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Mele Kalikimaka & Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Merry Christmas & Happy New Year)

From our ohana (family) to yours – we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!  From the staff of Napili Point Resort.



Friday Night Town Party in Lahaina



4:00-4:45 p.m. Ron Hetteen and Ikaika Brown

4:45-5:00 p.m.: Maui Cheer All Starts

5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.: royal Hawaiian Guard

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Kumulani Chapel

5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: Na Kamali’i O Ke Akua

6:15-6:20 p.m.: I pop Maui

6:20 p.m. Emcee to announce the Christmas tree program and Lahaina Town Action Committee’s winning tree followed by holiday caroling.

6:30p.m. Waiola Church, Sacred Hearts, Mission Catholic Church, Holy Innocents, Hale Aloha and Hongwanji Mission will ring town church bells followed by a simultaneous lighting of all merchant trees on Front Street and in Campbell Park.

6:40 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kumulani Chapel Carolers

7:00-715 p.m. Holiday Music


PLUS: Baldwin Home Museum will host Holidays With The Baldwins: Choir performances, refreshments, and hands-on ornament and wreath making!



Hawaiian Air Announces Honolulu to JFK in June 2012!

Hawaiian Air has just announced its first direct flight from JFK to Honolulu! Flights begin in June of 2012. They are offering a $212 (one way) fare as part of their promotion.

There is a short window of opportunity (between now and 11/20/11) for travel dates between 6/4/12-6/30/12. Hawaiian Air was also named yesterday as the #1 most on-time airline in 2011.

Here’s a link to Honolulu’s KITV Channel 4 website: to read details about the new flight another to the Hawaiian Air site.



First Maui Humpback Whale Sighting Of The Season!

Capt. Ryan Hall on Hawaiian Ocean Rafting spotted the first humpback whale of the season off the coast of Lanai on Thursday, October 6, 2011 at around 8:35 a.m.   “We had a humpback whale surface and blow right in front of us several times”  Capt. Hall said.  The whale appeared to be a young male by the way he swam about and “trumpeted” and breached about five or six times in four-minute intervals.

Humpback whale season in Hawaii generally runs from November through May. As many as 12,000 of the whales winter each year in the waters off Hawaii, where endangered humpback whales are protected.Hall said.

Here’s a really great humpback whale photo taken off the coast of Lahaina by Kathy Kopacek of Portland, Oregon.


The Humpback Whales Are Back!

The first confirmed sighting of a humpback whale this season was made this week by Sea Quest Captain, Tony Roensch.  Captain Roensch witnessed two tail slaps from a humpback whale yearling in Honaunau Bay (Big Island).

Photo by Joe Marquez

The North Pacific humpback whales, we affectionately refer to as our “gentle giants”, will be in Maui waters soon! The humpbacks begin their migration approximately 3,000 miles from the cold arctic waters to the warm waters of Hawaii, to mate, give birth to their calves, and rear their young.  The shallow waters surrounding Maui are known as the “cradle of the humpback” due to the significant number of humpbacks raised in this area.

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is one of only 12 marine national parks and is the only preserve in the United States dedicated to a marine mammal.  During the peak season (mid-December to mid-March), there are literally thousands of humpback whales in our islands. On Maui, we are fortunate to have had hundreds of daily humpback whale sightings well into April and May.



Jake Shimabukuro

Hawaii’s Jake Shimabukuro performed with his brother Bruce, at the 41st Annual Roy Sakuma Ukulele Festival Hawaii 2011 a couple of weeks ago.  Over 800 ukulele players from all over the world came together for this festival, which is the largest in the world!  Enjoy!



Polynesian Dance Flash Mob – Kaanapali Beach

Hope everyone enjoys little impromtu keiki hula dancing that happened on Kaanapali Beach a few days ago!








Queen’s Treasure has arrived!

The “Queen’s Treasure” is West Maui’s newest high-performance sailing beach catamaran!  She is 64′ long and absolutely gorgeous.

I was at the Lahaina Harbor after her long voyage from St. Croix where the catamaran was built by Gold Coast Yachts.  It was a milestone for the yacht building company – their 100th boat!

The owners, Jan Nolan and Amy Sutherland, were of course onboard and invited me aboard and to go sailing on the boat.  What an honor that was.  Along with a full boat of relatives and friends (she holds 49 passengers plus crew), we left the Lahaina Harbor and spent another 5 hours on her!

Queen’s Treasure is solid, so smooth and fast.  We were out of the harbor in no time and the view of the West Maui mountains was incredible.

Everyone on the boat was ecstatic - mahalo to Jan and Amy, Captain Brad and crew members Linda & Greg, who provided us with the best day.  The food was awesome and it was fun to meet new people who all had one thing in common – the success of the Queen’s Treasure!

We anchored off Black Rock in Kaanapali so that passengers and crew could swim in the ocean.  The boating community is tight and it was awesome to see other captains bring their vessels around Queen’s Treasure and congratulate the owners/crew on her arrival.

Here’s a photo of kids jumping off Black Rock!

The day ended at around 5pm when we were back at the Lahaina Harbor.  Here are some more photos of the boat and West Maui for your enjoyment.

MAHALO AND CONGRATULATIONS again to Jan and Amy for an accomplishment of a lifetime.  May you have incredible success with Queen’s Treasure.  Lola


22nd Annual Maui Onion Festival

Everyone had a great time at the 22nd Annual Maui Onion Festival this past weekend.  The festival was hosted annually by Whalers Village in honor of the famous Maui Kula Onion – one of our largest agricultural exports.  The Maui Onion Growers Association cooked up 300 pounds of sweet Maui onion rings to what seemed to be a never ending long line of people waiting for them.

Entertainment and food/retail vendors filled the courtyards all day long.  Six of the best Chefs on Maui put on amazing food demonstrations for the crowd.  The included: James McDonald, Pacific’O and I’O Restaurants; Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s; D.K. Kodama, Cane & Taro/Sansei; Brian Etheredge, Capische; Eric Arbogast, Cuatro, and David Paul Johnson, David Paul’s Island Grill.

Chefs also competed against each other in the Maui Onion Recipe Contest. Chef Dave “D.K.” Kodama took top honors in the Maui Onion Recipe Contest with his Kekaha Shrimp & Lobster Cake with Swiss Chard, Hamakua Aliʻi Mushrooms & Lobster Uni Sauce.  Chef D.K. Kodma owns and operates seven  restaurants on three islands, including four Sansei Seafood Restaurant  & Sushi Bars, d.k. Steak House, VINO Italian Tapas & Wine Bar  and Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas.

The festivities continued with keiki and adult Raw Maui Onion Eating contests.  Winners were Dante Gramuglia, 10 years old and a 5th grader at Princess Nahienaena Elementary School in the Keiki Division, and  Wayne Finlinson, 34, of St. George, Utah who won the coveted title for 2011, was presented with a beautiful sweet Maui onion lei, and $100 cash!




Maui Tsunami Lahaina Harbor – March 2011

Tsunami on Maui

Watch this video! On-going tsunami surges changing about 4′ from beginning to end. Video taken on March 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM at the Lahaina Harbor, Maui – 9 1/2 hours after the first wave.

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