My Lahaina Photo Contest is Live

eblast header sunsetEnter your coolest snapshots in the “My Lahaina” photo contest and you could be the Monthly Runner up or Winner of a popular Maui *gift. Plus if you are a Monthly Winner you will be entered to win the annual Grand Prize.

 

The “My Lahaina” photo contest annual Grand Prize winner will enjoy a vacation package to include:

 

  • 5-nights at Lahaina Shores
  • Dollar Rent-A-Car
  • Luau Dinner for 2
  • Pacific Whale Foundation Dinner Cruise for 2

 

It’s quick and easy to enter. Just post your Lahaina Shores memories here, then share your entry on Facebook and Twitter. Your friends and followers can vote on your photo to help you win! For inspiration, check out the current leader.

 

 

 

*Prizes for each Monthly Winner and each Monthly Runner Up vary but have included gifts such as a Hawaii coffee table book by professional photographer Douglas Peebles, a logo insulated cooler, and other Hawaii-themed gifts.

Thank you Keith from Massachusetts for our header picture “Lahaina Shores Sunset”

Hiking on Maui

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In Hawaii, summer means hiking trails, incredible views and a great way to tour the Islands on your own two feet. Maui’s hiking trails allow you to experience the beauty of the Magic Isle. For an easy hike, visit historic Iao Valley State Park. This paved trail offers fantastic valley views. For a more difficult hike try the Pipiwai trail to 400-foot Waimoku Falls in the lush Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park. Visit the Kipahulu Visitor’s Center for more information.

 
Or you can hike atop the scenic summit of Haleakala, Maui’s highest peak. Take the Halemauu Trail or the Keeneheehee (sliding sands) trail down from the crater and see volcanic landscapes, mountainous wilderness and rare endemic plants like the ahinahina (silversword). Visit the Haleakala Visitor’s Center for more information on guided and self-guided hikes.

For more information contact the National Park Service at (808) 572-4400.

 

When hiking on Maui, be sure to be prepared with these essentials:
- Good hiking shoes with tread
- Light pants to keep cool or shorts (but beware that you may get scratches from branches)
- Light shirt to keep cool
- Light rain jacket and mosquito repellent (especially if you are going into rainforests or valleys)
- Backpack with enough water, lunch and sunscreen (depending on length and intensity of hike)
- Cell phone

For longer, tougher hikes you may want to also include:
- Work gloves
- Sweater
- First Aid Kit
- Additional water and food
- Flashlight
- Compass
- Map
 

For safety reasons, DO NOT hike alone if at all possible, but if you must, make sure to tell someone where you are going. DO NOT drink water from freshwater ponds or streams you may encounter during your hike. Avoid entering streams or ponds with open cuts. Stick to the trail and follow trail head markers to avoid getting lost. With a little preparation, your Maui hike will reap unforgettable rewards.

 

Thank you to our friends at Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau for the content.

Lahaina Town Walking Tour

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There’s no denying that Lahaina Shores is the best place to stay in Lahaina Town, with beach out front and spacious condo you may be tempted to never leave the property – and we don’t blame you! But, we have to admit that the Lahaina Town has some amazing historical locations that are a must see. Just a few steps away, behind the Banyan Tree, is Lahaina Town Action Committee with an amazing walking tour. If you do the entire walk it could take you a few hours to do but its free (except to where you need to pay admission), there are many signs to let you know where you are at and what to expect. Let’s explore some of historical sites you will see along the way.

 

Courthouse

In 1858, a violent windstorm destroyed about 20 buildings in Lahaina, including Hale Piula, which served as the courthouse and palace of King Kamehameha III. It was rebuilt immediately, using the stones from the previous building. It served not only as courthouse, but also as custom house, post office, tax collector’s office, and government offices. Upstairs on the second floor is the Lahaina Heritage Museum, with exhibits on the history and culture of Lahaina.

 

Banyan Tree

This ancient tree has witnessed decades of luau, dances, concerts, private chats, public rallies, and resting sojourners under its mighty boughs. It’s hard to believe that this huge tree was only 8 feet tall when it was planted here and it the largest Banyan Tree outside of Japan.

