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Hiking on Maui

IO Valley - Hiking

In Hawaii, summer means hiking trails, incredible views and a great way to tour the Islands on your own two feet. Maui’s hiking trails allow you to experience the beauty of the Magic Isle. For an easy hike, visit historic Iao Valley State Park. This paved trail offers fantastic valley views. For a more difficult hike try the Pipiwai trail to 400-foot Waimoku Falls in the lush Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park. Visit the Kipahulu Visitor’s Center for more information.


Or you can hike atop the scenic summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak. Take the Halemauu Trail or the Keeneheehee (sliding sands) trail down from the crater and see volcanic landscapes, mountainous wilderness and rare endemic plants like the ahinahina (silversword). Visit the Haleakala Visitor’s Center for more information on guided and self-guided hikes.

For more information contact the National Park Service at (808) 572-4400.


When hiking on Maui, be sure to be prepared with these essentials:
– Good hiking shoes with tread
– Light pants to keep cool or shorts (but beware that you may get scratches from branches)
– Light shirt to keep cool
– Light rain jacket and mosquito repellent (especially if you are going into rainforests or valleys)
– Backpack with enough water, lunch and sunscreen (depending on length and intensity of hike)
– Cell phone

For longer, tougher hikes you may want to also include:
– Work gloves
– Sweater
– First Aid Kit
– Additional water and food
– Flashlight
– Compass
– Map


For safety reasons, DO NOT hike alone if at all possible, but if you must, make sure to tell someone where you are going. DO NOT drink water from freshwater ponds or streams you may encounter during your hike. Avoid entering streams or ponds with open cuts. Stick to the trail and follow trail head markers to avoid getting lost. With a little preparation, your Maui hike will reap unforgettable rewards.




Thank you to our friends at Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau for the content.


Kaanapali Beach #1 US Beach According to TripAdvisor


Kaanapali Alii proudly announces Kaanapali Beach is #1 in the US according to TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Beaches awards.


The Travelers’ Choice Beaches awards honor top beach spots around the world, based entirely on the reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. In total, 276 winning beaches were named across Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Middle East, the U.S. and more.


We have always known that Kaanapali Alii is located on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach’s golden sands. But now travelers have confirmed it. Kaanapali Alii is definitely the #1 Beach in the US!


“The Travelers’ Choice Beaches winners have joined an elite list of destinations that are enjoyed and appreciated by a large community of travelers,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “This award is a great honor for the local tourism industry and reflects the destination’s great charm and appeal.”


The complete list of 2013 Travelers’ Choice Beaches can be found at:


Wailea Wine and Food Festival

If you’re visiting Maui during the first week of December, you will definitely not want to miss the Maui Wine and Food Festival.

December 6th through the 9th, nationally renowned vintners and sommeliers will collaborate with Wailea’s inspired chef’s to Celebrate the Crush at Wailea Resort’s first ever Wailea Wine & Food Festival. The absolute best of the winemakers’ art will be paired with the culinary talents of Wailea’s Master chefs on the sunny shores of South Maui.

Events include wine seminars, tastings, presentations and special culinary events in honor of all things grape and great! Come sip fine wine and savor our extraordinary cuisine, Oceanside on Maui.

Tickets are available but can only be purchased online through the Festival website at


Kaanapali Fresh – Taste the best Kaanapali has to offer

This weekend, our friends at Kaanapali Beach Resort Association will be hosting the first annual Kaanapali Fresh, an unparallelled three-day culinary experience, designed to highlight Kaanapali as the premier destination for exquisite cuisine, experiences and activities.

Beginning Friday, August 31st and running through Sunday, September 2, you will have the opportunity to sample locally sourced culiary masterpieces created by some of Maui’s most talented Executive Chefs, including locally born and raised, Chef James Domingo of Leilani’s On the Beach and Culinary Institute graduate, Matt Dugan of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Kaanapali Fresh will offer many diverse activities, all designed to allow you to experience Kaanapali’s finest.  Choose from an upland visit to Kaanapali Coffee Farm, Champagne Sunday Brunch at Kaanapali Beach Hotel, or a mixology lesson with Chandra Lucariello, Director of Mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits of Hawaii.  There is a little something for everyone.

