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mauiTravel Agent chatted with Maui hoteliers Tuesday and got the latest hotel news and more coming out of the always-popular family and romance destination.

New Rooms and Suites at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa

Explore and experience 553 newly-refreshed guestrooms and suites in the Ocean Tower of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Roughly $70 million has been invested for the stunning transformation with redesigned accommodations featuring brand new in-room furnishings with Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed, contemporary elegance and island-inspired decor. New glass enclosed showers and transparent balcony railings add touches of inspiration, creating vibrant energy. Visit www.westinmaui.com.

Day Tripping to Molokai

Planning a day trip or a few nights and want to travel from Maui to Molokai? Mokulele Airlines offers seven daily non-­‐stop flights daily from Kahului, Maui (OGG) to Ho‘olehua, Molokai (MKK) departing as early as 6:32 a.m. with airfare at $64 each way. Flights are also available from Honolulu to Molokai. Visit www.mokuleleairlines.com. There is also round trip daily ferry service from Maui’s Lāhainā Harbor to Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokai with the exception of Sunday mornings. Visit www.molokaiferry.com.

Culinary Experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Experience the best of dining when you choose one of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s  seven on-site Maui restaurants: Kai Sushi, The Terrace Chef-Crafted, Alaloa Lounge, The Pool Bar & Café, The Beach House, The Terrace and newest addition, Aina Gourmet.

With architectural designs reflecting a unique sense of place and absolutely breathtaking oceanfront views, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua restaurants feature a wide variety of Hawaiian imagery and local ingredients. From fresh sashimi and tasty Japanese appetizers at Kai Sushi to spacious outdoor seating at Alaloa Lounge, our oceanview restaurants offer tantalizing dishes. The Terrace Chef-Crafted feature distinctive menus inspired by the freshest seasonal, organic and sustainable ingredients from Hawaii’s local farms and Pacific coastlines. The restaurant showcases brilliantly-flavorful culinary masterpieces paired with the finest wines and classic cocktails redefined with innovative mixology.

If you are searching for local flair, the Beach House is one of the only spots in Maui where you can dine beachside while watching the waves, surfers and maybe even a whale! While you indulge, you will be treated to scenic surroundings, including the Honolulu Bay and the hillside of Hawaiian sacred grounds. Visit www.ritzcarlton.com.

2014 Kapalua Resort Events

Each year, Kapalua Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua are host to a number of exciting events, focusing on a different aspect of Kapalua’s unique amenities and lifestyle.

Celebration of the Arts will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua from May 9 - 11 to celebrate the rich culture and history of the Hawaiians throughout generations. This is a unique opportunity to experience the authenticity of “Hawaiian heart and soul” through demonstrations in hula and chant, hands-on workshops in Hawaiian art.

The 33rd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival will be held from June 12 - 15. This event attracts world-famous winemakers, chefs and visitors to the Kapalua Resort for a series of wine tastings, festive gatherings and gourmet meals.

The 2nd Annual Wellness Week (slated for September 2014) all facets of total body health and wellness from Yoga and T’ai Chi to nutrition and de-stressing techniques. Morning workouts are followed by afternoon interactive sessions led by the award-winning practitioners.

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay’s Fresh Look

Complete with a new look and new guest experiences, the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai welcomed the new year with style, distinction and excitement. Both the Mānele Bay and the Lodge at Koele completed several property enhancements, refining the overall design aesthetic of the Resorts to capture a distinct sense of place synonymous with Hawaii.

The most notable enhancements include new décor and furniture, and new restaurant and lounge concepts, including the addition of acclaimed Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s restaurant at Mānele Bay. 

Also, something new is fluttering around Four Seasons this summer. The Resorts are pleased to release the Social Butterfly, a sophisticated hi- tech wonder with its wings on the pulse of all things Lanai. Clients are encouraged to follow Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, via Facebook and Twitter, and keep the "Social Butterfly" informed of their travel plans prior to their visit and during their stay on the island. Fans have exclusive privileges towards special deals only offered on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Visit www.facebook.com/fourseasonsresortslanai .

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