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Maui, Hawaii is one of the top vacation destinations in the world. Both guests and residents of our island paradise take pride in its diverse landscapes and all it has to offer. We offer Maui travel tips, area spotlights, activities, events and more!

Shaka Sushi Maui Restaurant Opens at The Wharf in Lahaina

A dynamic mother and daughter duo open their second Lahaina Town restaurant.
March 24, 2017

Shaka Sushi Maui Restaurant Opens at The Wharf in Lahaina


Lahaina Town is one of the coolest spots you can visit on your Maui vacation, especially if you're staying at one of our Lahaina vacation rentals, which are conveniently located right nearby. This historic town features a dazzling collection of boutiques and shops, a rainbow of art galleries, and a delightful collection of restaurants and other types of eateries. There are historic sites, including museums, and the Lahaina Harbor features countless ocean activity options like whale watching, snorkeling, fishing, and more.

To add to the already exciting mix of features in Lahaina Town, a new sushi restaurant has just opened its doors for business. The owners are the same dynamic mother-and-daughter duo that opened Tiki Tiki Thai Cuisine on Front Street last year. They are Panompon (Pon) Jares and Parichart Chahong.

Their new restaurant is called Shaka Sushi Maui, and you'll find it across the street from the Banyan Tree, tucked away amidst the charms of The Wharf Cinema Center. Shaka Sushi is now serving handcrafted sushi and Japanese style bento boxes. So far, customers have had only great things to say, but why not swing by and decide for yourself whether their fare is to your liking.

As you might imagine, Maui is a great place to visit if you love seafood, especially high quality sushi. Here, we have access to a tremendous variety of seafood, and sustainable harvesting practices have continued to improve over the years. Many Maui restaurants enjoy a steady supply of fresh caught fish brought to them daily by local fishermen.

The menu at Shaka Sushi Maui reflects this abundance of choices, featuring favorites like spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, dragon rolls, rainbow rolls, and of course those colorful bento boxes that make such convenient to-go options. Happy Hour offers $5 on select sushi and appetizers. To take advantage, swing by between 4pm and 6pm, Monday through Thursday. Otherwise, the restaurant opens at 10am and closes at 10pm daily. You'll find it situated on the mid-level of The Wharf Cinema Center, located at 658 Front Street in Lahaina Town. You can get two hours of free validated parking at the restaurant.

If you're still in the process of nailing down your accommodations, you might enjoy having a look at our Lahaina Oceanfront Estates. If you need our assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Happy dining!

The 39th Annual Art Maui Exhibition

One of Maui's signature fine art exhibitions will be available for viewing throughout April.
March 17, 2017


One of Maui's biggest signature art events is coming up from April 2nd to the 30th, 2017. If you're an art lover and you'll be on a vacation to Maui during that month, you won't want to miss this opportunity to view the creative works of some of the finest artists on the island. As in prior years, Art Maui exhibitions will be displayed at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) in Kahului, not far from the airport, and about an hour from our West Maui vacation accommodations.

This will be the 39th Annual Art Maui Exhibition, presented by the Art Maui Board in order to share remarkable works of art with Maui visitors and residents alike. The exhibition will be located in the Schaefer International Gallery at the MACC. As you might imagine, this event has earned a great deal of momentum since its inception in 1979. Then, now, and much farther back in history, Maui has inspired the countless artists that found themselves walking its beaches, climbing its mountains, and gazing out at those flaming red sunsets that the island is so well known for.

Fueled by the stunning works of gifted artists, Art Maui has become one of the most prestigious art exhibitions in the state of Hawaii, featuring a broad array of media, such as painting, photography, video, ceramics, sculpture, quilting, woodworking, jewelry, mixed media, and more. All you need to do is swing by the MACC on almost any day of April, and you can see what this year's works have brought to the exhibition.

Conveniently, the MACC hosts countless live performances and events throughout the year, with every month bringing something exciting and different. If you add one of these to your Maui vacation activities, you can simply make some extra time to walk through the exhibition. There are some nice places to shop and dine nearby as well, making the whole experience a nice potential day trip, if you're staying at our West Maui accommodations.

You can learn more about Art Maui at artmaui.com. The mission of this laudable non-profit organization is to promote excellence in visual arts throughout Maui County. Their efforts help inspire our students and local artisans to cultivate their own creative uniqueness, which serves to enrich the lives of others.

We hope you'll get a chance to stop by the MACC for this exhibit. If you're looking for suggestions on other things to do on your Maui vacation, you can check in each Friday for our latest suggestion. If you need assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page.

Free Screening of The Secret Life of Animals Under the Open Maui Sky

Watch a free screening of The Secret Life of Animals under the night sky on your Maui vacation.
March 10, 2017

Free Screening of The Secret Life of Animals Under the Open Maui Sky

Looking for something fun and relaxing that you can enjoy with the whole family on your Maui vacation? Why not see a movie? Okay, that is something you can do at home. But can you watch a movie on a sprawling grass lawn under a sky full of twinkling stars... for free? The Maui Arts & Cultural Center regularly provides Maui vacationers and residents alike with their Starry Night Cinema event, where you can watch a movie on the A&B Amphitheater lawn with a group of any size.