If you are visiting us this weekend, Kaanapali Fresh is an a once in a lifetime event that you will not want to miss.

For more information, or to view the schedule of events and pre-purchase tickets, visit the Kaanapali Fresh website.


Beachfront Grill Master Services at Kaanapali Alii

Kaanapali Alii first resort to offer beachfront Grill Master services

– Guests get tips & sauces from Chef Michael Barry


KAANAPALI, MAUI, Hawaii – Kaanapali Alii adds Grill Master services to its long list of innovative amenities for guests. Effective immediately, Chef Michael Barry will be at the Alii’s popular oceanfront gas barbecue grills from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. He will offer cooking tips and a variety of rubs, Maui pineapple sauce, and marinades. Grill Master services and condiments are complimentary for guests of Kaanapali Alii.


Michael Barry, Kaanapali Alii's new Grill Master
Michael Barry, Kaanapali Alii’s new Grill Master

The barbecue grills are the centerpiece of the Alii’s picnic lanai located directly on the best stretch of Kaanapali Beach. A fragrant herb garden and a barbecue chest with complimentary plates, utensils, napkins, and aluminum foil add to the appeal of this inviting area reserved for Alii guests only.


“The Alii is the first resort to offer Grill Master services! We listen to our guests who often tell me how much they love our oceanfront gas barbecues.  Now our Grill Master makes it even more fun and service oriented,” commented Mark Altier, general manager.


Guests return again and again in part because the savings of an Alii vacation are so significant.  No resort fees, free parking, daily newspaper and internet connection, free tennis and clinics with an in-house tennis pro, free use of the fitness center and yoga stretching studio, and a free kid’s club in the summer.


Kaanapali Alii is managed by Classic Resorts, a Hawaii-based condominium management company specializing in luxury properties in unique resort locations.


Reservations 1-866-966-7169 or visit our website. For frequent updates we invite you to follow us on Twitter find us on Facebook.



Maui Yogurt Opens on Front Street

Maui Yogurt

A few weeks ago Maui Yogurt opened it’s doors on Front Street in the heart of Lahaina Town.

We stopped in for a visit and found some refreshing treats on a warm Lahaina day.

At Maui Yogurt you grab a cup and fill it up!

At Maui Yogurt you grab a cup and fill it up!

Only $0.50 an ounce and includes unlimited yogurt, toppings, and cup.

Go for one flavor or create your own by mixing flavors.

Maui Yogurt Wall of Flavors

The wall of flavors changes regularly and features classics such as Cookies & Cream,

Chocolate and Country Vanilla.  You’ll also find exotic flavors like White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

and Peanut butter.  Once you’ve filled your cup you can head over to the topping bars

for your choice of fresh fruits, nuts and candies.

Maui Yoguirt's Candy Toppings

Maui Yogurt's Fruit Toppings

Today’s island-style featured flavors

Sweet Coconut Coconut Yogurt


Pineapple Yogurt

Located at 762 Front Street, Lahaina, Hawaii, Maui.


American’s Favorite Family Musical CATS Comes to Maui

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS revolutionized musical theater when it opened in London in 1981 and then in the United States in 1982.  This year Maui OnStage brings CATS to the historic Iao Theater!


