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Are you a true basketball fan? Do you love watching college basketball and are counting down the days until March Madness? Well, if this sounds like you then you’ll definitely want to check out an incredible event that’s happening on Maui this fall in 2018. If you’re going to be on Maui in November for your next vacation to Hawaii, then we hope you consider buying tickets to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational where you can watch some incredible basketball teams play live!

Starting on Nov. 19 and lasting until Nov. 21, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be held at the Lahaina Civic Center with 12 televised games on ESPN Networks. This year’s event includes teams such as Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Gonzaga, Illinois, Iowa State, San Diego State, and Xavier. These teams combined have 196 NCAA Tournament berths, including 27 Final Four appearances and 197 conference regular season and tournament championships.

A total of 118 schools representing 26 conferences and 40 states have competed in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational over its 30-plus year history. This long-standing basketball tournament started in December of 1982. At this time, the No. 1 ranked Virginia, led by National College Player of the Year Ralph Sampson, played at the Chaminade University in Honolulu while on his way back from a trip to Tokyo. The school’s Silverswords stunned Virginia by winning 77-72 in one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history. Two years later, in 1984, Chaminade University hosted the first Maui Jim Maui Invitational and it has proven to be the most exciting, early-season college basketball tournament in America for more than 30 years. Each year, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational attracts the top programs and their incredible coaches, along with elite players to compete in an exciting atmosphere at the Lahaina Civic Center. Learn more about the Maui Invitational here.

We hope you’re as excited as we are for this fun and athletic event. If you and your family are planning on traveling to Maui for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational or are simply planning a trip during November and are still looking for a place to stay on island, then please keep us in mind.

Here at Vacation-Maui we have plenty of amazing vacation rentals on Maui to choose from. Including ones close to the Lahaina Civic Center and this great event! A few of the closest properties would be the Kaanapali Alii, Aston at Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, Alexandra’s on Front Street and Lahaina Oceanfront Estates.

You can explore some of our latest specials or check out what’s on the market for vacation homes on Maui. We also have Hawaii condos and time intervals to choose from too so don’t hesitate and start planning your trip today. You may contact us with any questions you may have about booking your next trip to Hawaii and we can’t wait to see you soon! Aloha.

Lahaina Oceanfront Estate Rental with Pool is Perfect for Large Groups

Take some time to look at the Lahaina Oceanfront Estates
November 02, 2018


The winter is coming and that means it’s time to leave the cold behind you and head for warmer weather. If you and your large family, party of friends or wedding group are planning an amazing trip to Maui and are looking for an ideal location to stay in for the week or two you’ll be here then you should definitely take some time to look at the Lahaina Oceanfront Estate rentals.

At the Lahaina Oceanfront Estates, there are two Maui vacation house rentals that are perfect for any large group vacationers. For starters, we have the Alii Hale, which is the larger of the two homes and comes with four bedrooms, three baths and 3,000 square feet of living area. At the Alii Hale, there’s a master bedroom upstairs, a spacious jacuzzi tub and an oceanfront lanai. There are two bedrooms downstairs as well that are oceanfront with one being a king-sized bed and the other having a set of twin beds that are perfect for the little ones. The Alii Hale also has a lovely dining room that can sit up to eight people. So that means you’ll have plenty of space for daily dinner parties and breakfast with everyone.

Then there is the Princess Hale that has about 2,600 square feet and has three bedrooms and three baths. This cozy Hawaii vacation home for rent also comes with a master suite that has a spacious, oceanfront lanai, a king-sized bed, and a queen pull out sofa. The amenities here include 180 feet of ocean frontage, fully-equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, and large flat screen TVs.

Put the two together and you have a grand space that will accommodate up to 14 guests total. This oceanfront home for rent with pool is perfect for family reunions, wedding parties that like to stay close or large groups of friends that love to hang out together!

We hope you consider staying at the Lahaina Oceanfront Estate rentals during your next trip to Maui. If you’re interested in booking a stay, then you can check availability and book online today! You may also consider looking around our website to see what else is available to rent on Maui. Check out our latest vacation rental specials if you’re interested in seeing what’s the latest for vacation rentals in Maui. You might also want to look through our vacation condos for rent if your're looking for something smaller in a resort or hotel atmosphere.  So whether you choose to stay at the Lahaina Oceanfront Estates or are thinking about an oceanfront condo, we can help you with your next rental today. Simply contact us and let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll be happy to help. We hope you enjoy your stay in Maui and stop in to see us. Aloha!

