Maui: A Class by Itself

Maui is a favorite vacation destination for countless reasons. For the visitor who wants to scuba dive or snorkel or surf, it doesn’t get much better than right here on the Valley Isle.  But, for those who want something a little different, Maui offers an amazing array of other adventures and fun stuff; some of which you may not find anywhere else on Earth.

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The fantastic water activities on the Pacific off of Maui are popular year-round, including paddle boarding, kayaking, cruising, sailing, scuba, snorkeling, and much more.

Here, you can paddle your way around the ocean in an outrigger canoe or kayak to take in the magnificent coastlines.  You can helicopter over the vast landscapes, lush rainforests, and water falls. 

Explore Maui’s undersea world in a real submarine. Go spearfishing, deep sea fishing, clay target shooting or wild pig hunting. Take out a jet boat or charter a sailing vessel or enjoy ocean rafting. Experience heart-pounding zip line adventures high above many of the most beautiful parts of the Island.  Take Segway or bicycle tours, including rides down Haleakala volcano.  Do the famous winding road to Hana and see the grave site of legendary aviator Charles Lindberg.

Visit an aromatic lavender farm or tour local distilleries. Take walking, eco, and cultural tours. You might even catch rock and roll icon Mick Fleetwood at his restaurant and club in quaint Lahaina Town, which is lined with art galleries, shops, and other eating and entertainment establishments. Tantalize your taste buds with culinary tours of many of the fine restaurants on the Island and don’t miss the exceptional Royal Lahaina Resort luau and Polynesian show. 

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The Royal Lahaina Resort on famed Kaanapali Beach is the perfect location from which to explore the many fun, exciting, interesting, and unique activities on Maui.

There is definitely no lack of things to do on Maui—for all ages.  Of course, you can always simply lounge on the soft, golden sand, such as at famed Kaanapali Beach that fronts the Royal Lahaina Resort.  Maui is in a class by itself.  The Activities Center at the Royal Lahaina Resort can set you up and guide you to your perfect vacation on Maui, whatever you like to do. 

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Comes to Maui

If you’re golfer or foodie or wine lover and you’re visiting Hawaii October 14-16, 2016, don’t miss the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival on Maui.  There’s a golf tournament, gourmet dinners, culinary demonstrations, locally grown produce, and special events, such as the Battle of the Brunch and Clash of the Ramen.


Wine pairings with delectable food offerings from many parts of the world will delight even the most sophisticated palates. Top chefs come together on Maui October 14-16, 2016.

Top chefs from Hawaii and the U.S. mainland are featuring some spectacular creations, while wine makers are complementing the tasty experience to delight every palette. There’s even an online silent auction to bid on some of the world’s most coveted wines, travel packages, and more.

It all begins October 14 with the 19th Annual Roy’s Golf Classic, hosted by famed restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi. The venue is the Kaanapali Golf Course next to the Royal Lahaina Resort right on the beautiful Kaanapali Beach.  With amazing views of the Pacific, the scramble event pairs a great golf experience with top chefs, pros, and celebrities, mouthwatering foods, and tantalizing liquid refreshments. A gourmet dinner prepared by Roy’s finishes off a wonderful day.


On the 15th, the free Grown on Maui Farmers Market opens from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Whaler’s Village just a short distance from the Royal Lahaina Resort.  From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is “Scandal – The Dark and Stormy Underbelly of Cocktails,” which tracks the mysteries surrounding famous drink exposes. “Kaanapali: a Chef’s Paradise” takes you on a gourmand’s adventure from 6 to 9 p.m. with Hawaii’s finest seafood, meats and produce, plus a bit of the grape.


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Amazing culinary creations will abound at the Food & Wine Festival on Maui.

Your epicurean journey ends October 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with “Soaring Palates,” featuring a number of chefs serving up their specialties representing the East and West coasts, the Pacific, and Japan.

Be at the heart of all of the delectable activities at the Royal Lahaina Resort.  For more information on the Festival events, go online at

Da’ Feta Mo’ Betta on Maui

Visitors come to Maui for a variety of reasons.  The incredible sand and surf, amazing scenery, world-class resorts, and colorful history and culture are all draws to the Valley Isle, but cheese?  Located on the beautiful slopes of Haleakala is the Surfing Goat Dairy that just might be worth the trip, as well.

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The Surfing Goat Dairy on Maui produces over 30 gourmet cheeses and offers great tours that are fun and tasty.

For the past 10 years, German expatriates Thomas and Eva Kafsack have been making award-winning cheeses on their 42-acre dairy farm that is home to more than 100 goats. The Kafsacks produce over 30 different, gourmet cheeses, many of which have attained international acclaim.

