Must See in Maui

Maui, also known as the Valley Isle, is one of the most beautiful islands in Hawaii. With its stunning beaches, lush tropical landscapes, and breathtaking views, it’s no surprise that Maui is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world and why we’ve made it home to many of the properties in our portfolio. If you’re lucky enough to stay at one of them such as Sands of Kahana, here are some things you absolutely must do while you’re there.

1. Road to Hana:
The Road to Hana is a scenic drive along Maui’s northeastern coastline. The road is famous for its hairpin turns, one-lane bridges, and beautiful waterfalls. The road can be a bit challenging to navigate, but it’s definitely worth it for the stunning views and unique experiences along the way.

2. Snorkeling and Diving:
Maui is home to some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world. With crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and an abundance of sea life, snorkeling and diving in Maui is an experience you won’t forget. Some popular spots include Molokini Crater, Honolua Bay, and the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve.

3. Haleakalā National Park:
Haleakalā National Park is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Maui. The park is home to the Haleakalā Volcano, which stands at over 10,000 feet tall. Visitors can hike to the summit for breathtaking views of the sunrise or sunset, or explore the park’s many hiking trails and unique landscapes.

4. Road to Upcountry Maui:
If you’re looking for a break from the beach, the Road to Upcountry Maui is a great way to explore the island’s lush landscapes and scenic vistas. The drive takes you through small towns, past rolling hills, and up to the cooler elevations of the island.

There is so much beauty and adventure to experience in Maui, Island Activity Company highlights the top 12 to guide you on your next excursion! Looking for something else? Island Activity Company concierge team offers over 400 activities on Maui and over 2,300 across the state of Hawaii. Visit the Island Activity Company Concierge at the Sands of Kahana lobby or call 808.669.3830.

Hawai'i Lei Making

Fall is One of the Best Seasons to Visit Hawai’i

From your first step off the plane into the fresh island breeze, to the soft grain of the sandy beach and view of the ocean and up to the coconut trees, the island of Maui is the perfect place to create memories. While the beautiful settings of Maui provide a natural picturesque vacation, what makes Maui an even more amazing place to visit is its people, and the culture that they bring to the experiences they offer.

Fall is one of the best seasons to visit Hawai’i. After the rush of summer vacation has subsided, the islands exude a laid-back vibe and continue to offer a wealth of opportunities to visitors with fun events and unique festivals.  Whether you enjoy immersing yourself in the arts and crafts, running in the fresh air of Hawai’i, or tasting the island cuisines, Maui has all of the Fall activities and events below to enjoy.

Stay at one of our beautiful resorts in Maui this fall and enjoy all the island has to offer.

Malama Wao Akua 2021

OCTOBER 1 – November 5, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) brings you Malama Wao Akua (Caring for the Realm of the Gods) – a juried art exhibition celebrating the native species of Maui Nui (Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe). We invite Maui artists to explore our watersheds and use their creative talents to raise awareness about the importance of protecting native species.

Selected artwork should be successful in sharing knowledge of the watersheds and native species with others in a meaningful way.

This exhibition is sure to provide powerful visuals that celebrate Maui’s native plant and animal life. A jurying team with expertise in both art and conservation will select from among the pool of entries. Works in any medium are welcome!

Papa Hula at The Shops at Wailea


The Maui Sunday Market is held each Sunday from 4 pm to 8 pm in the Kahului Shopping Center parking lot. This popular event features live entertainment, food trucks, island vendors, Family Bingo, and activities showcasing the local community and Hawaii’s cultural traditions. Public admission and parking is free.

The Maui Sunday Market is presented by the Maui Food Technology Center, and is supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and A&B Properties.

For event information, please visit or email [email protected] Also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Vendor and sponsor opportunities are available.

Maui Food Technology Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established to encourage, educate and create opportunities for entrepreneurs seeking to earn a living through value-added products, agriculture, cultural practices, environmental sustainability, technology and economic diversification.

Art Festival


A definite must-do. Discover the art of the Hawaiian hula while having a good time with this complimentary dance workshop. Lessons include an overview of the accompanying music and instruments, the costume and accessories, the dance movements and their meaning. Fun for all ages, Papa Hula is a celebration of the Hawaiian way of life. The Shops at Wailea is Maui’s premier shopping and dining destination with more than 70 distinct boutiques, shops, restaurants and galleries. For more information, visit our website at or call us at (808) 891-6770.