 

Pioneer Inn

George Freeland, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, tracked a criminal to Lahaina and then fell in love with the town. He built the hotel in 1901 but soon discovered that Lahaina didn’t get a lot of visitors. To make ends meet, Freeland built a movie theater, which was wildly successful. The Pioneer Inn remained the only hotel in all of west Maui until the 1950s.
 

Baldwin Home

The Baldwin Home was built in 1834. It was the home of Reverend Dwight Baldwin. He was a missionary and a doctor. The house was a medical office, his home and the location of missionary activity.
The Baldwin family lived here from the mid 1830′s to 1868. In the 1960′s the house was restored with original furniture and other antiques.

 

Master’s Reading Room

This coral-and-stone building looks just as it did in 1834, when Rev. William Richards and Rev. E. Spaulding convinced the whaling-ship captains that they needed a place for the ships’ masters and captains, many of whom traveled with their families, to stay while they were ashore. The bottom floor was used as a storage area for the mission; the top floor, from which you could see the ships at anchor in the harbor, was for the visiting ships’ officers.

 

Taro Patch

The lawn in front of the Lahaina Public Library was once a taro patch stretching back to the Baldwin home. The taro plant is a staple of the Hawaiian diet: the root is used to make poi, and the leaves are used in cooking. At one time Lahaina looked like a Venice of the tropics, with streams, ponds, and waterways flooding the taro fields. As the population of the town grew, the water was siphoned off for drinking.

 

Wo Hing Society Temple

The Chinese were here before the whalers and missionaries. They built meeting halls or temples where their societies could get together. In 1909 the Chinese living in Lahaina formed the Wo Hing Society, a branch of the Chee Kung Tong, a fraternal society with chapters throughout the world. In 1912, using private donations, the society built a two-story temple on Front Street.

 

Fort

This structure once covered an acre and had 20-foot-high walls. The fort was constructed from 1831 to 1832 with coral blocks taken from the ocean where the Lahaina Harbor sits today. As a further show of strength, cannons were placed along the waterfront, where they remain today. Historical accounts seem to scoff at the “fort,” saying it appeared to be more for show than for force. It was later used as a prison, until it was finally torn down in the 1850s; its stones were used for construction of the new prison, Hale Paahao.

 

Holy Innocents Episcopal Church

When the Episcopal missionaries first came to Lahaina in 1862, they built a church across the street from the current structure. In 1909, the church moved to its present site, which was once a thatched house built for the daughter of King Kamehameha I. The present structure, built in 1927, features unique paintings of a Hawaiian Madonna and birds and plants endemic to Hawaii, executed by DeLos Blackmar in 1940.

 

Hongwanji Mission

The temple was originally built in 1910 by members of Lahaina’s Buddhist sect. The current building was constructed in 1927, housing a temple and language school. The public is welcome to attend the New Year’s Eve celebration, Buddha’s birthday in April, and O Bon Memorial Services in August.

 

Waihee Cemetery

Established in 1823, this cemetery tells a fascinating story of old Hawaii, with graves of Hawaiian chiefs, commoners, sailors, and missionaries and their families (infant mortality was high then). Enter this ground with respect, because Hawaiians consider it sacred — many members of the royal family are buried here, including Queen Keopuolani, who was wife of King Kamehameha I, mother of kings Kamehameha II and III, and the first Hawaiian baptized as a Protestant. Among the other graves are those of Rev. William Richards (the first missionary in Lahaina) and Princess Nahienaena (sister of kings Kamehameha II and III).

 

After walking around Lahaina Town for a few hours you may start to realize why it was name Lahaina which means “merciless sun”. Good thing you are just steps away from Lahaina Shores – your Maui home. Head back to you fully equipped kitchen for a snack and cool beverage on the lanai. Now that’s a great day.

 

 

Some article content provided by our friends at Frommers.com.  

