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Getting Around Maui in Style

Getting Around Maui in Style

The shutdown of 2020 prompted an unknown future for the visitor industry on Maui and many local transportation companies to ship portions of their rental fleets off-island. As a result, Maui visitors are now faced with vacation planning challenges. Rental cars are in high demand, selling out months in advance for well above average rates. Luckily, rental cars aren’t the only option for sightseeing during your Maui vacation. Read on for our list of the top 10 best ways to get around Maui in style.

Local Rental Cars

1. Maui Roadsters is our number one suggestion for good reason. Turn heads and relinquish any classic car fantasies in a reproduction of the 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster convertible. One of automotive history’s most iconic sports cars, this is a romantic and nostalgic option for sightseeing on Maui. Think big sunglasses and a scarf covering the hair as you take a tour of one of the most scenic islands on earth with the one you adore. Delivery to your vacation rental or resort is available and rates are less than you might expect.

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2. Turo

Blend in with more a unique vehicle while supporting local residents by renting through Turo.com. Depending on your vacation style, there are a variety of rental cars to suit your group and preference. Off-road in a fully equipped 4×4 Jeep or Tacoma.  Car camp under the stars with a rooftop tent. Save gas money and test drive a Tesla. Feel the wind in your hair as you zip along the coast in a three-wheel Polaris Slingshot.

Many rental cars include or offer additional hire of beach gear, surfboards or camping supplies. Owners can deliver to the airport or your vacation rental.

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Sightseeing Tours

3. Group Tours

Leave the driving to the professionals and less rental cars on the road to Hana. The Hana Highway features 620 curves and 59 bridges leading through lush rainforest, past plunging waterfalls and dramatic seascapes. The drive can be challenging and parking recently became limited to encourage traffic flow on the narrow roadways. Small group luxury tours to Hana include stops at all the best sights and viewpoints, as well as meals. No need to plan, or purchase the sightseeing CD, just sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

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Does a full-day tour on a winding road sound like too much to stomach, but you don’t want to miss out on the sights? Travel the road to Hana in a small group limo van and hop a helicopter for the trip back! Take in the stunning waterfalls and jungles from land and air, while maximizing your sightseeing time during the flight back over the incredible Mars-like environment of Haleakala Crater.

Another excursion worth considering is the Haleakala and Iao Needle guided day tour. Hotel or vacation rental pickup is provided and the tour stops in historic and funky Wailuku town where local art and culture thrive.

Driver Services

4. Shuttle

Most resorts offer complimentary shuttle service from the airport. Hotel and airport transfers are also available 24/7 through private shuttle services. Choose from a luxury sedan, a sport utility vehicle or a larger van. Vehicles through this shuttle service feature classy and spacious interiors. You will be met and escorted by a professional chauffeur.

5. Private Drivers

Maui Town Car offers stylish and comfortable rides suited to your vacation needs. Airport transportation, a night out at one of Maui’s many five-star restaurants or even a custom sightseeing tour can be arranged with your private driver.

6. Uber & Lyft Ride Service

While the number of drivers are not as plentiful as mainland cities, ride services do exist on Maui. Plan ahead and allow sufficient time to locate a driver.

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By Air

7. Private Plane Tour

Step into your exclusive cabin, suitable for up to three passengers, and take in the views as you fly above the 5 islands of Maui County on a private flight. See landmarks like Nakalele Blowhole, Molokini Crater and Makena State Park from above while listening to live commentary from your pilot during this personalized experience.

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8. Helicopter

There is simply no better way to view the otherwise unreachable peaks and valleys of these volcanic islands than from the air. The world’s highest sea cliffs are located on the island of Molokai, as is the historic and isolated Kalaupapa Peninsula. Fly by both and above gorgeous coral reef systems that line the island’s perimeter. Cut down on travel time and tour Hana, Haleakala and the West Maui mountains all in one exhilarating afternoon, no rental cars required.

By Sea

9. Private Sailing Tour

Is there anything more romantic than a sunset sail in paradise? Skip the crowded snorkeling tours and charter your own boat to the horseshoe-shaped crater island of Molokini, the gorgeous marine sanctuary of Honolua Bay or in search of Spinner dolphins off the island of Lanai.