Maui Gift and Craft Fair


Every Sunday is Funday at The Maui Gift & Craft Fair. Held each Sunday from 9am to 2pm at our Center, with over 50 vendors, free admission and plenty of free parking, you’ll find a variety of offerings from local Maui artists and vendors. Featuring photography, jewelry, fine art, crafts, gifts and more, this weekly event offers a one-stop-shop for all your gift-giving needs. And with things to do for the kids and food & refreshments as well – why not make Sunday a Funday, at the Maui Gift & Craft Fair. This is free and open to the public of all ages.

Lei Po’o MakingHawai'i Lei Making


Learn how to weave a basic Ti leaf lei using flowers and ferns which can be worn on the head or around your neck. Learn how the lei expresses love and was gifted on very special occasions by the Hawaiian Alii (royalty). Lei making is open to both keiki (children) and adults. The Shops at Wailea is Maui’s premier shopping and dining destination with more than 70 distinct boutiques, shops, restaurants and galleries.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – Hawaiian Airlines Presents Perfection On A Plate


The dynamic duo behind Oahu favorites, Miro Kaimuki and Papa Kurt’s—James Beard Semifinalist Chris Kajioka and Michelin-starred Mourad Lahlou— team up with Top Chef Shota Nakajima to bring you an evening of pure perfection. Join them for a five-course dinner and a taste of the world’s most vibrant culinary destinations presented on plates almost too pretty to eat … almost. Renowned for their elegantly modern reinventions of traditional dishes, these chefs expand your mind (and tastebuds) pairing the imaginative fusion flavors of Morocco, Japan and Kaanapali with visually stunning dishes sure to please all of your senses.

Hawaii Sunset

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival – Local Boys Are No Ka Oi!


Take me back, take me back … back to da kine! There’s nothing quite like a local Hawaii boy … except maybe one that can cook. Don’t miss the reunion as some of the Islands’ most beloved homegrown chefs return to their roots, the simple joys of ohana and a homecoming feast like never before. Born in Hawaii and cutting their teeth at esteemed eateries around the U.S., chefs Chung Chow, Graham Elliot, Troy Guard and the Sheraton’s own Mark Majewski bring you a five-course affair featuring the freshest produce and top local ingredients Hawaii has to offer. Set against the stunning Kaanapali coast, this event will have you convinced that local boys are the one for you.

Virtual Pet Costume Contest


Celebrate the spooky season with Kihei Kalama Village! Send a picture of your pet’s awesome Halloween costume to our Virtual Pet Costume Contest. Whether your fur baby is a cat, dog, or lizard (scale baby?), we want to see a photo of it! Share your pet’s outfit this year in a friendly contest for everyone to enjoy! Use the hashtag #KKVhalloween2021 with your costume submission on social media for a chance to win $50 in KKV Gift Cards. You can use the $50 at any participating store or restaurant within Kihei Kalama Village. The contest will run between October 10th – 31st and winners will be chosen shortly afterwards. Make sure your social media account privacy is set to public in order to enter. Users who have their profiles set to private can send their post via private or direct message. Support your community and check out other people’s costumes by searching the hashtag #KKVhalloween2021. Aloha and have fun from Kihei Kalama Village Maui!

Art with Aloha: Online Lau Hala Workshop with Kumu Cody Pueo Pata

OCCURS ON: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021, 12:00AM – 11:45PM

THIS IS AN ONLINE CLASS, with open access 24 hours a day, at your own pace and access from 10/1/21 – 12/29/21 Please call to register for this class at 572.6560 x21. Learn and practice the art of lauhala weaving with Kumu Pueo Pata in this pre-recorded online video workshop with Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center. Kumu Pueo Pata tells us a moolelo (story), demonstrates and then guides you step-by-step in making a star and a bookmark in lau hala. Tis class is designed for adults, but older children may enjoy the class with adult supervision and assistance. You’ll have access to the program for three months. Passwords will change regularly, so please complete the program within that time. Cody Kapueolaakeanui Pata is the classically-graduated (uniki) kumu hula of Halau Hula o Ka Malama Mahilani, based in Kahului, Maui, with branches in Maunalua, Oahu, and Japan. 21W-ACLS-0016 Friday, 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM ( Oct 15, 2021) Instructor: Kumu Cody Pueo Pata Members: $ 25.00; Non-Members $ 31.00 Location: None

Daryl Hall and John Oates

OCCURS ON: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2021, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

The MACC welcomes Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and the #1 SELLING DUO in music history: Daryl Hall and John Oates — with special guest, Henry Kapono. Starting out as devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall and John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater,” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums: ’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I, and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional five Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So,” and “Method of Modern Love.” Daryl also wrote the H&O single “Everytime You Go Away,” which singer Paul Young covered and which subsequently scored a #1 hit in 1985. That same year, Daryl and John participated in the historic “We Are the World” session as well as closing the Live Aid show in Philadelphia. By 1987, the R.I.A.A. recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the #1 SELLING DUO in music history — a record they still hold today.