 

 

Whales have arrived in Maui

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Did you know that Lahaina was once the royal capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom before it was moved to Honolulu in 1845? At that time is was also the center of whaling in Hawaii (1825 to 1860). During that time, Lahaina was known as the Pacific’s most significant whaling port. At its peak, whalers were hunting thousands of whales each year—to the point of near extinction. Today, conservation has helped to save whales and increase the overall whale population – and Maui is the best place to see them.

It is whale season now (until around April) so this is a great time to visit Maui and experience the amazement of the majestic North Pacific Humpback Whales. There are many reasons Humpback Whales spend the summer in Maui. They come to breed and give birth but they also put on a great show. If you want to see these amazing creatures up-close then treat yourself to scenic ocean views as expert guides take you to the best spots to observe whales playfully surfacing, tail slapping, or blowing spouts in the air. But remember – regulations prohibit boats from approaching within 100 yards of a whale and you should never swim with or touch whales or any other marine mammals.

A great way to find a whale watching tour is to visit Lahaina Harbor. There you will find a wide range of whale watching tours from charter boats to passenger rafts. A short stroll from Lahaina Shores you will find whale watching kiosks lining the harbor with a variety of whale watching options. Tours last roughly 2-4 hours long and some even offer early bird specials.

To explore more of Lahaina’s whaling past, the harbor offers many opportunities  (delete “there”) as well. Echoes of the past can be found from the modest Lahaina Lighthouse (the oldest lighthouse in the Pacific) to Hale Paahao, the Old Lahaina Prison, where rowdy sailors were rounded up for the night in the 1850’s. A short drive from Lahaina Shores is Whaler’s Village with an extensive Whaling Museum that is free to the public.

These are just a few of the reasons to give yourself time to explore the fascinating town of Lahaina. And there’s no better place to stay than Lahaina Shores Beach Resort where all the adventures of Lahaina Town are just a stroll from your front door!

Hawaiian Holiday Recipes

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The holiday season is upon us! If you are dreaming of your stay with us at Lahaina Shores and would love to transport yourself back to the Islands – add a little Hawaiian flare to your holiday menu. Try one of the following recipes to impress your family and friends AND transport yourself back to Maui:

Molokai Sweet Potato Palau
If you’ve never heard the word Palau used before, it is a type of pudding made with sweet potatoes and coconut cream. Both the coconut cream and sweet potatoes make this pudding super rich and creamy and super easy to make! Keep in mind you can also substitute Molokai sweet potatoes with traditional sweet potatoes.

Three large sweet potatoes
One cup coconut milk
Once cup onion, diced
One cup butter
Salt, to taste

Peel and cut potatoes into small, one-inch cubes and simmer in water over the stovetop until they are tender and easy to cut. Drain the water from the potatoes, add the butter and set aside. Sautee the onion in the butter and heat until the onions achieve a translucent appearance. Add coconut milk to the potatoes and butter and mash until creamy and smooth. Top with sautéed onions and salt, to taste.

Cranberry Pineapple Relish
What better way to add a taste of Hawaii to your Hawaiian holiday meal than with cranberries and pineapples?

Two cups fresh cranberries
Four cups fresh pineapple (or canned), cut into bite-size pieces
Four cups brown sugar
Two tablespoons finely chopped ginger
One cup fresh pineapple juice (or canned)
One teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a pan and heat to boiling. Allow cranberries to pop. Cool the mixture down and serve.

Kalua Turkey
The centerpiece of any traditional Hawaiian holiday dinner is, without a doubt, Kalua turkey. You may have heard about Kalua pork on the Islands, but it is also quite common to make Kalua turkey.

One whole turkey
Water or chicken stock
One teaspoon liquid smoke

Using a large roasting pan, place turkey in the pan, along with the water or chicken stock. Add liquid smoke and bake turkey according to the size.

Macadamia Nut Stuffing
This stuffing is sweet and satisfying, and the addition of macadamia nuts adds a nutting flavor that is sure to please your guests.

