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april • 2019 keiki cover models

Aloha and Mahalo to Kaianu David Valdivia and Kalena Kekoa Nohealani Romero, this month’s keiki cover models!

Kaianu is ten years old and in fifth grade, and sister Kalena is six years old and attends kindergarten. Mom is Kinoikilaioalana Almeida, night auditor at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, and dad is Edgar Romero, night manager at Honua Kai Resort. The family lives in Wailuku.

Mom shares, “Kaianu enjoys math at school, and Kalena likes art and computers. Both love the water, swimming, snorkeling and SUP. I tell them both to fill their lives with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show. We work hard to take the kids on vacation to show them different parts of the world.” Great advice for us all!

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maui ocean center’s new humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere: immersing guests in the world of gentle giants

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim among Hawaiian humpback whales, the gentle giants of the sea? Inside Maui Ocean Center’s (MOC) brand-new, multi-million dollar “Sphere,” you’ll encounter what looks and feels to be just that. For the first time in the entire world, guests at Maui’s own aquarium can experience the mystery and majesty of one of the largest mammals on planet Earth as no one has before.

While the Sphere was under construction for approximately a year, who among us didn’t wonder as we drove past, “What in the world is going to be under that shiny, white dome?” “This is the culmination of three years of preparation and work for us,” says Tapani Vuori, MOC general manager. “The Sphere is a groundbreaking, fully immersive humpback whale experience. You are part of the ocean environment with the whales once you’re inside the dome. It’s the first of its kind in the history of the U.S., and even around the world. Continue reading ‘maui ocean center’s new humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere: immersing guests in the world of gentle giants’

27th annual ‘celebration of the arts’ festival at the ritz-carlton, kapalua april 19-20, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is proud to host the 27th Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival, a beloved cultural event which has taken place on-property every year since the resort’s inception in 1992. On April 19 and 20, some of Hawai‘i’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers will convene to celebrate the islands’ history and culture with resort guests and locals alike, through traditional ceremonies, music and dance performances, local cuisine, film screenings, hands-on art demonstrations, informative speaker panels, and more. These various immersive and exciting activities will center around this year’s theme – “E Aloha I Na Mea Kanu…Love all things that are planted” – a poetic verse referring to the growth of crops, life, ancestors, thoughts, deeds and consequences. Continue reading ’27th annual ‘celebration of the arts’ festival at the ritz-carlton, kapalua april 19-20, 2019′

march • 2019 keiki cover model

We want to reach out and say Mahalo to Nathan Rey Madariaga and his ‘ohana for sharing his sweet smile with us this month!

Nathan is three years old. His mom is Amy Madariaga, front desk agent at Destination Residences Hawai‘i, and his dad is Ryan Ubias, bell/valet agent.

Nathan’s other family members working in Maui’s guest services industry are ‘Mama Armi’ who works at Grand Wailea Resort & Spa in Food & Beverage, and ‘Papa Eddie’ who works at Fairmont Kea Lani in engineering.

Mom shares, “Nathan is very funny and has a big imagination. I tell him ‘Yes, I gave you life, but really you gave me mine. Thank you for being our everything!’”

vana pa‘ia restaurant & sushi bar: the new north shore hot spot

Vana Pa‘ia Restaurant & Sushi Bar, located in the North Shore’s boutique hotel Pa‘ia Inn, is the talk of the laid-back, Bohemian surf town whose popularity is soaring these days.

Open since November, Vana is quickly making its mark as the place to see and be seen, while enjoying highly creative, sophisticated cuisine; finely crafted prohibition-inspired cocktails; and a carefully curated wine list—all presented in a secluded, courtyard-style atmosphere that confirms you’ve discovered a bona fide neighborhood gem.

Pa‘ia Inn owner Michael Baskin has assembled an impressive A-team for his new restaurant venture. The kitchen is led by Co-Executive Chefs Nick Gerstmar and Sean Ikeda; veteran Sommelier Vanessa Lampson does double duty as food and beverage director; while Mixologist Danny Dispo holds court at the turquoise-hued bar tucked cozily under a staircase. Continue reading ‘vana pa‘ia restaurant & sushi bar: the new north shore hot spot’

ka‘anapali beach hotel announces new hawaiian activities

Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel is solidifying its position as Hawai‘i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel with the unveiling of an updated suite of Hawaiian cultural activities, offering guests even more engaging opportunities to have fun and learn about local history, customs and culture. By condensing their class list from 15 to 11 and lengthening class times to allow for more in-depth experiences, new visitors to the property can expand their understanding of Hawaiian culture, while the hotel’s many repeat guests will be able to further draw from the dedicated staff’s deep well of expertise.

The new activities include Ho‘olaule‘a, a style of Hawaiian music produced in an impromptu jam session; Nala, an in-depth look at various weaving techniques; and Mo‘olelo, storytelling sessions. Continue reading ‘ka‘anapali beach hotel announces new hawaiian activities’

february • 2019 keiki cover model

Sending a big aloha to our keiki cover girl this month, Teliana Aurora Mama‘o.

Teliana is eight years old, and attends Kamehameha III Elementary School.

Mom is Santina Melcone, a massage therapist for Spa Helani at Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, and dad is Saimone Mama‘o, a lu’au dancer.

Mom shares, “Teliana loves aerial silks, hula, gymnastics, ballet and surfing! She enjoys playing ukulele and piano. At school Teliana’s favorite subject is science. I think my daughter is very inspiring and talented!”

Mahalo for sharing Teliana’s big smile with us this month!


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