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Whether you have been to Maui numerous times or are planning your first trip, there are some common Hawaiian greetings, words, and phrases that you can use to show your appreciation of the culture. In today’s post, we’ll move beyond the very well known Aloha to explore some of the other expressions you should add to your vocabulary.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want you to explore all that Kapalua Bay has to offer, which is why we provide a variety of Hawaiian vacation rentals for you to use. From condos and apartments to homes and luxury villas, you are sure to find what you’re looking for. Contact us today to book your Hawaiian vacation rental and experience the aloha spirit in Maui!

Aloha ‘Aina

Aloha has a very broad meaning and can be combined with a number of other words to indicate the love of different things. Aloha ‘aina refers to a love of the land that includes a desire to nurture and care for the land. This phrase is one that is commonly used in recycling and conservation programs throughout the islands.

Mahalo

If your parents taught you to say please and thank you, then you’ll definitely want to make sure that you say thank you the Hawaiian way — mahalo! You can use this phrase often, as it is a direct replacement for thank you.

Keiki

Keiki means child or children, which means that you’ll likely see this word at the top of the children’s menu at restaurants, or on signs indicating children’s activities and events. If you’re traveling with your children, then be sure to look for this word to discover what fun things might be happening during your stay in Kapalua Bay.

E komo mai

E komo mai is a phrase that you’ll probably see in many places that you enter, as it means welcome. At Aloha Vacation Villas, we definitely want all of our guests to feel welcome during their time in our Hawaiian vacation rentals, which is why we strive to offer a number of different amenities that are sure to enhance your vacation.

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Hale

Hale means home or house, and Haleakala means house of the sun. In fact, you should schedule a day to visit Haleakala National Park to view the dormant shield volcano that features one of the world’s largest volcanic craters.

Aloha Wau la ‘Oe

We think that aloha wau la ‘oe is one that should be used as much as possible with the ones you love, after all, it means “I love you.” Whether you are celebrating a romantic moment in Maui or are traveling with your family, try to use this Hawaiian phrase as often as possible.

Shaka

The shaka is actually a hand symbol where the thumb and pinky finger are extended, the three remaining fingers are folded in, and the hand is twisted slightly side to side. The symbol, which means “how are you?” or “how’s it going?” is used both in surfing culture and also in island culture.

Ma uka

These are both directional terms that you might hear people using. Mauka refers to upland and makai refers to seaward. For example, you could tell someone that you’ll be ma uka for the day doing zipline activities.

Pono

Pono is a word that can have a variety of meanings but is typically used to describe something as having righteousness. Hawaiian culture places a great emphasis on moral character leading to happiness. In fact, the state motto, “Ua mau ke o ka aina i ka pono”, translates to “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”.

Vog

Interestingly, the word vog sounds very similar to its English counterpart — smog. When used, vog refers to the smog from the volcano on the Big Island that periodically covers the islands. If you have allergies, the vog could trigger a reaction, so make sure you have your medication with you while you’re exploring Maui.

Haole

Traditionally, haole means foreigner. It typically refers to Caucasian people in modern times, and can sometimes be used in a derogatory manner. Being sensitive to cultural customs through your words and actions should help you to avoid this label.

Honu

Honu means green sea turtle, which are commonly spotted in the waters around the island, and sometimes even on the beaches. If you love sea turtles, then you’ll be happy to know that there are a variety of souvenirs that you can purchase. From jewelry and tattoos to clothing and photographs, you are sure to find the Hawaiian souvenir you want.

Ohana

For any fan of Disney’s® Lilo & Stitch, the word ohana is probably already well known. Ohana means family. When visiting restaurants in Maui, if you see that meals are served ohana-style, then you can expect family-style dishes.

Howzit?

Across the Hawaiian islands, Hawaiian Pidgin is a unique language that combines English words with Hawaiian words. Interestingly enough, Pidgin has actually become a language of its own. Howzit is a great example of Hawaiian Pidgin, and it essentially means “hello, how are you, how’s it going?”

Ono Grindz

This phrase is a combination of two words. Ono actually has two different meanings — it’s a fish, and it also means delicious. On a side note, the ono fish is delicious! Grindz means food. If you hear someone use these words together — ono grindz — then you want to be sure to ask them where they ate!

