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Maui Film Festival - Showcasing Cinema in Paradise

Have you ever been to the Maui Film Festival? If yes, you're probably as excited as we are!
June 09, 2017

Maui Film Festival - Showcasing Cinema in Paradise


Have you ever been to the Maui Film Festival? If yes, you're probably as excited as we are! It's fast approaching! If you haven’t had the chance, make this year your year.  The annual film festival is going on its 18th year, and this one promises to be quite special. Cinematic creativity composed by passionate filmmakers to reach a diverse audience is what the festival specializes in, with this year as no exception. One of the island's most popular annual events, owing to the authenticity of the films, the guests, and the attendees, the Celestial Cinema is definitely the event favorite.

Imagine yourself settling onto the lush greens of the Wailea Gold and Emerald Golf Course under a starlit sky to watch films projected onto a 50' solar powered screen. Relax and enjoy films that are as exceptional as the natural beauty that surrounds you.

As for the celebrity award winners, this year the Navigator Award will go to Connie Britton. The award honors “a film artist for carving a path of distinction through the turbulent waters of the entertainment industry without sacrificing his or her fundamental commitment to excellence.” Britton is best known for her roles in “Friday Night Lights” on NBC and “Nashville” on ABC. She also co-stars with Selma Hayek and John Lithgow in “Beatriz at Dinner” which will be screening after her award presentation on June 21st.  Freida Pinto will also be honored with the Shining Star award, Pierce Brosnan will be the first actor honored twice, and will be receiving the Pathfinder Award, and Karen Gillan will be honored with the Rising Star Award.

So now you are probably wondering, how do you get there? We can help! Make your way to the Wailea Resort Event Parking Lot at the top of Wailea Ike Drive. Once parked, we will provide you with free shuttle service to and from the venue. We'll keep our comfortable and spacious Van Hool Motorcoaches running continuously to and from the venue throughout the event, starting at 6:15pm, so all the attendees can get back and forth quickly and with ease. That's our business at Akina Tours, and we enjoy providing this service to the wonderful folks who will be coming to the Celestial Cinema and the Taste of Summer event, which will kick off the film festival on June 21st.

The Days of Summer Lead to the Next Level of Basketball at Camp on Maui

The annual Next Level Camp, hosted by basketballMaui, returns to the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku from June 4-8, 2017.
May 19, 2017

Remember the good 'ole days of summer, when you hadn't a care in the world? Your days were filled with friends and summer fun and included the sounds of basketballs bouncing off the courts and swishing through the hoops? Great news!  It's that time of year again.  The annual basketballMAUI CAMP, returns to the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku from June 4-8, 2017.

Following a slightly different format from last year, the camp will be held in its entirety in central Maui this year. Special guests include slam dunk champion and YouTube sensation Kenny Dobbs alongside Ryan Appleby, professional skills trainer and University of Washington basketball star. Attendees will have the opportunity to get high quality basketball instruction, while learning leadership and life skills throughout the week.  There are four main focus areas, including: individual offense, defense, shooting, and team skills.

The camp is open to both female and male youth, ages 7-18, and will be split into training groups based on ability and individual age.  There is a heavy emphasis placed on skill development, intensity, enthusiasm, leadership, and teamwork. Parents are welcome to attend and watch.  Camp will begin on Sunday June 4th, 2017, and continue through Thursday, June 8th, 2017.

The cost of registration is $130 (the Early Bird period has passed) and includes an Adidas camp t-shirt, custom Baden basketball, camp group photo and athlete training workbook. Also for those of you in the South Maui area, Akina Tours will be providing bus service to/from War Memorial from Hope Chapel Kihei daily for $45.

Scholarships for the camp are available, for more information email info@basketballmaui.com.

Transportation for Hawaii Small Business Conference on Maui

Get expert information on marketing, tax mitigation, customer service and more.
April 28, 2017

Transportation for Hawaii Small Business Conference on Maui

The first Hawaii Small Business Conference is coming up fast on May 3rd and 4th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Presented by the Maui Economic Development Board in collaboration with the County of Maui Mayor's Office of Economic Development, its theme is "DESIGN, PROTECT, ENGAGE: Small Business Strategies for Success." If you're interested in exploring future possibilities for your business, you may want to attend. If you're already planning to go, and you need Maui group transportation, let us know so we can help you decide if our services are a good match for your needs.

The conference was designed to be especially helpful to entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses, all of which are predominant on Maui. Our economy isn't quite like those of other states or counties, and the participants will be in a good position to learn from others who have carved out a successful niche for themselves, and from those who know their way around governmental influences on business.

The first day of the conference will be on Wednesday, May 3rd, starting at 7am and ending at 5:30pm. During this time, there will be plenty of networking opportunities with business leaders who will be there to share their insights on various topics, like marketing, customer service, data security and risk management.

Day One Presenters:

  • Maggie Bayless, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ZingTrain helps companies improve their bottom line through the Zingerman’s Bottom Line Training® approach for more than two decades.
  • Petra Marquart, President of Petra Marquart and Associates helps businesses unlock The Power of Service: Keeping Customers for Life, and addresses service from all aspects: structural, interpersonal, and systemic.
  • Albert Samuelian, Managing Director at OMD West and Strategy is a strategic minded marketing professional with 20+ years of experience leading high-profile businesses and developing data-driven, multi-media global communication strategy and plans.
  • Edward Arias, Special Agent with the FBI and a member of the Cyber Crime Squad in Honolulu since 2006 investigates internet-related crimes.
  • Michael Miranda, Director for Information Security at Hawaiian Telcom manages the Corporate Information Security team responsible for the company’s network, systems and data.

Day two will take place on Thursday, May 4th, starting at 8am and concluding at 3:45pm. On this day, participants will get to learn from experts about various topics like tax mitigation, human resources, customer service and marketing. These tips can go a long way to saving time and trouble by learning from those who have already done the research, and learned valuable lessons from experience.

Day one entry is $85 per person for the full day, including luncheon and exhibits. Day two workshops are paid for separately at a rate of $45 each, so you can simply choose to attend the ones that apply to your areas of interest. You can also save $10 by registering for the conference plus a workshop, or by registering for both workshops.

If you'd like more details on the event, or you want to register, you can visit www.HawaiiSmall.Biz. You can also call (808) 875-2300 for more information. If you're planning to attend with a group and you need transportation, we do specialize in Maui corporate transportation services. All our services are custom tailored to your needs. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page if you need us. Mahalo!

Blogs for June 2017

Maui Film Festival - Showcasing Cinema in Paradise

Posted on June 09, 2017
Maui Film Festival - Showcasing Cinema in Paradise


Have you ever been to the Maui Film Festival? If yes, you're probably as excited as we are! It's fast approaching! If you haven’t had the chance, make this year your year.  The annual film festival is going on its… Continue Reading

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