News from Maui, Molokaʻi & Lanaʻi
Named "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 Lānaʻi are among the most desirable destinations in the world.
Kaanapali Fresh Culinary Experience
This destination event features Maui-inspired cuisine paired with local farms and international wines and spirits in Kaanapali resort, August 29-31. Explore the bounty of the island and evolution of foods in Hawaii at the Ahaaina O Kaanapali feast with Hawaiian music. Enjoy a Fresh Mixology course in an oceanfront setting, and the Kaanapali from Range to Sea signature event on scenic hole 3 of Royal Kaanapali Golf Course with top name entertainment. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival's Kaanapali Kitchen Stadium under a Maui Moon closes the three-day extravaganza. 808-661-3271 or www.KaanapaliFresh.com.
Lahaina's Chinese Moon Festival Celebrates Harvest Season
Get a taste of a traditional Chinese Moon Festival during the first full moon of harvest season on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13. Enjoy ethnic foods like moon cakes (available for purchase) and cooking demos, a Chinese ribbon dance with live music played on traditional instruments, cultural arts demonstrations and children's crafts. Discover more about the history and significance of Moon Festivals in China at Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front Street, Lahaina. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with free admission. Call 808-661-5553 or visit www.LahainaRestoration.org.
Made In Maui County Festival
This first ever event will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Open to the public on Saturday, November 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the festival will showcase a wide variety of products including food, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashions, gifts, collectibles and more plus demonstrations all in one location and just in time for the holidays. Come see why Maui County is "no ka oi" (the best)! Admission is $3, children 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com or call 808-270-7710. Follow on Facebook.
Hotel Molokai Breaks Ground on New Restaurant with Local Chef
Hotel Molokai, a member of Beachtree Properties, broke ground in May on its new oceanfront restaurant, Tante's at Hotel Molokai. The partnership with local Chef Tante Urban will create a truly authentic Hawaii experience for guests and locals who wish to sample local cuisine with breathtaking oceanfront views. TLC Builder Ltd., located on the island of Molokai, was selected to restore the exterior for all buildings as well as build the new restaurant that is currently scheduled to open in December 2014. This is Tante's second Maui Nui location. The first restaurant is on Maui at the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului.
Montage Kapalua Bay Opens Signature Restaurant, Cane & Canoe
With mesmerizing Kapalua Bay as its backdrop, Cane & Canoe offers its guests a window into Hawaii both past and present. Here, in this historically rich locale, locals and travelers come together, savoring creative, modern cuisine that celebrates Hawaii's diverse cultural influences while showcasing its freshest, locally sourced ingredients. With extensive Hawaii experience, Executive Chef Riko Bartolome has created a menu at Cane & Canoe inspired by the island's multicultural heritage serving modern Hawaii fare, with Asian influences. For more info, visit www.montagehotels.com/kapaluabay/dining/cane-canoe/ or call 808-662-6600.
Pi Artisan Pizzeria Opens in Lahaina
One of Maui's newest restaurants, Pi Artisan Pizzeria is a fast, casual restaurant offering artisan pizzas, classic Italian sandwiches and Panini, fresh salads and desserts. The heart of the restaurant is its 8,000-pound kiawe wood-burning oven fired at 800 degrees to produce a crispy, rustic pizza in five minutes. Focused on using local ingredients, Pi retained James Simpliciano, chef and owner of Simpli Fresh farms, as its culinary consultant. Fresh bread and pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, sausages, meatballs, porchetta, sauces and desserts are made in-house, daily. Visit www.pi808.com for more information.
Exclusive Dining Experience for Fairmont Villa Guests
Villa guests at The Fairmont Kea Lani are eligible for the ultimate luxury dining experience: a customized outdoor dinner prepared by a personal chef on the terrace of a private villa. Guests are invited to work directly with the resort chef to develop a unique menu with items such as grilled Maui grown vegetables, locally caught fish or lobster, steak or lamb and a variety of side dishes. Freshly baked pastries are available for dessert. Following dinner, guests may enjoy the privacy of the villa terrace with a personal plunge pool. 808-875-4100 or fairmont.com/kealani for information.
Makena's Molokini Bar & Grille offers Sushi Saturdays & Sundays
Makena Beach & Golf Resort's Molokini Bar & Grille, offers sushi demonstrations and specialty made-to-order sushi rolls every Saturday and Sunday evening. Join Makena's famed sushi aficionado Chef Ivan Bersamin as he sets up a sushi corner providing demonstrations on how to make his famed Hakone sushi creations and offers a specialty menu of made-to-order sushi rolls, nigiri and hand rolls. For reservations or more information call 808-875-5888 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.
