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January 14, 2014
 

News from Maui Nui

Maui Nui HulaNamed "Best Island" year after year by national travel publications, Maui, and her sister islands Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi, 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 Maui, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi are among the most desirable destinations in the world. 

Accommodations

Destination Resorts Hawaii now offering 5-bedroom penthouse suites at Wailea Beach Villas
Destination Resorts Hawaii WaileaPerfect for large families, reunions, weddings, girlfriend getaways and executive retreats, Destination Resorts Hawaii now offers 5-bedroom, 5-bath suites that can accommodate up to 14 persons at Wailea Beach Villas in South Maui. The open layout allows guests to enjoy time together with two living rooms, gourmet kitchens with dining areas and private lanai with its own lounging area and built-in Viking barbecue grills. Personal chefs, private adventure guides and other authentic Maui experiences can be arranged for the ultimate vacation. For more info, visit www.destinationresortshawaii.com or call 800-367-5246.
  
Four Seasons Resort Maui guests benefit from expert online access to concierge services
Four Seasons MauiTwenty-two concierges, encompassing all four Clefs d'Or golden key holders on the island of Maui, design itineraries for guests even before arrival with customization and personalization as service hallmarks. The names, photographs and short bios of each team member on the website paint the picture of an established team, highly regarded by repeat guests. The website introduces new guests to this knowledgeable and popular team, each committed to the profession and a strength of the resort's guest offerings. For info, please see www.fourseasons.com/maui/on_site_concierge/ or call 808-874-2201.

Lumeria Maui adds a pool and Yoga pavilion
Lumeria MauiIn a continuing effort to balance and reinvigorate its visitors, Lumeria Maui is pleased to announce the additions of their secluded saltwater pool and large yoga pavilion. The new pool, constructed of French gray plaster with black-blue and copper glass tiles, and Jacuzzi overlook the West Maui Mountains and invites guests to reenergize while lounging poolside. Others may take a more active approach to recalibrate and decide to harmonize through a group yoga session in the 60-person yoga and event pavilion with panoramic views. For more information call 855-579-8877 or visit www.lumeriamaui.com.

New premium suites at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach
Aston Kaanapali MauiAston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach has unveiled studio, one- and two-bedroom Premium Suites that provide guests with ultimate comfort and extravagance: contemporary furnishings and décor, sweeping garden or ocean views, large private lanais, comfortable entertainment areas, and fully-equipped designer kitchens featuring top-of-the-line appliances. Guests staying at the new Premium Suites receive exclusive, unique amenities catered to indulge the senses, including fresh orchids, chocolates, Maui-grown coffee, a Malie reed diffuser, and fresh-cut Maui pineapple. Visit www.AstonHotels.com or call 866-774-2924 to book your dream vacation today.

Westin Maui unveils new guestrooms
Westin MauiA total of 553 new guestrooms and suites in the Ocean Tower of the 759-room Westin Maui Resort & Spa are now open for guests to experience. The multi-million dollar project includes redesigned rooms that exude contemporary elegance with island-inspired artwork and artistic Hawaiian touches, creating vibrant energy. The new bathrooms feature glass-enclosed showers with Westin's spa-like Heavenly Shower while transparent glass balcony railings showcase the beachfront resort's spectacular surroundings on Kaanapali Beach, Maui. Visit www.westinmaui.com for room reservations and special offers.

Makena Resort presents its newest event space, the Makena Ranch
Makena ResortMakena Beach & Golf Resort salutes Makena's ranching history in its newest event space, the Makena Ranch. Located at 800 ft. elevation on the slopes of Haleakala, the space marks the place where Makena and Maui's upcountry ranch meet; offering over 15,000 sq. ft. of space with breathtaking panoramic views of Makena. Perfect of country-themed events or weddings, Makena Ranch includes an outdoor grill, a traditional corral and a saloon bar area. To book the space or for more information call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
 
Lanai's got a brand new look
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay recently launched a new look, encompassing the lobby, spa, rooms and suites on the Penthouse floor and VIEWS - a new restaurant at Challenge at Manele Clubhouse. The contemporary design reflects the colors of Lanai and an authentic Hawaiian aesthetic. Adore is a new luxury retail tent by Seaside Luxe on the Luau Grounds, featuring clothing from Frank & Eileen and resort wear-maven Marie France Van Damme, accessories, fine jewelry by Jordan Alexander, Kimberly McDonald and Jemma Sands as well as art and home décor. lori.holland@fourseasons.com.

Moana private dining room
Moana MauiEnjoy a private dinner at one of Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's premier oceanfront locations. Moana, meaning 'deep ocean' in Hawaiian, is appropriately located atop Black Rock on the resort's exclusive Moana Lawn. The private dining room enjoys fresh ocean breezes and panoramic views of the Pacific and Maui's sister island, Molokai. The Moana private dining room allows for a seamless transition from outdoor cocktail reception to indoor plated dinner. Ideal for family celebrations, group gatherings and more. Please call 808-662-8032 for reservations.
 
