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Zenshin Daiko 17th Annual Taiko Festival

A dramatic Japanese musical performance to spice up your Maui vacation entertainment.
May 27, 2016

 ZenshinZZenshin Daiko 17th Annual Taiko Festival


Photo Provided by Zenshin Daiko

When planning a vacation to Maui, attending a taiko show was probably not the first thing you considered, but if you enjoy dynamic, colorful and culturally rich musical performances, you shouldn't miss Zenshin Daiko's 17th Annual Taiko Festival Concert. If you've never seen a Taiko performance and you like a good rhythm, then this is sure to be a stirring and memorable experience. Taiko is an ancient Japanese musical tradition, refined continuously through the ages in its styles and techniques. 


The first historical accounts of Taiko date all the way back to the 6th century, and Japanese folklore ascribes mythological origins to the art. Just consider the fact that discerning performers have been working on this through trial and error and experimentation for at least 1,400 years. You can imagine the improvements, both subtle and dramatic, that have been made over all that time.


The festival performances will be accompanied by the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra, a diverse mix of Maui musicians directed by Casey Nagata. Zenshin Daiko boasts over 50 members who will take the stage to perform some of their favorite pieces to amaze and enthrall their audience with the help of UnitOne, a professional Taiko ensemble from Asano Taiko in Los Angeles. With their combined number of talented musicians, this year's festival is sure to make a big splash.

Last summer, Zenshin Daiko and UnitOne collaborated on a stellar performance at the North American Taiko Conference's Taiko Jam concert in Las Vegas. The incredible skills and strong cooperative relationship between these two groups contribute to their exquisite on-stage alchemy. You can expect precision, intensity, and remarkable showmanship from these performers.

Tickets are a reasonable $20 per adult and $10 per child, ages 12 and under. The festival will take place on June 4th at 7pm in the Castle Theater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) in Kahului. You can get tickets and more information at mauiarts.org. The MACC website is handy for checking out upcoming performances and events of interest if you want to spice up your Maui vacation with some entertainment. Mahalo, and enjoy the show!

Maui Ocean Center Behind the Scenes Tour

Learn all about the process of taking care of the amazing creatures at the MOC.
May 20, 2016

Maui Ocean Center Behind the Scenes Tour


Images Courtesy of The Maui Ocean Center: www.mauioceancenter.com

The Maui Ocean Center (MOC) is one of Maui's top attractions, featuring the biggest collection of native Hawaiian marine species in the world. Although snorkeling is a great way to see many of these species in their natural habitat, it's not for everyone and what you do end up seeing is up to chance. At the aquarium, you can peruse exhibit after colorful exhibit in a nice, air-conditioned indoor environment, and you can be sure of what you're going to see. The experience can be a lot of fun whether you're on a vacation with your kids, or a romantic getaway. Even those who aren't all that interested in marine life tend to be surprised and amazed at the strange and vibrant creatures they see there. But for those who want an even more immersive experience, the MOC offers behind-the-scenes tours.

If you're one of those inquisitive folks who like getting into the process of how things work, the experience behind-the-scenes is sure to fascinate you. What makes the whole thing run? What is their process for caring for the animals? How do they access the exhibits? How does feeding work for the various kinds of species, and how do they decide which exhibits to place them in? Your guide can explain these kinds of questions, and more.

Speaking of guides, a marine naturalist will take you on the tour, telling you all about their sharks and turtles, leading you through the fascinating curatorial laboratory that few guests ever see, and even letting you assist with feeding at the Hammerhead Harbor and Turtle Lagoon exhibits.

There is an additional cost to take the tour, but it's reasonably priced at $14.95 per person. Because this is one of their more exclusive offerings, availability on this tour is limited, so you'll want to reserve your spot ahead of time. Generally, the tours are held every weekday from 11:30am to 1:30pm, but we recommend that you check the MOC event's calendar to make sure of the time, depending on when you'll be visiting on your Maui vacation. If you'll be bringing any children ages 13 and under, each needs to be accompanied by a paying adult.

The Maui Ocean Center is located about a half hour drive away from our Kaanapali accommodations, and it is definitely one of the coolest places to visit on the island. Conveniently, you'll find shopping and restaurants next door at The Shops at Ma'alaea, and all the exciting ocean activities offered at the Ma'alaea Harbor. Why not take advantage of the tour, and all the great things this part of the island has to offer? Mahalo!

Mele Mei 2016 Free Hawaiian Music Concert

This free Hawaiian music concert features Na Hoku Hanohano award winners and nominees.
May 13, 2016

Mele Mei 2016 Free Hawaiian Music Concert

Last week, we suggested the Maui Classical Music Festival for visitors looking for entertainment, but we know that some of you might prefer Hawaiian music on your Maui vacation. It's all part of the cultural experience here, and you're not so likely to have the opportunity to hear live Hawaiian music in the other states, or whichever country you hail from. With that in mind, we'd like to suggest Mele Mei Ma Maui 2016, and unlike the Maui Classical Music Festival, this one is free.

Conveniently, Mele Mei Maui is taking place in Lahaina, not far from our West Maui accommodations. It will be held under the Banyan Tree on both Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th from 9am to 4pm. There will also be a performance at Campbell Park tonight, (Friday the 13th) from 5:30-8:30pm.

