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Holiday Concert at the MACC
The holiday spirit is alive and well here in tropical Hawaii.
November 21, 2014
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Holiday Concert at the MACC

Vacation to MauiBeing on a vacation to Maui during the holidays may seem far removed from the spirit of the season, but it doesn't have to be. You can spend your days basking on a sandy beach before a placid Pacific Ocean and then go to a holiday concert for a nice dose of good cheer. For example, on Sunday, November 23rd, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) will be hosting "Harps & Horns."

This concert will be held in celebration of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season by Early Music Maui within the MACC's spacious Castle Theater. The Maui Community Band and Maui Madrigale will get together with the Festival of Harps to bring their audience a splendid performance. It will include six harps with vocals, a concert band and guest soloists.

The music has been specially arranged for this unique combination of artists, and should prove to be fresh and festive. The concert will be directed by Ginny Morgan, Lisa Owen and Cameron Keys. As a special treat, the Madrigale Group will provide a little pre-show performance in the courtyard.

The MACC is located in Kahului, a little less than an hour from our beachfront Kaanapali condos. The show will take place on November 23rd at 3pm. Tickets cost $25 for regular admission, but seniors get in for $15 and students for $7.50. This is the kind of show that music lovers of all ages can appreciate, whether you're on a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or you're just visiting with friends.

If this concert isn't quite your speed, there are plenty of other performances to choose from if you visit the MACC website at mauiarts.org. If you need assistance with your accommodations, please let us know. Our contact information can be found at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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West Maui Horseback Riding
An adventure for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.
November 14, 2014
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West Maui Horseback Riding

Beachfront Kaanapali CondosAre you on the lookout for a fun activity that includes sight seeing? Horseback riding on Maui can be so much fun whether you're visiting with your family and kids, or you're on a romantic vacation getaway. These little adventures are ideal for animal lovers, or anyone interested in trying something new.

Our beachfront Kaanapali condos are just ten minutes away from Ironwood Ranch, which has been named "Best Place to Find Yourself on Horseback" by Hawaii Magazine's "Best of Hawaii." With a vote of confidence like that, in addition to plenty of great online reviews, you can expect a great experience.

Ironwood is nestled high in the majestic West Maui Mountains, so you will get sprawling views from above the resort areas, and the Pacific Ocean and neighboring islands will fill your views. The staff is known for their excellent care of both their guests and horses. It does't matter whether you've ever sat in a saddle before. They'll make you feel comfortable and right at home. Their horses are gentle and well-trained. The trails weave through some of the more untouched natural spaces on the island, and include everything from open fields to lush, tropical valleys.

Ironwood tours range from one to two hours, or even longer if you prefer. There are private and group tours, along with several choices for time slots. You can go on their early bird special, a sunset ride, a jungle trail, or one of their more advanced options if you have experience with riding.

If you're interested, visit their website at www.ironwoodranch.com. You'll get $10 off if you book online. They have a couple of reasonable restrictions. Kids must be age 7 or older, and there is a 220lb weight limit. You can find directions to the ranch on the website. You might want to wear a hat, and you should slap on some sunscreen whether it's cloudy or not, since you're likely to be out for a while.

We hope you have an unforgettable adventure! Mahalo for reading this week!

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Finding Authentic Gifts on Maui
Escape the tourist traps to find authentic, hand-made gifts and souvenirs.
November 07, 2014
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Finding Authentic Gifts on Maui

Kaanapali Beachfront CondosIt's an age-old vacationer's conundrum: where can I find authentic gifts and souvenirs? The closer you are to the best vacation areas, like our Kaanapali beachfront condos, the harder it can be. That's because chain businesses know where visitors tend to congregate. Returning visitors grow wise to this, and discover that they see the same gifts and souvenirs over and over in certain kinds of shops. How to get around this? As it happens, the perfect event is taking place tomorrow, on November 8th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului.

The Made in Maui County festival brings over 130 vendors together to present their own unique creations for purchase. Imagine the variety that you'll find there. Whether you're interested in crafts, jewelry, fashion, collectibles or countless other kinds of items, this is the perfect opportunity. The best thing about these Maui-made items is that you are pretty much guaranteed to see new kinds of creations in a time when that kind of experience seems rare.

Since Maui events are never without food and entertainment, this one is no exception. There will be food trucks on site to offer some of the most surprisingly tasty fare that you can find at such a low price. There will also be demonstrations to inspire and educate guests. This event is ideal for all visitors, whether you're on a romantic Maui getaway, a family vacation with your kids, or just a visit with friends.

If you want to take advantage of this opportunity and find some truly unique things to bring back with you, admission is only $3 for adults. Children age 12 and under get in for free. If you need more information, visit www.MadeInMauiCountyFestival.com.