Broke da mouth (also mouf or mout)

The first time you hear this phrase, you might think someone is talking about a horrible accident. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, this phrase is used to refer to something that was so delicious that it broke da mouth. If you are looking for some of the best places to eat during your time in Kapalua Bay, then be sure to ask one of our team members at Aloha Vacation Villas. We’d love to share some of our favorite local restaurants with you!

Da Kine

Da kine is the Hawaiian version of whatchamacallit. Essentially, this is a great expression to fill the space of a word that you can’t recall. It is so flexible that it can also be used to mean something is the real deal. Listen for the word in context to understand what the speaker means.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, not only do we provide a variety of Hawaiian vacation rentals for your comfort and enjoyment, but we strive to help you understand many parts of the Hawaiian culture. We want your stay on Maui to be as relaxing and fun as possible, which is why we shared some of the most common Hawaiian greetings, words, and phrases with you. Be sure to try and use some of them on your next trip to Kapalua Bay, and contact us today to reserve your Hawaiian vacation rental.

When you plan a vacation, there are many things that you organize, take into account, and schedule to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Despite all of your careful preparations, you may have fallen prey to one of the seven most common traveling mistakes.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want your time in Kapalua Bay to be as relaxing and refreshing as possible, which is why we offer our advice for avoiding common traveling mistakes. When you’re ready to come to Maui, be sure to browse through our wide selection of Hawaiian vacation rentals to find the one that is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about Kapalua Villas, and book your reservation today!

1. Leaked Liquids

Solution – zip-top bags

One of the most frustrating situations that many travelers have experienced is the sight of their shampoo, conditioner, or other liquid all over the contents of their suitcase. Sound familiar? If you’ve been part of the unfortunate group of people to have leaked liquids in your suitcase, then you’ll want to make sure to follow our tips for packing liquids.

Part of the problem with leaking liquids is the change in air pressure as the airplane takes off and lands. One of the best ways to ensure that you don’t have soggy clothes is to wrap all of your liquids in zip-top bags or plastic containers. Speaking of properly packing liquids, don’t forget to follow TSA guidelines for carry-on liquids — make sure that all of your liquids are under the 3.4-ounce limit, and fit into a one-quart plastic bag.

2. Overpacking

Solution – pack strategically

This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that travelers make. Part of the reason that so many people over-pack is that they’re concerned with having everything they could possibly need for their trip. The truth is, however, you don’t need to pack for every possible situation you might encounter when traveling.

Here are our top tips for packing only what you need:

  • Stick to a basic color palette
  • Don’t pack outfits for every day
  • Choose three tops for every bottom
  • Include the basics — jeans, shorts, sweaters
  • Layers, layers, layers
  • By sticking to a basic color palette, you’ll be able to mix and match almost all the clothing items you pack, which means you’ll avoid overpacking.

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3. Oversize and Overweight Bags

Solution – measure your bag prior to travel

Since so many travelers make the mistake of overpacking, the obvious solution would seem to purchase a bigger suitcase. The problem with this idea is that airlines have strict regulations about the size of bags that you can carry on. If you do not check the dimensions of your bag prior to boarding, you may find that your carry-on luggage is being transferred to the hold underneath the passengers. Checking your bag at the gate may not seem like a big deal. If the airline loses your luggage, however, your vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare.

4. Ignoring Weather Forecasts

Solution – check the weather while packing

Most travelers have experienced the frustration of being stuck with shorts in snowy weather or sweaters in blistering heat. As frustrating as this can be, the easy solution is to check the weather while you’re packing. Weather forecasts can change dramatically within just a few days, so don’t put yourself at the mercy of Mother Nature — check the weather as you’re picking out outfits. That being said, it’s never a bad idea to throw in a light jacket or a pair of shorts to account for an unexpected shift in the weather.

