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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!
July 15, 2016
Night at the Aquarium on Maui
Photo Provided by Maui Ocean Center: www.mauioceancenter.com
Interested in seeing Maui's marine life from a whole new perspective? The Maui Ocean Center is an amazing place to visit if you'd like to observe the rainbow of fascinating creatures that live in our waters without having to dip a toe in. After all, snorkeling and scuba diving isn't for everyone. But why not take your experience a step further into the unknown with a Night at the Aquarium?
When it comes to ocean ecosystems, a lot changes at night. Some species are active during those dark hours, while others are performing different kinds of behaviors than they do in the daytime. Even the colors change with the transition to low light, which the aquarium simulates indoors to keep their collection of organisms comfortable and healthy.
Night at the Aquarium is a summer event that's held every Saturday night from 6pm to 9pm. If you want to grab a bite to eat, Seascape Ma'alaea Restaurant is open from 5pm to 8pm. If you attend, you'll have the chance to explore fascinating exhibits, including the Nocturnal Zone, Open Ocean, Turtle Lagoon and Hammerhead Harbor, where you can watch nocturnal species interact with each other and their environment.
One of the great things about this event is its versatility. What we mean is, it would be a lot of fun whether you're on a romantic Maui getaway, a family vacation with your kids, or even a business trip with co-workers or fellow conference attendees. Unlike many Maui activities, you don't have to be in any special kind of physical condition to enjoy it. The aquarium is wheel chair accessible throughout. It's convenient, fun, and appealing to anyone interested in marine life. Since it will be going on every Saturday throughout the summer, you can be selective about the date that best fits your vacation schedule.
The expansive gift shop provides plenty of beautiful items for purchase, the restaurant will sate your appetite, and there will even be live jazz music to set the tone for your experience. Two beverages are also included with your admission, and there is a cash bar that provides drinks and pupus (snacks) for purchase.
Considering all that you're getting with this unique experience, the price is reasonable at $49 per person before tax. Prices can change, however, so check the MOC tickets page. If you book online, they are currently offering a 10 percent discount.
As always, if you need assistance with your Maui vacation accommodations, we're here to help. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
July 08, 2016
Sightseeing at Maui Lookout Points
The best things in life are free, and that includes sightseeing on Maui. Well... aside from the car rental and gas you spend to get around. That being said, you can enjoy memorable moments without paying a whole lot more on expensive activities. Most Maui visitors will tell you that driving to the scenic spots around the island were some of the best times they had. So here's a quick guide to popular Maui vantage points.
Papawai Point - If you're staying at our West Maui vacation rentals, you'll pass this scenic lookout on your way there from Central Maui, about three miles northwest of Ma'alaea Harbor on Honoapi'ilani Highway. Perched atop a rocky cliff that boasts stunning views of the ocean to the south and the west, this is one of the most popular whale watching spots in the winter and spring months. That's because whales tend to congregate at their thickest in the sheltered waters around Ma'alaea Bay. Here, the ocean tends to be calmer, as the prevailing winds come from the opposite side of the island. It's definitely worth stopping by, although the parking lot is a bit on the small side, so parking can be tricky.
McGregor Point - People often confuse Papawai and McGregor, which is why we're listing them separately. Located about a mile east of Papawai Point, McGregor Point is named for the lighthouse perched just below Honoapi'ilani Highway. The road is unpaved and sloping, so we only recommend it for very cautious drivers. Four-wheel drive is also a plus. This is a good spot for the intrepid explorer who wants to avoid the crowding of Papawai and see the lighthouse, along with the beautiful ocean views.
Ho'okipa Lookout - If you're making the journey to opposite side of the island, you won't want to miss Ho'okipa Beach Park Lookout on Maui's dynamic north shore. The cliff rears up against the ocean and prevailing trade winds, providing spectacular views of the churning water. Humpback whale sightings are a bit less common on this side, but it's a great spot for watching the crashing waves and all the talented surfers who brave them. There is a little trail down to the tide pools here, but a caution sign to keep people away from it because of its steepness. The relatively large parking lot here is a big plus.
'Iao Valley Lookout - Not all of Maui's best lookout points are coastal. Nestled into the lush West Maui Mountains is the charming 'Iao Valley State Park. Here, you'll find a lookout point that requires a half-hour hike up 133 winding steps. When you arrive, you'll behold the spectacular 'Iao Needle and surrounding mountain slopes, blanketed in emerald green foliage and usually shrouded in mist. From this vantage point, you can also gaze down at the Central Maui landscape and see Haleakala off in the distance. Another plus: plenty of parking.
Haleakala Summit - The ultimate Maui vantage point is found at the summit of Haleakala, no less than 10,023 feet above sea level, rising high over the lofty cloud line. Beholding the sunrise from this place is described by some as nothing short of a spiritual experience. The observatories capture some of the clearest views of the night sky anywhere in the world. There's no place like the summit for watching meteor showers. Another extraordinary feature of this remarkable place is Haleakala Crater, where past volcanic activity left vivid cinder cones with hues of red and orange mixed into the rocky landscape. Few places in the world can rival the spectacular views that Haleakala National Park provides, and here also, there is plenty of parking.