Turkey Trot

OCCURS ON: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2021, 7:00AM – 11:30AM

Every Thanksgiving VIRR hosts a run up in Kula at Rice park called the Turkey Trot. The Turkey Trot is a unique race where the winners are the runners who are closest to guessing their time in the 8 mile run, not who crosses the finish line first. No timing devices are allowed.. no cheating … Start: 8 Mile Starts at 7:00 am, 5K Starts at 7:30 am.  Course: Starts and finishes at Rice Park in the parking area off of Lower Kula Rd. We will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items for the Maui Food Bank.

Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference 2021


Kauluhiwaolele Maui Fiber Arts Conference recognizes the multiple ways we utilize Hawaiian plant material. Leaves, bark, sedges and roots are just some of the fibers used to weave, twill, twine and knot into precious creations. Kauluhiwaolele speaks to the esteemed groves from which we gather the fibers to fashion our traditional crafts and the increasing practice of these precious arts in Lahaina. The conference will consist of four days of intense instruction in these weaving crafts by 20 of our kumu (master practitioners) from throughout Hawaiʻi. 150 students are invited to the opening and closing ceremonies of the conference to learn the associated protocols of gathering and utilizing weaving materials. Local favorites will be served at the culminating celebration, and students are encouraged to wear or display items they created throughout the conference. Live Hawaiian musicians entertain between the silent and live auctions hosted that evening. The proceeds are used to bring more kumu to the conference and provide scholarships for conference attendees. The dinner, Hawaiian craft fair and workshops in the lobby are open to participants and the general public. Please visit to download event registration form.

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Christmas 5K Run & Santa’s 1/2 Mile Keiki Dash

OCCURS ON: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2021, 7:30AM – 10:00AM

Join us for the Christmas 5K, 1 Mile Walk, or Santa’s Half Mile Keiki Dash! We will also be collecting donations for the Maui Food Bank. Santa’s Half Mile Keiki Dash: A special race for keiki 8 years and under – starts at 7:30am. There are no bib numbers or run times for the Keiki Dash. 5K Run: More like a 5.5K, the extra .5k means extra fun! Starts at 7:35am. Note: This race will not be timed but there will be a clock set up. This is a free fun run for VIRR members. 1 Mile Walk: Starting immediately after the 5K runners leave the start line, the 1 Mile Walk starts from the parking lot and along the bike path and back. There are no bib numbers or run times. There will be a race clock for those who want their times. Non-VIRR members are welcome!


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Have a great time at our weekly Mix `n Mingle

Sands of Kahana Resort Maui Mix `n Mingle
Sands of Kahana Resort’s weekly Mix `n Mingle social event is shown in full swing.

Tempting food, liquid refreshment and lively entertainment are yours at our weekly Mix `n Mingle social event. Every Monday timeshare owners, exchangers and retail guests from our nearby sister properties –  The Gardens at West Maui, Hono Koa, Kahana Beach, Kahana Villa – meet at Sands of Kahana Resort in scenic West Maui to mix and mingle.

We provide burgers, veggie burgers along with a vegetable platter consisting of a carrot, cucumber, olive and pickle.  The burger comes with a side of crunchy Maui Chips. Water and pineapple juice are also served, and for those who want an extra kick, we add a splash of champagne.  Weather permitting, the Mix `n Mingle starts at 3:30pm and lasts until 4:00pm or till everyone has been served.

Captain Billy Bones

As for entertainment, popular Sands of Kahana activity coordinator Bill Sayles plays songs on his ukulele. Known to many of our guests as Captain Billy Bones, Bill has worked for the company since 2003.

Bill Sayles, AKA Captain Billy Bones, leads activities at Sands of Kahana Resort in West Maui
Bill Sayles, AKA Captain Billy Bones, leads activities at Sands of Kahana and plays ukulele at our popular Mix `n Mingle social event.