Find Unique Gifts at the 2018 Made in Maui County Festival

Original gift ideas alert!
October 26, 2018

Christmas is right around the corner and we’re sure you’re racking your brain trying to think of where you’re going to get those hard to find items for the people who mean the most to you. We know just how stressful this time of the year can be and how trying to find the perfect gift for those that mean the most to you can be a challenge. But what better way to show your love for someone than by buying something specialty made during your vacation to Maui? Well, with the upcoming Made in Maui Country Festival scheduled for November 2nd and 3rd you’ll be able to do just that.

For 2018, the Made in Maui County Festival will be held at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center and you’re sure to find a variety of locally-made and produced products, goods, arts, crafts, collectibles, and more. Every year, this one-of-a-kind event is held in honor of our local entrepreneurs and is an opportunity to showcase their talent and give people like you a chance to purchase their products firsthand. This event is supported by the Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce and is truly a gift to our island community and visiting ohana.

This year the festival will be held on two separate days with the first day being an exclusive shopping day. If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy crowds and would prefer to get more one-on-one time with the vendors then this is your ticket. The entrance fee is only $35 and you can shop until 6 p.m. Attendees will also get a chance to receive a Made in Maui County Festival tote bag and have chances to win Maui getaway packages! Children under the age of 12 get in free.

The next day is definitely a day you don’t want to miss. With the gates opening as early as 8 a.m. you can shop until you drop, or at least until the festival ends at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are so cheap, running only $5 per person and you are sure to have fun amongst the fashion shows, product demonstrations and food vendors. There will also be complimentary shuttles to and from designated parking locations so you don’t have to worry about parking either. Just relax and enjoy your day of indulgence.

If you can’t make it but are still interested in shopping Maui-made gifts and more then visit the Made in Maui County Marketplace where you can find goods and services for sale all year round.

We hope you enjoyed learning about this fun festival and consider attending during your next vacation to Hawaii. Speaking of a Hawaii vacation, if you’re planning a trip and are still looking for the best vacation rentals on Maui then make sure to look at the options we have available on our website here. Check out our vacation homes or condos on Maui and contact us with any questions you may have. See you soon and aloha!

Maui Voted as a Top Island in America by CNN

What is it that you look for when trying to find an island escape?
October 19, 2018

What is it that you look for when you’re trying to find an island escape? Beaches? Of course. Palm trees? Naturally. But what about non stop adventure, incredible food and shopping, and views that you can’t find anywhere else? Now we’re talking.

You know what the best things to do in Maui are? From riding a bike down the beautiful Haleakala Mountain to going snorkeling at the Molokini Crater, there’s so much to see and do on Maui that it’s no wonder this island keeps getting attention from all around the world. But who would have thought that our wonderful island community would get noticed as one of the best islands in all of America?

According to a recent travel post by cnn.com, Maui made the list of one of the top 12 best islands in all of America. The recent article spoke highly of the Valley Isle and put Maui among the top five of the best islands in America for its epic waterfalls, amazing beaches, beautiful mountain ranges and so much more. Of course we already know what makes Maui No Ka Oi, meaning Maui is the best, but it never hurts to have a little recognition every now and then. We were so surprised to see that Maui made the list with several other islands that are equally as amazing. These islands include Amelia Island, Catalina Island, Fire Island, Kodiak Island, Mackinac Island, Martha's Vineyard, Mount Desert Island, Ocracoke Island, Orcas Island, the San Juans, Sanibel Island, and St. John.

We hope you are planning on making Maui one of your island getaway vacation choices and if you are already looking into what to do on Maui and where to stay, then let us help you. Here at Vacation Maui we specialize in all things Maui-related in our Maui Vacation Travel Blog where we can help you find the perfect condo or home rental, offer some tips on activities and show you the best places to eat and shop. View activities on Maui. And if you’re still looking for an awesome vacation rental on the island, then make sure to view our island home rentals and Maui resort condos. Here you will find plenty of great deals to choose from. You can also check out our latest vacation rental deals to check out what affordable rentals there are available on Maui. We hope you help spread the news about what makes Maui No Ka Oi and contact us before your next island escape.

Blogs for November 2018

Big Matchups at the 2018 Maui Jim Invitational This Fall

Posted on November 09, 2018

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Lahaina Oceanfront Estate Rental with Pool is Perfect for Large Groups

Posted on November 02, 2018


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