We hope these suggestions have given you some ideas for your sightseeing excursions on your Maui vacation. If you need any other ideas for things to do around Maui, check our past blog entries, or pop in each Friday for our latest addition. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
July 01, 2016
Upcountry Maui Lauhala Weaving Workshop
Looking for an immersive Hawaiian cultural experience on your Maui vacation? Why not delve into an ancient art form through a hands on workshop where you actually learn techniques by putting them into practice? Now is a good time to reserve a spot for yourself and a friend or sweetheart at the upcoming lauhala workshop at Hui Noeau in Upcountry Maui.
Lauhala is an ancient Hawaiian craft that involves the weaving the dried leaves of the hala tree (Pandanus tectorius). Plenty of decorative items are made this way, making it an art form, but it has also been used for more practical applications, like the weaving of baskets. You'll learn techniques from a unique Hawaiian tradition. Although the hala tree has health, economic and cultural uses throughout many Pacific islands, weaving techniques differ depending on where you are. That's why this opportunity is so unique.
Very few Maui vacationers will get to return home with this kind of knowledge and experience, so if you're an avid crafter, you won't want to miss it. The event title is Art with Aloha: Pe'ahi Lauhala Workshop with Visiting Artist Leinaala Kai. It will be held on Saturday, July 16th from 9am to 1pm. In this workshop, you will weave a basic lahuala fan from start to finish, so you will also have your own hand made souvenir to take home with you.
Lainaala of Ulupono Designs will bring all the materials that you'll need, and walk you through every step of the process of creating your own beautiful fan. The cost of the workshop is reasonable at $35 per person, considering all that you will get from your time. You can also buy additional pe'ahi kits at the end of the class for $15 each. Maybe you can bring those home for friends and family when your vacation is over, and then share the techniques that you learned in your workshop. A lot of people prefer a hands-on type of gift, and the odds are pretty good that you know some of them.
We're posting about this workshop a couple weeks in advance so you'll have time to register for your spot before it gets booked up. You can register and find more information about the workshop at www.huinoeau.com. Just for your reference, the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center is located at 2841 Baldwin Avenue in Makawao, which is located on the lower slopes of Haleakala. If you're staying at one of our Kaanapali vacation rentals, it will take an hour or more to get there, depending on traffic, but you'll find some nice scenery along the way! We hope you've found this suggestion interesting. Mahalo!
Photo(s) Provided by : Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
June 24, 2016
Maui 4th of July Fireworks in Lahaina
Maui is a great place to be on the 4th of July. What better place to celebrate than on a beautiful island in the big blue Pacific? If you're lucky enough to be on vacation to Maui for the holiday, we suggest that you make your way to Lahaina Town for the evening festivities, especially if you happen to be staying at one of our West Maui vacation rentals, which are located nearby.
Before the fireworks begin, why not grab a bite to eat at one of Lahaina's many fantastic restaurants? There are plenty of different types of cuisine to choose from, and each restaurant provides its own unique ambiance and charm. There are plenty of art galleries and places to shop as you walk along Front Street, which runs right along the water, providing an endless array of dynamic photo opportunities, not to mention beautiful, soothing scenery.
From 2pm to 10pm, commemorative 4th of July T-shirts will be on sale at Campbell Park, and you will also find some of those amazing food booths that all the residents love. At 5pm, Jazz Maui will hold a free concert on the lawn of the Lahaina Library, featuring the Maui Community Band, Chop Suey Jazz Band, Na Alii Big Band, Kukui Nuts barbershop quartet and special guest vocalist Sheryl Renee. The library is conveniently located on Front Street, not far from the historic Banyan Tree. From 5pm to 7:30pm, there will be festive stilt walkers, face painters, balloon artists, and even a strolling magician. From 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Hard Rock Cafe will host the KPOA Live Remote Broadcast of the event. From 5pm to 9pm, the 7th Annual 4th of July Karaoke Contest will be held at Wharf Cinema Center.
A spectacular fireworks show will begin at 8pm from a barge out on the ocean, with synchronized music playing near Hard Rock Cafe. Spectators will line the street overlooking the water and fill tables at all the oceanfront restaurants where they can watch the show with their sweethearts, family, and friends.
Another reason that Lahaina is such a great place for celebrating the 4th of July is that many shops and restaurants will provide specials as part of the celebration. And of course, there's an atmosphere of fun and excitement all around during this patriotic holiday. If you would like more information, you can check out visitlahaina.com.
We hope you have an unforgettable 4th of July celebration, wherever you are. As always, if you need assistance with your Maui vacation accommodations, we would be happy to help. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!
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… Continue Reading
Photo Provided by Maui Ocean Center: www.mauioceancenter.com
Interested in seeing Maui's marine life from a whole new perspective? The Maui Ocean Center is an amazing place to visit if you'd like to observe the rainbow of fascinating creatures that live in our waters… Continue Reading
The best things in life are free, and that includes sightseeing on Maui. Well... aside from the car rental and gas you spend to get around. That being said, you can enjoy memorable moments without paying a whole lot more on expensive… Continue Reading
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