We wish you a very Merry and a very Maui Christmas!

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Planning to spend this Christmas holiday on Maui? You’ll find the island decked out in lights, ornaments and Christmas cheer. Maui really knows how to celebrate the holidays with warmth and Aloha. As you’re making your Christmas vacation plans, we want to give you some fun and meaningful ideas to celebrate the holiday season with Maui-style. Here are our suggestions for the top things to do for Maui Christmas 2016: 1.  See Lahaina’s famous banyan tree wrapped in Christmas lights …

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Timeshare vs. Peer-to-Peer Rentals: What’s the Verdict?

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Fresh Meals to Easily Prepare in Your Guest Unit Kitchen

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One of the best ways to save money on a Maui vacation is to put the kitchen in your spacious Sands of Kahana guest unit to good use.  You’ll save hundreds by preparing your own meals instead of eating out during every meal.  Hardly anyone wants to spend their entire vacation cooking, however.  That’s why we’ve come up with these easy meals that are simple to make in a small kitchen. Chef Salad This is a great meal because it doesn’t require you to actually …

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Folding luggage racks: You wanted `em, you got `em!

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On our list of notable resort improvements, the addition of folding luggage racks probably doesn’t reach the level of heating the pool, installing new stainless steel appliances, or repaving the tennis courts (to name just three projects we’ve recently completed). But if you’ve ever tried to unpack your bag on a refrigerator, you know how tricky it can be. Therefore it is with great pleasure that we announce the arrival, for the first time, of new folding luggage racks to all …

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Why staying at Sands of Kahana is the best choice on your next visit to Maui. We look forward to seeing you!

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  As a valued Vacation Club owner, you already know why Sands of Kahana beats a typical Maui hotel room. It’s the reason you became a timeshare member with us in the first place. But in case you haven’t been here in a while and are looking for a few good reasons to come back, here are some reminders why staying with us is so much nicer. We are a tranquil and tropical paradise where you can get away from …

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SOK suites to receive photogenic new artwork – soon!

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The new artwork selected for our guest rooms will be arriving soon. It consists of breathtaking photographs shot right here on Maui. Each colorful photo depicts an image that is either physically or emotionally associated with the island, including native foliage, surfboards and panoramic vistas. In deciding on the photograph package over print paintings, which projected a conventional vision of generic islands, we felt the former was the ideal representation of the island we all love. Once the artwork arrives installation …

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