“I love hanging out with these folks,” he says, referring to the owners, their families and guests who participate in the resort activities he leads.  “I think of my job as an opportunity to make happy people happier. Everybody’s in a good mood. I hang out with happy people every day. I don’t see any grumpy people.”

Bill does it all!

Bill roves among our various Maui properties three days a week, captivating audiences with his congenial personality and ever-present ukulele. On any given day you can find him leading a group on a nature walk, presiding over an orchid lei making class, heading up a hula class, enlivening a barbecue, overseeing an ice cream social or teaching the ukulele, which he also incorporates into his hula class and plays at the Mix `n Mingle while people are lining up for cheeseburgers.

“Sometimes, when no one shows up for a class, I’ll pull out the ukulele and play.”

Bill says he can usually count on the happy strains of the traditional Hawaiian stringed instrument to incite an influx, reeling in the curious and getting them to drop their inhibitions.

“There’s something about seeing a person sitting on a wall and playing a ukulele that gets people to relax and participate. I incorporate it all week long.”

How an Iowa boy became Captain Bill

Captain Bill’s nautical nickname derives from his years running a chartered sailing company in Washington, where he lived (and also drove a school bus) for 30 years before moving to the islands – about 50 years after he wanted do, he figures.

“It is truly paradise,” says Bill, who was born and raised in Iowa. “I dreamed of living in Hawaii since the second grade. I used to ask my parents, `Did our wagons break down on the way to California’? I like to be warm.”

A multi-instrumentalist (button accordion, fiddle, guitar and Irish 10-penny flute in addition to ukulele), Bill specializes in original seafaring songs and hotel hula songs from the 1930s like “The Hukilau Song.” He performs at various locations on Maui and currently has five CDs available on iTunes, selling more than $10,000 in downloads in eight years.

It’s just another little treasure in the life of a man who loves his work, his coworkers (“they are all malama pono: caring and righteous”) and his adopted homeland.

“Each day I wake up I’m so glad I live in Hawaii and have something to do. That’s the trick. Having something to do and being part of society.”

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Mahalo for your visit to Maui!

According to statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent nearly $18 billion in 2019.  Here at Sands of Kahana Resort in beautiful West Maui, we sincerely thank you for your visit last year and your portion of the $17.75 billion contribution to the Hawaii economy, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to 2018. That spending includes lodging, inter-island airfare, shopping, food, car rental and other expenses while in Hawaii.

Spending by visitors generated $2.07 billion in vital state tax revenue in 2019, an increase of $28.5 million (+1.4%) from 2018. Additionally, 216,000 jobs statewide were supported by Hawaii’s tourism industry in 2019.

Visitors to Hawaii in 2019 spent nearly $18 billion.

Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT), which visitors pay when they stay in legal accommodations, helped to fund more than a hundred nonprofits, festivals and events statewide in 2019. They include the Merrie Monarch Festival, Aloha Festivals, the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, the Okinawan Festival, the Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival, the Nature Conservancy, and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

In 2019, visitor spending increased from the U.S. West (+5.9% to $6.98 billion), U.S. East (+3.6% to $4.69 billion) and Japan (+2.0% to $2.19 billion), but declined from Canada (-3.2% to $1.07 billion) and All Other International Markets (-10.4% to $2.77 billion) compared to 2018.

On a statewide level, average daily spending by visitors in 2019 decreased to $195 per person
(-1.5%). Visitors from U.S. East (+1.7% to $214) and Canada (+0.6% to $165) spent more per day, while visitors from Japan (-0.6% to $240), U.S. West (-0.5% to $175) and All Other International Markets (-8.5% to $217) spent less compared to 2018.

A total of 10,424,995 visitors came to Hawaii in 2019, an increase of 5.4 percent from the 9,888,845 visitors in 2018. Total visitor days rose 3.0 percent in 2019. On average, there were 249,021 visitors in the Hawaiian Islands on any given day in 2019, up 3.0 percent from 2018.

Arrivals by air service increased to 10,282,160 visitors (+5.3%) in 2019, with growth from U.S. West (+9.8%), U.S. East (+4.2%) and Japan (+3.8%) offsetting decreases from Canada (-2.4%) and All Other International Markets (-1.8%). Arrivals by cruise ships rose 12.1 percent to 142,836 visitors compared to 2018.