5. Incorrect Shoe Packing

Solution – shoe bags

You want to make sure that you don’t start your trip with dirty clothes. While you may have packed clean clothes, if you didn’t pack your shoes correctly, then they will be the reason that you are stuck with dirty clothes. The best solution is to pack your shoes in shoe bags. If you don’t have shoe bags or other plastic bags handy, then be sure to pack your shoes with the soles facing away from your clothes. Since footwear can be heavy, don’t pack a lot. Choose a few versatile pairs that will work for a variety of occasions.

Pro tip – since shoes are some of the heaviest items in your bag, make sure to pack them towards the wheel end of your bag for proper weight balance.

6. Forgetting a Tote

Solution – carry a tote on the plane

It’s important not to forget to pack a tote or other small bag. The reason for this is that you’ll need something to carry the water bottle, sunblock, souvenirs, and other items that will make sightseeing more comfortable. Since it would be easy to forget to pack a tote, you can carry your tote bag onto the plane to hold any snacks or books that you might want. When your trip is done, use your tote bag to hold all your dirty laundry. This will make it easy to quickly pop in a load of clothes to the washing machine upon your return.

7. Procrastination

Solution – prioritize advance planning

Some people are more prone to procrastination than others, and if you’re in this group, then you want to make sure to prioritize planning your packing. Waiting until the last minute to pack could result in a bag filled with nothing really helpful for your trip. Since you are taking a vacation to relax and enjoy time away from your daily responsibilities, make sure to start off on the right foot by planning in advance. This will give you time to think about the items you’ll need, check the weather, and start your vacation on a positive note.

Follow our packing tips to avoid the most common mistakes that people make when traveling, and get the most enjoyment from your time away. Plan your vacation to Kapalua Bay by contacting Aloha Vacation Villas today to learn more about the many benefits that our Hawaiian vacation rentals offer.

When you envision taking a vacation in Hawaii, the beach is probably the first location you think of. While there are many beautiful beaches to see during your time on Maui, there are also many other recreational activities that you should be sure to take advantage of. From golfing and hiking to ziplining and tennis, there are a wide variety of activities for all ages and interests.

In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the other recreational options available to you during your next stay in Kapalua Bay. If you’re looking for the best Hawaiian Vacation Rentals, then be sure to contact us today and book the perfect Maui beachfront rentals available.

Golf

Kapalua has two championship golf courses that are absolutely breathtaking! As guests of Aloha Vacation Villas, you can enjoy the best golf discounts available for the Bay and Plantation courses. In fact, you can even reserve your tee times up to 45 days in advance! With more than fifteen golf courses to choose from, you could golf every single day of your vacation if you wanted to!

Hiking Trails

One of the most amazing things about Maui is that it offers dozens of climate zones and a wide variety of hiking trails. Whether you are interested in hiking some of the alpine desert trails, rainforest trails, or even trails that end at stunning waterfalls, you are sure to find the perfect trail that matches your skill and interest level. The Waihee Ridge Trail is about two and a half miles in length with moderate difficulty. You will be able to see Waihee Gorge and Makamakaole Gulch. Mahana Ridge Trail connects the Maunalei Arboretum to the heart of the Kapalua Resort. While you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Mokupe’a and Honokahua Gulches, you should be prepared for a strenuous hike of approximately 20 miles.

Ziplining

One of Maui’s most popular activities, ziplining allows you to take advantage of a unique view of the island’s plant and wildlife. There are several different zipline tours available, which means that you can choose the intensity, duration, and location. No two tours are alike, so be sure to try them all for the ultimate experience! There are zipline tours of plantations, bamboo forests, and the Pacific coastline.

Tennis

Kapalua Resort offers Kapalua Tennis Garden for your enjoyment. Lushly landscaped, the tennis complex offers 10 PLEXIPAVE™ courts that are paired in tiered clusters. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, you will find many things to enjoy, including their live ball clinics! They offer weekly, drop-in doubles and clinics, so that guests can meet other players of similar abilities for additional play time during vacation. 

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we get to enjoy the paradise that is Maui each and every day. We want to share this paradise with you, which is why we offer a wide variety of Hawaiian vacation rentals for your convenience. Call today and let us share all of the available Maui vacation rentals available.

