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Chinese New Year Maui Celebration 2018

Don't miss this free cultural celebration in historic Lahaina Town.
February 16, 2018

Chinese New Year Maui Celebration 2018

Chinese New Year is quite the festive celebration in Hawaii, and especially in Lahaina. Chinese culture has played a big role in shaping Hawaii's history and the mixed ethnic backgrounds of its local residents, so we see a lot of enthusiasm and fun when this holiday rolls around. This year will be no exception, so if you're on a Maui vacation in February, and you're free on Friday, the 23rd, you won't want to miss the celebration of the year of the dog!

Revelers will gather for this community celebration at the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse, a striking historical site that was built in 1912. It's the perfect venue for Chinese lion dancing, music, and firecrackers, among other lively activities. As always, there is no entry fee, so you can enjoy the memorable experience without factoring it into your budget.

The celebration starts with lighting the firecrackers, and then the lion dance will proceed down Front Street, stopping at various shops and restaurants along the way. Throughout the day, there will also be cultural art activities like calligraphy and knot tying for the whole family.

At the Cookhouse, there will be presentations all about Chinese New Year, including discussions on its fascinating history and traditions. There will also be martial arts demonstrations and instrumental performances, for those who prefer something with a bit more flair. When you're ready to try out a favorite Chinese tradition, try the tea that will be served in the garden. 

To learn more about this year's Chinese New Year celebration, you can visit lahainarestoration.org.

Conveniently, the Wo Hing Museum is located in historic Lahaina Town, where you'll find plenty of places to eat, shop and explore. It's also home to the Lahaina Harbor, where you can book a number of different ocean excursions. If you think you'd like accommodations in the area, we have Lahaina vacation rental homes as well as Lahaina vacation rental condos, depending on the number of people you plan to accommodate. If you need our assistance you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Enjoy a Nine Course Meal at Maui Chef's Table

Interested in a culinary adventure through Maui's many locally sourced flavors?
February 09, 2018

Enjoy a Nine Course Meal at Maui Chef's Table

The list of adventures you can enjoy on a Maui vacation can seem endless. There are so many things you can do, from whale watches to ziplining to helicopter tours and so much more, but if you're not exploring the culinary scene, you're missing out on a rainbow of unique flavors! Luckily for you, if you want to experience a wide variety of dishes with locally sourced ingredients, Maui Chef's Table is hosting a nine course meal on the beautiful grounds of the Maui Tropical Plantation this weekend.

If you're interested in tropical food crops and lovely plant species in general, the Plantation is worth a visit whether you can make it to Chef's Table or not. That being said, this event is a great opportunity to enjoy the food and the charming scenery in one outing. The dinner will be held on Saturday, February 10th from 6pm to 9pm. The price is $150 per person.

What do you get for the price? Maui Chef's Table will provide you with a sweeping experience of flavors and textures from local ingredients. Add a dash of ingenuity and sprinkle of creativity from the talented chefs, and you get to broaden your culinary horizons. One of the best things about the experience is the open-air kitchen concept, which allows you to watch and interact with chefs as each course is created. You might just pick up some useful techniques while you observe their process.

According to Maui Chef's Table, each of their chefs "brings something to the table," with their own special set of skills and techniques to make their creation memorable. What these chefs have in common is an appreciation for local, responsibly sourced ingredients, and having fun interacting with guests. If you are able to attend, don't be shy! If you have questions, ask away. Whether you're interested in the ingredients, their origins, or the inspiration behind each course, the chefs will be happy to answer.

In addition to the opportunity to talk to the chefs about their creations, you might also enjoy mingling with the other guests, which will likely share your appreciation for unique flavors. Given the beautiful, natural ambiance of the Plantation, the whole experience would make for an amazing date night with your sweetheart.  

The Maui Tropical Plantation is located in Central Maui, about an hour from our West Maui vacation accommodations. Specifically, you'll find it at 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy between mile markers 2 & 3. For more info, and to get tickets, you can visit millhousemaui.com. If you can't make it this weekend, don't worry! This event is hosted periodically, so you may be able to catch it on a future date. Mahalo!

Charms of the Okika Hale Luxury Maui Vacation Home

An exquisite, private West Maui vacation home with three bedrooms and countless comforts.
February 02, 2018


Charms of the Okika Hale Luxury Maui Vacation Home

Tucked away beside the luxurious Kapalua resort on Maui, you'll find The Okika Hale vacation rental home, a spacious three-bedroom villa designed to provide you with every comfort. Just a short stroll from the beaches at both Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay, this private haven features soaring ceilings, a recently remodeled kitchen, and a secluded back yard area with a lanai and barbecue grill.

Okika means orchid in Hawaiian, and the name is fitting for this beautiful treasure of a Maui vacation home. The interior design features exquisite teak wood pieces that reflect a rustic yet elegant island style throughout. The floor plan is comprised of three levels that include two bedrooms with king sized beds, and one bedroom with a queen sized bed. 

The fully equipped kitchen was remodeled in 2015, so when you feel like taking a break from dining out, you can whip up a delicious home-cooked meal. When you're ready for some entertainment, you can lounge in front of the 80-inch HD Apple TV, which includes Blue Ray DVD, and a cable box full of channels. The central A/C will keep you comfortably cool no matter what you're up to, but when you feel like drinking in the fresh Maui air, you can step outside to the gorgeous lanai and garden area where you can relax, do some reading, or grill up a tasty lunch, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and colorful blooms. At night, it's a great place to lounge and watch the brilliant stars.

