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Whale Festival at Kalama Park

World Whale Day is coming up!
February 17, 2017

Whale Festival at Kalama Park

World Whale Day is coming up!  For over 30 years, the Pacific Whale Foundation has held the Whale Festival in South Kihei to commemorate and inform residents and visitors about Maui’s winter guests.

February is peak whale season in Maui. Hawaii’s Kohola (whales) migrate from Alaska every winter crossing a distance of about 6,000 miles, easily the longest annual migration of any mammal! North Pacific Humpbacks are the dominant whale found in Hawaiian waters.

The island is ready to celebrate its Humpback Whales on February 18th with a parade of whales from 9 to 10 a.m. on South Kihei Road. This is followed by an all day celebration to raise awareness at Kalama Park, a spacious 36-acre beach park.

Events here will include live music from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., a whale regatta, a Keiki (children) Carnival, local foods and a “Made on Maui” artisans fair.

Whether you are living on the islands or visiting, the Whale Festival is a big Maui gathering you won’t want to miss. Over 20,000 Maui residents gather at Kalama Park in Kihei to celebrate the whales that mate just off the West Coast of the island.

The entrance fee is free for keiki 12 and under. Otherwise, entry is $5 cash. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Pacific Whale Foundation Store in Maalaea and Lahaina.

Not on Maui on February 18th? Not a problem! Kohola visit the island from December until March, making the entire winter season ideal for whale watching. Not to mention, Maui’s tropical winters are typically in the 80s.

Rentals Maui has the perfect accommodation for visitors to the island. All vacation rentals are conveniently located within minutes of Kalama Park, either in Kihei, Wailea or Maalaea. Check out the rental property map to find a location that best suites your needs. See you at the Whale Festival!

Fourth Fridays in Kihei Town

Fourth Fridays in Kihei Town is a cultural gathering you won't want to miss!
February 10, 2017

Fourth Fridays in Kihei Town is a cultural gathering you won’t want to miss. Each Friday in Maui county is dedicated to a specific town. First Fridays happen in Wailuku, second Fridays in Lahaina, third Fridays in Makawao and fifth Fridays on neighboring island Lanai.

The concept of town based Friday celebrations was brought about by the Maui County Office of Economic Development to encourage everyone to enjoy the unique historical aspects of each town and to support businesses in each community.  Kihei town is known as beach territory, more specifically 6-miles of sandy white beaches. It is no wonder back in the day Hawaiian royalty chose Kihei as a place to sojourn.

At Fourth Fridays, you can do the same. Here locals and visitors mix enjoying local food, drinks, art, performances and lots of laughs. In the true spirit of Hawaiian style, the food is often a fulfilling mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Thai and of course, Hawaiian. A real meal isn’t complete without dessert. Walking along the street, visitors can expect to find such ono (delicious) foods as mochi, kettle popcorn and shave ice.

The Friday events are a perfect place for families. There are often many places for children to enjoy free arts and crafts and performances. Sometimes there are even magicians and face painting! Adults can also access a twenty-one and over area. A specific section is quartered off where alcoholic beverages and live music are enjoyed.

Parking for Fourth Fridays in Kihei is available at Azeka Shopping Center, the Kihei Plaza and at St. Theresa’s Church. The events start at 6pm and finish at 9pm. Entry is free. To stay updated on upcoming Friday events, check out the Maui Fridays’ Twitter and Facebook pages.

Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Legend

Drop what you're doing and grab a ticket to see Jake Shimabukuro perform with the Maui Pops Orchestra!
February 03, 2017

Everybody drop what you’re doing and grab a ticket from the Maui Arts and Cultural website to see Jake Shimabukuro perform with the Maui Pops Orchestra! He will be at the MACC on February 11, 2017 from 7:30 to 10:30pm.

If you grew up in Hawaii, you’ll know Jake Shimabukuro as a legend. He is a Honolulu boy but travels constantly. He may have even performed at your school. He has grown into a world-renowned artist for his skill and passion for the cherished Hawaiian instrument: the ukulele.

Jake first held the instrument at age four after convincing his mom, who also played, to teach him. From then on, Jake and the ukulele were inseparable. Growing up he also played the drums, piano and guitar, but Jake felt most strongly connected to the ukulele.

Jake is perhaps most intriguing for his range of styles. When we typically think of the ukulele, we think of leisurely Hawaiian melodies. One might wonder if it is even possible to play other genres with an instrument that has only four strings.

Nonetheless, Jake has proved just how versatile the instrument can be. He draws influence from across the musical spectrum learning from guitar players, drummers, violinists and singers.He is capable of incredibly fast and complex finger work and delivers such a pleasantly surprising scope of music.

Rolling Stone dubbed Jake a musical “hero” who has collaborated with many stars and performed on tours and TV. Expect to be blown away by what Jake Shimabukuro has to offer. His performances are truly like no other.

Tickets start at $45.00 and go up to $85.00. Don’t miss out! Buy your tickets today to ensure a chance to see this ukulele legend. If you haven’t already, book your Maui vacation rental with Rentals Maui! From the rental it will take approximately twenty minutes to reach the MACC. Explore the blog section further for more Maui activities.