Going to the beach is one of the top-rated vacations for most people. Sun, sand, and surf provide the ideal environment to relax and play for kids and adults alike. At Aloha Vacation Villas, we know that the beach has so much to offer, and so today, we will take a look at some of the beaches of Maui. We hope that they give you ideas to try for your next vacation. Call today to book your Hawaiian Vacation Rental today!

Oneloa Beach

Also known as Ironwoods Beach, Oneloa is a quarter mile of uncrowded sand and surf next to the Kapalua resort. Oneloa means “long sand.” If the wind is something you don’t enjoy, then schedule your visit during the morning, as the afternoons can become very windy. There is a shallow reef near the shoreline, towards the eastern end of the beach, and this is where the parking lot path will lead you. However, you can just keep walking until you discover the nice sandy bottom at the far end.

D.T. Flemming Beach Park

If you’re looking for a beach with lots of sand, full facilities, and shade, then you will want to check out the D.T. Flemming Beach Park. It is much less touristy than other beaches on Maui, which will mean more space to play. If you enjoy surfing or boogie boarding, keep an eye out for the right combination of wind, tide, and swells to catch some great sets. Be careful to pay attention to the surf forecast, however, as conditions can sometimes become dangerous with high surf and strong rip currents.

Kapalua Resort Bay

Winner of the title of America’s Best Beach in 1991, Kapalua Bay boasts picturesque views, plentiful palm trees, luxuriously soft sand, and pristine waters. Whether you prefer to soak up the sun or explore the marine life, you will not be disappointed. The waves are gentle, and there is vibrant marine life due to the sheltered sanctuary that Kapalua Bay provides.

Honolua Bay

For those of you who enjoy snorkeling and diving, Honolua Bay is one of the best places to enjoy these activities. As part of the Marine Life Conservation District, there is no fishing allowed. Honolua means “two harbors” in Hawaiian and was historically used for shipping and receiving supplies. You are sure to see plenty of fish, turtles, and coral if you swim out a little from the beach.

Mokule’ia Bay

Mokule’ia Bay, more commonly called Slaughterhouse Beach, is a gorgeous, crescent-shaped beach. The beach earned its common name due to the slaughterhouse that used to be situated on the edge of the cliffs. Today, however, the building is no longer in existence, so you don’t need to worry. There isn’t a lot of parking available, so you will need to be careful when you do park, as the beach is right off the highway. Sometimes the water is cloudy, but on calm days, you can enjoy quality snorkeling. 

Kapalua Bay offers so many exciting activities, events, dining and shopping opportunities that it can be hard to choose which ones to try. Aloha Vacation Villas knows that one of the reasons you are interested in a Hawaiian vacation rental is so you can enjoy all that our beaches have to offer. Now that you know a little bit more about each of these beaches, call us to book your Hawaiian beach rental today!

If you have always wanted to visit Hawaii and you want your trip to be perfect, then you should consider what activities most interest you to determine the best time of year to plan your vacation. Aloha Vacation Villas is located in Kapalua Bay, and we are happy to share our insider’s tips with you about the ideal time of year to hike, snorkel, or sunbathe. Be sure to read to the end and then call to learn what we have to offer for your Hawaiian vacation rental.

Surfing

Whether you are a beginner surfer, or you have been an avid surfer your whole life, you know that a becalmed ocean is never enjoyable for those who want to surf. If you are hoping to come during the perfect time when the waves are breaking set after set, then you want to plan your Hawaiian trip for the winter months, especially in December and January, when the biggest waves tend to hit the north shores of all of our islands. For those of you who are true beginners, be sure to stick to the south sides of the islands, or plan your vacation during the summer months when waves are calmer.

Snorkeling and Swimming

If snorkeling and swimming are more your speed, then you definitely want to plan your Hawaiian vacation during the summer when the waters are warmer, the waves are calmer, and the skies are sunnier. These conditions all make for the best viewing experiences when you are snorkeling. In fact, you can snorkel and swim year round, but if you are looking for the ideal time to fully enjoy either of these activities, then make sure to book your trip during the summer months and call Aloha Vacation Villas to book your Hawaiian vacation rental today.