In 2019, Oahu recorded increases in visitor spending (+2.8% to $8.19 billion) and visitor arrivals (+5.6% to 6,193,027), but daily spending declined (-1.6%) compared to 2018. Here on Maui, spending on also increased (+2.4% to $5.12 billion) as growth in visitor arrivals (+5.4% to 3,071,596) offset lower daily spending (-0.6%). Once again, we at Sands of Kahana in scenic West Maui offer you our sincere thanks and hope to see you in 2020.

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Article courtesy of the Hawaii Tourism Authority

New Year’s Eve on Maui

What could possibly be better than staying on Maui? Celebrating New Year’s while you’re staying on Maui! There is always plenty to do in Paradise on New Year’s Eve, and this year is no exception. You’ll enjoy a grand fireworks display on the barge between the Four Seasons and Grand Wailea Hotel, festive dining opportunities, cocktail cruises, and New Year’s Eve luaus.

It’s difficult to image any one day being better than the next on Maui, already the world’s top tourist destination, but a case can be made for December 31, when our island paradise becomes a hub of activity and entertainment in anticipation of the New Year. If you’re staying with us at Sands of Kahana as we bid farewell to 2019, you’ll have an abundance of ways to welcome in 2020, including New Year’s Eve luaus, dinner cruises and of course the midnight fireworks show from the barge near Front Street between the Four Seasons and Grand Wailea Hotels. The grand display lights up the night sky with wondrous and colorful bursts over the water near Wailea Beach in south Maui. You are advised to arrive early to secure a prime spot on the sand.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Maui

For many years running the island’s biggest fireworks show is held in Wailea on the beach fronting the Grand Wailea. This spectacular midnight display will be visible from the Grand Wailea and Wailea Beach.

Take a New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise

The following companies are advertising special New Year’s Eve cruises to include fireworks views. If you are interested in one of theses cruises, you should book as soon as possible as many of them sell out every year.

Pacific Whale Foundation is offering a number of New Year’s Eve cocktail cruises that depart from either Ma’alaea or Lahaina. Lahaina Harbor is closer to the West Maui resorts, but parking in Lahaina can be challenging to find at times. Ma’alaea Harbor is closer to Wailea than Lahaina, but parking is much easier, in the large parking lot by the Maui Ocean Center. When checking availability, make sure that you are choosing the date of 12/31/2019 as their booking engine sometimes automatically advances the cruise into the next year of availability when a particular cruise is sold out. The fireworks cruises on Pacific Whale Foundation are open to both adults and children. Pricing starts at $95 per child and $135 per adult plus tax. You can save 10% by booking online with them.

Trilogy has an adults-only New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise with food and drink for $249. They limit to 40 guests.  We’ve been on several Trilogy snorkel cruises and they do a nice job. This cruise will sell out.

Alii Nui’s has an adults-only New Year’s Eve fireworks cruise with food and drink. It’s pricy at $299 per person, but it does include transportation from most hotels to and from the cruise harbor, which is very convenient for this holiday. We have taken one of their snorkel cruises and they do a nice job. This cruise will sell out.

Pride of Maui offers a New Year’s Eve cruise for $149 per person. We have been on a sunset dinner sail with Pride of Maui and they do a nice job.

Dine in Wailea

Enjoy a great meal then stick around for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks. If you need to kill a few hours before midnight we suggest walking the Wailea path, pop into some of the resorts for a refreshment and browse the Shops at Wailea. We highly recommend you book a table as soon as possible. Here’s a list of Wailea area restaurants to fit any budget:

Nick’s Fishmarket Maui at the Fairmont Kea Lani is one of our favorite Wailea restaurants. If you have dinner here, you should be able to walk along the Wailea path where the fireworks can be seen. This restaurant has elevated, slightly distant, ocean views.

Monkeypod Kitchen is another one of our favorite Wailea restaurants and it’s relatively easy on the wallet, too. It does not have very direct ocean views, though. From the restaurant, you could walk down the hill to Wailea beaches.

Manoli’s Pizza Company offers inexpensive Italian fare with golf course views. From the restaurant, you could walk down the hill to Wailea Beach.

Special New Year’s Eve Luau

The following luau companies are offering a special luau for New Year’s Eve:

Drums of the Pacific at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort in Kaanapali hosts a late luau starting at 9pm. For more information, see this link and click on their “Holiday Bookings” button.

The Feast at Mokapu which is held at the Andaz Maui in Wailea hosts a special New Year’s Eve luau starting at 9pm.

