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National Spotlight Shines on Maui for Small Business Awards

Maui Brewing Company owners one of only three Hawaii business owners to ever win the S.B.A.'s Small Business Person(s) of the Year award.
May 26, 2017

National Spotlight Shines on Maui for U.S. Small Business Awards

Glass of Beer

Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, came to Maui nearly 12 years ago with the dream of opening a brew pub.  Somewhat young and naïve, they said there wasn't much stopping them at the time.  They must be doing something right, as the Maui Brewing Company owners just became one of only three Hawaii business owners to ever win the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Person(s) of the Year award. 

The honor caught Marrero a bit off-guard as he was sitting at a luncheon in Washington D.C. earlier this month.  He didn't initially realize they had won, and the accomplishment was overwhelming. Noting the reasons for the win, Linda McMahon, the SBA Administrator,  stated "Garrett and Melanie have shown impressive growth, expanding in size, sales, and scope of their business," in a written statement announcing the award. The husband-and-wife team have grown their company to one hundred and twenty-three times its original production size. To be clear, that means since 2005 when the company was founded, they have gone from producing 320 barrels of beer, to approximately 39,600 barrels of beer this last year.  This has made them the largest craft beer producer in the state of Hawai'i.

Why do we think this win is worth noting?  Their new production facility, costing over $17 million dollars to build, is located right here in Kihei.  Both Garrett and his wife say that a large part of their success is due to the incredible team they have working with them.  They will often use words such as "passion" and "ohana" to describe their dedication to their work and their staff family.

What we find really neat is how they extend this warmth outside of their company by inviting various other small businesses to participate in their operation by having alternating food trucks available daily.

Located in the Maui Research and Technology Park, Maui Brewing Co. has a tasting room that is open from 11:00am - 10:00pm every day.  To compliment their offerings they feature various small restaurants, in the form of food trucks, two times per day, each day of the week.  Flavors range from south of the border, to barbeque, to Asian fusion, and will leave your taste buds craving more. You can find the schedule and list of vendors on their site!

When planning your next vacation to Maui, perhaps you will find some time to check them out for yourself.  Don't forget Rentals Maui when booking your next stay, we hope to see you soon!

Local Cafe Favorites

If you’re planning a trip to Maui, we have a few fantastic cafes for you to try.
May 19, 2017


If you’re planning a trip to Maui, we have a few fantastic cafes for you to try. Maui is famous for its laid-back culture and attention to growing local. True to this spirit, cafes thrive on the island. Luckily Maui is small and as you explore, it will be easy to get a taste of the variety offered. Coffee is also a fantastic gift for friends and family.

Akamai

Starting on the South Side of the island closest to Rentals Maui properties is Akamai. Akamai started out in Kahului as a “to-go” coffee truck in the Home Depot parking lot at 100 Pakaula Street. However, Akamai’s coffee became so popular, they recently opened up a second location in Kihei town. You’ll find Akamai Coffee at 1325 S Kihei Road. The cafe is beautiful, has comfortable seating, lots of green plants and a very laid back atmosphere. Akamai’s coffee is 100% locally roasted.

Maui Coffee Roasters

In Central Maui, Maui Coffee Roasters is a spot where you’ll see regulars having their morning coffee with a newspaper or chatting with friends. Maui Coffee Roasters is eclectic. The walls are covered in various posters and paintings, there is even a surfboard mounted on the wall! Maui Coffee Roasters offers 100% locally roasted coffee, including Kona Coffee, blends and Hawaiian Flavored Coffee. The Hawaiian Flavored Coffee is incredibly unique. Seasonal coffees from Maui Coffee Roasters are also delicious. Most recently, the Toasted Almond was a big hit! Find Maui Coffee Roasters at 444 Hana Hwy.

Maui Grown Coffee Company

MauiGrown Coffee Company is perfect when you’re on the West Side of the island. MauiGrown Coffee gets its beans from the 500-acre Kaanapali estate farms. The coffee shop is located next to the Lahaina Smokestack in a quaint green house. MauiGrown Coffee Company grows several varieties of Arabica coffee. The store sells the famous trade marked “Maui Mokka” in addition to other varietals. You can also sample coffees to find your favorite flavor. Visit MauiGrown at 277 Lahainaluna Road.

Ready to sit back and relax with a warm cup of Maui's best? Book your next Maui vacation rental and start planning to enjoy all the fantastic flavors Maui has to offer! 

Trevor Noah at Castle Theater

Get your tickets now for internationally renowned comedian and host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah.
May 12, 2017


Get your tickets now for internationally renowned comedian and host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah. Trevor will be performing at the Castle Theater on May 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Due to overwhelming demand the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) added a second show at 10 p.m. It is an event not to be missed!

Trevor Noah is currently the host of Comedy Central’s incredibly popular Daily Show, previously hosted by Jon Stewart. Trevor is on Maui to do a special one night only evening of comedy. Content will cover the recent hot topics in politics.  If you watch the Daily show, then you know he undoubtedly has a lot to say.

