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Clear Kayaks Maui
It's like a little glass-bottomed boat just for you!
October 31, 2014
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Clear Kayaks Maui

West Maui AccommodationsAs West Maui accommodations specialists, we're always on the lookout for interesting things to do, and new ways to enrich your Maui vacation experience. That's why we want to tell you about Clear Kayaks Maui. They are exactly what they sound like: kayaks with a clear bottom so you can see the reefs, turtles and other marine life below you. It's like your own little glass-bottomed boat.

Many visitors are iffy about getting in the water to snorkel, which is the easiest way to explore Maui's beautiful reefs. Some would be more interested in boat activities if they didn't get seasick. Clear kayaks are the answer to both obstacles. You can get an intimate look at the reefs without getting in the water, and you're much less likely to get seasick in a little craft that's in your control.

Clear Kayaks Maui is a company that rents out a fleet of 8 clear-bottom kayaks, and their reviews are stellar, so you can expect an amazing experience. Their staff members are knowledgeable and can help you with any questions you might have. They rent in the morning, which is the best time to kayak due to calmer conditions and clearer water. You will be provided with a waterproof fish identification card to help you learn what's what, and they'll give you tips on how to find the best underwater landmarks and green Hawaiian sea turtle hangouts. They will also outfit you with life jackets of all sizes, including infant size, and you'll get a personalized lesson on kayaking and basic water safety.

One of the great perks about kayaking is that it's a lot of fun for the whole family. Because their kayaks are so stable, and sit low in the water, young children can easily enjoy the experience and sit on a parents lap, while bigger kids can have their own seat.

This particular company launches from Makena Landing, which is located in South Maui, and that's about an hour from our Kaanapali condos, but it's worth the trip for this activity. If you're interested in booking, or you need more information, call 808-664-3000 or visit www.clearkayaksmaui.com.

Lastly, don't forget to protect your skin with sunscreen or breathable clothes that you won't overheat in, and you might want to bring a hat. They're great for keeping the sun out of your eyes and off your face. Enjoy your adventure, and mahalo for reading this week!

 

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Maui Ocean Center Halloween Activities
There are some fun Halloween-themed features at the aquarium for kids of all ages.
October 24, 2014
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Maui Ocean Center Halloween Activities

Visiting MauiIf you'll be visiting Maui for Halloween, and you're looking for something to entertain the kids, the Maui Ocean Center (MOC) has some interesting things going on through the end of October. Even if you have plans on the day of Halloween, a visit to the aquarium on any day this month can provide you with a splash of holiday spirit and inspiration.

Through the end of this month, the MOC will be handing out Freaky Fish Fact Cards with your admission. They will feature unusual marine creatures and information on the traits that make them strange. Sometimes, fact is weirder than fiction!

After you've collected your cards, you can participate in the Creepy Creatures Scavenger Hunt, which is also included with your admission. Through the end of the month, you can go on an adventure through the aquarium to find the creatures on the list and learn more about them. It should be a fun game that will keep your kids engaged and entertained. Sometimes a little goal is all your kids need for sustaining their interest and having fun.

Lastly, if you happen to be at the aquarium on Friday, October 31st, the aquarium has an interesting spectacle planned. Divers will be carving pumpkins among the fish and sharks at the Blacktip Exhibit at 11:30am and at the Open Ocean Exhibit at 1:30pm. That should be an interesting process! Do pumpkins float? When they're hollowed out, will they sink? Will the fish consider pumpkin bits good eating? Will the divers use glowsticks to light their finished products? After all, they were originally designed for underwater use. If you're curious about the answers, you'll have to go see for yourself! Or you could google the answers, but that's no fun!

Also on Halloween, children ages 3-12 can do a little trick-or-treating at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop where they will be given candy and fun little Halloween-themed trinkets to take home.

Conveniently, none of these activities require an extra charge. They are all included with admission. You just need to be there on Halloween for the pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. The Maui Ocean Center is a big favorite among both residents and visitors, so it's always worth stopping by, especially if you or anyone in your group is a marine life enthusiast. After all, it's the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.

The Maui Ocean Center is located in Ma'alaea, which is about a half-hour away from our Kaanapali condo rentals. The MOC is located adjacent to the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops plaza, so you can always hunt around for some nice souvenirs before or after your tour of the aquarium. We hope you enjoy your vacation, and as always, if you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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Lahaina Plantation Days Community Festival
Celebrate and learn something new with the whole family at this lively event.
October 17, 2014
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Lahaina Plantation Days Community Festival

Kaanapali CondosThose of you who already know about the usual Maui vacation activities may be looking for something a little different. That's why local events are worth checking out. They can add a bit of variety to your experience, and more often than not, there's something new to learn.

For example, perhaps you'd be interested in the upcoming Lahaina Plantation Days community festival on October 24th and 25th. You'll find a mix of local residents and visitors alike in attendance. Many of the local residents have ancestral roots in Lahaina's plantation history, which is why it means so much to the community.