Other luaus are open on New Year’s Eve at their standard opening times – generally between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.

We wish you all a healthy and happy new year and hope to see you here at Sands of Kahana Resort in West Maui in 2020!

Information source: Go Visit Hawaii

Resolve to travel to Maui in 2020

As we now know, thanks to startling statistical data from the American Resort Development Association, work-happy Americans are notoriously squeamish about using their hard-earned vacation days. Whether the reluctance owes to a skewed sense of duty, a fear of being fired or just plain guilt thanks to office-instigated vacation shaming (yes, there is such a phenomenon), many Americans would rather work than travel.

That deserves its very own sad face emoji, if you ask us.

This peculiar behavior, as well as the impending arrival of another new year, got us at Sands of Kahana Resort in beautiful Maui to thinking about travel resolutions. And why not? People are always resolving to do things that are a lot less fun than going vacation; why not resolve to do something almost everyone agrees is one of life’s great pleasures?

If you’ve been sacrificing your rightful time off to spend more time doing whatever it is you do to pay the bills, we urge you to book a stay with us at Sands of Kahana Resort and plan a rejuvenating visit to gorgeous Maui. Going on vacation has been medically proven to brighten your mood, improve your health and restore your vitality – for more work when you return from your trip.

Make 2020 the year you rearrange your work-to-life ratio and make good on your resolution to use your valuable vacation time. Sands of Kahana in beautiful West Maui is calling your name!

Casually tropical, definitively Maui, Sands of Kahana is ideally situated between Kapaula and Kaanapali, near to the nightlife of Lahaina and the gorgeous sand beaches of West Maui. Close to everything yet strategically removed from the bustle, Sands of Kahana offers convenient access to all the attractions and spacious accommodations in which to relax, unwind, and get away from it all.

Spacious condominium units come with an array of convenient and desirable amenities, including fully-equipped kitchens, washer-dryers, and private lanais that look out onto spectacular ocean views. Sands of Kahana offers an array of fun activities and convenient amenities, including tennis courts, putting green, barbecues, separate adult and children’s pools, and an onsite restaurant and bar.

Sands of Kahana has everything you need to experience the vacation of a lifetime. Book a visit today!

Let’s talk turkey!

As we prepare for Thanksgiving at Sands of Kahana, a gorgeous vacation ownership property with breathtaking ocean views in scenic West Maui, we take this opportunity to tell you, ahead of the biggest eating day of the year in America, that select guest suites come with full kitchens and large ovens. So if you’re visiting us over the Thanksgiving holiday and would rather cook your own turkey than eat out, you’re in luck!

In the meantime, here are some interesting and surprising facts about America’s favorite sacrificial lamb, the turkey.


Turkeys can exhibit more than 20 distinct vocalizations, including the distinctive male gobble that can be heard a mile away.

Turkeys recognize other turkeys by their distinctive voices. No two sound alike.

Turkeys have their own internal GPS. They have the ability to learn precise details of even the largest habitat.

Wild turkeys (the bird, not the beverage) can reach the old driving speed limit of 55 miles per hour in flight.  Due to selective breeding (for obvious fattening reasons), domestic turkeys are ill-suited for lift-off and unable to fly.

Turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour. Fast, but not fast enough to evade their dinner table fate.

Founding father Benjamin Franklin is said to have proposed to make wild turkeys the symbolic American bird instead of the bald eagle. Who knows? If he had gotten his way we may have all been eating bald eagles for Thanksgiving.

Male turkeys will attack their reflection in mirrors or windows.

The red dangly appendage under a turkey’s chin is called a wattle. The red flappy thing atop the beak is called the snood, which can change color with the bird’s mood.

Turkey meat in and of itself does not make you sleepy. More likely your post-dinner lethargy is caused by the over-consumption of carbs and alcohol.

Turkeys have two stomachs and no teeth. How did they evolve to have an extra tummy? Lacking the chompers to break down food, turkeys developed an extra stomach to aid in digestion.

There is an organization called the National Turkey Foundation. No one knows what it does precisely, but apparently one of its missions is extracting pertinent turkey data that can be shared with journalists looking for pertinent turkey data. Like this: According to official National Turkey Foundation research, the vast majority of people (88 percent) eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

If you’re staying at Sands of Kahana on Maui over Thanksgiving and planning to cook your own bird, we are pleased to share the following tips for a juicy and flavorful turkey from renowned celebrity chef Jason Diaz.


