This summer brings forth a newly launched website to match the new logo and new name for former Akina Aloha Tours, now named Akina Tours & Transportation. In February, Akina updated their logo and name to reflect its dedication to their transportation capabilities. Rest assured that even though the word “aloha” is no longer in their name, it is ever present in their service. Akina’s new site at http://www.akinatours.com sports the latest in aerial drone photography and video, and even some cool 360 degree virtual tours of vehicle interiors. There are also downloadable PDF’s of each vehicle should you want to provide details to your clients.

Look for their new line of Private Tours for discerning guests who want to explore Maui on their own terms. A featured destination such as the Maui Pineapple Plantation, Haku Lei Making, or an Upcountry Maui Farm Tour accompanied by a menu of options to choose from. Clients can opt for their own pick-up time and truly explore. Standard tours require drivers to hit every site published on a tour brochure in fears that someone on board may complain that they didn’t get what was advertised. With the new Private Tour line, the person who chartered the tour can add more shopping time, skip certain areas, and extend their day if they wish. Akina’s is a Hawaiian family-owned and operated business and is pulling from their experience to put together some, “off the beaten path” suggestions for your guests. Call Sales at 866-5141 for more details.


Maui Arts & Cultural Center is pleased to welcome Henry Kapono & Friends at the MACC, performing on stage at the A&B Amphitheater & Yokouchi Pavilion starting at 5pm on Sunday, August 26 in a concert celebrating the music beloved by locals and Hawaiian music fans around the world.

Henry Kapono shares the stage with some of the islands’ most renowned and up & coming artists in this concert to “Celebrate the Soundtrack of Hawai‘i,” coming together for an evening of music, laughter and stories as they share the hit songs everyone knows and loves.
The star-studded lineup of top Hawaiian entertainers includes: Kalapana, Jerry Santos (Olomana), Keola Beamer, Nā Leo Pilimehana, John Cruz, Brother Noland, Robi Kahakalau, Alx Kawakami, Blayne Asing, Josh Tatofi, Kalani Pe‘a, Kimié Miner, Landon McNamara, Mike Love, Paula Fuga, and Starr Kalahiki.

Tickets for the August 26th concert are $40 general admission, ($15 for kids ages 2-12), $55 and $75 reserved seating, with a limited number of $150 VIP tickets that include access to dedicated bars and restrooms and the opportunity to mingle with the artists. Tickets are available at the MACC Box office, with ticket windows and phone lines open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am-6pm (242-SHOW). Tickets may also be purchased online anytime at MauiArts.org.

A&B Amphitheater
Sunday, August 26, 2018; 5pm
Gates open at 4pm
Tickets: $40 GA (kids 2-12 $15 GA);
$55, $75 reserved seating; VIP $150
808-242-SHOW http://www.MauiArts.org


Cool Cat Café runs one of the island’s best referral programs and is making it easier for you to refer your guests and get credit to come in and dine for free! They now have permanent cards which are reloaded monthly so you always have your rewards in hand. Simply send an email to rfb@coolcatcafe.com to sign up and get all of their latest e-news. Cool Cat also has a dedicated “Rootbeer Float” phone number for your questions: 667-0909.

If you run out of cards you can easily pick up a stack at their Shave Ice Booth right on Front Sreet or call/email and they will send some out to you.

The Cool Cat referral program is simple and offers a FREE Rootbeer Float to your guests that you send in to dine.

STEP ONE: Get some float cards.
STEP TWO: Write your name on the cards.
STEP THREE: Pass them out.
STEP FOUR: Eat at Cool Cat for FREE!

Cool Cat is also running an amazing 2018 Year End Prize contest. The grand prize is a trip for two to Las Vegas including airfare, hotel and show tickets! You must make it into the top 25 to be eligible for the grand prize. Every month Cool Cat emails their newsletter to you with the current Top 50 agents so you can track your progress.
For more information please call Cool Cat’s “float” line at 667-0909 or send an email to rbf@coolcatcafe.com.


Locals and visitors alike are celebrating the spectacular views and value menu offered at the daily happy hour at Merriman’s Kapalua with live music seven days a week at the Point Lounge from 3-5pm.

Happy Hour Drink Specials are featured with well drinks for just $6, Merriman’s Famous Mai Tai with honey-lilikoi foam for $9 and their refreshing Thai Coco for just $9. Wines by the glass are offered at 25% off and domestic beers are $5.

Merriman’s Happy Hour pupu menu includes everything from Tako Escargot ($20) to their delicious Parmesan truffle fries ($9).

For those looking for a healthy twist on Happy Hour treats try the Honokohau valley Taro Hummus ($16) including cucumber, cherry tomatoes, local radish, Molokai sweet potato chips for dipping. The Hawaiian ahi poke with avocado, Kahuku sea asparagus, ogo, Maui onion, Molokai sweet potato chips ($23) is another fresh option. Meat lovers can indulge in Prime filet & Applewood bacon sliders with blue cheese aioli on housemade brioche ($13). The menu has many other tasty items. Head down to Merriman’s Kapalua daily from 3-5pm at the Point Lounge. Located at One Bay Club Place in Kapalua, please call for more information at 669-6400 or visit http://www.merrimanshawaii.com.


The results are in, and the island of Maui has captivated the hearts of Travel + Leisure readers once again. Maui retained the No. 1 spot on the magazine’s list of “Top Islands in Hawaii” in its 2018 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey, to be featured in the upcoming August issue of Travel + Leisure and on http://www.TravelandLeisure.com.

“We are proud to receive this wonderful recognition from Travel + Leisure readers and share this honor with the visitor industry and people of Maui that continue to make our island a remarkable, world-class destination,” said Sherry Duong, executive director of the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Readers of Travel + Leisure, the largest and most influential travel magazine in the U.S., annually rate their recent experiences in the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards survey. This year marks the 23rd edition of the awards.

Travel + Leisure editor in chief Nathan Lump said, “With stellar food, friendly people, lots to do and, of course, spectacular beaches, Maui is a pretty perfect package according to T+L readers. So, it’s no surprise to see this perennial favorite topping the list once again.”
For more information visit http://www.travelandleisure.com. Congrats to all of you on our front line who make Maui special to our visitors!


The Mill House has created a new menu format and new dishes and cocktails to go with it!

The menu is now presented in a black industrial folder,  inspired by the handed down instructional manuals found in the work floor areas of the Pu‘unene Sugar Mill, the new menu layout is easy to navigate, tells the sugar mill story, and is both informative and entertaining. There are over 10 new food selections and preparations, New Happy Hour selections.  $10 food items, $5 Maui Brewing Co. Beers, $40 Rosé wine bottles, and $20 Segura Viudas Sparkling Wine. There is also an informative sugarcane section for those who wish to learn and explore further the story of “sugar.”

A selection of retail items is now available for purchase and a new wine list providing quick information to allow for easy selection. For more information and reservations please contact The Mill House at 270-0333 or visit the website at http://www.millhousemaui.com.


Experience an authentic and luxurious lu‘au at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort—a beautifully curated cultural and culinary experience set amidst an iconic grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu Beach. Follow the historical journey of the Polynesians as they arrived on Maui and settled, while gaining insight on Hawaiian values focusing on the love of, connection to, and kuleana to the land. While enjoying interactive story-telling, indulge in an ‘ohana-style meal, beautifully plated and executed by Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco. Handcrafted and personalized cocktails are available to enhance the culinary experience. 5:30-8:30pm. Reservations: feastatmokapu.com.


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