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Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond Talk on Your Vacation
Dig into Maui's rich cultural history at this talk on Ka‘ono‘ulu.
July 18, 2014
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Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond Talk on Your Vacation

Kaanapali CondosInterested in an immersive, educational talk on an important historical site during your vacation to Maui? Some visitors prefer the typical vacation activities and tourist attractions, but some are looking for a more in-depth experience that reveals the real, authentic side of Maui. If you fall into the latter category, you might want to attend The Kā‘ono‘ulu Story: One thousand years of history.

Attendees will get to see a fascinating historical slide show as local presenters discuss the vibrant history of one of the most culturally significant and traditional settlement areas in South Maui. Kā‘ono‘ulu is the name of South Maui's best known ancient Hawaiian fishpond, which is located in front of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The fishpond is also known by the beach name of Kalepolepo or Ko'ie'ie Fishpond. It's about 45 minutes away if you're staying at one of our Kaanapali condos.

There's more to the site than the historic fishpond. The ahupua'a (district) of Ka'ono'ulu also had its own post office from 1856-1875, and it was a center of trade when Hawaii was still governed by its monarchy. The traditional history of the area goes back a very long time, to the days when oral history was the only kind there was in Hawaii. There's a lot to be learned based on these collective sources of information.

If you're interested in really digging into the deep roots of history at this unique site, the talk will be held on Wednesday, July 23rd from 6-8pm at the Kihei Conference Room, located at 726 S. Kihei Road. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to keep you busy before the talk, not to mention miles and miles of stunning white sand beaches.

The conference room is located inside the sanctuary, which is worth a visit for anyone who is interested in Hawaii's marine life and the health of the ocean surrounding the islands. The sanctuary is administered by NOAA and Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources.

We hope you enjoy yourself, whether you attend this talk or indulge in every other kind of activity that suits your interests! If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo! - by Ken Rothman

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Maui Ocean Center Sharktacular Month
Activities and events that any vacationing marine enthusiast will enjoy.
July 11, 2014
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Maui Ocean Center Sharktacular Month

Vacationing on MauiJuly is Sharktacular month at the Maui Ocean Center (MOC). Also known as the Hawaiian Aquarium, this amazing facility houses more native Hawaiian marine species than any aquarium in the world. Major conservation efforts are part of their mission, and throughout the year, they put a spotlight on different kinds of marine animals. July is shark month, so if you are visiting Maui with any shark enthusiasts, it'll be especially fun, and the kids can be educated and amazed at the same time.

There are a couple of shark-themed events that may interest you, if you'll be vacationing on Maui in July:

  • Sleep With the Sharks provides your kids with an overnight stay at the Maui Ocean Center. Participating kids will learn about Hawaiian marine life through games, crafts, hands-on activities, etc. They'll get a pizza dinner, a continental breakfast and snacks. This will take place on Friday, July 18th from 5:30pm-8am the following morning. The cost is $60 per child, and the age range is 8-13.
  • Night at the Reef: Incredible Corals will involve an after-hours experience where guests can view the fascinating after-dark behavior of the aquarium's many fascinating specimens, with an emphasis on corals. This will be on July 28th from 7:30-9:30pm and tickets are $28 for adults and $23 for kids ages 3-12.
  • The Fins and Flippers Tour gives guests a special sneak peek behind-the-scenes at the MOC so they can learn more about the resident sharks and turtles. Participants will get to observe the feeding behavior of these animals while an ocean naturalist shares a wealth of facts and knowledge on these fascinating creatures. This one is offered every Friday in July from 11:30am to 1:30pm. You'll pay the usual admission for the aquarium, and $10 extra to join this tour.
  • Finally, there's the Shark Tour Package Upgrade, where participants will learn the difference between fact and fiction regarding the reputation of sharks. This is definitely worthwhile for those who want to know that they're getting the right information about sharks. Then you can help lay sensational and silly rumors to rest. But sometimes, the reality is more exciting than the myth, so get ready. This tour takes place on Tuesdays at 11:30am, and costs $15 in addition to the normal aquarium admission. This one comes with lunch or a snack from the Reef Cafe.

Those are just a few of the interesting events being offered as a part of July's Sharktacular theme, but they're probably the most exciting. There's so much to see and learn at the MOC, it's definitely worth a visit for any vacationer who's remotely interested in marine life. If you need more information, or you'd like to book one of these tours, call (808) 270-7088.

If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo! - by Ken Rothman

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Wine Tasting in North Maui
Wine, art and everything in between!
July 04, 2014
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Wine Tasting in North Maui

Maui VacationOur blog post for last week was all about Twin Falls, located twenty minutes from Paia, and while we're discussing interesting attractions in the area, the wine enthusiasts among you may be interested in one establishment in particular. The Wine Corner is located in the heart of Paia, a charming beach town on Maui's North Shore. That's about an hour from our Kaanapali accommodations, but the only other wine tasting bar is even farther away, in Ulupalakua. The interesting thing about The Wine Corner is that it is also part art gallery, known as Da Vine Art. See what they did there? And why not mix wine and art? You can exercise your discerning eye and palate at the same time.

