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Maui Ukulele Festival

Another opportunity to enjoy Hawaiian entertainment for free on your Maui vacation.
September 23, 2016

Maui 'Ukulele Festival

Do you enjoy the musical charms of the 'ukulele? If you're on vacation to Maui in the first week of October, you won't want to miss the upcoming Maui 'Ukulele Festival on Sunday, October 2nd. This is another one of those terrific free events that can be a memorable vacation experience, plus a lot of fun! It's ideal whether you're on a family vacation with kids, a romantic getaway, or a trip with friends.

The festival will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, which hosts countless enriching events and performances throughout the year. They'll be using the outdoor A&B Amphitheater lawn under the open sky where you can sit down with your low-backed chairs or blankets, relax and soak up the delightful music.

This year's lineup of popular musicians include Roy Sakuma as the M.C., Richard Hoopi'i, Aidan James, Willie K, Arlie-Avery Aisu, Kamakakehau Fernandez, Paula Fuga, Nick Acosta, Nelly and Danial Baduria, the Hula Honeys, Kolohe, Alika Nako'oka, Derick Sebastian and the Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble. It's a fantastic lineup full of talented performers.

As you join the celebration, you might just get one of the fine 'ukulele door prizes that they will be giving away. Wouldn't that make for an amazing souvenir or gift to commemorate your Maui vacation? There will also be displays of Hawaii-made arts and crafts alongside delicious local food for purchase.

If you need more information on the festival, you can visit mauiarts.org. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips, Part 2

Make the most of your dining experiences while maintaining your health.
September 16, 2016

10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips, Part 2

Last week, we shared the first five of our healthy Maui vacation dining tips, and we hope they gave you some good ideas that work for you. Here are the other five tips we want to share with you to keep you looking and feeling healthy while you're visiting, and when you return home. Tip #10 isn't actually about food, but it definitely applies to the goal, so we had to squeeze it in!


6. Opt for the Seafood


The U.S. Mainland brings us countless vacationers who are steak connoisseurs, and with good reason. It can be tough for Maui to compete, even with our healthy, grass-fed cattle. Luckily, visitors don't come to Maui for the steak. They come for the seafood, which is a lighter option, and Hawaii's specialty. Not only are we surrounded by the vast Pacific and all its bounty, but ours is an exquisite melting pot of cultures where seafood is central to the cuisine. Think Pacific Islander, Japanese, coastal U.S. Mainland influences and more. Opt for the seafood on your Maui vacation and you'll get the benefit of lower fat in healthier forms, along with the benefit of thousands of years of tradition and experimentation in the kitchen.

7. Sample, Don't Gorge

Another effective way to maintain a healthy weight on your vacation is to think in terms of sampling the delicious food that the island has to offer, rather than feasting on it. Try savoring the experience slowly, pacing yourself, and remembering that there's lots more to try!

8. Stop Eating When You're Comfortable

A good way to help with Tip 7 is to pay attention to that point in your meal when your stomach feels nice and comfortable. Avoid eating more just because you can. In our effort to avoid wasting food, many Americans will stuff themselves with every last morsel on the plate. It's a spooky habit for our health, considering the size of the portions our restaurants dole out. But your health is the most important thing in your life, because it effects everything else in your life, so listen to your stomach, take the leftovers with you and snack on them later!

9. Drink Lots of Water

Hydrating properly is crucial when you're on vacation. It keeps your body running properly, but unfortunately, it can be easy to forget to drink enough water when all those tempting sweet beverages are beckoning. Then there are all the other distractions that come with your vacation, like the excitement, the activities that keep you engaged, and food that may be sweeter and/or saltier than you get from your normal diet at home. So pick up a supply of bottled water that you can have at your Maui accommodations, and when you're out adventuring.

10. Walk and Swim

Some visitors are very physically active, hitting the tennis courts, using fitness centers, cycling, hiking or engaging in all kinds of other physical activities to help balance the food intake. But you don't have to be one of those exceptionally active people to break even. Sometimes walking and/or swimming regularly are perfectly effective. Both are low impact, if you need to be gentle with your body. Maui is full of beaches where you can take long walks and go swimming. If you prefer the pool, your Maui accommodations will almost certainly have one or more. For walking, Front Street in Lahaina Town is a terrific spot to visit, or you could explore the resorts on foot.