Among its many convenient features is the two-car garage, which is stocked with beach chairs, towels, umbrella, rolling cooler, and beach toys to enhance your adventures around the island. Venture out through the gates of this exclusive home, and you're perfectly poised to enjoy nearby fine dining, shopping, spas, and a host of West Maui activities. Of course, the nearby beaches are among the best spots to visit, whether you feel like lounging in the sun, taking a refreshing swim in the warm ocean, or venturing out to snorkel around the vibrant coral reefs. Sea turtles are common sightings at these beaches, and humpback whales are often seen playing in the distance during these warm winter months.

Next door, the Kapalua Resort boasts two championship golf courses, along with a golf academy where you can enhance your technique. There are also award winning tennis facilities, if that's your preferred game. And lets not forget the coastal hiking trails, ziplining, and horseback riding. When your muscles need a break, venture to one of the nearby world class spas for luxurious treatments to refresh and rejuvenate you.

The possibilities are endless at this remarkable West Maui vacation rental home, and we hope you get to experience many of them! If you need our assistance with your booking or you have any questions about this or any other rental, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. If you're looking for something a little different from this rental, we have numerous condos and several other homes to choose from. Mahalo!

See 4 of Maui's Finest Waterfalls From This Helicopter Tour

There's nothing quite like seeing Maui's magnificent waterfalls from the air.
January 26, 2018


See 4 of Maui's Finest Waterfalls From This Helicopter Tour

Sightseeing is one of the best ways to fill your Maui vacation, assuming that you enjoy breathtaking natural beauty. Hopping in your car and driving around the island is a great way to take in the sights, but there's nothing quite like climbing into a helicopter and lifting off to glide through the sky and see Maui from new perspectives that you can't get any other way. Imagine a tour that whisks you off to the jungles of East Maui to see the most awe inspiring waterfalls the island has to offer, with the sparkling sapphire ocean on the horizon. This tour is offered by Maverick Helicopters, a business that's celebrated for providing a fantastic experience to guests.

The following waterfalls can be seen on various tours by Maverick, but the Maui Dream Tour includes all of them. In fact, you will see many other waterfalls on this tour as well, because there are just so very many of them in this part of the island. The drive through Hana consistently surprises visitors as they pass countless waterfalls on the drive, but it's a day trip and the journey tends to be slow going on a road so twisty that travelers often get carsick. On a helicopter tour, you get to see more spectacular vistas in less time, on a smoother ride. Sound appealing? Here are the most prominent waterfalls that you'll see on the Maui Dream Tour.


Waimoku Falls - Punctuating the lovely Pīpīwai Stream and emerging from dense jungle over 'Ohe'o Gulch, you'll find what is arguably one of Maui's most beautiful waterfalls. Tumbling down 400 feet to the pool below, it cuts an impressive figure of frothy white against the dark green backdrop. A little further down, the stream feeds into the Pools of 'Ohe'o near Kuloa Point. It's such a popular site, you'll be glad to drink in the sights while avoiding the usual crowds below. Side note: the park is currently closed due to a landslide, but that's no hindrance for a helicopter tour!

Wailua Falls - At 80 feet in height, this picturesque waterfall is one of the largest located along Hana Highway. In fact, one of its stand-out features is how close it is to the road. Its spray sends light mists onto the pavement, and when the light comes in right, beautiful rainbows appear. Of course, despite its proximity to the road, the best views can only be enjoyed by helicopter, especially if you want to see the many neighboring waterfalls along Honolewa Stream.

Twin Falls - This popular spot hosts many visitors on the ground, thanks to its scenic beauty and convenient accessibility. As the name implies, there are two main waterfalls, but there are numerous smaller ones that can be seen best from the air. It's another opportunity to make the most of the sights without having to worry about the crowds below.

Honokohau Falls - Saving the best for last, this titan cascades in two tiers down 1,119 feet of cliff side so magnificent, aerial shots of it were featured in the film Jurassic Park (1993). The landscape that makes this waterfall so impressive also makes it inaccessible by any other means of travel than helicopter, so it's a rare treasure to behold. 


We hope you'll get a chance to enjoy these sights, if not with Maverick Helicopters, then with another one of Maui's helicopter tour companies. Maui vacationers and locals alike often agree that seeing Maui from the sky this way is an unforgettable experience. For other activity ideas, feel free to check back every Friday, or peruse our past topics. If you need assistance with your Maui vacation rental, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for February 2018

Chinese New Year Maui Celebration 2018

Posted on February 16, 2018

Chinese New Year Maui Celebration 2018

Chinese New Year is quite the festive celebration in Hawaii, and especially in Lahaina. Chinese culture has played a big role in shaping Hawaii's history and the mixed ethnic backgrounds of its local residents, so we see a lot of enthusiasm and fun… Continue Reading

Enjoy a Nine Course Meal at Maui Chef's Table

Posted on February 09, 2018

Enjoy a Nine Course Meal at Maui Chef's Table

The list of adventures you can enjoy on a Maui vacation can seem endless. There are so many things you can do, from whale watches to ziplining to helicopter tours and so much more, but if you're not exploring the culinary… Continue Reading

Charms of the Okika Hale Luxury Maui Vacation Home

Posted on February 02, 2018

Charms of the Okika Hale Luxury Maui Vacation Home

Tucked away beside the luxurious Kapalua resort on Maui, you'll find The Okika Hale vacation rental home, a spacious three-bedroom villa designed to provide you with every comfort. Just a short stroll from the beaches at both Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay, this private… Continue Reading

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