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Monday, July 8, 2013

Tourism News summary from Maui, Hawaii

Travaasa Announces Partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car Serving Hana, Maui
Travelers can now drive the famous Road to Hana and fly back to Kahului Airport, or vice versa. In a new partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, visitors can rent two types of vehicles on site at Travaasa Hana for any day trips in and around Hana. To take advantage of the new twice-daily flight service from Kahului to Hana, one-way drop offs at Kahului Airport and Travaasa Hana are also available. Vehicles may be booked exclusively through Travaasa Hana by calling 808-248-8211. www.travaasa.com/hana

Grand Wailea's Rooftop Buzzes with "Bee-utiful" Secret
Grand Wailea is home to Hawaii's first and only resort, rooftop apiary - home to nine beehives producing a total of more than seven gallons of honey each month.  The fresh honey is processed at Grand Wailea and used in all the restaurants and spa treatments at Spa Grande. To view a video of the apiary and processing of the honey, visit www.youtube.com/grandwaileamaui or call 808-875-1234.

Four Seasons Resort Maui Debuts Comic Book,  "Howie Goes to Maui."
Four Seasons Resort Maui announces the debut of "Howie Goes to Maui," an online comic book written by Danny Zuker, executive producer and writer of the Emmy-winning Modern Family. "Howie Goes to Maui" is told through the eyes of five year old twins, Howie and Heather, while vacationing at Four Seasons Resort Maui. Zuker wrote a clever Seuss-like tale introducing guests to the Resort's "WeTime/MeTime" family program highlighting activities and amenities for both the kids and for the parents. Most activities and amenities are gratis. www.fourseasons.com/maui or 808-874-8000.

The Fairmont Kea Lani Villas - Perfect for Golf Getaways
There are no better accommodations for golf getaways than the luxurious villas at The Fairmont Kea Lani. Minutes away from the famed Wailea Golf Club, these spacious two- and three-bedroom units are set apart from the main hotel building, just steps from Polo Beach. Offering all the comfort of renting a private home coupled with the luxury of a world-class resort, the villas feature full kitchens, and private terraces with plunge pools and gas grills. Fairmont President's Club members will also enjoy complimentary TaylorMade club rentals. For more information, visit www.Fairmont.com/Kealani.

Vacation Memories Last Forever at Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
Guest at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa can make beautiful Travel Photo Books by creating a SimplePrints album with photos from their iPhone, Facebook, and Instagram. An album takes minutes to create and can be built while relaxing at the beach or poolside, in the comfort of the guest room, or while waiting for a flight. With a click of a button, guests can share the album on Facebook or order a printed version which will be waiting at their doorstep when they return home. For more information, visit travelphotobook.com.    

Experience Hawaii's Largest Private Art Collection from Home
Grand Wailea is home to the largest private art collection in the Hawaiian Islands featuring international works of art by Fernando Botero, Fernand Leger, Zhou Ling along with Hawaii's beloved artists such as Herb Kawainui Kane, Yvonne Cheng, Saturo Abe and Jan Fisher. By popular demand, and in an ongoing effort to promote art in Hawaii, the Grand Wailea has created an art tour video for all art lovers to enjoy anytime and anywhere. The art video may be directly accessed on www.youtube.com/grandwaileamaui or 808-875-1234.

Youth Summer Camp with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment
Experience summer break like never before with education and exploration in nature's 'living' classroom, led by Cousteau-trained naturalists. Keiki (children) activities include snorkeling, ocean education, hikes and authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences. The Ambassadors Weekly Camp welcomes children ages five years and older and lunch is provided. Cost is $499 per child with siblings welcome to join the fun for $439 each. Offered Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call 808-665-7292.
Ten Years, Ten Distinctive Experiences
The first Starwood Vacation Ownership Resort launched in Hawaii in September 2003, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Celebrations with a series of exciting offerings, ten to be exact! The four diamond beachfront resort is inviting visitors to indulge in experiences that include Stellar Navigation, a weekly cultural activity that provides a fascinating insight on Polynesian voyaging using stars, movement of ocean currents and wave patterns, the flight of birds, winds and weather. Or enjoy cocktails exclusively designed by world's foremost mixologist Francesco Lafranconi. For complete offerings, visit www.westinkaanapali.com.

Trilogy Holds Maui Giveaway to Celebrate 40th Anniversary
In 2013, Trilogy Excursions celebrates its 40th anniversary of snorkeling and sailing charters within the islands of Maui and Lanai. Trilogy is Hawaii's longest running, family owned sailboat charter, and to commemorate the event will be hosting a contest in August on their Facebook page to send two lucky couples on the Maui getaway of their dreams. Trilogy is also entering its third year of monthly reef cleanups, and in conjunction with Algalita Marine Research Foundation is performing the first baseline study of microplastics in inshore Hawaiian waters.  For more info, visit www.sailtrilogy.com.

Piiholo Ranch Zipline Offers Freebee for Keiki
Piiholo Ranch Zipline now offers "Kids Go Free" on its nine line Canopy Tree Top Course. Keiki (children) 8 - 12 go free (one child per paying adult). The tour begins in the beautiful canopy at the edge of Maui's tropical rainforest. You'll experience thrills galore, and learn about Hawaii's native plants, unique ecosystem and history. You'll break for light snacks at the big tree house and the grand finale is a high-speed 930-foot line that zips through a tree tunnel. Cost is $165 p/p + tax. For info, visit www.piiholozipline.com or call 1-800-374-7050.

New Night Camp for Kids
Children ages 5 - 12 years old are invited to step into a world of evening adventures this summer! The Westin Kids Club at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas is offering themed fun including "Glow Party Bonanza" (Mondays); "Late Night Smores & Swimming" (Tuesdays) and "Sand Crab Hunting" (Wednesdays). Dinner and snacks with fun-filled activities are scheduled 6 - 10 p.m., from now until August 8. Charges apply. Call 808-667-3254 to make reservations or visit www.westinkaanapali.com to learn more.

Huka Dive Tours Offered at Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Makena Resort partners with Maui Dive Shop to bring a new activity, Huka, exclusively to the shores of Makena. Huka provides guests with the ability to breathe below the water's surface through a 20-foot hose connected to a scuba tank floating on the water's surface. This patented technology allows divers to closely interact with the area's plentiful marine life, with tours offered daily. Makena also offers Huka lessons every Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday at 9 a.m. For reservations or more information contact 808-891-4024 or visit www.makenaresortmaui.com.

Maui celebrates 200 years of coffee cultivation in Hawaii
Did you know Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee? Hawaii's coffee history goes back to 1813 when the first coffee tree was planted on Oahu by Don Francisco de Paula Martin. Coffee has been an important part of island culture ever since and is currently grown on major Hawaiian islands. About 40 farms produce Maui coffee. Kaanapali Beach Resort, Kaanapali Coffee Farms and CJ's Deli present a coffee tour Saturday, August 31. Meet the growers; learn about Maui's coffee industry and taste the quality of MauiGrown Coffee. www.kaanapalifresh.com.

Teen & Tween Evening Mixers
An evening of fun with dancing and exciting activities awaits teens and tweens spending their summer at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. This unique experience begins with a pre-party at Spa Helani a Heavenly Spa by Westin, followed by delectable treats presented at Pulehu, an Italian Grill, overlooking the koi pond gardens. In addition to a live DJ spinning teen music favorites, there will also be a dance contest, Wii games, and lots of prize giveaways. Offered on July 16 and August 6, make early reservations by calling the resort's concierge at 808-667-3254.