A few things you might want to know if you are planning to spend part of the holidays on Maui. (Unless you are our friends spending the week between Christmas Eve and New Year’s here with us–we’ve got it covered, guys.)
So, fresh Christmas trees:
Kula Botanical Garden began their annual Christmas tree sale yesterday and it continues today, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5,6,7. The trees are freshly cut and range in height from 3 feet for $36 to 20 feet for $950. The garden is located at 638 Kekaulike Avenue and is open from 9 AM to 4 PM every day of the year. 808-878-1715 This is a nine-acre farm owned by Helen and Warren McCord and they sell between 1,000-2,000 Monterey pine trees per year.
Upcountry Farm Specialties
51 Calasa Rd.
Kula 808-878-1468. Owned by Shirley and Hugo Buetler, this a coffee, protea and fruit farm with three acres of Christmas trees.
Other vendors with trees:
Walmart and Lowes
We usually end up at the King’s Cathedral church Christmas tree lot located at the corner of Puunene and Dairy Rd. (This is the large tin roof church on the corner that the locals call “God’s warehouse.”)
Now, onto viewing Christmas trees. If you have never done it you owe it to yourself to drive down to the hotels in Wailea to see the Christmas displays. (This is Maui’s version of going to see the Macy’s Christmas windows.) They have the most enormous trees I have ever seen…
Yes, that’s a real tree behind us! This was taken at the Fairmont Kea Lani when we attended the Aloha Ballroom Dance Academy Christmas ball (www.alohaballroom.com). Only time I’m ever able to get Mike in a tie.
And new this year: ICE skating on Maui! Start a new holiday tradition with ice skating in the tropics. Their ad says “The winter wonderland escape at the Westin Ka’anapli Ocean Resort Villas features a hybrid ice skating rink complete with holiday music, lighting, and magnificent ocean views. It’s the perfect place to create lasting memories with friends and family. Now till January 3, 2015 4 PM to 9 PM, daily. $15 per person for 30 minutes, including skate rental.
There are a number of things happening at the Maui Artsts and Cultural Center. There are the first light screenings of the new crop of Christmas movies on the wonderful large screen at the MACC. (www.mauiarts.org).
Check put the website for concert info, too…Jason Mraz and Raining Jane!
Then there is the Hui Visual Arts Center in Makawao. Just seeing the house alone that the hui is housed in is worth the trip. But they have lots of holiday gift ideas and noteworthy artwork. The Hui Holidays are till December 24th daily 9-4 pm
Hui No’eau, Maui – What will you create?
.Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center – 2841 Baldwin Avenue – Makawao, HI 96768
If you come to Maui for the holidays, I hope you find lots to enjoy!
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