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Scoot or Cycle

10. Scooters, electric bicycles, mountain bikes and beach cruisers are all fun and adventurous ways to get around during daytime hours. Whether you want to experience the Haleakala sunrise followed by a 10,000 foot descent on two wheels or leisurely beach hop through Kihei, bicycles can be a great way to explore small sections of the island and get some exercise. Looking for a little more speed and less leg power? Electric bikes have become very popular as of late. Try a self-guided electric bike tour of historic Lahaina town, once the capital city of Hawaii and a bustling whaling port.

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There are plenty of ways to get around Maui in style. Find the perfect Maui Vacation Rental at Maui Paradise Properties and let your dream vacation begin.

Maui Vacation Rentals at Kaanapali Beach

Spotlight on Kaanapali

Kaanapali is perhaps West Maui’s most popular vacation spot, and for good reason. Nestled just north of Lahaina, Kaanapali was Maui’s first planned resort destination and is still home to several outstanding oceanfront hotels and condominiums such as Kaanapali Alii, The Whaler, Kaanapali Royal, and Maui Eldorado.

Within the greater Kaanapali area lies Kaanapali Beach, a three-mile stretch of white sand beach and sparkling clear water. A leisurely walking path hugs the shoreline and allows easy access to the many restaurants, shops, and activities along the way.

Whalers Village is a robust shopping complex with a wide variety of shops and restaurants, a children’s play area with a massive climbing structure, and plenty of free Hawaiian cultural events and entertainment taking place just about every day of the week.

There are two championship golf courses, the Royal Kaanapali Course and the Kaanapali Kai Course, with stunning ocean and mountain views.

Kaanapali has an endless number of activities and adventures to keep you busy both in and out of the water. Take in the view from above with a zipline tour by Skyline Eco-Adventures. Enjoy snorkeling and scuba through the reefs off of Black Rock, teeming with sea turtles, beautiful coral, and colorful fish. Kayaking, parasailing, sunset catamaran cruises, and surfing lessons are also available.

If you just want to relax there are plenty of spots to set up on the beach for the day and whale watch from the comfort of your beach chair. Stay for sunset and take in one of Kaanapali’s most famous and celebrated attractions – a nightly 30-foot cliff-dive from Black Rock, a tradition The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali has kept alive since 1963.

You really can’t go wrong choosing Kaanapali as your Maui vacation destination. MPP Vacations has more than 50 vacation rental properties available in Kaanapali to choose from in some of the most highly sought after condominium resorts. Click here to view and book.

Springtime on Maui

Spring is a magical time to visit Maui. There are plenty of events happening to keep you entertained and immersed in the local culture, food and music (when you’re not soaking up some beach time, of course).

The month of April includes the East Maui Taro Festival in Hana, honoring this versatile staple food of Hawaii, and the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, a series of free concerts, jam sessions, and workshops across Lahaina and Kahului.

Beer enthusiasts will enjoy the Annual Maui Brewers Festival that takes place in May at the MACC and onion enthusiasts (they exist!) will love the Maui Onion Festival at Whaler’s Village Kaanapali, centered around our prized, sweet Kula onions. Restaurant Week Wailea also happens in May and is a great time to sample some of Maui’s fine dining at a fraction of the cost.

The month of June, which technically includes the beginning of the summer solstice, starts strong with the prestigious and ever-popular Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, and the Maui Film Festival in Wailea, a unique, open-air film festival featuring celestial cinema festivities and toes-in-the-sand screenings.

Stay with us on your springtime visit to Maui! Click here to find the perfect property for your vacation.

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Book 6 nights and the 7th is on us

Save big on a spring getaway to Maui. Your seventh night is free when you book your stay between April 1st and June 15th at mppvacations.com. That’s a full 2 1/2 months to fit in your Maui escape! Just enter promo code SUNFLOWER7.

But don’t wait too long…we suspect this offer will be popular so book now to get your choice property.

Remember, you always get the best price on your Maui vacation rental by booking directly with Maui Paradise Properties. Our prices for the exact same properties are 8-15% less than the big sites like Airbnb and VRBO, who tack on extra fees.

Enter promo code SUNFLOWER7 when you book online or give us a call at 808.214.1011. Valid on stays between April 1, 2019 and June 15, 2019. Plus taxes and fees, subject to availability. Valid on new reservations only.

