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Chinese Moon Festival Celebration in Lahaina

A fun, free, family-friendly event full of colorful cultural celebrations.
September 22, 2017

Chinese Moon Festival Celebration in Lahaina

One of the most interesting things about Hawaii is its unique mix of cultural influences. The local residents of today come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds that became rooted here during the Plantation Era. That's why we have so many interesting celebrations that take place throughout the year. The next one is the Chinese Moon Festival, which will take place in Lahaina on Saturday, September 30th. It's a lot of fun for those who are interested in intercultural experiences. Not to mention that it's family friendly and admission is free.

The fact that the festival will take place in Lahaina Town only adds to the fun, since there are so many shops, restaurants, art galleries and other attractions all at the same scenic location. You could easily hop on a boat tour in the morning and spend your afternoon having a nice lunch and shopping before finishing off the day at the festival, which starts at 10am and ends at 9pm.

The Moon Festival will be hosted by the Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse on Front Street. Admission to the museum will be free from September 25th to the 30th in honor of the festival. On the day of the festival, you'll get to observe a celebration of the harvest of Maui's locally grown produce alongside time-honored traditions from China. There will be lovely lanterns, offerings made to the moon goddess, cultural activities, traditional music, and Chinese cooking demos. There will also be a crafting area where kids can make paper lanterns of their own.

If you feel like trying something sweet, there will be Chinese moon cakes for sale. In fact, they'll be available for purchase all week. You can buy a decorative box that includes either four large or six small moon cakes for $20. Tea will be served in the garden from 5pm to 9pm, accompanied by traditional music, featuring a performance on the gu zheng harp.

Guests can try their hand at knot tying and calligraphy, while local artists will provide demonstrations of moon paintings. You won't want to miss the fan, ribbon and umbrella dances at 6pm, courtesy of the Maui Academy of Performing Arts Summer Musical Theater. At 7pm, you can sit in on a talk on the history of moon festivals in China. 

Conveniently, we have Lahaina accommodations within easy walking distance of Front Street, so if you're still looking for the right Maui vacation rental for your trip, you'll find some great options here. If you need our assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. For more information on the festival, you can visit lahainarestoration.org. Mahalo!

Piiholo Ranch Zipline Named Best Land Activity on Maui 2017

According to the readers of the Maui News, Pi'iholo Ranch Zipline is the best Maui land activity!
September 15, 2017

Piiholo Ranch Zipline Named Best Land Activity on Maui 2017

Maui boasts a long and illustrious list of ocean activities, from surfing to whale watching to snorkeling, and a whole lot more, but sometimes you just need to have some fun on dry land! Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do without having to get soggy. One of Maui's most exciting land activities is Ziplining, and there are several fantastic places where you can do it. Recently, Pi'iholo Ranch Zipline was named "Best Land Activity on Maui" for 2017 by the readers of the Maui News. This kind of endorsement from local residents is a big deal, so congratulations to them!

This particular Zipline location is up above Makawao Town on the slopes of Haleakala, about an hour away from our West Maui accommodations, so make sure you factor in the travel time plus a little extra in case of any delays. Up at the ranch, you get sprawling vistas of Maui's north shore, the valley, and the majestic West Maui Mountains. Pi'iholo Ranch Zipline features two magnificent courses. Between the stunning location, the amazing views and the wonderful staff, this business is celebrated for providing a fun, safe and exhilarating experience for the whole family. They're minimum age is 8 years old, but on the other end of the spectrum, they've served guests up to age 108!

The ziplines will have you soaring high above rocky ravines and grassy hills through towering trees on the historic, 800-acre Pi'iholo Ranch. It's some of the most beautiful landscape that you can find anywhere on the island, and because of its elevation, the temperatures are pleasantly cooler than at sea level.

There are two courses to choose from at Piiholo Ranch Zipline. The six-line Tower Zipline Course will put you up at a height that ranges from 42 feet above the ground to no less than 800 feet above the ground. Their lines start at 480 feet long, but they also feature the longest side-by-side zipline in Hawaii at over a half a mile long! If you choose the Treetop Canopy Course, you'll zip through the trees from 14 to 120 feet above the ground, and you get to experience the company's new "QUICKjump" device, which starts as a short free fall and then lowers you slowly the rest of the way. As an added bonus, guests can try the 420-foot-high climbing tower that features seven unique climbs.

If you have any questions you'd like to have answered, or you're ready to give this adventure a try, you can find them at piiholozipline.com. They have a handy FAQ page that you can check out as well, which may answer some of your questions. In the meantime, if there's anything we can do to help you with your Maui vacation accommodations booking, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Starry Night Cinema Showing of Beauty and the Beast

Whether you're visiting with your sweetheart or your kids, enjoy a free movie on Maui under the stars
September 08, 2017

Starry Night Cinema Showing of Beauty and the Beast

Every so often, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) hosts a Starry Night Cinema event, where everyone is invited to their spacious lawn in the A&B Amphitheater to watch a movie for free on a giant screen. What's the catch? There really isn't one, unless you count that they don't allow outside food and beverages. Whether you're traveling with your sweetheart, friends or kids, just think how much you would spend on movie tickets, when you could be enjoying balmy tropical breezes, a starry open sky, good company and a free movie instead.

