Alaska Airlines Announces New Direct Flight To Maui

Alaska Airlines has announced it will begin daily direct service to Maui from Sacramento starting on Friday, March 26, 2010.

Over the past two years, the Seattle-based carrier has scheduled 12 routes to four Hawaiian Islands from cities on the West Coast. And it plans a second daily Seattle-Maui flight beginning in June.

The newest daily flight from Sacramento to Kahului will depart at 8:15 a.m. local time in California and arrive in Maui at 10:50 a.m. Hawaii time. A return flight will leave Maui at 11:15 a.m. and land in Sacramento at 8 p.m.

Alaska Airlines President Brad Tilden will attend a celebration Friday for the first flight leaving Sacramento. A Hawaiian band and dancers, along with a priestess who will perform a blessing ceremony, will be part of the celebration.

For more information visit Alaskaair.com.

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History & Legend Of Kaanapali

Pipi Holo Ka’ao in Hawaiian means “A well-told tale travels far and wide.” Join the guided tour of 10 sites rich in history and legends of the Kaanapali area. The Kaanapali Trolley takes guests to the first four sites followed by a walking tour of the last six sites.

Offered every Tuesday and Friday from 9 – 11 a.m. (check in at 8:55 am). Meets at the Royal Hale across from the parking lot at the end of Keka’a Drive. Cost is free. For reservations call 1-800-661-3271.

Download the self-guided Historic Trail Brochure map here kaanapaliresort.com/WhatToDo/HistoricalTrail/ and visit the 10 sites at your convenience. One site is on the right-hand side of the Alii driveway as your arrive.

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Guest Review From Expedia

“Perfect place for us”
Visitor from Kansas City

We had 3 adults on our trip and did not want the standard hotel room with 2 double or queen size beds even if it would have been a five star hotel. I searched the web all over looking for just the right place for our stay and Kaanapali Alii was the perfect place for us. While the “girls” shared the main bedroom, the “male” had his own bedroom and bathroom just off the living room so he could fall asleep with the TV like he prefers. The girls could shut the door on their part of the condo for privacy. It would be great for a couple with kids or 2 couples also. We loved the up-to-date kitchen and being on the first floor the easy access to the pool and beach. Our room was a garden view but we actually ended up being able to see some ocean from our room. We used the outdoor grill and ate out on our patio. It was wonderful. I found the Alii reasonably priced when comparing to other hotels with the same star rating and was please with all of the space we had. The steps in the middle of the unit might make it difficult if someone is elderly or handicapped but we did not ask for a handicapped room so they may have that available. The Alii gave us guest vouchers to park at other hotels which was nice since there was no restaurant on site but who cares when Lahaina is only a short drive away and you have a great kitchen at the Alii. I can’t think of staying anywhere else the next time we come to Maui. Will have to get the cabana again-that was the best day in Maui!

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Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken

                                                                      Serves 8

                                                                 
This recipe adapts traditional Indian tandoori cooking for a barbecue. The chicken needs to marinate overnight, so start this one day ahead.

Ingredients:

2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
8 skinless chicken leg-thigh pieces
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 small red onion, thinly sliced crosswise, separated into rings
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Blend 1 cup yogurt and the next 9 ingredients listed above in a processor until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Mix in remaining 1 cup of yogurt. Add chicken and mix to thoroughly coat chicken with marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Clean the grates well and oil them. Mix chicken to ensure it is coated well with marinade. Place marinated chicken on barbecue. Grill chicken until just cooked through, about 12 minutes per side. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, occasionally baste chicken with butter. Transfer chicken to platter. Top with onion and cilantro and serve.

Lahaina Farms is located close to the Alii at Lahaina Gateway lifestyle center on Keawe Street, this gourmet grocery store offers ready-to-grill meats, fresh prepared foods and unique locally-made and grown items, an R. Field Wine Company, along with a coffee kiosk, and gelato bar. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., (808) 662-7088 for more information.

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Sun & Fun In The Heart Of Lahaina Town

Join us as Lahaina celebrates the annual migration of Pacific Humpback whales with ocean arts festivities on March 13-14, 2010 at the Banyan Tree Park. Artists will display their best marine-themed art for sale, while Hawaiian musicians and hula troupes entertain. Enjoy a kid’s ocean art contest; whale photo displays and a creature feature touch pool exhibit by the Maui Ocean Center. Free admission; hours are from 9am to 5pm. For more information visit www.visitlahaina.com.

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