DRIFT ALONG THE OCEAN BY MOONLIGHT
You’d be surprised by what comes out to play in Maui’s TIDE POOLS when the moon is up. This is the kingdom of BRITTLE STARS, URCHINS, OCTOPI, SHRIMP, SNAILS AND JUVENILE FISH— nocturnal species that have developed unique characteristics, like stalked eyes for night vision.
A great way to get acquainted with these absorbing sea critters is to sign up for the PACIFIC WHALE
FOUNDATION’S popular FULL-MOON TIDE POOL EXPLORATION PROGRAM, recommended for explorers 6 years old and older. Advance reservations are required.
You don’t need any special equipment to explore a tide pool. Because tide pools serve as nurseries for young reef fish, it’s ecologically unwise to collect these fish for the fun of it. It’s smart, however, to WEAR REEF SHOES or some sort of foot protection, because the exposed lava rock is often slippery and sharp. Don’t walk in tide pools or touch their inhabitants, because you may harm or frighten away the creatures that live there. A
FLASHLIGHT will come in handy.
PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION (808) 856-8375
LOSE YOURSELF IN A SHOW
For a mesmerizing performance, head to the KA‘ANAPALI BEACH HOTEL. Known for its emphasis on all things Hawaiian, the hotel is a perfect venue for “Kupanaha.”
“KUPANAHA” weaves Hawaiian history and myth with illusion and special effects. Veteran magician Jody Baran headlines the show with his wife, Kathleen (an accomplished dancer), in a performance that creates sensations of wonder and awe. With the “Kupanaha dancers” in tow, it is pure magic indeed. The evening affair includes COCKTAILS and a THREE-COURSE MEAL. The show begins at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are required.
From the minute WARREN GIBSON appears on stage—with no props, smoke or mirrors—and proceeds to roll up his sleeves, you know this isn’t going to be just another magic show. And when you realize he has a knack for humor as well as flair, you know you’re in for a night of quality entertainment.
Gibson appears six nights a week at a nightclub and theater on FRONT STREET IN LAHAINA designed to stage a show as unusual as its stars. Cue Annabelle, a 150-yearold ghost with a knack for the piano, who kicks off the show by playing guest-requested tunes. The keys move, the pedals pump, and you don’t know if you’ve had one too many or if there really is a ghost present. After Annabelle retires to the attic, Gibson takes the stage for a nearly TWO-HOUR
PERFORMANCE. This magician has an uncanny ability to pull his audience into the performance. He carries on a constant conversation with his enthusiastic fans, distracts them with humor and even stands at the door to shake everyone’s hand when they leave.
BE WARNED (OR DELIGHTED): This show is not child-friendly. Guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID. WARREN & ANNABELLE’S is open Monday through Saturday. Admission, appetizers, desserts and cocktails are available as a package or à la carte.
Other entertainment jaunts include ‘IAO THEATER, an 80-YEAR-OLD
LANDMARK in WAILUKU that continues to produce season after season of great theater. Since opening in 1928, the theater has been noted for several milestones: the debut of the first talking film on Maui; the premiere of “From Here to Eternity;” hosting Hollywood greats like Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra onstage; and a controversial screening of “Deep Throat.”
Also, MAUI ONSTAGE, one of the longest running theater companies in the U.S., maintains an active entertainment schedule. Find out what’s on tap at www.mauionstage.com.
KUPANAHA (808) 667-0011 OR (800) 262-8450 WARREN & ANNABELLE’S (808) 667-MAGIC (6244)
PARTY WITH THE LOCALS
“Lucky We Live Wailuku” is the motto of WAILUKU’S FIRST FRIDAY events that celebrate local flair and offerings each month. Hit
MARKET STREET on any first Friday of the month to check out the town’s block-party event. Musical and dance performances are held in the WAILUKU BANYAN TREE PARK, and street-side booths feature local artists and foods, with crafts available for purchase.