One Suite Ride
One Suite Ride MauiTravelers who thrive off-road but like to return to luxury can enjoy the "Suite Ride"experience at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. With only 30 miles of paved road and terrain spanning lush forests, rugged trails and secluded beaches, the private island of Lanai is well suited to adventure off the beaten path. Guests who book the Alii Suite get daily access to a Range Rover HSE* equipped with island essentials; other amenities include a VIP lounge at the beach, breakfast, a pool cabana, spa treatments and more. lori.holland@fourseasons.com.

New Hawaiian activities at Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Beach Hotel is offering new complimentary Hawaiian activities to its already great cultural program. Get your exercise on the Hawaiian way with Hularobics. Learn hula steps while getting an aerobic workout. The hotel also offers pareau and bracelet making. Learn different styles to tie your pareau, and string and design your very own kukui bracelet that can be used to adorn your pareo. While in Hawaii, take time to learn the basic fundamentals of the native language with olelo Hawaii or language classes. For class schedules and times visit www.kbhmaui.com/cms/View.aspx/Show/Hawaiian Activities.

Romance

Sweet Sixteen! Hawaii is 16th State to welcome same-sex marriage; Maui businesses produce LGBT wedding video
Same Sex Gay Weddings in MauiIn November 2013, Hawaii legalized same sex marriage providing a surge in LGBT destination weddings. Since passage, two Maui businesses have arranged more than 50 same sex nuptials. Some 85% of these weddings are from out-of-state, providing a measurable boon to Hawaii tourism. These two organizations have jointly produced a two-minute video celebrating Maui as Hawaii's premiere same-sex wedding destination. "Marriage is For Everyone, Say I Do On Maui" can be seen at http://youtu.be/WUlbB5_R79Y. For more info, visit www.MauiSunseeker.com or www.GayHawaiiWedding.com.

Grand Wailea Seaside Chapel shines with completed renovations
Grand Wailea ChapelMaui's only oceanfront resort chapel, Wailea Seaside Chapel's newly whitewashed exterior welcomes wedding parties. Inside the solid oak floors were stripped and finished to their original sheen, the cherry alter and ten pews were refinished and cushioned seats added. The warm sapele wood walls are balanced with colorful stained glass murals of a Hawaiian wedding created by Hawaii artist Yvonne Cheng while in Italy. Wedding celebrations include use of the chapel, grounds, officiant, florals, lei, music and exclusive services of a Grand Wailea wedding specialist. For information, call 808-875-1234 or visit www.grandwailea.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, Kapalua romance specials
Maui RomanceThrough March 15, 2014, The Ritz-Carlton Spa®, Kapalua will feature several romance inspired treatments including a Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Manicure and Pedicure, Fall Back in Love Couples Massage, Kapalue Embrace, Sweetheart Package and more.  Following each treatment, guests of the spa will enjoy access to the spa facilities on the same day as their treatment.  Facilities include volcanic stone grotto, co-ed couples relaxation area, steam room, sauna and much more.  To book your appoint, please call 808-665-7079.
 
Weddings at Westin Maui
Weddings at Westin LGBTWith Hawaii legalizing same-sex marriages, LGBT couples can look forward to saying 'I Do' in extraordinary settings at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. From the "Slide Into A New Beginning" wedding ceremony held atop the resort's 128-foot slide to the resort's lobby waterfall with its walkway hidden by cascading waterfalls, the choices are simply breathtaking. The 12-acre beachfront resort is also the first and only one in Maui to offer a weddings manager certified to process wedding licenses. For more information on wedding packages, honeymoon and anniversary celebrations, call 808-661-22921 or visit www.westinmaui.com.
 
"Sea of Love" Valentine's dinner
Valentines at Maui Ocean CenterThe island's most unique Valentine's experience is the "Sea of Love" dinner at Maui Ocean Center. This popular signature event features semi-private seating among the Aquarium's stunning exhibits and four-course menu prepared by James Beard Nominee Chef Henry Tariga and the award-winning Seascape Maalaea Restaurant. Dinner is $99 plus gratuity and tax per person.  Includes a lei for the ladies and complimentary welcome glasses of sparkling wine. Seating times are from 6 - 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call 808-270-7088 Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Seating is limited.  Advance reservations recommended to avoid disappointment. 

