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grand wailea resort’s art collection tour: experiencing an outdoor museum – in grand style

When Japanese developer Takeshi Sekiguchi began building what’s now known as the Grand Wailea Resort (GWR) in 1989, his vision was to create the world’s #1 art hotel. “Mr. Sekiguchi’s greatest passion is art,” says Michael Gilbert, curator of corporate collections. “His vision was to create an outdoor art museum that happened to have a hotel inside. This property is the result of one man’s dream.”

And Mr. Sekiguchi decided Michael was the man to help him achieve that dream. “I was working for the Four Seasons in Canada, when he contacted me by phone,” Michael recalls. “He asked, ‘How would you like to come to Maui?’ My background was nineteenth-century art curating, and I’m a portrait painter by trade, but I’d done a lot of art restoration. I probably wasn’t the best candidate for the job, but because I have multiple talents, he felt I was the one. So I happily moved to Maui, and have been here ever since. I was present from the very beginning when they were digging the first holes in the ground.” Continue reading ‘grand wailea resort’s art collection tour: experiencing an outdoor museum – in grand style’

maui ocean center’s kaho‘olawe exhibit honors the island’s past, present & future

Kaho‘olawe is a sacred island of cultural reverence. Originally known as Kohe Malamalama o Kanaloa, Kaho‘olawe is dedicated to Kanaloa, a Hawaiian god associated with voyaging, the deep sea, and marine life.

Once a center for navigational training, agriculture, and cultural and religious practices, Kaho‘olawe experienced a controversial era of intense U.S. military activity that brought significant destruction to the island. A successful grassroots movement grew in Hawai‘i and reached Washington D.C., resulting in the end to nearly half a century of military operations. This movement ushered in a new era of restoration and healing. Continue reading ‘maui ocean center’s kaho‘olawe exhibit honors the island’s past, present & future’

humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere celebrates anniversary!

A year ago, the Maui Ocean Center opened its Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit & Sphere, creating a new and immersive dimension to Maui’s fabled humpback whale season. Until now, visitors have observed humpbacks from above the ocean’s surface. The Humpbacks of Hawai‘i experience breaks this barrier, transporting viewers into the humpbacks’ world beneath the waves for a rare, face-to-face encounter with one of the world’s most majestic marine mammals.

Heralded as the first exhibit of its kind in the United States, the Humpbacks of Hawai‘i Exhibit & Sphere saw over three years in its development that included production by German filmmaker Daniel Opitz, filming expeditions off Maui’s coastline, and collaboration with the local and scientific communities of Maui. Continue reading ‘humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere celebrates anniversary!’

maui plein air painting invitational saturday, february 15 – sunday, february 23

What is the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational? This 9-day event highlights 24 professional plein air painters from throughout Hawai‘i, the United States mainland, and Australia. The painters capture the images of Maui – its people, its beaches and ocean scenes, its majestic mountains and valleys, and its historical buildings. The public watch artists create inspiring artworks, attend art sales, and attend educational events.

Artists create inspiring paintings from locations around Maui and specifically at Lahaina Harbor, Kapalua Bay, and Royal Lahaina Resort Beach Area. Guests and locals will love this up close and personal experience with these talented artists! Continue reading ‘maui plein air painting invitational saturday, february 15 – sunday, february 23’

14th annual whale tales presented by whale trust

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Maui, Hawaii

Whale Trust invites the public to join world-renowned scientists, photographers, and conservationists at the 14th Annual Whale Tales, February 14th-17th, at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Whale Tales is presented annually by Whale Trust, a Maui-based nonprofit organization dedicated to whale research and ocean education. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has been home to Whale Tales (formerly Whale Quest) since the inception of the event in 2006.

Whale Tales is both an educational event that bridges the information gap between scientists working in the field and the public and a means to raise funds to support whale research in Hawai‘i. In 13 years, Whale Tales has raised more than $725,000 for whale research in Hawaii and reached tens of thousands of people, including thousands of local schoolchildren. Continue reading ’14th annual whale tales presented by whale trust’

road to hana code of conduct

We wanted to share this recent message from our Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau:

For most, the Road to Hana is a bucket list item. With over 620 hairpin turns and 59 one-lane bridges, the journey through lush flora and fauna is part of the adventure on Maui. While it is easy to get lost in the beautiful seascapes and waterfalls, it is important to also remember that the Road to Hana is the only way in and out of Hana for the local residents who live in Hana town and to be mindful when passing the spectacular scenic byways and exercise caution when pulling over to keep traffic flowing.

Through the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau social media channels, a campaign has been launched to encourage visitors to familiarize themselves with the Road to Hana Code of Conduct before making the drive to Hana. The Code of Conduct can be found online at:

By making it a safe and memorable experience for visitors and local residents alike, we hope to help continue making Maui, No Ka ‘Oi!

the merwin conservancy palm garden: on the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree – w.s. merwin

This month, The Merwin Conservancy becomes permanent custodian of the 19-acre property situated in Maui’s jungle-like Pe‘ahi Stream valley near Ha‘iku owned by two-time U.S. Poet Laureate William Stanley (“W.S.”) Merwin and his wife Paula. When he died in March of this year, William left a legacy of boundless imagination, insight, and literary genius. He wrote more than 30 books of poetry and prose, and won two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Book Award, in addition to serving as Poet Laureate not once, but twice.

Established in 2010, William and Paula created The Merwin Conservancy to safeguard their land and home in perpetuity and, in 2014, it became permanently protected by a Deed of Conservation Easement held by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Why go to so much effort to preserve this particular property? Because, as I found out on a recent visit, it’s one of the most extraordinary places on Maui. And if you’re fortunate enough to snag a spot on an Open Garden Day, you’ll find out first-hand why: the Merwin property is home to approximately 3,000 individual palm trees, all planted by William with help from Paula, who predeceased him by two years. Continue reading ‘the merwin conservancy palm garden: on the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree – w.s. merwin’