AF­TER DARK

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Romance & After Dark -

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

TOWN PAR­TIES.

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.

HALE PILIALOHA

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

LA­HAINA GRILL

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

BANYAN TREE

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,

(808) 669-6200

MALA WAILEA

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

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