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Maui After Dark

Feb 20, 2008
Maui is an island teaming with diversity and nighttime offerings on the island are no different. Visitors to Maui can enjoy nature, food and dancing at locations all over the island.

The summit of Haleakala provides a beautiful location to view a Maui sunset. After dark the summit provides the perfect location for stargazing. "Tour of the Stars", offered on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, features Hawaii's only recreational telescope.

The Director of Astronomy provides participants with astronomical instruction and then leads them step-by-step through identifying the celestial objects with binoculars and the telescope. Special couples' only viewings add an additional touch of romance to a Maui vacation. Other Maui stargazing activities are offered at the Grand Wailea Resort and the Kaanapali Embassy Suites.

Many sea creatures become most active after dark. Divers can experience an after-dark dive off Maui when eels, manta rays and big fish come out to play. Mike Severns Diving and Ed Robinson Diving Adventures, both offer nighttime dives to Maui visitors who are scuba certified.

Maui visitors wanting to watch the same nocturnal ocean antics without getting wet should check out the "Aquarium After Dark" program at the Maui Ocean Center.

On full moon nights, Maui visitors can join the Monthly Moonlight Mo'olelo sessions at the Ritz-Carlton. Held on a beach house lawn under the full moon, this event celebrates the Maui island tradition of story-telling.

Every Maui vacation should include one evening spent enjoying the Hawaiian traditional luau celebration. Hula dancers, traditional Hawaiian food, and Hawaiian music are standard at all Maui luaus.

Most hotels and resorts offer luaus but the most authentic luau on Maui is considered to be the Old Lahaina Luau. Luaus on Maui are usually all you can eat and drink, including alcohol. A traditional luau is set on the beach or within sight of the ocean. Maui visitors can experience refreshing ocean breezes while enjoying their great food and entertainment.

Visitors looking for a more traditional vacation party atmosphere can find it on Maui as well. Lahaina and Kihei are considered the best places on Maui to party and meet other tourists. Featuring bars with live music and dancing, both areas draw large crowds in the evening. Resort and hotel bars often host music nightly also.

Dinner shows also draw Maui visitors to Lahaina. Warren and Annabelle's, located on Front Street, consistently receives rave reviews. Magician, Warren Gibson, performs tricks in the cozy theater while Annabelle, a piano-playing ghost, takes musical requests.

Ulalena, also on Front Street, is a Cirque du Soleil-style production that blends Maui myth and fact together in a unique dramatic performance. Visitors to Maui should consider seeing Ulalena a top priority.

Kupanaha, located in the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, offers a family show. This performance presents a magic show based on the Maui legend of the Black Rock that sure to entertain the entire family.

Many consider the best way to end a long Maui day is by enjoying a perfect Mai Tai. A great place to sample a Mai Tai or other tropical cocktails like Missionary's Downfall or Tropical Itch is Hula Moons, located in the Marriot Wailea Beach Resort on Maui. Hula Moons is decorated in 1930s memorabilia and is a shrine of sorts to the poet Don Blanding.

Nightlife on Maui is as diverse as the island itself but, like the island, nightlife is available to suit every visitor.
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