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South Maui Easter Sunday Champagne BrunchA festive brunch to kick off your Sunday adventures.
March 27, 2015
South Maui Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch
If you're here on a Maui vacation during Easter, perhaps you'd like to do something festive for your holiday. You might not expect to find much of the holiday spirit in the tropical Hawaiian island chain, but residents here celebrate with as much enthusiasm as the next state out there on the Mainland.
Why not make the scenic drive out to the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in South Maui for an Easter Sunday brunch? The journey should take just under an hour if you're staying at one of our Kaanapali condos, and you'll have sparkling blue ocean in sight for most of the way.
If you're thinking that a brunch doesn't sound that interesting, you might be surprised. Chef De Cuisine Kurt Lesmerises provides Makena's award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, which has been themed for the holiday this year. The menu is too extensive to describe, but includes traditional breakfast favorites with some creative new treats in the mix. Some will be provided buffet style, while others will be created before your eyes at one of six action stations where your food will be made to order.
The cost is $65 per adult and $35 per child. You'll find the full menu and more information at this makenaresortmaui.com page. The brunch will be held at Makena's Molokini Bar & Grill from 9:30am to 1:30pm, so it's alright if you're not the earliest of risers. There will be live entertainment to complement your meal.
If you're looking for an activity for the kids, the same resort will have an Easter egg hunt at 9am on the Pu'u Olai Lawn. There will also be a fundraiser for local charities at the Atrium Garden at 9:30am, if you're feeling generous. If you need more information, visit the link above or call 808-874-1111. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Art Galleries of LahainaA handy guide to the galleries of Front Street in historic Lahaina Town.
March 20, 2015
Art Galleries of Lahaina
Given its relatively small population, Lahaina has an unusual abundance of art galleries. In fact, it has one of the highest concentrations of art galleries per capita in the country. It's no surprise that Maui is the destination of choice for vacationers who enjoy the finer things in life, including the wonderful vacation rentals in West Maui. If you're interested in art, or you're traveling with someone who is, you could spend the better part of the day exploring Lahaina's art galleries, not far from our Kaanapali condos. In fact, you can find a great deal of local art in the shops as well, and if you know what to look for, there are some real treasures among these collections. You'll have to browse to find those, but you can take a more targeted approach to hopping between the art galleries on or near Front Street. Here's a little guide to the galleries, starting from the southern end of Front Street and heading north.
The Village Galleries Maui - Here, you'll find a wide array of interesting art and gift items. Sculptures, jewelry, prints, original art, blown glass and Hawaiian cultural art are just some of the things you'll find at this little gem. Their prices are also more reasonable than the average in this area.
Thomas Barbèy Gallery - This gallery features the fascinating work of acclaimed photographer Thomas Barbèy. Widely regarded as an artistic genius, Barbèy's work contains seamless combinations of unexpected objects and scenes, which he put together in his dark room (not in Photoshop). You might find his work fun, symbolic, and perhaps a bit unsettling, but it is always interesting.
Wyland Galleries - Here you will find the marine-themed paintings and sculptures of popular artist Wyland, who is a passionate environmental conservationist. Unsurprisingly, he lives in Hawaii part-time.
Lik Lahaina - This gallery is probably the best loved of the bunch, not just because of the stunning photography of world-renowned Peter Lik, but also because of the friendly staff. Lik's photography focuses on vibrant, colorful nature scenes that dazzle the eye and inspire the imagination. One of his pieces will bring any space to life if you're looking to buy.
Vladimir Kush Gallery - Keep walking up Front Street past Lahainaluna Road and you'll find the work of famous surrealist painter Vladimir Lahainaluna Road and you'll find the work of famous surrealist painter Vladimir Kush. This gallery is another big favorite among visitors and residents alike. Kush's work is beautiful and impactful, both regarding his painting technique and his choice in imagery. Without the aid of photography to manifest his creative concepts, he blends the real with the unreal from the images in his mind, which makes his work all the more impressive.Kush's work is beautiful and impactful, both regarding his painting technique and his choice in imagery. Without the aid of photography to manifest his creative concepts, he blends the real with the unreal from the images in his mind, which makes his work all the more impressive.
Those are the main stops we suggest, but there are numerous other galleries that you can find along the way. You might even swing up Lahainaluna Road a bit and check out the Daryl Millard Gallery and Kai Pua. Hopefully, this has been a helpful little guide for you in your art gallery explorations, because we want every part of your trip to be as enjoyable as our vacation rentals are. On that note, if you happen to need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
Polipoli Reopening After Iselle Damage RepairsPolipoli Springs State Recreation Area is scheduled to reopen on April 3rd.
March 13, 2015
Polipoli Reopening After Iselle Damage Repairs
Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area has been closed since last summer, when the high winds of Tropical Storm Iselle knocked several trees down. While Maui has remained mercifully untouched by direct hurricane landfall, we do get some of the winds from passing storms. Iselle's winds reached 50-80 mph, and it was more than some of Polipoli's trees could handle.
