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Hawaii is a vacationer’s paradise. Beautiful rooms and top-notch service are the cherry on top of Hawaii’s breathtaking views, perfect weather, and idyllic beaches.

Planning the perfect Hawaiian vacation should be exciting, not stressful. Here, we’ll show you some of Hawaii’s best properties so you know you’re getting the most of your visit. “Where To Stay” will make researching and planning your next Hawaiian vacation a breeze. 

Mana Kai Maui

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The word is out—Hawaii Magazine readers have voted for Mana Kai Maui as “Best of Maui 2017!" And now, the Mana Kai Maui—“where heaven meets earth”—has gotten even better. 

Located on picturesque Keawakapu Beach, the hotel rooms and 1- and 2-bedroom vacation condominiums have been newly renovated with updated kitchens, baths, showers, appliances—many with new designer furnishings and art—to make your stay even more luxurious.

Guests may easily stay on track with their workouts in the new Fitness Center. The new business center has computer stations and printer for added convenience.These new features, combined with Mana Kai’s many complimentary services—like daily maid service, free WiFi access, onsite restaurant, general store/deli, gas BBQ grill, free parking, with NO resort fees, will make your next vacation truly heavenly.

2960 S. Kihei Road
Kihei, HI 96753
(800) 525-2025
www.manakaimaui.com

 

Kaanapali Beach Hotel

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Located in the heart of Maui’s premier resort fronting the flawless three-mile stretch of world-famous Kaanapali Beach, Kaanapali Beach Hotel is officially recognized in Hawaii Magazine's Best Of the Best Reader's Choice Awards as "Best of Maui: Hotel with Aloha Spirit." The 432-room hotel is the ideal setting to turn Hawaiian dreams into lifelong memories. Serenades by employees, Hawaii regional cuisine, Hale Huakai Beach Activity Center, complimentary sunset hula show and live Hawaiian entertainment, complimentary daily interactive Hawaiian cultural activities, free year round children’s program, arts & crafts fair, welcome breakfast and departure kukui lei ceremony add to the value. Enjoy Hawaiian hookipa (hospitality), aloha at its best!

Kaanapali Beach Hotel
2525 Kā‘anapali Parkway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 800-262-8450
Website: www.kbhmaui.com

The Chef Behind Maui’s “Culturally Conscious” Food Movement

The newly renovated HUMUHUMU restaurant at Hawaii Magazine Readers Choice Awards' #1 Maui Luxury Hotel or Resort, the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria™ Resort, boasts modern Hawaiian details, a subtle nod to ocean themes including voyaging, and the debut of award-winning Chef Mike Lofaro’s Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine menu.

lofaroLofaro is the reigning Best Chef on Maui, winner of Most Innovative Menu and Best Pacific Rim cuisine awards. He also won an EMMY™ Award for his television show SEARCH Hawaii in 2016 and completed his first triathlon the same year.  What makes this waterman-triathlete-chef, originally from Block Island, Rhode Island, so good at what he does? 

“Filming our television show SEARCH Hawaii has opened my eyes about food. I put my energy into the path of the ingredients and what is important here in our islands,” said Lofaro. “I don’t feel I’m limited to a certain style or cuisine and can use ingredients that don’t get obvious respect such as my Ulu Risotto. It’s about bringing attention to the breadfruit that is native here. I’m also enjoying using Hawaiian non-native species such as strawberry guava and kiawe bean.”

“There is sensitivity to being culturally aware with my menu decisions. My food is Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine, according to what is available and in season. Sustainability is what is important here in the islands.

Smartly executed to spotlight the main ingredient with simple and balanced flavors, his signature dishes scream of the ocean while introducing locally grown produce such as ulu.

“My work decisions are the same as personal decisions. Making triathlons a goal has driven my culinary side. I think about my cooking while I’m training.”

As a waterman, Lofaro has paddled the Keawe Channel for endurance races and spearfishes to sustain his family.  Now he trains daily to compete in triathlons, and compares this to working in kitchens with his mentor Chef Michael Mina at Aqua. “As a younger chef, you work hard, you play hard. You had no balance in a kitchen like Aqua. We were on the line all day and all night, went out for a few drinks and got a few hours of sleep if we were lucky. That was on repeat for about three years,” muses Lofaro. “I survived it, and I learned to cook. Anyone who is creative is extreme in one way or another. Culturally correct cooking is my extreme. It has become what I’m most passionate about.” 

The chef pays his passion forward as a volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs Maui, and raising awareness for Maui youth sports through his triathlon training. Follow Chef Mike and his restaurant on instagram @humuhumumaui and #whereschefmike.

3850 Wailea Alanui
Wailea, HI 96753
(800) 888-6100
grandwailea.com

Aqua-Aston Hospitality

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Bite Size Hawaii

Hawaii is a multi-faceted destination with a diverse culinary scene. Discover Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s fine collection of hotels and resorts – each with its own distinct personality to explore a culinary journey of Hawaii’s flavors. 

Beach Life, Urban Vibe

Oahu’s urban playground and renowned surfing spots is a perfect environment for an energizing vacation. Situated in the heart of Waikiki, The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is a new hotel featuring collaboratively designed spaces that are reminiscent of vintage 1960s Hawaii with an emphasis on local culture and art. Home to Mahina & Sun’s, Chef Ed Kenney’s latest restaurant, the hotel truly embraces Hawaii’s contemporary culture.  Beyond the hotel, a new Aloha Aina farm excursion is an exclusive adventure where guests head out to the beautiful west side of Oahu for a unique, firsthand look at working farms with MA’O and Kahumanu Organic Farms. At the end of the day, guests leave with an appreciation for food, community and the Aloha spirit.

