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April 2, 2014

Maui BeachNamed "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 Maui, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi are among the most desirable destinations in the world. 
Maui Accommodations

Ease Into Vacation with New Airport Lounge
Airport Lounge MauiFour Seasons Resorts Lanai debuts an exclusive airport lounge located in the commuter terminal at Honolulu International Airport. The 1,000-square-foot luxury lounge offers a retreat-like setting for passengers prior to flying to Lanai. Guests will enjoy complimentary amenities including food, beverages, iPads, Wi-Fi access, charging stations, luggage holding areas, magazines, newspapers, and hi-def televisions. A lounge concierge can assist with check-in, activity and restaurant reservations. Additionally, guests traveling from the mainland via Island Air can enjoy "concierge transfer" service to the commuter terminal.

The Fairmont Kea Lani Offers Pre-Arrival Vacation Planning
Fairmont MauiThe Fairmont Kea Lani's Pre-Arrival Program offers guests personalized vacation planning, weeks before they arrive on Maui. Through this personalized service, guests are contacted sixty days before arrival by the pre-arrival manager, who offers information and insider tips in various categories: families, romance, adventure, Hawaiian culture, food & wine, health & wellness and "what's new." 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. For information, call 808-875-4100 or visit

Maui Penthouse Weddings
Maui Penthouse WeddingsHave a modern, casual-chic wedding ceremony with breathtaking views of the Pacific in Destination Resorts Hawaii's ocean view penthouse suites. The penthouses are perfect for intimate wedding celebrations with elevated lanai that provide beautiful backdrops for ceremonies. The lavish and luxurious living spaces with soft goods for seating and entertaining encourage guests to mingle and create an intimate environment. A chef's kitchen is perfect for private catering allowing guests to enjoy fresh cocktails, hors d' oeuvres and delicious dishes. Destination Resorts Hawaii's "SuiteHeart" wedding ceremonies will assist in planning all wedding details. 800-367-5246;

Na Hoku Sheraton Club Lounge
Sheraton MauiSheraton Maui Resort & Spa offers guests a new level of luxury and convenience with the addition of the Na Hoku Sheraton Club Lounge. Ideally situated at the pinnacle of Puu Kekaa (Black Rock), overlooking legendary Kaanapali Beach, the Na Hoku Sheraton Club Lounge offers sweeping panoramic views of Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's 23 oceanfront acres, Maui's sister island Lanai, and the majestic West Maui Mountains. Club level guests will enjoy continental breakfast and evening pupu (appetizers) with choice of wine, beer, and soft drinks.  For more info, visit
Meetings with Aloha at Westin Maui
Strongly committed to eco-friendly meeting practices, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa presents inspiring programs for meeting planners seeking distinctive team-building experiences. The resort's location in the heart of Kaanapali Beach creates the perfect setting for scavenger hunts with cultural fun that includes a botanical tour, outrigger canoe rides and learning to hula. The resort also partners Maui Cultural Lands to arrange visits to an ancient farming archeological site in Honokowai Valley, West Maui where participants can volunteer to help preserve cultural resources and reforest the area using native Hawaiian plants. Visit

Room 808
Room 808 MauiThose in the know head straight to 808 when checking into Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, Manele Bay. Room 2808 that is, where guests unlock the door to find not only a luxurious room but a Lanai adventure. At first glance, all is as it should be, but look - what's in the corner? Maybe its an ukulele, which when carried down to the Beach Hut, unlocks entertainment courtesy of the 'beach boys.' Or open up that NOBU cookbook on the dresser and pick a recipe for Chef Sean Mell of NOBU Lanai to whip up - your adventure awaits.
James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour at Grand Wailea
Executive Chef Eric Faivre and Grand Wailea host James Beard Foundation's Celebrity Chef Tour August 15-16, 2014. James Beard Award-winning Guest Chefs David Burke, Johnny Iuzzini and Norm Van Aken will prepare their signature cuisines for a fabulous reception on August 15 and a dinner August 16 amid the fountain pools and lush gardens at Grand Wailea. The event benefits James Beard Foundation and its mission to celebrate, nurture, and preserve America's diverse culinary heritage and future. For event information, visit For room reservations and information, call 808-875-1234 or visit
Pineapple Grill Announces New Bar "8" Special
Pineapple Grill Restaurant at Kapalua Resort announces an innovative new bar special Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Specials include 8 craft cocktails and martinis, 8 wines by the glass and 8 new bar pupu (appetizers) for $8 each after 8 p.m. Enjoy these bar specials while listening to top island musicians. Often called "The Cheers Bar" of Kapalua, Pineapple Grill is the perfect spot for meeting and making friends. The restaurant is a casual fine dining restaurant located at The Bay Course Clubhouse featuring innovative Island Cuisine.; 808-669-9600.