Culture and Agri-Tourism

Celebrating kapa at Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Maui Kapu Hawaiian CultureHiiakaikanoeau, premiere of a new hula work about kapa, on Saturday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., Castle Theater: Halau O Kekuhi reincarnates the functional aesthetic of the kupuna in making things both beautiful and useful-the poetry of fiber told through poetry of movement. Tickets: 808-242-7469 or www.mauiarts.org. Also enjoy the free exhibit Mohala Hou Ke Kapa January 21 - March 9, Tuesday-Sunday in Schaefer Gallery: works by 20+ kapa makers, showing traditional and contemporary use of materials and techniques, along with information about tools, botanical resources, history, and cultural value of this Hawaiian craft and artform.

Polynesian sugarcane varietals showcased at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm
Maui Ocean VodkaWith over 20 varietals of native Polynesian sugarcane growing on property, visitors to the Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery learn about the certified organic farming of one of the state's most respected and longstanding crops. Visitors also learn how sugarcane is used to create Ocean Vodka and other spirits. For more information, please visit www.oceanvodka.com. The farm is open for tours and sampling daily at 4051 Omaopio Road on Maui. For more info, please call 808-877-0009 or 866-776-2326.

Get a taste for history in Lahaina's only guided walking tour
Maui Walking history tourNow you can enjoy history through Native Hawaiian eyes on a two-hour guided walking tour of old Lahaina with Maui Nei. From the ocean to mountainside, explore colorful sites from pre-contact Hawaii to the missionary and whaling period through the monarchy and plantation eras. Taste tropical fruits at Take Home Maui. Hear ancient Hawaiian chants and visit the storied realm of Maui's chiefs and Hawaii's kings at the paramount cultural sites of Mokuula island and Mokuhinia pond. For reservations, call 808-661-9494 or visit www.MauiNei.com.
 
Lahaina Heritage Museum tells the story of Hawaii in "Always Lahaina"
Always LahainaNow Lahaina Heritage Museum in Old Lahaina Courthouse is the place to go for an overview of the extensive history and rich culture found in Lahaina. The new exhibit, "Always Lahaina" tells the story of Hawaii through the ages from ancient times to early days of tourism. Interpretive wall panels are paired with artifacts and antiques from each era, providing an in-depth look at centuries of progress in historic Lahaina. Visitors can listen to narratives, view touch screens, a map of Maui and watch videos. Open daily. www.LahainaRestoration.org.

Lumeria Maui's farm to table experience includes farm, winery visits, and surfing goats
Surfing GoatIn addition to Harvest Café,which offers organic farm to table cuisine, Lumeria offers a tour of top upcountry food and beverage destinations. Food tourism is a big trend intersecting with wellness travel that is gaining momentum with great experiences in upcountry Maui. Included is a tour and tasting at Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery, hands-on visit to Surfing Goat Dairy, lunch harvests at Oo biodynamic farm and a wine tasting tour of Maui's Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch. For more information and reservations,  www.lumeriamaui.com and 855-579-8877.

Ritz Carlton MauiCultural QR Code tour at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has recently unveiled a complimentary cultural tour allowing guests to experience a deeper connection with the resort's rich Hawaiian culture. Artifacts are identified with a sign displaying a QR code, which when scanned with The Ritz-Carlton Mobile App, will reveal the cultural significance of each item. To download The Ritz-Carlton Mobile App, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Mobile/Default.htm.

Experience the culture of Hawaii at Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Makena Maui ResortAs part of the resort's 2014 list of complimentary guest activities, the Makena Beach & Golf Resort introduces its daily "Hawaiian Cultural Hour" featuring a new and different way for visitors to experience Hawaii's culture and traditions of old. Daily at 10 a.m., resort guests will be able to experience such cultural activities like lei making, ti leaf bracelet making, ukulele lessons, hula lessons, Hawaiian flower and plant tours, coconut frond basket weaving, Hawaiian fishing lessons and Hawaii storytelling. For more information, call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
 
 Talk story and hula lessons
Visitors to Maui Ocean Center will have an extraordinary opportunity to hear from Maui Ocean Center's Hawaiian Cultural Advisor Kahu Dane Maxwell and take in a hula lesson. At 11:45 a.m, following the aquarium's 11 a.m. dive presentation, Kahu Dane Maxwell and Ohana (family) will conduct a talk story session and hula lesson at the Hawaiians and the Sea exhibit. This activity is complimentary with aquarium admission and appropriate for all ages. Schedule subject to change. Call 808-270-7000 or visit www.mauioceancenter.com for more information.

Events

Maui Whale Festival and World Whale Day
Organized by Pacific Whale Foundation, the 2014 Maui Whale Festival takes place February 1 - March 31, "peak season" for viewing humpback whales off Maui's coast. The festival's signature event is World Whale Day, at Kalama Park, Kihei on Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This free celebration features live music, food, displays and activities. Other events are Maui's Parade of Whales (February 15), Whales Under the Stars (February 14), Run and Walk for the Whales (February 1), Great Whale Count (February 22) plus free talks and special cruises. www.mauiwhalefestival.org or call 808-249-8811. 

