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Food, Wine, Film and Glamour on Beautiful Maui

Four Pinots At Four Seasons in Wailea: June 7 – 9, 2012  http://maui.enewsletters.fourseasons.com/2012/01/24/four-pinots-at-four-seasons/

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Maui Film Festival in Wailea: June 13 – 17, 2012 http://www.mauifilmfestival.com/mffw_films_events.php

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Kapalua Food and Wine Festival: June 8 – 10, 2012  http://kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com/

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Alan Wong’s Amasia Opened on Maui at the Grand Wailea

Amasia Maui Grand OpeningThe island of Maui celebrated the grand opening of a new restaurant, Alan Wong’s Amasia. Elevating the standards of cuisine, style and service, Alan Wong’s Amasia is a collaboration between Chef Alan Wong, a founder of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

Amasia Koi Pond

Alan Wong’s Amasia is tucked inside Grand Wailea’s Japanese garden surrounded by 800 tons of rock from Mt. Fuji and a pond filled with koi and turtles. Reminiscent of a teahouse in Kyoto, the original structure was built in Japan and brought to Maui in 1990. Following a $3 million renovation, the beautifully restored restaurant features private tatami rooms, a formal dining area, a cocktail lounge, a sushi bar and a robata for grilled delicacies. The bar offers private label wines and sakes and creative cocktails inspired by its global menu.

Amasia

Amasia by definition is the converging of continents. The cuisine in Alan Wong’s Amasia showcases Maui’s best bounty from land and sea, melding them with the different flavors and cooking techniques of cultures from the East and West.

Alan Wong Amasia
“This menu is inspired by street food and cuisines from all over the globe,” said Chef Alan Wong. “Our food will be experienced in small plates and family-style sharing portions, and our restaurant features a robata grill and a sushi bar in the dining room.”

Amasia Sushi Bar

Menu items include but are not limited to:
•   Dungeness crab chawanmushi, soybeans, shishito peppers
•   Crispy “garlic shrimp,” citrus, sweet paprika
•   Ahi chili, refried taro, “local” chips
•   Chicken meatballs, coconut-ginger-lemongrass broth, pimenton oil
•   Shoyu duck bun bao, hoisin Sriracha
•   Kurobuta char siu baby back ribs, crispy garlic, lime
•   Maui Cattle Company “cowboy” ribeye steak, Hamakua mushrooms, Hawaiian chili pepper butter
•   Whole chili garlic Dungeness crab
•   Kurobuta pork tenderloin, spicy miso mustard, eggplant
•   Crispy “shrimp tempura,” citrus chili salt
•   Sashimi salad, soy vinaigrette, wasabi
•   Uni shot, yuzu ume leche de tigre
•   “Ochazuke” kobujime whitefish, ume, furikake, kombucha, yukari sauce
•   Crispy soft shell crab, garam masala, cilantro dipping sauce
•   Lomi lomi salmon, marinated tomatoes, Maui onions, tomato water gelee

Small Coconut Dessert at Amasia

Alan Wong Maui Restaurant

Makena Surf Luxury Vacation

We are working on a new video for our luxury rental Makena Surf. It’s taking longer than what we originally thought it would take to put it together. But it will be fun when it’s done. I can’t wait to upload it!  In the meantime, check out this video we have right now… Aloha!

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Seabury Hall Craft Fair Tomorrow May 10, 2012

Remember when we posted the some of the upcoming events on Maui for the month of May and June? We did not have the Seabury Hall Craft Fair on the list, but we actually highly recommend it.  We just did not have the details when we posted a month ago.  Well, we have some information now, we look forward to going there tomorrow!

Experience the splendor of springtime in upcountry Maui at the Seabury Hall Craft Fair, a tradition for Maui families for 38 years. It’s always held on the day before Mother’s Day, and provides the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique gift for Mom while the entire family has fun.

The juried craft fair features the work of more than 100 local artisans. There’s also live entertainment throughout the day by Gail Swanson, Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo, Haiku Hillbillies, Marty Dread, and other popular entertainers.

The fair includes great food, a bakery with delicious treats, silent and live auctions, games and bouncy rides for the kids, a plant sale and more. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 480 Olinda Road, just one mile above Makawao Town. Admission is $3 for adults. Children ages 12 and under are free. Free parking is available as well as premium parking for $10. To learn more, visit www.seaburyhall.org.

Watch this video from the precious craft fairs to see how fun it is!

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*Information, Photo and Video are from Seabury Hall Website and 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.