Beauty and the Beast will grace the screen on Friday, September 15th at 7pm. It's is a well-received live-action remake of Disney's original animated film, and to the delight of loyal fans, it stays very true to the original. The original music is part of the film, but so are several new songs. Emma Watson plays Belle, the beautiful, young, forward thinking woman who finds herself swept up in a story as fantastical as her favorite fiction novels.

Other notable roles include Dan Stevens as the temperamental beast of the castle, Luke Evans as the egomaniacal Gaston, and Josh Gad as his loyal henchman LeFou. The enchanted characters of the castle are played by the most accomplished actors in the cast, including Ewan McGreggor as Lumieére, the flirtatious French candleabra, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the dour clockwork head of household, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, the hospitable teapot.

If you haven't gotten around to seeing the film in the theater yet, this is a perfect opportunity to enjoy it for free, which will also spare your Maui vacation budget. If you'd like, you can arrive early for preshow entertainment, including an art activity for the kids. There will also be a prize giveaway. Of course, no movie is complete without snacks, but don't worry. Although they don't allow outside food and drinks, you can buy some from wonderful local food trucks to enjoy during the show. If there happens to be rain, the show will be moved inside to the spacious Castle Theater.

The show will start at 7pm, and the MACC is located in Kahului, about an hour from our West Maui vacation rentals, so you can plan your schedule accordingly. There are plenty of places where you can shop or grab a bite to eat beforehand in Kahului. As for the show, guests are encouraged to bring low-backed chairs and/or blankets to make their experience comfortable. For more details on this and the many other shows and events at the MACC, visit mauiarts.org. Mahalo!

The Growing List of Nonstop Flights to Maui

Multiple airlines announce new direct flights to Maui from several Mainland cities.
September 01, 2017

The Growing List of Nonstop Flights to Maui

Thinking about taking a trip to Maui? There are plenty of things to consider, like when you want to go, what you want to do, how much you want to spend and where you want to stay. For accommodations, we suggest that you check out our Maui vacation rental specials, and as for getting here, the list of direct flights to Maui has only been growing lately as more and more airlines continue to expand their service. In fact, you might be surprised at how far away you can be and still get a direct Maui flight. Here is a current list, with future service in parenthesis.


  • Anchorage: Alaska
  • Bellingham: Alaska
  • Calgary: Air Canada, WestJet
  • Chicago: United (5 flights per week, as of December, 2017)
  • Dallas: American
  • Denver: United (daily, as of December 2017)
  • Edmonton: WestJet
  • Los Angeles: American, Delta, Hawaiian, United (3 flights per day, as of December, 2017), Virgin America
  • Oakland: Alaska, Hawaiian
  • Phoenix: American
  • Portland: Alaska, Hawaiian (as of January, 2018)
  • Sacramento: Alaska
  • Salt Lake City: Delta (daily, as of December, 2017)
  • San Diego: Alaska
  • San Francisco: Hawaiian, United (5 flights per day, as of December, 2017), Virgin America
  • San Jose: Alaska, American, Hawaiian
  • Seattle: Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian
  • Vancouver: Air Canada, WestJet

Multiple airlines have recently announced the expansion of their service to Maui. United Airlines will begin its new flights to Maui in December, 2017, for a total of 40 daily flights to Hawaii via 11 routes. The new flights will include Denver and Chicago (the only one from Chicago), along with additions to the San Francisco and Los Angeles service. United offers the most flights to the islands out of any carrier, but there are other options as well.

Delta has also announced that it will add a new direct flight between Maui and Salt Lake City in December. Meanwhile, Hawaiian Airlines is adding a flight between Maui and Portland in January of 2018. On a side note, Hawaiian Airlines is one of the most highly rated in the nation, particularly when it comes to on-time flights and low incidence of mishandled baggage.

This list should help get you started with your plans. If you need help finding the right Maui accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. As for the kinds of things you might want to do when you arrive, our past entries are full of ideas and helpful information on things like events, sightseeing, activities, and performances, among others. You can also check in each Friday for our latest topic. Mahalo, and happy travels!

Blogs for September 2017

Chinese Moon Festival Celebration in Lahaina

Posted on September 22, 2017

Chinese Moon Festival Celebration in Lahaina

One of the most interesting things about Hawaii is its unique mix of cultural influences. The local residents of today come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds that became rooted here during the Plantation Era. That's why we have so many interesting… Continue Reading

Piiholo Ranch Zipline Named Best Land Activity on Maui 2017

Posted on September 15, 2017

Piiholo Ranch Zipline Named Best Land Activity on Maui 2017

Maui boasts a long and illustrious list of ocean activities, from surfing to whale watching to snorkeling, and a whole lot more, but sometimes you just need to have some fun on dry land! Fortunately, there are plenty of… Continue Reading

Starry Night Cinema Showing of Beauty and the Beast

Posted on September 08, 2017

Starry Night Cinema Showing of Beauty and the Beast

Every so often, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) hosts a Starry Night Cinema event, where everyone is invited to their spacious lawn in the A&B Amphitheater to watch a movie for free on a giant screen. What's the… Continue Reading

The Growing List of Nonstop Flights to Maui

Posted on September 01, 2017

The Growing List of Nonstop Flights to Maui

Thinking about taking a trip to Maui? There are plenty of things to consider, like when you want to go, what you want to do, how much you want to spend and where you want to stay. For accommodations, we suggest… Continue Reading

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