Westin Villas Celebrates Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year on MauiThe Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas welcomes the Year of the Horse (Chinese Calendar) with a series of fun festivities on February 6, 2014. These include special menu offerings at its three restaurants and reflexology services at Spa Helani. The resort is also presenting a spectacular Lion Dance and Martial Arts performance at the south and north lobbies of the resort. The highly-entertaining performance includes agile performers dressed in colorful lion costumes prancing and mingling with guests and the Chinese tradition of "feeding the lions" with red money packets for blessed fortune. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.  

Lahaina celebrates Lunar New Year with Chinese lions and more
Chinese New Year is an annual tradition in Lahaina, turning Front Street into an interactive display of lion dancing. On Friday, February 7, Lahaina's celebration begins with a Chinese blessing at historic Wo Hing Temple Museum, followed by exciting lion dances that proceed south on Front Street to end at Banyan Tree Park. Families will enjoy feeding the lions for good luck, the popping sounds of firecrackers as well as cultural demonstrations, kids' art activities and ethnic foods in front of Wo Hing. Lahaina Restoration Foundation, 808-661-3262 or www.LahainaRestoration.org.

Earth Hour at Westin Villas
Maui Earth HourFor the fifth consecutive year, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is inviting resort guests and associates to join thousands of people representing nations worldwide to take a stand against climate change through initiatives such as switching off lighting in rooms and selected resort areas for one hour. Scheduled on March 29, 2013, outdoor night festivities at the resort include decorating luminary bags, parade of lights, cheer performance, stargazing, night crab hunting and glow-in-the-dark face painting. The resort is also continuing its eco-friendly efforts with Superfood seed planting between April and June. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.

6th Annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, April 11-13, 2014
Make plans for a very special event bringing together master steel guitar players and aficionados from around the world for a celebration of the music created on the Hawaiian steel guitar. Presented by Arts Education for Children Group and produced by Ke Kula Mele Hawaiian School of Music, the three-day festival at Kaanapali Beach Hotel is free and open to the public, and features performances, presentations, workshops and kani ka pila (jam sessions) with ongoing cultural activities. For more information, visit www.mauisteelguitarfestival.com.
 
22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts "Ko Makou Alanui Kupuna...Our Ancestral Paths"
Maui Celebration of the ArtsThe Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will convene Hawaii's most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers, May 9 - 11, 2014, during the 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts. Hands-on art, demonstrations, films, cultural panels, music and dance will act as the common ground to allow visitors and residents the opportunity to interact and enjoy the "Number 1 rated cultural event" according Hawaii Modern Luxury magazine. For more information please visit:
www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Promotions/Kapalua_Annual_Celebration_Arts.htm
 
East Maui Taro Festival celebrates Hawaiian's sacred staple food
Hana East Maui Taro FestivalThe East Maui Taro Festival returns to "Heavenly Hana" from May 3 - 4, 2014. This lively (and free) two-day event takes place at the Hana Ballpark adjacent to Travaasa Hana Resort. The festival celebrates taro, a staple of the Hawaiian diet, and features a farmers market, poi pounding, food booths, arts and crafts, live music, and hula. A taro pancake breakfast at Hana Bay and tours of Kahanu Garden, Mahele Farm and Kapahu Living Farm are also offered, giving attendees a glimpse into Hana's rich agricultural scene. www.tarofestival.org.

Maui Craft Session
Maui Craft SessionThe second annual Maui Craft Session is a celebration of the craft industries of beer, spirits, and cigar. This annual event takes place on Sheraton Maui's Ocean Lawn on July 12, 2014. The evening highlight industries rooted in small batch production sourced from the finest ingredients, utilizing time honored methods. Thoughtful pairings created through the collaboration of industry leaders, aficionados, and fans will be offered, elevating and complimenting each craft.  Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa partners with Maui Brewing Company, Southern Wine and Spirits and General Cigar to create Maui Craft Session.  Visit www.sheraton-maui.com for more info.
 
 Tours & Activities

Wailea and Wie host Hawaii's future golf stars
Maui GolfLPGA Pro Michelle Wie joined forces with Wailea Golf Club and Hawaii State Junior Golf Association to host the Michelle Wie HSJGA Tournament of Champions on the Wailea Emerald in December. Wie has a long association with this competition: she was just 12 years old when she captured the 15-18 age group. Today, she serves as the event's title sponsor and ambassador. A strong advocate of junior golf, Wailea has hosted the HSJGA tournament for 11 years, and also sponsored the 2012 Girls' Junior America's Cup and 2013 Junior America's Cup. www.waileagolf.com.
 
