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October 09, 2015
Creepy October Scavenger Hunt at Maui Ocean Center
Photo Courtesy of Maui Ocean Center.
Maui Ocean Center's Creepy Creatures Scavenger Hunt is sure to be fun for kids of all ages, especially if you're a marine life enthusiast who enjoys Halloween-themed events. There's no additional cost to participate, and you can pick yours up at the front gate. You can find information on ticket prices and event details at the Maui Ocean Center website.
The scavenger hunt will set you off on an adventure through the aquarium to learn about the more bizarre kinds of creatures to be found there. There are strange creatures aplenty in marine ecosystems, and many of them are at home in the aquarium, just waiting to be found. Odd appearances, abilities and defense strategies are the trademarks of these animals, so expect some surprises.
The hunt will be held throughout the month of October during regular aquarium hours, from 9am to 5pm. To make the most of your visit this month, we recommend going on a Tuesday so you can check out the hula lesson at 11:45 and one of the Fins & Flippers Tours, which are held at 11:30am and 1pm.
Another option is to visit the MOC on Halloween, when they will have divers compete in an underwater pumpkin carving demonstration inside the Blacktip Shark exhibit at 11:30am and in the Open Ocean exhibit at 1pm. Also, they'll give out Halloween goody bags at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop to kids ages 3-12. Their supply is limited, so don't wait too long to snag them for your kids. The scavenger hunt will also be happening on Halloween, so you can participate in that, too.
The Maui Ocean Center is located in Ma'alaea, which is a half hour away from our Kaanapali condos when there's no traffic, but when there is traffic, your drive can be substantially longer, so give yourself some extra time, depending on when you're driving.
Be sure to check in each Friday for our latest Maui vacation activity or event idea, or browse through our past entries for scads of suggestions! Mahalo!
Photo Courtesy of Maui Ocean Center.
October 02, 2015
Book Your West Maui Accommodations for Halloween Soon
October has finally arrived, and that means Halloween is coming. Front Street Lahaina's world renown Halloween gathering brings thousands of enthusiastic revelers together to show off some of the most creative, vibrant, and sometimes expensive costumes that you will ever see in one place.
Front Street's Halloween party is such a popular event, West Maui accommodations can have a hard time providing rentals for everyone. We would know, as West Maui vacation rental managers, and that's why we recommend booking your accommodations sooner rather than later. You don't want to miss out on this unforgettable experience because the kind of rental you needed was all booked up. Our second most important piece of advice? Take a cab or shuttle to get to and from Front Street.
As for the festivities, you'll find plenty of fun things happening on the holiday, which conveniently falls on a Saturday this year. The event will kick off with the Annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade at 4:30pm. Front street will be closed off before that, at 3:30pm. All kids are invited to join this parade, and all will receive a ribbon and a bag of treats for participating. There will be live music at Campbell Park, where the official Halloween in Lahaina T-shirts are sold alongside food booths, face painters and keiki (kids) games. After sunset, there will be live entertainment at Banyan Tree Park, with an adult costume contest with thousands of dollars in prizes.
Here is a quick rundown of the schedule for both the Banyan Tree Park and Campbell Park.
Banyan Tree Park:
- 3:30pm: Front Street closed
- 4:30pm: Keiki Costume Parade
- 6pm - 8:45pm: Costume Contest Signup at Pioneer Inn Retail Store on Hotel St.
- 6:30pm - 9:30pm: Music under the with DJ Serna
- 7-9pm: Costume Contest (bring your camera!)
- 9:30pm: Costume Contest winners announced
- Noon-10pm: Commemorative T-shirt Sale
- 3pm: Family Fun
- 5-9pm: Live Music
For more information on this world renowned event, check out visitlahaina.com. If you need assistance with your West Maui accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. If you know what accommodations you want to rent, you can also book directly through our website.
September 25, 2015
Hula Festival in Lahaina
Looking for a fun and festive Hawaiian experience on your Maui vacation? Drop by the Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival right in historic Lahaina Town under the Banyan Tree on Sunday, September 27th. If you're staying at accommodations in West Maui, the festival will be a short drive away. Once you're in Lahaina Town, you can take advantage of all the shopping, dining and art galleries to be found there.
The Hula Festival is being thrown in honor of a renowned Maui hula teacher of Lahaina, Emma Farden Sharpe. You can stop by and watch some breathtaking hula performances featuring both kahiko (traditional) and auana (contemporary) hula. The festival will include exhibits, workshops, artisans, and a lifetime achievement award, which will be dedicated to "Aunty Emma."
The opening ceremony will be held at 9am, and will be followed by hula performances from numerous hula schools. At 9:30, you can participate in a hula workshop if you reserve your space by calling 808-264-8779. The closing ceremony will be held just after 4pm, and former students will gather for one of Farden's classic performances, "Puamana."
Other fun highlights of the festival include lei making, keiki activities, and booths featuring the Maui Made work of crafters and artisans, all of which will take place under the sprawling Banyan Tree. A film will be shown at the Old Lahaina Courthouse lawn on the Pioneer Inn side. Guests are encouraged to bring low-backed chairs if they want to come and watch.
We hope you'll get a chance to swing by if your vacation to Maui will have you on the island on the 27th this month. If you need more information on the event, just call 808-264-8779. If you need our assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our phone number at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
September 21, 2015
8 Reasons We Love Kaanapali Shores
You can own at Kaanapali Shores!! Each condominium at Kaanapali Shores is individually owned and offers the potential to be great investment property. Kaanapali Beach Properties is excited to offer two of the best deals at Kaanapali Shores for a two bedroom property.
