KA Fred Torres portrait

Ukulele Classes and Storytelling: Free For Guests!

I am the Kaanapali Alii Hotel Manager and also the Hawaiian Cultural Advisor. This Summer I will again offer my popular Ukulele Classes for keiki which often include storytelling. Classes are free for guests of Kaanapali Alii and will be offered for children ages 6-12, from June 16-August 8, 2014, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m. No experience is necessary. Lessons are limited to 6 guests each day.

I have been both a student and a teacher of Hawaiian cultural practices for over a decade. I was part of the development of a “Hawaiian Sense of Place” program in continuing education & training at the Maui Community College.  I’ve also applied my knowledge of Hawaiian values and practices in a variety of corporate positions within Hawaii’s visitor industry. I was honored to study chant and Hawaiian culture with some of Hawaii’s leading kumu (teachers) and am always ready to share my knowledge when guests of Kaanapali Alii who show an interest.

As I’m teaching ukulele I often have an opportunity to talk about Hawaiian values such as kuleana (personal responsibility), kokua (care), laulima (working together), and aloha (unconditional love). I enjoy sharing music and stories with the kids. They especially like to learn ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow.’ When space allows the parents can join in. Return guests look forward to showing me their progress!

Coming to Visit? Check out these Maui travel tips!

Getting Here:

Kahului Airport (OGG) is Maui’s main airport. There are also two smaller airports (Kapalua Airport and Hana Airport) on the east and west sides of the island. Most flights will be flying into OGG, but some may fly into Honolulu International Airport before a short (30 minute) flight to one of the other neighbor islands.  The flight from the mainland United States to Hawaii is considered a domestic flight, so don’t over-pack. (U.S. weight restrictions when flying domestically is 50 pounds).

Maui Travel:

You can get around the island by bus, shuttle, taxi, or other forms of public transit. That being said, Maui is much bigger than it looks on a map. There is tons to do here, and much to explore. Leave some money in the budget for a rental car. This way you can take a day and go to Hana, or visit other remote parts of the island that aren’t possible without a private vehicle. Your foreign driver’s license (if valid) works here. But you may not use a cell phone while driving!

What To Bring?

It’s always warm in Maui, so bring your summer clothes! A light jacket or sweater is a good thing to bring for the evenings. Suits and ties are almost never worn here, so bring your casual or resort clothes.  And of course, bring swimsuits! (We suggest more than one).

Tipping and Customs:

The U.S. standards on tipping apply here as well. Generally speaking, 15-25% at a bar/restaurant/cab/room service.

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