At Da Vine Art, you can learn all about wine, spirits, beer, coffee and such. They also feature special events where you can meet the wine makers, sample the spirits, and taste food with locally sourced ingredients. You'll learn plenty of interesting things to make your Maui vacation an enriching experience, especially if you are interested in all the little factors that come together to make something good... or mediocre. It's up to you to decide! They host everything from wedding and Christmas events to blind wine tasting and bachelorette parties.

There's a nice ambiance about this establishment, and in fact, they won the Pa'ia Main Street award in 2007 for best interior design. The Wine Corner has been in operation as a wine and liquor store for over 65 years, so it's well known by locals and returning visitors to the island. On the other hand, Da Vine Art only opened in 2013, but it has certainly made a splash in popularity, pun intended.

If you're interested in exploring the shops and art galleries of Paia, you should definitely check this place out. If it's not something that interests you, there are numerous restaurants in Paia. In fact, you won't find such a wide breadth of cuisine types represented in such a small area anywhere else on the island, so good luck finding a place you don't like!

If you need more information about The Wine Corner and Da Vine Art, call (808) 579-8904. As always, if you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We look forward to helping you make your Maui vacation dreams a reality. Mahalo for reading this week! - by Ken Rothman

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Visit Twin Falls in East Maui
Enjoy cool jungle waterfalls on a hot summer day.
June 27, 2014
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Visit Twin Falls in East Maui

Kaanapali Vacation CondosLooking for those idyllic tropical rainforests and waterfalls on your Maui vacation? That's the whole east side of the island, and almost the entire drive through Hana, but what if you don't want to devote your entire day to that long trip, or contend with the carsickness that its windy road tends to inspire? Twin Falls is an amazing location in the Haiku area, about twenty minutes from the charming beach town Paia. In fact, you should stop in Paia first for a bite to eat, or for snacks to bring along with you before you visit this beautiful destination. If you're in the mood, you can always shop and browse the local art galleries on your way back.

Twin Falls is situated on Hana Highway at mile marker 2.1. The drive to Twin Falls from our Kaanapali vacation condos should take around an hour and twenty minutes. You will hit Paia at the one hour mark. When you hit that mile marker, you'll see a parking area, and it will probably be crowded if you are visiting on a weekend or during a popular vacation time, such as right now in the summer. Once you begin wandering the trails, you'll find that there's plenty of room for all, even if there are quite a few visitors around the pools themselves. The waterfalls themselves will provide some amazing photo opportunities.

The Twin Falls entrance also features a fruit stand where you can try some locally grown organic produce. It should be very refreshing and help you feel right at home in your lush surroundings. Unlike most other waterfalls on Maui, there are portable restroom facilities here, which is nice. There do tend to be some mosquitoes in this part of the island, so as long as you bring some protection, you should be very comfortable.

On your visit, you'll find a gravel road that leads to the falls, which are very close to the entrance. It is also the driveway of the owners who have generously chosen to share this stunning place with the public. For the more adventurous and able-bodied, if you follow that path for about a half a mile, you'll find a pair of foot paths splitting off. The right takes you to Ho'olawa Nui Stream, featuring more waterfalls and a hand-dug tunnel from the 1800's. The left takes you to Ho'olawa Li'ili'i Stream, where you'll find the breathtaking Caveman Waterfall as well as some unique irrigation masonry from long ago.

There's so much to explore, and so many opportunities to make new memories at Twin Falls. We hope you have an amazing experience. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo for reading! - by Ken Rothman

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Fourth of July Maui Festivities
Watch Fourth of July fireworks over the beautiful Pacific Ocean from lively Lahaina.
June 20, 2014
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Fourth of July Maui Festivities

Kaanapali Beachfront CondosIf you're planning to spend your Fourth of July on a Maui vacation, you won't be disappointed by the holiday celebrations that you'll find here. As a West Maui vacation company, it should come as no surprise that we recommend spending the holiday in Lahaina, but it's not just because we prefer this part of the island. Lahaina's Fourth of July festivities are a lot of fun, and there are lots of great things to do.

Imagine watching a vibrant fireworks display over the tranquil Pacific Ocean on a balmy tropical night with other enthusiastic revelers. Lahaina's Front Street runs along the ocean, and there are numerous places where you can watch from shore, including several restaurants that offer unparalleled views with your dinner. That's an ideal option for a romantic evening, but if you're looking for more buzz, there are some lively bars to choose from. Then of course there are numerous charters that will take guests out that night to watch from the ocean. Many provide a combination of food and alcoholic beverages. It's up to you to decide how best to spend your holiday.

If you're skeptical as to just how exciting a little Maui Fourth celebration could be, Lahaina attracted 20,000 people last year. If you prefer a quieter experience, this probably isn't for you, but if you get a thrill from an excited crowd, you'll love it. Aside from the fireworks, there's plenty to keep you entertained that day whether you want to explore the shops, experience the cuisine offered by a variety of restaurants, or browse a plethora of art galleries featuring a wide range of local and international artists. The scenic Lahaina Harbor on the south end of Front Street offers numerous activities, like ocean cruises, parasailing, snorkeling, scuba, and more. There's something for everyone, no matter your age or your interests.

Conveniently, Lahaina is located about ten minutes from our Kaanapali beachfront condos. Parking in Lahaina will be rough, so we recommend a shuttle first, then a cab as a second option, and then driving yourself as the least optimal choice. We hope you'll have a memorable, fun holiday! Be safe, and as always, mahalo for reading this week! - by Ken Rothman

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