Introducing Ama Bar & Grill at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui
In Hawaii, canoe regattas serve as a weekly gathering for paddlers and their families. To celebrate Hawaii's canoe lifestyle and The Fairmont Kea Lani's outrigger canoe experience, the luxury hotel recently introduced Ama Bar & Grille. The new poolside restaurant offers a taste of modern Hawaii, featuring everything from contemporary poke bowls, to fish tacos and plate lunch specials in a relaxed, outdoor and social atmosphere. It's the perfect place to bring together family and friends to eat, drink, relax and talk story. For information, call 808-875-4100 or www.fairmont.com/kealani.
E Malama Kou Kino
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua's annual fitness weekend, "E Malama Kou Kino", (care for your body) will be held September 4-7. In this second annual event, visitors and locals are invited to take part in the beach resort's four-day fitness experience to help balance mind, body and spirit. The luxury destination resort has joined with Robert Ferguson (America's Diet Free Life Coach), T'ai Chi Champion David Dorian Ross and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Nick Tumminello. Additional practitioners will also be added. For details and accommodation packages, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com/kapaluawellness.
The Spa at Travaasa Hana Debuts New Signature Treatment
Designed exclusively for Travaasa Hana, the luxurious 90-minute Hana Organic Cocomint Signature Body Treatment and Massage combines Hana-grown cacao with coconut and mint for a sweetly intoxicating and deeply relaxing experience. Guests begin the experience with a gentle, exfoliating body scrub using whey and locally grown Hana cacao, helping to resurface and moisturize the skin. Next, a hydrating cocoa butter body wrap softens skin and relaxes the body and mind. After a soothing shower, the journey culminates with a coconut mint oil massage, accompanied by a warm coconut and shea butter compress. www.travaasa.com/hana
Westin's Heavenly Spa Unveils New Spa Menu
Located oceanfront at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, the award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin™ recently introduced new treatments such as Royal Fijian Ritual using Fijian honey and coconut milk for exfoliation and skin firming. The Sports Massage is designed with specific stretching and joint manipulation techniques for enhanced flexibility while the Organic Lift Facial is customized to meet individual skin care needs using pure and organic products. New enhancements such as Warm Lavender Paraffin for hands or feet and De-Stress Eye Treatment for facials are also available. Call 808-661-2588 or visit www.westinmaui.com.
New Willow Stream Spa Offers K-Lift Technology
The recently opened Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Kea Lani is the only spa in Hawaii with the Tighten and Transform Ultra facial, utilizing patented K-Lift Technology. Developed by teams at NASA, this transdermal delivery technology uses Red LED Light and an Impulse Micro-Current to accelerate cell repair, trigger DNA regeneration and re-educate muscle tone for a more lifted appearance. Firming results are immediate. The new, 9,000 square-foot Willow Stream Spa opened in January following an $8 million renovation. For information on the new services, call 808-875-2229 or fairmont.com/kealani.
Montage Kapalua Bay Now Open
Montage Hotels & Resorts announces the grand opening of Montage Kapalua Bay, spanning 24 acres atop picturesque Kapalua Bay, on the northwest coast of Maui. Following a $15 million renovation of the former Residences at Kapalua Bay, the new all-suite resort emphasizes comfortable luxury, gracious service, memorable experiences and regionally inspired dining. Montage Kapalua Bay features 50 luxurious residential-style suites, ranging from one to four bedrooms to accommodate all types of travelers with the comforts of home. Montage Kapalua Bay also offers 54 branded residences for purchase. Visit www.montagehotels.com/kapaluabay/ or call 808-662-6600.
Westin Maui Welcomes New Wildlife
Say aloha to three cygnets (baby swans) at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Named Brice, Cole and Sonny, the new additions have become a fast favorite with proud parents Noah and Thailia accompanying them within the resort's grounds by the Aloha Pavilion. The lush gardens are part of the resort's 87,000 square-foot aquatic playground and home to other wildlife such as flamingos, macaw and koi (carp). Guests and visitors are invited to participate in the weekly guided botanical tour that includes a tour of the wildlife grounds. For more information, visit www.westinmaui.com.