Hiking

It is no secret that Hawaii has a multitude of gorgeous hiking trails that are suitable for all ages and abilities. Whether you want to explore the mountains, or hike near the coastline, you will find the perfect trails to enjoy. Summer is once again the best month to plan your trip if hiking is high on your list of things to do, given that there are more daylight hours and the trails tend to be drier. Be sure to pack plenty of water and sunscreen, as it does get pretty hot here during the summer.

Whale Watching

Each year, whales make the journey from Alaska to Hawaii to give birth to their calves during the winter months. The best time to plan your visit is between the months of February and April as this is peak season for them to be seen. Make sure to travel to our western shores for the best opportunities to spend your time whale watching, and don’t forget to fully charge your phone so that you can take pictures and videos to your heart’s content. 

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we know just how special your time in Hawaii will be, and that is why we want to help you make the most of it by offering the best hawaiian vacation rentals for your enjoyment. Be sure to call us today and reserve your place during the best time of year for you to visit Hawaii!

When you hear the word Hawaii, you probably immediately picture a gorgeous beach on the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by lush mountains, palm trees, and exotic tropical flowers and plants. If you have never been to Hawaii, but have wondered if it’s worth the time and money to take the trip, then continue reading to learn five enticing reasons that you should visit Hawaii, and call Aloha Vacation Rentals in Kapalua Bay to reserve your Hawaiian vacation rental today.

Continue to check back on our blog posts to learn all of the experiences that Hawaii has to offer. Aloha Vacation Villas knows how important it is to be able to enjoy time with family without feeling as if you are on top of one another. This is why we offer Hawaiian vacation rentals that afford the space and amenities that you need when you’re traveling. Call today and see what we have to offer you!

The Beaches

The beach is one of our favorite spots at which to spend time, and we know that many people will agree with us that beaches are incredibly relaxing environments. Hawaii’s beaches are some of the most spectacular in the world. While there are plenty of beaches with the type of sand that you would expect to see, there are also beaches with black sand. Waianapanapa State Park has granules of sand that are pitch black and were created when the surf pounded on a fresh lava flow. If you’ve never set foot on a black sand beach, then you need to be careful if you choose to walk barefoot, as it gets much hotter than white sand.

The Culture

Hawaii has one of the most ethnically diverse populations and culture of any of the states. You will find influences from many foreign cultures in addition to the Hawaiian culture. The Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Samoan, and Spanish are just a few of the cultures that deeply influenced and shaped Hawaii into the amazing place that it is today. With all of these outside influences, you will be pleased to know that the Hawaiian culture is still alive and well. It is not uncommon to hear people speaking in Hawaiian in the grocery store, and many of the streets, cities, and beaches still retain their Hawaiian names.

The Weather

For those of you who live in places where winter can be brutal, you will probably smile when you hear that Hawaii does indeed have a winter season. While it is nothing like what you experience, you will probably notice that the natives bundle up, as 75 degrees is a little chilly for them when the average year-round temperature is 85. If you live somewhere that experiences a true winter season with lots of snow and ice, then you will enjoy our winter season in Hawaii with temperatures that will seem quite balmy in comparison.

There are countless reasons why you should visit Hawaii, and we will continue this discussion in our next post. When you are ready to come to our beautiful island, be sure to contact Aloha Vacation Villas to learn about the variety of Hawaiian vacation rentals that we offer and then reserve yours today!

People around the world enjoy hiking for a variety of reasons. In fact, many people choose destination vacations for the hiking opportunities afforded in that area. Maui has many stunningly beautiful trails to offer, from easy hikes for beginners to advanced trails for the more experienced hiker. Hiking provides a wide array of benefits such as peace of mind, physical activity, fun with friends and family, and enjoying the beauty of nature. Maui has many beautiful trails from which to choose. Kapalua Bay Villas offers the opportunity to rent a vacation home in close proximity to all of these stunning hiking opportunities. Read on to see four of the best hiking trails Maui has to offer and check out our vacation rentals available in Maui.

