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Christmas Brunch Cruise
Spend your Christmas day out on the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean.
December 19, 2014
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Christmas Brunch Cruise

Have you ever thought of spending your Christmas day out at sea? If you're on vacation to Maui during this magical season, you might as well make the most of what the island has to offer, especially considering the warm, tropical weather. Imagine the beautiful blue Pacific surrounding you as you take in the spectacular views of Maui and the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. It's a whole new perspective on the majestic mountains of the islands surrounding you.

The Pacific Whale Foundation is offering a Christmas Brunch Cruise that includes a festive holiday buffet including traditional favorites with island-style influences. Cocktails are available, provided you are of age. Since the whale season is in full swing, humpbacks are expected to make appearances, and so are their much smaller cousins, the dolphins, who live here all year.

Conveniently, this cruise departs from the scenic Lahaina Harbor, so you can spend some time in lively Lahaina Town before and after your cruise, if you want to do some shopping and exploring. Wherever you go, there are opportunities for beautiful pictures, especially if you get out on the cruise. Lahaina is also located about 10-15 minutes away from our Kaanapali vacation condos, so you won't have to spend much time getting there.

The cruise departs at 11:30am on the day of Christmas, and will return at 1:30pm. Tickets are about $75 per person if you book online at www.pacificwhale.org The money you spend will also go to a good cause. The PWF is a non-profit organization specializing in conservation, research, education and ecotourism. Their work focuses on whales, dolphins, coral reefs and the overall health of the planet's oceans.

Have a wonderful vacation, and you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page if you need any assistance with your accommodations. Mahalo for reading this week, and happy holidays!

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Maui Nutcracker Sweets Ballet Performance
Enjoy a timeless classic full of holiday cheer.
December 12, 2014
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Maui Nutcracker Sweets Ballet Performance

Maui VacationIf you're a fan of live performances and Christmas, the upcoming Nutcracker Sweets ballet may be just what your Maui vacation needs. This timeless classic can be really enjoyable if you're traveling with family or others who are interested in ballet. If it's not your cup of tea, there are other options, which you'll find at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's website, but if you're interested, read on.

The Nutcracker Sweets is a vibrant family-friendly production featuring 150 students of the Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA). The costumes are lavish, the choreography dynamic, and the dancers inspired. Of course the choreography is set to the timeless Tchaikovsky score. If you've enjoyed the music, you might find the ballet performance even more thrilling. It could be an extra splash of holiday spirit to your Maui vacation. If you like ballet, this might be a good opportunity to evaluate the quality of MAPA dancers compared with others you have seen. Ours is a small island, but you might find yourself surprised by their skill and talent.

If you are interested in attending this performance, it will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului on Saturday, December 13th. There are two shows. The first is at 2pm and the second is at 7pm. Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for those who are 18 and under.

Since you'll be driving about  to Kahului, you might want to make the most of your trip by taking advantage of the shopping and dining in the area. There are also movie theaters, if you want to catch a flick sometime while you're there.

We hope you enjoy yourself! Be sure to check our blog every Friday for our latest Maui vacation suggestion, or you could always scan through past blogs for suggestions that apply all year round. As for your accommodations, if you need assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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Tree Lighting Ceremony at Maui Winery
What could be better than wine tasting and a festive holiday celebration?
December 05, 2014
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Tree Lighting Ceremony at Maui Winery

West Maui AccommodationsThe Winery at Ulupalakua Vineyards is a popular attraction for visitors and locals who enjoy wine tasting and learning about the history of the area. Their upcoming tree lighting event is even better for those who enjoy the holidays.

This will be the first Annual Upcountry Lighting of the Tree, and in the years to come, you can fondly look back and say that you were there when it all began. There is no entry fee, and the festivities take place from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. It’s a long drive, especially if you’re staying at our West Maui accommodations, but there’s plenty of sight-seeing to do along the way, and you’re only spending on gas, plus whatever you may decide to buy from the tasting room when you arrive. In fact, there will be special discounts on their prices that evening.

The tree lighting will take place just after sunset, which will be at 6:15pm. “The Tree” is a 30-foot Norfolk Pine that was planted in 1986. It will be covered in thousands of colored Christmas lights and ornamented with a 3-foot star topper for this inaugural ceremony, which will include a special sparkling wine toast on the King’s Cottage porch. Maui Choral Arts will be there for Christmas caroling to provide some added musical enjoyment. There will also be fun things for the keiki (kids) to do, including ornament decorating, letters to Santa, and other crafts and activities. Ulupalakua Ranch will offer warm holiday beverages and some traditional food.

After the ceremony, Polar Express will be playing on a large outdoor projection screen, which you can watch from the lawn. You might want to bring some low fold-out chairs and blankets.

Maui Wine has requested canned or non-perishable food items to drop off in one of the empty present boxes under the tree. If you’re staying at one of our Kaanapali condos, then you’ll probably be making use of your full kitchen, meaning you will be doing a bit of grocery shopping. If you plan to attend this event, then perhaps you could pick up a little something extra to donate in the generous spirit of the season.

This event is sure to be a lot of fun for you holiday lovers, especially if you enjoy wine and sight-seeing. The views are stunning from the winery, and the sunsets are usually quite colorful, so don’t forget to take some nice pictures to commemorate your experience. We hope you have a wonderful time! Mahalo!

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Welcome Home the Whales Celebration Cruises
Jump on a charter with the Pacific Whale Foundation to kick off whale season.
November 28, 2014
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Welcome Home the Whales Celebration Cruises

Interested in the richness of Maui's marine ecosystem and all the magnificent life that makes it so dynamic? This week, we suggest hopping on a charter with the Pacific Whale Foundation to kick off whale season on one of their "Welcome Home the Whales" Celebration Cruises. 

Let's be honest, the stunning beauty of the warm Pacific Ocean off Hawaii's shores is the main attraction for visitors. Balmy temperatures throughout the year are also a perk, but there's nothing quite like those countless mornings when the sun rises over Haleakala to illuminate those still blue waters that rest on our beaches with hardly a ripple. Many visitors come from coastal places, but those shores are almost never as warm and peaceful as ours. When you envision our awe-inspiring humpback whales breaching in all their grandeur in the distance, then you have an image that is unforgettable to most. It's one of the reasons why a Maui vacation has become so iconic.

The nice thing about whale watching charters like these is that you can get out onto that calm ocean on those stunning mornings and see the whales up close. Sometimes they'll swim right up to the boat, and at their incredible 45 feet in length, watching these gentle giants glide through the water beneath you is an amazing sight. You'll have to experience it yourself to know how different it is from any other experience.

This particular set of cruises are two hours in duration, departing from Ma'alaea Harbor, which is a bit less than a half-hour from our Kaanapali condos. Members of the Pacific Whale Foundation's research team will be on board to educate and answer questions about whale biology and behavior. You might find yourself surprised by the complexity of these animals. The cruises will be departing on Sunday, November 30th at 8am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2pm. The earlier you go out, the calmer and clearer the ocean tends to be, just keep that in mind. Kids will get a free Jr. Naturalist Program, and each party will get a free whale poster.

If you book online, which provides a 10 percent discount, tickets for this cruise are a reasonable $25.95 per adult, while tickets for children ages 7-12 are $18.95. The same price applies for children ages 3-6, however, one child gets in free per adult.

Have a wonderful time, and as always, if you need assistance with Maui accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo for reading this week!

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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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