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Valentine’s Day – Maui Style

While there may not be any new sweethearts (candy) this year, there are still plenty of ways to express your affection for the one you love. There’s something for everyone on Maui this Valentine’s Day – whether you’re with your one and only or you’re a lonely only. Here are a few events taking place across the island.

BOOZY DESSERTS COOKING CLASS

Sugar Beach Events, Kihei

Bringing your two favorite indulgences together, booze and dessert. Chef Lee Anderson and Pastry Chef Melanie Roy from Sugar Beach Events will share their recipes for delicious alcohol-infused sweet treats. Whether incorporating Kahlua, whiskey, champagne, or tequila as essential ingredients, you and your loved one will love making these treats first in class, then at home. The class includes a family style dinner before gorging on amazing desserts. The class is offered February 13th and 14th. Click here to book.

COUPLE’S GETAWAY AT THE SPA

Spa Montage, Kapalua

Reserve a couples treatment on Valentine’s Day and receive a complimentary gift. The Kerstin Florian gift set includes an eucalyptus mineral soak, chamomile body scrub, fub balm and rehydrating Neroli water. Promotion is also valid to individuals who redeem two or more treatments on Valentine’s Day. Click here for more information.

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER

Sansei, Kapalua

Sansei in Kapalua is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu full of incredible delicacies at prices you’ll love. What’s more romantic than some sushi and a deal? Chef Masa’s omakase nigiri sushi platter is offered at $48.95 and wagyu beef carpaccio with truffle ginger scallion sauce for $15.95. The New Zealand rack of lamb with miso bleu cheese sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and braised baby bok choy for $38.95 or the macadamia nut and chocolate chip bread pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream for just $9.50. Click here for details.

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER CRUISE

Pacific Whale Foundation, Lahaina

Romance will be in the air and in the sea this Valentine’s Day aboard a very special Pacific Whale Foundation sunset dinner cruise. Passengers aboard the Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise will enjoy a delicious three-course dinner, cocktails, live music, dramatic views of the West Maui Mountains and the islands of Maui County, and the unparalleled beauty of a sunset at sea. You’ll even be able to watch for the spouts of courting humpback whales as you raise a toast to the power of love. Our attentive staff will provide tableside service of a delicious meal, with each plate prepared by our onboard chef. Click here to book.

SPECIAL WILLIE K VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER SHOW

Mulligan’s on the Blue, Wailea

A beautiful Wailea scene, three-course steak and lobster dinner, champagne, and music, what a treat. Brooks Maguire will open the show starting at 5:30pm, then Uncle Willie K hits the stage at 7:30pm. $100/person (inside table); $75/person (outside table); $50/children (under 18). Reservations are required via phone. Mulligan’s on the Blue’s website is here.

Not-so-Lonely-Only Events

SPEED DATING

Paia Bay Coffee, Paia

GonderGirl is hosting Valentine’s Day speed dating at Paia Bay Coffee Bar that is sure to be fun regardless of whether you meet your forever match. Starts at 7pm. For detail and to register click here.

SCREW CUPID PARTY

Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill, Kihei

If you’re feeling like love stinks this year, have a drink and celebrate the single life at Diamonds Ice Bar & Grill in Kihei. There will be a speed dating competition upstairs in the VIP room starting at 8pm, then Soul Easy will start jamming at 10pm. Prizes will be given and there will be 30 percent off drinks for industry night! No cover. Click here for Diamond’s website.

STOP LIGHT PARTY

VIBE Bar & Nightclub, Kihei

Taken? Single? Complicated? There’s a cup for that. Vibe Bar and Nightclub is hosting a Stop Light Party where you can boldly display your status. Power Hour is from 7-8pm with half-off drinks. DJ Pash_Sean and #BabyMonkSeals will be spinning house, EDM, top 40 and dubstep jams from 9pm-closing. No cover. VIBE Bar’s website is here.

The Pebble Beach of the Pacific

hereWe are excited to introduce two particularly special, luxury homes to our ever-growing portfolio of vacation properties. We love being able to offer our guests a wide variety of options to perfectly suit their unique needs and wishes. These two homes at Alaeloa are just steps away from one another and can collectively accommodate up to 14 people – perfect for a large family gathering or special occasion.

If you haven’t heard of Alaeloa yet, you are not alone. This property is one of Maui’s best kept secrets. Nestled along Maui’s west shoreline, Alaeloa is a secluded, oceanfront community of just 42 residences that exudes old Hawaiian charm. This gated community feels spacious and serene with a lush mango grove, oceanfront pool, beach cove snorkeling and easy ocean access for surfing at Little Makaha.