Relive Elvis in Hawaii with "Burn'n Love"
Elvis in Hawaii Burn n Love"The best new show in Hawaii in years! I actually thought I was watching Elvis!" So says Tom Moffatt, Hawaii entertainment mogul and the man personally responsible for bringing Elvis to Hawaii. The most authentic Elvis show every presented is now on Maui captivating audiences of all ages. Explore Elvis' love for Hawaii and fall in love all over again with his #1 hits, legendary outfits, hip-shaking dance moves and irresistible charm. Indulge in the nostalgia of Blue Hawaii and the Aloha from Hawaii concert that made TV history! www.BurnnLove.com 808-856-7900.
 
UFO Adventures Maui offers water sports private charter
UFO MauiAn incredible, fun-filled outing, that's perfect for families and groups. Have the unforgettable opportunity to charter an amazing 31' premium 12-passenger speedboat, with your choice of a variety of exhilarating activities. Having the boat for your party's exclusive use allows the complete freedom to build your own adventure with this perfect private charter. Activities can include Boogie board towing, snorkeling, wake boarding, knee boarding, light-tackle coastal fishing, and whale watching or banana boating in season. All tours depart from Mala Wharf boat ramp in Lahaina. For more info, call 1-800-359-4836 or visit www.ufoparasail.net.

Four Seasons Maui's Artisan Showcase features Cesere Brothers'  underwater photography
Art at Four Seasons MauiWhale Season is in full swing. In addition to the Cesere Brothers photography showcase, the Resort's Concierge team developed many opportunities to help guests enjoy watching these gentle giants -everything from catamaran sailing, kayak tours and Hawaiian outrigger canoe experiences to helicopter tours and the Resort's signature therapeutic spa treatment, Wai Vari, that takes place in the ocean where guests can often enjoy hearing underwater whale songs.  Whatever the level of adventure, the Resort can customize a whale watching program just for you.  www.fourseasons.com/maui or 808-874-2201.

Ocean Vodka welcomes more than 15,000 visitors in first eight months
Ocean Vodka MauiSituated on a breathtaking 80 acres on the slopes of Haleakala, the solar-powered home of Ocean Vodka captures panoramic views of both the north and south shores of Maui. New tours of the organic farm and craft distillery educate guests on the importance of organic farming for the conservation of land and ocean, sustainable manufacturing and the production of spirits. For more information, please visit www.oceanvodka.com. The farm is open for tours and sampling daily at 4051 Omaopio Road on Maui. For more info, please call 808-877-0009 or 866-776-2326.
 
The Snorkel Store helps with whale season needs
Whale Season is until April 15 and the recently opened The Snorkel Store at The Fairway Shops in Kaanapali can help lock in your rentals and snorkeling adventures. The Snorkel Store offers maps of the best snorkeling areas on Maui, dry snorkels, silicone masks, rubber fins, body boards and more. Visit their website at www.TheSnorkelStore.com or call 808-333-3705.

Turtle-rrific Thursday
Turtlerific Thursdays MauiGuests can learn about Hawaii's beloved green sea turtles in an up close and personal setting during Turtle-rrific Thursday on January 16, February 20 and March 20.  Beginning at 2 p.m., this interactive program is hosted by Maui Ocean Center's curatorial team at the Turtle Lagoon. Guests will learn about the biology, behavior and diet of green sea turtles from the team that cares for the animals on a daily basis. This activity is included with Aquarium admission. Call 808-270-7000 or visit www.mauioceancenter.com for more information.
 
 "A Whale's Tale" at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
Every Thursday at 10 a.m., join a Maui Ocean Center Marine Naturalist for an engaging talk about Maui's wintertime residents, the Humpback Whale.  Learn about their fascinating behaviors and annual journey from Alaska to the Maui Nui Basin. Call 808-661-0031 for more info. Program is available to public.
 
Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise
Maui's most fun at-sea dance party comes to Lahaina. The popular Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise featuring local reggae and island sounds recording artist Marty Dread has attracted a strong following on its Friday night cruises from Maalaea Harbor. Now this fun cruise will also be offered from Lahaina Harbor, on select Saturdays in January, February and March. The cruise includes dancing on the deck of a stable, smooth-riding catamaran, plus hot and cold appetizers, drinks and guaranteed whale sightings. For reservations, call Pacific Whale Foundation at 808-249-8811 ext. 1 or visit www.pacificwhale.org.
 
Upgrade to the Fins & Flippers tour at Maui Ocean Center
The exclusive Fins & Flippers tour upgrade is offered on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. For a fee of $10 plus admission, guests will join a knowledgeable ocean naturalist and discover fascinating facts about sharks and sea turtles. The tour also includes a behind-the-scenes visit to the aquarium's wet laboratory and chance to observe the feeding habits of sharks and sea turtles at the Hammerhead Harbor and Turtle Lagoon exhibits. Space is limited and advance reservations are recommended. Call (808) 270-7088 for reservations. 
 
