Staycation: Westin Maui Resort and Spa

For most people, the word "staycation" means taking a vacation at home, spent perhaps in the backyard pool. Here in Hawaii, we have a different meaning that applies to a vacation where you check into a resort just a few miles from home. At a recent staycation to check out the Ka'anapali Fresh Culinary Festival, I scoped out the newly renovated Westin Maui Ocean Tower. The Westin Maui opened in August 1971 as the Maui Surf Hotel with 12 stories … [Read more...]

Maui Summer Camp Guide for Keiki

Summer days can drag on for Maui’s keiki. It’s day after day of sunshine and no school. Parents have the tough job of wrangling the kids into summer programs to keep them busy, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. That’s why we created this handy guide to summer programs on Maui. The guide includes academic stuff like the public libraries’ free reading program and shoreline adventure with geo-science camps. There’s also plenty of room to be … [Read more...]

Summer Guide 2013: No need to run away to the Circus: Emerald City Trapeze Arts is right here on Maui

"What do you like best about trapeze?" instructor Dorian McRae asks me as I climb 25 feet in the air at Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Lahaina to fly once more. "The rush!" I quickly say, as there's nothing quite like the feeling of jumping off a tiny platform while grasping a moving swing, then flipping upside down and hanging by your knees dozens of feet off the ground. McRae laughs. "Ah, yes–the adrenaline," he says. "That goes away after … [Read more...]

2013 MauiTime Summer Guide: Hitting Balls at Hitter’s Paradise


“I’m pretty sure we can get you hitting the ball well when you are done,” he said when I first asked about dropping by Hitter's Paradise in Kihei, but I didn’t really believe it. I recalled inept middle school PE days, standing awkwardly at home plate with all eyes on me, and the creeping uncomfortable self-consciousness of adolescence. But given the fact that I’d never been to a batting cage or even swung a bat in years, I decided it was worth … [Read more...]

Summer Guide 2013: Maui Paintball’s New Olowalu location is a blast

I never thought gunning strangers down could be so entertaining. There's very little that intimidates me, and I love a good adventure. But when I got invited to try Maui Paintball I was at a total loss. I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I came really close to chickening out. It's not the part that involves holding a gun–I like that. I've pulled the trigger on a shotgun shooting skeet in Lanai and that is powerfully fun. But going in a … [Read more...]

Your MauiTime comprehensive guide to summer keiki activities, kids camps and more

Special thanks to Valley Isle Gymnastics and state gymnastics champion Austin Cablay. Photo created at the Hui No ‘eau Visual Arts Center by Sean M. Hower. Gone are the dog days of summer where our island children run amuck in the hot and dusty streets, walking to the beach with boogie boards or ride their bikes through town. Nowadays, summer means enrichment and extracurricular activities allowing youth to absorb rays of sunshine while … [Read more...]

MauiTime Summer Guide 2012: Why I Started Skateboarding At Age 40


By Anthony Pignataro Just after sunset one recent Sunday evening, there were a handful of 20-somethings at the Kalama Skate Park in Kihei. While one guy with iPod buds in his ears skated the bowl, a shirtless skater with a lit cigarette in his hand rolled up and over the yellow wooden ramps across the skatepark. That he was even on a board was amazing, since five minutes before he’d taken a nasty spill while jumping a dirt bike off one of the … [Read more...]