Some of the cheeses are made with the world’s most expensive ingredients, such as the rare Perigord truffles and even 23K gold flakes!  Others feature rich oils, spices, farm herbs, and fruits.  In all, the variety presented begs to be sampled.

This AgTourism, state-of-the-art, working dairy also offers some fascinating tours and hands-on experiences everyone in the family can enjoy.  They have daily, paid “Casual Tours” of their operation. They also conduct “Evening Chores & Milking Tours.” On Saturdays, they have the “Grand Dairy Tour,” a two-hour event that includes feeding and milking goats, plus demonstrating how the cheese is processed. 

The Activities Center at the Royal Lahaina Resort on picture-perfect Kaanapali Beach can show you the way.  To learn more about this fun, unique and delectable Maui experience, go online to 

Down on the Ranch on Hawaii Island

Once past the magnificent Kohala coastline and away from the massive black lava fields, Hawaii Island offers many unique adventures for visitors. One such experience is found in and around the quaint town of Waimea.

This vibrant community is set in the green, rolling hills of the Island and is the home of paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys), astronomers, farmers, business and medical professionals, educators, country stores and restaurants, schools, and Parker Ranch.

Founded in 1847 by John Palmer Parker, the ranch comprises about 250,000 acres, making it one of the oldest and largest spreads in the United States. Because Parker rid the Island of wild cattle that were troublesome to the native population and destroyed their crops in the early 1800s, King Kamehameha I granted to him land that would become Parker Ranch.

The last owner of the massive property was actor and sixth generation heir Richard Smart, who died in 1992.  The ranch was then placed in the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust, which, today, oversees the large-scale cattle and farm operations.


Parker Ranch on Hawaii Island is one of the oldest and largest spreads in the U.S. Rodeos and wrangling contests are often held at the ranch.

Two of the ranch’s historic homes are open for self-guided and private tours, featuring family heirlooms, antiques, artwork, and everyday ranch life artifacts.  There is also a visitor center in Waimea that presents information on the early days of the community.

Horseback riding and game-managed hunting excursions are also offered year-round on the ranch.  And there is an arena, where Hawaii Island paniolos often compete to demonstrate their horsemanship and cattle roping abilities.  Every 4th of July and Labor Day, the ranch hosts its own rodeo that draws thousands of visitors and participants.

The Activities Center at the Royal Kona Resort can guide you to this interesting part of Hawaii Island, where you can find unusual beauty in the windswept grasslands and an entirely new perspective of Hawaiian life here.



Adventures in Paradise: Hawaii Island


Green sea turtles are often found on the black sand beaches of Hawaii Island, basking in the warm sun.

All of the Hawaiian Islands are unique and certainly beautiful, but the youngest of them all—Hawaii Island—is truly special.  No place else on Earth gives you an opportunity to swim with manta rays, horseback ride, rodeo or go on a cattle drive.  Here, you can whale watch, walk through magnificent lava tubes, see molten lava streaming into the ocean, experience a black sand beach, and watch green sea turtles basking in the warm sun.  You can marvel at a 420-foot waterfall, gaze at the galaxies from one of the best vantage points on the planet, learn how famous Kona coffee is made or visit unbelievable ancient and historic sites.

And this is just the beginning.  If golf or beaching it suits you, Hawaii Island has some of the best in the world.  If art and crafts turn your head, you will find an amazing array of paintings, sculptures, glassware, and distinctly hand-crafted jewelry and wooden koa bowls in many places around the Island.

You will also discover a number of museums that contain art exhibits and artifact collections from the 1800s, such as at the famed Lyman Mission House in Hilo.  Water sports and deep sea fishing are renowned here.   Even the Ironman Triathlon challenges athletes each year at this destination.

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The exciting “Voyagers of the Pacific” luau and show at the Royal Kona Resort is not to be missed.

Then, there are the luaus and shows, such as the spectacular “Voyagers of the Pacific” at the iconic Royal Kona Resort of gorgeous Kailua Bay.   The East Hawaii Cultural Center in Hilo is a terrific location to take in some live performances of the Island’s finest artists, singers, and dancers. 

There is a lot more to see and do on Hawaii Island, but let’s just say this is an incredible place to explore. With your headquarters during your stay at the Royal Kona Resort, we can guide you and help you discover new adventures of almost any description; memories you will cherish forever.

Maui’s Top Five Beaches

Hawaii is truly a beach lover’s Paradise, where there are hundreds of sandy spots to enjoy the warm sun and almost limitless water activities. On Maui alone, there are 40 beaches that offer something for everyone, but we’re going to look at what are generally considered the top five; some among the finest in the world.

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Famous, 1.5-mile stretch of Kaanapali Beach fronts the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui, where the golden sands and water activities are among the best in the world.

