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Maui Open Studios Event
A free event for those with an appreciation for artists and their unique creations.
January 30, 2015
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Maui Open Studios Event

Another budget-saving event for your Maui vacation is starting tomorrow, January 31st, assuming you have an appreciation for art. It's the 5th Annual Maui Open Studios Event: Free Self-Guided Tours of Artist Studios and Exhibition Spaces, but you can refer to it as MOS. So what does all that mean? maui open studios art event for 2015

MOS is a self-guided tour of artist studios and exhibition spaces on Maui. These featured places are listed in the MOS guidebook, which you can get at the opening celebration tomorrow. There will be a Preview Exhibition with live entertainment, and a sneak peek at some of the many talented artists being featured this year.

The opening celebration will be held at the Maui Tropical Plantation from 5-8pm. After that, the event continues over the following three weekends. This year's event includes the work of over 90 talented artists, so if you're passionate about art, you won't want to miss this opportunity. You'll get to meet the artists, purchase their work directly from them, and connect with them personally in a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Some participants will do live demonstrations, or serve refreshments for the public to enjoy.

MOS is modeled after similar traditions that can be found in other art-loving states around the country, with much success and enjoyment for all involved. Local artists get a chance to be involved in a social atmosphere that enhances their sales, and visitors like yourself can bring home a whole lot more than the typical souvenirs. What better way to remember your Maui vacation than with a quality piece of art sold directly by the artist?

Here is a general location guide, for your convenience:

  • Weekend 1: West and South Maui - Sat/Sun, Feb 7/8 from 11am - 6pm.
  • Weekend 2: Upcountry - Sat/Sun, Feb 14/15 from 11am - 6pm.
  • Weekend 3: Central, North Shore and Hana - Sat/Sun, Feb 21/22 from 11am - 6pm.

If you need more information, visit www.MauiOpenStudios.com. We hope you have a wonderful, enriching experience that you will remember for a long time. As always, if you need assistance with your accommodations, let us know. Mahalo!

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Free Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina
Get the most value out of your vacation by adding free events to your worthy splurges.
January 23, 2015
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Free Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina

When you're on a vacation to Maui, it's important to know what you should be spending your money on. Deciding when to save and when to splurge will make a big difference in your vacation experience. Our advice is to splurge on activities, if you're adventurous, and on the spas if you're looking for rest and relaxation. Your enjoyment can also be hugely enhanced if you spend a little more on your Maui accommodations, simply because the upgrades are worth the money. Meanwhile, you can get amazing food on the cheap, have a great time sight-seeing for the cost of gas, and attend the various free events that take place around the island as a major bonus.free hawaiian music series in lahaina

How to find out about these free events? Check calendarmaui.com, or just read our blog, because we are looking out for worthy experiences for visitors with all budgets to include in our weekly post. This week, we'd like to let you know about the Hawaiian Music Series in Lahaina.

First, these concerts are really enjoyable, and free. Second, they are located only around 10 minutes from our Kaanapali condos in the exciting beachfront town of Lahaina, where there are shops, restaurants, historic places and art galleries galore, all along Front Street. Third, the concerts are recurring on the last Thursday of the month from 6-7:30pm. This is ideal because it doesn't just apply to the limits of one date or one weekend. You could be visiting toward the end of any month and you'd get to enjoy one of these concerts. 

Either follow the music, or plan to be at the Baldwin Home Museum front lawn to attend. You'll find it at the corner of Front and Dickenson Streets. The theme of the music focuses on sweet island sounds to give you a real Hawaiian flavor through both traditional and popular tunes. These are up-and-coming musicians who will play the 'ukulele, slack key guitar, and contemporary guitar. There will be chairs, but you might want to bring a little fold out or blanket just to make sure you get a spot.

We hope you enjoy the music! Be sure to check in next week for our latest Maui vacation suggestion. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

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Shanghai Circus on Maui
An exciting performance to dazzle all ages, and tickets are conveniently affordable.
January 16, 2015
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Shanghai Circus on Maui

Kaanapali CondosLooking for a live performance to entertain you on your Maui vacation? Swing by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) to watch the Shanghai Circus in action. It should be well worth the 50-minute drive from our Kaanapali condos, especially because it's the kind of thing that's exciting to children and adults alike. It could even be a fun part of a romantic getaway, if that's the theme of your trip.

The Shanghai Circus features some amazingly talented performers. The proof is that they have to dazzle audiences without the benefit of stages with hydraulic moving parts and other fancy installments like many other circus performances use. Yes, they have their tools, but they have to fit within the framework of the Castle Theater. The performance will feature innovative choreography, brilliant scenery, captivating music, and artful lighting to enhance it all.