Passports to the Arts at Grand Wailea
Grand WaileaOften referred to as the "art hotel", Grand Wailea opened in 1991 with an unsurpassed collection of over 900 original and commissioned pieces including nine Fernando Botero sculptures, 18 bronzes by Fernand Leger, paintings by Herb Kane, Yvonne Cheng and other works. Continuing a commitment to fine art, Grand Wailea Artists in Residence and NaPua Gallery offers Passport to the Arts - classes in Beginning Watercolor Painting, Outdoor Painting, and Outdoor Photography. Classes are weekdays priced at $40 per person, $25 materials fee. The public is welcome. For information call 808-875-1234 or visit www.grandwailea.com.

 Awards & Accolades

Mama's Fish House named Open Table's #2 U.S. restaurant
PhotoOpen Table, the world's leading online restaurant reservation system, announced its 2013 Diner's Choice Awards and landmark Maui restaurant Mama's Fish House was named #2 on their prestigious top U.S. restaurants list. The awards are based on more than five million diner reviews and Mama's Fish House is recognized by both locals and visitors as one of Maui's very best. Its idyllic oceanfront setting and well-appointed luxury cottages make Mama's Fish House Restaurant & Inn the perfect destination for visitors from across the globe. For more info, visit www.mamasfishhouse.com or call 808-579-8488.
 
Lanai named to Lonely Planet's "Top U.S. Destinations" List
The only Hawaiian Island named a "Top U.S. Destination" by Lonely Planet, the tiny Island of Lāna'i proudly ranks 10th on the coveted list. According to Lonely Planet, "This unique speck of paradise boasts empty beaches, snorkeling and diving, shipwrecks, petroglyphs, otherworldly rock formations, red-dirt roads, rugged hiking trails, and one of our favorite poke (raw fish salad) markets in the state. Lāna'i's candy-colored plantation-style homes and teeny town center offer a sense of isolation and small-island charm. The entire list can be found at online at www.lonelyplanet.com/top-us-destinations-2014.

Restaurants & Dining

Matteo's Osteria & Wine Bar opens in Wailea
Matteos MauiMatteo and wife Gianna, spent over a year in Italy prior to opening Matteo's Osteria to delve deeper into its food and wine culture. Their mission? To discover and build a selection of the finest dishes and wines for their menu. They offer authentic Italian dishes with original creativity using fresh local farm-sourced natural and organic produce. With a Grand Cruvinet, the largest wine-preservation system on Maui, and an international wine list, this is Maui's premier wine bar with 2000 wines and 70 wines by the glass. For info, call 808-891-VINO (8466).

Modern local cuisine at "Migrant Maui" starring Chef Sheldon Simeon
Maui Culinary"Come My House. Eat." Such is the very "local boy" mantra of Top Chef Season 10 fan favorite Sheldon Simeon and his exciting venture, "Migrant Maui." The much-anticipated venue opened last month at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Partnering with Mark Ellman (an original founding chef of Hawaii Regional Cuisine), Simeon shares his humble roots and upbringing with his innovative Filipino cuisine celebrating Maui's freshest ingredients. Locals and visitors alike are betting on a huge hit at his new oceanfront location. For info, call 808-875-9394 or visit www.migrantmaui.com.

Themed thrills and dining delights at Westin Villas
Maui Themed diningEnjoy a series of celebrations with family and friends at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. From romantic dining offerings on Valentine's Day to fun fiesta and Mariachi band performances during Cinco de Mayo, there is excitement all year round. At Pulehu, an Italian Grill, guests can enjoy Wine Social on Sunday and Monday evenings with three distinctive wines served with chef's select charcuterie and cheeses. Seafood lovers will be tempted by the Crab Fest served Wednesday evenings at Ocean Pool Bar & Grill. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com.
 
Makena Beach & Golf Resort introduces new Liquid Chef Series
Maui Liquid ChefsMakena Resort adds another monthly series to its 2014 cuisine offerings. Perfect for those looking to create innovative cocktails and learn bartending techniques, the Liquid Chef Series features a different type of spirit each month with a master mixologist who creates four to five new cocktails at each monthly event. Each event also features specialty appetizer pairings to go with each cocktail. Upcoming series dates and themes include Ocean Vodka on January 23 and Whiskey and Bourbon February 13. For more info, call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Fabiani's Pizza Pasta Bakery opens in Wailea Gateway Center
Fabianis MauiFamily owned and operated, this new culinary corner opened during "Restaurant Week Wailea" last November and is a hit offering residents and visitors a little taste of everyday Italian inspired eating. Open for three meals daily, Michelle Fabiani, a classically trained pastry chef, works the wee morning hours baking breads and pastries. Papa Lorenzo is home with one year old Gino conjuring up his pizza concepts for the evening crowds. From Farm to table using local Maui produce and handmade artistry, the Fabiani family offers delicious fresh affordable meals and pastries. 
 