This event is free to town members and visitors alike. Market Street is closed from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for the gathering, so make sure you show up in time to find parking and catch all the fun. Also be prepared to check out nearby shows or restaurants afterward, since the party doesn’t stop when the street reopens.
The town of KIHEI also gets in on the action with its monthly
FOURTH FRIDAY CELEBRATION, as do two other Valley Isle towns that recently partnered with the county to launch the MAUI FRIDAY
LAHAINA’S PARTY is set for the second Friday of each month, and MAKAWAO is set for the third Friday. Expect specials at stores and eateries, live ENTERTAINMENT and maybe even SPECIAL TOURS, like free candlelight tours of the Baldwin Home that was featured at a recent Lahaina Town Party.
Each town has its own personality, making each town party a different celebration to be had.
For more information, log on to www.mauifridays.com or call (808) 270-7710.
PLAN A WEDDING
Maui abounds with IDYLLIC WEDDING
SETTINGS and boasts a long list of innovative, professional wedding planners who can take care of all your dream details.
A very affordable venue is
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH BY-THE-SEA. Founded in 1852, this historic house of worship was refashioned into a unique outdoor sanctuary
surrounded by kiawe and plumeria trees in the 1970s. Open seven days a week, both its sanctuary and beach are ideal wedding locales. And its large patio area is the perfect spot to host a post-nuptials reception. Here, warm aloha and exotic bird species capture the essence of this alfresco spiritual place. Call (808) 879-0161 or visit www.trinitybts.org.
To find out more about planning the perfect MAUI MATRIMONY, contact the MAUI
WEDDING ASSOCIATION (www. mauiweddingassociation.com). Ask about CUSTOM HAWAIIAN WEDDING THEMES, including lu‘au
style receptions, chartered sailing ceremonies and more.
DINE AT ROMANTIC MAUI EATERIES
While there’s no need to hunt out romance in Maui, plate lunches and pineapple for every meal may not do the trick. Instead, check out these RESTAURANTS for a heartpumping view, good food and a perfect place to FEED THE FLAME.
Situated on the resort’s Black Rock Lawn (at the base of legendary Black Rock), Hale Pilialoha is the setting for the signature “DINNER
UNDER THE STARS.” The restaurant’s culinary team designs an elegant,
MULTI-COURSE dinner with your tastes in mind, and BUTLER SERVICE ensures that every detail is accounted for. Bask in the Maui sunset surrounded by tiki torches as you sip on a tropical cocktail. The ultimate in privacy, Hale Pilialoha accommodates parties of two or four people.
SHERATON MAUI RESORT & SPA, 2605 KA‘ANAPALI PARKWAY, (808) 662-8053
Located on the ground floor of the historic Lahaina Inn, this
CONTEMPORARY BISTRO features a menu of innovative NEW AMERICAN
CUISINE made using techniques and flavors from around the world, all perfectly blended with the freshest ingredients cultivated by Maui’s local farms, dairies and surrounding waters. Widely considered Maui’s top restaurant, Lahaina Grill also offers an
EXTENSIVE WINE LIST of more than 350 selections from notable wineries and boutique vineyards from around the globe.
LAHAINA INN, 127 LAHAINALUNA ROAD, (808) 667-5117
MAMA’S FISH HOUSE Pass a SECLUDED WHITE-SAND BEACH, enter a GIANT TIKI HUT and you’ve arrived at Mama’s Fish House. Located on the North Shore in PA‘IA,
this restaurant’s waitstaff tells you not only where your fish was caught but also who caught it, all in an ambiance of aloha. The Maui eatery recently claimed the No. 10 spot on TripAdvisor’s 2013 Traveler’s Choice Restaurant Awards.
799 POHO PLACE, PA‘IA, (808) 579-8488
Located at the Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua under a COVERED TERRACE, this restaurant offers a CREATIVE
MENU highlighting the best of Hawaiian catches and harvests. With DRAMATIC VIEWS of the Pacific Ocean, Moloka‘i and the Pailolo Channel, the atmosphere whispers romance. The Banyan Tree also has a VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY MENU.