Chef Jason Diaz 17 South Booze & Bites Tahiti Village Las VegasBrine the turkey at least 24 hours in a mixture of salt and sugar (equal parts), lemons, oranges and herb sachet (I like to use sage, thyme and whole peppercorns).

Rub compound butter made with unsalted butter, garlic and herbs under the skin of the bird and on the skin prior to roasting to infuse flavor and also help to keep the bird moist.

Baste the turkey during the roasting process to help ensure that the bird stays juicy.

One thing most people tend to do is overcook turkey, leaving it dry. Poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. I personally like to pull it out of the oven at around 160 degrees and allow it to rest. The carryover cooking process should take it to 165 degrees.

Thank you, Jason!

And happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Vacation volunteering on Maui

A visit to Maui and Sands of Kahana Resort is typically about fitting the most relaxation into your allotted vacation time. As millions of visitors from around the world can attest, our island paradise is the ultimate de-stress destination.  But there are also ample opportunities for Vacation Volunteers to engage in an array of activities that may just be more soul satisfying than lounging idly on a beach.


Take a shelter dog to the beach for a day of fun and frolic in the surf through the Maui Humane Society’s Beach Buddies program. Do a dog a favor and give a captive canine the opportunity to feel the sand beneath his paws and splash in the waves.


If you think vacations are for the birds, you’ll love volunteering for the Hawaii National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count. It is important to know how many birds reside on Maui, and the program relies on citizen scientists to help provide an accurate count.


The annual humpback whale migration to Hawaii begins with a trickle in October and follows in waves starting in December, which is when the Great Whale Count begins. Citizen scientists working on behalf of the Pacific Whale Foundation count whales from 12 vantage points along the Maui coast, helping to provide a snapshot of migration trends among Hawaii’s favorite mammal.

You’ll have a whale of a time.


Break out of your vacation shell and assist biologists in their quest to survey sea turtles on the beach and beneath the waves. You’ll learn about Hawaii’s coral reef health, help monitor sea turtle habitat, and assess potential impact to Maui’s reefs.


The Pacific Whale Foundation offers a number of opportunities for Volunteers on Vacation, including removing invasive weeds from the slopes of Mount Haleakala, revegetating eroding landscapes and stream banks with native plants, and helping with chores on an organic farm in Maui’s scenic upcountry.

Book a visit to Sands of Kahana Resort on Maui’s gorgeous west coast. Our spacious condo-style accommodations offer a relaxing retreat after all that strenuous volunteering.

November activities and events on Maui

Beginning with the Made in Maui County Festival and concluding with a festive Thanksgiving, November on Maui offers an array of activities and events for visitors to Sands of Kahana. Situated on Maui’s gorgeous west coast, Sands of Kahana Resort is renowned for its spacious, condo-style accommodations and breathtaking ocean views in select units. If you are planning a visit to the island during the penultimate month of the year, Sands of Kahana recommends the following activities and events for your consideration.  You’ll have a lot to enjoy!

Made in Maui County Festival
Nov. 1-2

The island’s largest product show and one of Maui’s most popular annual events, the Made in Maui County Festival features local fashion, food and gift vendors, a fashion show and product demonstrations.

1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway
Nov. 2

Take home your very own Hawaiian tree during this Arbor Day event! Experts will consider your region’s specific climate and recommend a suitable tree.

A Tribute to Maui’s Living Coral Reefs
Nov. 6

Learn the importance of coral reefs in Hawaiian culture during this enlightening and informative presentation.

Sun Yat-Sen Festival
Nov. 10

Celebrate the father of modern China through exhibits, films and displays. You will also have the opportunity to watch calligraphy demonstrations, learn martial arts and sample delicious cuisine.

Nov. 14

Native American choreographer Rosy Simas explores the interwoven nature of the world through dance, images and sound.

Hawaii International Film Festival
Nov. 21

The documentaries, film shorts and digital works presented during the Asia-Pacific region’s premier cinema festival reflect Hawaii’s numerous cultures.

Kula Harvest Festival
Nov. 23

The 32nd annual Upcountry festival features live entertainment, games, hayrides, lei making, delicious food, a petting zoo and a selection of locally made goods and crafts.

Maui Jim Invitational 2019
Nov. 25

College basketball comes to Lahaina for this annual hoops classic.

