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July 03, 2015
Top 10 Restaurants near Honua Kai Resort Maui
Looking for some delicious food while you're visiting Maui? If you're staying at Honua Kai Resort in West Maui, we'd like to share some excellent nearby dining options with you. Great food should be a part of every vacation, and with that in mind, we hope we can point you in the right direction. Of course, there is always Duke's, which is located at Honua Kai. They serve Hawaiian influenced fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood and steaks. But if you want to try something else in the area, here is a list of the top ten restaurants near the resort.
1. Hula Grill Kaanapali - Conveniently located on Kaanapali Beach, this lively restaurant serves seafood and Hawaiian regional cuisine. It's ideal for those who want to sample the colorful flavors of Hawaii, along with a mix of familiar ingredients. Price range is about $11-30.
2. Roy's, Kaanapali - Located on Kaanapali Parkway, this popular restaurant serves unique, internationally influenced cuisine, with a splash of Hawaiian flavors. The atmosphere is laid back, with a view of the golf course and the ocean beyond. A meal here costs between $30-60 per person, so is best reserved if you're looking for an upscale dining experience.
3. Leilani's On the Beach - This laid back restaurant can be found just off Kaanapali Beach in Whalers Village, with beautiful ocean views. The menu features a mix of popular fare like seafood, ribs and steak, along with a fun selection of mixed drinks. Prices range from $11-30.
4. Paradise Grill - Nestled beside the golf course on Kaanapali Parkway, this restaurant features American favorites. Here, you'll find the game on TV, salsa dancing on Fridays, live entertainment during dinner hours, and even karaoke on Sunday nights. Prices range from $11-30.
5. Japengo - Located at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, this restaurant is one of the best nearby options for Japanese food and Asian fusion. The menu provides a lot of choices, so if you enjoy Asian food in general, you're sure to find something that you'll like. Prices range from $31-60
6. Nikki's Pizza - Looking for a place to grab a slice near Kaanapali Beach? Located in Whaler's Village, Nikki's is a great option for a quick, cheap bite, which is why it's a favorite among families, as well as visitors and residents on the go. You can eat here for $10 and under.
7. Sangrita Grill and Cantina - For tasty Mexican food nearby, this is a great choice. Situated near Kaanapali Beach on Kekaa Drive, this restaurant features the island's largest selection of artisanal tequila and mezcal, along with a colorful array of fresh Mexican flavors. Prices range from $11-30.
8. Son'z Steakhouse - As the name implies, this restaurant serves high quality steaks and chops along with fresh seafood. The ambiance is tranquil and the view features a waterfall pond with swans. Like Japengo, it is located at the Hyatt Regency. The price range is $31-60.
9. Joey's Kitchen - For a super casual dining experience featuring Hawaiian food and Asian fusion, this is the place that visitors and residents are crazy about. If you want to experience popular local style food, this is the place. You'll find it in Whaler's Village on Kaanapali Beach. Prices range from $11-30.
10. Kupanaha Magic Show Dinner Theater - Last, but not least, we thought we'd add a splash of fun if you're looking for a night of entertainment with your dinner. There will be illusions and comedy, but the food quality has not been neglected. The menu has a surprising number of choices, considering. There are meat, seafood and vegetarian options. Most of the food is a mix of Hawaiian and Asian flavors. Prices range from $31-60.
Enjoy your food! Mahalo!
June 26, 2015
New Mask for Maui Snorkelers
Snorkeling is one of Maui's most popular, enjoyable activities. For those of you vacationers who love to swim and want to explore the ocean, there's an innovative new snorkel mask design that you might want to invest in, especially if you visit Maui and snorkel frequently. Designed by Tribord, it's called the Easybreath Snorkeling Mask.
Normally, we don't blog about products, but this one is generating so much buzz, the primary complaint among customers is lack of availability because they are selling so fast. Reviews on this product are also very high, even though it's a new design. So what makes this mask so special?
The Easybreath covers your whole face. The snorkel itself is built into the top of the mask, so you never have to worry about positioning it, or dealing with the awkwardness of having a snorkel on one side of your face. You also don't have the snorkel in your mouth. You just breathe as you normally would. That alone is enough to excite most snorkelers, but the innovation doesn't stop there. The part of the mask that you breathe through is separated from the rest of the mask, meaning that humidity from your mouth and nose can't fog up your view. Yes, there's no longer a need for those chemical defoggers, repeated rinsing during your excursion, or even spit, which some people swear is the best defogger. Ew, right?
So to sum up, your whole face is covered, you don't have a snorkel in your mouth, you can breathe through your nose like you normally would, and your breathing isn't fogging up your view. We've looked at some of the reviews from regular snorkelers, who are describing it as "revolutionary," "brilliant product," and "excellent design." One review even cited a two-year wait that was completely worth it. Don't worry, that was two years ago. Production has stepped up since then, and they are filling orders more and more quickly.
If this is something that interests you, we recommend that you look into this product yourself and see if it's something that would work for you. Here's a link to the main page for Easybreath, if you want more information. Based on all the rave reviews, a mask like this is well worth the space in your suitcase on your future Maui vacations. Mahalo!
June 19, 2015
Maui Wearable Art Show
This week, we'd like to suggest an event that joins Native Hawaiian art with fashion. It's called MaMo on Maui: Wearable Art Show. MaMo refers to Maoli Arts Month, which is a celebration of Native Hawaiian art that began in 2006 on Oahu. The highlight of this month-long celebration is definitely the Wearable Art Show and it was a huge success last year. The show draws together those with an appreciation for art, Hawaiian crafts and fashion. There will be a festive atmosphere, new creations to see, and fantastic cuisine to enjoy. Not only that, but it's a rare opportunity for those who are visiting Maui.