Field to Plate at Nobu Lanai
Field to plate dining on mauiNobu Lanai, located at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, offers fresh flavors on its innovative menu - fresh from the farm. The half-acre Nobu Garden is home to a wide variety of herbs and vegetables, including baby lettuce, tomatoes, squash, scallions, watermelon radish, red beets, carrots, asparagus and cilantro. Ingredients on the menu include daikon, Japanese eggplant, edamame, shishito peppers, cucumber flowers even sesame. The garden is cared for by Four Seasons' staff led by Executive Chef Sean Mell and guests can see the produce first hand on garden tours. lori.holland@fourseasons.com
 
Wailea Resort welcomes Iron Chef Morimoto
Wailea Chef MorimotoAcclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto opened his newest restaurant Morimoto Maui at Wailea's newest hotel, the Andaz Maui in November. Focusing on the seamless integration of Japanese, Western and Hawaiian traditions, he creates a memorable island dining experience. A multi-course tasting menu vividly expresses chef Morimoto's culinary style featuring high quality fresh ingredients, locally grown fruits and vegetables, seasonal and every changing selection of seafood sourced from local waters and markets around the world. Their beverage program features an extensive wine list and their custom-brewed sake and ale collections.  
 
The Market By Capische slated to open this month
Marketplace by CapischeWailea Resort welcomes a new venture inspired by the very creative Chefs of the award winning Capische Restaurant. Located in Wailea Gateway Center, The Market will offer a variety of options including fresh pasta, portioned fish caught by their fisherman, house made sauces and fresh stocks. A barista, a deli featuring items from their Capische charcuterie program, house labeled wine highlighting wineries to complement their house made produce line, fresh local produce and a variety of components from around the island. It will essentially be a model of a chef's pantry. 

Harvest Café opens to visitors and residents of Maui
Lumeria MauiLumeria Maui, the island's newest upcountry destination and wellness and yoga retreat, presents Harvest Cafe, a farm-to-table dining experience located between Paia and Makawao. Executive Chef Indica Chaves, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, loves to share the feeling and taste of Maui with travelers and guests from around the world, and her menu of locally grown, organic meals using ingredients harvested from Lumeria Maui's gardens and neighboring farms reflects his passion for authentic Maui cuisine. For reservations (required) call: 855-579-8877. For more info visit: www.lumeriamaui.com/property/dining.htm.

New tasting menu at The Plantation House
Plantation House dining MauiThe award-winning Plantation House Restaurant "Rising Star" Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez announces a new tasting menu pairing the locally sourced and inspired seasonal bounty with premium wine selections. The Tasting Menu is available nightly and includes five courses. Chef Jojo incorporates his classical trained style with influences from his multi-cultural heritage to create a unique take on island-inspired cuisine. Utilizing and sourcing from local West Maui growers - Hoopono Farms, Napili-Flo Farms and Simpli-Fresh Farms - Chef Jojo adjusts the tasting menu seasonally based on their availability and production. 808-669-6299 www.theplantationhouse.com.
 
Grilling at The Terrace
Paying tribute to the stunning upcountry setting of The Lodge at Koele, The Terrace features a new array of grilled Hawaiian cuisine focusing on local game, prime cuts of meat, and fresh Hawaiian seafood cooked over open flames. Offering a casual setting, the Terrace offers creative home-style classics with sustainable ingredients sourced from the 11 climate zones of the Pacific Rim. Sample dishes include: Char-Grilled Wagyu Skirt Steak with Koele macaroni & cheese; Grilled Mahimahi with preserved Lanai calamansi; and Catch of The Day, served with kalua style pork, lomi lomi, ahi poke, poi and more.
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Ko Restaurant unveils 100-Point Wine Flight
Ko restaurant MauiKo restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui recently unveiled a taste of perfection - a wine flight that includes three exceptional Verite Winery wines, all of which have received a 100 point ranking by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. The three-glass flight includes Verite Winery's La Muse, 2008, La Joie, 2007 and Le Désir, 2008. The winery is located in the Mayacamas Range of Sonoma County and offers some of the most diverse soil types and micro-climates in California. For more information, visit www.korestaurant.com.

