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Vacations are something that everyone needs, but many people choose not to take them because of the cost involved. When you have a family, the cost can be even more prohibitive. Aloha Vacation Villas understands this concern, so we have compiled a list of some of the benefits for renting a villa to help your family save money, as well as enjoy a more comfortable stay in Kapalua Bay. Continue reading to learn about these benefits and then call us to reserve your space today.

Kitchen Space

While the idea of cooking and preparing meals on your vacation might not be appealing at first, consider this — fewer meals out means more money in your pocket for other activities. Let’s face it, when you take a family out for a meal, it is never a cheap enterprise. Factor in the cost of the food, drinks, and tip, and you have a hefty ticket for just that one meal. Three meals a day, plus snacks and treats can really add up. When you choose a Hawaiian vacation rental, you will be pleasantly surprised to see the savings add up as you reduce the number of times you eat out. The money you save can be put towards other fun experiences that will create memories your whole family will treasure.

Space

Unlike hotels, your family will have room to spread out and not feel as if you are “on top of one another.” With bedrooms that are separate from the living room, you will have the space you need to unwind after a busy day of fun experiences. Family is great, and spending time together is wonderful, but so is having quiet time to yourself. A Hawaiian vacation rental through Aloha Vacation Villas offers you the benefits of both worlds – a place to be with your family, and a place to have space to yourself.

Laundry

Like meal preparation, doing laundry might be the last thing on your list, if it’s even on there, but think about it this way — access to laundry facilities means packing fewer items. Doesn’t it seem that everytime you have traveled, you have never had enough luggage space, especially after buying some souvenirs? Knowing that you will have access to a washing machine and dryer, will allow you to pack fewer clothing items which means more room for souvenirs and gifts! An additional benefit is that you won’t have to dread opening your children’s suitcases and the smells that are sure to emanate from them!

“Home”

Kapalua Resort

Kapalua Resort

Due to the very nature of a vacation rental, you will find that you feel as if you are home even though you are on vacation. In fact, you may start to feel like a local as you return to your “home” each night. Unlike a hotel, you will have a private entrance which means not having to traipse through a lobby each time you want to leave or return. Depending on the rental you choose, you could even have a private balcony, or backyard space. When you take your next vacation, make sure to create the most relaxing time possible by reserving your Hawaiian vacation rental today.

Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay knows how important your vacation time is for your family. Make sure to return home fully relaxed when you stay in one of our Hawaiian vacation rentals — your home away from home. Reserve your spot today!

In our last post, we covered a few activities that your whole family would enjoy here on Maui. Today, we will cover some more options that you should be sure to try on your next visit. Aloha Vacation Villas knows that family vacations can become expensive pretty quickly. Contact us and learn how your Hawaiian vacation rental with us will help you save money and make you feel at home during your time on the island.

Nakalele Blowhole

Nakalele Blowhole is a natural geyser on Maui’s island where seawater that is trapped in an underwater lava tube seeks a path of escape. If you visit on a day where there is a strong wind and big surf, then you might be entertained with an eruption every few minutes! Make sure to keep the sun to your back so that you can catch a glimpse of the rainbow that appears in the mist of the eruption. An even bigger bonus is that whales are frequently spotted breaching the surface near the blowhole during the months of December through May. Make sure to find dry rocks to stand on and stay a safe distance from the blowhole. For all of its natural beauty, there are dangers to be respectful of.

Black Rock Beach

Black Rock was formed from one of the last lava flows on this side of the island. Situated on the north end of Ka’anapali Beach, it is a beautiful rocky outcrop that is perfect for cliff jumping. While that phrase may make this activity sound scary, this is actually a popular activity for people of all ages. In addition to jumping into the ocean, there is ample opportunity for snorkeling and even spotting some of the famous Hawaiian sea turtles! If you have younger children, you should be aware that the water does get deep pretty quickly and they would probably have more fun playing in the surf at the edge of the sand.

Horseback Riding

Take some time to explore the mountains and experience stunning scenic trails in Maui. Whether you are an experienced rider, or this will be your first time, you are sure to enjoy yourself on any of the tours available on the island. Consider taking a ride on the west side of the island, or even one at sunset. You will be in awe at the beauty of the colors the setting sun creates as it disappears beneath the ocean. These guided tours are friendly for people of all ages, including kids.

Whale Watching

Kohol, or Humpback whales, migrate to the waters off of Maui every winter. If you have never experienced the pleasure of whale watching, then you definitely want to make time for your family to go on a whale watching tour! For the best opportunity see whales, make sure to book your trip between January and March. Humpback whales are in the waters off of Maui in the winter as this is their breeding and birthing time. This is also a time to raise their calves in safety.

With these additional activities that offer fun for the whole family, we know that you are probably getting excited about your trip to Maui. Make sure to book your Hawaiian vacation rental with Aloha Vacation Villas to get the most fun and savings from your trip.

