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Maui Ocean Center Yoga Classes at Open Ocean Exhibit

Join a yoga session before a backdrop of a 750,000 gallon aquarium full of sharks, rays and fish.
May 26, 2017


Maui Ocean Center Yoga Classes at Open Ocean Exhibit

What's the most tranquil location you can imagine for a yoga session? A pretty lawn alongside the beach? A sturdy platform beside a cascading waterfall? Those may be lovely options, but what if you could practice yoga bathed in the deep blue light of an underwater world teeming with majestic marine life? Yes, the Maui Ocean Center is now hosting yoga sessions, and at their most impressive exhibit.

The classes will be held at the Open Ocean Exhibit, boasting 750,000 gallons and a magnificent array of marine animals. The inhabitants include sharks, rays, and hundreds of colorful fish, all gliding through a deep blue habitat designed to simulate an open ocean environment. To maximize the feeling of being in the deep ocean, the exhibit is indoors, where most of the light comes through the tank itself. The quiet tranquility of the exhibit makes it a favorite for guests who want to just sit for a while and relax.

If you practice yoga with friends or loved ones, and you're on a Maui vacation together, just imagine what a surprise this could be! You could tell them that you've booked a yoga session, but the location is a surprise. If either of you love the ocean, and the marine life that inhabits it, this could easily be the most memorable activity on your trip. If you're new to yoga, what a wonderful introduction this could be.

If you choose to attend, you'll just need to bring a yoga mat or towel and some water to refresh yourself. You should make a reservation to ensure that you can get in. The classes will be held from 5:30pm to 7pm. If you're staying at our West Maui vacation rentals, give yourself at least 45 minutes for the drive. The following is the schedule for classes throughout the year. It should give you plenty to work with in terms of your Maui vacation plans.

  • June 1 & 15
  • July 13 & 27
  • Aug 10 & 24
  • Sep 14 & 28
  • Oct 12 & 19
  • Nov 2 & 12
  • Dec 7 & 21

For more details, visit mauioceancenter.com. For more Maui vacation activity suggestions, check in for our latest entry each Friday, or peruse past blog posts for ideas. If you need our assistance with your Maui vacation accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Experience Wailea Restaurant Week in May

Explore the fine cuisine of Wailea, in South Maui.
May 19, 2017


Experience Wailea Restaurant Week in May

Looking for a culinary adventure that you can enjoy while vacationing to Maui? Ours is an island full of fantastic flavors as varied and unique as the many microclimates that make up its landscapes. Restaurants are working to incorporate local ingredients into their menus more and more. How does the Maui fare stack up to your other favorite destinations? There's an upcoming event that may provide you with the perfect opportunity to find out.

Restaurant Week Wailea is a celebration of fine cuisine throughout Wailea, a luxury vacation destination on Maui's south shore. The event will begin on Sunday, May 21 and continue on until Saturday, May 27th. If you're on the island during that time, you can dine at any of the 21 participating resort restaurants for special menu options.

The event will feature the creations of celebrity chefs at celebrated restaurants who will present three-course prix-fixe menus at reasonable prices. They'll range from $29 to $59 per person, depending on where you choose to go. The finest restaurants in the world often serve the courses that they want you to experience, so why not try it here on Maui?

If you're open to a new experience and fascinating flavor surprises, you could have a great time trying the courses that these award-winning chefs choose to combine to create these special meals. Some restaurants have even chosen specially priced wine pairings that you can add to their collection of flavors.

Keep in mind that although the menu prices are fixed, some restaurants don't include tax, gratuity and beverages. That being said, the prices are more than reasonable for a three-course meal. You can also feel good about the fact that this dining promotion is supporting the Maui Food Bank, as it has done since it began in 2009. A portion of the proceeds from each pre-fixe entrée sold will be donated to this valuable non-profit. In fact, the event has raised over $80,000 for the Maui Food Bank so far, and that's something that participating staff, owners, and diners can be proud of.