Adopt-a-Dolphin with Destination Resorts Hawaii
Families vacationing on Maui can enjoy the splendors of the island and support marine conservation programs. Destination Resorts Hawaii partners with the Pacific Whale Foundation to offer guests the chance to adopt-a-dolphin. Guests will receive a personalized dolphin adoption certificate, history and story of the selected dolphin, map of previous sighting and dolphin watching guide. They can also participate in an eco-cruise adventure in a dolphin ocean raft led by a certified marine naturalist. For more information, call 800-367-5246 or visit www.DestinationResortsHawaii.com.
New Updates at Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Kaanapali Beach Hotel offers new property enhancements for guests. Updates include the hotel's new Grab-n-Go food outlet offering light snacks, beverages and coffees to go; flat screen TV's and high definition channels in guestrooms for premium viewing; Tiki Courtyard renovation creating the perfect setting to enjoy complimentary nightly Hawaiian entertainment; Keurig single cup coffee makers in ocean front guestrooms and suites; ADA compliant pool lift installed in the hotel's famous whale-shaped pool; Photovoltaic solar panels installed on the rooftop; Electric car charging stations; new lobby carpet. For information, call 808-661-0011 or visit www.kbhmaui.com.
Grand Wailea Launches New Website
A member of The Waldorf Astoria Resort Collection®, Grand Wailea launched a new user-friendly website on July 1 at www.grandwailea.com. Updated information on accommodations, activities, dining, spa, meetings, weddings, honeymoons and membership can be found on the new site, along with a reservation booking page. A new blog written by Grand Wailea employees is featured weekly. Since opening in 1991, Grand Wailea consistently ranks among the world's best resorts by leading travel consumer reports and industry peers. For room reservations and information, call 808-875-1234 or visit www.grandwailea.com.
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay unveils another phase in its multi-million dollar transformation. Upgraded guestrooms debuting this October feature bespoke furnishings and commissioned works. A richly finished teak and stone entryway frames the arrival into highly crafted and culturally contextual accommodations. With walls of teak and zebra wood framing artisan-produced, Nepalese Lokta paper and floors of Honduran Mahogany laid with wool hand-woven area rugs, the rooms are rich in finish yet relaxed and organic in ambiance. Furnishings are of rosewood, leather, iron, and linen, with contemporary and historic influences combined for a stunning effect.
Heritage Photo Exhibit at Koele
A new photo collection currently on display in public areas throughout The Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, The Lodge at Koele showcases a period starting in the late 1870s through the 1950s when the uplands were used for ranching and agriculture. George C. Munro, ranch manager and conservationist left a legacy on the island, including today's Cook Island Pines. During his tenure, Munro hosted scholars and researchers who also photographed the scenes and people of Lanai. Guests and visitors can now travel back and get a glimpse of the island during those days.
Summer Fun at Westin Villas on Maui
The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas has designed unique summer events for all age groups to enjoy. From now through August, a Tween Blackout Party will be held every other Monday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday nights are perfect for under the stars family outing with Summertime Sunset Movies at the North Ocean Lawn. And for children ages 5 to 12, the Westin Kids Club offers a fun-filled night camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings through August. Visit www.westinkaanapali.com for event details or follow the resort on facebook @westinkorvillas.
Dr. Shades to the Sunglass Rescue
As part of Four Season Resort Lanai at Manele Bay's complimentary poolside amenity program, Dr. Shades - the Resort's in-house doctor, will clean, repair and heal guests' sunglass wounds. From Ray-Ban to Chanel, the doctor has seen it all and has a remedy. While Dr. Shades may not have a medical license per se, he can keep those baby blues protected and even has loaner shades so you don't miss dolphins dancing in the bay, due to a smudge or a scratch. Catch the doctor making his rounds poolside daily between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Grand Enhancements and Renovations Planned at Grand Wailea
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, sits on 40 lushly landscaped acres along Wailea Beach, Maui. Built in 1991, the Resort is enhancing and renovating many public areas and guest rooms in 2014. All guestrooms receive new furniture, carpet, artwork, linens and a 55-inch flat screen television. Power stations on the desk and bedside, new tile, vanity and flooring in the bathrooms complete the update. The Hibiscus Pool has been retiled, and the Activity Pool receives a new deck. For room reservations and information, call 808-875-1234 or visit www.grandwailea.com.
Poolside Pampering at The Fairmont Kea Lani
Summer marks the start of a new poolside spa menu at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. Services include foot reflexology/massage, head, neck and shoulder massage, scalp massage and a tropical foot scrub, each available for 15-30 minutes. All services can be enjoyed from the comfort of a poolside lounge chair and include access to the new Willow Stream Spa heat & hydro facility for the day. The addition of poolside services follows the opening of the new, 9,000 square-foot Willow Stream Spa that opened in January. For information, call 808-875-4100 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Maui Named #1 "Best Place to Visit" in U.S.