Enjoy Family-style Dining at Cliff Dive Grill with New Menu
Cliff Dive GrillCliff Dive Grill features a new flame grilled skewer menu themed around family dining. Taking its inspiration from family grill-outs on the beach, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's Executive Sous Chef Raymond Nicasio recreates beach dining at the Cliff Dive Grill. The Kealii and Kamalii dishes feature sumptuous combinations of mahimahi, beef, chicken, shrimp, and vegetable flame-grilled skewers along with a selection of sides including grilled corn on the cob, pineapple spears, baked beans, cornbread and more. For more information, visit or call 808-661-0031.
Sipping Styles Abound at Westin Maui
Bartender specialist Freddie Sconfienza's versatile flair in creating refreshing cocktails at Relish Burger Bistro has earned him the title starMixologist for the second consecutive year. One of five finalists chosen to present a concoction at Starwood Hotels & Resorts (The Americas) annual conference, Freddie won with his drink Hokulani - a delightful concoction using fresh starfruit, kiwi and blueberries in combination with Pisco and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur. In addition to customizing drinks for customers, Freddie also entertains guests with interactive cocktail sessions at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.
The Fairmont Kea Lani Offers Lifestyle Cuisine Dining
Ko Fairmont Dining MauiFairmont is proud to offer Lifestyle Cuisine Plus, a unique program for guests with specialty diets, such as vegan, raw, macrobiotic and diabetic. Each 3-course menu offers includes a nutritious selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts and is available at restaurants across the resort, including Kea Lani Restaurant for breakfast and the award-winning signature restaurant, Ko, for lunch and dinner. Lifestyle Cuisine Plus menus are part of the luxury resort's wellness program, which includes daily yoga, meditation and the new Willow Stream Spa. For more information, call 808-875-4100 or visit
Talk Story with "Tita" at Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Perpetuating Hawaii's oral tradition, the Makena Beach & Golf Resort introduces Talk Story with Tita featuring acclaimed story teller, radio personality and comedian Kathy Collins and her pidgin-speaking sassy local girl alter ego "Tita." Part of Makena's Hawaiian Cultural Hour Program, the weekly activity features an evening of s'more making around a campfire as Tita regales with ancient Hawaiian Legends, funny local stories and even a ghost story or two. The activity is complimentary for all registered resort guests. For more information, call 808-874-1111 or visit
Makena's Fishing Experience
Part of the resort's Hawaiian Cultural Hour Program, the Makena Beach & Golf Resort offers guests a chance to learn one of the island's most revered skills - fishing. Captain Jon Jon, a local fisherman with over 35 years of experience and generations of fishing knowledge passed down from his forefathers, hosts a weekly class teaching ancient Hawaiian and modern fishing techniques, including how to read Hawaii's currents, best fishing practices and the legends behind a variety of Hawaiian fish. For more information, call 808-874-1111 or visit

New Orchards Add More Estate Grown Tropical Fruit to Lumeria Maui's Farm Gardens
More than 130 citrus and fruit trees have been planted to augment the Lumeria Maui farm whose gardens currently provide fresh, organic edibles for the property's guests and restaurant. Fifty new fruit trees will offer additional estate grown fruit to the Lumeria inventory including Meyer lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, figs, papaya, star fruit, and longan. Additionally, 40 banana and 40 papaya trees were planted. The estate grown fruit ensures the freshest possible product and reduces Lumeria's carbon footprint with reduced product transportation., 855-579-8877.


A Wonderful World of Kites at Lahaina's Chinese Kite Festival

Lahaina Kite FestivalCelebrate the colorful, wonderful world of kites during a traditional Chinese kite festival at the Wo Hing Museum, Front Street in Lahaina on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. Enjoy an exhibit of handmade kites in traditional and modern styles. Participate in workshops to make your own kite or purchase a one-of-a-kind kite. Hear a talk on the significance and history of kites in China and watch traditional Chinese dances. From 1 - 8 p.m.; admission is free. Call 808-661-5553 or visit
Makena Resort's Annual Easter Celebration
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort offers another family-fun Easter Sunday on April 20, 2014. The resort's events kick off at 9 AM with its second annual charity fundraiser, the Easter Rubber Duck Race down the resort's Atrium water fall, followed by the resort's famed Keiki Easter Egg Hunt located on the 24,000 sq. ft. Pu'u Olai Lawn.  At 9:30 AM the Molokini Bar & Grille opens its doors for Easter Sunday Brunch with its customary actions stations and brunch favorites. For reservations or more information call 808-874-1111 or visit