Hawaii is paradise for couples and families alike. Today we will share with you some of the most fun family activities that you can find in Kapalua Bay. Whether your family is looking forward to swimming in the ocean, hiking the mountain trails, or experiencing local culture, we offer suggestions to cover all of these options. Continue reading to learn about some of the fun things you can do in Kapalua Bay and then call Aloha Vacation Villas to learn how one of our rentals can benefit your family.

Snorkeling

The Molokini Crater is one of only three volcanic calderas in the world, which makes this snorkeling trip an absolute must on your list of activities to do. There is incredible underwater marine life that is easy to see due to the excellent visibility and water quality in this area. You and your children will be amazed at the beauty of the thriving coral reef that is situated in the center of Molokini, protecting it completely from the ocean waves. There are a number of snorkeling tour companies to choose from when your family is ready to visit this popular tourist destination.

Hiking

Depending on the age of your children, a hike in Iao Valley State Park might be the perfect choice, but if you have younger children, we suggest that you book a Maui Treasure Hunt. This is a hike designed for kids that includes family hiking, swimming in a private lagoon, and searching for pirate booty with a special treasure map. This activity is designed for families with children five years of age and older, as it is three hours long. Make sure to carve out time during your family trip for this fun bonding experience, and don’t forget your camera!

Luau 

Nothing speaks to Hawaiian culture like the luau. In ancient Hawaii, men and women did not eat together, but King Kamehameha II removed all of the religious laws that forbade this. In a symbolic act, he ate with women and this began the tradition of the first luau parties. Make sure to plan on attending one of the events at the Old Lahaina Luau. Your family will have the opportunity to experience some of the aspects of traditional Hawaiian culture, such as ceremonies, crafts, and foods. Some of the traditional foods that you can expect to enjoy are Haupia, Kalua pork, poi, and poke. In fact, the pork is cooked in the traditional Hawaiian underground oven known as an Imu. Experience the thrill of fire dancing and the beauty of the hula as you watch professional dancers tell stories of the ocean and creation through dance.

Hawaii has so many things to offer, and your family is sure to find a wealth of activities to choose from, and we have gathered just a few suggestions of fun activities for you to learn about. When you are ready to plan your family vacation to Hawaii, make sure to contact Aloha Vacation Villas and see how we can help with your Hawaiian vacation rentals.

Hawaii’s cuisine is composed of distinct styles of food which come from the history of both how the islands were settled, as well as immigration. The dishes reflect influences from European, American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Puerto Rican, and Portuguese cultures, as well as their roots in Polynesia. Aloha Vacation Villas in Kapalua Bay helps you to plan your perfect trip by providing information and tips so that you can get the most from your Maui vacation. Today we will look at some of the most unique regional foods that you must try on your next visit. Be sure to call us today to reserve your spot at one of our beautiful rentals!

Main Ingredients

Some of the ingredients that are spotlighted in Hawaiian cuisine are unique not only to the dishes they help to flavor, but even in their other, non-edible uses. The primary ingredients that you will see you used in many creative ways are taro, breadfruit, candle nut, coconut, Polynesian arrowroot, Ti, Winged bean, and Jicama.

Taro

Taro is a popular plant that can be used to make poi, as well as taro starch or flour. Poi is a Hawaiian staple made from ground taro and commonly served with kalua roast pork. It has a paste-like consistency that is sweet in flavor. Consumption of taro is primarily the leaves and corm. It must be cooked, however, because it is toxic in its raw form. In addition to being edible, it is also sometimes sold as an ornamental aquatic plant.

Breadfruit

Breadfruit is actually a species of flowering tree. Its name comes from the texture of the moderately ripe fruit when it is cooked, which is similar to freshly baked bread and has a potato-like flavor. A common way that it is prepared is for it to be mixed with coconut milk and baked in banana leaves. The wood of the breadfruit tree is lightweight and resistant to termites and shipworms, which makes it perfect for use in constructing outrigger canoes. The pulp from the wood can also be used to make paper.

Candle Nut

While you may not be familiar with the name, you are probably more familiar with its more common name, Kukui. The nuts come from the kukui nut tree. The name candle nut is well earned, as they can be burned to provide light. Each nut will actually burn for about 15 minutes. The Hawaiians would make leis from the shells, flowers, and leaves of the tree. The ink from charred nuts was used in tattoos and a varnish could be made from the oil. They are also the main ingredient in a traditional Hawaiian condiment known as ‘inamona. ‘Inamona is used in Hawaiian dishes such as poke and occasionally in sushi.

Coconut

Coconuts have traveled around the world and even been immortalized in songs. Few people are still strangers as to what the coconut is, or how it is enjoyed. Since we are writing about Hawaiian foods, let us share with you how it used in this region of the world. One of the most common dishes in Hawaiian cuisine is coconut pudding which is call haupia and is a staple at every luau. The seeds of the coconut tree provide oil for frying, while the white fleshy part can be used to cook delicious desserts such as macaroons. 

Polynesian Arrowroot

Polynesian Arrowroot is part of the yam family. The tubers contain starch which in Polynesian culture, is typically prepared into a flour to make a variety of puddings. The flour is mixed with mashed taro, or breadfruit and then mixed with coconut cream to prepare the puddings. A local favorite in Hawaii is haupia. The starch can also be used to stiffen fabrics, which is important when weaving those fabrics together to create mats.

