14th annual Richard Hoopii Leo Kiekie Falsetto Competition

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Festivals of Aloha‘s Richard Ho`opi`i Leo Ki`eki`e Falsetto Competition returns for its 14th consecutive year this Saturday, Sept. 5. The contest showcases Maui’s finest amateur male falsetto performers. It’s an opportunity to highlight Hawaiian language and music traditions, and the evening will also feature special guest performances. Festivals of Aloha ribbon accepted for entry. Admission advance $5/ $10 […]

Outdoor Painting

Capture the natural beauty of Grand Wailea’s gardens with artist-in-residence Roxanne Broadbent. Designed for beginning to intermediate artists, this outdoor acrylic painting class offers a demonstration of basic technique followed by the opportunity to create your own work of art. This class is available to anyone age 14 and up

Resort Art Collection Tour

Learn about Grand Wailea’s extensive museum quality art collection, the largest resort collection in Hawaii. Tour meets and starts at NaPua Gallery

Artists in Residence

Browse sculptures, paintings, photography, woodturnings and ceramics from select local artists. Located in the lobby near the Botero Bar

Outdoor Photography: Light, Composition, and Gesture

Take your photography to the next level with internationally acclaimed master photographer, Michael Gilbert. At the conclusion of the class, your images will be downloaded and you’ll observe the process of producing photographic canvases firsthand. Plus, you’ll take home a finished 16-inch canvas of your best shot from the day. All cameras welcome – even […]

Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund Benefit

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The public is invited to a “A Night of Magic” this Saturday, July 11th at the Grand Wailea. It’s an annual fundraising ball for the Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund, and guests are invited to see magic, live entertainment, a silent auction and live auction. The first 500 tickets will receive a $100 gift certificate for Fleetwood’s […]

Native Hawaiian Business Development Empowerment Workshops

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The organization Native Hawaiian Veterans, along with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA), is presenting a series of Native Hawaiian Business Development Empowerment Workshops this Saturday, July 11 at the Grand Wailea. The workshops aim to identify and help participants avoid common pitfalls, help with business planning and more. Entrepreneurs are welcome […]

2nd Annual Poker with the Pros

The Grand Wailea Ballroom will be host to basketball Maui’s 2nd Annual Poker with the Pros charity poker tournament. Poker with the Pros 2014 was a sold out event, so purchase your tickets now! In addition the poker tournament, there will be delicious heavy pupus and desserts prepared by chefs at the Grand Wailea, craps, […]

Poker with the Pros


Basketball Maui presents Poker with the Pros this Thursday, June 25 at the Grand Wailea Ballroom. Featuring Anthony Tolliver of the Detroit Pistons and CJ Watson of the Indiana Pacers, as well as PGA golfer Brett Gorney and more along with a host of local celebrities. Guests will be treated to heavy pupu, sweets by resort chef […]


Buy one Sunday brunch, get 2nd half off. Must present valid Hawaii ID

First Ever James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour This Weekend

Mix and mingle during Maui’s first ever James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour this Friday and Saturday at the Grand Wailea. Participating chefs include event host Mike Lofaro (pictured), Isaac Bancaco, Chris Kulis and Justin Pardo. On Friday ($50), sip and savor cocktails from tequila ambassador Manny Hinojosa. Then on Saturday ($280), guests are invited to a family-style, six-course […]

Wailea Beach Villas Named Top Resort in Hawaii

Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice awards has named Wailea Beach Villas Hawaii’s top resort. The Maui property also was the only resort in the state to be listed as one of the Top 25 Resorts in the U.S.; it also was named as one of the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World. “This […]

Danny Mynar Takes Assistant GM Post At Destination Resorts

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Maui’s Danny Mynar has been named the assistant general manager of Destination Resorts Hawaii by Destination Hotels & Resorts. In his new post, Mynar will oversee the daily operations of more than 200 private homes. He will also be called upon to increase owner and guest satisfaction, profitability and employee morale. Mynar’s responsibilities include working […]

Sad Face: Kai Sushi in Wailea closed, Alan Wong’s Amasia will close in November

This is not the kind of welcome sign you want to see when you show up for dinner. We have to say a sad good bye to Japanese cuisine at Kai Wailea Sushi in the Shops at Wailea, which closed Friday, Sept. 12. But the recent tip I got that Alan Wong’s Amasia at the Grand […]

UPDATED: We Look At The Numbers Behind Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s Big February Fundraiser At The Grand Wailea

[I updated this post on July 21 to include quotes from an Arakawa donor who attended the Feb. 28 fundraiser] Even strippers don’t often pull in more than a grand for four and a half hours of work, but that’s what comedian Andy Bumatai made for his appearance at Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s big Feb. 28 […]

This Thursday, June 26: Poker With The Pros at the Grand Wailea

Basketball Maui is presenting its first Poker with the Pros tournament this Thursday. Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Clay, former LA Lakers player Mike Penberthy and professional basketball player Patrick Ewing Jr., all proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit’s youth programs. Players will enjoy a dinner buffet, cash bar and prizes while mingling with local celebrities like comedian […]