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If you’re on property the penultimate week in June your stay luckily coincides with the annual Maui Film Festival. The five-day event runs June 21-25 at the Wailea Golf Resort. Along with the films, star tributes, and filmmaker panels, the festival is about having a good time, Wailea-style. Aloha wear is the dress code at culinary feasts and star-studded parties that take place throughout the resort. The Celestial Cinema at Wailea is located at the Wailea Gold & Emerald Golf …

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Kahului Airport, everyone’s favorite landing spot in Maui, will receive a majority of the funding from a multimillion-dollar Capital Improvement Project earmarked for 2018 and 2019.  Of the $438 million secured by Maui representatives for the CIP, more than $126 million will go toward airport enhancements. While that falls considerably short of the estimated $3 billion forecasted to complete upgrades on the main Maui airport through 2035, it will do very nicely in the short term.      Yet to be …

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LahainaTown celebrates the 144th birthday of its famous Banyan Tree landmark with festivities April 22-23 at Banyan Tree Park. If you have never visited Banyan Tree Park, this weekend is the perfect time. Festivities will include live music, magic, artists, games, crafts and of course a birthday cake. Admission is free. Lahaina’s most famous landmark, the Banyan Tree was planted on April 24, 1873 by sheriff William Owen Smith to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first …

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We would like to thank our loyal owners and guests for helping Maui set a new visitor record in 2016. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, 2.6 million people visited the island in 2016 – about 100,000 more than in 2015, which was also a record-setting year. “It is unbelievable,” Sherry Duong of the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau told The Maui News. “I honestly have to extend my appreciation to the people of Maui.” Duong, according to the News, …

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Enjoy food and drink specials on Maui for the Big Game

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If you’re staying with us over the weekend and looking for a place to watch the “Big Game” this Sunday, there are numerous venues all over the island where you can enjoy the Atlanta-New England showdown for the championship of the world. The comprehensive Mauitime article below breaks down by region all the places you can enjoy the biggest football spectacle of the year.   No matter which team you’re rooting for, you’ll have a great time enjoying all the great …

 

2017 Maui Whale Festival set to begin

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The Maui Whale Festival, a month-long celebration of our favorite migrating mammal, commences with the Run & Walk for the Whales on Feb. 4 followed that day by Tales of the Whale, a presentation by Pacific Whale Foundation founder Greg Kaufman. The highlight of the month is the Feb. 18 Parade of Whales, which features participants of all ages and includes floats, marching bands, costumed characters, decorated vehicles and fun performances. The festival has higher aspirations than mere spectacle, however. It …

 

Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Special Celebrations

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If you’re staying with us over New Year’s Eve, you’ll find plenty to do, including grand fireworks displays, festive dinners and a whole lot of warm aloha. Here’s what’s going on around Maui for New Year’s Eve. Fireworks For many years running, the island’s biggest fireworks show is held in Wailea. The reason it is not more widely publicized is that there isn’t enough parking available to open it to the general public. We have seen signs that there will …

 

We wish you a very Merry and a very Maui Christmas!

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Planning to spend this Christmas holiday on Maui? You’ll find the island decked out in lights, ornaments and Christmas cheer. Maui really knows how to celebrate the holidays with warmth and Aloha. As you’re making your Christmas vacation plans, we want to give you some fun and meaningful ideas to celebrate the holiday season with Maui-style. Here are our suggestions for the top things to do for Maui Christmas 2016: 1.  See Lahaina’s famous banyan tree wrapped in Christmas lights …

 

You’ll soon need a reservation to watch the sunrise

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Supply and demand – in this case, too many vehicles for too few parking spots – has necessitated a reservation system to watch the sunrise at Haleakala National Park. Early-morning crowds to Haleakala regularly exceed 1,000, while parking spaces number just 150, causing visitor and employee safety concerns. As a result, a paid reservation system will be implemented in February 2017. The one-day reservation will cost $1.50 and can be booked up to 60 days before a visit. Please consult …

 

First humpback whale of the season spotted in October! Or was it August? Please read on for explanation.

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The first humpback whale sighting of the season is always reason to rejoice, auguring as it does the return of our beloved state marine mammal and the start of whale season in Maui. This year’s first sighting occurred Oct. 20, off the coast of Lahaina in West Maui. Captain Dave of the Pacific Whale Foundation, aboard the Ocean Discovery, confirmed the sighting of a sub-adult humpback whale at 8:20 a.m. In August, there were reports of an early appearance of …