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan on MauiOne of America's most influential folk/rock musicians, whose gifted original songwriting inspired countless musicians and profoundly impacted America's social consciousness and cultural landscape performs live Saturday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Dylan was an earlyRock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, received Kennedy Center Honors for Lifetime Achievement, and a Pulitzer Prize for "lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." Some of his hits include "Like a Rolling Stone," "All Along the Watchtower," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Times They Are a Changing," and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall."Tickets: $59- $125. 808-242-7469;

Tickets On Sale for Celebration of the Arts Luau and Show
Maui Celebration of ArtsTickets are on sale now for the Celebration Luau and Show on May 10, part of the award-winning 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. The Celebration Luau and Show is unlike any other luau and brings together traditional Hawaiian foods with star-studded entertainment and talent hearkening back to nostalgic Hawaii. Luau tickets are on sale now and available by calling The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua at 808-669-6200. Early ticket purchase is encouraged for this annual sell out. For more information please visit

Maui Film Festival Seaside Cinema Makes Debut at Grand Wailea
Maui Film FestivalMaui Film Festival's new ocean side, under the stars venue is the Seaside Cinema Music Café & Sunset Lounge on the beachside lawn at Grand Wailea, June 4 - 8, 2014. Celebrating its 15th year of premiering passionate and life-affirming stories on the #1 island in the world, the festival has hosted celebrities including Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde, Andrew Garfield, Angela Bassett, and Claire Danes. Please call the Maui Film Festival Box Office for film tickets at 808-579-9244 or visit For room reservations and information, call 808-875-1234 or visit
Waa Kiakahi
Maui Sailing CanoeThe Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association will be on Kaanapali's shores to fulfill their mission statement, which is "to learn, revive, educate and practice those ancient Hawaiian skills and values as they relate to sailing canoes and the Hawaiian culture." Join the festivities June 6 - 8 for complimentary canoe rides and a rare opportunity to speak with and learn from an extraordinary group of some of Hawaii's best watermen and women. For event schedule and more info, call 808-661-3271 or visit

Kaanapali's Grown on Maui Farmers Market
Kaanapali Farmers MarketKaanapali Beach Resort Association, in partnership with the Maui County Farm Bureau, presents the official Grown on Maui Farmers Market featuring the bounty of Maui, hot breakfast items, and entertainment on Saturday, June 7 from 7:30 - 11:30 a.m., oceanfront at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants. For more information, go to or call 808-661-3271.

Tickets on Sale for 33rd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
Kapalua Food and Wine festivalTickets are on sale now for the 33rd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival June 12 - 15, 2014, a collaboration of Kapalua Resort partners creating a new spin on the longest running food and wine event in the USA. This celebration of epicurean excellence will convene the finest in food and wine and embrace all things Hawaiian, notably, the fabulous culinary bounty on Maui and here at the world-renowned Kapalua Resort.  For more information, please visit
Maui Grand Slam at Grand Wailea Benefits Maui Youth
basketballMAUI presents Maui Grand Slam at Grand Wailea, a week of three signature events June 23-28, 2014 open to the public - youth basketball skills and advanced skills camps at gyms throughout the island, Poker with the Pros charity tournament, and Night of Shooting Stars charity basketball game bringing a dozen professional NBA players to Grand Wailea. Grand Wailea supports basketballMAUI's mission to inspire, encourage and emphasize personal growth in developing the leaders of tomorrow. For basketballMAUI info, visit For room reservations and information, call 808-875-1234 or visit
Hawaiian Flower Shower
Observed as an annual tradition in celebration of Fourth of July, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa as well as The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas will once again present the Hawaiian Flower Shower with over 50,000 fresh orchids showering resorts guests at the respective resorts. The flowerworks with white and purple blooms will be dropped from a helicopter hovering above the pool areas of the resorts as part of the exciting festivities. It was designed as an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional fireworks and continues to be a hot favorite. Visit or

Maui Craft Session
Maui Craft FairThe second annual Maui Craft Session takes place on Sheraton Maui's Ocean Lawn on July 12, 2014. The evening highlights the craft industries of beer, spirits, and cigar 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 Co., Southern Wine and Spirits, Ocean Vodka and General Cigar to create Maui Craft Session. Visit for more info.