We recommend that you make reservations to ensure that you get a table during this celebrated event. Here is the official list of restaurants that will be taking part in the event.

Participating Restaurants are:

  • AMA Bar & Grill (Fairmont Kea Lani) (808) 875-4100
  • Bistro Molokini (Grand Wailea) (800) 888-6100
  • DUO Steak and Seafood (Four Seasons) (808) 874-8000
  • Fabiani’s Wailea (Wailea Gateway Center) (808) 874-1234
  • Gannon’s (Wailea Gold & Emerald Course) (808) 875-8080
  • Humble Market Kitchin (Wailea Beach Resort) (808) 879-4655
  • Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Grand Wailea) (800) 888-6100
  • Ka’ana Kitchen (Andaz Maui Wailea Resort) (808) 573-1234
  • KAPA Bar & Grill (Wailea Beach Resort) (808) 879-1922
  • Kō  (Fairmont Kea Lani) (808) 875-2201
  • Longhi’s (The Shops at Wailea) (808) 891-8883
  • Manoli’s Pizza Company (Wailea Blue Course) (808) 874-7499
  • Matteo’s Osteria (Wailea Town Center) (808) 891-8466
  • Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman (Wailea Gateway) (808) 891-2322
  • Mulligan’s on the Blue (Wailea Blue Course) (808) 874-1131
  • Nick’s Fishmarket Maui (Fairmont Kea Lani) (808) 879-7224
  • Pita Paradise Bistro Wailea (Wailea Gateway Center) (808) 879-7177
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House (The Shops at Wailea) (808) 874-8880
  • The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea (808) 879-2224
  • Tommy Bahama (The Shops at Wailea) (808) 875-9983
  • Wailea Kitchen & Tap (808) 874-8990

If you'll be staying at one of our West Maui vacation rentals, give yourself about an hour to get to South Maui for dinner. Longer, if you want to enjoy your evening at a relaxed pace. While you're in South Maui, you may also want to enjoy one of its many beautiful white sand beaches and watch the magnificent sunset.

Pineapple Grill Restaurant at Kapalua Unveils Brand New Dinner Menu

Experience the brand new dinner menu unveiled by celebrated Kapalua restaurant, Pineapple Grill.
May 12, 2017

Pineapple Grill Restaurant at Kapalua Unveils Brand New Dinner Menu

As one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world, you can imagine how many return visitors Maui gets. In fact, some visitors have been on the island so many times, they're surprisingly familiar with the beaches, the attractions, activities and even the restaurants. Whether you're one of these enthusiastic Maui-lovers who's been everywhere thrice, or you're on your first ever trip, you might want to swing by Pineapple Grill Restaurant at Kapalua Resort to try out their brand new dinner menu.

Pineapple Grill is one of the more celebrated restaurants on Maui's west side, which is a convenient drive for our guests because our Maui vacation rentals are located in Kaanapali and Lahaina. About 15 minutes north of Kaanapali, you'll find Kapalua, which is known for its luxurious homes and resorts, along with charming beaches and championship golf courses. The shops, spas and restaurants follow this upscale trend, including Pineapple Grill.

The restaurant's executive chef, Robert Barrera, recently announced that a new and specially crafted dinner menu was officially available. Their new collection of signature dishes includes fresh catch over yellow Thai curry, a seafood risotto, and Duroc pork chop, among others. They also feature a number of healthy "TroonFit" options.

According to the restaurant's general manager, Janet Iwata, the new menu reflects an effort to enhance classic dishes, and emphasize fresh local ingredients. This is a great choice, because on Maui, the local ingredients are pretty spectacular. From seafood to grass-fed beef to Maui onions and a robust collection of outstanding quality produce, there are few things that struggle to grow here. Namely the things that require a cold snap, like apples. We can live with that, seeing as we love the balmy Maui weather as much as our guests.