‘Iao Valley State Park

‘Iao Valley State Park is located in central Maui and boasts easy walks that are well suited for both kids and older people. It is dramatically scenic and claims the title of the second wettest place in Hawai’i. The main attraction is the ‘Iao needle which is a high peak created by the erosion of the softer rock around it. This valley is sacred and was once forbidden to all but Hawaiian royalty. After you cross the footbridge, you can choose to head up the trail to the ‘Iao Needle Observation deck, or down towards the stream for a short nature loop with many informal trails. After hiking in the second wettest place in Hawai’i, come back to your Maui vacation rental at Kapalua Bay Villas, dry off, relax, and enjoy a nap. Contact us today to book your vacation.

Twin Falls, North Shore

Just a 20-minute drive east of the historic town of Paia on Maui’s North Shore, Twin Falls is the perfect hike for those traveling with children. Located easily off of the Hana Highway, you can book a guided tour or easily navigate the trail on your own. Some of the attractions include different waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes. Make sure you have more than just your flip-flops with you as the trails are paved simply with gravel and dirt. Some other items to make sure you have on hand are bathing suits and towels, as well as bug spray if mosquitoes tend to find you when you are outside. Last but not least, pack some snacks and extra drinking water. You may find that you want to linger longer than you had planned.

Halemauu Trail

Halemauu Trail is the perfect hike both for those looking for a comfortable yet scenic adventure, and for those visitors who are up for a challenge. Halemauu Trail is located inside of Haleakala National Park. One of the nice features of this trail system is that you can choose to do a short 2.2 mile round-trip hike to the edge of Haleakala’s rim and back, or you could use this as a jumping off point for a challenging, yet rewarding 11.2 mile hike. Make sure to take the elevation gain into account as you plan for your hike. The trail increases by 2,345 feet in elevation over the course of the hike. This path is through much of the Haleakala wilderness. One recommendation if you choose to start your hike from the summit is to make sure to catch a ride back to the visitor center with another park visitor, since you had to park your vehicle near the trailhead.

Waihou Spring Trail

Waihou Spring Trail is a lightly trafficked loop located near Makawao Hawai’i that features a waterfall and is moderate in difficulty. There is a side trail that leads down to Waihou Spring. The trail is a comfortable distance at just a 1.8 mile loop. A nice factor is that it is accessible year-round. One of the most attractive features for hikers is the lava tubes and waterfalls. Make sure to wear layers for this hike as it is upcountry and can be quite a bit chillier. While the trail is relatively easy, keep an eye on the weather as rain can cause parts of it to become slick and slippery. After your hike in this beautiful forest, you can look forward to unwinding in the comfort of your Maui vacation rental at Kapalua Bay Villas. Contact us today to schedule your vacation rental.

Kapalua is home to endless sandy beaches, incredible weather, and regional cuisine. Visitors from all over the world travel to Hawaii to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and leave with a newfound sense of peace and rejuvenation. Although Kapalua is a sublime destination for rest and relaxation, it is also host to a number of activities and events that occur annually on Maui. Activities range from lively sporting events to a relaxing week of self-care, ensuring that there are activities to fulfill the interests of all travelers. Throughout this article, we’ll cover just a few of the exciting events which are featured yearly in Kapalua, so that visitors can plan their trip accordingly with Maui’s schedule of featured activities.

At Aloha Vacation Village, our goal is to help you find your dream vacation rental while you visit Hawaii. We know that you want your trip to be one worth remembering, which is why our Kapalua Bay villas and vacation rentals offer a wide range of amenities for your convenience. We rent villas of various sizes, all at an affordable price you’ll love. To learn more about our luxury rentals, or to book your Hawaiian vacation rental today, contact our helpful staff today! We have helped families and individuals find the perfect vacation rental for their needs, and we are always available to answer any of your questions or concerns. To learn more about Kapalua and the exciting activities that occur yearly, read more below!

Kapalua Wine & Food Festival

Arguably one of Kapalua’s biggest annual events, the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival invites visitors to soak up delicious Hawaii regional cuisine accompanied by countless variations of critically acclaimed wines. Presenting numerous seminars and wine tastings, the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival features notable Sommeliers, winemakers, and celebrity chefs such as Iron Chef’s Cat Corra. Along with delicious wines and gourmet cuisine, visitors will also be able to participate in a silent auction where you will have the chance to win resort stays, restaurant gift cards, and much more. If you’re a wine enthusiast with a love of the culinary arts, the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival is one event that you will not want to miss.

