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Maui Resource Guide

Maui Facts

We admit, we haven’t blogged as much as we wanted to in the past, but we’re making a conscious effort to do better. We look forward to sharing all the goodness this island paradise has to offer and helping you have the best Maui vacation ever!

To start, we wanted to tell you some of our favorite resources for news, events, and general information on Maui.

Maui Resource Guide


Here are some of our go-to Maui sources (in no particular order):

Websites and Blogs
CalendarMaui.com – Touted as “Maui’s most comprehensive community calendar,” this site lists small and large events throughout the county.

MauiNOW – When we want to know about news specific to Maui, this is where we go. You may like their articles on upcoming events, refreshingly honest restaurant reviews, and discounts on dining and activities.

http://www.mauimagazine.net – The website for Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine would be a great one to browse when you’re daydreaming about Maui.

A Maui Blog – Check out “Favorite Posts” and “Where Locals Eat Maui.”

Maui Jungalow – “This blog is about giving real life information for people who live on Maui or people who are curious about what Maui is like, when you scratch under the surface.”

Written Publications
MauiTime, released every Thursday, is Maui’s only locally owned independent newspaper and is free. This is one newspaper that we always enjoy reading. Visitors may find “This Weeks Picks”, “Da Kine Calendar”, and even the ads particularly helpful.

MauiTime’s website is currently being renovated, but they have various blogs including MauiFeed (news), MauiVents (events), and MauiDish (food & drink).

Social Media
MAUIWatch – The first place we go to check whether there’s been an accident, natural disaster that might affect Maui, or any other emergency is actually this MAUIWatch Facebook page. They have changed news reporting by getting quicker info directly from fans and followers.


For even more about Maui, don’t forget to connect with Kihei Rent A Car on Facebook (KiheiRentACar), Twitter (@CarRentalMaui), and Google+.

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Maui Events in June: Films, Festivals, and Fun!

Maui Facts

Although most schools in Hawaii end their year in May nowadays, June is really when it starts feeling like summer, with multiple events happening every weekend. Here are just a few Maui activities to mark on your calendar this June.


Maui Film Festival
Wednesday, June 4 – Sunday, June 8

Hailed as “Maui’s answer to Sundance” by the Los Angeles Times, we always look forward to catching at least one of the unique films screened at the Maui Film Festival. Although there are a variety of venues, the Celestial Cinema is our favorite. We love bringing a blanket and watching a movie under the stars.

The film festival also features a bunch of awesome culinary events such as the Opening Night Twilight Reception, Soirée at Spago VIP Party, Taste of Chocolate, and Taste of Wailea. See all the Maui Film Festival happenings here.


Zenshin Daiko’s Taiko Festival
Saturday, June 7th at 7:00 pm
Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Castle Theater

Taiko drumming is a traditional Japanese artform, performed with high energy and carefully choreographed movements. Zenshin Daiko, a non-profit children’s taiko group with over 50 members, will perform new works as well as old favorites. If you’ve never seen taiko drumming and enjoy a good beat, you won’t want to miss this. More information here.


Maui Upcountry 4-H Livestock Ag Fair
Saturday, June 7th, 2014 – Sunday, June 8th, 2014 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oskie Rice Field & Arena

Makawao is a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, town. The annual Upcountry 4-H Ag & Farm Fair celebrates the love of the land and perpetuates Maui’s paniolo history with a livestock show and auction, rodeo, horse rides and games for the keiki, agriculture tent, Made-In-Hawaii food and crafts, and live music. See a different side of Maui at this family-friendly event.


Obon Festivals
Saturday, June 7 – Sat, August 30

Summer is obon season here in the islands. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist festival filled with dancing meant to honor loved ones who have passed away and celebrate the living. Though many attendees dress up in kimonos and happi coats, traditional dress is not required and anyone can attend. Fun to people watch and even join in on the fun – just follow the other dancers! It’s free and there are many opportunities to attend.

Maui Obon Festival

Here’s the June Obon Schedule:

Saturday, June 7
Lahaina Shingon Mission
682 Luakini Street, Lahaina
Obon service at 6:30 pm, dancing at 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 14,
Puʻunēnē Nichiren Mission
9 Ani Street, Kahului
Obon service at 7:00 pm, dancing at 8:00 pm

Friday, June 20
Wailuku Jodo Mission
67 Central Avenue, Wailuku
Obon service at 7:00 pm, dancing at 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 21
Wailuku Shingon Mission
1939 North Street, Wailuku
Obon service at 7:00 pm, dancing at 8:00 pm


Kapalua Wine & Food Festival Presented by VISA
Thursday, June 12th, 2014 to Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival in Maui

Any event that has the words “wine” and “food” in its name is already a winner in our opinion, and the 33rd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival is no exception. According to its website, “Over the years, the Festival program has grown to incorporate cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairings, winemakers’ dinners, a golf tournament, tennis clinic, the Kapalua wine tour and two major evening galas, the celebrated Grand Tasting with theme-inspired cuisine and wines from around the world and the spectacular Seafood Festival featuring culinary delights from Hawaii’s most prominent Chefs.”


Lawn & Garden Fair
Saturday, June 14th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Maui Mall

About 85-90% of Hawaii’s food is imported, which is why we’re particularly delighted that this year’s theme of the 19th Annual Lawn & Garden Fair is Edible Landscaping. The fair is free and will have lots of plants for sale including native Hawaiian and non-invasive landscape plants, fruit trees, succulents, and clumping bamboo. Get your gardening questions answered and possibly win a door prize. Visit http://www.malp.org for more info.