Trevor is from South Africa, where his career got started. He has hosted television shows as well as the South African Comedy Festival and his own late night show. In the U.S. he debuted on the Tonight Show, the Late Show with David Letterman and the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Starting in December 2014, Trevor became a regular correspondent on the Daily Show. He went on to succeed Jon Stewart in September 2015.

If you like stand-up comedy, political satire and talk shows, you are bound to love Trevor’s performance at the Castle Theater.MTV Africa Music Awards nominated Trevor personality of the year in 2015. Get familiar with Trevor’s previous work by watching him on Netflix or YouTube. View a brief video preview of what is to come on YouTube.

Book your tickets now. They will go quickly! 

Waihou Spring Trail - A Hike For All

The Waihou Spring Trailis a great hike for the entire family.
May 05, 2017


The Waihou Spring Trail is a great hike for the entire family. The trail is located upcountry in Olinda. It is 1.4 miles long and starts at an elevation of 3,820 feet.

This trail is part of the Waihou Spring Forest Reserve. The trail loops through an incredible 186-acre pine forest.Monterey cypress and eucalyptus can be seen along the trail, in addition to native species such asalaa, halapepe and koa.

The Waihou Spring Trail can be approached as an easy stroll in the pine forest if you skip the last part of the hike, which is a steep downhill walk into a ravine. The downhill walk is short, but can be challenging if you’re out of shape. At the end of the trail, you’ll see some amazing caves, lava tubes and waterfalls.

From Rentals Maui properties on the south side, the drive to Olinda in Makawao will be approximately 40-50 minutes. Olinda is famous for its natural beauty and picturesque landscapes. As you can imagine, the drive upcountry is amazing! It may also be a welcome reprieve for the sunburnt. The weather is typically several degrees cooler than in Kihei town.

This hike is best in the morning or as a pre-lunch workout. Parking is available directly outside the gate on Olinda Road. The trail is lightly trafficked so there’s no need to worry about overcrowding. The trail is pet friendly and you’ll likely see locals walking their dogs.Closed toed shoes are a must as there are many sticks and shrubs on the trail.

If you have not already booked your Rentals Maui apartment, check out the rental property map. For questions regarding the properties or the Waihou Trail, contact us

Chefs Table - A Culinary Experience To Remember

At Maui Chefs Table, guests have a Hawaiian-style culinary experience.
April 28, 2017

Chef’s Table: A Culinary Experience To Remember


Maui is known for its world-class chefs and food. Great emphasis is placed on farm-to-table locally sourced food. At Maui Chef’s Table, guests have a Hawaiian-style culinary experience. The event explores the island’s produce and protein with a modern presentation.

Attendees will receive seven unique courses. The best part of the event is the open-air kitchen concept, which allows attendees to witness the creation of beautiful platters right before their eyes. Wine, beer, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase throughout the dinner.

Executive Chef Jeff Scheer is responsible for creating the innovative chef teams at each event. Past events have featured well-known chefs such as Rosanna Ha, formerly of Mourad and Boulevard in San Francisco and Tak Toride, formerly of Morimoto Maui.

The evening will be guided by one of the Chefs, and the event encourages interaction so feel free to voice your thoughts, mingle, and ask questions. Maui Chef’s Table is particularly popular with honeymooners and for anniversaries.

Maui Chef’s Table takes place at The Mill House located at the Maui Tropical Plantation. The grounds, nestled below the West Maui Mountains, are absolutely phenomenal so we recommend you get there a little early to explore.

Book your tickets in advance. If you have over six people in your party, call to book a table at (808) 270-0303 or email Chef’s Table at answers@millhousemaui.com. Because each dish is created from scratch with ingredients selected hours before the event, dietary requests, unfortunately, cannot be accommodated.

Upcoming Chef’s Table events in 2017 are on May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27. For additional months, please refer to the calendar.

Contact Rentals Maui for more information. 

Blogs for May 2017

National Spotlight Shines on Maui for Small Business Awards

Posted on May 26, 2017
National Spotlight Shines on Maui for U.S. Small Business Awards

Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, came to Maui nearly 12 years ago with the dream of opening a brew pub.  Somewhat young and naïve, they said there wasn't much stopping them at the time.  They must be doing… Continue Reading

Local Cafe Favorites

Posted on May 19, 2017


If you’re planning a trip to Maui, we have a few fantastic cafes for you to try. Maui is famous for its laid-back culture and attention to growing local. True to this spirit, cafes thrive on the island. Luckily Maui is small and as you explore, it… Continue Reading

Trevor Noah at Castle Theater

Posted on May 12, 2017


Get your tickets now for internationally renowned comedian and host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah. Trevor will be performing at the Castle Theater on May 25, 2017 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Due to overwhelming demand the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) added a… Continue Reading

Waihou Spring Trail - A Hike For All

Posted on May 05, 2017


The Waihou Spring Trail is a great hike for the entire family. The trail is located upcountry in Olinda. It is 1.4 miles long and starts at an elevation of 3,820 feet.

This trail is part of the Waihou Spring Forest Reserve. The trail loops through an incredible 186-acre… Continue Reading

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