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Celebrate King Kamehameha Day in Maui with Locals

June 11th is a special day of celebration across Hawaii. If you’re traveling to Maui during this time, be sure to celebrate King Kamehameha Day with the locals! Here’s a look at this exciting holiday, including the history, and how you can join in.

King Kamehameha Day: The History

King Kamehameha ruled Hawaii from 1782 to 1819. He was known as an intelligent ruler who unified Hawaii. This unification, which brought together O’ahu, Moloka’I, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and Hawaii in 1785, and later, in 1810, Ni’ihau and Kaua’i. King Kamehameha fought hard to preserve the Hawaiian culture, while maintaining business with the Western world. King Kamehamaha Day is celebrated to honor this well-loved monarch. The first celebration took place on Jun 11, 1872. Hawaiian’s celebrated by attending carnivals, fairs, horse raises, and more. This holiday is the only royal holiday under the Kingdom of Hawaii to continue, even after Hawaii became a state.

Celebrate King Kamehameha Day in 2017 on Maui

Each year, the celebration takes place on June 11th. Because this day falls on a Sunday, the holiday has been moved to June 12th in the year 2017. If you are staying at Kaanapali Alii, don’t miss the festivities. They take place in Maui along Front Street in Lahaina Town, ending in Banyan Tree Park. A parade (the Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau Parade), is a colorful parade complete with bright floats and a string of local marching bands. After the parade, a well-loved Hawaiian celebration, called a ho’olaule’a is enjoyed. There is also a lei draping ceremony that takes place at the statue of King Kamehameha in the Capitol Visitor’s Center.

Kaanapali Alii: The Perfect Location

Kaanapali Alii is the perfect accommodation for your Maui vacation. Located less than a 10-minute drive from Front Street, it allows you to easily access shopping and restaurants. Front Street is the hub for entertainment (even the King Kamehameha Day parade).


Happy 234th birthday America! 4th of July Fun and Fireworks in Lahaina

The Fourth of July weekend is here! Enjoy the day in  Historical Lahaina Town  where the many restaurants and shops invite you to enjoy the holiday specials. For an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration, come down and listen to a variety of bands play in Lahaina free. A fireworks display lighting the night sky over Lahaina’s roadstead is scheduled for 8 pm, hosted by Maui Chamber of Commerce. Fireworks can be viewed from charter boats in Lahaina Harbor and on land throughout Lahaina Town. Enjoy an afternoon of great fun, food, shopping, entertainment and more, followed by a spectacular sunset and a fireworks celebration.


NBA Coming to Maui for Night of Shooting Stars

Lahaina Civic Center, June 6, 2012 starting at 5pm


NBA basketball players are returning to Maui on June 9th. ‘NIGHT OF SHOOTING STARS’ will include two feature games at Lahaina Civic Center.


5:00 PM – Novelty warm-up contest highlighting Celebrity all-stars (comprised of music, movie, media personalities, community leaders, and athletes from others sports) against  all-stars selected from the basketballMAUI Summer Camp program.


6:00 PM – The PRO all-stars will hit the court for a  match-up. Watch NBA talent, top college stars, and international players.


The games are presented annually by basketballMAUI as part of and in support of their youth and basketball program development on the island. The event will include a free pre-game concert featuring highly acclaimed gospel reggae band Christafari, as well as game and post game entertainment of live music, performers, and special guests.

Pre-Game Concert : Christafari
tickets are $5.00 in advance and $8.00 at the gate…they are available at Kihei Christian Bookstore and the following churches:
Lahaina Baptist
Calvary Westside
Lahaina Christian
Waipuna Chapel
Faith Family Maui



Night of Shooting Stars Professional Team Roster:
  1.    Isaiah Thomas, Sacramento Kings
  2.    Nate Robinson, Golden State Warriors
  3.    Corey Maggette, Charlotte Bobcats
  4.    Kelenna Azubuike, Dallas Mavericks
  5.    Derrick Low, Washington State Star, European Star
  6.    Julian Sensley, UH Star, European Star
  7.    Julyan Stone,  Denver Nuggets
  8.    Patrick Ewing Jr, New Orleans Hornets
  9.    Anthony Tolliver, Minnesota Timberwolves
  10.    Bill Amis, UH Star, European Pro
  11.    Von Wafer, Orlando Magic
  12.   Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
  13.   Bobby Nash, UH Star, European Pro
  14.   Kyle Pape, CSM star, European Pro


Night of Shooting Stars Celebrity Team Roster:
  1. Gina Hiraizumi, Actress/Singer. Film-Only the Brave TV-ABC’s Castle. Named Top 10 Asian-American Stars to Watch.
  2. Derick Sebastian, Ukulele Virtuoso, Entertainer, Singer, Songwriter, Instructor 
  3. Mayor Alan Arakawa
  4. Eric Gilliom, Musician and Actor
  5. Brian Kohne, Film director and Producer
  6. Trisha Smith, Radio personality and columnist
  7. Bruce Anderson, Superintendant of DOE
  8. Ian Walsh, Pro Surfer
  9. Micah Nickens, Pro Surfer
  10. Tatiana Howard, Professional Surfer and Founder of the World Wide Water Woman Movement, The Butterfly Effect
  11. Jason Donez, Leilani’s
  12. Kai Lenny, Pro Surfer
  13. Duke Aiona,Former Lieutenant Governor
  14. Ricky Ryan, Pastor Kumulani Chapel
  15. Tyrone Crews, Retired Football Player


