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Starry Night Cinema

Perfect Family Friendly Evening Activity
July 22, 2016

Visiting Maui with the whole family is a blast! From the sun to the sand to the surf, the days can go by fast. Maui has so many activities; you can really exhaust yourself by the end of a fun-filled day. As the day winds down and everyone is tired from an eventful day, planning dinner and an evening activity for everyone can seem like a momentous task. But we'd like to suggest something that's quick and easy. Imagine taking the whole family to an outdoor theater where you can munch on local delicacies and watch a family friendly movie. Now imagine yourself on a towel or blanket laying on soft grass with a glass of wine in your hand, star-gazing as the kids are glued to the Disney movie playing on the huge outdoor screen. Does that sound like vacation or what? 

Look no further than the Starry Night Cinema at The Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC). The MACC is  Maui's entertainment and arts hub. It's a beautiful facility located in Kahului, which is central Maui. The MACC supports the community through free events including Starry Night Cinema. The Starry Night Cinema is outdoors on the lawn so you can spread out your blankets and watch the featured movie, while you stare at the beautiful Hawaiian sky with the whole family!

On Saturday, July 23rd, the featured movie is the new Disney animated film, "Zootopia". I'm sure your kids already know what the movie is about or maybe they even dragged you to a dark cinema back in your hometown to watch it. In case you don't know the plot yet, "Zootopia" is about the city of Zootopia, which is a mammal metropolis, where different species live among one another. The story revolves around powerful messages of inclusiveness and packs in many laughs for all. You can even have dinner at the MACC while you're there! The gates open at 6:00 pm and the movie starts at 7:30 pm, which gives you plenty of time for eating! The MACC offers different local vendors for each event, and for "Zootopia" night, Sumo Dogs, Rosa's Catering, Maui Kazowie Kettlecorn, and Belle Surf Cafe will be serving up local grinds! The MACC's Starry Night Cinema offers a wonderful opportunity to relax, sit back, and munch on some delicious Kettlecorn under the night sky. Check out the MACC's website for more information about the movie and the menus!

Maui by Sea

The best activities on Maui to experience by sea
July 16, 2016

We're going to let you in on a secret. Are you sitting down? Maui... is an island! Okay, maybe you knew this already. Maybe beaches, sand, and surf are one of the reasons you want to visit. But the ocean isn't just a backdrop to your vacation - it's a destination in its own right. We blogged last time about seeing Maui by land. We finish up with...

Maui by Sea

Whale Watching

Humans are not the only visitors to Hawaii. Every year, after spending summer in Alaskan waters feeding, North Pacific Humpback whales come to Hawaii for winter. Typically, the first sightings of these gentle giants occurs between November and December and stay in our warmer waters as late as April. Winter is birthing season, so many whales are born here, and then return each year. This makes whale watching during winter months one of Maui's best known activities. You can, of course, whale watch from anywhere you can see the ocean. But if you want the best experience, you need to get out on the water.

Your choices when it comes to going on a whale watch tour are almost endless. From the small, fast rafts, to sail boats, to large stable catamarans, there is a whale watch trip for you. The whales are protected, and boats are only allowed to approach within a set distance. But the whales don't know the laws and will often come and check out the boats. It seems they may be as curious about us as we are about them. And don't forget to get in shape for whale watching! You'll need to exercise those facial muscles; practice excessive smiling, laughing, and eye widening.

Whale Watching on Maui

Snorkeling

There are snorkeling options for any budget or experience level. You can simply rent some gear and go off to find your own adventure, or take a boat trip to a specific snorkel location. Or... both!

With miles of swimmable beaches, more than any other Hawaiian island, It's no surprise that one of the best activities starts right from Maui beaches. There are snorkeling spots all over Maui. From Honolua Bay in West Maui to Turtle Town in South Maui, you will find a spot close to your Maui vacation rental. And you don't have to go to a "named" spot. The fish and turtles don't know they're supposed to stay where they're pictured on a map, so you can get into the water from any beach near you and see marine life.