This particular recreation area is a popular Upcountry attraction for those here on a Maui vacation, as well as residents. Its elevation provides refreshingly cool air and impressive vistas. It includes a camp site and trails of varying difficulty, one of which features a small cave. You might even spot one of Maui's rare endemic bird species if you are lucky. After the damage caused by Iselle, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) closed down both Polipoli and the Kula Forest Reserve so that crews could safely perform clean-up duties and repair public facilities at both locations.
Now that the repairs have been completed, and the debris and other hazards removed, the parks are slated to reopen. According to Lance DeSilva of the DLNR, the closure of the affected parks gave them an opportunity to get in there and make some other needed improvements while they were at it, so they could provide a better and safer user experience all around.
Such efforts go a long way for places as popular as Polipoli. If you'd like to visit during your trip, know that the parks will reopen on April 3rd, and plan accordingly. Polipoli is open from 6am-6pm, and is located 9.7 miles up Waipoli Road off Kekaulike Avenue in Kula. The road can get a bit bumpy toward the end, so 4-wheel drive is nice, although plenty of visitors make it just fine with 2-wheel drive. If you're coming from one of our Kaanapali condos, this is a day-trip. We hope you enjoy it!
If you need any assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
Kaanapali Among America's Coolest Small TownsBudget Travel has named Kaanapali among the top 15 coolest small towns in the U.S.
March 06, 2015
Kaanapali Among America's Coolest Small Towns
Kaanapali, Maui has recently come up as one of the top 15 finalists for Budget Travel's contest: America's Coolest Small Towns 2015. Although Kaanapali doesn't really seem like a "town," it is one, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which recorded a population of 1,045 residing there in 2010.
Population plays a factor in the contest, because it only compares towns with a population of less than 10,000. Despite its own charm, Lahaina doesn't meet that population criteria, and if it were combined with Kaanapali, neither would. As it stands, Kaanapali does meet the criteria of a low population combined with a lot of personality. Keep that in mind if you're still deciding where to book your Maui accommodations. It's exciting to know that we specialize in vacation rentals in one of the 15 coolest towns in the United States!
Each town in the contest has been given a short description by Budget Travel. The following is Kaanapali's.
This town on the Hawaiian island of Maui sort of redefines "cool" for the rest of us: Relax or brave the water at beautiful Ka'anapali Beach. Take a whale watching cruise to see the humpback whales make their annual migration down from Alaska from December through April. Drive up the nearby dormant volcano, Haleakala, for unforgettable views and the surprisingly chilly breezes (hey, the volcano is more than 10,000 feet tall). And don't forget to experience an authentic luau, complete with plenty of traditional pork dishes and hula dancing.
They do make some excellent points. Given Kaanapali's distinction, you might find yourself smitten enough to live here permanently. That's why we have a Kaanapali Real Estate branch, which can lend you expert assistance in finding the right property to meet your unique needs.
We hope you're as excited about Kaanapali's achievement as we are. Most visitors adore this place, so the rank is well deserved. Mahalo for reading this week! If you should need to contact us for assistance, you'll find our information at the bottom of the page.
Scuba Dive Maui ExcursionsMaui is a fantastic scuba diving vacation destination.
February 27, 2015
Scuba Dive Maui Excursions
When it comes to scuba diving, a Maui vacation can be an amazing experience, especially if you're accustomed to the cold waters of the West Coast. Here, you'll find an amazing array of fish, crustaceans, eels, and other fascinating marine creatures, like octopus and manta rays. Turtle sightings are common in our surrounding reefs, dolphin sightings are frequent in certain areas, and divers sometimes even spot humpback whales between the months of December and May each year.
Whether you're a certified diver or you're interested in becoming one, Maui is a great place to broaden your experience. Weather conditions are generally mild, which helps keep visibility high. Again, the water is warmer, especially in the first fifteen feet. We are also rich in the number of dive sites to explore. If you book with Lahaina Divers, a local favorite, you can hop one of their charters to the neighboring island of Lanai for cavern diving. The small crescent island of Molokini, off our South Shore, is another popular site with an extensive reef. There is even a sunken schooner replica of the Carthaginian off Lahaina, not far from our West Maui accommodations.
Lahaina Divers can take you on a trip to any of these sites. We'd list some of their options and prices, but there are so many, you're better off visiting their website at www.lahainadivers.com. This activity company is known for their friendly, helpful staff and their broad range of expertise. They provide you with beverages and snacks on your trip, with breakfast and lunch included on some tours. They operate out of the scenic Lahaina Harbor, which is just four miles from our Kaanapali condos, so that makes them an especially convenient choice.
If you're still learning, Lahaina Divers can provide you with lessons from basic scuba diver up to dive master and instructor. Students can be as young as 10 years old, and they even offer handicapped diver training. They can accommodate you no matter what your experience level. If you need more information, visit their aforementioned website, or call 808-998-3483.
Mahalo for reading this week! If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page.
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