If you can't make it to this event, don't worry. There are other options for the savvy shopper. Depending on your budget, there's no end to the original artwork to be found here on Maui. That includes not only paintings and photograph art, but also sculptures and jewelry. You can also stop by the Banyan Tree on Front Street in Lahaina on the weekends and peruse local vendor booths for original items. They will be there between 9am-5pm, and live music is often featured. You might also try the Maui Swap Meet, which is frequented by Maui residents and visitors alike. You'll find it at 310 Ka'ahumanu Ave. in Kahului every Saturday from 7am to 1pm.

Happy hunting and mahalo for reading! As always, if you need assistance with your West Maui accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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Clear Kayaks Maui
It's like a little glass-bottomed boat just for you!
October 31, 2014
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Clear Kayaks Maui

West Maui AccommodationsAs West Maui accommodations specialists, we're always on the lookout for interesting things to do, and new ways to enrich your Maui vacation experience. That's why we want to tell you about Clear Kayaks Maui. They are exactly what they sound like: kayaks with a clear bottom so you can see the reefs, turtles and other marine life below you. It's like your own little glass-bottomed boat.

Many visitors are iffy about getting in the water to snorkel, which is the easiest way to explore Maui's beautiful reefs. Some would be more interested in boat activities if they didn't get seasick. Clear kayaks are the answer to both obstacles. You can get an intimate look at the reefs without getting in the water, and you're much less likely to get seasick in a little craft that's in your control.

Clear Kayaks Maui is a company that rents out a fleet of 8 clear-bottom kayaks, and their reviews are stellar, so you can expect an amazing experience. Their staff members are knowledgeable and can help you with any questions you might have. They rent in the morning, which is the best time to kayak due to calmer conditions and clearer water. You will be provided with a waterproof fish identification card to help you learn what's what, and they'll give you tips on how to find the best underwater landmarks and green Hawaiian sea turtle hangouts. They will also outfit you with life jackets of all sizes, including infant size, and you'll get a personalized lesson on kayaking and basic water safety.

One of the great perks about kayaking is that it's a lot of fun for the whole family. Because their kayaks are so stable, and sit low in the water, young children can easily enjoy the experience and sit on a parents lap, while bigger kids can have their own seat.

This particular company launches from Makena Landing, which is located in South Maui, and that's about an hour from our Kaanapali condos, but it's worth the trip for this activity. If you're interested in booking, or you need more information, call 808-664-3000 or visit www.clearkayaksmaui.com.

Lastly, don't forget to protect your skin with sunscreen or breathable clothes that you won't overheat in, and you might want to bring a hat. They're great for keeping the sun out of your eyes and off your face. Enjoy your adventure, and mahalo for reading this week!

 

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Maui Ocean Center Halloween Activities
There are some fun Halloween-themed features at the aquarium for kids of all ages.
October 24, 2014
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Maui Ocean Center Halloween Activities

Visiting MauiIf you'll be visiting Maui for Halloween, and you're looking for something to entertain the kids, the Maui Ocean Center (MOC) has some interesting things going on through the end of October. Even if you have plans on the day of Halloween, a visit to the aquarium on any day this month can provide you with a splash of holiday spirit and inspiration.

Through the end of this month, the MOC will be handing out Freaky Fish Fact Cards with your admission. They will feature unusual marine creatures and information on the traits that make them strange. Sometimes, fact is weirder than fiction!

After you've collected your cards, you can participate in the Creepy Creatures Scavenger Hunt, which is also included with your admission. Through the end of the month, you can go on an adventure through the aquarium to find the creatures on the list and learn more about them. It should be a fun game that will keep your kids engaged and entertained. Sometimes a little goal is all your kids need for sustaining their interest and having fun.

Lastly, if you happen to be at the aquarium on Friday, October 31st, the aquarium has an interesting spectacle planned. Divers will be carving pumpkins among the fish and sharks at the Blacktip Exhibit at 11:30am and at the Open Ocean Exhibit at 1:30pm. That should be an interesting process! Do pumpkins float? When they're hollowed out, will they sink? Will the fish consider pumpkin bits good eating? Will the divers use glowsticks to light their finished products? After all, they were originally designed for underwater use. If you're curious about the answers, you'll have to go see for yourself! Or you could google the answers, but that's no fun!

Also on Halloween, children ages 3-12 can do a little trick-or-treating at the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop where they will be given candy and fun little Halloween-themed trinkets to take home.

Conveniently, none of these activities require an extra charge. They are all included with admission. You just need to be there on Halloween for the pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. The Maui Ocean Center is a big favorite among both residents and visitors, so it's always worth stopping by, especially if you or anyone in your group is a marine life enthusiast. After all, it's the largest tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere.

The Maui Ocean Center is located in Ma'alaea, which is about a half-hour away from our Kaanapali condo rentals. The MOC is located adjacent to the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops plaza, so you can always hunt around for some nice souvenirs before or after your tour of the aquarium. We hope you enjoy your vacation, and as always, if you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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