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Maui 4th of July Fireworks in Lahaina

Dining, shopping, free concert performances and fireworks!
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!

Reggae Summit Hawaii Concert on Maui

See the world's most popular reggae artists perform live on your Maui vacation.
June 17, 2016

Reggae Summit Hawaii Concert on Maui

If you enjoy reggae music and you'll be on your Maui vacation later this month, don't miss the upcoming Reggae Summit Hawaii. It's the biggest concert event of the year, with some of the most popular names in reggae music performing on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island. Maui's lineup includes Third World, "Jah Messenjah" Luciano and many more talented performers.

Third World is considered by many to be the most respected reggae band in the world, boasting 10 Grammy nominations and smash hits like “Now That We Found Love,” ”96 Degrees in the Shade” and “Try Jah Love.” This illustrious group is also one of the longest lived reggae bands of all time, maintaining their popularity by maintaining their cutting edge fusion influences from R&B, funk, pop, rock and rap, among others. Perhaps more remarkably, Third World is the only reggae band to be awarded the United Nations Peace Medal on the steps of the Capitol in Washington D.C. in 1993.

Luciano is popularly considered Bob Marley's only "successor" based on his lyrical style and stage delivery. An inspirational song writer and recording artist, he achieved world wide acclaim and cultural icon status after the release of his album Where There Is Life. His work is centered on the quintessential Rastafarian message of equality and justice for all of mankind.

If you want to see these remarkable artists perform live, you'll want to get your tickets as soon as possible, because reggae has long been popular among Hawaii's residents, and the turnout is likely to be huge. It seems that island culture from the Caribbean and the Pacific mix well, if Hawaii's love of reggae is any indication. At the very least, these cultures tend to share a laid back, relaxed style of both living and music, which seems to come naturally to those who live in the islands.

The concert will be held on June 25th at 4:30pm at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Central Maui, about an hour from our West Maui accommodations. You can get more info at mauitropicalplantation.com. If you need any assistance with your vacation accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We are happy to help! Mahalo!

King Kamehameha Commemorative Parade in West Maui

A parade and celebration honoring King Kamehameha.
June 10, 2016

King Kamehameha Commemorative Parade in West Maui

If you're looking for a free, entertaining event in West Maui this month, you might want to swing by Front Street, Lahaina for the upcoming Pa'u Parade. It's quite the spectacle for those who are interested in Hawaiian history and culture, and a favorite among children, so if you're on a family vacation to Maui, you won't want to miss it. Don't be intimidated by the event name, which is Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade & Ho'olaule'a. Here's a quick breakdown of what it all means.

First of all, King Kamehameha was the first chief to unite the Hawaiian islands under one rule and to become king. As such, he's one the most celebrated historical figures of Hawaii, if not the most celebrated. The parade commemorates his life and his influence on the development of Hawaiian culture.

Next, a Pa'u Parade involves horseback riding in a uniquely Hawaiian type of historic garb that was developed during the early 1900s. Riders wear a kind of culotte or skirt and a pa'u, which is a single piece of fabric between 9-12 yards in length that drapes over the stirrups and all the way to the ground. The pa'u is bound by kukui nuts twisted inside the fabric and tucked into the waistband. If it's hard to imagine, you just need to see it in person to get the full effect. Expect lots of color, grandeur and dynamic additions to your Maui vacation pictures.

Finally, ho'olaulea is a Hawaiian term for a celebration or festival, which can include food, vendors, music, games, hula dancing, etc. This would be great for any kind of outing, whether you're on a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a trip with friends.

This event is always a lot of fun for those who enjoy all the fanfare, festivities and the rich cultural heritage of the islands. It will take place on June 18th. Conveniently proceeding along Front Street in historic Lahaina Town, the parade will begin at 9:45am at the Kenui Street intersection and will conclude at the Shaw Street intersection. There will be commentary stations along the way at select locations, including Longhi's, Kimo's, Lahaina Pizza Co., Cheeseburger in Paradise and Wharf Cinema Center. The ho'olaulea portion of the festivities will take place from 9am to 5pm under the shade of the historic Lahaina Banyan Tree on Saturday the 18th, and on Sunday, the 19th of June.

The location is ideal because there are shops, restaurants, art galleries and other attractions all around, so you can spend part of your time enjoying the festivities, and part of your time enjoying the charms of Front Street. If you want to learn more about this culturally rich, historic event, you can visit www.kamehamehamaui.com. If you need any assistance with your Maui vacation accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui Named 3rd Best Beach in the US

The popular list, created by Dr. Beach, is based on over 50 criteria related to beach quality.
June 03, 2016

Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui Named 3rd Best Beach in the US

The popular Dr. Beach has released the 2016 Top 10 Beaches, based on a list of no less than 50 criteria, with Kapalua Bay Beach coming in at No. 3. His list has garnered enough attention that news sources all over the nation choose to repost or write articles about the winners. The title of Dr. Beach was chosen because of the relatively clinical evaluation of the quality of the 650 public beaches around the United States. The list isn't based on votes or any other kind of popular choice.