The Valley Isle of Maui finished at the top of the U.S. list in a recent ranking by U.S. News & World Report readers and travel experts in the publication's World's Best Places to Visit poll. Worldwide, Paris held on to the top spot for another consecutive year, while Maui beat out New York City for the fourth position, finishing behind London (second place) and Barcelona (third place) in a ranking that evaluated over 300 global destinations. The magazine reported, "Maui is not nearly as large as the Big Island of Hawaii, nor as small as Lanai, as bustling as Oahu or as quiet as Kauai. For many Hawaii vacationers, Maui is just right - offering a taste of just about everything the Aloha State has to offer, from impressive wildlife to intriguing history and culture. Many travelers base themselves along the coasts of South Maui (home to the famous Wailea Beach) or West Maui, where the sands of Kaanapali Beach and the music from the Old Lahaina Luau are located. But the rest of the island should not be missed. Travel along the Road to Hana to experience East Maui's scenic coastline, explore Haleakala - the world's largest dormant volcano - in the Upcountry, and explore the former tribal battlegrounds of Central Maui's Iao Valley State Park." Maui earlier ranked #1 Best Summer Vacation, #2 Best Honeymoon Destination and #12 Best Beaches in the World.
Three Maui Aston Hotels & Resorts Destinations Honored by TripAdvisor
Three Maui Aston Hotels & Resorts properties have been awarded the 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, a leading global travel company. The honor recognizes hospitality businesses around the world that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.com of 4 or higher out of a possible of 5. The three Maui properties are: Aston Mahana at Kaanapali, Aston Maui Hill, and Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach. They are among 10 total Aston properties to earn the award this year. Visit www.AstonHotels.com or call 866-774-2924 for more.
Wailea Golf Club receives multiple awards
Wailea Golf Club's Gold and Emerald courses were named among Hawaii's top courses by both Golfweek and Gayot in each of the publication's 2014 state-by-state list of the best courses in the U.S. Earlier this year, Wailea's fairways were similarly honored by Hawaii and Links magazines, and Golfweek included the Wailea Gold on its prestigious list of the best resort courses for 2014. Two affiliated luxury resorts - the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Resort Maui - were also lauded as Silver and Gold Medalists in Golf Magazine's 2014-2015 Premier Golf Resorts ratings. www.waileagolf.com.
Hawaii Magazine Readers Vote Kaanapali Beach Hotel #1
Kaanapali Beach Hotel and sister property, The Plantation Inn, receive top honors in Hawaii Magazine's 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Readers voted Kaanapali Beach Hotel the #1 Hotel with the Best Aloha Spirit and #1 Best Budget Hotel. The Plantation Inn, located in the historic district of Lahaina, was voted #1 Best Bed & Breakfast or Inn. To book your dream vacation and to learn more about specials and packages, visit www.kbhmaui.com or www.theplantationinn.com.
Makena Resort Named One of the World's Top 75 Tennis Resorts
Home to Makena Tennis Club, the Makena Beach & Golf Resort was recently voted as one of the World's Top 75 Tennis Resorts in 2014 for the second year in the row by readers of Tennis Resorts Online. The website asks vacationers to assess the resorts in 20 categories, including all aspects of the tennis experience, quality of the lodging, restaurants, children's programs, and value for dollar to create the annual Top 100 list. For reservations or more information, call 808-891-4050 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com/tennis.
Ulalena earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Ulalena at Maui Theatre, celebrating its 15th year this month has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award for the third year in a row. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website. Ulalena has earned a Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012. www.MauiTheatre.com 808-856-7900.
Burn'n Love takes #1 Lahaina Attraction on TripAdvisor
Maui's newest show, Burn'n Love, has taken the island's entertainment scene by storm. In less than two months after opening in December 2013, Burn'n Love earned and still maintains the spot as the #1 attraction in Lahaina on hugely popular consumer review site, TripAdvisor. Burn'n Love entertains audiences of all ages and musical tastes in a major way, and Maui is buzzing. www.BurnnLove.com 808-856-7900.
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Earns LEED Silver Certification
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, designed by the award-winning architecture and design firm WCIT in conjunction with Rockwell Group, recently announced that the property has earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort has a design approach that reduces energy and water consumption, minimizes waste and harmful emissions, and stresses sustainable design. For more information, www.andazmaui.com; 808-573-1234.
