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Lahaina Halloween 2012

The famous Lahaina Halloween on Maui is coming soon.  Just a couple more weeks and it’s here.  This is an event that many look forward to. It’s been called the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific”.  Early in the day there will be some  keiki activities and festivities are geared towards family.  Later at night is more for adults.  Below are copies of the fliers with information you need.

 

Maui – Best Island In The World

For an unprecedented 19th time, Maui captured “Best U.S. Island” (formerly “Best Pacific Island”). The publication also deemed Maui “Best Island in the World” in its 25th annual CONDE NAST TRAVELER Readers’ Choice Awards. In fact, with a score of 92.1, Maui bested all other island and city destinations named in the poll.

Maui’s score once again surpassed all other top destinations globally beating out every “Best City” category winner including U.S. (Charleston, SC, 86.7), Africa (Capetown, 84.8), Europe (Florence, 83.3), Asia (Bangkok, 83), Canada (Vancouver, 81.9), Australia & The Pacific (Sydney, 81.7), Central & South America (Buenos Aires, 76.1), Caribbean & The Atlantic (Gustavia, St. Barts, 71.1 and Mexico (Sane Meguel De Allende, 71.1).

In the “Top 25 Hawaii Resorts” category, Maui County dominated with 11 properties honored; four of the top five are resorts of Lanai and Maui. Leading the way was Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele (96.2) while Hawaii Island’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai placed second (95.2). At #3 is Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay (94.7) while Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea ranked 4th (93.9) and Wailea Beach Villas 5th (93.7).

Every year, the most discriminating travelers in the world pick the world’s superlative hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, islands, and citiesIn its 25th incarnation this year, the Readers’ Choice Awards are vaster and more compelling than ever before, featuring more than 1,300 properties and places that are truly the cream of the crop.

Article Source:  Excerpt from Visit Maui Blog (Press Release) and Photo from Maui Visit Facebook Page

A Delightful Review from One of Our Guests!

We have recently received a review at VRBO.com  from one of our guests who stayed at our  Makena Surf Unit.  We are happy to share them with you:

Terrific condo surrounded by beautiful landscape!

Guest: Swimmer4 (Lethbridge, Alberta Canada)
Date of Stay: 04/08/12 Review Submitted: 04/19/12

We were very happy with this condo. We just got back from our 6 day stay and hope to return again next year! The view from this condo is spectacular & breath taking! We enjoyed the sunset every evening & watching out for whales! The photos on the website are accurate. We found the condo to be clean and everything was working. Lots of room for our family of 4; the unit is very comfortable. In the hall closet, we were pleasantly surprised to find a great supply of beach chairs, boogie boards & beach towels available. Saves us from having to buy them & then have to leave behind.

The property was very clean, well manicured & beautifully maintained! We were very impressed with all the landscaping that has been done! All the landscaping adds to the privacy around the pool & tennis courts.

We snorkeled every morning right in front of our building, enjoyed playing tennis, enjoyed the pool and the beach is very nice. The sand is so soft! We will definately be recommending this property to family & friends.

We enjoyed the Luau at Old Lahaina – a great evening out with terrific entertainment! We took the kids zip-lining with Sky-line Eco Adventures who have great, great staff! Such fun! This property & condo are so nice, we felt that we didn’t want to leave to venture out!

We were very happy to stay put & relax!

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For more information about our luxury vacation rental units, visit our website at AlohaLuxuryProperties.com or e-mail us at info@alohaluxuryproperties.com

We look forward to having you as our guests!

May and June Events on Maui – 2012

Raw Onion Eating Contest
1. Maui Onion Festival  at the Whalers Village in Kaanapali – Saturday, May 5   There are onions. And then there are Maui Onions. Believed by many to be the sweetest onions in the whole wide world, these glorious bulbs are the star of our annual festival.  The Maui Onion Festival has been a signature event at Whalers Village since 1990. It’s dedicated to the cultivation and promotion of the world-famous Maui Onion and is attended by thousands of visitors and residents every year.