Inspiring Landscapes

Boasting 4 out of the 5 major climate zones in the world, Hawaii Island is sure to inspire. Perched on the rim of Kilauea caldera, the historic Volcano House is the only hotel within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offering once in a lifetime experiences such as The Rim restaurant. With the billowing Halemaumau Crater as your backdrop, chefs create flavors unique to the Pacific region and dishes made with a selection of fresh caught island fish, grass-fed beef and Big Island grown vegetables. 

Off the Beaten Path

For those seeking lush foliage and a true departure from the crowds, Kauai is your garden paradise. Chiseled emerald cliffs and pristine white-sand beaches provide a rejuvenating energy to connect with nature. Perfect for those looking to unplug from the day-to-day race, Aqua Kauai Beach Resort is a secluded full-service oceanfront haven with idyllic lagoon swimming pools and cultural endeavors for an immersive experience. Joining the locally sourced movement, Executive Chef Rodman Machado has unveiled a farm-to-fork dining experience- teaming up with local farmers to bring his passion for authentic flavors to his new seasonal menu presenting a “taste of place” that is Kauai.  Also on the “Garden Isle,” Kauai Shores hugs the eastern Coconut Coast. As a one-of-kind boutique experience with bright island-style décor and a unique “toes in the sand” Lava Lava Beach Club dining experience, this contemporary resort presents the ultimate vacation hideaway.  Here, you'll sit back in an indoor and outdoor open air restaurant and bar setting while enjoying a “relaxed island cuisine” that draws upon the island’s ambiance, swaying coconut trees and tropical trade winds.

Call our Honolulu-based destination specialists at 855-945-4092 or visit Aqua-Aston.com to plan your island inspired culinary journey.

 

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

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Enveloped in island beauty, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is your place for aloha.

Hawaii’s premier resort destination, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is centrally located in the heart of Oahu’s famed Waikiki. Just steps from the world famous Waikiki Beach and Duke Kahanamoku landmark, the resort provides the perfect retreat for couples, groups and families. Make the most of your island experience with the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, personalized services, and luxurious amenities including educational activities, world-class dining, award-winning spa, 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool overlooking azure waters, and more than 60 on-site boutiques.

For busy travelers, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa offers Sunshine on Sale as the perfect package.  Pay for three nights and every fourth night is free with daily buffet breakfast for two and kids stay and eat free (rules and restrictions apply).  This is a great way for everyone to make memories happen by experiencing an extra day of surfing, jet skiing, boating, swimming or hiking.  The opportunities are endless in Hawaii and at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, you’ll be connected to what matters most to you.  For more information about Sunshine on Sale, please visit waikiki.regency.hyatt.com.

2424 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-923-1234
www.waikiki.hyatt.com

 

 

Holiday Inn Express 

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Waikiki’s Newest & Largest

As part of the ongoing revival of Waikiki, there’s something exciting for everyone at the newly opened Holiday Inn Express Honolulu-Waikiki.  Formerly the Maile Sky Court, this high-rise hotel has completed an extensive renovation to be one of the largest Holiday Inn Express hotels in North America.

Rooms with a View

Modern and sleek, each of the 596 guest rooms is tastefully appointed to maximize space and convenience for guests throughout their stay. Rooms offer spectacular ocean, mountain and Waikiki skyline views.

Fun for everyone

For a different take on fun under the Hawaiian sun, a new recreational sky deck with poolside resort style amenities is available.  Highlights include: Waikiki’s only 9-hole miniature golf course, shuffleboard, giant chess game, as well as ping pong, pool and foosball pool tables, and a fully equipped fitness room. Coming soon the sky deck will also feature yoga classes and an interactive family game room. 

Fresh Breakfast Daily

To start your day, the new complimentary breakfast bar offers a plethora of daily breakfast options in the hotel’s Great Room.  A signature hallmark of Holiday Inn Express, guests will appreciate the convenience and extra touch for a memorable stay.

2058 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 947-2828
hiexpress.com/waikikihi

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

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Get swept off your feet at one of the most romantic resorts on Kaanapali Beach. Voted "Top 10 Most Popular Honeymoon Resorts in Hawaii" by Conde Nast Traveler readers, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers the perfect setting for romance in paradise. 

Enjoy romance-inspiring activities including relaxing couple’s massages and full-body treatments at Maui’s only oceanfront spa, or swimming through the waterfalls for cocktails at the hidden Grotto Bar. Lay back and relax in a private oceanside cabana for two, or listen to the waves roll in from a nearby hammock.

Choose the romance showing of Tour of the Stars, and enjoy rooftop stargazing with chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine under the night sky.

Indulge in fresh, local ingredients at ten onsite restaurants and lounges, including our award-winning Japengo restaurant, or the most intimate of dinners, private oceanside dining. Created especially for two, dinner is served by candlelight under a secluded, oceanfront canopy, beginning with a champagne toast as the sun starts to set. 

After making everlasting memories, retreat to your elegant and comfortable guestroom with your own private lanai and panoramic views. Book our Maui Honeymoon Package and enjoy daily rental car, daily breakfast buffet, Honeymooners Reception, two celebratory cocktails, two for one Tour of the Stars, two for one Drums of the Pacific Lu’au and more. 

200 Nohea Kai Dr.
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 661-1234.
maui.regency.hyatt.com