This event will feature historical displays on life in the plantation days and what that was like. The theme of this year's festival is centered around the jobs of the plantation era, so you'll get an intimate look at what the daily working experience entailed for those involved in the plantation business on various levels. Also featured will be multi-ethnic cultural demonstrations.

As with any Maui event worth its salt, there will be live entertainment from popular local musicians and performers and amazing local food at various booths. For your refreshment, there will be Maui brews and coffee to drink, along with a farmer's market, which should be especially nice if you are staying at one of our Kaanapali condos and you want to make use of your full kitchen. Traveling with family? Kids can have fun at the carnival zone with nostalgic games and animal rides.

Conveniently, the festival is located at the Old Pioneer Mill Smokestack site on Lahainaluna Road off Highway 30. You can't miss the smokestack. As a landmark, it really stands out. You passed it if your accommodations are in Lahaina or Kaanapali. There's plenty of free parking, and admission for the event is $5 per person, but there's no charge for children ages 5 and under. The festival will take place on October 24th and 25th from 5:30-10:30pm.

Enjoy this event, and check in each Friday for our latest Maui vacation idea, or peruse our past blogs for a treasure trove of suggestions. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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Maui Fall Harvest Festival
A family-friendly event that has something for everyone.
October 10, 2014
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Maui Fall Harvest Festival

Vacation to MauiAs much as our Maui vacationers love the tropical life that the island has to offer, some of them still crave those special seasonal moments. Fortunately, the holidays are a big deal here, and although you won't see a snow day here, or the leaves changing from green to those brilliant warm hues, there are still many seasonal celebrations. For example, there will be a Fall Harvest Festival on the 19th of this month.

This very family-friendly event will take place in Makawao town, which is located on the slopes of Haleakala in an area we refer to as "Upcountry." It's about an hour away from our West Maui condos, but it's worth the trip. Agriculture is a strong theme there, and the town itself looks like a page out of the old west, despite its greenery. Who says you can't mix Western-style architecture and a lush tropical environment? This eclectic little town boasts charming shops, art galleries, restaurants and other places of interest, and it's worth a visit any time of year. That being said, the fest looks to be especially fun for you family vacationers.

The event will feature pony rides, a petting zoo, a haunted house, a silent auction, carnival games, food trucks & vendors, a farmer's market, crafts, and many more booths. There will be face painting, balloon animals, entertainment and a costume contest at 1:00 p.m. Even if you're visiting with friends, or you're on a romantic vacation to Maui, it'll be worth swinging by to see what the vendors have to offer. Maui-made crafts can provide you with unique souvenirs that you won't find in those chain stores. The food trucks and vendors generally have outstanding fare to offer, and of course the entertainment always adds a festive ambiance.

There's plenty to see and do in Makawao, and that will be especially true on the 19th. There's no entry fee to get into the festival, and it will take place from 9am to 3pm. If you need more information, call 808-572-9129.

Mahalo for reading this month, and we hope you enjoy the festival, along with all the other activities you have planned for your Maui vacation. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page.

 

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Maui Ukulele Fest
Hawaiian music, food and crafts at this free, family-friendly event.
October 03, 2014
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Maui 'Ukulele Fest

Maui VacationLooking for some traditional Hawaiian entertainment for your Maui vacation? What better than the upcoming 'Ukulele Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC)? It's about fifty minutes from our West Maui condos, but the trip is worth it if you're looking for authentic music. The festival will be in full swing from 1pm-6pm on October 12th. Best of all, it's free. A vacation to Maui can be expensive, so why not treat yourself to a fun experience where all you need is the gas to get there? Of course you'll find plenty of shopping at the nearby malls, and a lot of great restaurants as well, if you feel like indulging yourself before or after.

The festival will be held in the A& B Amphitheater, which is an outdoor area with nice green lawns. You can always bring a blanket or some little fold-out chairs for extra comfort while you listen to the music. As for the music, prepare for a treat. Some of the island's best 'ukulele musicians will be playing, including renowned 'ukulele advocate and teacher Roy Sakuma, who will be the M.C. for this event.

The 'ukulele itself is worth celebrating, as it has earned a beloved place in Hawaiian culture. The efforts of these talented musicians is also worth celebrating. The line-up for this year's fest includes:

  • ‘AHAmele
  • Nick Acosta
  • Kamakakehau Fernandez
  • Paula Fuga
  • Raiatea Helm
  • The Hula Honeys
  • Aidan James
  • Richard Hoopi’i

In addition, students will be performing, including Kalama Intermediate 'Ukulele Band with Benny Uyetaki. As an extra special treat, fine 'ukulele will be featured as door prizes. As with any decent Maui festival, there will be Hawaii-made arts and crafts featuring the work of talented local vendors, and you can also get some delicious food from the wonderful food booths that will be there. If you need more information, call 808-242-7469.

This is a family-friendly event, but it's also a lot of fun if you're on a romantic vacation or a visit with friends. This festival is a real gem, so don't miss it if you'll be on Maui on October 12th. Mahalo for reading this week, and have a great time!

 

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