Luau - a welcome addition to Maui's southside
Ulalena's Luau at Makena Beach & Golf Resort has already earned rave reviews for its modernized presentation of the commercial luau experience. Created by the award-winning Ulalena production, LUAU offers all the crowd-favorite elements of a classic Hawaiian luau but in an elegant and intimate setting. From the 5-star cuisine served to your table to the stunning performance of Ulalena, its commitment to culinary and cultural excellence sets it apart from the rest. A refreshing departure from the typical buffet-line experience, one can expect "A Luau, Redefined." Visit www.LuauMakena.com or call 808-856-7900.
Grand Wailea Awarded with Four 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award
Travelers bestowed four TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Awards to Grand Wailea for accommodations, dining with Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, and Spa Grande and Grand Luau at Honuaula for attractions. The award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award. For a full list of awards, visit www.grandwailea.com.
Ko Restaurant Wins Multiple Awards
Ko, the signature restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani, recently received multiple community awards. The Maui News Reader's Choice awards included Best Resort Restaurant, Best Plantation Cuisine, Best Kamaaina Discount and Best Appetizer for the signature Ohana Pupu Platter. Led by Chef Tylun Pang, Ko also received honorable mention in the Best Chef and Best Restaurant Overall categories. 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. For more information, visit www.korestaurant.com.
Grand Wailea Launches a New Wedding Salon
Grand Wailea, a popular wedding destination, launches a new Wedding Salon to make the wedding planning a breeze for its brides. Located on the third floor of Molokini Wing, the Wedding Salon, is a one-stop-shop for brides to review the work of Maui's top wedding providers and select the photographers, florists, table settings and menus their heart desires. For more information, call 808-633-4089.
Surf Lounge is Choice for Wedding Receptions and Events
Most weddings take place on Maui beaches, but brides need a place to host their receptions or rehearsal parties. Three's Bar & Grill's Surf Lounge in Kihei is the perfect venue near South Maui beaches, and includes menu options from the award-winning restaurant. The lounge seats 75 indoors, 16 outdoors, and has a private built-in bar, leather sofas, and elegant table and chair set-ups. Sound, lights and stage are included, and the wedding video can be seen on the four HDTV flat screens and pull down screen. For information, visit www.threesbarandgrill.com.
The Outlets of Maui Opens November 21, Grand Opening December 6, 2013
The Outlets of Maui is the only oceanfront outlet center in the world in historic Lahaina town. It is also the first ever outlet center on Maui and the second outlet location in Hawaii. The center received significant architectural enhancements that respect the historic character and vibrancy of Lahaina while recognizing modern day retail expectations. An estimated 35 retail and restaurant retailers will occupy The Outlets of Maui including Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors. 900 Front Street, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761 (Former Lahaina Center) 808-661-8277.
eBrochure Promotes Safety
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii have created an online safety brochure for Hawaii's visitors, residents and industry partners. The brochure includes safety tips from state and county agencies to ensure safe and enjoyable travel experiences throughout Hawaii. It is available at Travel Smart Hawaii, which offers practical information about travel throughout the Islands. The website also includes pre-arrival tips, a guide to U.S. Customs and visas, and other basic information about Hawaii as a destination and its environment. The HTA is also producing a series of video greetings, available later this year, for in-flight and in-room hotel viewing, which will include safety tips. For more information, please visit www.travelsmarthawaii.com. To review the brochure, go to
New "Maui Made" Blog Launched
News and reviews of made on Maui products, Maui-based companies, unique attractions and tours. Updated frequently, this blog profiles Maui's talented artists, designers and entrepreneurs, from Maui's biggest success stories to new-on-the-scene start-ups. The blog focuses on companies that feature e-commerce websites for off-island purchases and also promotes town-by-town shopping and restaurant guides. "Maui Made" is full of insider tips and resources for media and visitors alike. www.mauimadeblog.com.
The Fairmont Kea Lani Gives Back to Maui
As part of Fairmont's ongoing commitment to support its local communities, The Fairmont Kea Lani recently celebrated Community Connections Week. Throughout one week in September, the hotel organized volunteer events and donation programs to benefit Maui organizations such as Malama Maui Nui, Maui County Farm Bureau, Hawaii Islands Land Trust, Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center, Keiki Cupboard, and more. Events included the International Coastal Clean-Up, preparation and service of hot meals to the homeless, and sales of Maui-grown produce boxes to support local famers. For information visit fairmont.com/kealani.