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Indulge in a Thanksgiving Feast on Your Maui Vacation

Indulge in a Thanksgiving Feast on Your Maui Vacation
November 17, 2017

Indulge in a Thanksgiving Feast on Your Maui Vacation

Ready to spend your Thanksgiving holiday in a tropical paradise? We don't blame you! While cool autumn breezes and colorful leaves can be delightful, sometimes you just need a change. For that, we have balmy ocean air and gently swaying palm trees. Maui's beaches are sunny and warm on most days of the year, even in the autumn and winter months. The cherry on top is that this is the time of year when the humpback whales start to arrive, so you may spot some from shore, especially if you're renting an oceanfront Maui condo. The many charms of the island are sure to sweep you up if you visit this month, but you may find yourself hankering for a hearty meal on Thanksgiving day. If so, you're in luck!

On Thursday, November 23rd, you and your fellow travelers can indulge in a Thanksgiving Day feast at the award-winning Tiki Terrace restaurant. They're really outdoing themselves this year, with two extravagant meals to choose from, depending on the time of day. They have a Thanksgiving Early Bird Buffet from 11am to 1pm and a Thanksgiving Night meal from 3pm to 7pm. In both cases, children ages 5 and under get in free with a paying adult.

The menu features Rotisserie Roasted Turkey and Kiawe Roasted Prime Rib as the main entrees, alongside traditional delights like sausage and sage stuffing, candied yams, and fresh cranberry sauce. Of course, you are on Maui, so the menu includes some dishes with local flair that you should really try, like poke, seafood, pork lau lau, and passion fruit glazed ham. How often can you experience a tropical spin on a traditional American holiday meal? But let's not forget the desserts, which include pumpkin pie, cakes, cheesecakes, or a build-your-own shortcake.

If you opt for the Thanksgiving Night meal instead of the Early Bird Buffet, you will get to enjoy live Hawaiian entertainment from 5pm to 8pm. Since the price per person is just a few dollars higher for the night meal, it's probably the best option. Speaking of prices:

Thanksgiving Early Bird Buffet (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
$47 for adults
$26 for children 6-12 years
Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult

Thanksgiving Night (3– 7 p.m.)
$53 for adults
$26 for children 6-12 years
Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult

Reservations are required, of course, so you can call yours in at 808-667-0124. In the meantime, if you're still in the process of planning your trip, feel free to reach out to us for assistance with your Maui vacation rental accommodations so you can enjoy a fantastic place to stay over the holiday. Mahalo!

What Makes The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach a Top Maui Vacation Rental Choice

Experience the luxury of a hotel with the comfort of a home at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach.
November 10, 2017

What Makes The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach a Top Maui Vacation Rental Choice

Going on vacation to Maui can be an amazing and sometimes even life-changing experience. Planning your trip can also be a lot of fun, as you feel the anticipation and excitement start to build. To make sure you have the best possible experience, you're going to want to make sure you're choosing the right airline to fly with, the right activities to book, and the right plans for transportation once you're on the island. But most importantly, you want to choose the right accommodations, because that's where you'll go for all your down time and comfort. Essentially, it's your home base, so making sure you get the right features and amenities can make a good vacation great.

This week, we'd like to suggest that you take a look at what our vacation rental condos at Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach have to offer. If you've only ever stayed at hotels in the past, you may be wondering what makes a vacation rental condo different. For starters, a condo is equipped for use as a full-time residence, meaning you have your own kitchen where you can whip up home-cooked meals. Some condos even provide the same services as a hotel, such as room service and 24-hour front desk service. A condo will usually offer more space as well, and you'll find that there are studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom options. In short, you can get all the luxury of a hotel, but with the flexibility of a home.

Aston at The Whaler boasts a magnificent location on the famed Kaanapali Beach, with unparalleled ocean view units to choose from. You can spend your time relaxing and soaking up the sun anywhere along this spectacular mile of powdery white sand, perhaps going for a swim in the warm West Maui waters, exploring the vibrant coral reef surrounding iconic Black Rock, or going for a short stroll to the delightful shops and restaurants of Whalers Village.

As for the property itself, The Whaler features twin towers with 6.67 acres of lush tropical landscaping surrounding its 360 condo villas. You can opt for a studio, one bedroom/one bath, one bedroom/two bath, or a two bedroom/two bath unit, depending on what suits your needs. Make use of your fully equipped kitchen if you're craving a home-cooked meal between your restaurant dining experiences. If you feel like burning off some of those indulgent meals, you can also make use of the on-site gym and tennis courts, or go for a dip in the pool.

In addition to all this, you can enjoy the ever growing list of charms that West Maui has to offer, including whale watching, ziplining, snorkeling, hiking, horseback riding, parasailing, dinner cruises, and world-class golf. On that note, one of the great perks of staying at The Whaler is the discount you get on golf at The Royal Kaanapali Golf Courses. Other perks at Aston at The Whaler include Wireless Internet, HD Cable TV, Gym, Oshibori Towels and water in Lobby, Pool Umbrellas, Beach Towels and other services, which come with your resort fee.