Those are our Top 10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dating Tips! We hope you've found them helpful and motivating! For more ideas, you can browse through our past blog topics, or check in each Friday for our latest suggestion, as many are about date-specific events. If you need assistance with your vacation rentals, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!


10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips Part 1

Enjoy great food without putting on the pounds.
September 09, 2016

10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips, Part 1

If you've chosen a Maui vacation, you clearly want the best possible experience. That probably includes dining, and Maui is an amazing place to dine, especially if you enjoy trying local flavors and seafood. Between the fantastic cuisine and the gorgeous scenery, indulging is easy. Keeping the weight off is usually the challenge. With that in mind, here are our top ten tips for eating healthy on your Maui vacation and still enjoying every bit of it!


1. Choose From Menus Beforehand

Sometimes the best way to choose your food is by doing it early. You can visit restaurant websites or sites like Yelp to look at menus before you head on over. How does this help? The closer you are to mealtime, the hungrier you're likely to be, and that means you're more likely to choose something heavier and more filling. But the lighter menu options can be equally satisfying. Also, you may find it easier to make the right choice when you have a little more time to thoroughly explore the menu.

2. Fight Your Urge to Splurge

Many of us think of dining out as a special treat, especially if that's what it was like when we were growing up. Yet as adults, some of us dine out daily or a couple of times a week. While you're on vacation, you'll be likely to dine out even more often, unless you're staying at one of our West Maui vacation rental condos, which are outfitted with a full kitchen where you can cook all your meals if you so choose. As long as we think of dining out as a treat, we're more likely to splurge and eat much more than we need, especially on vacation. Instead, try to think of your meals from the standpoint of nutrition and maintaining your health.

3. A Treat a Day

If you decide to rein in your desire to splurge, why not make a deal with yourself to allow one delicious indulgence per day of your vacation? That way, you won't feel deprived of your enjoyment, which is what a Maui vacation is all about, and you can stay active to offset your intake.

4. Eat Your Big Meals Early in the Day

Another great way to help ensure that you burn off what you're eating is by having your larger meals earlier in the day (and it's a great way to save money too). Late night eating is a well-known culprit in weight gain, but avoiding it is pretty easy if you change the habit and stick with it... and local Hawaiian food comes with some amazing breakfasts that you've probably never found elsewhere.

5. Limit Those Fruity Beverages

Fruity beverages may seem harmless enough, but they're packed with calories. Our bodies burn sugars before they burn fat, so those sweet drinks can have a big impact on our fuel use and storage, especially when combined with fat-rich meals. All you need to do here is moderate.


We hope these tips are helpful and inspiring for you as you embrace your Maui vacation experience! We'll share the second half of our 10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips in next Friday's blog. If you need assistance with your vacation rentals, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Chinese Moon Festival 2016 in Lahaina

Enriching for adults, educational for children, and best of all, it's free to attend.
September 02, 2016

Chinese Moon Festival 2016 in Lahaina


Photo(s) Provided by Lahaina Restoration Foundation: lahainarestoration.org

If you're planning on exploring historic Lahaina Town on the weekend of September 17th, you picked the right time. The Chinese Moon Festival will be taking place on Friday and Saturday from 1-7pm. This is another one of Maui's fun, free events, making it especially popular among vacationing families, or anyone interested in new cultural experiences.

If you've never heard of this festival, you're not alone. It isn't as widely known as some other celebrations, like Chinese New Year, for example. The moon festival is an agricultural celebration of the harvest time. Chinese teas and moon cakes will be served under the open sky while musicians perform live on traditional instruments like the erhu and gu zheng harp.

Aside from the all important food and entertainment, there will also be cultural activities like calligraphy, knot tying and Hawaii Feng Shui. A produce display will show off the bounty of the season, and kids can learn how to plant seeds as a part of their own agricultural education. They can also have fun learning how to make paper lanterns, which can open a lot of creative doors, now that we're safely in the era of battery powered candles.