Six cups bread, toasted and cubed
Three eggs
One cup turkey stock
One small onion, chopped and diced
Three cloves garlic, chopped and diced
One cup toasted macadamia nuts
One cup fennel sausage, browned and chopped into small pieces
One cup chorizo sausage, browned and chopped into small pieces
One half teaspoon fennel seed
Two stalks celery, chopped
Two tablespoons parsley and sage, chopped
One half pound butter, melted
Salt and pepper to taste

Sautee onions, garlic and celery until the onions are caramelized and translucent. Add both types of sausage and add all other ingredients to this mixture, adding salt and pepper, as needed. Place ingredients into a baking pan and cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes in a 375-degree oven.

Recipes provided by our friends at HawaiiMagazine

PGA Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Since moving to Maui in 1999, the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions has been an event not to be missed. This year looks to be no exception.

Held the first weekend in January (4th – 7th) 2013, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions will pit the greatest golfers in the world against one another. Players such as 2012′s defending champion, Steve Stricker, Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and many more will be in attendance and vying for their chance to walk away with the 2013 title.

If your plans bring you to Maui to visit us and you love golf, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of being able to walk the fairways of The Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort with the very best.

More information can be found on the PGA website at http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r016/

Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and start at just $15 for a one day pass or $40 for a weekly pass. Clubhouse tickets are available starting at $30.

Wailea Wine and Food Festival



If you’re visiting Maui during the first week of December, you will definitely not want to miss the Maui Wine and Food Festival.

December 6th through the 9th, nationally renowned vintners and sommeliers will collaborate with Wailea’s inspired chef’s to Celebrate the Crush at Wailea Resort’s first ever Wailea Wine & Food Festival. The absolute best of the winemakers’ art will be paired with the culinary talents of Wailea’s Master chefs on the sunny shores of South Maui.

Events include wine seminars, tastings, presentations and special culinary events in honor of all things grape and great! Come sip fine wine and savor our extraordinary cuisine, Oceanside on Maui.

Tickets are available but can only be purchased online through the Festival website at http://www.waileawineandfoodfestival.com.

XTERRA World Championship

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On October 28th, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua will play host to the 12th annual XTERRA World Championship. The world’s premier off-road triathletes will compete in what is best described as a tropical roller-coaster ride through pineapple fields and forests.


Only 800 athletes will qualify to complete in this final event in the XTERRA triathlon series which totals over 100 in over 100 individual off-road triathlon races held in 16 countries and 30+ U.S. States, and combines a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) rough water swim, a 29.5-kilometer (18.3-miles) mountain bike and a 9.8-kilometer (6.1-miles) trail run.


For all the important information regarding the XTERRA World Championships, please visit www.xterramaui.com.

Kaanapali Fresh – Taste the best Kaanapali has to offer

This weekend, our friends at Kaanapali Beach Resort Association will be hosting the first annual Kaanapali Fresh, an unparallelled three-day culinary experience, designed to highlight Kaanapali as the premier destination for exquisite cuisine, experiences and activities.

Beginning Friday, August 31st and running through Sunday, September 2, you will have the opportunity to sample locally sourced culiary masterpieces created by some of Maui’s most talented Executive Chefs, including locally born and raised, Chef James Domingo of Leilani’s On the Beach and Culinary Institute graduate, Matt Dugan of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Kaanapali Fresh will offer many diverse activities, all designed to allow you to experience Kaanapali’s finest. Choose from an upland visit to Kaanapali Coffee Farm, Champagne Sunday Brunch at Kaanapali Beach Hotel, or a mixology lesson with Chandra Lucariello, Director of Mixology for Southern Wine and Spirits of Hawaii. There is a little something for everyone.

If you are visiting us this weekend, Kaanapali Fresh is an a once in a lifetime event that you will not want to miss.

For more information, or to view the schedule of events and pre-purchase tickets, visit the Kaanapali Fresh website.

My Lahaina Shores

You can almost hear the lapping of the waves and feel the gentle Maui breeze as you open the newest edition of My Lahaina Shores, Lahaina Shores Beach Resort’s breathtaking eMagazine.

Filled with candid snapshots taken by our very own guests, My Lahaina Shores showcases what you’ve come to love most about Maui.

Take a peek.  We guarantee it will make you want to come visit us again soon

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