There’s a song and phrase rooted in Hawaii that makes a yearly return: “Mele Kalikimaka!”
If you didn’t know, “Mele Kalikimaka” means “Merry Christmas,” and there’s a good reason some visitors will be saying and/or singing the song this holiday season. In what shocked many earlier this year, Maui is still recovering after the devastating fires that resulted in the loss of over 100 lives, and the majority of structures in historic Lahaina. However, it’s what can’t be seen that remains and gives hope to those who lost so much: memories, a strong collective spirit, and aloha.
As we approach the holidays, the best way travelers can show continued support for Maui after the Lahaina wildfires is to travel mindfully, respectfully, and responsibly. And there’s one hotel who will help with that mission: Wailea Beach Resort in Maui.
The resort’s “Return to Maui: Travel with Heart” package donates $100 of each stay to supporting Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. Hawaii Community Foundation is one of the most trusted and credible sources for updates on the latest in Maui’s recovery efforts, plus the island’s overall wellness, as it transforms lives and improves the island’s communities.
During the holidays, children can greet Kris Kringle as he arrives to the shores of Maui via canoe for the island holiday experience. Additional holiday programming and activities include some of the classics and new experiences, like an Elf Parade with milk and cookies, Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunts, wood ornament making classes, pineapple carving, sugar cookie, donut and gingerbread decorating, holiday Hula, wreath and floral lei-making workshops, holiday ukulele, a mermaid meet-and-greet, story time with Mrs. Claus, festive movie matinees and movie nights, and so much more. Adults can also get into the holiday spirit(s) with festive culinary and mixology workshops.
On top of the festive fun, visitors can enjoy some of the resort’s everyday amenities and features, like the recently unveiled “Olakino Wellness Pool Experience.” The experience features an unparalleled adults-only wellness sanctuary with personalized service from Po’e Mālamas (translated as ‘one who takes care’) and elevated wellness and culinary offerings – all included in a private poolside setting.
The resort also recently introduced a new way to luxuriate in island-style outdoor living with its new “Sundeck Garden Oasis” room category, a group of private garden oasis’ that feature expansive lanais appointed with outdoor bathtubs, lush amenities and firepit lounge areas for rest during Maui’s cool nights and further honoring the island’s famous outdoor living.
As part of the Sundeck Garden Collection, the resort is introducing the rebalancing Bath Butler Program. Each bathing ritual and treatment is designed to cater to individual needs, providing a rejuvenating and revitalizing experience like no other. Bath rituals include Air/Enliven Bath Ritual (a powerful body cleanser to reduce toxins with uplifting lemon and juniper), Fire/Replenish Bathing Ritual (a citrus soak that will relieve muscle tension, ease joint pain and detoxify the body), Water/Release Bathing Ritual (an algae-based soak to alleviate sore muscles and soothe stressed joints) and Earth/Embrace Bathing Ritual (a lavender fusion milk bath that will leave one feeling refreshed and renewed).
Additional experiences include foot conditioning treatment, reflexology, sound therapy session, frangipani hair and scalp treatment, Reiki session and in room massage.
Finally, the resort recently opened its new Makani lobby bar, inviting guests to “breeze” by in the Grand Lanai Lobby for thirst quenching libations including a selection of craft cocktails, wines, locally brewed beer, and lite bar snacks. This holiday season, guests can expect festive mixology classes and drinks at the bar. Even more, there will be new room renovations starting in March 2024!
The “Return to Maui: Travel with Heart” package includes a $100 resort credit and daily breakfast buffet for two, while also donating $100 of each stay to supporting Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. This turns that holiday visit into a chance to not only live in island luxury and comfort, but to also give back, learn from, and support the local small businesses and people who breathe life into the island of Maui.
About Wailea Beach Resort
At the ocean’s edge nestled between two of Maui’s golden sand crescent beaches, Wailea Beach Resort is the epitome of scenic luxury spanning 22 acres with three spectacular pool experiences including private floating cabanas and the longest water slide in Maui. Distinctive dining options showcasing locally sourced ingredients range from the signature Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi and private candlelit oceanfront experiences to a poolside food truck.
Te Au Moana, meaning “The Ocean Tide” Luau, transports guests on a cultural journey through Hawaii’s history with song, dance, and traditional culinary fare. Immersive activities such as Outrigger canoeing, kayak turtle tours, ukulele lessons and nightly fireside s’mores and Mo’olelo (Hawaiian storytelling). For highly sophisticated accommodations, look no further than the Sundeck Collection which features luxurious indoor-outdoor living with an expansive 150 square foot private lanai for convenient access to the beach walk, lawn and pools.