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Exploring Maui's Restaurant Scene on a Group Tour

With our transportation services, you and your group can experience a smorgasbord of Maui flavors.
April 21, 2017


If you're visiting Maui with a large group, such as a vacation with friends or a corporate retreat, it can be challenging to find things to do that will make everyone happy. Sometimes even grueling, considering how varied the preferences and interests can be, even among those who have things in common. If you're responsible for organizing outings like these, you are already familiar with how much pressure there is to orchestrate a good experience for your group. This week, we'd like to make a suggestion that should help to take the pressure off.

Everyone has to eat, so getting the dining right can go a long way to making everyone happy. But it's pretty much a guarantee that the first preference for some people in the group is the last preference for others. So, picture this: you and your group board one of our sleek limo buses, or Van Hool Motor Coaches, and we whisk you all off in style to one of Maui's popular towns for dining, where the members of your group can all choose their own nearby restaurant. Here are our top suggestions for this kind of dining tour.


Lahaina – This historic West Maui beach town is one of Maui's most popular destinations. Front Street features a lively night life on the weekends, and numerous restaurants to choose from, each with its own unique flavors and ambiance. In addition to all the restaurants, you'll plenty to explore here, including countless shops, and more art galleries per capita than any other town in the United States. Front Street runs right along the sparkling blue ocean, and the evenings provide stunning sunsets of pink, red and gold over the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai.

Kihei – Although the restaurants in this South Maui beach town are more spread out than in Lahaina, you'll find an amazing spread of dining options, not just in terms of cuisine types, but of budget ranges as well. You can opt for exclusive upscale dining or you can eat on the cheap, with totally delicious options throughout both ends of the spectrum. On the Mainland, a lot of folks have learned that the most unassuming little hole-in-the-wall places sometimes serve the best food. That is just as true in Kihei. After you dine, you can browse the shops, or go for a walk together on one of Kihei's expansive beaches and watch one of those famous Maui sunsets.

Paia – It's a totally different vibe on Maui's North Shore. Paia is another of the island's most interesting beach towns. The collection of restaurants is just as eclectic as the people who frequent this popular area. Locals, surfers, hippies, vacationers, and all kinds of folks in between enjoy the laid-back feel of Paia, which features its own enjoyable collection of shops and art galleries to browse before or after dinner. If your group prefers an off-beat, authentic dining experience, this is your best option.

Makawao – Journey to Upcountry Maui to experience the charming historic Makawao Town. To the surprise of many visitors, it looks like an old Western town was dropped at the edge of a jungle by mistake, but don't be fooled, Maui's paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture has deep roots in this fascinating place. It may not boast as many restaurants as the other locations, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality. Each of the restaurants here is a local favorite among Maui's residents, and each has its own charm.


You may have noticed that we haven't suggested specific restaurants in any of these locations, but that was deliberate, as half the fun is exploring them yourself! Keep in mind that transportation and parking can be tricky at some of these locations if you have a large group of people with you. That's where our expertise can serve you very well. We're happy to drop you off and pick you up at locations that are most convenient for you. Not only that, but with our services, you'll never have to worry about navigating or getting lost between your accommodations and your destination. All our group tours are custom tailored to your needs as our valued client, so give us a call if you'd like to begin talking about the details of your trip. We will do our absolute best to accommodate your unique set of Maui transportation needs. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Maui Film Festival 2017

Tickets to the festival can be purchased early at substantially reduced prices.
April 07, 2017

Maui Film Festival 2017


The 2017 Maui Film Festival is just a couple of months away, meaning this is the perfect time to take advantage of their cheaper pass prices for early purchasers. If you get them now, their discount is currently a whopping 20-30% off. If you're familiar with the festival, then you'll know that it only grows in popularity each year, drawing some of the finest film industry professionals to the celebration, including celebrated actors who were invited only after very thoughtful deliberation on the part of the organizers.

Past honorees include Anthony Hopkins, Viola Davis, Clint Eastwood, Olivia Wilde, Owen Wilson, Tim Burton, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Zooey Deschanel, Denzel Washington, and many others. This year's honorees have yet to be announced, but it should be an exciting lineup this year, just like every other year.

As in prior years, we at Akina Tours are proudly providing transportation for the Maui Film Festival, including free shuttle service between parking areas and event locations. We are happy to lend our services to those who attend this delightful and prestigious festival. For many of us, this is one of Maui's most enjoyable events of the year.

As for the discounts, there are ten types of passes available for purchase. Check their Pass Selection page to see the details about each, including prices. Passes range from $60 to $910 without the discounts, and from $48 to $650 with the current limited-time discount for early purchasers. The VIP packages are also on sale at a steep discount. The Galaxy Pass is down 29% from $3,500 to $2,500. The Big Bang Pass is down 30% from $5,000 to $3,500. Last but not least, the Sapphire Circle VIP Patron Pass is down 30% from $7,500 to $5,250.

If you sign up for the newsletter and text updates, you will be entered to win two free passes to the Maui Film Festival. The more people sign up, the better the two passes will be, starting with Celestial Passes and ramping all the way up to Galaxy Passes. If you win, but you've already purchased your tickets, don't worry. They'll refund your purchase.

If you're in need of Maui transportation, feel free to reach out to us for a free quote. All our services are custom arranged for your group's specific requirements. We would be happy to work out the details with you, and let you know what to expect in terms of cost. If you're looking for experience, intimate knowledge of the island, and top-of-the-line vehicles, you're in the right place. You'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Activities to Try on Your Maui Corporate Retreat

Maui is a great place for creative experiences, team-building activities, and strengthening interpersonal skills.
March 24, 2017

Activities to Try on Your Maui Corporate Retreat


The reason the corporate retreat has become such a popular choice among businesses is because it stimulates new ideas and relationships. In fact, the benefits are so pronounced, some business leaders feel that the cost is in not having corporate retreats. While there is a certain comfort and safety about the daily grind in the workplace, stagnation can easily set in and reduce the kind of brilliance that might otherwise be possible. Considering the right location for it? Maui has been inspiring artists and creative thinkers throughout history. What better way to shake things up than by taking the journey across the Pacific into a completely different kind of environment with a dynamic that is entirely its own?