2009 Maui Matsuri

2. Maui Matsuri, Saturday, May 12th, 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm University of Hawaii – Maui College  The 12th Annual Maui Matsuri scheduled for May 11-12, honors Japanese cultural traditions with its annual theme of “Kodomo No Tame Ni (for the sake of the children).”  Young and old alike will delight in this year’s offerings of art, entertainment, contests, crafts and food.  A free Family Movie Night will be held on Friday, May 11, in the University of Hawaii – Maui College Student Center (Pilina Building).  The Matsuri festivities continue on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 9 p.m. at University of Hawaii – Maui College, where Matsuri organizers will transform the grassy knolls of the campus into a bunkamura (Japanese village), dotted with stalls selling mouth watering goodies and a variety of crafts. The demonstration and entertainment stages will showcase the best of Maui County’s Japanese and Okinawan talent as well as traditional martial arts and eating contests.  Contestants are  also being sought for the saimin and natto eating contests, and the costume cosplay (costume play) contest.  Keiki have a world of their own at the Kodomo Korner where tons of hands-on free craft activities such as origami and gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) will be available.   Japanese superheroes Kikaida and his friends headline the event at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  The festival ends with a community obon dance starting from 7:30 pm.  The community is invited to wear a hapi coat or kimono and join in on the dancing. Admission to the festival and parking are free.

3rd Annual Maui Brewers Festival

3. Maui Brewers Festival 2012 – Saturday, May 19, 3:00 PM til 7:00 PM at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) Pavilion/Amphitheater  Maui Brewers Festival showcases the best craft beers made in Hawai`i and beyond. Join hosts Maui Brewing Company and Maui Arts & Cultural Center for a leisurely day of tasting beers from two dozen craft breweries, sampling appetizers from Maui’s popular restaurants, live entertainment with island bands and prize giveaways. Paid general admission includes eight 4 oz. samples of micro-brews and imports, unlimited island-style dishes and parking. A Happy Hour connoisseur package is available for early entry at 2 pm, reserved parking and more.  The event is a fundraiser for the MACC with net proceeds benefiting its arts and educational programs for students, seniors and the Maui community. Follow us on Twitter @mauibrewfest. This event is for adults 21 years & over 267. General Admission $45/in advance, $55/on event day; Happy Hour Package $75/in advance, $85/on event day (plus applicable fees)

4. Ka‘anapali Beach Resort will welcome 60 of the best watermen and women who practice ancient Hawaiian canoe sailing at the 7th annual Wa‘a Kiakahi Festival, June 1-3. Events will include traditional Hawaiian welcome and farewell ceremonies, sailing canoe rides, celestial navigation and history talks, and race viewing. Created by the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA), Wa‘a Kiakahi is anevent dedicated to traditional Hawaiian canoe sailing and the education of its history.  Contrary to ordinary outrigger canoe paddling, HSCA honors how the ancient Hawaiians actually traveled between the islands: members do not make crew changes during races and they travel every island channel that connects the Hawaiian islands. The mission of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA) is to learn, revive,educate and practice the ancient Hawaiian skills and values as they relate to sailingcanoes and the Hawaiian culture. HSCA is the only Hawaiian sailing canoe association in the world and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012. For more information, visit the  Kaanapali Resort Blog.

5.  Kapalua Wine & Food Festival on June 8–10, 2012 A collaboration of Kapalua Resort partners creating a new spin on the longest running food and wine event in the USA and showcasing why we are “Lucky Live Hawaii!” This celebration of the finest in food and wine will embrace all things Hawaiian, especially the fabulous culinary bounty on Maui and here at the world renowned Kapalua Resort.

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

On Friday, June 8, there is a Festival Golf Tournament at The Bay Course
Pair up perfectly with Festival winemakers, speakers and guests for a game of gently rolling fairways and scenic ocean views with complimentary awards luncheon to follow: Wine Seminar – 1:30 pm – 3 pm; The Grand Tasting – 6 pm – 9 pm
Let your palate explore hundreds of celebrated wines from regions around the world and savor the cuisine of local culinary stars and locally grown produce. Live local entertainment.  The grand finale event showcases Maui’s top chefs and the bounty of the Pacific! Enjoy wine, beer and spirits while you mingle with winemakers, chefs and friends right on the Beach House Lawn! And dance on to the live entertainment featuring live local entertainment. Call for tickets & more information: 808-665-7231

6. Maui Film Festival – June 13-17, 2012, Wailea
Hawaiian Culture meets the Big Screen at this annual film festival in Wailea. Film Premieres at the Celestial Cinema are set up in Wailea Golf Club’s driving range; Maui Skydome is in the Wailea Resort; Castle and McCoy Theatres are at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Special events include the celebrity Tributes, Starry Night Moon Dance; Taste of Chocolate; Taste of Wailea, plus filmaker panels and industry awards.

7. Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau Parade & Hoolaulea at
Kamehameha Iki Park – Old Armory Park 500 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui on June 16, 2012 9:00am – 4:00pm

Hoolaulea Opens at 9:00AM Pau Parade Begins at 9:45AM. This event is to honor the Kamehameha Lineage with a day of celebration and commemoration in the center of the first capital of Hawaii. Pau Parade will commence at 9:45am from Kenui St. down Front St. to Shaw St., Hookupu Ceremony, Games, Entertainment, Food, Crafters, Exhibits and Tours.

Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa’u Parade & Ho’olaule’a June 18, 2011

The Pau Parade will commence at 9:45 am from Kenui St. down Front St. to Shaw St. Six Commentary Stations along Front St, Longhi’s, Kimo’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lahaina Pizza Co., Wharf Cinema Center, and Kamehameha Iki Park! Contact Daryl Fujiwara  at 808-264-8779 or e-mail him at sfdhawaii@gmail.com for more information.

April 2012 Events On Maui

It’s almost halfway through March. It’s time for us to highlight some of the events happening next month (April) to give you ample time to plan. Here’s our event picks:

Opening Ceremony

1. Celebration of the Arts – This prestigious event is held at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua on April 6 weekend. The Ritz Carlton had been hosting this cultural event that pay tribute to the people, arts, and traditions of Hawaii. There will be seminars on Hawaiin current events, arts and crafts, hula performances and other exhibits. The closing celebration culminates in a Paina and entertainment by asd amazing presentation by Ulalela.

Ag Fest

2. Maui County Agricultural Festival – This fun family event will be held at the Maui Tropical Plantation on April 7. Maui AgFest aims to bring awarenenss to the local agriculture industry through various aspects of the event: exhibits, cooking and baking demonstrations, contest and also through music and dance.

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3. Banyan Tree Birthday party – The 139th birthday of the Lahaima town’s famous Banyan Tree will be celebrated with a birthday cake on April 21. Artists playing nature artworkds, hands-on activities for children and multi-cultural entertainment.

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4. East Maui Taro Festival. Have you tasted at “taro” yet?  If not, it will be a great time to taste this Hawaiian staple at the East Maui Taro Festival. Enjoy the all day festival on Saturday, April 28, with live music and hula, arts and crafts, and ancient games, food booth and taro planting demonstrations

* Photo Credits:  Taro Photo by Kent K. Barnes / kentkb; all other photos are by Peter Liu – via and linked to Flckr.

Maui March 2012 Events

March 2012 is almost here!  Do you have some big plans this month? Or are you like me, no definite plans yet but always on the look out for fun things to do.  I looked at the Maui Events Calendar and there are four (4) events that I thought are worth highlighting and sharing here.

Wailuku First Friday March 2012Wailuku First Friday “Zumba Wailuku” March 2, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wailuku First Friday celebrates its love for community and health with Hawaii Medical Service Association’s Zumba Wailuku. All of Maui is invited to come! Entertainment includes:

  • Non-stop Zumba at the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park
  • Bryan and Friends on the Maui Thing Stage, 6 p.m.
  • Gene and Shea Argel in front of Cafe ‘O Lei
  • Joel Katz at 33 N. Market Street
  • Live music at Main Street Bistro
  • Maui OnStage at the historic Iao Theater performs “Grease”  at 7:30 pm, $22, reservations recommended – 242-6969

Market Street will close at 5:30 p.m. No cars will be allowed during the event. Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Artisans, crafters and food vendors will line the street!  Parking available at Maui Medical Group Parking Lot, Municipal Parking Lot and Wells Park

Ulupalakua Remembers March 4, 2012 11am to 4pm – Ulupalakua hosts a Sunday Drive events quarterly, to share and honor different aspects of this unique historic area.  Each event features live music on the beautiful grounds of Maui’s Winery, lunch specials at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store, complimentary wine tasting and an opportunity to learn more about the area’s history and culture.
This weekend they are celebrating the rich heritage of this historic ranchland in an event called “Ulupalakua Remembers”.

  • Music at Winery Grounds Stage  11 – 4
  • Grammy winner Richard Ho’opi’i & Ohana
  • Ukulele virtuoso Derick Sebastian
  • Joel Katz Hawaiian steel guitar
  • Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble
  • Uncle Benny Uyetake
  • HistoryRemembering legendary Ulupalakua artist Reems Mitchell, creator of Maui’s most photographed statues. View memorabilia of his work and life

Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival  March 10 – 11, 2012
Lahaina celebrates the annual migration of Pacific Humpback whales with ocean arts festivities. On Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm in Banyan Tree Park Several Whale Research groups will educate visitors and locals alike. Artists display their best marine-themed art for sale, while Hawaiian musicians and hula troupes entertain. Enjoy a kids ocean art contest, whale photo displays. Free admission.

Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival Sat., March 31st, 2012 9am – 4:30pm
The mission of the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival  is to celebrate the past and present of the community of Haiku while building for the future.  The festival highlights local agriculture, arts, crafts and restaurants.  The rich cultural heritage is evident in the entertainment, historical displays and kupuna talks.  The festival is a collaborative effort of the Haiku School PTA, the Haiku Boys & Girls Club and the Haiku Community Association.  The monies raised by the event are used primarily to support the educational enrichment programs at Haiku School.  Programs such as art enrichment, creative movement, music, physical education, field trips, playground equipment, classroom allowances and bottled water.  The Boys & Girls Club and Haiku Community Association also benefit.  Wherever you are from we hope you enjoy this unique Haiku Community event.  Cost: Free Admission

Hula Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi At The Maui Nui Botanical Gardens This Saturday Feb. 25, 2012

Hula Halau at the Botanical Garden

Ke’ala’iliahi 2012

The Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi are performing at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens 150 Kanaloa Ave this Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

This is a fun family event. The Cost is $10 (presale), $15 (at gate), children 5 and under are free!

Great Entertainers such as  Weldon Kekauoha & Friends, Hoku Zuttermeister & Friends, Del Beazley & Friends, Walt Keale & Friends, O’Brien Eselu & Ke Kai O Kahiki and Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi will be be perforning. There are also Food, Arts & Craft Booths, Silent Auction during the event.

Tickets Available at:  American Savings Bank – Pukalani, Maui Thing – Wailuku, ‘Ulalena Maui Theatre – Lahaina and any Halau Member

Maui Open Studio With Shane Robinson This Weekend

On Saturday February 18th, and Sunday February 19th, at 11:00am to 6:00pm, the talented  Artist Shane Robinson‘s  studio will be open as part of the Maui Open Studio Event happening this month.  Shane’s Studio is located at 375 W Kuiaha Rd Ste 24 in Haiku. We are all invited to come!

When you come, you will see Shane’s wide range of work: numerous forms of abstract photography, digital art created on the iPhone and iPad, and his acrylic paintings in process.

He will be offering demos, refreshments, music, and special pricing! It’s easy to add some art to your walls at home and work during the Maui Open Studios tour. The studio is on the top floor with great north shore views!

Shane together with Roxanne will also be hosting an extended gathering aka party on Saturday evening – it will be a fun time of art, food, drink and conversations.

Photos shown here were taken by Peter Liu at the last year’s Maui Open Studio.  Thank you Peter for allowing us to use these photos. You can see more on Kaiscapes Flickr Acct.

For more information on this event and on Shane’s art, go to at www.shanerobinson.com

Any Day Can Be A Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day to you all. We discovered some pretty cool Valentine gifts with a bit of Hawaiian touch in it. Initially, we thought, it might be a little late to post about it since today is already Valentines Day. But then again, we do not have to wait for Valentines Day to express our love and appreciation, right? Any day can be a day to express your love and affection, through kind words, deeds, romantic dates, and romantic gifts such as these:

from http://www.sweetparadisechocolate.com/

http://www.withouraloha.com/Protea.Baskets/Extra.Large.Protea.Basket.html

So once again, from us here at Aloha Luxury Properties, we wish you a Happy Valentines Day today and Happy Love Day, everyday!

What To Do On Your Vacation On Maui? Eat Well

There are many things to do Maui, but one absolute must that we don’t even have to tell you that you must do is eat. Of course you are going to eat on Maui! Now the question is where?  Where can you eat to satisfy a craving?  Where should you go to try out local dishes? What restaurant should you take your spouse for special anniversary dinner? Where should you eat that is affordable because you have your whole family with you? Well, we have found a book that will help you answer those questions!

James and Molly Jacobson, food writers who live, eat, and play on Maui started writing and publishing Top Maui Restaurantsthe definitive dining guide to Maui, in 2005.

This week they announced that the 2012 edition is out! They are joined by Shannon Wianecki as a contributor. We heard that this year’s edition is even more organized, more useful, and more complete than ever before.

  • There is a new listing section at the back of the book, where all of the restaurants are listed in order of their ratings (food, service, ambience, love, value, and overall). It really does show you “at a glance” which restaurants consistently rise to the top!
  • The section which used to present lists of restaurants by location, budget, and food craving (ex: burgers, happy hour, sushi, etc.) has been pruned and beefed up at the same time. Instead of listing all restaurants in these indices, they cut the slackers and kept in only the restaurants they really recommend. They renamed this section “Top Maui Restaurants” — because it only addresses their best recommendations.
  • They added in the map to Maui that somehow got omitted their last edition.

It will take a few weeks for every retailer to get their copies on the shelves, but the paperback edition is now available on Amazon.com.

Happy Eating!

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