MauiOnStage's CATS


Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS won seven 1983 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Lighting and Best Costumes.
Maui OnStage’s production of CATS is directed and choreographed by Alexander Cardinalli who performed for the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina’s production of CATS as the assistant choreographer and the roles of Coricopat, Rumpus cat, and Gehngis cat.  Cardinalli was also the on stage cover/understudy for Mr. Mistoffelees, Alonzo, and Mungojerrie.  “The training for this show is the most difficult and rewarding aspect for all of us.  Maui OnStage’s strong, local cast is performing choreography and music from the Tokyo, Berlin, Zurich, Broadway, National Tour, and Hollywood versions of this legendary musical.”  (Cardinalli) Rounding out this talented team is musical director Kirsten D.F. Otterson.  Kirsten is a choral and music teacher at Baldwin High School and has a long history of singing, performing and teaching on Maui.
CATS runs March 11 – 27, 2011 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Iao Theater in downtown Wailuku.  Tickets for CATS range from $15 – $20 and are on sale now online at You may also contact Maui OnStage’s Box Office at 808-242-6969.


New Ziplines at Maui Tropical Plantation

New at the Maui Tropical Plantation are five ziplines that range from 300 to 900 feet in length.

Maui Tropical Plantation Ziplines

Maui Zipline offers two tours where participants glide over gardens and orchards and enjoy the amazing views of Maui’s north and south shores.  The grand finale of the five-line Tropical Adventure Tour takes you through a stand of palm trees, over a lagoon and into a treehouse which overlooks the water.  Wear sunscreen and closed toes shoes for this outdoor adventure.  Tours are daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Cost is $90 for the five-line, 90-minute Tropical Adventure Tour and $60 for the three-line, 45-minute Wiki Wiki Tour. Participants must be at least 5 years old and weigh between 50 and 250 pounds.

For more information about this and other exciting activities contact our activities specialist at 808-661-3475.


Famous Dave’s Now Open In Lahaina

Just opened on Front Street, in the heart of Lahaina Town, Famous Dave’s brings barbecue to Lahaina’s oceanfront.  This is the first Hawaii location for the chain restaurant and we stopped by on opening night to try out their award winning St. Louis-style Ribs.

True to the Famous Dave’s brand, the ambiance is fun, lively and definitely family friendly.  The first thing we noticed were the barbecue sauces.  Six bottles of various barbecue sauces ranging from sweet to fire hot are located on each table with a handy roll of paper towels giving us a hint of what was to come.

For starters we tried the Rib Tips ($10.49) which came highly recommended by our server. The hickory-smoked tips are tender bits of meat served on a bed of fries and did not disappoint.

Next we tried the Pineapple Rage Chicken Wings ($11.99 for 12 pieces).  Grilled pineapple blended in a sauce with habanero peppers makes this hot-sweet a tasty combination,  perfect for our tropical locale.  Appetizers range in price from $6.99 to $18.49.

For our entree we tried the XXL Ribs, “The Big Slab” ($27.99).  12-bones, hand-rubbed with Dave’s secret blend of special spices and pit-smoked for 3-4 hours over a sweet hickory fire then slathered in sauce and caramelized over an open flame.  The ribs are really fallin’-off-the-bone tender.  Served with a corn bread muffin, corn-on-the-cob, and your choice of two sides.   Entrees range from $9.49 to $75.99.

The best part about the menu is that it’s not limited to ribs.  You will also find Burgers Sandwiches and even four 600 calorie or less entrees. All-in-all we enjoyed Famous Dave’s and hope you will too!

Open 11am – 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am – 11pm Friday and Saturday.  Located at 736 Front Street in Lahaina.  They can be reached at 808-661-1125.


Star Noodle

Just when you might think you know Lahaina Town, new shops, restaurants and ocean activities are added so from time-to-time we will highlight what’s new on Maui.  Enjoy!

Here’s a casual eatery that you may not about…  Star Noodle.

Star Noodle Owner and mastermind Michael Moore along with his crew Executive Chef Craig Masuda, Chef Sheldon Simeon, and manager Nicky Boskoff explored noodle shops in New York for their inspiration.  The menu features a list of share plates ($4-$25), a list of noodle dishes ($7-$13), and sweets ($5).  With reasonable prices, an ocean view, stellar sunsets and an interesting space makes Star Noodle a must try.  Open daily for lunch 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and for dinner 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Located at 286 Kupuohi Street, at the top of Lahaina Business Park.