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Maui Lei Day Heritage Festival 2015

A rare opportunity to try ancient Hawaiian arts and crafts for free.
April 24, 2015

Maui Lei Day Heritage Festival 2015

Maui VacationIf you're looking for something to do on May 1st during your Maui vacation, consider stopping by Lei Day Heritage Festival 2015. May 1st is Lei Day in Hawaii, and it's just the right time of the year to see Maui's most loved flowers in bloom. The festival is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the holiday, and the Native Hawaiian traditions that come with it.

The beautiful, historic Bailey House Museum in Wailuku will host this lively and colorful event. There is no admission fee to figure into your vacation budget for the day, which is another perk to add to the fun activities.  There will be free museum tours, arts and crafts workshops, cultural demonstrations, special exhibitions, guest speakers, food vendors with very tasty cuisine, and a lei contest. 

The executive director of the museum, Sissy Lake-Farm, emphasized their commitment to welcoming local residents and visitors alike, so everyone can participate in Hawaiian cultural activities. A talk will be given on Don Blanding, who is known as the father of May Day. Special guests will provide musical performances with traditional Hawaiian songs and instruments, like the ukulele. Local artisans will be on the grounds to provide free workshops on flower, feather, ti leaf, native plants and lei making. You can also learn about such old traditions as lahuala weaving, cordage making and poi pounding.

They've really outdone themselves this year with the breadth of free learning sessions they're offering. This is an uncommon opportunity, especially since it is so hands-on. That makes the festival ideal if you're on a family vacation with your kids, or even a romantic Maui getaway. The lei contest is also free, and will provide $300 in prizes. Who knows, you could end up with the winning lei. Imagine the memories you could be making!

The Bailey House Museum is operated by the Maui Historical Society, which is a non-profit organization. It's the largest museum on Maui, and includes a collection of 2,000 artifacts. Even if you can't make it to the festival, the museum is worth a visit for its collection alone. If you want to learn more about the event, or the museum, visit www.mauimuseum.org. The festival will take place on May 1st from 10am to 4pm. We hope you can make it! Mahalo for reading this week!

Maui Hotel Room Rates and Occupancy Lead State

Vacation rental specials can help you to go on vacation to Maui on a budget.
April 17, 2015

Maui Hotel Room Rates and Occupancy Lead State

West Maui AccommodationsAccording to recent weekly reports from Hospitality Advisors LLC and STR Inc., Maui has led the islands in hotel and resort occupancy, despite having the highest average room rate. This is only natural, considering the strengthening economy coupled with Maui's reputation as an iconic tropical vacation destination.

Statewide hotel occupancy was up 6.2 percent to 77.4, but Maui's rooms were 82.5 percent full, which was a 7.5 percent gain. Oahu's occupancy is usually the highest, but its rooms were only 79.5 percent full, which was still a 6.4 percent gain. Kauai followed at 69.5 percent full, and the Big Island was 65.1 percent full.

Statewide, the average daily room rate was up 9.3 percent to $263, while Maui's rooms were up 14.8 percent to $369 per night. The average daily room rate on the Big Island was the second most expensive at $268, followed by Kauai at $259 and Oahu at $215.

So how can you go on a Maui vacation on a budget with such high room prices? Explore our West Maui condo rentals, and you'll find that there are specials available for many of them. Keep in mind that hotel rooms don't come with full kitchens, while vacation rentals do. This saves you from the meal expenses that come with eating out, which can add up quickly.

If you need assistance choosing from among our numerous listings, give us a call and we'll be happy to assist you. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Chinese Kite Festival in Lahaina

A colorful, entertaining and educational event for kids and adults alike!
April 10, 2015

Chinese Kite Festival in Lahaina

Maui AccommodationsIt's always nice when entertaining events are held near your Maui accommodations. This island is bigger than many first visitors realize, and some of the most popular attractions require an hour of driving or more, if you're staying in the vibrant West Maui area. For those of you who will be visiting next week, the Chinese Kite Festival will take place on Friday, the 17th.

This colorful celebration is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike, and it will be held at the historic and educational Wo Hing Museum. Conveniently, the museum is located just a few minutes from our Kaanapali condos on Front Street, which boasts a myriad of shops, art galleries, restaurants, and the scenic Lahaina Harbor, where you can book all kinds of ocean activities. This means there will be plenty that you can do with your day before and after you enjoy the festival.

