Maui Ranked Among Top Destinations in US

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Not unexpectedly, Maui was ranked among the top destinations in a new list compiled by the travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor. This year Bali, Indonesia is the global winner and New York City ranks number one in the US for the seventh consecutive year. Maui ranked second on the US list with highlights that include warm sand, windsurfing and snorkeling.  The site reports that the least expensive month to go is April, when travel is 8 percent less than the combined spring/summer average …

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Maui lawmakers ensure millions for capital improvements

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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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Maui hits new record with 2.6 million visitors in 2016

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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“Halloween in Lahaina” Returns this Monday!

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The Lahaina Town Action Committee and the Maui Office of Economic Development host Halloween in Lahaina, a family-friendly event for the residents and visitors of Maui. “Halloween in Lahaina” returns to Front Street on Monday Oct. 31. Highlights include the 38th Annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade at 4:30 p.m. All are invited to enter the Adult Costume Contest from 7-9 p.m. Halloween night at Banyan Tree Park. Campbell Park will open at noon selling the official “Halloween in Lahaina” T- Shirt.  T-shirts …

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Timeshare vs. Peer-to-Peer Rentals: What’s the verdict?

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    A recent popular trend has become share or peer-to-peer vacations – like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway – where vacationers rent rooms or houses directly from homeowners.  For most families a vacation is a once-a-year event, where everything needs to go right to fully enjoy the relaxation a vacation provides.  Yet, people are still going on vacations that don’t fully meet their needs, even through these peer-to-peer services. While this type of vacation can work for some people, a …

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