We Love This Review By Sue on Na Hale O Keauhou

We love this review written by Sue on Flipkeyregarding one of our units on the Big island, Hawaii – the Na Hale O Keauhou:
Big Island vacation rentalLove This Place! My husband, sister in law and two children (ages 11 and 17) and I stayed here for the second time last week (this exact unit). We love the complex as it is quiet, well maintained and very nice. We loved sitting on the patio to enjoy the sights – including a distant view of the ocean. There is an entry gate, so it feels fairly safe and you know everyone there is likely living or vacationing there. There is a shopping center in walking distance, with restaurants and a market. You can also walk down to a small beach with snorkeling, and other hotels, etc. My husband and I walked every day we were there and enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful vacation homes along ali’i drive. The pool is nice – nothing fancy like you will find at big hotels, but it serves the purpose, and there is a jacuzzi also.
The units are good size with a full size kitchen and 3 bedrooms upstairs. We had plenty of room with 5 people in the unit. The rooms all have fans and there is also air conditioning if needed.
The units were prepared with lots of supplies such as bath towels, beach towels, kitchen dish soap, toilet paper, snorkel gear, etc, so we didn’t have to buy all necessary supplies day one.
We have looked at units for sale in this complex and would love to own one, that is how much we like it!
By SueinCA from 33020 on 2/27/2012 for a stay in 2/1/2012 at
My Detailed Ratings
Value: 0 of 5 Check-in: 0 of 5 Location: 0 of 5 Cleanliness: 0 of 5 Comfort: 0 of 5 Service: 4 of 5

MauiTweetUp with the Nelson Family

On Sunday, August 28th, @mauiblog and @alohaluxuryprop hosted  a Maui Tweet-up for Kris Nelson and his family.  Aside from the Nelson family and myself, @raatz, @Peterliu47 and @RoxanneDarling were there.

Kris and Cindy are “Maui Lovers” who live in Chicago.  They had been visiting Maui since 2006. All their adventures are written on a blog called Kaanapali Dreamin’. This year’s visit is extra special because they have their first born baby boy Christian visiting with them. He’s so adorable!  We fondly nicknamed him “BabyNelly”. See the photo above?  We can caption that “Like Father, Like Son“. To those of you who are not familiar with Kris, he is  the man behind the Daily Maui Photo and Maui By Photo  websites. Kris had taken thousands of beautiful photos of Maui and he generously shares them in his websites.

Back to the tweet-up, the tweet-up went well. It was a delight talking story about Maui Photo Festival, Maui in general, as well as what’s going on in our lives.  Looking back, however, there are some things that would have made this tweet-up better.  For example,  we should have had the tweet-up at the Hyatt where their family stayed, and we should have done it on the night of the Maui Photo Festival.  There were several other Tweeps  who were attendees of the festival  and that would have been more fun for all of us to get together. We could have had Andy & Sheila Beal, Chris Norberg, Natalie Brown, Terri Eliker, Mike Neal, Makena Gadient, Randy Hufford and other participants and speakers of of the Maui Photo Festival.  The atmosphere in the hotel area would have been nicer.  It was a bit windy and dusty at the park. There was no place for Christian to crawl around. Also, it would have been more convenient for the Nelson family to have it there. They wouldn’t have had to pack and check out early to drive to Kihei. They were so nice and gracious to drive to the South. I thought of holding the tweet-up at Kalama Park because that was where we first met on our first tweet-up.  Kind of nostalgic I suppose.

Now let’s talk more about the  good things about the tweet-up. One of the good things about having it at Kalama Park is that Lexi, Roxanne and Shane’s labrador, was able to attend! It was nice having Lexi there. She is such a sweet doggie. Very well behaved. She sat down there and listen to us while we talk story even without a treat! Another good thing is we got to meet Kris’ mom.  It was nice having her at the tweet-up.

The Nelson family have definite plans for more Maui visits.   Maybe next time they will stay in one of our luxury homes. And for sure next time we will be having another Maui Tweetup. A hui hou!

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Kris and Cindy has been sharing about thei Maui vacation on the internet since 2006, through Blogs, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and more.  Some you you might want to share your Maui vacation too but do not have the time or the geekiness to start a blog or even a  Facebook Page.  Well,  we have a solution for you!  @AlohaLuxuryProp started a Facebook Page called “Our Maui Vacation” where you can share with us pictures, videos and posts of your Maui vacation.  We just started it so you be among the first ones to post. We look forward to connecting there with you. Aloha!

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