Wailea News and Blog Updates
Yes, we know it’s summer. But things are really heating up at the Grand Wailea! Saturday, July 7th, was the second time for the Fire It Up! “barbecue of the Pacific! Several guest chefs from near and far:
This year’s participants include repeats Justin Brunson of Old Major in Denver; Sam Jones of Sam Jones Barbecue in Winterville, N.C.; Hubert Keller of Fleur in Las Vegas; Chris Lilly of Bob Gibson Barbecue in Decatur, Ala; Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor, Texas; Aaron Sanchez of Johnny Sanchez in New Orleans; and Maui’s Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof in Kahului and the upcoming Lineage at The Shops at Wailea.
This event has become so popular (and smokin’ hot delicious!) that several major media outlets are here to cover the event. They include Travel + Leisure, Wine Enthusiast, the Food Network, Food & Wine, Coast Magazine, USA Today and Texas Monthly. This event was packed with local food, professional chefs, Aaron Sanchez – judge for the TV show Chopped, custom cocktails, a traditional imu, fabulous desserts, and more.
The article also includes an opening announcement for Okoa, a new outdoor barbecue restaurant at the Grand Wailea.
“Okoa will feature a 26-foot smoker that we got out of Houston,” says Gonzalez. “It will be a barbecue restaurant with tastes from all over the land, from the various regions including the Carolinas, Alabama and Texas and Hawaii.”
Yes, of course people love to visit Wailea and Maui in the winter – as a warm getaway from snow and sleet. Priceline recently ranked Wailea in the Top Ten of emerging summer travel destinations! Locals understand that Wailea easily represents a year round choice for vacation travel.
Wailea was ranked number 10 on a list that also shows rising popularity of destinations like Alpharetta, Georgia (no. 1); Grand Forks, North Dakota (no. 2); and Cape May, New Jersey (no. 3). Lake Geneva Wisconsin (no. 8) and West Hollywood, California (no. 9) also made the list.
You can read the full details on MauiNow.com
This is the 17th year that the association has offered Maui county scholarships to local high school seniors, sending them on their way to college! Students from throughout Maui County were selected. The review process, overseen by Bud Pikrone, WCA General Manager, was extensive and broad; these students are truly deserving of the support.
Here are the 2018 Wailea Community Association scholarship recipients:
Alexis Matias, Lahainaluna HS attending University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa
Caele Manley, Molokaʻi HS attending Wheaton College
Francis Bui, Lahainaluna HS attending University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jaymar Quedding, Maui HS attending Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
John Supnet, Lahainaluna HS attending University of Hawaiʻi, Maui
Jun Kai, Seabury Hall attending Whitman College
Lady Elaydo, Lānaʻi HS attending Kapiʻolani Community College
Lily Katz, Baldwin HS attending George Washington University
Lino Yoshikawa, Maui HS attending University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo
Paula Maroto, Molokaʻi HS attending Grand Canyon University
Every May and November, the Wailea Resort Association hosts this delicious event, Restaurant Week Wailea. This May, we have 19 Wailea restaurants offering special fixed price menus for your delight! Plus, the Maui Food Bank receives a portion of the proceeds are donated to the . That’s what we call a triple win! Make your reservations in under a minute by using the direct links to Open Table on our #RWWailea page.
The Maui News has some interesting back story on this semi-annual event.
Wailea Resort is renowned for award-winning culinary talent, exceptional restaurants and celebrity chefs, who will once again create remarkable three-course, chef-inspired prix-fixe menus for $29, $39, $49 or $59 per person.
Marin Magazine recently featured the Grand Wailea’s multimillion-dollar pool renovation. One of the highlight’s of the resort’s massive network of pools, wet bars, and lounging areas is a three-story Lava Tube Slide!
Here’s the kind of endorsement that cannot be bought:
After triple testing all of the slides, my 16-year old daughter Natalie and her friend, Ali gave the entire resort a big thumbs ups.
Hawaii and Wailea are hot, hot, hot for visitors! Wailea hotels led in all three tourism measures so far in 2018:
- Highest RevPAR (average revenue per available room)
- Highest ADR (average daily rate)
- Highest occupancy rate (90.8%).
Why so strong, you may ask? Maui wins ‘Best Island’ awards year after year, for over two decades now. Wailea hotels reported the highest rates statewide. You can choose from many world class, luxury Wailea hotels.
If you are looking to visit Wailea, now is a great time to look as April and May are considered “shoulder season.” That includes easier access to mainland flights, too.
All classes of hotel properties reported RevPAR growth in February. Luxury Class hotels led the market, growing both RevPAR to $477 (+15.7%) and ADR to $587 (+12.0%), with occupancy rising to 81.3% (+2.6 percentage points). Upper Class (+11.1%), Upper Midscale Class (+10.9%), and Midscale & Economy.
Read the full article, Wailea Resorts Continue to Lead State in Highest Daily Rates, Occupancy, on MauiNow.com
Photo Credit: Aerial Photo of Wailea by Randy Jay Braun.