Masters of Glass Brings Renowned Glass Artists to Grand Wailea
Maui Glass blowersGrand Wailea and NaPua Gallery will assemble American "masters of glass" artists to discuss, debate, and deliberate the current glass phenomenon in the art world December 11-14, 2014. An artists' reception, intimate morning breakfast discussions, panel talks on the glass movement in the U.S., artists' exhibitions and demonstrations will fill the weekend. The public is welcome to attend. Often referred to as the "art hotel," Grand Wailea opened in 1991 with an unsurpassed collection of over 900 original and commissioned pieces. For more information, call 808-875-1234 or visit
Tours and Activities

Descend Walls and Falls with Ease: Rappel Maui
Maui waterfallsWanna walk down waterfalls on Maui? And do it backwards? A popular sport worldwide, rappelling waterfalls is the newest, most unusual, adventurous activity on island. Rappel Maui has already been featured on the NBC show "First Look." Audrina Patridge, star of the show, rappelled her first drop, a 60-foot dry jungle cliff with her "heart pounding." The next drops, 30-and 50-foot waterfalls, made her feel "exhilarated" -- an "amazing accomplishment." Descend deep into wild, inspiring nature in a private rainforest valley. No experience needed. Please visit or call 808-270-1500.

Tennis Pro at Oceanfront Kaanapali Alii Condo Rentals
Maui Tennis The luxury condo rentals of Kaanapali Alii attract tennis lovers with free unlimited play on three Classic Clay courts that are lighted for evening play. These courts offer medium play pace and a soft surface that's easy on the body. Longtime on-site tennis pro Dan Van Poucke hosts Round Robin games, tennis clinics and offers private lessons for all ages. Adjacent is a state-of-the-art fitness center with new Matrix equipment and an inspiring view of the West Maui Mountains. Reservations 1-866-966-7169.
Keiki Golf Club at Kapalua Golf Course
Perfect for young golfers who are just starting out or those who want to hone their skills, Da Keiki Club is open to children 7-17. Clinics include introductory discussion on rules, etiquette, competition prep and college scholarships then moves into instruction. The PGA certified staff of instructors of the Kapalua Golf Academy lead the clinics. Da Keiki Club runs Thursdays 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Cost is $60 a month/$20 per clinic. Reservations recommended for all programs. For more information or to register, call 808-662-7740 or email
New Zipline and Waterfall Hike Tour with Piiholo Ranch Zipline
This great adventure combines Piiholo Ranch Zipline's 4-line side-by-side thrilling and fun zipline tour (as you zip over trees, gulches and green ranchland on the slopes of Haleakala, while enjoying spectacular mountain and ocean views) followed by a guided hiking tour through Maui's beautiful rainforest offered by Hike Maui. Experience a unique part of Maui, hiking to two breathtaking waterfalls. Along the way, you'll enjoy the sounds of nature, and a delicious picnic lunch. Reservations 1-800-374-7050 or
World Oceans Day
Celebrate World Oceans Day by doing something great for the Big Blue on Sunday, June 8. It's as easy as picking up Maui Ocean Center's Save Our Seas card and implementing the helpful "how-to's." Designed to promote healthy reefs and oceans, the SOS card shares easy-to-follow ways you can help, no matter where you live. World Oceans Day will be celebrated throughout the day, with info booths by local eco-friendly non-profits, up close turtle encounters, children's activities and more. Call 808-270-7000 or visit for more information.

Meet the Neighbors - Artists that is
Maui ArtistsLanai is home to a number of artists who showcase their artwork at Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, The Lodge at Koele, allowing guests a chance to shop and connect with the artist in person. Cory LaBang has lived on Lanai for almost 10 years and designs & produces hand bags and select vintage pieces. At age 5 her grandmother taught her to sew and by her teens she was collecting vintage Hawaiian fabric, which are featured in her one-of-a-kind designs. Lebang was recently awarded "Best hand-crafted vintage accessories" by Hawai'i magazine.

Guided Snorkel Tours at Makena Resort
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort offers guided snorkel tours of the best snorkeling spots in the Makena area, including Maui's famed Turtle Town. Guided by Makena's experienced and water safety certified beach activities crew, the daily morning snorkel tour is offered at $20 per person and includes one hour snorkel set rental with a flotation device. For reservations or more information, call 808-891-4026 or visit
Awards and Accolades

Hawaii Magazine Readers Vote Travaasa Hana and Hana Highway #1
Hawaii Magazine MauiCongratulations are in order for Travaasa Hana. The quiet retreat in East Maui, surrounded by natural beauty and small town charm, has captured the hearts of Hawaii Magazine readers yet again. The hotel ranked #1 for "Best Boutique Hotel" and #1 for "Best Hotel or Resort for a Romantic Getaway" among resorts statewide in Hawaii Magazine's 2014 Readers' Choice Issue: Best of the Best. The Hana Highway, one of the world's most beautiful coastal drives, was chosen as the #1 "Best Scenic Roadway."