The SBS Tournament of Champions

If you are an avid golfer traveling to Hawaii, there is a good chance that you will be playing on some of the country’s most popular golf courses. Kapalua’s golf courses offer unique oceanside views, and beautiful weather to go along with it. Countless professional golfers have graced the greens of the Kapalua Bay Course, and many more courses located on Maui. Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course, however, is home to one of the biggest yearly PGA Tour events. Starting in early January, the SBS Tournament of Champions is a week-long event hosted by Kapalua Golf. The renowned Plantation Course has seen the likes of veteran golfers like Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, and Vijay Singh, and continues to receive praise as one of America’s best golf courses. As a diehard golfer, you won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to watch some of golf’s greatest players go head-to-head.   

Kapalua’s Celebration of the Arts

Are you looking to do more than just travel to Hawaii for a relaxing vacation? Do you want to immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture? If so, consider visiting the annual Celebration of the Arts, hosted by the luxurious Ritz-Carlton on Kapalua Bay. rated as the “Number One Cultural Event” in Hawaii, the Celebration of the Arts features entertainers, guest speakers, cultural educators, and many more reputable Hawaiian figureheads. Attending guests will be able to learn more about Hawaiian fashion, artistry, entertainment, and traditional crafting techniques while experiencing hands-on seminars and workshops. For those seeking a true representation of Hawaii, the Kapalua Celebration of the Arts is a multi-day event worth experiencing.

Kapalua Wellness Week

While there are endless amounts of exciting adventure around Kapalua, there are also plenty of ways to experience a calmer way of island life. If you want to restore your wellbeing and inner peace through a relaxing three-day event, Kapalua’s Wellness Week was designed with your lifestyle in mind. Hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Resort on Kapalua Bay, this relaxation retreat features yoga classes, educational seminars on maintaining your health, and fitness routines guaranteed to get your blood flowing. The Ritz-Carlton offers several different Wellness Week accommodation packages for you to choose from, so that you can easily walk to daily classes and workouts.

Kapalua Restaurant Week

If you are a food enthusiast looking to soak up Hawaii’s regional cuisine while contributing to an admirable cause, dine at one of Kapalua’s featured restaurants during Restaurant Week. Participants will be able to satisfy their inner foodie while helping children around Maui. During Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to Maui Food Bank’s Aloha Backpack Buddies program. This special program was created to help children and teens who come from low-income families. School lunches are one of the few complete meals a child from a low-income family will be able to eat during the day. This is why Maui Food Bank has partnered with participating restaurants around the island. During Restaurant Week, all collected proceeds will go towards helping low-income families provide substantial meals for their children. If you want to help families around Maui while dining in some our Kapalua’s best restaurants, consider visiting during Kapalua’s Restaurant Week.

While these are just a few popular events hosted yearly around Kapalua, there are many other reasons that make Hawaii an exceptional vacation destination. If you’re considering traveling to Kapalua, or would like to learn more about our exciting lineups of events and activities, contact Aloha Vacation Villas. Our helpful staff is here to accommodate your every need, so that your trip to Hawaii is filled with excitement and adventure. Easily browse our current vacation rentals by visiting our website today! Our Kapalua Bay villas are suited to meet the needs of individuals and families of all sizes. Get started today by reserving your vacation rental with Aloha Vacation Villas!

When planning your next vacation, it pays to be prepared for anything. Arriving at your intended destination only to realize that you forgot essential items can turn a relaxing vacation into a stressful situation in a matter of moments. That’s why Aloha Vacation Villas has compiled four essential items you should bring with you on your trip to Hawaii.

If you’re traveling to Hawaii and are looking for a gorgeous Kapalua Bay villa, contact Aloha Vacation Villas today! We offer affordable rates on all our villa rentals and work with customers to help them find the perfect home while they visit Hawaii.   

Sunscreen

Being protected from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays starts with having a sunblock that can sufficiently provide you with coverage that lasts throughout the day. While there are many variations of sunscreen available, SPF 30 or SPF 45 sunblock should thoroughly protect you from potential sunburns. According to the EPA, SPF 30 effectively blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays, while SPF 45 blocks 99 percent of UVB rays. For total coverage, consider a sunscreen that markets itself as “broad-spectrum,” as these specialized formulas are designed to protect your skin from UVA rays as well.

