Three Ways to Escape to Kaanapali Here in Hawaiʻi, the word aloha means both “hello” and “goodbye,” which perfectly matches the outlook you will embrace while vacationing in Kaanapali, Maui. Here are three top-notch Kaanapali hotels that will have you saying “Aloha/goodbye” to your everyday stress and a hearty “Aloha/hello” to tranquility, romance, and the resort lifestyle. Become an A-List Insider with Aston Hotels & Resorts to Save 10%. Plus, get a free room upgrade, welcome gift and more. Click here for more information. Click here to see how. Tranquil Escape If peace and tranquility are what you are after, Maui Kaanapali Villas offers just what the doctor ordered. Unwind in an uncrowded oasis, a peaceful sanctuary spread across a lovely 11-acre landscape filled with lush, exotic foliage. Accommodations here offer guests ample choices between hotel rooms, studios, and one and two-bedroom suites. And between the resort’s beachfront location, day spa, and fitness center, you won’t run out of ways to re-center. In keeping with the relaxed atmosphere, Castaway Cafe, the resort’s newly renovated restaurant and bar, offers an open air Old Hawaii theme. Though the atmosphere is relaxed, the service isn’t. Having been featured on the Food Channel and has won numerous awards for its wine list, Castaway Cafe has earned a place among favored Maui restaurants. Looking to do some shopping? A free shuttle will take you to the Kaanapali Resort area known for its world-class shops, a whaling museum, restaurants, and entertainment. An added bonus is the complimentary access to Aston’s nearby year-round Camp Kaanapali children’s program. You can leave the keiki (children) in good hands while the adults enjoy some much-deserved retail therapy! Romantic Escape For those with romance on their minds, Aston Mahana at Kaanapali is the ideal escape. Look forward to creating lasting memories during the tropical getaway of your dreams. Hearts will flutter as you wake up each morning to enjoy this luxurious beachfront condominium resort. Custom-furnished oceanfront suites with floor-to-ceiling windows open up to your private lanai with views of the Pacific will take your breath away. Conveniently located near Maui’s Lahaina Town, Whalers Village, and Kaanapali Beach, you can look forward to dressing up and enjoying a night out among the surrounding sights and local nightlife. Or simply tuck in and enjoy each other’s company while sharing dinner and a glass of wine in the warm glow of a magical Maui sunset. Resort Escape
Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Oh and hot. Don’t forget super hot. However, if you’re lucky enough to enjoy the warm waters and shores of Maui this summer, there’s plenty to look forward to beyond the sun, sand and rum. Take a look at our list of events going on in July, from the annual Independence Day Celebration to foodie events, concerts, and more. For more information or to see the best weekly, monthly and yearly celebrations, check out our calendar of Upcoming Maui Events. Maui Events July 2017 Select Saturday Evenings (July 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th): Maui Chef’s Table – Come experience the Maui Chef’s Table culinary adventure on the grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation! Enjoy 7 courses of unique, farm-fresh cuisine and craft cocktails, all prepared in a gorgeous island setting. Please check their calendar for dates and tickets. $150 per person, including tax and gratuity. Every Third Tuesday (July 18th): Brushstrokes & Brews – On the third Tuesday of each month, Island Art Party brings its fun painting classes to The Maui Brewing Co. in Kihei. Come create a beautiful painting, and enjoy happy hour pricing in the tasting room all night! Only $59 (kama’aina discount available with ID) and it sells out quick, so book early. Ages 16+ only. July 1st Makawao 4th of July Paniolo Parade & Rodeo: Located Upcountry at the Oskie Rice Arena, you won’t want to miss the annual 9am Maui parade and rodeo, including family-friendly fun, food, entertainment and more. Family Class at Island Art Party: From 2pm to 4:30pm, reserve a spot in Kihei’s family-friendly painting class. Painting ‘Dolphins,’ this class is open for ages 8 and up. Lana’i Annual Pineapple Festival: Located on Maui’s neighbor island of Lana’i at Dole Park, the annual Pineapple Festival will be held from 3pm to 6pm and includes family-friendly fun and entertainment, followed by fireworks at 9pm. Everclear at the Castle Theater: Performing at the MACC, Everclear are embarking on a highly anticipated tour celebrating its milestone anniversary, with plans to perform the Afterglow album front to back, including some tracks the band has never played live. July 2nd Maui Taiko’s 20th Anniversary Concert: Formed by the descendants of Japanese immigrants in the hopes of perpetuating a centuries-old drumming tradition, the group has now blossomed into a performance troupe that entertains thousands of residents and visitors on Maui annually. July 4th HAPPY 4th of July! Lahaina 4th of July Celebration: The Outlets of Maui are celebrating from 2pm