Meanwhile, the event's cooking demonstrations should prove fascinating to adults who are interested in the culinary arts, and there will also be a talk on the history of moon festivals. If you like to learn new things, this festival is an ideal opportunity, and especially convenient. Not only is there no admission fee, but this event is located at Wo Hing Museum, which is right on Front Street in the heart of Lahaina Town. That means you can drop by between dining, shopping or even ocean adventures at the Lahaina Harbor. This area also happens to be just a couple of minutes away from our Kaanpali condo rentals, if you'll be staying with us.

Again, the festival will take place on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 2pm to 7pm. If you need more details to help you plan your Maui vacation, you can learn more at lahainarestoration.org. If you need information or assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Visit Maui in September and Save

Avoid the crowds and the high price tags by booking your Maui vacation for September.
August 26, 2016

Visit Maui in September and Save

The summer is ending, and with it comes the autumn season with fewer crowds and cheaper rates. September, in particular, is one of the absolute cheapest months to go on a Maui vacation. That includes things like airfare, activities, and accommodations. In fact, we're offering dozens of Maui condos with special rates between September and October this year. Just take a peek at a listing that interests you, and we have our special rate listed, followed by a handy breakdown of our seasonal rates for that unit, so you know what we charge throughout the year. The more you know, the better, we're sure you'll agree.

As an example of what we have to offer, this Honua Kai studio rental is ideal for a romantic getaway, featuring ocean views, your own private lanai, a full kitchen, a shower and separate bathtub, and a 42" flat screen TV. Being that it's a studio, you can think of it like a hotel room, but with your own kitchen. And the price tag is only $199 per night if you book during the date range for this special. Of course, this can change quickly, depending on how fast our deals are snapped up by savvy travelers, but there are plenty of units to choose from.

Another one of our tips for saving money on your trip is to make use of that kitchen we mentioned and make at least some of your meals. Even if you just make your own breakfasts, it can save you hundreds, depending on the duration of your trip. And why not take advantage of the fresh, local ingredients that you can find here? If you enjoy expanding your cooking skills, you might try out a local recipe and create a new favorite. If you want to go out for a bite, you can opt for lunch instead of dinner and you'll often get the same menu items at a cheaper price.

Despite the fact that September tends to be one of Maui's quieter months, there are still entertaining events you can attend, and they are often free. Keep your eyes open for what's happening on the island. We try to post about free events as often as possible if we think you'll enjoy them, so you can always check in on our blog for the latest suggestion each Friday.

Lastly, take advantage of the things that are always free on Maui, like sightseeing, going to the beach, or even watching the surfers, which can be pretty exciting! We recommend the lookout point above Ho'okipa on the North Shore, where there's plenty of parking and spectacular vistas of the ocean and the waves that part of the island is known for. Other great sightseeing options for the more committed adventurer include the road through Hana or a visit to the summit of Mt. Haleakala, each of which is a day trip on its own. For something a little closer but still scenic, try Iao Valley in the West Maui Mountains.

As always, no matter what you're doing, don't forget to protect your skin! As they say, health is the first wealth. If you need any assistance or you have any questions about your Maui vacation, you can find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for September 2016

Maui Ukulele Festival

Posted on September 23, 2016
Maui 'Ukulele Festival

Do you enjoy the musical charms of the 'ukulele? If you're on vacation to Maui in the first week of October, you won't want to miss the upcoming Maui 'Ukulele Festival on Sunday, October 2nd. This is another one of those terrific free events that can… Continue Reading

10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips, Part 2

Posted on September 16, 2016
10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips, Part 2

Last week, we shared the first five of our healthy Maui vacation dining tips, and we hope they gave you some good ideas that work for you. Here are the other five tips we want to share with you to keep… Continue Reading

10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips Part 1

Posted on September 09, 2016
10 Healthy Maui Vacation Dining Tips, Part 1

If you've chosen a Maui vacation, you clearly want the best possible experience. That probably includes dining, and Maui is an amazing place to dine, especially if you enjoy trying local flavors and seafood. Between the fantastic cuisine and the gorgeous… Continue Reading

Chinese Moon Festival 2016 in Lahaina

Posted on September 02, 2016
Chinese Moon Festival 2016 in Lahaina


Photo(s) Provided by Lahaina Restoration Foundation: lahainarestoration.org

If you're planning on exploring historic Lahaina Town on the weekend of September 17th, you picked the right time. The Chinese Moon Festival will be taking place on Friday and Saturday from 1-7pm. This is another… Continue Reading


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