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Turley Wine Tastings at Travaasa Hana

Wine lovers: Looking for a valid excuse to take a week off and visit us in Hana? Well here it is; On Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th, the California-based winery, Turley Wine Cellars, will be offering a two-day wine tasting at Hana gem, Travaasa Hana.

Treat yourself to a wide array of top vintages from Turley, accompanied by a few culinary delights prepared by executive chef, Barry Villarimo.  And in addition to these incredible indulgences, come enjoy the serene views and weather that Hana has to offer this time of year.

The tasting will consist of a five-course wine-pairing dinner on Saturday followed by tapas and a tasting of Turley’s newest releases on Sunday. Tickets for this event are $85 per person and $40 per person, respectively.

So there you go, the perfect excuse to come out and spend a few days in the beautiful town of Hana in Maui. Take our word for it, you will not regret your decision to do so!

 

5 Tips on How to Spend Your Maui Mancation

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With the non-stop scenery, beautiful blue ocean and island atmosphere, it’s no secret that Hana is an ideal location for a relaxing or romantic getaway vacation. However, unbeknown to many of you men, Hana is a prime spot to get your guy buds together for your next “man-cation.” Here are 5 ideas on how to spend time with the boys while in Hana.

Camping. What better way to connect with your inner man than to spend a night or two in the great outdoors? Hana is home to some of Hawaii’s most scenic and rugged campsites. Check out the Kipahulu Campground located right by the Oheo Gulch, it’s one of our favorites.

Cliff Jumping. If you are with the guys in Hana, you are probably going to need something to get that adrenaline going. And if there is one thing that Hana does have, it is cliffs and water. So why not put the two together and do a little cliff diving?

Hang Gliding. If cliff diving isn’t really your thing or you already took down that task, try some high flying powered hang gliding tours above Hana. This is the perfect way to see the entire island of Maui and to get your blood flowing!

Bars. After a long day of adventure, you’ll want to do nothing more than to grab some drinks and some delicious grub right inside the town of Hana. Venture over to Travaasa Hana, they have a fully-stocked bar and a kitchen that is open late.

Beaches. On your “mancation” it is essential to take a day or two to hang out on the beach. Luckily for you, Hana offers up a variety of awesome spots where you can get your tan on, surf, do some fishing and check out the scenery.

5 Tips for Planning Your Girlfriend Getaway to Maui

An escape to paradise is always pure bliss, but being accompanied by your closest girlfriends can make the trip that much more memorable.  Hana is the perfect place to grab your favorite gals, relax on the beach with an icy drink in hand, or go explore the gorgeous tropical terrain.  Here are 5 steps to making the most of your vacation with your closest girlfriends.

  • Plan it Out Ahead of Time - Sure, every vacation needs a little spontaneity, but when you bring together a group of women, all with differing opinions, you may find it hard to agree on the day’s activities.  Talk about what interests you ahead of time, whether it be getting a massage that incorporates traditional Hawaiian techniques, or maybe exploring a rushing waterfall.  If you have a basic plan, you can optimize your time…or you can split up the group for part of the day to make all parties happy.
  • Budget, Baby - Are you staying overnight at the stunning Travaasa Hotel Hana, or are you opting for a more economical lodging option?  All inclusive accommodations, or just a place to crash?  Fine dining every night, or quick bites from roadside stands on the winding Road to Hana?  Talking about your trip budget with your girlfriends ahead of time will help ensure that everyone feels comfortable with the money being spent, and you can focus less on dollar signs and more on your time together.
  • Invest in a Good Camera - You’ve got your closest girlfriends having fun in the Hana sun – you’ll want to capture all the memories and gorgeous vistas.  Make sure you have a nice digital camera that can freeze all these wonderful moments for you to go back and reflect on.
  • Coordinate Wardrobes – No, we’re not talking about wearing matching magenta bikinis while frolicking on the beach, but it may be a good idea to chat about the type of clothes you’ll be packing.  If Emma goes super casual in shorts and tees, but Stacy is rocking her pearls and heels, it could make for an awkward night out.  Best get it all out on the table.
  • Have a Blast – When you hop on that plane to head to Hana, make a promise to yourself and to your friends that you are going to leave your stress and worries at the airport terminal on the mainland.  Take this time to decompress, relax, unwind and have a fabulous time!  Maybe you start your vacation with a spa treatment, or a calming walk on the beach.  Whatever it is, make sure that you enjoy every minute in paradise.

Hana Hospitality

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When you come visit heavenly Hana, you’ll be treated like ‘Ohāna. Family.  Living the peaceful island lifestyle facilitates a sense of ease, a carefree feeling where people are able to enjoy the unspoiled wonders of the land without worrying about the stress of life.

The locals in Hana wear warm smiles and will gladly pause to help you with directions, share hidden gems to stop at to soak up the sights, or give favorite joints to grab a bite to eat.

After a long day of traveling along the Road to Hana, take a rest at Travaasa Hana, where you will be greeted with a cool towel scented with lemon water to refresh you after your journey, and a traditional glass of Pog (guava, passionfruit and orange juice).

In Hana, with every turn on the winding road and every stop you may take, take a moment to soak it all in and share a smile.  It’s the Hana way.

The History of Hana

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Nestled along the coast of the Pacific Ocean on the Eastern end of the island of Maui, the town of Hana is arguably the most secluded area in all of the Hawaiian Islands. Hana is home to some of the state’s most spectacular views, unique experiences and local culture. Naturally, a place such as this has deep historical roots that trace as far back as the 15th century, when a ruler named Pillani united the island of Maui.

