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Hawaii's Weekend Tsunami-Warning Was Close Call for Hotels

October 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (2)

The scene at the Grand Wailea Maui during the 2011 tsunami

While the country has been preoccupied with Hurricane Sandy, barely a peep has made about the fact that Saturday evening, just after sunset, a tidal wave alarm siren pierced air in Maui's resort area of Wailea. The Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, had declared a state of emergency.

Guests, who had been quietly supping on dinners at tony hotel restaurants were told to quickly finish eating, and other approaching diners were turned away from the reservation desk.

Instructions were swiftly dispensed: The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui told guests to leave their oceanfront villas and head up to the lobby on higher ground by 9 pm while guests with rooms in the main buildings above the 3rd floor were deemed to be above the hit zone and could remain in their suites. A large benefit dinner party of 700 people broke up to allow locals to get to their cars before the lower road along the beachfront hotels was closed down and there was a long line of red tail lights trying to get on to the main road in Wailea.

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Andaz Maui Says “Aloha” to Morimoto

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, Maui, United States, 96753
October 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

We’re stoked to hear today's news--the upcoming Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa is pairing with celebrity-chef Masaharu Morimoto to create Morimoto Maui in time for the hotel's opening next summer.

The Iron Chef star will take advantage of the island’s direct access to fresh produce and pay homage to Hawaii by incorporating local ingredients to his traditional Japanese menu.

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Yoga Rules at Lumeria Maui Wellness Retreat

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  Site Where: 1813 Baldwin Avenue [map], Makawao, Maui, United States, 96768
September 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

Fall is coming, but don't put away your bikini just yet. Perfect beach weather still prevails at the 24-room luxury retreat Lumeria Maui. It's after Labor Day, but as with most things in Hawaii, the calendar doesn't much matter here. At Lumeria there are still many beach days to celebrate your well-being with yoga, renew your relationship to nature, and experience true Hawaiian culture.

Lumeria is located on six-acres between that little sparkler of a beach town Paia, one of the best surfing and windsurfing spots on the island, and Makawao on Maui's North Shore. Situated near the slopes of Haleakala, the Hawaiian name for House of the Rising Run, Lumeria is a great spot to practice your sun salutations each morning as the sun rises up over the crater.

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