Ti

Not to be confused with tea plant, the Ti plant is actually part of the asparagus family. Its starchy rhizomes are actually very sweet once the plant has reached maturity. In Hawaii, the rhizomes are fermented and distilled to make a liquor called okolehao. The ancient Hawaiians believed that it had great spiritual power and only the high priests or chiefs were allowed to wear the leaves around their necks during certain rituals. The leaves would also be planted at the corners of homes to ward off ghosts or evil spirits.

Winged Bean

The winged bean loves to grow where it is hot and humid, making Hawaii a perfect place for it to thrive. Its leaves can be eaten just like spinach, and its flowers can be used in salads. In fact, if you do not have spinach, there’s no need to run to the store as you can simply use cooked winged bean leaves in the same way you’d use spinach leaves. If you are using the leaves raw, then younger leaves would better than older.

Jicama

Jicama was brought over to Hawaii from Spanish colonialists. It is sometimes called a Mexican yam bean, or a Mexican turnip, but it actually belongs to the bean family. Hawaiian cuisine embraced this food and you can find it in a number of dishes. Due to its consistency, when cut into matchstick slices, it will provide a water chestnut-like crunch and possess a savory apple flavor. Jicama can be used in salads, soups, and stir-fry dishes. The seeds of the jicama actually contain a toxin which is used to poison insects and fish.

It is always interesting to learn about foods that have become such an integral part of our island nation’s culture. We hope that you learned some new and interesting facts about these foods and are looking forward to trying them in some of our native dishes when you visit Kapalua Bay in Maui. Make sure to check back on our blog where we will look at popular regional dishes. Aloha Vacation Villas wants to help you plan your perfect vacation. Call and reserve your spot today!

Hawaii is paradise. A more simple and true statement was never made. With its balmy ocean breezes and tempting azure waters, it is a paradise for those who love to surf, swim, and snorkel. The mountain peaks enshrouded in fog call to hikers, rock climbers, and explorers. The warm sandy beaches and colorful foliage invite beachgoers to stay and relax. No matter what your favorite activity is, Hawaii offers something for everyone. Kapalua Bay Rentals love introducing others to the paradise we call home, as well as welcoming returning visitors. Today we will look at the top six excursions that everyone should make time to enjoy when visiting the great island of Maui.

1. Napili Bay

This coastal area is surrounded by full-time residents and vacation communities alike. Napili is a well-kept secret as it remains a sleepy little area located between the busier areas of West Maui and Lahaina. This is an immensely popular spot for snorkeling with the beautiful Green Sea Turtles that call Hawaii home. Don’t worry about stuffing fins and snorkels into your suitcase though, there is a rental booth nearby for your convenience.

2. Farmer’s Market

One of the best things to take advantage of when you are on vacation is the ability to try new foods, especially ones that are representative of the area you are visiting! There are two farmers’ markets for your shopping pleasure. The Napili Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It is well-known for its all-local produce such as mango, pineapple, and papaya. The Honokowai Farmers’ Market is open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Not only can you find delicious fruits and vegetables here, but many vendors also offer samples.

3. Gazebo Restaurant

The Gazebo is a West Maui breakfast institution. This restaurant prepares the most heavenly macadamia nut pancakes that you will ever enjoy. Compared to other local breakfast restaurants, it is also much more reasonably priced. With its growing popularity, you may have to wait for a table, but with the gorgeous ocean view, and coffee served while you wait, we know that you’ll agree with us that it was worth the wait!

4. Slack-Key Guitar Show

For those of you who may not know, slack-key guitar is a fingerstyle genre of guitar music that actually originated in Hawaii. Essentially, the tuning is achieved by slacking one or more of the strings until together, they form a single chord, usually G major. Stop by the Napili Kai Beach Resort Aloha Pavilion for a chance to hear world-renowned Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, George Kahumoku Jr. You will not be disappointed!

5. Maui Brew Co.

Maui Brewing Company began in 2005 by selling their beers wholesale. They eventually opened their brewpub in Kahana. Not only have they achieved international success, but they have a brewery and tasting room in Kihei. Their happy hour is one that you do not want to miss. Their specials include $1.00 off beer, $3.00 off cocktails, and ½ priced house-made specialties. Happy hour is daily, and if you wear one of their many MBC logo shirts or hats on Wednesdays, you get to enjoy $2.00 off their beer all day long!  

6. Honolua Bay & Marine Preserve

Honolua Bay is the focal point for the conservation district and offers wonderful surfing opportunities for experienced surfers, snorkeling and jaw-dropping views from Lipoa Point. In addition, it also has one of the most beautifully colored beach landscapes in the Hawaiian islands. If you prefer to take in the view from Lipoa Point, you might also get to enjoy watching any surfers catching the break and at the close of the day, there is always a gorgeous Maui sunset to take in. Call Kapalua Bay Villas today to reserve your vacation spot and let us share with you even more details to help make your trip to Maui the best yet!