If you aren't the best snorkeler or are a complete beginner and want a bit of training, then a boat trip is for you. You'll be able to enjoy a more complete snorkeling adventure and see much more than if you were to try and explore the ocean yourself. One of Maui's premier snorkel locations is Molokini. If you're staying at a South Maui condo, then you can probably see Molokini from shore.  A partially submerged volcanic crater, today Molokini is a Marine Life Conservation District and home to about 250 species of fish. Boat trips leave from Maalaea boat harbor or the Kihei boat ramp and are half day morning excursions.

Like whale watching, there are boats of all shapes and sizes to choose from. If you're a bit more adventurous, then pick one of the raft trips. Or if you're a certified scuba diver, or just want to take an introductory dive, then choose a dive boat. If you want a larger boat or something with a water slide and a barbecue, then one of the catamarans leaving out of Maalaea harbor is the way to go. Either way, taking a snorkeling excursion is one of the best things to do on Maui. Remember, most of Maui is under water!

Snorkeling on Maui

Get help planning your Maui Activities by visiting our Valley Island Concierge.

Maui by Land

The best activities on Maui to experience by land
July 08, 2016

When you visit Maui, by all means take time to lounge around the pool at your South Maui Vacation Rental, but don't forget to get out and see the island. Maui is about more than just rest and relaxation. It's about adventure, excitement, and doing what you cannot do anywhere else. Last time we talked about seeing Maui by air. This time...

Maui by Land

Hana

There is a magical journey you can take when you come to Maui. It's the road to Hana. This journey is only a bit over 50 miles, but in that 50 miles there are over 600 curves and over 50 one-lane bridges. There are lush valleys, waterfalls, and sheer cliffs. There are hikes, small road-side fruit stands, and more picture stops that you can fit into a single day.

But how to take this journey, by driving yourself, or on a tour? If you're on Maui long enough, the answer is -- both! There is no way to do all there is to do along the Hana road in only a day. And if you know nothing about the area you will not know where you really want to spend your time.

So, take a tour! First, you will get to keep your eyes on the scenery and not the road. Also, you will learn about the human history and natural history of the area. You will get a great overview of the area, be able to scope out the spots you might like to spend more time, and you get to see what the road is all about without driving.

Then, pick your day and drive yourself. You'll know what to bring, where to stop, and what you are seeing. And you'll be able to take your time where you want. (You could easily spend the whole day just at the Kipahulu National Park...)

In our opinion, if you miss the road to Hana, you've missed a big part of what Maui is all about. And if you don't have time to give two days to the journey, we'd recommend taking a tour. You will see and learn more, and no one will have to drive.

Bridge on the road to Hana

Haleakala

Haleakala isn't just a view of the crater at the top, or even just seeing the sunrise. It too is a journey. From lava fields to pastures to small town Maui, this trip will show the diversity of the Island landscape in one day. And while you can take a regular bus tour, there is an option that provides a bit more... adrenaline!

You can take a tour up Haleakala in a van, but then you ride a bike down. That's right, you coast down the side of a dormant volcano. You can do this as a group, with a group leader keeping the ride on track, and the van following you down to keep you safe. Or, you can take a structured independent tour, with support, but be on your own for most of the ride.

There isn't a more adventurous way to experience the road to the summit of Haleakala... Unless, of course, you want to ride up! There is an annual bike race up the road -- 10,000 feet in 36 miles. You've missed this year's, but if you start training now, maybe you can make next year!

Haleakala bike ride

Get help planning your Maui Activities by visiting our Valley Island Concierge.

Next time: Maui by Sea...

Maui by Air

The best activities on Maui to experience by air
June 30, 2016

Some visit Maui to hang out on the beach, eat at nice restaurants, and enjoy the amenities of their Maui Vacation Resort. That all sounds nice, but if that's all you do, you're missing out! Maui is an amazingly diverse island, and there is more to do than you can possibly fit into one vacation -- or even several. So here's our suggestion for wading through all the available options. Experience Maui by choosing at least one option from each of these categories: Air, Land, and Sea.

Maui by Air

Helicopter Tours

If you don't like flying, and had to be bodily pulled onto your flight to Maui, then this one might not be for you. But for the rest, there is nothing like seeing Maui by helicopter. In fact, some of the best scenery on the island, and on our neighbor, Molokai, can only be seen by air.