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a new Maui food festival, Fire It Up! This beachside barbecue bonanza showcased some of the premier pitmasters from around the country. Hailing from locales where cooking over wood and charcoal is just as big a way of life as here in the islands—like North Carolina, Denver and Dallas—these chefs were masters of the open flame. Mix in tremendous cocktails, wine, bourbon and beer; a local celebrity traditionally preparing food fit for ali’i; a dash of Hawaiian chants, live music and special DJ set; tied together with a gorgeous South Maui sunset/full moon rise—and you had the recipe for a perfect evening! Ho’olei and Grand Wailea, Best of Neighbors! After a full day of work at Ho’olei, the newest member of our team and long time friend, Carl Middleman, and I made the quick trip across the street to the Grand Wailea, and down to the ever-inviting Spa Grande. With its myriad salt baths, marvelous massaging waterfalls, cold plunges, bubbling hot baths, steams, Jacuzzi, detox teas and more, the facility is world-class. I am too lucky to have such a relaxing place nearby after a hard day’s work, and everytime I go, can’t help but feel the strong bond between the 2 communities. After the spa, we cruised down to the lawn towards the luau grounds where the festivities were taking place. This walk was a treat in itself, highlights being the backlit water feature and dolphin sculptures, always picturesque stained glass chapple, and adult pool with gorgeous orchid mosaic tiling. Grand Wailea truly is one of the most luxurious resorts on island, and I feel grateful to spend any amount of time there. Simply walking the grounds, admiring the artwork, architecture, and beautiful surroundings, solidify it as five stars in my mind. If you’re interested in staying here, be sure to check out this list of the 10 things you need to know before visiting the Grand Wailea. Chef Hubert Keller and his famous Burger Arriving at the luau lawn, the first station we visited starred Chef Hubert Keller, founder of Burger Bar and executive chef at Fleur, Las Vegas. I dined at Fleur last year before the Michael Jackson show at the Mandalay Bay and was blown away by the flavors. With high expectations, I bit into what was not quite a slider, not a full sized burger, but nevertheless, all perfection. The patty was super tasty, the truffle aioli hit all those
1. ISLAND ROOTS Maui Brewing Co. aircraft its Island Root Beer with organic cane sugar, local honey, and Hawaiian vanilla. 4-pack is $10. The pale-gold Bikini Blonde Lager has a sweet caramel malt aroma and a crisp, clean flavor. $10/4- or 6-pack. At Maui Brewing Co ., 605 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, 213-3002; or visit MauiBrewingCo.com. 2. POP STAR Shaka Pops gourmet ice toppings reflect the saviors of the Islands, with the freshest local render and parts. Seem for flavors like strawberry banana( demonstrated ), Lava Flow, POG( pineapple-orange-guava ), pineapple ginger, coconut lime and more.$ 4 each. Visit ShakaPopsMaui.com for retailers and mobile locations. 3. BAR EXCELLENCE bRAW's superfood saloons are made without refined sugar, chemicals or preservatives. They come in four yummy flavors: coconut macadamia, almond crunch, chocolate espresso and super green. $42/ container often online. For retail locations, visit BRawBar.com. 4. HOT SPLASH HI SPICE builds its tropical hot sauces here on Maui, using fresh ingredients from local farms.$ 7- $10/5 -oz. bottles. Visit HiSpice.com to order and find retailers around the island. 5. GO NUTS Maui Raw's Mac Nosh is a deliciously healthy alternative to chips; it's made from a combination of fresh, dehydrated vegetables, organic seeds and macadamia nuts. Starts at $5/5 -oz purse. Slather with Maui Raw's decadent cultured-macadamia-nut spreads in flavors like Pineapple Pepp'ah, Fig'n Curry, and Chive'n the Lavender. From $6/6 -oz tub. Visit MauiRaw.com for where to buy. 6. HAVE A BLAST Donut Dynamite turns brioche dough into mouthwatering treats like this chocolate donut with vanilla bean glaze and homemade candy sprinkles.$ 4 each /$ 33 dozen at 1246 Lower Main Street, Wailuku, 280-6442. Ordering for next-day pickup at DonutDynamite.com.