Alaeloa 23

Alaeloa 23 is a direct-oceanfront 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with stunning views –  so close you can watch the turtles below your deck. This home was recently updated with gorgeous furniture and decor and boasts an extended lanai to fully take in the peaceful surroundings. Click here to book.

Alaeloa 44

Just steps away from Alaeloa 23 is Alaeloa 44, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath home located on the hillside overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and the island of Molokai. The large, fully-equipped kitchen and spacious open living room and dining area make this property feel like a relaxing retreat. Click here to book.

Come experience the place that has often been called the “Pebble Beach of the Pacific.” Alaeloa is not just a place, but a state of mind.

You can view all of our vacation properties here.

Happy Aloha Friday!

Did you know there is a party on Maui every Friday? If it’s the second Friday of the month (like today!), it’s in Lahaina. Lahaina’s intimate Front Street setting, cultural and historic significance, and reputation for hosting fun lends itself perfectly to Maui Town Parties. Oceanfront restaurants offer an array of food and beverage choices with casual takeout, family restaurants and fine dining. The lively art and entertainment scene, museums and historic sites co-exist with its bustling retail district, which offers attractive retail promotions during the monthly street fair party.

Maui Friday Town Parties showcase Maui‘s historic towns and celebrate the unique nature of their businesses & communities. Enjoy a special night of interaction and fun, punctuated with free entertainment, special offerings and Friday-only promotions from each town’s family of merchants. The schedule rotates with Wailuku First Friday, Lahaina Second Friday, Makawao Third Friday, Kihei Fourth Friday and on those special months when there is a Fifth Friday you can take the ferry over to Lanai to join. For up-to-date details on each town’s upcoming party, click here.

Here is a rundown of what’s happening in Lahaina tonight!

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Shops at 505:

5:00-10:00 PM Spanky’s Happy Hour 2:00-6:00 PM; $2 drinks 7:00-8:00 PM; free pool; pet friendly

11:00-10:00 PM Surfside Pizza Happy hour from 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM

5:00-10:00 PM Gallerie 505 – Meet a world-renowned artist!

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7:30-10:00 PM Cool Cat Café – Johnny Ringo

5:00-7:30 PM Pioneer Inn – Live Music with Evan Schulman

2:00-6:00 PM Down the Hatch – Happy Hour – $3 Select Drafts/$4 Wells/$5 Hawaiian Cocktails

10:00 PM-1:00 AM Down the Hatch – Late night DJ

MAIN STAGE AT CAMPBELL PARK:

5:00-6:45 PM Maui Jam

7:00-8:00 PM Kuikawa

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2:00-4:00 PM Fleetwood’s on Front Street – Rooftop Happy Hour with Paul West, solo guitarist

6:00-9:00 PM Martin Lawrence Gallery – Gary Larson Jazz soloist

7:00-10:00 PM Fleetwood’s on Front Street – The Houseshakers

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2:00-8:00 PM Chinese Heritage Festival at the Wo Hing Museum

3:00-5:00 PM Longhi’s – Happy Hour

6:30-10:00 PM Sargent’s Gallery – Meet the artist, live music, wine and pupus

3:00-5:00 PM Kimo’s – Happy Hour

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The Outlets of Maui:

5:00-10:00 PM Aloha Friday Sunset Sidewalk Sales PLUS Live Tahitian Show at 6:30 PM

3:00-5:00 PM PI Artisan Pizza – Happy Hour and Pet Friendly Patio

PGA’s Sentry Tournament of Champions 2019

Pro-Am Spots Available – SentryTournamentOfChampions.com

The highly-anticipated Sentry Tournament of Champions will be held January 3rd through 6th at the legendary Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort on Maui. The annual tournament serves as the calendar-year opening tournament of golf’s PGA Tour season. It is unique in that its qualified field features a winners-only format – only champions from the 2018 PGA TOUR are eligible to compete. A list of qualifiers can be found here.

The event always draws lots of visitors and locals and the entire Kapalua area will no doubt be buzzing with activity surrounding the tournament. Since 1999 the host organizations of the event have distributed more than $6.3 million to the Maui community.