The next Starry Night Cinema showing is tomorrow night, March 11th, featuring The Secret Life of Pets. The film follows Max the terrier, (Louis C.K.), who enjoys a life of luxury and attention until his owners adopt a big mutt named Duke. The awkward pair have to set their differences aside when they find out that a white bunny named Snowball is building an army of discarded pets who are planning to take revenge on the humans. This plucky comedy actually highlights how much people love their pets and how important it is to take care of them, while conjuring up wacky ideas about what animals do when we're not looking.

The gates open at 5:30pm, but the movie starts at 7pm, giving everyone plenty of time to get settled in. They don't allow outside food or drink, but there will be food trucks selling very tasty and affordable fare to enjoy during the film. You can bring low-back beach chairs, blankets or mats to sit on. If it happens to be rainy, you can leave those things in the car and head to the spacious Castle Theater, which seats 1,200 people.

Hopefully, the weather will be nice and clear. Then you can admire the stars, which glow brighter here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean than most Mainland locations, thanks to a delightful lack of light pollution. Smog is also not a problem here, and although we can get vog from the volcanic activity of the Big Island, the prevailing trade winds tend to blow it away from Maui. So, if you attend Starry Night Cinema, don't be surprised if you spot some shooting stars.

If you arrive early, you can enjoy their preshow entertainment and the kids can participate in an art activity. They even have a prize giveaway that you can enter, and don't forget about the delicious food and beverage options. Maui vacation activities can get expensive pretty quickly, so if you want to make the kids happy and spare your budget, you'll have a hard time finding a better choice than this!

Fun at the Beach with Window Body Boards

A swim board with a clear window to the underwater world, for safety, fun and fascination.
March 03, 2017

Fun at the Beach with Snorkel Boards

Want to catch a glimpse of the colorful marine life surrounding Maui's coral reefs? You no longer have to don a bunch of awkward snorkeling gear, or rent an expensive glass-bottom kayak. Now, there are snorkel boards that provide a viewing window. This simple innovation has become quite the sensation among beach-goers here on Maui, and plenty of other coastal areas, for that matter.

The snorkel board, also known as the window body board, is just what it sounds like: a swim board with a clear viewing window near the top end. It's a fantastic option if you'll have children with you on your Maui vacation, especially considering these boards can be purchased at some of the large chain stores or rented at places like Snorkel Bob's at a more affordable price (they've named their version "The Looky Board").

Although snorkel boards are extremely popular among kids, they're great for adults as well. Snorkeling masks and goggles aren't right for everyone. Some folks just don't feel comfortable with their faces in the water, which is perfectly understandable. You won't get the same range of underwater vision as you would with a mask, but the snorkel board offers another important feature that snorkeling gear doesn't. That is buoyancy, which makes it ideal for those who aren't the strongest swimmers, or would just feel more comfortable with some extra safety and security.

On that note, Maui may be full of calm beaches, but safety shouldn't be neglected when exploring any of the island's natural spaces, especially the ocean. This is true anywhere in the world, but when folks are on vacation, it's not unusual to see them act a bit more recklessly than usual. Most of our West Maui vacation accommodations are beachfront locations, so sharing ocean safety advice with our guests is important to us. A product like the snorkel board, which offers safety, fun and fascination, gets a big thumbs up from us!

Before you get back to planning your vacation, one quick reminder: Sunblock! Protecting your skin is vital to your health and well being here on Maui, where the sun's UV rays are more intense than at higher latitudes. While using the snorkel board, your back is going to get a lot of sun. If you want to protect your skin as well as the health of the coral reefs, there are brands now selling reef-safe sunscreen. You could also opt for a rashguard, because fabric is great at protecting skin and it won't harm the corals. It will also prevent your skin from possibly getting irritated by friction with the board. Now, get out there, have fun at the beach, and be safe! Mahalo!

Blogs for March 2017

Shaka Sushi Maui Restaurant Opens at The Wharf in Lahaina

Posted on March 24, 2017
Shaka Sushi Maui Restaurant Opens at The Wharf in Lahaina


Lahaina Town is one of the coolest spots you can visit on your Maui vacation, especially if you're staying at one of our Lahaina vacation rentals, which are conveniently located right nearby. This historic town features a dazzling… Continue Reading

The 39th Annual Art Maui Exhibition

Posted on March 17, 2017

One of Maui's biggest signature art events is coming up from April 2nd to the 30th, 2017. If you're an art lover and you'll be on a vacation to Maui during that month, you won't want to miss this opportunity to view the creative works of some of the… Continue Reading

Free Screening of The Secret Life of Animals Under the Open Maui Sky

Posted on March 10, 2017
Free Screening of The Secret Life of Animals Under the Open Maui Sky

Looking for something fun and relaxing that you can enjoy with the whole family on your Maui vacation? Why not see a movie? Okay, that is something you can do at home. But can you watch… Continue Reading

Fun at the Beach with Window Body Boards

Posted on March 03, 2017
Fun at the Beach with Snorkel Boards

Want to catch a glimpse of the colorful marine life surrounding Maui's coral reefs? You no longer have to don a bunch of awkward snorkeling gear, or rent an expensive glass-bottom kayak. Now, there are snorkel boards that provide a viewing window.… Continue Reading

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