Let’s start with our own Kaanapali Beach that fronts the Royal Lahaina Resort. This famous, 1.5-mile stretch of golden sand was once a retreat for Hawaii’s Alii (royalty). Today’s visitors can enjoy everything from lounging around to sandcastle building, surfing, volleyball, catamaran sailing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, scuba, and much more.

A few hundred yards from the Royal Lahaina Resort is Black Rock, which separates Kaanapali from Kahekili Beach. This is an ideal snorkeling and scuba diving spot; however, underwater lava rocks and strong currents make it dangerous for swimmers.  On the other hand, the nice sand beach is a great place for picnicking.

There is a fine swimming spot close by in Lahaina at Napili Bay. The large expanse of golden sand and calm waters are made for families wanting to spend the day at the beach.

Moving south, Keawakapu Beach is sandwiched between Wailea and Kihei.  This secluded spot is a great getaway from the more populated beach areas.  Here, you can count on good swimming conditions year-round.  There’s also great snorkeling near a close-by reef. Plus, the soft, white sand is ideal for the sun worshipers and sandcastle builders.

To the north of the Royal Lahaina Resort, is Kapalua Beach with its beautiful sand and protected bay, which is surrounded by swaying palm trees and lava rock.  With its gentle surf for swimming and the fun tide pools, Kapalua is a favorite of families with young children. During the winter months, you can often see huge whales making their way to deeper waters.

You really can’t go wrong with Hawaii beaches and Maui has some of the best.

Discover the Beaches of Hawaii Island

The “Big Island” of Hawaii is unique in the Hawaiian chain, with everything from soft sand beaches to jagged volcanic lava fields, lush vegetation to rugged mountains.  In all, picturesque Hawaii Island is one of a kind, which may be why it’s also called the “Island of Discovery.”


Hawaii Island beaches come in a variety of colors, including white, green, and the famous black sand variety, which just add to the uniqueness of this beautiful destination.

If you are a beach lover, Hawaii Island’s white, black, and green sand beaches are calling.  Some of the beaches are in resort areas, while others are hidden in remote places, where you may find the only other living creatures on land there are the sea turtles.

On the popular Kohala Coast, you can find the largest stretch of white sand on the Island at Hapuna Beach.  Anaehoomalu Beach is great for picnicking and tons of water activities, plus, there’s a historic Hawaiian fishpond right alongside.  One of the best locations is the crescent-shaped Kaunaoa Beach, where its calm waters are a favorite for swimmers.

Holoholokai has a small beach that’s not sandy, but it’s ideal for snorkeling and exploring the area’s tide pools.  It’s also near a petroglyph preserve where hundreds of ancient lava carvings can be found.

In the northern part of the Kohala Coast, you will find the popular Samuel Spencer Beach Park, which is the perfect spot for reef-protected swimming and snorkeling.  There are lots of tables and BBQ grills, as well, and it’s within walking distance of the national historic Puukolola Heiau site.

Just south of Kailua-Kona, home of the Royal Kona Resort, is Kahalulu Beach in the Keauhou area, which is great for snorkeling beach for humans and lounging spot frequented by Hawaiian green sea turtles. Laalao Beach, also known as Disappearing Sands and Magic Sands, is near the Royal Kona and is a wonderful place for body-surfing and bogie-boarding. This small beach may disappear overnight due to tidal shifts or strong surf, but it always returns.


Green sea turtles come ashore to bask in the warm, black sands of Hawaii Island.

The east or Hilo side of the island also has terrific beaches and parks, where exploration and picnicking are at their best.  Here, you’ll find jungles running to the ocean, waterfalls, tide pools, good snorkeling sites, and the famous black sand beach, where Hawaiian green sea turtles come shore to bask in the warm sun.

The Activity Center at the Royal Kona Resort can help you discover the best spots for swimming, sunning, surfing, snorkeling, scuba, kayaking, picnicking, and much more on Hawaii Island.

‘World’s Best Mai Tai’ Announced at Don the Beachcomber Festival


Hundreds enjoyed the 8th Annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival in August, where bartenders from around the world vied for the $10,000 top prize and title as the “World’s Best Mai Tai.”

Every August for the past eight years, the iconic on the “Big Island” of Hawaii pays homage to the legendary Mai Tai cocktail.  Hundreds of visitors gather at the resort on beautiful Kailua Bay in Kona for a fun filled Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival.

The day begins at 11 a.m. with the Battle of the BBQ.   Local restaurants and chefs competed for the title of “World’s Best BBQ.” This year’s Judges winner was Cool Runnings Catering of Kailua-Kona, which received a 5-night stay for two in a deluxe ocean view room at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui, a luau for two, round of golf for two at one of the neighboring courses, and a $500 food and beverage credit at the resort.  The People’s Choice award went to Umeke Restaurant, also from Kailua-Kona.