The criteria behind the selection of winning beaches includes factors like beach material, beach width, water temperature, air temperature at midday, amount of rain, wind speeds, size of breaking waves, underwater beach slope, color of sand, water color, water clarity, wildlife richness and more. Each criteria includes a range from 1-5 as far as quality, with 5 being the best and 1 the worst. If you take a peek at these criteria, the whole process might just end up making a lot of sense, because, because there are universal beach traits that people tend to prefer. That's why it's no surprise that Kapalua Bay Beach in West Maui earned its spot at No. 3 in the country.

Kapalua Bay Beach is just around 15 minutes away from our beachfront Kaanapali vacation rentals. It features many remarkable qualities that make it even more hospitable than the average Maui beach. Its colorful and accurate description on the Dr. Beach website is as follows.

"Kapalua is a perfect beach for swimming and snorkeling in the clear, azure waters that are protected by two headlands formed long ago by lava flows into the sea. This beautiful crescent-shaped, white sand beach is bounded by these rocky anchors where good restaurants can be found. The fine coral sand beach slopes gradually into the deeper water where the rocky bottom is punctuated with corals that attract vividly-colored tropical fish. You can buy fish food and rent snorkeling gear at the concession hut on the north end of the beach."

Everything about the description rings true, although as far as buying fish food, feeding wildlife is generally disruptive to the health of the ecosystem. Kapalua Bay Beach really is a remarkable spot, because of the protective arms of land that partially encircle it, protecting it from wave action. Another of its best features is the coral reef, along with the vibrant collection of marine life that lives there.

While you're enjoying your Maui vacation, why not take some time to visit and decide for yourself how much you enjoy Kapalua Bay Beach? They say the best things in life are free, and this is certainly one of them. Mahalo!

Zenshin Daiko 17th Annual Taiko Festival

A dramatic Japanese musical performance to spice up your Maui vacation entertainment.
May 27, 2016

 ZenshinZZenshin Daiko 17th Annual Taiko Festival


Photo Provided by Zenshin Daiko

When planning a vacation to Maui, attending a taiko show was probably not the first thing you considered, but if you enjoy dynamic, colorful and culturally rich musical performances, you shouldn't miss Zenshin Daiko's 17th Annual Taiko Festival Concert. If you've never seen a Taiko performance and you like a good rhythm, then this is sure to be a stirring and memorable experience. Taiko is an ancient Japanese musical tradition, refined continuously through the ages in its styles and techniques. 


The first historical accounts of Taiko date all the way back to the 6th century, and Japanese folklore ascribes mythological origins to the art. Just consider the fact that discerning performers have been working on this through trial and error and experimentation for at least 1,400 years. You can imagine the improvements, both subtle and dramatic, that have been made over all that time.


The festival performances will be accompanied by the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra, a diverse mix of Maui musicians directed by Casey Nagata. Zenshin Daiko boasts over 50 members who will take the stage to perform some of their favorite pieces to amaze and enthrall their audience with the help of UnitOne, a professional Taiko ensemble from Asano Taiko in Los Angeles. With their combined number of talented musicians, this year's festival is sure to make a big splash.

Last summer, Zenshin Daiko and UnitOne collaborated on a stellar performance at the North American Taiko Conference's Taiko Jam concert in Las Vegas. The incredible skills and strong cooperative relationship between these two groups contribute to their exquisite on-stage alchemy. You can expect precision, intensity, and remarkable showmanship from these performers.

Tickets are a reasonable $20 per adult and $10 per child, ages 12 and under. The festival will take place on June 4th at 7pm in the Castle Theater of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) in Kahului. You can get tickets and more information at mauiarts.org. The MACC website is handy for checking out upcoming performances and events of interest if you want to spice up your Maui vacation with some entertainment. Mahalo, and enjoy the show!

Blogs for June 2016

Maui 4th of July Fireworks in Lahaina

Posted on 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… Continue Reading

Reggae Summit Hawaii Concert on Maui

Posted on June 17, 2016
Reggae Summit Hawaii Concert on Maui

If you enjoy reggae music and you'll be on your Maui vacation later this month, don't miss the upcoming Reggae Summit Hawaii. It's the biggest concert event of the year, with some of the most popular names in reggae music performing on Oahu,… Continue Reading

King Kamehameha Commemorative Parade in West Maui

Posted on June 10, 2016
King Kamehameha Commemorative Parade in West Maui

If you're looking for a free, entertaining event in West Maui this month, you might want to swing by Front Street, Lahaina for the upcoming Pa'u Parade. It's quite the spectacle for those who are interested in Hawaiian history and culture, and a favorite… Continue Reading

Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui Named 3rd Best Beach in the US

Posted on June 03, 2016
Kapalua Bay Beach on Maui Named 3rd Best Beach in the US

The popular Dr. Beach has released the 2016 Top 10 Beaches, based on a list of no less than 50 criteria, with Kapalua Bay Beach coming in at No. 3. His list has garnered enough attention that… Continue Reading


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