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Maui Marathon ( has partnered with Travel Network Maui to make booking hotel accommodations and flights for kamaaina planning to participate in the 41st Maui Marathon.

Recognized as one of the most scenic courses in world, Maui Marathon starts in Kahului and passes sugarcane fields and the spectacular Pacific coastline for over 17 breathtaking miles before ending in Kaanapali.  Runners planning to participate in the various events over the weekend can take advantage of special rates offered by The Westin Maui Resort & Spa and other hotels in the Kaanapali Beach Resort.

“We’ve made it easy for marathoners and their families to travel to Maui for the events taking place this September,” said Rudy Huber, Executive Director for the Maui Marathon.  “Travel Network is a Maui-based company and their knowledgeable travel consultants will book the rooms and airfare for kamaaina looking for assistance.”

Marathon Race Headquarters is located at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, on spectacular Kaanapali Beach.  As the official host hotel, many of the Marathon activities take place at, or near, the hotel.  Kamaaina rates available during the marathon start at $189 per night for a garden view room.

Other hotels offering special rates during the Maui Marathon include:

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas: rates start at $290 per night studio island accommodations

Kaanapali Beach Hotel: rates start at $109 per night for a garden view room

Rates quoted are based on double occupancy, per night. A daily resort fee of $25.00 plus taxes is not included.

To take advantage of these special Maui Marathon rates, contact Travel Network, located on Maui at 331 Hookahi Street, Suite 104, Wailuku, HI 96793.

  • Toll free: 800-344-9086, Phone: 808-244-1414, Fax: 808-242-7815
  • Business Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm

Registration for the 2011 events is available online.  Kamaaina rates are:

  • Full Marathon, $95
  • Half-Marathon, $85
  • Maui Tacos 5K Run/Walk, $35
  • Full Warrior Challenge (Maui Tacos 5K Run/Walk, Run Forrest Run Front Street Mile + Full Marathon), $170
  • Half Warrior Challenge (Maui Tacos 5K Run/Walk, Run Forrest Run Front Street Mile + Half-Marathon), $125


Registration fee also includes a t-shirt for all race finishers.



Dining at Capische?



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Just returned from spending a most enjoyable 3 nights at the new Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Maui.

Located at the north end of Kaanapali Beach (just before Honokowai), the resort is comprised of all suites … from a roomy 580 sq. ft. Ohana Suite to a palatial 2,650 sq. ft. 3-bedroom master suite. Each suite features a private bathroom for each bedroom and many more unexpected luxuries.  I had a comfy and spacious 2-bedroom unit with a great ocean view.

Living in a home on Oahu that was built in the 1970’s, I had some challenges with the wonderful new fixtures and appliances in the kitchen but, it was fun figuring out how they all worked.

Above is an image of the resort I snapped from a 6th floor balcony.

Right is a photo I took of one of the 2 bedrooms in my unit.  Very beautifully appointed with comfy king bed.  I did not take a photo but there was a tub and separate  shower plus a huge vanity area with double sinks in spacious the  bathroom and an almost identical set-up in the other bedroom.

Currently there is just one restaurant – but it’s the very popular oceanfront Duke’s Beach House.  Another restaurant will open in the second tower (possibly in mid 2011).  Aina Gourmet – a wonderful coffee shop and deli with groceries, sundries and more is available for anyone wanting items to prepare in the kitchen or something lighter to eat or snack on.  Here’s a photo of the breakfast panini I had one morning (note that half of the panini is missing).

The resort also offers a fitness center, children’s program with play room, 3-pool aquatic playground and more.  The spa will also open sometime in 2011.

When booking a visit, be sure to check for specials.  Currently, they are offering a 50% discount plus the 5th night free.  For the 2-bedroom unit that I had, the special rate is $375 per night but when you think that it can accommodate two couples or a family of six, that’s not a bad deal.

Finally, here is a photo I took from the huge lanai all units have.  Although you can’t see it, the glass doors to the deck do not slide open … rather, they fold open like a shoji screen … giving you a larger than large indoor / outdoor suite space.

For more detail about the resort and a photo gallery with gorgeous images, visit