NIGHT OF SHOOTING STARS basketball games admission is $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the gate for all fans over seven years of age and no-charge for those 7 and under. Advance tickets are available at various Maui Clothing Company and Starbucks locations…visit the website for more details: www.nightofshootingstars.com

Proceeds from the events will support Basketball Maui, a non-profit organization dedicated to the character and basketball fundamentals development of the young people of Maui through the game of basketball. The organization’s mission is to provide youth the opportunity to prepare for success both on and off the court. Under the title of ‘Bigger than Basketball’ the organization has just announced that they pursuing an eventual goal of constructing a multi purpose gymnasium.

For additional information or clarification please contact wayne@nightofshootingstars.com or call (604) 983-9740






Baldwin House
696 Front Street
Lahaina, Hawaii  96761


May 26, 2012 5:30pm – 8:00pm


Enjoy an evening of classical music on the lawn of the historic Baldwin Home in Lahaina with harpist Tatyana Shapiro and the Maui Brass Ensemble playing selections from the great composers.

The Festival takes place throughout the year and includes a wide variety of concerts, classes, and workshops for music lovers of all ages. The Maui Invitational Music Festival is presented annually by Arts Education for Children Group (AECG), a nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment. The Maui Invitational Music Festival is supported by County of Maui Office of Economic Development and Hawaii Tourism Authority.

For more information, contact Bryant Neal (808) 283-3576, info@aecg.org

Congratulations to Lahaina Grill!

Congratulations to Lahaina Grill on winning 6 Aipono Awards from Maui Magazine for 2012!


GOLD – Best Service

GOLD – Best Wine List

GOLD – Best Cocktail

SILVER – Best Steak

SILVER – Best Bar

SILVER – Best Dessert


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Celebrate the New Year Maui Style

Planning to ring in the New Year on Maui? Lucky you!!! Here is a little help so you can do it right…

The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display is held at midnight in South Maui. The best place to view the show is from Wailea Beach Park.

Many of the special events are already sold out, including the Drums of the Pacific Luau, The Pride of Maui Dinner Cruise and the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Dinner and Cocktail cruises.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel is still offering tickets for their New Years Eve Celebration at Tiki Terrace, which includes a four course dinner by Executive Chef Thomas Muromoto, live Hawaiian music and dancing.
Time: 6-9pm
Cost: Adults $55, Children (6-12 years) $35, Keiki under 5 eat free when ordering for the keiki menu, when accompanied by an adult
Call for reservations (808) 667-0124

Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater presents a Magical Maui New Year’s Eve Party. Enjoy the Kupanaha Show with illusionist Jody Baran. The theatrical performance showcases the history of the Hawaiian islands and its people. Party goers will also enjoy:

  • A 3-course dinner
  • No-host bar
  • Midnight toast
  • Dancing, party games, party favors and more!

Time: 8:30pm – 1am
Cost: Gold Circle Seating $175, General Seating $155
Call for reservations (808) 667-0128

The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua’s Alaloa Lounge is offering complimentary entertainment from 4pm to 2am. Sugah Daddy, a favorite six-piece island rock band begins playing at 8pm. Food and drinks are available for purchase. For more information, call (808) 669-6200.

The Sheraton Maui is offering a New Years Eve Extravaganza Buffet, which is being served at their Black Rock Terrace Restaurant.
Time: 4pm-10pm
Cost: Adults $89, Children (6-12 years) $45,
For more information, call (808) 921-4600

Sheraton Maui offers a New Year’s Eve Party in the Coral Reef Room with light appetizers and a dessert buffet. Adults 21 and over.
Admission is $25
For more information, call (808) 921-4600

Party with the stars at the New Year’s Eve Party on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Maui in Kaanapali. The Tour of the Stars program will be featuring a star party with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to ring in the New Year Hawaii style
Time: 11pm to midnight.
For more information and reservations, call (808) 661-1234

No matter what you choose to do to celebrate the New Year – keep in mind:
SAVE LIVES! Don’t Drink and Drive… And don’t ride with anybody who has been drinking either!! Tipsy Tow offered by AAA… You don’t have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Year’s Eve/Day they will take anyone who has been drinking and your car home for FREE. Save this number… 1-800-222-4357. Please re-post this if you don’t mind helping to save lives.


Celebrate the Fourth of July at Whalers Village

Always a hotspot for cultural activities and fun, Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants celebrates Independence Day in and around Center Stage with complimentary entertainment throughout the day.

Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants

Stop by for arts & crafts from 11am-1pm, coconut husking demonstration classes from noon-1pm, and Brenton Keith and his Bag O’Tricks from 1:30pm – 2:30pm and face painting from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.

Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants

Always popular, a free-admission Whale Museum deepens island understanding with a colorful slice of whaling history.  The Whale Museum tells the story of the heyday of whaling in Lahaina (1825-1860) from the perspective of the seafarers themselves, with self-guided audio tours, daily films, scale models, artifacts, photo murals, graphic interpretations, whale tooth ivory objects, and scrimshaw.  The Whale Museum is open daily from 10am – 6pm.

Whalers Village is a short stroll from Kaanapali Alii in the world-famous Kaanapali Beach Resort.

For more information about this and other exciting Maui activities please contact our Activities Specialist at (866) 661-2544.


Kaanapali Celebrates Ancient Hawaiian Canoe Sailing

Join Kaanapali Beach Resort in celebrating and perpetuating the ancient sport and culture of Hawaiian canoe sailing at the 7th Annual Wa’a Kiakahi.  A fun and educational experience the whole family will enjoy at this free three day event!

7th Annual Wa'a Kiakahi

On Friday, June 10, 2011 at 4:00pm on Kaanapali Beach there will be a traditional Hawaiian welcome for the 10 participating crews of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association.  On Saturday, June 11th from 10am-4pm look for the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association tent and register for a complimentary Hawaiian sailing canoe ride.  Crew members will be on hand throughout the day and this is a great opportunity to meet the crews and learn more about this ancient form of Hawaiian Canoe Sailing.  Sunday, June 12th at 8:00am experience a traditional Hawaiian farewell ceremony for the crews before the teams race from Kaanapali to Moloka’i.  This is one event you won’t want to miss!

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


Lahaina’s First Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk Festival

Come and celebrate America’s original musical art forms, jazz and blues at the First Annual Front Street Jazz and Blues Walk April 15th-April 17th.  The featured headliner for this inagural event will be jazz legend David Paquette.

David Paquette
Paquette has performed with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra at the Taranaki Arts Festival, as well as with the Aotea Symphony for the Children’s Cancer Foundation and Devonport Food and Wine Festival, among other prestigious events.  Local jazz star David Choy will perform as well.  Choy, whose uncle is famed jazz saxophonist Gabe Baltaza, has been Hawaii’s most recorded saxophonist for many years.  He is a well-traveled, versatile artist who covers the jazz spectrum from traditional to contemporary.   A lineup of Maui’s top jazz and blues musicians will be performing at Hard Rock Cafe, Pioneer Inn, Longhi’s, Kimo’s, and Captain Jacks.

The schedule of the lineup at the venues are:

Hard Rock Cafe

  • Friday,  April 15th (two shows 1:00-3:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm) – The R.E. Metoyer Blues Rock & Soul Revue featuring Bobby Ingram
  • Saturday,  April 16th (two shows 1:00-3:00pm and 4:00-6:00pm) – David Choy & Slam
  • Sunday,  April 17th Grand Finale (one show 2:00-5:00pm) – Lahaina Jazz & Blues All Stars featuring David Paquette


  • Friday,  April 15th (one show 6:00 – 9:00pm) – Renata De Moraes & the Brasil Connection
  • Saturday, April 16th (one show 6:00 – 9:00pm) – Shiro Mori & Friends


  • Saturday, April 16th (one show 5:00-7:00pm) – Sam Ahia

Captain Jacks

  • Friday, April 15th (one show 2:00-5:00pm) – Keoki Ruiz
  • Friday, April 15th (one show 6:00-9:00pm) – Bob Jones & The Drive
  • Saturday, April 16th (one show 2:00-5:00pm) – Benoit Jazz Works
  • Saturday, April 16th (one show 6:00-9:00pm) – Bob Jones & The Driver

Pioneer Inn

  • Friday, April 15th (one show 12:00-3:00pm) – Fulton Tashombe featuring Kelly Covington
  • Friday, April 15th (one show 6:00-9:00pm) – David Paquette
  • Saturday, April 16th (one show 12:00-3:00pm) – Sal Godinez
  • Saturday, April 16th (one show 6:00-9:00pm) – David Paquette

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


Start Your New Year at E ala E!

In ancient Hawaii, the bath in the ocean between midnight and morning was regarded as a ceremony of purification.  It was a symbol of cleansing all impurities of the past year.  Since salt water was regarded as the water of purification, everyone who could went to the sea to bathe.  The ritual of purification involves wading silently into the tranquil sea while releasing problems, stress or grief to restore inner-peace and balance for the new year.

On January 1st, 2010 in the wee hours of the morning with a full moon to the west, Kaanapali Alii guests, owners, and friends gathered on the beach front to experience this native Hawaiian sea-water cleansing known as Hi’uwai.

We invite you to join us for the Second Annual E ala E! January 1, 2011 at 6:30 a.m. to experience this truly exhilarating and rejuvenating event, E ala e! Which means to awaken.

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