The celebration will kick off at 1pm and continue on to 8pm. You'll get to peruse a fascinating exhibit of handmade kites made with both traditional and modern styles. There will be kites for sale, if you'd like a particularly unique souvenir or gift to commemorate your vacation. For a more hands-on experience, you can join in on a workshop to make your own kite.

A talk will be held on the history and significance of kites in China, which is more relevant to Hawaii than you might think. Many of our local residents are part Chinese, their ancestors having immigrated here during the plantation era.

There will also be Chinese music, entertainment, and delicacies for sale. Those who want to fly their kites the following day, on Saturday, can do so at the Keka'a North Beach Open Space near the old Airport Beach in Kaanapali, where other festival guests and participants will be doing the same between 10am and 2pm. The Hawai'i Kiteflyers Association will be there providing aerial displays with their acrobatic sport kites.

We hope you enjoy the festival! If you need more information, visit lahainarestoration.org. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Maui Weather Via Webcams

An excellent tool for gauging Maui weather conditions for yourself.
April 03, 2015

Maui Weather Via Webcams

Whether you're currently on a Maui vacation, planning one, or simply pining for our white sandy beaches, Maui webcams can be useful. In fact, they are a commonly overlooked online resource when it comes to vacations and general interest about the islands. What better way to keep track of the weather than seeing it for yourself through a live streaming video feed?

Most of the island's webcams are located near the beaches, which means you can visually assess their conditions from wherever you have an internet connection. There's a lot of regional nuance when it comes to Maui weather, which can be too unpredictable for weather reports to keep up with. That's why webcams are so useful for planning your day.

Webcams are particularly convenient if you're thinking about leaving your West Maui accommodations to explore South Shore Maui, or vice versa. For example, While West Maui might be sunny and clear on a given morning, South Maui might be overcast. Paia on the North Shore could be sunny and clear, or some light rain could sweep through the area. If you've booked an activity, whether out on the ocean or inland, you can decide whether you should bring some layers or hats and sunscreen right before you leave. If you're on Maui to surf, windsurf or go kite boarding, webcams are the only way to evaluate the break if your vacation accommodations are in a different area.

Webcams can also be used from home in the long term, if you want to familiarize yourself with seasonal weather conditions. When a big storm hits the news, or there are high surf advisories, you can check it out at any time and compare conditions between places.

The truth is, weather reports aren't the same as seeing the sky and the ocean conditions for yourself. Even if you aren't particularly interested in weather conditions, you can check in every so often just to admire your favorite shores.

To get started, check out www.frontstreetcam.com, which is in Lahaina. They provide links to several other cams around the island. You'll have to skip past an ad, but afterwards, you can watch and control the cam when it's your turn. We hope you find them fun and useful! Mahalo for reading!

South Maui Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch

A festive brunch to kick off your Sunday adventures.
March 27, 2015

South Maui Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch

West Maui CondosIf you're here on a Maui vacation during Easter, perhaps you'd like to do something festive for your holiday. You might not expect to find much of the holiday spirit in the tropical Hawaiian island chain, but residents here celebrate with as much enthusiasm as the next state out there on the Mainland.

Why not make the scenic drive out to the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in South Maui for an Easter Sunday brunch? The journey should take just under an hour if you're staying at one of our Kaanapali condos, and you'll have sparkling blue ocean in sight for most of the way.

If you're thinking that a brunch doesn't sound that interesting, you might be surprised. Chef De Cuisine Kurt Lesmerises provides Makena's award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch, which has been themed for the holiday this year.  The menu is too extensive to describe, but includes traditional breakfast favorites with some creative new treats in the mix. Some will be provided buffet style, while others will be created before your eyes at one of six action stations where your food will be made to order.

The cost is $65 per adult and $35 per child. You'll find the full menu and more information at this makenaresortmaui.com page. The brunch will be held at Makena's Molokini Bar & Grill from 9:30am to 1:30pm, so it's alright if you're not the earliest of risers. There will be live entertainment to complement your meal.

If you're looking for an activity for the kids, the same resort will have an Easter egg hunt at 9am on the Pu'u Olai Lawn. There will also be a fundraiser for local charities at the Atrium Garden at 9:30am, if you're feeling generous. If you need more information, visit the link above or call 808-874-1111. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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