The concerts will feature Na Hoku Hanohano award winners and nominees. Tonight's performance features the talented Nathan Aweau, while the performances on the 14th and 15th will include Josh Tatofi, George Kahumoku, Jr., Brother Noland, and Garrett Probst, all with the participation of the Hawaii Academy of Recording arts (HARA).

Also included in the event will be a number of food vendors bringing you delicious Maui cuisine, and craft vendors with unique items that you may end up bringing home as the perfect souvenir from your trip, or gift to a loved one. Considering that the concert is free and so conveniently located, it's one of those lucky events for those who happen to be visiting while it's going on. Who knows, you might walk away with some new musical favorites.

If you need more information about Mele Mei, just visit www.melemei.com. If you need assistance with your Maui accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We hope you have an amazing weekend. Mahalo!

Maui Classical Music Festival

This will be the 35th anniversary season of the Maui Classical Music Festival.
May 06, 2016

Maui Classical Music Festival

Are you a lover of classical music? Why not schedule some time in your vacation to attend the upcoming Maui Classical Music Festival? Enjoy a relaxing ride from your West Maui accommodations to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, savoring the sparkling ocean views along the way. When you arrive, you can enjoy pupu (appetizers) and a no-host bar before the concert, and after the concert, there will be dessert and champagne.

This festival is going to be a fascinating and exciting experience for many guests. In fact, the audience will be seated right up on the stage of the Castle Theater with ten world class musicians. Just imagine mingling with these talented and skilled individuals as they perform for you in this rare intimate setting.

As for the music, the lineup includes a beautiful selection from the charming Paul Dukas, the genius Mozart and the richness of Brahms, including his string sextet masterwork. Whether or not these composers are your favorites, observing a live classical performance can still be enthralling to those who appreciate the power of sound and skilled musicianship.

This year's Maui Classical Music Festival will be its 35th anniversary. Tickets for this much anticipated event are going for $75. The performance will be held on Friday, May 13th at 6pm in the Castle Theater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The festival was founded by Margaret and Colin Cameron, and will be directed by Katherine Collier and Yizhak Schotten.

If you need more information on this exciting musical event, you can follow this link to the MACC. You'll find phone numbers at the bottom of the page if you need to call with any questions you might have. On that note, if you need help with your West Maui vacation accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of this page. We'd be happy to assist you with any questions or needs you might have with your booking. Mahalo!

New Maui Rental Car Facility Under Construction

Kahului Airport is getting a new $340 million car rental facility.
April 29, 2016

New Maui Rental Car Facility Under Construction

If you're going to explore everything Maui has to offer during your vacation, you're going to need to rent a car. While car rentals are expensive here, they are well worth the money for those who like to go sightseeing all over the island instead of spending their time on equally expensive activities. Well, Maui's car rental facility at Kahului Airport is getting a major overhaul for the sake of convenience and a wider variety of choices.

Construction has already begun on the $340 million project, which is part of a $2.7 billion statewide airport modernization program. It will include over a dozen rental car companies when completed, and just under 3,800 parking stalls. For convenience, there will be an electric tram to transport travelers between the terminal and the facility, which will replace the 25 shuttle buses that are being used currently.

Some of the facility's other highlights will be new water features and attractive landscaping to enhance visual appeal, along with a reservoir that will be used to support the greenery. Considering how many renters are Maui visitors, the state has a vested interest in enhancing their experience in any reasonable way they can. Beautiful scenery sets the tone for enjoyment as soon as vacationers get off the plane.

Before you get too excited to see this new facility, you should know that it won't be completed for another three and a half years. If you're one of the island's many returning visitors, you'll most likely see the facility in the future if you plan to rent a car.

As for your accommodations, we suggest a Maui beachfront condo rental in Kaanapali. If you're looking for a good deal, see our Maui condo rental specials page. For any assistance you might need, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for May 2016

Zenshin Daiko 17th Annual Taiko Festival

Posted on May 27, 2016
 ZenshinZZenshin Daiko 17th Annual Taiko Festival


Photo Provided by Zenshin Daiko

When planning a vacation to Maui, attending a taiko show was probably not the first thing you considered, but if you enjoy dynamic, colorful and culturally rich musical performances, you shouldn't miss Zenshin Daiko's 17th Annual Taiko Festival… Continue Reading

Maui Ocean Center Behind the Scenes Tour

Posted on May 20, 2016
Maui Ocean Center Behind the Scenes Tour


Images Courtesy of The Maui Ocean Center: www.mauioceancenter.com

The Maui Ocean Center (MOC) is one of Maui's top attractions, featuring the biggest collection of native Hawaiian marine species in the world. Although snorkeling is a great way to see many of these… Continue Reading

Mele Mei 2016 Free Hawaiian Music Concert

Posted on May 13, 2016
Mele Mei 2016 Free Hawaiian Music Concert

Last week, we suggested the Maui Classical Music Festival for visitors looking for entertainment, but we know that some of you might prefer Hawaiian music on your Maui vacation. It's all part of the cultural experience here, and you're not so likely… Continue Reading

Maui Classical Music Festival

Posted on May 06, 2016
Maui Classical Music Festival

Are you a lover of classical music? Why not schedule some time in your vacation to attend the upcoming Maui Classical Music Festival? Enjoy a relaxing ride from your West Maui accommodations to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, savoring the sparkling ocean views along… Continue Reading


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