Explore with a Guide
Hawaiian-style holiday ornaments to remember your Maui vacation yuletide season after season.
Here, you’ll find yourself immersed in Santa’s workshop— ornaments hanging from every shelf, reindeer trinkets wearing
and even hut gingerbread lei tiki houses. For a special keepsake that will remind you of your adventures in Maui, pick an ornament to personalize with your name, child’s name, anniversary date or even your dog’s name— the options are endless!
After all, Hawai‘i celebrates its own unique set of Christmas traditions: “MELE KALIKIMAKA” is the greeting use and kama‘aina Santa wears ALOHA SHIRTS, not winter coats.
Visitors can create their own Maui Christmas with a keepsake ornament from LAHAINA CHRISTMAS
STORE, located inside the famous Koa’s Seaside Grill Restaurant (839 Front St.).
22. SOOTHE YOUR BODY AND SOUL
There’s no better way to maximize your time in paradise than with a top-notch SPA EXPERIENCE. Whether you want to undo the stress of a day filled with rushing through airports, unwind after an active round of shopping (or surfing!) or add a little romance to a couple’s getaway, Maui’s many spa offerings are sure to fit your need. Many island spas have taken cues from Hawai‘i’s host culture and created treatments that use HAWAIIAN HEALING PRACTICES. is just one Lomilomi of the techniques that spas have adopted; there are also treatments that use salt, (a ‘awa native medicinal shrub) or other botanicals to relax and rejuvenate body, mind and soul. While there are numerous couples and single packages available at spas around the island, listed below are a few good spots to get started. For travelers seeking solstice, SPA HELANI, THE HEAVENLY SPA BY WESTIN, promises sensory—and, naturally, heavenly—experiences. Housed in the luxurious THE WESTIN KA‘ANAPALI OCEAN RESORT VILLAS, Spa Helani’s skilled therapists heal your body with customized, Hawaiian-inspired treatments that highlight local beauty products. Wrap yourself in a plush robe to laze on a signature treatment bed. Then pause to sip on tea and savor nourishing cuisine before a refreshing lomilomi. Or retreat to the COUPLES’ “TREE HOUSE” SUITE to share a memorable moment with your loved one. You can also try VALLEY ISLE DAY SPA in Kihei, which offers COUPLES
PACKAGES— some including chocolate, champagne and roses— and other combinations.
Escape to the award-winning SPA MONTAGE KAPALUA BAY, surrounded by the West Maui Mountains and Kapalua Bay. Treatments to try include the ‘Awa & Cacao Hawaiian Cocoon and the indulgent Journey Through the Ocean, a synchronized treatment performed by two therapists. Another highly recommended option is MAUI HEALING RETREAT, which holds MULTI-DAY RETREATS that focus on re-energizing health, relationships and spiritual wellbeing out of its two locations, SOUL TRANSFORMATION (505 Auli‘i Drive) and THE SACRED GARDEN ON MAUI (460 Kaluanui Road). Maui Healing Retreat also gives clients the ability to customize their healing experience. For additional suggestions, consult your concierge. SPA TIPS: • Arrive early, between 15 to 30 minutes before your appointment. You want to be relaxed before your treatment. • Turn off your mobile phone. • Let your therapist know of any health concerns you may have. • Tips are usually 15 to 20 percent. • If something is not quite right (the pressure of the massage, for example), let your therapist know.
23. HIT THE MAIN STREET
The island of Lana‘i doesn’t have a single stoplight and is home to a population of only 3,100 people. Where better, then, to find smalltown charm than Lana‘i City’s main square?
Marked by tall pine trees and a grassy park, LANA‘I CITY boasts shops, a visitor center and numerous eateries. Head to LANA‘I ARTS
CENTER to see works by numerous artists, all of them island residents. In fact, while you’re at it, just make a loop and check out all of the GALLERIES, CAFÉS, RESTAURANTS and BOUTIQUES located around the square. You can even catch a flick at the island’s only playhouse, a historic 1920s building. At the center of the square is
DOLE PARK, which has tables and a community center perfect for a picnic or family gathering. Also found at the park are several WAR MEMO
RIALS honoring soldiers who fought in WWII and the Korean War.
The park also was created in the early ’20s, around the same time an important part of island history was established on Lana‘i— DOLE PINEAPPLE PLANTATION
VILLAGE, where thousands of workers lived during the heyday of Hawai‘i pineapple production.