Juice it up oceanfront at Wailea Beach Marriott's "Whales Tale Juice Hut"
Wailea Beach Marriot Juice HutJust opened over the holidays, the newest hot spot to get "juiced-up" on the oceanfront Wailea Coastal path is "Whales Tale Juice Hut." Offering fresh baked pastries, fruit cups, and fresh pressed vegetable and fruit juices the Whales Tale Juice Hut is a huge hit!  General Manager John Tolbert gathered his employees, held a contest for best Banana Bread and the winner's recipe was chosen to be baked by the hotels pastry chef.  Kiyo's fresh baked banana bread is featured, lemongrass mango scones, fresh baked cinnamon rolls and more. 

Monthly burger specials
Relish Burgers MauiRelish Burger Bistro is featuring Resolution Burger, a guilt-free way to jump start your New Year goals on a healthy note in 2014. Restaurant chef Jennifer Evetushick has also planned a different burger special to be served every month during lunch at this delightful poolside restaurant bar. And for football fans, Relish Bar is the perfect place to enjoy an extensive beer menu and appetizer specials while cheering their favorite team, broadcast live on seven televisions. Visit  www.westinmaui.com to learn more.

 Health & Wellness

Renewal at Westin's Spa Helani
Westin spaSpa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin has introduced monthly specials - Fresh Fitness (January and April), Heart Health (February & March), Couples Instructional Massage (February) and Skincare (March). Begin the year with a series of workout classes, treat your loved one to a romantic spa rendezvous or rejuvenate your skin with special spa services featuring products such as Pure Planet Spa, Ylang Ylang and Vanilla Planiolia. Located at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, learn more of the spa's services by calling 808-662-2644 or visiting www.westinkaanapali.com.
 
Facial treatment designed for men at Grand Wailea's Spa Grande
Men's skin is obviously different from women's skin. Spa Grande at Grand Wailea has created "Spa Grande Men" facial to address the unique needs of men using Germaine de Capuccini for Men with product ingredients including birch sap, a natural extract rich in B and C vitamins and trace elements providing skin with suppleness, tone and hydration. The Spa Grande Men facial restores the skin's lost energy and vitality, while eliminating toxins and strengthening its defense against pollution, stress and free radicals. For information, call 808-875-1234 or visit www.grandwailea.com.

Lumeria Maui detox-cleanse retreats
Lumeria Maui has always believed in taking care of your body through activities like yoga and SUP, but also believes good nutrition is an often overlook component of well-being. Lumeria now proudly offers a detox-cleanse retreat that strips harmful toxins from the body and is tailored to each individual by Lumeria's detox specialists. Programs range from 3 nights to 7 nights and begin with a raw food dinner in the evening and personal consultation the following morning, with daily schedules and guidance provided along the way to revitalization. For more information call 855-579-8877 or visit www.lumeriamaui.com.
 
The Hair Hale opens at The Fairway Shops
Maui's newest hair salon in located at The Fairway Shops. Owner Leah Johnston has over 30 years of experience in every aspect of the salon industry. Their vision is to help clients look and feel their best by listening to their desires, providing a relaxing and inviting environment, and achieving the clients desired results from a professional and educated staff. Visit The Hair Hale at The Fairway Shops, 2580 Kekaa Drive in Lahaina. For more information, please visit www.TheHairHale.com or call 808-214-9658.
 
Makena Beach & Golf Resort offers Start-Fit Mornings in 2014
Makena MauiAs part of the resort's 2014 list of complimentary guest activities, Makena Beach & Golf Resort offers a great way to stay fit and start each morning off with varied workouts option every day of the week. In addition to the resort's 2,500 sq. ft. state of the art fitness center, the resort offers Tai Chi Yoga, Pilates, Yoga, and Power Walk class sessions and a 2-mile loop option to jog, walk, run or bike on designated mornings throughout the week. For more info, call 808-874-1111 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Willow Stream Spa now open at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
Fairmont Kea Lani Willow Stream SpaWailea's newest luxury spa is now open at The Fairmont Kea Lani. In ancient Hawaii, balance was achieved by honoring Hawaiian akua (gods), na kanaka maoli (people) and ka aina (land). Willow Stream Spa draws on the energy, people and land of Maui to offer authentic spa experiences to relieve, restore or provide results. The new, 9,000 square-foot spa features experience showers inspired by varieties of Maui rain, a soothing palolo (mud) bar and an invigorating hot lava stone foot bed. For information, call 808-875-2229 or fairmont.com/kealani.
 
Taro on Farm to Spa Menu at Grand Wailea's Spa Grande
Spa Grande at Grand Wailea partners with Hawaii's Malaai Poi Co. for its newest Farm to Spa menu treatment. A 50 or 80-minute "Taro Skin Soother" uses a taro extract mask over the entire body before being wrapped in banana/ti leaves. Next a head, neck and face massage using soothing aloe gel with taro leaf extract and foot massage with taro leaf power and Hawaiian sea salt is performed. After a shower, guests receive a soothing body massage using taro leaf extract. For information, call 808-875-1234 or visit www.grandwailea.com.