Makahiki: An Ancient Celebration

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Celebrates Culture

Makahiki, or "the season of harvest", is an ancient Hawaiian celebration that brought together high-ranking chiefs and commoners, all of whom paid tribute to the ali'i nui, or king. Games that showcased strength and smarts, elaborate gifts and a feast were a part of the procession.

Paia Inn: An Upcountry Gathering Place

Paia Inn is the Newest Upcountry Hotspot

The scene in Paia is white hot these days; live music from a half dozen venues on any given night and wait lists to get in to otherwise low-key, upcountry eateries. Yet relative newcomer Paia Inn may be ground zero for all the action in town.

A Second Heavenly Spa in Ka'anapali

There's a new destination spa for island visitors on Maui; this one on the "flip side" of Black Rock at Ka'anapali. The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas has recently completed their second signature Heavenly Spa in Hawaii, and it's clear they spared no expense.

Kea Lani Unveils Art Lounge

A Transformed Lobby Now Offers Creative Fare and Fresh Art

In these lean times, hotels and resorts are rolling out the incentives to allure business—be it local or distant. In our opinion, it's really given opportunity to those with creative business savvy, who can think on their feet, and offer truly unique experiences that just might raise an eyebrow—or at the very least—make us forget our portfolios and retirement funds for a spell.

Hana Harvest This Weekend Features Food, Farms & Fine Wine

This coming weekend, the Hotel Hana Maui is hosting a “Harvest Weekend” celebration that will spotlight local farmers, fisherman and producers, as well as fine wine and culinary preparations from one of Hawai’i’s most celebrated chefs. The event is the first of its kind since the hotel assumed new ownership.

Waikiki Hotelier Jumps the Pond, To Manage Maui Resort

With a dozen management contracts in three separate hotel categories throughout Waikiki, Aqua Hotels & Resorts is officially expanding overseas—to the Diamond Wailea Resort & Spa on Maui.

Aqua’s president and CEO, Benjamin Rafter, who stepped in since Aqua founder Mike Paulin’s retirement earlier this winter, had this to say about the expansion to a neighbor isle.

Treat Your Honey to "A Day of" Four Seasons this Valentine's Day

Those who have spent time at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea know that luxury has its price. Yet as the current economic climate continues to reveal incredible values, those not inclined to weather the storm with Netflix and a bowl of Zippy’s chili (small size) will find an excellent excuse to get over to one of Maui’s top resorts this Valentine’s Day.

Maui Cattle Co. Herds in to the Spotlight, Statewide

The Maui Cattle Company recently unveiled new labeling for its packaged, island-grazed premium beef, in hopes of garnering more attention for Hawaii-raised product. The ranchers are doing their part to bring island-harvested beef back to island tables—all they need is a little help from a savvy, concerned public who consume meat on a regular basis.

Whale Quest Kapalua Educates and Enthralls

From February 13th through 16th, those with a hankering to learn heaps of information about the largest mammals to visit the Hawaiian Islands should head to Maui's Kapalua Resort. The Ritz-Carlton hosts Whale Quest; a weekend-long celebration of the humpback whale, which happen to be most easily spotted off the shoreline that laps gently on West Maui.

Maui Ag Festival To Introduce Local Farmers, Growers, Chefs

As talk of sustainability, the varied problems that accompany importing food to Hawai'i, and overall wellness abound, here's an event that is sure to address many of these issues. On Saturday, March 14, 2009, the second annual Maui County Agricultural Festival will take place on the lu'au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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