Residents spoke out Tuesday against expansion of the Grand Wailea. Residents are concerned over, among other reasons, the potential disturbance of possible ancient burial grounds, and the resident-to-vistor ratio being exceeded. The Grand Wailea has submitted plans to the Maui Planning Commission that would add an additional 224 rooms to the 776 room resort making it the second largest resort on Maui.
Also submitted in the proposal would be a new spa pool at Spa Grande, a new lap pool next to the Wailea Wing, a new family pool next to the Lagoon Wing, increase in the parking garage from 3 levels to 5 levels, and the removal of the Seaside Chapel. Other improvements include facade renovations, a new stairway in the Aqua Tower, renovations to the Hibiscus Pool area, renovations to the luau area, and additional public beach parking stalls.
Estimated cost for the project is $91.5 million with a 5 year estimated timeframe. The resort would remain open during construction. This would be the third renovation for the resort since being developed in 1991. The first taking place in 2008, and the second in 2014.
The plans are still waiting on a final decision by the Maui Planning Commission.
It’s Wailuku Town’s First Friday, this Friday December 2nd from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Market Street in Wailuku. This Friday there will be a Christmas Parade featuring Santa! Other special features include a photo booth, art show, live music, crafts and great food! You can view all the events and guests performing via the Maui Fridays website.
Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd Oregon State hosts the Maui Jim Maui Classic Basketball tournament. Joining Oregon State will be University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University. This event will take place at the War Memorial Gymnasium. Two games will be played each day. There will also be live entertainment, food trucks, and a slam dunk performance at the end of each day. Ticket available to purchase at $10.00 a day. All proceeds to benefit local non-profit organizations. If you would like to become a sponsor, or need more information on this event, visit the basketballMaui website.
On Sunday December 4th, the Grand Wailea will be having their annual tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy more then 8 miles of lights along the driveway leading to the Grand Wailea. Beginning at 5:00 pm refreshments will be served and at 5:30 pm the tree lighting ceremony will take place. You can view the activities available at the Grand Wailea here.
It’s First Friday in Wailuku on February 5th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Market Street closure will begin at 5:30 pm. Come and enjoy food, live entertainment, specials at restaurants, and crafts from local artists. Free parking is available at Maui Medical Group parking lot. For more information on their event, please visit the Wailuku First Fridays website here.
Happening both on Friday February 5th and Saturday February 6th at the Grand Wailea, the Celebrity Chef Tour benefitting James Beard Foundation. Friday features a cocktail reception from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Saturday will be the Celebrity Chef Dinner from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Tickets available for each individual event, or you may purchase a weekend pass for both nights. The Grand Wailea website has more information here.
Watch The Super Bowl on Sunday February 7th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Admission is free! The gates will open at 12:00 pm. Food trucks will be on site to sell food before and during the game including pulled pork sliders, hot dogs, taquitos and nachos among other things. Beverages available to purchase in the courtyard. Maui Arts website has a full list of food that will be available as well as more information.
Have a great remainder of you week and a wonderful weekend!
On New Years Eve, The Grand Wailea Hotel, will be having a grand New Years Eve celebration! Enjoy live entertainment, a cash bar, instagram photo booth and much more! The party will start at 9:30 with fireworks being set off at Midnight on Wailea Beach. This is a 21 and over event. More information available here.
On New Years Day, enjoy the stand up comedy routine by Bill Maher, Mahermageddon, Friday, January 1st at Castle Theatre starting at 7:30 pm.. This year Maher will bring along some of his famously funny friends David Spade and Jeff Ross. This will be Bill Maher’s 5th year coming to Maui for his New Years Day stand up routine. Ticket pricing varies. More information on Mahermageddon visit the Maui Arts And Cultural website here.
Also happening on Friday January 1st, Art Night Lahaina Town from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. See featured artists in action, and enjoy refreshments at this free event. A map of participating galleries is available at the Lahaina Visitors Center. Dozens of galleries will be participating!
We hope everyone has a safe and very Happy New Year!