Spa Grande Named "#1 Spa in Hawaii" by Hawaii Magazine
The readers of Hawaii Magazine know what they like, and they voted Spa Grande at Grand Wailea the "#1 Spa in Hawaii" again in their Best of the Best Reader's Choice Awards, April 2014. Spa Grande provides guests with an oasis of serenity and an international approach to healing and rejuvenation. The largest in Hawaii at 50,000 square feet, the spa has 40 individual treatment/massage rooms, the renowned Terme Wailea Hydrotherapy and new Farm to Spa menu. For reservations and information, call 808-875-1234 or visit www.grandwailea.com.
Island Art Party
Paint a Maui memory at Island Art Party in Kihei, Maui's newest and most unique activity. Part cocktail party, part painting class, the only "experience" needed is the ability to hold a paint brush and how to have fun. All materials are provided as a Partista leads the group with step-by-step instructions in creating the featured painting, and the "Creative Juices" bar features a selection of wine, beer, cocktails and mocktails. Perfect as a date night, girls' night or group activity, or an afternoon out of the sun. Please call 808-419-6020 or visit www.islandartparty.com for more information.
Take a Hike
With only 30 miles of paved roads on the entire island, Lanai is a hiker's dream. From beachside paths perfect for a sunrise stroll to more strenuous tree-lined trails that crest mountain tops, the island of Lanai offers hikes to suit every level. Now guests of Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay have an even better reason to hit the road, with a series of guided hikes, complimentary to guests. Led by the resort's beach specialiststhe hikes range from 60 - 90 minutes and are designed to showcase the beauty, history and lore of the island.
Choose Blue...You Will Love the View
Blue Hawaiian is considered by many to be Hawaii's best helicopter tour company. Their aircraft maintenance technicians have received the FAA's coveted "Certificate of Excellence, Diamond Award" every year since 1998. No other helicopter tour company in Hawaii has ever received this recognition. Blue Hawaiian offers five different tours over Maui so there are lots of options. When you "Choose Blue," you're selecting Hollywood's first-call helicopter tour company for blockbuster films. For more info, call 1-800-745-BLUE or visit www.bluehawaiian.com.
Make Your Fish Wishes Come True
The island of Lanai offers clear blue waters to beckon the angler in all of us. Cast your rod in ancient fishing grounds for local favorites such as Ono, Mahimahi, Onaga and Uku and bring your catch back to Four Seasons Resorts Lanai where Ocean to Table hooks you up! A chef consultation will net personalized preparation, tailored to type of fish, flavor profile and favorite ingredients - try spicy poke or Mediterranean crudos, a pan-seared Mahi Mahi with avocado and tomatillo or roasted Uku and eggplant involtini with black garlic and cauliflower.
Vacation Memories are Better Shared
Capturing those once-in-a-lifetime vacation memories just got a lot easier for guests at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Guests can now make their own vacation videos by renting underwater HD cameras by the hour or by the day from the resort's Black Rock Watersports. Camera rentals come with a SD card with all the recorded footage to be used. For more information, please visit www.sheraton-maui.com.
Piiholo Ranch Zipline Offers New Hike Maui Adventure
Piiholo Ranch Zipline has joined Hike Maui to offer an exhilarating day with two of Maui's premier adventure companies. Start with a zip on our famous side-by-side ziplines, offering amazing views high above the trees on the slopes of Haleakala. Next, drive with Hike Maui guides on tranquil back roads to a special spot along famous Hana Highway. Hike along private trails through Maui's magical rain forest to 2 different waterfalls, and spend time relaxing, swimming and jumping in the clear pools beneath the falls. Contact Piiholo Ranch Zipline at 808-572-1717 or www.piiholozipline.com.
Makena Tennis Club Offers Summer Junior Tennis Program
Makena Beach & Golf Resort's Makena Tennis Club gives kids a chance to learn and improve his or her tennis game with their Junior Summer Tennis Program, offered all summer long. With hour-long classes every Tuesdays and Thursdays, kids ages 4 and up will be instructed by the club's experienced tennis pros and practice various drills, games and fun activities on the court with an emphasis on learning the fundamentals of each stroke, rules of the game and sportsmanship. For more information or to sign up, call 808-891-4050 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com/tennis.