While the BBQ competition was heating up, the Mai Tai Marketplace was opened for all to enjoy the arts, crafts and products of local vendors and artisans from throughout Hawaii.  The delicious island produce and other food treats tantalized for every palette.

Grammy-nominated musician Henry Kapono and his band took center stage at the Royal Kona Resort’s main swimming pool in the early afternoon for a free concert.  Guests kicked back with their own Mai Tais and relaxed to the island rhythms of this world renowned, award winning performer.

The main event started at 4:30 p.m. at the resort’s Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Bar.  The Mai Tai Mix-off attracted over 20 bartenders and Mai Tai aficionados from many parts of the globe, all vying for the prestigious title as the creator of the “World’s Best Mai Tai.”

The First Place, $10,000 winner and new title holder was Art Deakins from Bar Leather Apron in Honolulu, HI.  Second place and $5,000 went to Tim Rita of the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  The third place prize of $2,500 was awarded to Kevin Beary of Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, IL.  Contestant Carl Kimura of 3 Fat Pigs in Waikoloa won a free, 7-night stay in a one-bedroom suite of his choice at any Diamond Resort in the United States valued at up to $6,300.

Throughout the Mai Tai competition, an enthusiastic audience cheered their favorite mixologists in a rousing tribute to the classic rum drink.  The bartender concoctions were judged by a special panel based on taste, creativity, and name in the wild, 3-hour contest that produced lots of laughs and some amazing recipes.

And, after the Mix-off, visitors stuck around at Don’s Mai Tai Bar to reflect on a fabulous day and take in the sun setting over the blue Pacific.  It’s a full day of merriment that shouldn’t be missed next year.

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6th Annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

Warm surf, golden sand, and hot sounds will greet those attending the 6th Annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival at the Royal Lahaina Resort September 10, 2016 on spectacular Kaanapali Beach.  A star-studded show of top Jazz and Blues artists will emanate from the resort’s oceanfront stage from 5 to 9 p.m.  Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

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The 6th Annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival is set for September 10, 2016 at the oceanfront Royal Lahaina Resort on famous Kaanapali Beach, featuring top artists to heat up the night.

A who’s who list of musicians will thrill the audience, including blues guitar legend and Blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker, jazz guitarists Larry Coryell and Benny Uyetake, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, Grammy-winners The Band Courtbouillon, saxophone masters Javon Jackson and Rock Hendricks, jazz trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, and many others to be announced.

This amazing night of hot sounds under the stars, overlooking the beautiful Pacific is just $50 per person for general admission, $100 for Premiere VIP seats, and $1,000 for Premiere VIP tables for 10.  This event is always a sellout.  To purchase tickets and for more information on the Festival itself, go online to

To round out the weekend, the Royal Lahaina is presenting a special Jazz Brunch, featuring some of the Festival artists and The Jazz Alley TV Trio on Sunday, September 11. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All of the action will be at the Royal Lahaina Resort at 2780 Kekaa Drive, Lahaina, HI. For JAZZFEST room rates at the property, call 808-661-3611.


‘Big Island’ Golf to Remember

The “Big Island” of Hawaii has been called the “Golf Capital of Hawaii” for good reason.  There are 16 public courses throughout the beautifully diverse island, including many, magnificent resort courses along the famous Kohala Coast that shouldn’t be missed.

If you’re a serious golfer or just want to experience some of the best golf in the Islands, make sure your bucket list has on it: Mauna Kea Golf Course, Waikoloa Beach Resort’s two courses, the two courses at Mauna Lani Resort, the Big Island Country Club, and the Kona Country Club.  Each is uniquely designed, offering postcard perfect signature holes and lots of challenges for all skill levels.

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Golfers on Hawaii’s “Big Island” can experience magnificent ocean views on courses cut into ancient lava fields. Other venues run into the hills, overlooking the blue Pacific. It just doesn’t get much better than this.

Often cutting through lava fields and jetting into the blue Pacific, these courses will take your breath away (and probably a few golf balls).  Away from the ocean and at 2,000 feet in elevation, the Big Island Country Club is in the foothills of 14,000-foot Mauna Kea Volcano, with the Kona coastline below.  Also in the mountainous area above Kona is Makalei Golf Club, with its 900-foot elevation changes.  It just doesn’t get much better than these venues for golfers.

The Royal Kona Resort is the perfect headquarters for your golf adventures on Hawaii Island. You can arrange tees through the resort’s Activity Center and, after your rounds, relax at Don’s Mai Tai Bar overlooking Kailua Bay or dine at Don the Beachcomber’s restaurant or take in the amazing “Voyagers of the Pacific” luau spectacular.

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