Andaz Maui Named to Organic Spa Magazine's Top 10 Green Spas
The new Andaz Maui at Wailea was named one of the 2014 Top 10 Green Spas in the April 2014 issue of Organic Spa Magazine. The list highlights outstanding spas for their inspired and passionate commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Andaz Maui at Wailea relies on solar technology to power hot water-along with low-flow plumbing-throughout the resort. Food and ingredients used in the Awili Spa treatments are organically grown and sourced through local farmers. The award list can be found online at:
Trilogy Excursions Earns "Lifetime Achievement Award" in Mayor's Small Business Awards
After 40 years of snorkeling and sailing charters in the waters of Maui County, Trilogy Excursions has been awarded with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the offices of the Maui Mayor. Focusing on small businesses in Maui County, the award commemorates Trilogy's four generations of service and their commitment to conservation and community. For more information on the award or Trilogy's conservation initiatives, contact Li Anne Coon at, or visit

The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui Receives Awards
Maui Fairmont The Fairmont Kea Lani recently earned praise from national publications for its recent renovations, impeccable service, complimentary guest offerings, signature restaurant, Ko, and newly renovated Willow Stream spa. The all-suite resort was included on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List and the prestigious Platinum Circle List, which recognizes hotels that have made the Gold List five years in a row. Readers of Travel + Leisure also gave the resort high marks, earning the hotel a spot in the magazine's Top 10 Hawaii resorts list. For information, call 808-875-4100 or visit

Health and Wellness

Enjoy Picturesque Sunset Yoga at Spa Montage at Kapalua Bay
Spa Montage's ocean view movement studio is home to a new sunset Yoga session every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The session is led by one of their highly trained yoga instructors and will lead guests through a series of flow and meditation positions. Students face the ocean, watching the sunset while doing gentle yoga. This is an ideal class to distress and end a busy day. Cost is $20 per class or a series of five classes can be purchased for $75. 808-665-8282.
New Willow Stream Spa Offers Only WaveMotion Massage Table in Hawaii
The recently-opened Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Kea Lani is the only spa in Hawaii to offer the revolutionary WaveMotion table. The unique treatment table tilts, rotates and rocks to create a weightless sensation, much like floating on water. Therapists are trained to use joint-release techniques, providing the ability to stretch clients' muscles more effectively. The new, 9,000 square-foot Willow Stream Spa opened in January following an $8mm renovation. For information on the new services, call 808-875-2229 or

Spa-tacular Welcome at Four Seasons Resorts Lanai Manele Bay
Spa at Four Seasons MauiAlong with contemporary, island-influenced refurbishments throughout the reception area and treatment rooms, the Spa at Manele Bay has a new complimentary welcome ritual for all massages, body or facial treatments. Kalaau Pai begins with an exfoliation of the feet followed by pai (tapotement) on the soles of the feet to stimulate all flex points. Kalaau are small sticks made from guava wood, which grows on the mountainsides of the island of Lanai.
Lumeria Maui to Debut New Crystal Spa May 2014
Lumeria Maui, the boutique wellness and yoga destination for seekers of adventure for mind, body and spirit in barefoot luxury, is set to debut their new Crystal Spa in May. The plantation style boutique spa will feature crystals in each treatment and throughout the facility. Messages of unconditional love, equality and spiritual teachings are believed to emanate from crystals and provide inspiration for the Spa. The facility features 5 indoor/2 outdoor shalas, a lounge offering a musical journey, color & aromatherapy shower, AromaCrystal bar, and crystal sauna., 855-579-8877.
Westin's Heavenly Spa Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Westin Maui Resort & Spa is offering well-being activities and spa specials to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Heavenly Spa by Westin™ in April 2014. The 15,000 oceanfront spa oasis is the first Westin-branded Heavenly Spa to open worldwide within the 12-acre beachfront resort on Kaanapali Beach, Maui. Refresh with signature water therapies such as Hualani Scrub or Green Papaya Rejuvenating Mineral Bath. You can also enhance your massage service with Cooling Aloe & Cold Stone Renewal or Lower Back Therapy with warming seaweed and peppermint detox mud. Call 808-661-2588 or visit