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  Towering emerald peaks guard the lush valley floor of Iao Valley State Park. Located in Central Maui just west of Wailuku, this peaceful 4,000-acre, 10-mile long park is home to one of Maui‘s most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle. This iconic green-mantled rock outcropping overlooks Iao stream and is an ideal attraction for easy hiking and sightseeing. Aside from its natural tropical beautiful, sacred Iao Valley has great historical significance. It was here in 1790 at the Battle …

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Visitor arrivals and expenditures on Maui were up for the first six months of the year, with arrivals topping 1.3 million (up 3% from the previous year) and spending at $2.3 billion (up 4% from last year), according to new data released by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. The HTA reports that the average visitor stayed on Maui 8 days and spent $212 per person per day. George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, issued a statement saying, …

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The decision to own your vacation comes with numerous considerations. These include your budget, your travel frequency, and your vacation style. They are different for everyone, but one thing is certain: People who become vacation owners – people like you! – are more passionate about their vacations, tend to travel more often, and are more likely to participate in memorable activities at their destination. According to an online survey, vacation owners will budget more for vacations than non-owners, travel longer …

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Often competing with the anticipation of a long-awaited vacation to Kahana Beach is the nagging consideration of what and how much to bring. This debate can befuddle even the most seasoned travelers, leaving them to anguish over the consequences of either packing too little or stuffing a suitcase to the exploding point (also known as Going Anaconda).  It is this conundrum that determined the necessity of a packing tips article for the Kahana Beach blog. The simplicity of the topic appealed to …

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Vacation ownership now an even greater value

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An increase in lodging rates in 2015 – up more than 18 percent over the previous year owing to a rise in travel frequency – now more than ever underscores the value of vacation ownership. Consistency of cost is a timeshare hallmark, and while hotel room pricing rose to an average of $102.64 per night in 2015 from $86.55 in 2014, your vacation club remained unaffected by market trends and subsequent supply and demand economics. Ownership means you are never …

 

Suffer no more from Guilty Vacation Syndrome!

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Are you suffering from GVS (Guilty Vacation Syndrome)? Based on the results of a recent family vacation survey, you probably are. It is especially likely if you’re a Millennial, 59 percent of which report feeling ashamed for taking or planning a vacation in a time when vacation-shaming in offices nationwide and around the word is growing at an unprecedented rate. Neither are older individuals immune from the guilt. In the same survey, 41 percent of individuals 35 and older felt …

 

Take some tanning tips to keep from getting toasted!

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  As a Kahana Beach timeshare owner, you know the temperate summer climate can deceive you into thinking that you can’t get burned. With that in mind, we thought now would be a good time to review some common sense tanning tips if you’re presently on property or soon will be and planning to enjoy a beautiful Maui beach. Take the following precautionary measures to ensure you don’t get toasted! Use sunscreen The most obvious. Apply a sunscreen with enough …

 

Discover traditional Hawaiian music at George Kahumoku Jr.’s entertaining Slack Key Show

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With master slack-key guitar player and Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku Jr. as host, the weekly Slack Key Show showcases Masters of Hawaiian Music at the beautiful Aloha  Pavilion in Lahaina. Slack-key is a genre of guitar music that originated in Hawaii. It refers to open tunings or a “slackening” of the guitar tuning key for a looser, distinctly Hawaiian string sound.      George Kahumoku Jr. won a Grammy for Best Hawaiian Music Album and earned a Grammy nomination for Best …

 

Warren and Annabelle make your Maui visit magical

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Many people describe their visit to Maui as magical, and that’s without experiencing what some have called the best activity on the island. Imagine what they’d say if they had paid a visit to 900 Front Street in Lahaina, where Warren and Annabelle perform a highly-acclaimed magic show twice a night at their eponymous 78-seat theater.   In one of Maui’s most elegant and intimate settings, Warren Gibson, one of the country’s premier sleight-of-hand magicians, treats you to the best close-up …

 

Our Wi-Fi just got a lot faster

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Yesterday’s installation of our upgraded Wi-Fi has resulted in significantly faster download speeds – 10 times faster, in fact. The conversion to 50 megabits per second has essentially transformed our Wi-Fi from a Ford Fiesta into a Ferrari, and we think you will notice and appreciate the difference. Vroom vroom!