Enjoy food and drink specials on Maui for the Big Game


If you’re staying with us over the weekend and looking for a place to watch the “Big Game” this Sunday, there are numerous venues all over the island where you can enjoy the Atlanta-New England showdown for the championship of the world. The comprehensive Mauitime article below breaks down by region all the places you can enjoy the biggest football spectacle of the year.   No matter which team you’re rooting for, you’ll have a great time enjoying all the great …

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Maui New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Special Celebrations


If you’re staying with us over New Year’s Eve, you’ll find plenty to do, including grand fireworks displays, festive dinners and a whole lot of warm aloha. Here’s what’s going on around Maui for New Year’s Eve. Fireworks For many years running, the island’s biggest fireworks show is held in Wailea. The reason it is not more widely publicized is that there isn’t enough parking available to open it to the general public. We have seen signs that there will …

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


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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You’ll soon need a reservation to watch the sunrise.


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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First humpback whale of the season spotted in October! Or was it August? Please read on for explanation.


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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“Halloween in Lahaina” returns this Monday!


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


  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


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.


  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!


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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