Posted June 22, 2009 by Katie Blais
Eeek! I am just a few days away from my summer vacation, and that means it's time to bite the bullet and take out my bikini. Every March, in those first few warm days after a long New England winter, I think, " I have three months to get in shape for the beach." But inevitably, I get derailed by drinks after work, French fries, and my couch, and before I know it's late June and I am faced with two choices: hide under a muumuu all summer or just suck in my gut and get a tan with the rest of the sun babies.
With the opening of Cirque Polynesia at Kaanapali’s Hyatt Resort in Maui, beach-goers in Hawaii have even more motivation to get in shape before hitting the white sand beaches this summer. The new show combines Polynesian culture and crazy Cirque du Soleil artistry, with a cast of contortionists, acrobats, mother-and-daughter high-wire walkers (6th and 7th generation!). You know that French fries are not in these performers' diets. Have you seen Cirque performers? It’s like they are one big muscle.
So, if you are planning a vacation to Maui this summer, don't miss this spectacle. The show is appropriate for the whole family. And try not to feel too bad about your muffin top when you leave!
Posted June 19, 2009 by Jamie Moore
Take a break from the beach on your next visit to Maui and head inland, where you'll find one-of-a-kind, island-grown attractions. Savor a Maui-grown cup of java, check out a volcanic view, and indulge in Hawaiian-inspired fusion cuisine.
MauiGrown Coffee: You can't buy Maui Mokka coffee anywhere else in the world. The beans in this blend are found only on MauiGrown Coffee's farm. The medium-roast cup o' joe is infused with a range of chocolate flavors and known locally as the "champagne of coffee." Sample the famous Maui Mokka and take a self-guided tour of the coffee farm. This rare coffee is available in whole bean or ground for $28.95 per pound.
Haleakala National Park: There's something about Haleakala that has drawn locals for as long as people have lived on Maui. Maybe it's the walk above the clouds on the world's largest dormant volcano or the rare endangered species you can't find anywhere else on Earth. Decide for yourself on a day trip or multi-day excursion. Hike through a cinder desert landscape or get jungle fever camping beside freshwater falls, bamboo forests, and tropical vines. The park is open 24 hours a day, and permits are $10 per car (valid for three days).
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine: Blend local ingredients with Asian spices and European sauces, and what do you get? Hawaiian-fusion dishes a la Roy Yamaguchi. He's credited with creating this nouveau cuisine and, when you sit down to his Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi or Blackened Ahi Tuna, you'll be glad he did. The fusion fun doesn't stop with the food. Try a mango mojito or a martini infused with Maui pineapple and vodka. For dessert, don't pass up Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle. The prix fixe menu is $35, and a la carte entrees start at about $23.
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