Format: 72-hole Individual Stroke Play (no cut)

Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson

Parking: Complimentary shuttles and free parking at Lahaina Civic Center

Click here for tickets and more information.

A Maui Thanksgiving

If you’re looking for ways to get into the Thanksgiving spirt on Maui this year, we’ve got you covered! Below are some events and happenings taking place around the island.

Feast
If you don’t want to cook a whole Thanksgiving meal yourself this year, there are still plenty of traditional feasting options:

  • Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel will have a Thanksgiving Day feast on Thursday, Nov. 22 at Tiki Terrace Restaurant, with an early bird buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., then dinner buffet between 3 and 7 p.m.  The cost is $55 for adults, $26 for children; kids five and under eat free with a paying adult.
  • Montage Kapalua Bay has a dinner buffet at Cane & Canoe from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. for $90 per adult, $30 per child 5 to 12 and complimentary for kids four and under with one adult diner.
  • Gannon’s in Wailea is offering a four-course Thanksgiving buffet between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., which is $62 for adults, $31 for keiki, and complimentary for kids six and under.
  • Hāli‘imaile General Store has a buffet between noon and 7 p.m., offered for $58 dollars for adults, $28 for kids, and free for keiki ages six and younger.
  • Three’s Bar & Grill is offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $32.95, half-off for kids under 12, with a full menu still available between 5 and 10 p.m.
  • Fleetwood’s on Front Street has a three-course prix-fixe menu for dinner. The cost is $75, with a keiki plate for $25. On Thanksgiving, Fleetwood’s is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. and the prix-fixe dinner between 4 and 8 p.m.
  • Down The Hatch is offering turkey pot pie dinners for $18 on Thanksgiving, along with its full menu.  It also has a costume-optional dance party the night before Thanksgiving! Down the Hatch is open regular hours, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., both days.
  • Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop is offering Thanksgiving dinners served in-house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m on the 22nd.

Turkey Trot
Every Thanksgiving VIRR hosts a run up in Kula at Rice park called the Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is a unique race where the winners are the runners who are closest to guessing their time in the 16 mile or 8 mile runs, not who crosses the finish line first. No timing devices are allowed.. no cheating … Start: 8 Mile Starts at 8:00am, 16 Mile Starts at 7:00am. Course: Starts and finishes at Rice Park in the parking area off of Lower Kula Rd. Distance: 8 Mile out and back and 16 Mile which is the 8 mile out and back twice. We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Maui Food Bank. Day-of Registration Allowed! Click here for more info.

Paddle for Hunger
This fun community event is hosted by Hawaiian Paddle Sports to raise awareness and help feed the hungry in Maui. For several years now, Paddle for Hunger has gathered the community together on Thanksgiving morning. Participants can join in this fun, “anything that floats” paddling race, bring either financial or food donations to help feed Maui’s hungry families, and burn off some calories before putting them back in later that day! In 2017, Paddle for Hunger raised more than $10,000 and 1,000 pounds of food. This was enough to provide 42,000 meals for needy families in Maui County. They are hoping to raise even more this year!Day-of Registration Allowed! Click here for more info.

Volunteer
The LahainaTown Action Committee, with the help of local businesses and community members, continues the tradition of feeding those in need in West Maui on Thanksgiving Day. The luncheon, comprised of turkey and traditional holiday fixings, will be served to an expected 400 people on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the King Kamehameha III Elementary School cafeteria. Volunteers are needed to help set up and serve between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with additional helpers needed for cleanup from 2 and 3:30 p.m. Volunteers do not need to pre-register before Thanksgiving Day, but they are asked to check-in at the volunteer table when they arrive at King Kamehameha III Elementary School. King Kamehameha III Elementary School is located at 611 Front St. in Lahaina.

Donate to a Worthy Cause
Thanksgiving is a big day for volunteering across the country and Maui is no exception. While most local organizations will have already been booked up with plenty of volunteers by now (Lahaina Thanksgiving Lunch is still open – see above!), you can still give back by donating to some very worthy local causes, including:
  • Lahaina Thanksgiving Feast for Those in Need – annual lunch put on by the LahainaTown Action Committee
  • Hale Kau Kau – a South Maui-based organization serving the homebound
  • Kaunoa Meals on Wheels – serving Maui’s senior population
  • Feed My Sheep – a mobile food distribution program
  • Salvation Army Hawaii – serving all those in need