While Hana’s history is rich and interesting, there are three points that have really shaped Hana throughout the years including Hana’s production of sugarcane, Paul Fagan, and the stunning Hana Highway.

  • Sugarcane
    • Prior to the year 1849 the town of Hana was quite a desolate little place, that was until George Wilfong manufactured a 60-acre sugarcane plantation. Wilfong forever changed the economy of Hana and introduced Chinese immigrants to this town due to his need to fill jobs on his vast sugarcane fields. Wilfong in many regards put Hana on the map, to the outside world that is. Sugarcane and the immigrants that worked its fields had a great deal of cultural influence on Hana and shaped it into what it is today.
  • Paul Fagan
    • In 1946 a man by the name of Paul Fagan established the Hotel Hana Maui in an attempt to revitalize the failing economy within Hana.  His efforts in turn made the town of Hana a quiet and romantic tourist destination for many. Fagan also used his fortune and status to host the San Francisco Seals baseball team’s Spring Training in the town of Hana. This risky PR move turned out to be a worthwhile move for Hana and left it with a new nickname, “Heavenly Hana.”
  • The Road to Hana
    • The Road to Hana in many aspects is what makes Hana famous and a tourist destination today. Also known as the Hana Highway or Hana Road this 68-mile stretch connects Hana to Kahului and offers up some breathtaking island views along the way. But as you are currently planning on cruising in your convertible down the scenic Road to Hana, be aware of the 620 curves as well as 59 bridges coming your way. The secluded lookouts, tropical rainforests, and beach views will easily make this ride worth it though, we promise.

Plan a Perfect Proposal in Hana, Hawaii

Cool ocean breeze, crashing waves, tropical landscapes…You pull out a ring and you’re on your way to happily ever after.  If you’re one of those suave ultra romantic types, a proposal in Maui will be a one of a kind event that your partner will remember forever…after all, they do call it Heavenly Hana for a reason.

If you’re looking to arrange the ultimate proposal, here are 7 tips for planning an evening that she’ll never forget.

1) Plan ahead: While women love surprises and spontaneity, there’s nothing more romantic than a well planned proposal.  There are a number of breathtaking spots on the Road to Hana that will make an absolutely stunning backdrop.  The first thing you’ll need to determine what type of background paints the perfect proposal picture: Beautiful beaches, flowing waterfalls or lush tropics all provide different feels, depending on the proposal you’re going for.

2) Honokalani Black Sand Beach is located in the Wainapanapa State Park and is a unique location for a beach proposal.  For the adventurous couple, spend the day exploring caverns, hiking trails and more before the big moment.

3)While the above beach is beautiful, it also tends to be a bit touristy at times.  If you’re looking for a more private proposal, about a mile past “downtown” Hana on the S. Hana Hwy. and left onto Haneo’o Rd is Hamoa beach—a perfect place to get down on one knee amidst the crashing waves.

4)Speak from the heart.

5)Don’t forget a camera!  Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but you’ll both want to remember this moment.  Even if it’s one of those extended arm self shots…you’ll be glad you have it.

6) If you’re looking to propose on the high seas, there are several different charter trips in Hana available to choose from.  Just remember not to be standing too close to the edge when you propose.  Last time we checked, diamonds don’t float….

7) End the night with an overnight stay at the breathtaking Travaasa Hana.  With the quaint sea ranch cottages, attention to detail, and delicious dining options, it’s the perfect way to wrap up an amazing day.  You’ll also be happy to not have to drive The Road to Hana after the proposal, as the trip can take up to four hours!

 

Congratulations!  And here’s to lifelong happiness!

 

Amazing Books for your Next Beach Vacation in Hana

If you ask us, there is nothing better than soaking in the rays on a spectacular Hawaiian beach with a novel that tantalizes, torments and tempts you to keep turning the pages. Now we all know that there are a countless number of tales that will make a day on the beach fly by but what makes up the formula for the perfect beach read? It may consist of marvelous adventure accompanied by witty humor, or perhaps it’s a daunting struggle in the pursuit of one’s ultimate dream. Maybe the perfect beach novel involves the transformation of oneself to end up in a state of self-realization, or quite simply an age old story that will fulfill your seaside state of mind.

Regardless of your genre of choice, were quite certain that you can’t go wrong with any of the following novels the next time you have hours to burn on one of Hana’s beautiful beaches:

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway:
Ernest Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea, is a classic novel about an elderly fisherman named Santiago who is on 84 day streak without catching one fish. Little does he know that his luck is about to turn around on day number 85 when he hooks a giant-sized marlin. Be sure to find out who wins this epic battle. Santiago? Or the opposing marlin?

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen:
At the age of 23, Jacob Jankowski, finds himself suddenly departing from veterinary school at Cornell University when he learns that his parents were killed in a car accident. Jankowski jumps on the first train he sees and quickly learns that it belongs to a traveling circus. Pick up Water for Elephants to see what unfolds in this tale of grief, adventure and love.

The Last Summer (of you and me) by Ann Brashares:
Ann Brashares, The Last Summer (of you and me) is the story of a recent college grad named Alice who is set to spend another summer at her family mansion in Fire Island, a gorgeous getaway from life in New York City. This heart-wrenching novel is one filled with lustful romance that is bound to leave you wanting more and more.

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
If you haven’t before read this one of a kind story, be sure to take Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s, Gift from the Sea, on your next Hana beach vacation. Lindbergh enlightens us on her experience in youth, love, loneliness, satisfaction and peace. She reflects on her experiences during a vacation by the sea which draws inspiration from unique shells on the beach. A true beach classic!