THE RITZ-CARLTON KAPALUA, 1 RITZ-CARLTON DRIVE,
Mala specializes in MEDITERRANEAN
AND PACIFIC RIM CUISINE, but the real attraction is the restaurant’s
OUTDOOR LOCATION on the terrace of the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa overlooking the beautiful Pacific and islands of Lana‘i and Kaho‘olawe. Enjoy your meal accompanied by a gorgeous
MAUI SUNSET— every seat has an
ocean view. VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN SELECTIONS ALSO ARE AVAILABLE.
WAILEA BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA, 3700 WAILEA ALANUI DRIVE, (808) 875-9394
SON’Z AT SWAN COURT
If INDULGENT ROMANCE is what you’re after, then Son’z at Swan Court is the place to be. This AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANT has it all: a grand staircase, soaring ceilings, marble floor, tortoise-shell chandelier and a lagoon complete with swans, waterfalls and tropical gardens. A CONTEMPORARY MENU highlights seafood, steaks and homemade pasta with a Mediterranean flair, and the STUNNING WINE CELLAR claims to be the largest in Hawai‘i with 3,000 bottles.
HYATT REGENCY MAUI RESORT & SPA, 200 NOHEA KAI DRIVE, (808) 667-4510
FIND ROMANCE AT SEA
The epitome of romance and relaxation, island sunsets are even more magical when viewed from a catamaran floating on the aquamarine ocean, cocktail in hand.
SUNSET CRUISES abound around Maui, offering a variety of styles sure to match what you’re looking for.
PRIDE OF MAUI features a one-ofa-kind COCKTAIL CRUISE aboard its spacious and stable Maxi Power Catamaran, the largest on Maui. The boat departs from Ma‘alaea Harbor and returns after a TWO
HOUR JAUNT along the majestic Maui coastline, which includes DINNER, AN OPEN BAR AND LIVE MUSIC.
Also departing from Ma‘alaea Harbor is ALI‘I NUI SAILING CHARTERS, which offers a sunset cruise complete with APPETIZERS, DRINKS, CHAMPAGNE AND A COVERED CABIN. The company will even provide transportation to the boat from most West or South Maui resorts.
The cruise lasts TWO HOURS and is GROWN-UPS ONLY.
PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION conducts SEVERAL SUNSET CRUISES
that DEPART NIGHTLY from Lahaina Harbor. The foundation also offers trips from Ma‘alaea Harbor, including the Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise on Friday evenings, hosted by local reggae star Marty Dread.
MAUI SNORKEL CHARTERS offers guests the ability to CUSTOMIZE their own adventure for the perfect experience on Maui waters. Whether it’s a sunset cruise, a trip to a coral garden or celebrating a special romantic occasion, there is no limit to what a Maui Snorkel Charters PRIVATE
ADVENTURE can entail. Depending on the length of your charter, the menu may consist of simple snacks or a fully catered meal.
Sunset views along the West Maui coastline await diners aboard HAWAI‘I OCEAN PROJECT’s
DINNER CRUISE via the Maui Princess’ OPEN-AIR UPPER DECK seating. Guests take in Maui’s famous starry skies and are entertained by LIVE MUSIC while seated at linen tables serviced by tuxedo-clad waitstaff.
And if you’d like to hop aboard your catamaran from Ka‘anapali Beach, check out
TRILOGY’s sunset cruise, which
includes APPETIZERS, DRINKS AND VIEWS OF MOLOKA‘I AND LANA‘I.
ALI‘I NUI (808) 875-0333 OR (800) 542-3483, EXT. 1
HAWAI‘I OCEAN PROJECT (808) 667-6165 MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763
MAUI SNORKEL CHARTERS (808) 270-8776 PRIDE OF MAUI (808) 242-0955 OR (877) 867-7433