7 Best Farms to Visit In Maui When you think of Hawaii, the first few things that most likely pop up in your mind are the sun, sand, and waterfalls. And while those may be the primary reasons for vacationing in the Aloha State, there’s actually much more to do than bake in the sun, especially if you’re headed to Maui. Throughout the island are a variety of incredible farms that you’re able to tour, from an organic tropical fruit plantation to a cheese-producing dairy. Many even have on-site restaurants where you can enjoy a true farm-to-table meal. So whether you’re staying in the resort area of Wailea, where a trip to up-country Maui is a short drive away, or making the trek all the way to the rural and peaceful town of Hana (which, by the way, the incredibly winding road with its beautiful vistas is totally worth the two hours from the airport), here are seven exceptional farms that are worth the visit. A few of the goats at Surfing Goat Dairy. Surfing Goat Dairy One of the most enjoyable experiences you’ll have on the island, Surfing Goat Dairy holds walking tours about every half hour, during which you can feed the adorable animals, see the facilities, and sample its award-winning cheeses that come in a variety of flavors (the Rolling Green with fresh garlic chives is a must). And if you’re not a fan of goat cheese, don’t let your distaste deter you from visiting—the strong gaminess often associated with such cheeses is nearly nonexistent due to Surfing Goat’s use of vegetable rennet to coagulate the milk. The cheeses are so incredibly creamy and delightful that a bevy of restaurants use them, including the recently redesigned Humuhumunukunukuapuaa at the Grand Wailea resort. But before you head out, make your way inside the store and pick up a few handmade dark chocolate truffles. Filled with ganache made from goat cheese, the confections not only have fewer calories, fat, and cholesterol than many traditional butter-and-cream counterparts, but also more vitamins A and B, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. The chocolate set-up for Hana Gold’s collaboration with Ala Kukui. Hana Gold A four-person operation, Hana Gold is a cacao plantation run by husband and wife Robert and Francine Frost, along with their son and daughter-in-law, who are all largely self-taught and have gone through years of trial and error to
Featured Image Credit: hectorsdolphins.comBy Laura O’BrienMāui dolphins are black, white, and grey marine mammals who live solely off the coast of New Zealand. The adorable marine mammals are a unique and important presence in the shallow waters off the western coast of North Island, New Zealand. Unfortunately, the dolphins have become alarmingly scarce, and action must be taken immediately. New Zealand’s Minister of Conservation released an updated Threatened Species Strategy which describes Māui dolphins as “nationally critical”. However, despite their desperate need for help, the dolphins are not everyone’s primary concern.The most significant threat to Māui dolphins (as well as many other marine mammals) is human activity. Fishing practices within the Māui dolphins’ habitat are decimating the population, and the regulations in place are completely inadequate. The New Zealand Department of Conservation estimated that there were ONLY 63 ADULT MĀUI DOLPHINS ALIVE LAST YEAR. Think about that. The unfortunate creatures have an incredibly small environment, yet only 30% of this is protected. According to New Zealand’s online magazine The Spinoff, “75% of New Zealanders think the government should financially assist fishing people and communities to switch to dolphin-safe fishing methods in Māui dolphin habitat.” With such overwhelming support for measures to be taken, it is shocking that more efforts have not been made to save the species.Business and Economic Research Limited released a report which estimated that the government could fund the transition to dolphin safe fishing in the areas where Māui dolphins live for merely $26 million. Although this number may seem large, $26 million is a minuscule amount of the government’s budget. In fact, it is less than 1% of the surplus New Zealand expects this year. Although the government has offered no promising approach to saving the Māui dolphins, the New Zealand government did announce that they will be using $178 million to improve and expand tourist facilities. Expenditures like this are causing New Zealanders to speak out about what they view as misallocation of government resources.It is time for the Minister of Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, to listen to the people; it is time to save New Zealand’s beloved Māui dolphins! All we have to do is try. Awesome Ocean Dive deeper into an ocean of awesome things.