Turkey Trot
Nov. 28

Forget the time-honored tradition of determining a race winner by who crosses the finish line first. For this one, it’s anyone’s guess. Winners are determined by who comes closest to guessing their time in the 16- and 8-mile races.

Nov. 28

If you’re staying at Sands of Kahana on Maui’s stunning west coast over the Thanksgiving weekend and looking for a great way to spend your turkey day, Maui has numerous dining options to suit your taste.


From local independents to large resorts, almost every Maui restaurant has a Thanksgiving Day special. On the west side, near your Sands of Kahana home resort, the Ritz-Carlton, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, the Sheraton and the Westin Kaanapali all have Thanksgiving day specials with options for intimate dining as well.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise

If you’d like to spend the holiday on the water, Pacific Whale Foundation has a Thanksgiving day dinner cruise out of Maalea harbor with live music and whale watching. In years past the Pride of Maui and the Quicksilver boats have also offered Thanksgiving Day cruises, so be sure to check them out as well.

Thanksgiving Day Luaus

Any day is a good day for a luau, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Many Maui luaus add turkey to the menu, including the Thanksgiving luau at the Honua’ula in the Grand Wailea Resort, the Wailele Polynesian Luau at the Westin and the Old Lahaina Luau. Be sure to check with your concierge to learn the locations of all Thanksgiving luaus near your location.

Thanksgiving to Go

If you’d prefer to feel the sand between your toes while you eat, many grocery stores, some resorts and most restaurants will package up a full turkey dinner you can take to many of the beach parks around the island.

We hope to see you here at Sands of Kahana, West Maui’s gleaming jewel!

97th annual Maui Fair returns in October!

The Maui Fair, the island’s largest and longest running event, is returning to nearby Wailuku for a 97th big year providing fun, food, friends and family Oct. 3-6. The Fair kicks off with its traditional parade on Friday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Featuring food, rides, exhibits, entertainment and contests (including Baby of the Year!), the Maui Fair is fun for the entire family. If your visit to Sands of Kahana Resort on Maui’s gorgeous West Coast coincides with this popular event, be sure to attend. Click here for all the details on this year’s Maui Fair, including hours, location and admission prices. It is a great community event for both visitors and locals to enjoy.

The Maui Fair kicks off a great month of fun events on Maui, including:

Maui Marathon

The Annual Maui Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifier event, follows a 26.2-mile course across the island from Kahului to Kaanapali and is considered one of the 10 most scenic marathons in the U.S. If you are on Maui that day and aren’t running in the marathon, you can still join in the fun by cheering on the participants along the route.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

This statewide event takes place over three weeks on multiple islands, showcasing Hawaii’s locally grown foods and featuring a roster of internationally known master chefs and culinary personalities. Don’t miss the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival events taking place on Maui each year in the Kaanapali Beach Resort area!

XTERRA World Championships

The world’s premier off-road triathlon combines a 1.5 kilometer (1 mile) rough water swim, a 32-kilometer (20 mile) mountain bike race climbing 3,500 feet up the West Maui Mountains and a 10.5-kilometer (6.5 mile) trail run. Whew! This event draws around 800 athletes from 28 countries including professionals and amateurs.

Halloween in Lahaina

Dubbed the Mardi Gras of the Pacific, the annual Halloween celebration in Lahaina draws around 25,000 people each year! The celebration starts in late afternoon with a kid-friendly activity—the Keiki (“children”) Halloween Costume Parade—which is completely adorable. The festivities continue until midnight with live music, an adult costume contest (with incredibly elaborate costumes!) and lots more fun. (The later the hour, the more adult-oriented the crowd and the costumes become, so be forewarned if you are traveling with children.)


Casually tropical, definitively Maui, Sands of Kahana is ideally situated between Kapalua and Kaanapali, near to the nightlife of Lahaina and the gorgeous sand beaches of West Maui. Close to everything yet strategically removed from the bustle, Sands of Kahana offers convenient access to all the attractions and spacious accommodations in which to relax, unwind, and get away from it all.

Spacious condominium units come with an array of convenient and desirable amenities, including fully-equipped kitchens, washer-dryers, and private lanais that look out onto spectacular ocean views. Sands of Kahana offers an array of fun activities and convenient amenities, including tennis courts, putting green, barbecues, separate adult and children’s pools, and an onsite restaurant and bar.

Sands of Kahana has everything you need to experience the vacation of a lifetime. Book your visit today!