If you have any questions about the property, the amenities, reserving your Maui vacation rental condo at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, or anything else regarding your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Attend an Ukulele Workshop on Your Maui Vacation

A unique musical learning opportunity with renowned musician and educator Mele Fong.
November 03, 2017


Attend an Ukulele Workshop on Your Maui Vacation

If you're musically inclined, Maui can be a really fun place to visit, especially if you want to learn how to play the ukulele. What better place to learn than in Hawaii, where the instrument originated? And what better people to learn from than the ones who have been playing for generations? Although some folks might assume the ukulele represents a niche of interests as instruments go, but in fact, it has only been gaining popularity all around the world.

If you're interested in jumping on the chance to learn some ukulele strumming techniques while you're here on Maui, there's an ongoing workshop that takes place every Saturday from 10am to 11am. The location is in Wailuku, which is in the Central Maui area, about an hour drive if you're staying at our West Maui vacation rentals. While you're there, you can take advantage of numerous places to shop or dine out. It could easily be a half-day visit.

As for the workshop, Mele Fong will be teaching introductory techniques to making music "the Ukulele Mele Way." Mele Fong is an experienced educator and a professional entertainer, so you're sure to glean some valuable information from your session. Fong will teach you a unique method of forming ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain, which would be especially ideal if you have physical limitations. You won't learn these techniques anywhere else on the island.

The workshop is designed to be fun, and you'll get to join in on sing-along songs with the accompaniment of a professional ukulele bass player as you learn Fong's techniques. Conveniently, there are supplemental materials to help you continue your learning, including online information, single song downloads, and packaged song sets of book/DVD/CDs. These cover experience ranges from beginner to intermediate to advanced. 

If this workshop has piqued your interest, make sure you register ahead of time, because space is limited. The price is $10 per person. Conveniently, that includes your cover fee to get into the Bailey House, a historical site that features the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in Maui County. To rent an ukulele, an additional fee of $10 is required, and you'll need to let them know when you RSVP. You can learn more at ukuleleworkshops.eventbrite.com.

We hope you have an enriching and educational experience that fuels your enthusiasm for learning to play the ukulele. In the meantime, if you need any help with your Maui vacation accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We would be happy to assist you. Mahalo!

Shopping at the Made in Maui County Festival

Shop authentic products made by artisans, crafters and farmers in Maui County.
October 27, 2017


Shopping at the Made in Maui County Festival

If you're looking for a unique Maui vacation experience, or more importantly, unique gifts and souvenirs to bring home with you, don't miss out on the upcoming Made in Maui County Festival on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. The festival brings together local artisans, crafters, farmers, and other vendors who create their wonderful products right here in Hawaii. At this festival, you won't find those cheap manufactured imports that fill tourist shops. You'll find a wide variety of creative, unique, well-made Hawaii products from jewelry to art to food products and more.

The Festival is Maui County's biggest products show, and this will be its fourth year. During each of the prior festivals, this event has gained more and more momentum, attracting thousands of eager buyers to find those elusive creations that were made with heart and skill, plus that special infusion of inspiration that the islands provide. 

If you're looking for authenticity in a product, souvenir or gift, this festival is going to be your best bet for finding it. Each of this year's 140 plus vendors has been screened ahead of time to ensure that they are headquartered in Maui County, and that the majority of work required to create their products has been done in Hawaii. If you're looking for variety in a collection of authentic products, this festival will be your best bet, too. These vendors feature apparel, furniture, collectibles, jewelry, art, foods, crafts, toys, and products for pets, among many other categories.

Interested in attending? The festival will be held at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului on Saturday, November 4th. The doors will open at 8am and close at 4:30pm. Admission is a reasonable $5 per person at the gate, but children ages 12 and under get in free. Along with the shopping experience, the festival will feature product demonstrations, a fashion show, prize drawings, and there will also be 12 Maui food trucks selling some of the tastiest food items that you'll eat on your Maui vacation.

The festival also has plans for Friday, which they've dubbed "Exclusive Shopping Day." From 1:30pm to 6pm, attendees will enjoy the opening ceremonies and complimentary pupus (appetizers) at 4pm. There will also be food for sale from three food trucks until 4pm. This day of the festival costs $35 per person for admission, but children ages 12 and under get in free. If you attend, you'll get a free festival tote bag and you can enter to win their "Maui Getaway Travel Package," which could snag you your next vacation experience.  

To purchase tickets and get more information, visit www.mauiarts.org. Tickets have been on sale at the MACC Box Office since August, and you can also buy tickets by calling (808) 242-SHOW (7469). In the meantime, if you need assistance with your Maui vacation rentals, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for November 2017

Indulge in a Thanksgiving Feast on Your Maui Vacation

Posted on November 17, 2017

Indulge in a Thanksgiving Feast on Your Maui Vacation

Ready to spend your Thanksgiving holiday in a tropical paradise? We don't blame you! While cool autumn breezes and colorful leaves can be delightful, sometimes you just need a change. For that, we have balmy ocean air and gently swaying… Continue Reading

What Makes The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach a Top Maui Vacation Rental Choice

Posted on November 10, 2017

What Makes The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach a Top Maui Vacation Rental Choice

Going on vacation to Maui can be an amazing and sometimes even life-changing experience. Planning your trip can also be a lot of fun, as you feel the anticipation and excitement start to build. To make… Continue Reading

Attend an Ukulele Workshop on Your Maui Vacation

Posted on November 03, 2017


Attend an Ukulele Workshop on Your Maui Vacation

If you're musically inclined, Maui can be a really fun place to visit, especially if you want to learn how to play the ukulele. What better place to learn than in Hawaii, where the instrument originated? And what better people… Continue Reading

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