ArT=Mixx: Bohemian Feminique
Saturday, June 21, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Yokouchi Pavilion/Schaefer International Gallery

ArT=Mixx uses art in several of its forms – visual art, music, multimedia, video, and dancing – to create a free interactive party for the over-21 and young-at-heart crowd. Each event is themed according to the current exhibit in the Schaefer International Gallery. We love that most everyone gets into the theme and dresses up!

According to Facebook, “Art=Mixx: Bohemian Feminique is a conceptual event honoring the spirit of women who embrace an unconventional lifestyle with creativity and passion, relating to the current exhibit in Schaefer International Gallery: 3 women artists share the gallery with concurrent solo shows. Their bodies of work draw from ideas about counterculture, bohemianism, sexuality, instinct, and playful fantasy.”


Ki Ho’alu – Slack Key Guitar Festival 2014
Sunday, June 22, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Pavilion/Amphitheater

What if you could sit back and listen to some of Hawaii’s best slack key guitar musicians – all for free? On June 22, you can! Kī hōʻalu means to “loosen [tuning] the key” and is the name for the solo finger picked style unique to Hawaii. Slack key guitar music is sweet and soulful, and it is said that slack key is drawn from the heart and soul out through the fingers of each player. Sounds like a perfectly relaxing Maui day to us! More info here.


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Maui Volunteer Opportunities

Community Service

It is often said that volunteers aren’t paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. Likewise, by choosing to volunteer on Maui, you’ll reap invaluable memories and that warm, fuzzy feeling of giving back. So if you’re a visitor and you want to do something fun (without emptying your wallet) or you’re a resident and you find yourself complaining that there’s nothing to do, consider these awesome volunteer opportunities that allow you to explore Maui and learn about the local environment and culture, all while leaving the island better than you found it.


Blue`Aina Reef Cleanup

Trilogy Excursions and The Surfrider Foundation have teamed up to malama (take care of, preserve, protect) Maui’s reefs, picking up trash found along the beach and in the ocean at distressed popular surf spots on Maui’s west and south shores. Cleanups are scheduled once a month from 9am – 12pm with lunch and refreshments provided. A $25 donation is requested, which will be given to a nonprofit such as Maui Forest Bird Recovery Program or Project S.E.A. Link.

http://www.sailtrilogy.com/helpmaui


Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Colocasia Esculenta

Don’t expect to see large amounts of showy tropical flowers that many associate with the islands here. The beauty of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is a little more subtle. The 7-acre garden specializes in Native Hawaiian and Polynesian-introduced plants as well as water conservation, and true appreciation comes when you take the time to learn how the Hawaiians used these plants for medicine, building, clothing, art, etc. If you love nature, MNBG could use your help. Their Weed and Pot Club meets every Wednesday from 8:30 – 10:30am to weed the garden and pot new plants in the nursery.

http://www.mnbg.org/home.html


Friends of Haleakala

Haleakala Crater

Your time on Maui is not complete without a trip to Haleakalā National Park. While probably best known for its amazing view of the sunrise, the park is split into two sections, the summit area and the Kipahulu section, and encompasses over 33,000 acres including 24,719 acres of protected wilderness. If you’re the adventurous type, sign up for one of the monthly 3-day service trips, where you will backpack into the crater to help with native planting, invasive species removal, or cabin maintenance. Participants will need to bring a variety of supplies, but volunteers stay in the cabins for free (except for Service/Learning trips to Paliku which is $15).

http://www.fhnp.org/service.html


Pacific Whale Foundation

Pacific Whale Foundation VolunteerWant to give back but can’t find anything that fits into your busy schedule? Pacific Whale Foundation has made it easy with their Volunteering on Vacation program. Locations range from archaeological sites of old Hawaii to some of Maui’s last sand dunes. With several ongoing activities to choose from, Pacific Whale Foundation even offers a free tote bag for three hours of volunteer work.

http://www.pacificwhale.org/content/volunteering-vacation


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A New Year A New Race Season

Drag Racing

Aloha! Kihei Rent A Car has been teaming with excitement as we gear up for a new season of drag racing. All fingers are crossed for another season as great as last years, taking home around 15 trophies for the season. The first race is always exciting, everyone is ready to run down that 1/4 mile . This year’s racers  will consist of drivers Mat Simons, Ryan Simons, Marj Hunkins, Dustin Solu and Kim Gale. If you are available Friday February 7th or Saturday February 8th  come on down and join us at Maui Raceway Park Located on Mokulele Highway. Gates will open Friday at 3:30pm and racing will begin around 5:30pm, Saturday gates open at 1:30pm with test and tune to follow around 2:30pm and racing around 5:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for both student as well as seniors and kids 10 & under are free. Hope to see you all there!

Da Racing Trophies

WE GOT THIS!
Ryan and Mat show their trophies.

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Kihei Maui’s Family Car Rental Company Knows How to Party

Kihei Rent A Car Staff

Company party 2013

 

Kihei Rent A Car’s annual employee party was definitely not a bust. It was actually booming.

N That’s Entertainment LLC provided professional tables and dealers for a fun “casino night” party.

It was a warm Kihei evening, perfect for an outdoor party. DJ Dusty played the tunes while everyone ate plenty catered food. When the dealers arrived in their sleeveless tuxedos the party really got hoppin’.

The annual party is a way to thank Kihei Rent A Car’s awesome employees for all of the great work they do year round. This was the first Casino Night. In the past the celebrations have been at many Kihei restaurants and bars, on a sunset cruise off Maalaea Harbor, and at Maui Golf and Sports Park.

It’s one of only three days of the year that this small business closes a little early (3pm instead of 6pm). Everyone gets to kick up their heels a little and have some fun.

THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE AWESOME KIHEI RENT A CAR EMPLOYEES!

YOU TRUELY ARE A GIFT!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND MAY 2014 BE THE BEST YEAR YET FOR ALL OF US!

 

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