Multiple Swimsuits

If you’re traveling to Hawaii, there is a good chance that you plan on soaking up the sun on the beach, swimming in the ocean, or relaxing poolside. Given the amount of time it takes for a swimsuit to dry, we recommend packing multiple swimsuits in your luggage. Packing extra swimming gear will allow you to have a dry swimsuit while your wet swimsuit dries, and will ensure that you never have to put on a wet swimsuit again.  

Formal Clothing

Kapalua is home to regional gourmet cuisine available from a variety of upscale restaurants. For this reason, we suggest that you pack a formal outfit that you can wear during a night of fine dining. To ensure that you’re packing an appropriate wardrobe for formal dining, plan in advance by researching the restaurant’s atmosphere and mood via their website. More times than not, a restaurant’s website will have pictures of guests with their meals which will give you a better idea as to which attire is most appropriate.

Sunglasses

If you suffer from light sensitivity and experience the headaches that can come with it, sunglasses should be at the top of your list of essentials to pack. Since you will likely spend most of your time around water while visiting Hawaii, you should consider investing in a pair of polarized sunglasses. Polarized sunglasses are incredibly efficient at neutralizing the glare that bounces off of reflective surfaces like water, decreasing the chances that you will experience the headaches or eye strain that comes with the sun’s brightness.

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If you’ve recently booked your trip to beautiful Kapalua, you’re probably starting to look for exciting things to do around the island. With so many hidden gems that Kapalua has to offer, it can be difficult to find the activities that fit your lifestyle most. At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want your vacation to be both enjoyable and worry free, which is why we’ve made a list of popular activities around Kapalua that you won’t want to miss while you’re visiting. If you’re considering traveling to Hawaii, and are looking to reserve a luxury Kapalua Bay rental, look no further than Aloha Vacation Villas. We offer gorgeous villa rentals at an affordable price, and work with customers to help them find the perfect property rental to fit their needs.

Kapalua Ziplines

Visit the longest and tallest suspension bridge in Hawaii while embarking on a stunning zipline tour. Kapalua Ziplines offers five, six, and seven line tours, as well as a moonlight tour during the summer. A unique way to experience Hawaii, Kapalua’s zipline tours provide visitors with an unforgettable view of Kapalua Bay while experiencing the unique sensation of flight. It is advisable that you make ziplining reservations in advance as spaces do fill up rather quickly.

D.T. Fleming Beach Park

Voted “America’s Best Beach” in 2003, D.T. Fleming Beach Park is a great location to check out while visiting Kapalua. D.T. Fleming Beach Park welcomes surfers and boogie boarders alike thanks to its larger swells. If you forget your bag of snacks in your room, visitors can buy both food and drink at D.T. Fleming Beach Park, as it is located near The Ritz-Carlton. With long, expansive swaths of beach and ample amounts of shade, D.T. Fleming Beach Park is one of the less trafficked beaches around Kapalua.

Maui Kayak Adventures

Receive a unique perspective of Kapalua by taking a kayak tour with Maui Kayak Adventures. Located at D.T. Fleming Beach, Maui Kayak Adventures’ kayak tours are a great way to experience snorkeling, as well as whale spotting around the coastline. Kayakers frequently witness sea turtles, manta rays, indigenous fish, and much more during their tour, and all tours include free photography so that you can reminisce on every moment captured.

Dragon’s Teeth Trail

If you’re looking for an easy hike in Kapalua that provides gorgeous views, consider hiking along Dragon’s Teeth Trail. Don’t let the name fool you, Dragon’s Teeth Trail is a relatively easy hike named after the unique rock formation along the coastline. Dragon’s Teeth Trail spans less than a mile in distance, and provides hikers with an incredible view of Honokahua Bay as well as Oneloa Bay. While you’re there, be sure to take a trip through the Dragon’s Teeth stone labyrinth, an elaborate stone formation that provides a fun challenge for hikers of all ages.

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