Skyline Eco-Adventures Launches Maui's First Zip N' Dip Tour
Skyline Eco-Adventures, operator of the first zipline course in the United States, recently launched a Zip n' Dip tour option at its Kaanapali location. The new four-line experience includes a Zip n' Dip line, double racing line and two new ziplines. The three-hour tour also features a stop at a natural mountain pool with unlimited Zip n' Dips, where guests can use stand-up paddleboards, boogie boards and a floating raft while enjoying sweeping ocean views. Tours start at $139.95 per person. Visit www.zipline.com or call 888-TO-GO-ZIP for more.
Hawaiian Paddle Sports Adds New Outrigger to Canoe to Fleet
Clifford Naeole, Ritz Carlton, Kapalua cultural advisor, blessed Hawaiian Paddle Sports' newest outrigger canoe last month. "Ka Manu o Honolua" joins "Ka Manu o Honokahua" at Honokahua Beach (DT Flemmings) fronting of the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua. Hawaiian Paddle Sports partners with Jean-Michael Cousteau's "Ambassadors of the Environment" program to offer authentic, cultural and educational outrigger canoe tours to Honolua Bay seven days a week during summer. They also offer Hawaiian Outrigger canoe tours from Makena and Olowalu, private ocean kayak tours, stand up paddling adventures and surf lessons. For more info, please call 808-442-6436 or visit www.HawaiianPaddleSports.com.
Celebration of Bailey
In celebration of the bicentennial birthday of Edward Bailey, the Maui Historical Society is hosting Ohana Day with discounted tours, live entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, children's games and activities, free Hawaiian craft demonstrations, and the awards ceremony for the 2014 Edward Bailey Art Contest on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hale Hoikeike/Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. There will be a special exhibition on Edward Bailey, his journals, maps, and memorabilia as well as all 26 Edward Bailey paintings. For more information, visit our website at www.MauiMuseum.org or call 808-244-3326.
Wailele Luau Adds Sunday Dinner Show
The Wailele Polynesian Luau has added a fourth show to its weekly line-up this summer. Catch highly entertaining numbers performed by talented artistes including five fire-knife dancers who will hold you spell-bound with their daring moves. Held outdoors amidst a stunning oceanfront backdrop and cascading waterfalls, the luau is available four times weekly (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday). Accompanied by an extensive buffet spread, the show features dances from Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. Call 808-661-2992 or visit www.westinmaui.com.
Fairmont Kea Lani Guests Learn to Hawaiian
As part of The Fairmont Kea Lani's award-winning Hawaiian Cultural Program, the luxury resort offers a weekly Hawaiian Language Class. The Olelo Hawaii Session offers guests the chance to learn how to pronounce words they see around the islands, as well as the history of the Hawaiian language and how the language is used today. The complimentary class is led by certified Cultural Coach Jonelle Kamai, who is a graduate of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association's Ola Hawaii Program. For more information, call 808-875-4100 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Ka Lama Hawaii "The Hawaiian Luminary" Panel Discussion
On Saturday, August 31, at Hale Hoikeike/Bailey House Museum in Wailuku, the Maui Historical Society hosts a presentation on the first newspaper west of the Rocky Mountains, written in Hawaiian. "Ka Lama Hawaii" was produced by Lahainaluna School on the first printing press in Hawaii. The priceless, 180-year-old copy of the first edition of the Ka Lama Hawaii will be on display at Hale Hoikeike and a panelist of experts will be presenting lectures on its historical impact and modern significance. For more information, visit our website at www.MauiMuseum.org or call 808-244-3326
Golfers Delight at Wedding on the Green
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa welcomes brides and grooms to say 'I do' on the 5th hole of the Kaanapali Golf Course's Royal Course. The new "Love on the Green" wedding offering includes a ceremony designed with the golfer in mind. The Love on the Green wedding package is part of Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa's collection of romantic ceremony and reception locations offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Maui's sister islands of Lanai and Molokai. For more information, visit www.sheraton-maui.com.
Wedding Couples Experience Traditional Hawaiian Ceremony
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa invites wedding couples to celebrate their marriage with "E ala e" (Hawaiian ocean water cleansing), an ancient Hawaiian ceremony performed to mark a new beginning. In Old Hawaii, the bath between midnight and sunrise was regarded as a ceremony of purification and a cleansing of all the impurities of the past. Coupled with chants to the rising sun, the traditional "E ala e" encourages couples to awaken their senses and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit. For more information, visit www.sheraton-maui.com.
Travel Made Easier
Island Air has made traveling to Maui from sister islands easier and more convenient for summer vacationers. To meet the summer season demand for more flights Thursdays through Sundays, Island Air has added six Kahului, Maui flights, bringing the total number of flights to 22. The extended summer schedule runs through August 17.