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Maui Parks and Beaches Guide

Pick the parks and beaches that you'd like to visit, with our comprehensive guide.
August 19, 2016

Maui Parks and Beaches Guide

Every week, we write about fun Maui vacation activities, events and other ideas to help you decide how to make the most of your Maui vacation. Everyone is different, so we try to cover as wide a range as we can so there's something for everyone. Fortunately, Maui makes that easy, because there's so much to do, and so many things to try, most vacationers need multiple trips to experience it all! This week, we'd like to point you to another feature that we have on our site, our Maui Parks and Beaches page.

Maui's parks and beaches are a lot of fun to visit, especially since they are free. All you need to do is bring what you need to enjoy your visit, and make sure you know how to get there. Our guide can help you there. All you need to do is choose the part of the island you're interested in, such as West Maui or Upcountry Maui, and you'll get a list. When you expand each park/beach on the list, a map will appear, showing you the precise location of that park or beach.

Another important facet of our guide is that we have carefully collected information on the facilities at each location. For example, here is the facility info for Kahana Beach Park.


Kahana Beach Park - Lahaina
Type:               County
Area:               1 acre
Parking:           Yes, unmarked parking area
Restrooms:      Yes, portable toilets
Showers:         Yes
Picnic Tables:   Yes
Grills:               Yes
Swimming:       Yes
Surfing:            Yes


For most visitors, it's important to pick a place that has restrooms, and sometimes you want a park where you can grill and/or make use of picnic tables. If you're stuck trying to figure this all out on your own, it can be incredibly tedious to find all the information about the various places, and to make sure that the information is reliable. Our Beaches and Parks page puts all the information in one place so you can use it whenever you're on a Maui vacation, and staying at one of our West Maui beachfront condos.

We hope this helps make your vacation all the more convenient, so you can spend less time digging around for information online and more time having a great time! If you need assistance with your accommodations, let us know. You can find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Hana Cultural Center & Museum Hoolaulea

Food, music, crafts, and other festivities in celebration of Hana's rich cultural history.
August 12, 2016

Hana Cultural Center & Museum Ho'olaule'a


Photo(s) Provided by Hana Cultural Center Museum: hanaculturalcenter.org

One of the most popular sight seeing tours on Maui is the road through Hana. The trip is best known for the road's outrageous curves and the abundance of cascading waterfalls peeking out of the jungle along the way. If you love snapping dynamic photos of tumbling water, shady little pools and towering jungle trees, then you definitely want to schedule this adventurous day trip into your Maui vacation. If you are staying at our West Maui condo rentals, then you'll see the better part of the island on your journey, since Hana is on the other side of the island.

If you're lucky enough to be vacationing on August 20th, you can add another reason to head to Hana on that particular day: The Hana Cultural Center & Museum Ho'olaule'a. The word ho'olaule'a translates to celebration or festival. This one will include beautiful Hawaiian music, fantastic food booths featuring some local favorites for you to try, a farmers market where you can pick up produce to fill your full kitchen if you're staying at one of our condo rentals, crafts booths for authentic gifts and souvenirs, a silent auction where you can bid on exciting items and more.

This event is a lot of fun for visitors and residents alike, with generated funds going to the Hana Cultural Center & Museum so it can continue to provide the public with the historical education and cultural enrichment that it provides. This facility reflects the qualities that make Hana such a significant place, highlighting its status as the most isolated and traditional town in the state of Hawaii. As such, Hana provides an immersive look into the roots of authentic Hawaiian culture.

The Hana Cultural Center features some very special items from Hawaii's past. Among the collection, you'll discover a Hawaiian quilt, poi boards, stone implements, Polynesian kapa, fish nets and hooks. Each of these items performed an important function in Hawaii's old way of life. On the grounds, you'll find the Hana Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby is Kauhale Village, which is a replica of a chief's compound from a time before the arrival of Europeans in Hawaii.

If you'd like to join in on the festivities, head for the fairgrounds when you arrive in Hana Town. The celebration will start at 9am and end at 4pm, so you have a nice big window of time to get there. Even so, we recommend an early start. If you need more information, you can call 808-281-2021 or visit www.hanaculturalcenter.org. We hope your experience is unforgettable! Mahalo!

9th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui

The coffee lover's ultimate free Maui vacation event.
August 05, 2016

9th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui


Photo Credit by Maui Coffee Association: MauiCoffeeAssociation.com

It's time for coffee connoisseurs to get excited about the upcoming Seed to Cup Coffee Festival here on Maui on August 13th. If you love coffee and you're lucky enough to be on your Maui vacation that day, you might want to swing by the festival sometime between 9am and 3pm. There's no entry fee and plenty of interesting things to keep you entertained and learning about coffee.

The festival will be held at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Wailuku, which is a little under an hour from our West Maui condo rentals. It's the perfect setting, with plenty of open space and a beautiful collection of native species and crops that thrive here in our sub-tropical climate. Hawaii is known for its fine coffee beans, and if you're familiar with the growing process, you'll know that everything from the soil composition to the weather patterns and temperature trends have an influence on the flavor of a coffee bean. That's why Maui's coffee festival is so fascinating for those of you who like to sample new flavors.

Speaking of new flavors, at the 2016 Hawaii Statewide Cupping Competition, three of Maui's coffees made the Top 12 list. Not only that, but Maui's entries achieved the highest average score among the 8 Hawaiian Coffee Districts. Maui no ka oi means Maui is the best. It seems that includes our coffee!