Kaanapali Shores 725
You'll forget all your cares as you gaze out upon the ocean view from this property. The kitchen and bathroom have been updated with granite counter tops, new cabinets and appliances. Offered furnished and rental ready. Learn more at www.kaanapalishores-725.com
Kaanapali Shores 258
Situated just two stacks back from the ocean front, this property is the ideal location for watching breathtaking sunsets while listening to the sound of the surf. You are just steps from the beach and the pool. Learn more at www.kaanapalishores258.com
2. Beachfront location
Kaanapali Shores is located on 10 beautifully manicured acres on North Kaanapali Beach. Start each day with a walk along this stretch of golden sand, snorkel with turtles and watch whales breach under the mid-day sun and sip maitais each night as the sun sets into the waters of the warm Pacific.
3. Condominium Amenities
Each condominium is equipped with central air-conditioning and its own private lanai (balcony). You’ll also enjoy the full-sized kitchen where you can whip up cool beverages and tasty meals saving you money on eating out.
4. Two Pools
Kaanapali Shores has two freshwater pools for guests to enjoy. The Ocean Pool is located just steps from the beach and adjacent to The Beach Club Restaurant. It has a large paved pool deck with plenty of chaise lounge chairs. It’s the perfect place to work on your tan. The Garden Pool is located toward the mountain end of the property. The surrounding trees provide welcome shade for those looking to retreat from Maui’s intense sunshine.
* NOTE: On August 17, the Garden Pool was closed for an improvement project. The work is expected to be completed on or about December 20, 2015.
Rendering of the new Garden Pool set to open mid-December 2015.
5. On-site Restaurant
The Beach Club Restaurant is located between the Ocean Pool and the Garden Pool with a great view of the beach. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu offering everything from banana pancakes with coconut syrup to green juice smoothies to fresh island fish dishes. They also provide poolside dining at the adult pool.
6. Family Friendly
This resort is the perfect choice for a family vacation. Camp Kaanapali is a year-round program for children ages 5-12. With a wide variety of fun, educational and Hawaiian cultural activities including beach exploration, scavenger hunts, ukulele lessons and games, mom and dad rest easy knowing the kids are having a blast.
7. Resort Amenities
While Maui is sure to call you to explore its miles of beaches and coastline, the resort has seen to it that you have everything you need for those days you want to relax and unwind without leaving the property.
- Participate in cultural activities such as lei making, hula lessons, a weekly craft fair and a Polynesian Show each Wednesday.
- Enjoy a rejuvenating facial, a fragrant body scrub or a relaxing massage at The Salon & Spa at Kaanapali Shores
- The Resort Shops offers groceries, spirits, souvenirs, beachwear and jewelry handcrafted in Hawaii.
- The Beach Activities Desk has boogie board, beach chair and snorkel rentals.
8. Walking distance to grocery store and restaurants and urgent care facility
Just across the street from the resort you’ll find the Honokowai Marketplace. Here you’ll find Times Supermarket – a great place to pick up fresh local produce or a nice piece of fish to grill for dinner – as well as a casual restaurants such as Subway or local favorite Java Jazz. There’s also a collection of retail shops where you can pick up souvenirs or a new bathing suit. And, while we hope you’ll never need it, the Doctors On Call urgent care facility is open 365 days per year from 8am to 9pm.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect vacation spot on Maui or looking to purchase your own piece of paradise call us at 800-887-7654 to learn more about Kaanapali Shores.
September 18, 2015
93rd Annual Maui Fair
The 93rd Maui Fair is coming up fast on September 24th, continuing through the 27th. This event is a good one for families on a Maui vacation who are thinking about moving here permanently. Not only is the fair entertaining, but it's inexpensive to attend, compared with many other Maui activities.
The fair is full of exciting rides and games that will keep the kids entertained all day. The price is well worth the fun they'll have, and you can rest assured that there's no smoking or alcohol allowed on the premises. Then there's the amazing local food, which has such a great reputation that some people attend the fair just to eat! Add in the performances at the Events Arena and you'll find plenty of entertainment to go around, but this event is also a great way to get to know the Maui community.
Every year, countless local non-profit organizations and businesses set up booths at the fair to share information on the work they do. In fact, this event is the primary source of funding for some non-profits. Interested in the farming community? You can explore the agricultural tent to see what kind of livestock are being raised here on Maui. Is gardening more your speed? The horticulture exhibits include beautiful bonsai plants, orchids, and other prize specimens from Maui's finest gardeners. Let's not forget the stunning array of arts and crafts products from local artisans. If you want a Maui-made souvenir, you might just find some real gems to bring home.
The fair is such a popular event, attendance is typically just under 100,000. It will kick off with Maui's largest parade on Thursday the 24th. The fair will continue on until the evening of Sunday, the 27th. For more information, visit www.mauifair.com.
If you're seriously thinking about moving here, and you're interested in Maui real estate, we can help you there as well. Not only do we provide vacation rental accommodations, but our business includes a real estate branch. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page if you should need our assistance. Mahalo!
Photo provided courtesy of Ray Mains Photography
Photo Courtesy of Maui Ocean Center.
Maui Ocean Center's Creepy Creatures Scavenger Hunt is sure to be fun for kids of all ages, especially if you're a marine life enthusiast who enjoys Halloween-themed events. There's no additional cost to… Continue Reading
October has finally arrived, and that means Halloween is coming. Front Street Lahaina's world renown Halloween gathering brings thousands of enthusiastic revelers together to show off some of the most creative, vibrant, and sometimes expensive costumes that you will ever see in one… Continue Reading
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