One of the most important factors of the retreat is an unfamiliar location. This helps to pop the usual thought bubbles that one can become trapped in at the office. The Maui experience comes with unique scenery, geography, culture, cuisine, and weather. Even the air you breathe will feel completely different. All these qualities come together to help shake visitors out of their usual thought processes. The most effective retreats will include team-building activities to improve problem-solving and communication while fostering a healthy competitive spirit. But they will also include slower paced experiences that focus on enjoyment and taking time for reflection and introspection. Sometimes, the frantic drive to achieve can lead to a lack of creativity and depth.

Fortunately, Maui provides excellent opportunities for both kinds of experiences. You just have to know where to look, and that's where we can help. We pride ourselves on our Maui transportation services, which offer unique group tours, quality service, and the Aloha Spirit. Our work gives us our own unique perspective on the island. It isn't just about the roads, the destinations, or even the businesses on the island. It's also about knowing who is coming to Maui, why they are here, and what they need. With that in mind, here are some ideas to get you started.


Team-Building Activities

Maui Escape Rooms – Escape rooms have become the darlings of the team-building participants everywhere. Not only do they require powerful problem-solving and cooperative skills, but they are deliciously fun and addicting at the same time. This kind of activity provides one of those kinds of challenges that people rarely get to experience in any other situation, so the unique opportunity to engage in one of these is basically a must-do! On top of all that, Maui Escape Rooms has a stellar reputation.

Hawaiian Paddle Sports – This versatile company can teach your team all kinds of skills on the water, including stand-up paddle classes, kayaking excursions, and surf lessons. Best of all for team-building, they provide canoe tours. Paddling a canoe requires a group effort, and establishing a cooperative rhythm is part of the challenge. Participants are also taught how to enter and exit the water with the canoe as a team. This activity engages both the mind and body, while the sightseeing aspect of the outing makes the experience enjoyable for participants.

Island Art Party – When you're ready to step outside the box and engage in the opportunity to socialize, network, and bring the shy team members out of their shells, Island Art Party is a great option. At its most basic level, this is a guided painting class where all your materials are prepped and ready for your use when you arrive. Secondarily, this is a lively, welcoming social experience. Between the teaching segments, there are breaks where participants can admire each other's progress, munch on snacks, or buy drinks at the bar. If you have creative but quiet people you want to engage, this can help them shine and build confidence. If you have social people who aren't so artistically inclined, this class is a way to break down their preconceived ideas about what they can and cannot do.


Leisure Activity Suggestions

Yoga Classes – We won't pick a specific company or teacher for this one, because there are just too many outstanding choices on the island and it simply wouldn't be fair to select one. They are easy to find, so take your pick! The popularity of yoga has been picking up more and more momentum over the past few decades because it challenges and strengthens both the mind and body. Remember that introspection we were talking about earlier? That opportunity for reflection? It tends to happen after a good yoga session, which improves our focus.

Maui Horseback Riding – This could almost be listed in the team-building activity category, whether there were games involved or not. Mostly, you'll find that trail-rides and general lessons dominate the equestrian scene in terms of visitors. The reason it's a borderline anyway is because you can't ride a horse without a cooperative element. It's almost like having a partner in a dance, but your partner happens to be an equine. You can learn a lot from these sensible creatures, and mutual trust is the most important part of the exercise. Not only do you communicate with your mount via a language of physical signals, but you also get to share the experience with your fellow riders if you opt for a trail ride, and you can take in the stunning views at the same time.

Voluntourism – This trend has taken off like a shot, here on Maui. While the daily grind back home requires certain kinds of work, volunteering provides a wide array of opportunities to try different types of work. Sometimes, performing new types of tasks can get the gears in our minds turning differently. Ideas begin to criss-cross and before you know it, you have a new perspective that you can apply to your usual work. A simple search will reveal volunteer opportunities on farms, in areas that require habitat restoration, at the humane society, and even at native Hawaiian fishponds.

SCUBA Diving – This is a bit of a niche option because generally, participants need to be certified, but you may find yourself surprised at how many people already are. SCUBA isn't just about exploring an underwater world that you probably would never have seen without this specialized equipment. It's also about having, and being, a reliable buddy. One of the first rules of diving is that you never go alone. You should always have a buddy and know the hand signals that allow underwater communication. Before you ever get into the water, you check each other's equipment to make sure everything has been done properly.


When you've finally planned out your corporate retreat activities, you will need a reliable and experienced Maui corporate and group transportation service to get your group to and from your destinations in style and comfort. We tailor each and every trip to our clients' unique needs and preferences. We will be here when you need us. Our contact information is located at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Blogs for April 2017

Exploring Maui's Restaurant Scene on a Group Tour

Posted on April 21, 2017


If you're visiting Maui with a large group, such as a vacation with friends or a corporate retreat, it can be challenging to find things to do that will make everyone happy. Sometimes even grueling, considering how varied the preferences and interests can be, even among those… Continue Reading

Maui Film Festival 2017

Posted on April 07, 2017
Maui Film Festival 2017


The 2017 Maui Film Festival is just a couple of months away, meaning this is the perfect time to take advantage of their cheaper pass prices for early purchasers. If you get them now, their discount is currently a whopping 20-30% off. If you're… Continue Reading

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