World Whale Film Festival

The annual World Whale Film Festival is taking place tomorrow, Friday February 8th at the Iao Theater in Wailuku. The event time is from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The theme for 2019 is “inspiring ocean health through waves of change.”

Beginning at 5:00 pm informational booths will be on hand in the courtyard next to the theater. Those interested in eating beforehand can dine at HI Thai Food Truck. Event guests will receive a 20% discount.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm with the film scheduled to start at 6:15 pm. Intermission with snacks available for purchase will be at 7:30 pm. Upon the film’s conclusion at 9:00 pm, Wai Bar is hosting a private festival social for those who attended the film.

Maui Visitor Numbers Continue To Climb

With an increase of over 6% in 2017, the number of visitors traveling to Maui could hit the 3 million mark for 2019. Visitor spending also increased by over 8% to $5.07 billion.

Hawaii overall is expected to surpass 10 million visitors for 2018. This is an increase of 1.8% according to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Expected visitor spending is over $19 billion. There was on average 242,629 visitors in the Hawaiian Islands on any given day during 2018.

In an effort to balance the impact of so many visitors, changes in promotional tactics have been started. New videos focusing on the cultural appreciation, ocean health and safety, have started playing on social media, resort websites, and in hotel rooms.

Chinese New Year 2019

Happy Chinese New Year! 2019 is the year of the Pig! Chinese New Year officially kicks off today February 5th. The zodiac symbols repeat every 12 years. The next time you will have a year of the Pig will be in 2031.

The symbolic feeding the dragon is a tradition done to bring good luck. Red envelopes are fed to the dragon by those seeking good fortune. If you’ve never had a chance to experience this it is truly a fun sight to see!

A full day of celebration is scheduled to take place on February 8th in Lahaina. Lions will dance through the streets of Lahaina and there will be plenty of festivities at the Wo Hing Museum and Cookhouse at 858 Front St. Chinese New Year exhibits will be on display beginning Monday, February 4th through Thursday, February 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Wo Hing Museum.

On Saturday, February 9th Lahaina Cannery will have the traditional “feeding of the lions” from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Martial arts display an firecrackers during the celebration, or come out at 1:00 pm for a pre-celebration hula performance!

On Sunday February 10th the Tiki Terrace Restaurant located at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel will host the Year of the Pig brunch buffet. Buffet will include shrimp egg fu young, braised short ribs and noodles. Reservations are a must!

Queen Kaahumanu Center will be hosting two different events for Chinese New Year. First event will be held on Sunday, February 10th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The annual event will consist of martial arts demonstration, fireworks, lion dance, and crafts for keiki under the age of 12. On Saturday, February 16th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm the Chinese New Year Festival will be held at the Queen Kaahumanu Center. Activities include good luck photos with ancient lion head, calligraphy writing, keiki ribbon dancing, plus so much more! This will be a fun event for the entire family!

The Grand Wailea Hotel has posted via their website that you can experience the Lion Dance in the resort lobby tomorrow, Wednesday February 6th at 4:00 pm.

In Paia, Maui Mediation Services will be celebrating tonight from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Flatbread Co. This annual fundraiser will feature a silent auction with items from Grand Wailea, Maui Laser Tag, and many others! A portion of all pizza sales throughout the evening will be donated to Maui Mediation Services.

So many events its impossible to choose just one! As more events unfold we will keep you updated! Enjoy the celebrations! Gong hei fat choy!

Open Houses & Best Buys!

Open Today, Friday February 1st, From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

370 Kai Malu

From Piilani turn down Okolani then make your first left turn.

Wailea’s Best Value! Located at the end of a cul-de-sac lies a well maintained and upgraded three bedroom two and one-half bath townhome. Great room opens to extended lanai with wet bar and beautiful sprawling lawns.

Open Saturday, February 2nd, From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

3145 Waiea

Gorgeous home ideally located in Wailea Kai-close to Keawakapu Beach! This palatial residence with 4 bedrooms beautifully incorporates the flow of the home into one of the largest yards with secluded pool in the neighborhood!

Open Saturday, February 2nd, From 8:00 am to 11:00 am

1786 Halama

Prime Oceanfront Location! 3 bedroom beach house and detached 2 bedroom cottage with a 400+ square foot storage room offer a variety of living options. Owned PV and solar hot water systems add to the incredible value of this property.

Available To View By Appointment

Wailea Palms Residences

Ocean view 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo in the Wailea Palm Residences with no stairs to the unit! Fabulous onsite amenities, gated complex entry and lush tropical grounds. Offered furnished!

Wailuku Town Friday Party

Tomorrow, Friday February 1st, is the Wailuku First Friday party from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This event takes place along Market Street. Street closure starts at 5:30 pm. Free parking is available at the Maui Medical Center parking lot.

Live musical entertainment provided by Kuala, Luna Overdrive, Gene Argel, Johnny Z, Mark Johnson Live Funk and Jazz, The Goods with DJ Boomshot, DJ Carone, and Jay P. Magical act The Magic of Kamishibai will have two free showings at Mapa Warehouse on Main Street.

Local restaurants include Gianotto’s Pizza, 808 On Main, Saigon Cafe, Kings BBQ plus many more! Enjoy craft booths from local artisans! This is a great free family event that also supports the community!