Visitors Increase For Lanai And Molokai

Lanai had a 19.1% increase in visitors for the month of July as compared to the same time last year. Spending on Lanai increased over the year a whopping 67.9% to $8.6 million.

Molokai also saw increases in visitors and expenditures. Visitors increased by 32.2% and spending increased 109.5%.

The increase in Lanai is due largely to new visitors coming and staying at the recently redone Four Seasons Resort Lanai. The resort, formally the Manele Hotel, reopened in February 2016.

Overall vistors have increased 5.3 percent statewide. Visitor spending also grew to 4.8% in July, and 9.8% for the year to July totals.

Great Economic News!

Hawaiian Tourism Authority reported the single largest month ever on record in Maui County for January at $548.5 million. That is a whopping 18 percent increase from the same time last year. Increase in visitors from both Coasts of the Mainland as well as Canada helped contribute to the large visitor expenditures.

Maui County’s tourism isn’t the only thing booming. The real estate market is red-hot too! Median home prices rose 1.8 percent to $685,000. Median condo prices also increased from this time last year to $472,500. Up 1.6 percent from the same time last year.

Also pleasing to know, Maui County’s unemployment rate for the end of 2017 was half of what the rest of the nation saw.

Pride Of America

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Pride Of America

Docked in Kahului Boat Harbor is the impressive 2000 passenger Pride Of America ship.  This is the only ship to sail around the Hawaiian Islands year round.  Native ambassadors of the ship will be your guides and teachers first hand of Hawaiian culture.  This massive ship has more than 15 restaurants and 12 bars and lounges on board.  The spacious comfortable suites make the Pride Of America a great adventure for families!  Enjoy a swim on board in the spacious pool, or spend the day being pampered at the Mandara Spa.  There is plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy!  You can learn more about the  Pride Of America ship and see everything the ship has to offer here.

Events This Weekend

This Friday is the Makawao Town Party.  Running from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm come out to enjoy music, food, and even a fashion show at 7:00 pm.  Entertainment for Keiki includes face painting, henna tattoos, mechanical pony rides, and balloon animals.  There is something for everyone at the Town Parties hosted on Friday’s throughout Maui.  For the most up to date information, visit the Makawao Maui Fridays page here.

Also on Friday July 17th at 7:30 a Starry Night Cinema presents Frozen at the A&B Amphitheater.  Free admission!  All you need is blankets and beach chairs!  No outside food or drinks will be allowed, but there will be a pre-movie dinner menu.  The Maui Arts website has more information on the movie event.

Saturday’s monthly beach cleanup will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Kanaha Beach Park.  All cleanup supplies will be provided.  Just bring your lunch and reusable water bottle.

Sunday the Stand Up Paddle Race starts at 2:30 pm in Kamalo, Molokai.  The 8.5 mile course end at the Hotel Molokai.  This event is good for paddlers of all levels.  Registration is $75.00 and includes membership to SUPAM.  Those racers wishing to stay on Molokai special rates are available.  Visit the Sup Molokai events section here for more information.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Upcoming Events

This Friday Lahaina hosts the second Friday Town Party.  Happening in Campbell Park, this free event runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Enjoy music from Fred’s Garage and dancing from the Maui Jitterbugs.  Enjoy music and shopping along Front Street.     The Maui Fridays website has more information here.

A new musical, The Addams Family, will be running from July 10th to August 2nd at the Iao Theater.  This Friday night is opening night!  Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm.  Ticket pricing ranges from $20.00 to $40.00.  To purchase tickets online, or for more information visit the Maui Onstage website.

Rockin Food and Beer Festival will be on Saturday in Paia at Rock & Brews.  For your $25.00 ticket purchase you will be able to sample cuisine and 10 of Maui Brewing Co. finest brews.  Special guest, and Rock & Brews Co-Founder Paul Stanley from Kiss will be on hand.  The Rock & Brews website has information on this event and other future events.

On Sunday July 11th starting at 2:00 pm, Cirque du Sunday!  Circus, food, music, and a show at Emerald City Trapeze Maui. For a small $10.00 fee you can even try out the trapeze.   Come enjoy the fun and festivities that will end will a movie on the lawn at 7:00 pm.  All information is believed to be accurate, but check with Emerald City Trapeze to verify.

We hope you have a fun-filled weekend!