These performers are incredibly skilled, thanks to years of rigorous training and laudable discipline. In all likelihood, you'll see their acrobats do things you didn't know people could do. Amazement is a mandatory element of their performances, and the price is conveniently affordable, with tickets ranging from $12-$35.

According to their reviews, they've added some especially daring stunts to their performances, which are based on traditional Chinese acts. The great thing about performance art today is that those professionals are always concocting new ways to surprise their audiences. Just when you think circus performers have thought of everything, they blast right past your expectations. If you're one of those people who gets nervous about performers making mistakes, try not to destroy your armrest for this one.

There are shows at 4pm and 7pm on Monday the 19th, and one at 7pm on Tuesday the 20th. Visit mauiarts.org for more information, and to buy your tickets. Mahalo for reading this week!

 Photo courtesy of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center

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West Maui Accommodations and Homes
When visiting just isn't enough Maui time, there's real estate.
January 09, 2015
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West Maui Accommodations and Homes

Maui AccommodationsFor some vacationers, it's enough to visit regularly and enjoy our wonderful Maui accommodations when they need to get away from it all. The island can provide both adventure and relaxation along with its wealth of natural beauty, so the appeal is understandable. That's why we have so many return visitors who come with friends and family to enjoy all the island has to offer. But sometimes, our visitors can't seem to get enough, and for them, the option of becoming a permanent resident inevitably arises.

Those of you who have established a trusting relationship with us may be happy to know that we also have a real estate branch for folks who are interested in buying a Maui home. You can find it at www.kaanapaliproperties.com. As you'll find out on the landing page, we specialize in West Maui real estate, which is also the area where our vacation rentals are located.

West Maui is a wonderful place to live if you enjoy the sparkling ocean and neighbor island views before a majestic mountain backdrop. Many consider Kaanapali Beach to be the best on Maui, and even the best in the state. There are plenty of places to shop, no matter your budget, and we are also endowed with a wide array of fantastic restaurants.

The fun doesn't have to stop when you live here. Those typical vacation activities such as whale watching, ziplining, scuba diving and snorkeling can become a regular part of your life. The many exciting activity charters departing from the scenic Lahaina Harbor are just a few minutes away by car. So are the charms of Front Street, where exciting events take place throughout the year, especially during the holidays. World class spas will also be at your fingertips here. Imagine having access to these amazing experiences any day you choose.

If you need assistance finding the perfect West Maui home to meet your unique needs, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to assist you, whether you are planning a visit or a real estate purchase. Mahalo for reading this week!

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Maui Whale Photography Workshop
Have you ever photographed a 45-foot whale?
January 02, 2015
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Maui Whale Photography Workshop

Maui VacationMaui is a photographer's playground. The landscapes and seascapes of this stunning island have inspired visual artists the world over since its discovery. Photographers now have the opportunity to further hone their craft by photographing the island's largest visitors: humpback whales. What better way to preserve memories from your Maui vacation?

These gentle giants make their appearance around the end of the fall season and stay through the winter months until the end of spring. As the most acrobatic and one of the largest kinds of baleen whales, you might call them the perfect subject. The Pacific Whale Foundation's upcoming whale photography workshop is a rare opportunity to learn some excellent techniques for capturing special moments with these charismatic creatures.

The workshop is open to photographers of every experience level, from novice to professional. You can either bring your own digital camera, or rent a Canon PowerShot from the PWF Ocean Store. You will get out on one of their boats with a naturalist and a photographer from the Adventure Photo staff. Both of these individuals will share invaluable information with you on whale behavior and whale photography.

For an extra dash of enjoyment, the outing will involve a break from photos to drop a hydrophone into the water so you can hear all the whale songs clearly. Female whales make a variety of sounds to communicate, but it's the males who sing to attract a mate. In the water, you can hear these songs from miles away, and you might notice them while swimming in the ocean.

If you need more information or you'd like to book your spot, call 808-249-8811 ext. 1 anytime between 6am-9pm Hawaii time. This charter departs from Ma'alaea Harbor, which is about 40 minutes from our beachfront Kaanapali condos. There are two available trips. One is on Wednesday the 7th of January, and the other is on Wednesday the 1st of April. Both run from 3:30-6:30pm, so at least you won't have to wake up early to make time for the drive like all those morning charters.

Mahalo for reading this week, and have fun on your Maui adventures!

 

 

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