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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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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Visit breathtaking Iao Valley State Park

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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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2016 first half Maui tourism figures: Visitor arrivals exceed 1 million, expenditures 2 billion.

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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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Enjoy the benefits of ownership at Kahana Beach

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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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Heed these helpful packing tips for your next visit!

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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 …

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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 …

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Fresh Meals to Easily Prepare in Your Guest Unit Kitchen

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One of the best ways to save money on a Maui vacation is to put the kitchen in your spacious Kahana Beach guest unit to good use.  You’ll save hundreds by preparing your own meals instead of eating out during every meal.  Hardly anyone wants to spend their entire vacation cooking, however.  That’s why we’ve come up with these easy meals that are simple to make in a small kitchen. Chef Salad This is a great meal because it doesn’t require you to actually cook …

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Get your extended 260-day Maui forecast here

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Beautiful Photo courtesy Bruce Wheeler of Maui-Angels

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