The message behind the Wearable Art Show is that art is more than what you frame on a wall. Creative works can be integrated with many different facets of life, including what you wear. Sometimes the best way to showcase a creation is on a person. In the case of this celebration, the art also represents cultural principles and values that are unique to Hawaii, which the designers integrate into something wearable.
The show incorporates a blend of dramatic cutting edge designs with traditional patterns and motifs mixed into contemporary themes. All these elements come together for something truly, uniquely Hawaiian. That's what makes the event so special. So, if you're looking for an event that's visually stimulating, upbeat, and culturally rich, you won't find another opportunity quite like this one.
The show will be held on June 20th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, about an hour from our West Maui accommodations. Tickets can be purchased for a reasonable $35, $45 or $65. There will be a trunk show at 6pm, before the main show at 7:30pm. Meals are available for purchase from Three's Bar and Grill - Hawaiian, Southwestern & Pacific Rim Cuisine. They'll be serving macadamia nut-crusted chicken breast, BBQ kalua pork quesadilla and kale salad.
June 12, 2015
Maui Night of Shooting Stars Basketball Game
Here's an event for all of you basketball fans who will be on your Maui vacation in late June this year. On the 27th, the Grand Wailea will be hosting their 5th Annual Night of Shooting Stars event. This is a celebrity and professional exhibition basketball game that will bring in some fantastic players, including NBA pros.
This is a popular event so you should book your tickets as soon as you can, especially since more than 2,400 people attended last year. As for this year, the game will feature over a dozen NBA and celebrity participants, who will play at the Wailea Tennis Club outdoor stadium.
Yes, Wailea is located in South Maui, which is about an hour from our West Maui Accommodations, but you'll have beautiful blue ocean in sight pretty much the whole way there. Best of all, general admission tickets are a reasonable $20 per person. Since Basketball Maui is a non-profit organization, the proceeds from the event will benefit Maui's youth, with around 8,000 participating in their camps, clinics, school assemblies and community events.
A few of this year's star players are Anthony Tolliver of the Detroit Pistons, CJ Watson of the Indiana Pacers as well as NFL Player Darrin Walls of the NY Jets and Pro-Athlete and Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Clay. You'll have the chance to get autographs after the game and if you're lucky, you might win some prizes. The doors open at 5pm, and tip off time is at 6pm. General admission is $20 per person, but you can also opt for VIP court-side tickets for $50 each, or Skybox tickets for $100.
Here is a list of the confirmed attendees:
- Bryan Clay - Olympic Gold Medalist
- Darrin Walls - NY Jets
- Anthony Tolliver - Detroit Pistons
- Jeremy Tyler - New York Knicks
- CJ Watson - Indiana Pacers
- Garrett Temple - Washington Wizards
- Derrik Low - International Pro
- Julian Sensley - International Pro
- Kenny Dobbs - Sprite Slam Dunk Champion
- Mike Penberthy - Minnesota Timberwolves Skills Coach, Retired NBA Lakers
- Ryan Appleby - International Pro
- Warren Ward - International Pro
- Malcolm Thomas - Philadelphia 76ers
if you need tickets or more information, visit basketballmaui.com. We hope you have a great time at the game. As for your accommodations, if you need any assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
June 05, 2015
Kamehameha Parade and Celebration in Lahaina
If you want to see a vibrant, lively Hawaiian celebration on your Maui vacation, you shouldn't miss this year's commemorative King Kamehameha parade and celebration. The official name of the event is Nä Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade & Ho'olaule'a. Let's break all of that down for you. Na basically means "for" or "belonging to." Kamehameha is the Hawaiian king who first united the islands under his sole leadership via conquest. Pa'u refers to colorfully dressed women riding horseback, wearing long skirts and sitting astride their horses, rather than sidesaddle. This tradition originated in the early 19th century when Hawaiian royalty would ride this way on special occasions. Lastly, a ho'olaule'a is a celebration involving food, entertainment, and games.
The pa'u riders in the parade are quite the glamorous spectacle, steeped in a Hawaiian tradition that was nearly lost at one point in time, but has seen a resurgence since then. It's not often that Maui visitors get to see these riders in all their colorful regalia, so if you're interested in Hawaiian culture, you won't want to miss the parade.
The celebration will take place on Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th in historic Lahaina Town on Front Street, just 5-10 minutes from our Kaanapali condo rentals. Lahaina holds town parties on the second Friday of every month, which falls on June 12th this month. The festivities kick off at 5pm and continue to 8:30pm. There will be live Hawaiian music performances at Campbell Park, which you'll find between the Baldwin House Museum and the Wharf Cinema Center. If you're not sure where that is, don't worry. As long as you're on Front Street, you'll hear where the music is coming from. There will also be food booths there, along with keiki (children's) art activities and exhibits.
On Saturday, the celebration will begin at 9am, and the parade will begin at 9:45am. The procession will travel down Front Street, so the road will be closed that morning. The parade starts at Kenui Street and ends at Shaw Street. The other festivities will be held at Banyan Tree Park, and will include exhibits, more keiki art activities, food booths with proceeds going to community non-profits, Maui made crafts vendors, live music, hula performances, and the much anticipated pa'u awards presentation. These festivities will go on until sunset, but there are plenty of shops and art galleries to peruse on Front Street afterwards.
If you need more information on the event, just call 808-264-8779. We hope you have an amazing time, and that you take lots of pictures to commemorate your experience. Mahalo for reading this week!
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