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Supply and demand – in this case, too many vehicles for too few parking spots – has necessitated a reservation system to watch the sunrise at Haleakala National Park. Early-morning crowds to Haleakala regularly exceed 1,000, while parking spaces number just 150, causing visitor and employee safety concerns. As a result, a paid reservation system will be implemented in February 2017. The one-day reservation will cost $1.50 and can be booked up to 60 days before a visit. Please consult …

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The first humpback whale sighting of the season is always reason to rejoice, auguring as it does the return of our beloved state marine mammal and the start of whale season in Maui. This year’s first sighting occurred Oct. 20, off the coast of Lahaina in West Maui. Captain Dave of the Pacific Whale Foundation, aboard the Ocean Discovery, confirmed the sighting of a sub-adult humpback whale at 8:20 a.m. In August, there were reports of an early appearance of …

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The Lahaina Town Action Committee and the Maui Office of Economic Development host Halloween in Lahaina, a family-friendly event for the residents and visitors of Maui. “Halloween in Lahaina” returns to Front Street on Monday Oct. 31. Highlights include the 38th Annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade at 4:30 p.m. All are invited to enter the Adult Costume Contest from 7-9 p.m. Halloween night at Banyan Tree Park. Campbell Park will open at noon selling the official “Halloween in Lahaina” T- Shirt.  T-shirts …

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  A recent popular trend has become share or peer-to-peer vacations – like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway – where vacationers rent rooms or houses directly from homeowners.  For most families a vacation is a once-a-year event, where everything needs to go right to fully enjoy the relaxation a vacation provides.  Yet, people are still going on vacations that don’t fully meet their needs, even through these peer-to-peer services. While this type of vacation can work for some people, a recent …

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Visit breathtaking Iao Valley State Park

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Towering emerald peaks guard the lush valley floor of Iao Valley State Park. Located in Central Maui just west of Wailuku, this peaceful 4,000-acre, 10-mile long park is home to one of Maui‘s most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle. This iconic green-mantled rock outcropping overlooks Iao stream and is an ideal attraction for easy hiking and sightseeing. Aside from its natural tropical beautiful, sacred Iao Valley has great historical significance. It was here in 1790 at the Battle of …

 

2016 first half Maui tourism figures: Visitor arrivals exceed 1 million, expenditures 2 billion.

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  Visitor arrivals and expenditures on Maui were up for the first six months of the year, with arrivals topping 1.3 million (up 3% from the previous year) and spending at $2.3 billion (up 4% from last year), according to new data released by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority. The HTA reports that the average visitor stayed on Maui 8 days and spent $212 per person per day. George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, issued a statement …

 

Heed these helpful packing tips for your next visit!

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Often competing with the anticipation of a long-awaited vacation to Sands of Kahana  is the nagging consideration of what and how much to bring. This debate can befuddle even the most seasoned travelers, leaving them to anguish over the consequences of either packing too little or stuffing a suitcase to the exploding point (also known as Going Anaconda).  It is this conundrum that determined the necessity of a packing tips article for the Sands of Kahana blog. The simplicity of the topic …

 

Discover traditional Hawaiian music at George Kahumoku Jr.’s entertaining Slack Key Show

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With master slack-key guitar player and Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku Jr. as host, the weekly Slack Key Show showcases Masters of Hawaiian Music at the beautiful Aloha  Pavilion in Lahaina. Slack-key is a genre of guitar music that originated in Hawaii. It refers to open tunings or a “slackening” of the guitar tuning key for a looser, distinctly Hawaiian string sound. George Kahumoku Jr. won a Grammy for Best Hawaiian Music Album and earned a Grammy nomination for Best …

 

Vacation ownership at SOK now an even greater value

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  An increase in lodging rates in 2015 – up more than 18 percent over the previous year owing to a rise in travel frequency – now more than ever underscores the value of vacation ownership. Consistency of cost is a timeshare hallmark, and while hotel room pricing rose to an average of $102.64 per night in 2015 from $86.55 in 2014, your vacation club remained unaffected by market trends and subsequent supply and demand economics. Ownership means you are …

 

Suffer no more from Guilty Vacation Syndrome!

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Are you suffering from GVS (Guilty Vacation Syndrome)? Based on the results of a recent family vacation survey, you probably are. It is especially likely if you’re a Millennial, 59 percent of which report feeling ashamed for taking or planning a vacation in a time when vacation-shaming in offices nationwide and around the word is growing at an unprecedented rate. Neither are older individuals immune from the guilt. In the same survey, 41 percent of individuals 35 and older felt …