If you'd like to get more details on the menu items that Pineapple Grill has to offer, visit www.pineapplegrillmaui.com. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and if you opt for dinner, you are best off making a reservation to ensure you get a table, especially if you go anytime soon, considering the buzz surrounding the new menu.

In the meantime, if you're interested in finding some nearby Kaanapali vacation rentals, you can browse through our versatile collection on our website. Sometimes, you need more flexibility than hotel rooms can offer. That's where we can help with our multi-bedroom condos and homes, fully equipped kitchens, in-unit washer and dryers, and other conveniences. If you need our assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us. You'll find our  contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

ARTwalk Maui at The Shops at Wailea

Explore fantastic works of art, mingle with the artists and enjoy live entertainment at ARTwalk.
May 05, 2017

ARTwalk Maui at The Shops at Wailea

Maui is home to such a prominent, thriving art community that it often surprises visitors. If you explore, you'll discover that the island is full of artists and its towns full of galleries. In fact, Lahaina has more art galleries per capita than any other town in the United States. Artists flock to Maui for inspiration, and visitors can hardly think of a more fun place to shop for a painting. All of these are the reasons why Maui has become widely known as the art Mecca of the Pacific.

If you're staying at our West Maui accommodations, the galleries of Lahaina and Ka'anapali are right at your fingertips, but if you feel like some extra adventure, you might enjoy heading to South Maui for ARTwalk.

The Shops at Wailea have recently begun hosting ARTwalk, an event that takes place on the first Wednesday of every month, from 6pm to 8pm. It features entertainment, fine art, and the chance to mingle with artists and fellow art enthusiasts. There's no charge to join the fun. All you need to do is show up, and you can absorb the remarkable creativity of the presenting artists, whose work features everything from paintings and glass works to handmade jewelry and island wood carvings.

The versatility of mediums found at ARTwalk helps to satisfy even the most selective buyers with specific tastes. Participants are encouraged to make their way through six art galleries, where they can meet the artists. The galleries include aFeinberg Gallery, Ki’i Galleries, Lahaina Galleries, Mouche Gallery, National Geographic | Fine Art Galleries, and Tasini Tiki Gallery. Surrounding these galleries, you'll find a collection of 70 shops and restaurants, including luxury brands and local favorites.

You can get four-hour parking for the event for just $5, which will go to a non-profit organization. If you need more information, you can visit www.theshopsatwailea.com. If you need help with your Maui vacation accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for May 2017

Maui Ocean Center Yoga Classes at Open Ocean Exhibit

Posted on May 26, 2017


Maui Ocean Center Yoga Classes at Open Ocean Exhibit

What's the most tranquil location you can imagine for a yoga session? A pretty lawn alongside the beach? A sturdy platform beside a cascading waterfall? Those may be lovely options, but what if you could practice yoga bathed in… Continue Reading

Experience Wailea Restaurant Week in May

Posted on May 19, 2017


Experience Wailea Restaurant Week in May

Looking for a culinary adventure that you can enjoy while vacationing to Maui? Ours is an island full of fantastic flavors as varied and unique as the many microclimates that make up its landscapes. Restaurants are working to incorporate local ingredients into… Continue Reading

Pineapple Grill Restaurant at Kapalua Unveils Brand New Dinner Menu

Posted on May 12, 2017

Pineapple Grill Restaurant at Kapalua Unveils Brand New Dinner Menu

As one of the most famous vacation destinations in the world, you can imagine how many return visitors Maui gets. In fact, some visitors have been on the island so many times, they're surprisingly familiar with the beaches, the… Continue Reading

ARTwalk Maui at The Shops at Wailea

Posted on May 05, 2017
ARTwalk Maui at The Shops at Wailea

Maui is home to such a prominent, thriving art community that it often surprises visitors. If you explore, you'll discover that the island is full of artists and its towns full of galleries. In fact, Lahaina has more art galleries per capita than any… Continue Reading

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