Alii Kula Lavender Farm

Maui's beaches are stunning, but don't miss exploring the island's diversity!
January 27, 2017

Although there is nowhere in the world with beaches as stunning as Maui, you would be missing out if you did not explore the island’s diversity. From your vacation rental on the South Side, look up towards the Haleakala mountains. This is where the magical Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located. The farm was created by horticultural master Ali’i Chang and spans 13.5-acres at an elevation of 4,000 feet.

The drive upcountry from the Mokulele Highway to the Haleakala Highway should take about half an hour to forty-five minutes. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you reach Waipoli Road, a rugged paved road surrounded on both sides by lush green properties, grand trees and rolling hills. General admission is $3.00, while children 12 and under are free.

Once you’ve arrived we suggest you first head to the shop to purchase your choice of lavender coffee or tea, paired with a lavender scone or brownie. Ideally, you’ll use lavender honey in your beverage, and then soak your scone in Lavender Lilikoi (passion fruit) Jam. If it’s not covered, it’s not right! Sit out on the patio area and absorb the stunning panoramic view of Central Maui and the West Maui Mountains. Once you’ve got your fill, meander through the shop for personal items and gifts. You can find everything from lavender cooking ingredients to lavender soaps and candles.  No room in the suitcase? No problem, you can order your goods online!

Now it’s time to explore the stunning property and plants themselves. There are forty-five different varietals of lavender on the farm that bloom year-round in Kula’s cool and dry climate. Aside from the lavender, the farm is a very rich botanical garden filled with olive trees, protea, hydrangea, succulents and even artifacts that Ali’i collected over the years. Tours are also available daily to share the farm’s history and introduce you to all the foliage.

Book your Kihei or Wailea vacation condo today and call the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm to reserve your spot for a tour.

Zipline Through Hawaiian Wilderness

There is no experience quite like flying above Maui's tropical forests with the wind in your hair.
January 20, 2017

Photo Courtesy of: Skyline Eco-Adventures

Free yourself with Skyline Eco Adventures on Maui. There is no experience quite like flying above Maui’s tropical forests with the wind in your hair. Bask in the exhilaration with a zipline adventure. Skyline Eco Adventures was the first zipline company in the United States. They are highly committed to the island, with a focus on preservation of the Hawaiian culture, landscape and wildlife. Since 2002, Skyline Eco Adventures has donated over $1 million to non-profits around the Hawaiian Islands. Tours vary and start with children either 8-years or 10-years and up. You can choose between the Haleakala Mountains and the Ka’anapali beaches.

The Haleakala location allows you to fly through lush greenery including a fragrant Eucalyptus forest! It was named Fodor’s Travel 2016 most amazing zipline in the world. The standard tour takes about an hour and a half and includes 5-lines. You can also choose the Bike N’ Zip tour which includes watching the sunrise at the Haleakala summit, biking down and zipping through the forests. Expect to soar over 90-foot drops and walk across a swinging bridge high above a canyon. Knowledgeable guides will also walk you through Hawaii’s flora, fauna and culture as you move from one location to another in the Haleakala forest. From your rental in Kihei this beautiful upcountry drive along the HI-37 should take approximately 40 minutes.

Photo Courtesy of: Skyline Eco-Adventures

On the West side of the island is the Ka’anapali zipline where you will soar above the Pacific Coastline. This location offers a choice between either 8 or 11 lines. The 8-line tour will take about 3.5 hours, including a snack break and lots of commentary on Hawaiian culture from the friendly tour guides. The 11-line tour takes about 4 hours and includes a double racing line, where you can challenge a family member or friend to see who finishes faster! The stunning coastal drive from your vacation rental in Kihei to Ka’anapali on the HI-30 will be slightly longer at approximately 1 hour.

Don’t miss out! Book your vacation rental in South Maui today and contact Skyline Adventures to experience Maui from the sky.

Blogs for February 2017

Whale Festival at Kalama Park

Posted on February 17, 2017
Whale Festival at Kalama Park

World Whale Day is coming up!  For over 30 years, the Pacific Whale Foundation has held the Whale Festival in South Kihei to commemorate and inform residents and visitors about Maui’s winter guests.

February is peak whale season in Maui. Hawaii’s Kohola (whales) migrate from Alaska… Continue Reading

Fourth Fridays in Kihei Town

Posted on February 10, 2017

Fourth Fridays in Kihei Town is a cultural gathering you won’t want to miss. Each Friday in Maui county is dedicated to a specific town. First Fridays happen in Wailuku, second Fridays in Lahaina, third Fridays in Makawao and fifth Fridays on neighboring island Lanai.

The concept of town… Continue Reading

Jake Shimabukuro Ukulele Legend

Posted on February 03, 2017

Everybody drop what you’re doing and grab a ticket from the Maui Arts and Cultural website to see Jake Shimabukuro perform with the Maui Pops Orchestra! He will be at the MACC on February 11, 2017 from 7:30 to 10:30pm.

If you grew up in Hawaii, you’ll know Jake… Continue Reading

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