Deep in the West Maui Mountains is Pu'u Kukui, the second wettest spot in the world. Since 1928 the rain gage at Pu'u Kukui has averaged 362 inches a year. This means waterfalls taller than you can see, and more than you can count. And imagine hovering right next to them!

And that's just the beginning. Across from The West Maui Mountains make is the dormant volcano Haleakala -- 10,023 feet of pure majesty. At its top is Haleakala Crater. While you can drive to the top of the volcano, you will not get the same understanding of its awesome grandeur as flying above it. (The crater is not really a crater, but an "erosional depression." )

However, our favorite place to see by helicopter is not technically on Maui. (But you can take the tour from Maui just like any of the others.) The north shore of Molokai has the tallest sea cliffs in the world, 3,000 to 4,000 feet, and is home to some of the tallest waterfalls in Hawaii. Like the center of West Maui, this is one of those sites you cannot get to any other way. Even a small plane cannot get up into the valleys and get you the views that a Helicopter can. This is an experience you will  remember for a lifetime.

Maui by Air - Molokai Sea Cliffs

Parasailing

It could be argued that this is really a "Sea" adventure. But when you're gliding along at the end of the line under parasail, I think you'll agree that you're "in the air." And while parasailing is popular all over the world, few places boast scenery like Maui.

Also, this is one of the easiest things to do on Maui. You don't need any experience, special knowledge, or your own equipment. You just need a sense of adventure and willingness to try anything!

Parasailing is only available during the summer months, as winter is when our whale friends visit, and we like to keep things a bit quieter for their stay.

On the other end of the experience spectrum, you can...

Fly Yourself!

Are you a pilot? Yes, you can rent a plane on Maui and fly your own sightseeing tour! Maui Aviators has Cesna 172 SPs available for rent, and now there's even a Schweizer 300 CBi helicopter available for you helicopter pilots.  So whatever your experience level, there is an option for you to see Maui by air!

Get help planning your Maui Activities by visiting our Valley Island Concierge.

Next time: Maui by Land...

Sundance On Maui

Maui Film Festival 2016
June 17, 2016

maui film

The highly acclaimed Maui Film Festival is once again in full swing in Wailea now through the end of this weekend! For those unfamiliar with this spectacular event, each year the Maui Film Festival brings a smattering of films both big and small to the always wonderful area of Wailea.

Fittingly, the Maui Film Festival highlights films which offer an overall positive message and/or insight to the audience. To some this may sound as though the films shown are only those which offer views of a simplistic, fairytale world, this would be an incorrect assumption. While there are a number of fun and friendly films and documentaries on the schedule, numerous contemporary, thought provoking films with also be shown throughout the festivals' run.

Along with the plethora of great feature length and short films showcased, there will also be numerous events tied in with the Film Festival, including:

  • Award Tributes to some of Films greatest stars including; Bryan Cranston, Kelly Rohrbach, Viola Davis, Michael B. Jordan, And Wyatt Russell
  • Exclusive Filmmakers Panels
  • Taste of Chocolate - An "over the top event" for chocolate lovers.
  • Taste of Wailea - The crown jewel of culinary arts celebrations at the Maui Film Festival.
  • and much more.

Whether you are staying at one of our luxurious Wailea vacation rentals or peaceful Kihei condos, don't miss your chance to experience the Maui Film Festival 2016 in Wailea!

Blogs for July 2016

Starry Night Cinema

Posted on July 22, 2016

Visiting Maui with the whole family is a blast! From the sun to the sand to the surf, the days can go by fast. Maui has so many activities; you can really exhaust yourself by the end of a fun-filled day. As the day winds down and everyone is… Continue Reading

Maui by Sea

Posted on July 16, 2016

We're going to let you in on a secret. Are you sitting down? Maui... is an island! Okay, maybe you knew this already. Maybe beaches, sand, and surf are one of the reasons you want to visit. But the ocean isn't just a backdrop to your vacation - it's a… Continue Reading

Maui by Land

Posted on July 08, 2016

When you visit Maui, by all means take time to lounge around the pool at your South Maui Vacation Rental, but don't forget to get out and see the island. Maui is about more than just rest and relaxation. It's about adventure, excitement, and doing what you cannot do anywhere… Continue Reading

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