As for the festival highlights, there will be live entertainment, as well as brewing and roasting demonstrations throughout the day, free tastings of award-winning Maui coffees, a silent auction, coffee pulping and hulling demonstrations, displays and demonstrations of coffee processing equipment, and even a coffee inspired fashion show. Last but not least, you can purchase some of Maui's award-winning coffee to take home with you. They could make great gifts for your fellow coffee lovers back home.

To keep you refreshed throughout your time at the festival, you can purchase a number of coffee inspired and infused foods, such as coffee braised beef tacos and coffee braised eggplant. Kohola Brewery is even bringing their coffee beer. There will also be grilled cheese and mac 'n cheese for the kids, in case you'll be bringing any along with you.

If you need more information, you can call David Gridley at 808-280-1623. If you need our assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Vintage Car Rentals for Your Maui Vacation

For all you Maui vacationers looking for extra cool wheels.
July 29, 2016

Vintage Car Rentals for Your Maui Vacation


Photo Provided by Maui Roadsters: mauiroadsters.com - Photo Credit to Tara Wing

Maui is one of those places where most visitors definitely need a car rental so they can get around to all the exciting points of interest and activities around the island. Usually, visitors will choose basic rentals, and sometimes a flashy red convertible. But what if you'd like something more unique and interesting? That's where Maui Roadsters comes in, offering vintage car rentals to vacationers and residents alike. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler magazine will be featuring this unique car rental business on the cover of their June/July issue.

In recent years, Maui Roadsters has picked up traction (pun intended) in media attention and popularity among renters. They were on the cover of Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine in September of 2014, and they've appeared all over the internet because of the fun novelty of driving classic cars on Maui. Even people who have never been to Maui have had the chance to appreciate the concept of this odd match of cultural influences.

According to co-owner Larry Lutz, Maui Roadsters is already busy meeting demand for their rentals, and the coverage from Conde Nast is expected to boost business even more. Sounds like an opportunity for expansion, especially considering that they rent out just four cars. Each one is a reproduction of a 1957 Porsche Speedster. These are two-seat vehicles with four-speed manual transmissions. The fact that they're manual is probably the preferred choice for the kind of folks who like vintage cars like these.

If renting a classic car on your Maui vacation sounds like fun, you can learn more about the business at www.mauiroadsters.com or you can call them at (808) 339-6204. They're located at 122 Kio Loop #3 in Kihei, which is around 45 minutes from our Kaanapali vacation rentals. If you need any assistance from us, you can find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Maui Huliau Food & Film Festival

Try Maui farm-to-table cuisine prepared by Maui's finest chefs, accompanied by food-themed films.
July 22, 2016

Maui Huliau Food & Film Festival


Photo Provided by Maui Huliau Foundation: mauihuliaufoundation.org

Looking for a dazzling night of fun, food and films on your Maui vacation? The Huliau Food & Film Festival is the perfect opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy the finer things that Maui has to offer, including cuisine prepared by some of the island's most respected chefs. The entertainment features creative films by the up-and-coming talent in the industry. All that being said, there's more to this event than fantastic food and thought provoking films.

This film festival comes with a philosophy that gives back to the community. You can think of it as a farm-to-table celebration of our local agriculture. As a vacationer, this gives you a special opportunity to savor the most authentic of Maui's flavors and ingredients, and to learn more about the process that brought your meal to your plate. If you enjoy a unique and culturally rich culinary experience, you won't want to miss this.

The festival will feature multiple chef-run farm-to-table stations along with a cash bar serving 100 percent locally produced cocktails, beer and wine. The entertainment will include live music, a silent auction, aerial silk performances, and last but not least, the food-themed student film contest. All this will be complemented by the surrounding natural beauty of Kihei, where the event will be located. If you will be staying at one of our Kaanapali condo rentals, the drive should be around 45 minutes.

Tickets are $95 per person, and the proceeds will benefit the Maui Huliau Foundation's environmental education programs for Maui youth. The festival will take place on Saturday, August 6th from 5:30pm to 9:40pm at Sugar Beach, located at 85 North Kihei Road. If you're interested in attending, we recommend that you get your tickets as soon as you can, as they are limited. Attendees are required to be age 21 and over. If you need more information on the event, visit www.mauihuliaufoundation.org.

If you're looking for more Maui vacation ideas, try browsing through our past blog entries, or checking in each Friday for our latest. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for August 2016

Maui Parks and Beaches Guide

Posted on August 19, 2016
Maui Parks and Beaches Guide

Every week, we write about fun Maui vacation activities, events and other ideas to help you decide how to make the most of your Maui vacation. Everyone is different, so we try to cover as wide a range as we can so there's something… Continue Reading

Hana Cultural Center & Museum Hoolaulea

Posted on August 12, 2016
Hana Cultural Center & Museum Ho'olaule'a


Photo(s) Provided by Hana Cultural Center Museum: hanaculturalcenter.org

One of the most popular sight seeing tours on Maui is the road through Hana. The trip is best known for the road's outrageous curves and the abundance of cascading waterfalls peeking out of the… Continue Reading

9th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui

Posted on August 05, 2016
9th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival on Maui


Photo Credit by Maui Coffee Association: MauiCoffeeAssociation.com

It's time for coffee connoisseurs to get excited about the upcoming Seed to Cup Coffee Festival here on Maui on August 13th. If you love coffee and you're lucky enough to be on… Continue Reading


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