Jack Johnston strums his guitar and sings of Taylor finding a better world.While I’m not wishing for a better world myself, his breezy laid back acoustic tunes are the perfect friend for our adventure driving the Road to Hana in Maui, one of the most famous road trips in Hawaii.Jack Johnson has said in interviews before that his muse for writing songs doesn’t come from pushing the art but by being present with nature, with the Hawaiian air and ocean and the songs just start coming.In essence, connect deeply to life and let it flow.There is nothing distracting you from the essence of life on the Road to Hana, except perhaps Jack’s soothing melodies.The 45-mile road to Hana drive from Paia to Hana is embedded on the side of the high jungle cliffs plunging into the sea revealing panoramic Pacific Ocean views, bamboo jungle and Norfolk pines, sacred waterfalls and swimming holes, lava tubes, tropical flowers and roadside food stands.The mountain streams provide a refreshing reward for the many twists and turns.Hold your stomach tight, up ahead you have 617 hairpin curves and 56 one-lane bridges. You’re going to need a bit of stamina, especially on that long winding road home. You’re going to be wishing you could click your heels three times.Driving the Road to Hana in Maui is high on the bucket list of many who want to visit Maui, the second largest island in the Hawaiian Islands.For us, this road trip fell a little short of our expectations given the exhausting length of those windy roads. We found notable sights were poorly marked, and because we have done so many great drives like the Daintree Rainforest and Great Ocean Road in Australia, and the Chapman’s Peak Drive and Garden Route in South Africa, we were a little under-awed.However, if a scenic jungle drive is something you have not done before, you’ll probably love it.In this Road to Hana guide we’ll share with you the best Road to Hana stops with a few tips for driving the Road to Hana so you can have the best experience possible (this is why we do this so we can use our mistakes to help you have a better experience!)Ultimate Road to Hana GuideThe Hana Highway is a 64.4-mile (103.6 km) long stretch of a two-lane road connecting Kahului with the town of Hana in east Maui.Although Hana is only about 52
With 440-plus islands on Earth, vacationers have a surplus of sandy shores from which to choose—from the glamorous, white-washed cliffs of Santorini to the romantic, glassy-watered coves of Saint Martin.And yet, global travelers consistently choose to spend their hard-earned vacation days, honeymoons, and holidays on Maui, which, as the second largest island in Hawaii, sees more than 2.2 million visitors per year.It’s no wonder. Frequently rated the #1 island in the world, the Valley Isle has it all—sugary beaches, radiant waters, rugged coastlines, stunning flora, and beguiling fauna. And from ziplining through lush valleys to diving off shimmery waterfalls to eating five-star cuisine (often with an ocean view), Maui also offers countless things to do—so much so planning an 11-day trip to the island can leave even the most decisive among us dizzied. While part of the appeal of vacations is going with the flow—particularly in Hawaii—having a general outline of where and how to spend your days will give you the freedom to enjoy each experience to the fullest. Here, then, is the ultimate 11-day Maui itinerary—which will hammer home why the island is a premier vacation destination.Day 1: ChillMaui is tops when it comes to beaches: 120 miles of the island’s 727 square miles are coastline, making it the leading Hawaiian island in terms of the highest number of accessible swimming holes, sunbathing spots, and snorkeling venues.Dive into it all by spending your first day on Maui luxuriating in its sunny splendor, and go big in doing so—literally—by heading to Big Beach. Traditionally called “Oneloa,” its Hawaiian name, “long sand,” couldn’t be more accurate—this ravishing shore stretches 3,300 feet long and over 100 feet wide. Arrive early with coffee, pastries, and cold drinks in hand, spread out your towel, and “ahhhh” your way towards an 808 perspective. After a refreshing lunch at The Market (try a seared ahi melt with garlic aioli), deepen that sense of peace by hitting up the ‘Awili Spa & Salon at the Andaz (a hip, airy hotel on Wailea’s Mokapu Beach). Apothecary Consultants will hand-craft an elixir to meet your body’s needs (think: papaya and passion fruit oils from locally-grown fruit), feed you lemon-infused water and dried mango, and then ease your muscles (to accentuate your Hawaiian experience, try their lomi lomi treatment). Named one of the best transformational wellness destinations in the world by Town + Country magazine, this 14,000-squre foot spa