The Ultimate Ocean Vodka Cocktail Contest: Write a Winning Recipe and Win a Stay in Paradise

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Organic Ocean Vodka and Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa have partnered to create “The Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Contest.” Recipes will be accepted for both a state of Hawaii category and a national contest.  Winners of each category will receive a stay at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (airfare not included) as well as their recipe on a menu for a year at one of Sheraton Maui’s restaurants. “You can be a professional bartender or spirits aficionado, an amateur ...

Manta Learning Center Opens at Sheraton Kona

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Hauntingly beautiful and graceful, what is it you have seen? You have seen a manta ray, the largest of the ray species, reaching wing spans up to twenty feet and weighing as much as 3,000 pounds. Hāhālua (manta ray), those gentle giants of the open ocean with wingspans up to 16-feet, are celebrated at Rays on the Bay at the Sheraton Kona as they make their nightly appearance just offshore. Mantarays–not to be confused with sting or eagle rays– feed on plankton that gather ...

Moana Surfrider Kicks off 6th Annual “Mangoes at the Moana” Event

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Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa has partnered with Makaha Mangoes to celebrate its 6th annual “Mangoes at the Moana” event anniversary on Saturday, July 19. Locals and visitors are invited to join in on the festivities from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Included in the day’s extensive lineup of celebratory activities, guests are also invited to Mangoes at the Moana’s most popular event “Mango Throw Down” featuring local celebrity executive chefs in a friendly cooking ...

Pink, White, and Blue 4th of July at the Royal Hawaiian

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Join us for an oceanfront experience at the Mai Tai Bar’s 4th of July Celebration and 2nd Annual Mixology Contest. Enjoy savory BBQ plates and a friendly competition featuring local bartenders from Starwood Hawaii hotels. This event is free of charge to attend for all guests. Venue Information: Mai tai bar – Regular operational hours The regular menu will be available along with special 4th of July Barbeque Specials.  See menu below. The live Hawaiian ...

Hokulea & Hikianalia on their way to Tahiti

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The wait is finally over! After years of preparation and planning, testing and training -- Hōkūleʻa & Hikianalia have departed Hilo for Tahiti, a journey that is expected to take 15 - 20 days to Papeete. It was an incredible outpouring of aloha and support as hundreds of people gathered at Palekai in Hilo to say "a hui hou" to Hokule‘a and Hikianalia before they departed on the first leg of their worldwide voyage. It poured for hours, but that didn't dampen the crowd's ...

Maui Craft Session 2014 Highlights Old World Versus New World Styles of Production

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Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has partnered with Maui Brewing Co., Southern Wine and Spirits, Ocean Vodka and Cigar Bar Hawaii for the second annual "Maui Craft Session" event on July 12, 2014. The Maui Craft Session 2014 is a celebration of the craft industries of spirits, beer and cigars. This annual event takes place on Sheraton Maui's Ocean Lawn, with legendary Pu'u Keka'a as the backdrop. The evening highlights industries rooted in small batch production, in which mass-production ...

Summer Deals in Hawaii

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Thinking about visiting Hawaii this summer? There is so much happening on the islands! If you're considering a visit to  Kauai, fall under the spell of Hawaii's "Garden Isle" as you journey to Waimea Canyon and the Wailua River. If you're headed to Oahu, attractions of Waikiki like the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium offer fun for the whole family. Or, south Kona’s calm and clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, diving and spotting dolphins and honu (Hawaiian ...

Top Secret Insider’s Guide to Maui

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Have you ever traveled to Maui and wished you knew more about local spots versus the same ol' tourist attractions? Worry not! We polled some of our Starwood Hawaii resort team members to find out some of their favorite places to hang out. Here are some unique Maui experiences a short distance from Ka'anapali Beach! Komoda Bakery - This homespun bakery, legendary for its mouth-watering cream puffs and guava-filled malasadas (Portuguese donut), is a must-stop. It’s been ...

Discover top things to do on Oahu during May and June

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Plan a vacation in May or June and enjoy the following: Guests like to explore Diamond Head Monument.  It is the perfect outdoor trail to walk, hike to the top or run a cardio session.  This broad crater was formed about 300,000 years ago during a single, explosive eruption. South shore surf spots – Browns, Diamond Head Cliffs, Lighthouse, Tongs, Rice Bowl and more.  There are a lot of surf spots with unique names.  Just ask one of the friendly beach boys. Check out ...

Professional Snowboarder Creates Women’s Wellness Program

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Professional snowboarder turned soul surfer, Me-Shell Mijangos, realized an opportunity ten years ago to combine her two passions to create a Maui-based wellness program for women. The surf and yoga vacations, designed to help women re energize, reconnect, and relax, bring together the joys of surfing a tropical paradise with the rewards of a health and wellness retreat. When asked what a Decade of Bliss means to her, Mijangos responded, "I think of all the amazing women that ...