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Tips On Planning Corporate Retreats in Maui Hawaii

With so much to explore on Maui, it's best to plan ahead so your employees can get the most out of their trip here.
June 15, 2018

When an event manager is organizing a corporate retreat to the island of Maui, that combines work and fun, it’s always best to plan ahead. With so much to see and explore on the island, spending time to reflect on how to ensure your company staff gets the most out of their experience will surely pay off in the end. Here are a few top tips we think will help you navigate your planning process next time you’re in charge of planning a productive and fun corporate retreat on the islands.

  1. Book accommodations for the week: Yes, you’ve made the perfect first step by considering rewarding your employees with a retreat on Maui, but that’s only half the battle. In order to make it feel like a real retreat, make sure to look into booking the right space for the duration of your stay. Whether you plan to stay at one of the island’s resorts on the west side or on the south shore, here are some examples of accommodations that have conference meeting rooms available to rent on property. West Maui: Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas (4 meeting rooms, largest 3,219 sq ft), and South Maui: Kamaole Beach Royale (1 meeting room under 1k sq ft.) You could also separate your accommodations from your meeting place if you need a larger space (up to 5,220 sq ft per room) by renting out any of the 12 meeting rooms at the Kahului at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The Lahaina Civic Center also has 4 meeting rooms to choose from, with the the largest clocking in at a generours 20,800 sq ft! If you're on a smaller team retreat, you might also consider booking at a low-key resort like the Maui beachfront Kahana Village resort, where you can engage with your staff in one convenient location throughout the week (and even enjoy a Mai Tai party together on Wednesdays!) Doing so will help simplify logistics, save time and include some fun.

  2. Spend a couple of hours each day outside: You’ve made it all the way to Maui, why keep your staff indoors? We highly recommend you take your staff outside for at least a few hours a day to enjoy the island’s scenery and get some fresh air. Studies show that nature increases productivity and decreases stress, and giving your employees time to be outside will enhance your results and create a more positive experience for everyone involved.

  3. Schedule time for review and reflection: At the end of each day and after each activity, make sure to give your company employees space to reflect on the demands of the day. This time will also help you in assessing the overall effectiveness of the retreat, and may even spark some inspiration for next year.

  4. Create corporate team-building exercises: What better way to interact with your staff than with team-building exercises! These are great methods to help build relationships with your employees and also help you understand their personalities a little better. Think about having each employee fill out a personality test and maybe even include a trust-building game. Whatever your choice may be, having a plan on how to boost team morale and relationships ahead of time will make your job easy and fun. (See past blogs on Ocean Activities for Your Corporate Retreat & Top Team-Building Ideas on MauiOr create a fun custom sightseeing tour for your group! From history buffs to a foodies delight we can build the perfect Maui bus tour for you and your group!

  5. Set an intention: Before planning your corporate retreat, spend some time thinking about what you want your company and your employees to get out of the experience. Are you hoping your staff will build tighter bonds? Are you looking to motivate your staff more? Asking these questions and really digging deep will make sure you stay on mission and focused throughout the entire process.

And if you’re considering planning a retreat here on Maui, let Akina Aloha Tours help you. We will get you to and from meeting locations, accommodations and fun excursions. Visit our website to learn more about special group transportation rates. You may also request a quote or speak with one of our friendly service agents to learn more. We hope these tips help you in creating the best corporate retreat your company has ever seen. Aloha, and we look forward to serving you.

Best Ocean Activity Ideas For Your Next Corporate Retreat

From Whale Watching to Surfing here are some wonderful ocean activities for your next corporate retreat!
June 01, 2018

If you plan on rewarding your employees with a special retreat to Maui, then you’ll definitely want to book a few water activities for them. Instead of keeping them inside a hotel room all weekend long, why not get them out in nature and experience some fun and rewarding team building on the water. If you’re not quite sure what ocean activities would be good for your corporate retreat then let Akina Tours & Transportation help you! Here are some suggestions we have for you!

  1. Whale Watching: This is a MUST for any trip to Maui and a corporate retreat is no exception. Take a whale watching tour when the whales are around Maui during the months of December through March. You can book a tour with the Pacific Whale Foundation or any other tour operator running out of the Maalaea or Lahaina Harbors. Nothing compares to seeing the reaction on your employees’ faces when they experience seeing a whale for the first time. What a memory to make together!

  2. Kayaking/Canoeing: A great team building exercise for your group may be getting them into a canoe or kayak together. When two or more people are in a small vessel together for the first time, they’ll really learn how to rely on each other, build confidence, communicate and help each other out. After all, they’ll have to learn to work together to conquer the ocean and get back to shore before the end of the day. Check out Hawaiian Paddle Sports for rentals and more.

  3. Take the Ferry to Lanai for a Day: Make this retreat one to remember with a day trip to Lanai. Check out Expeditions Maui and take the crew to another island for a day.

  4. Snorkeling: Give the group a relaxing activity one day by taking them snorkeling at Molokini. Nothing is more meditative and reflective than a day at Molokini. After exploring the islet’s sea life, ask the group to reflect on their experience and what they saw with a quiet journaling activity. They’ll be refreshed and creatively inspired after this experience.

  5. Surfing: Surfing is a way of life in Hawaii and you couldn’t possibly visit without trying to catch a wave or two. If you and your staff are looking for water activities that will be challenging, fun, and out-of-the-box, then surfing is a great choice. There are plenty of surf schools on Maui to choose from and they’ll have you all up and riding your first wave in no time!

So from snorkeling to canoeing, there’s plenty of wonderful group activities to provide for your staff during your next corporate retreat on Maui. We hope we were able to shed some light on the benefits of these activities and that you consider implementing them during your next adventure. Not only that, no matter what the size, we can help you get there! No matter what type of excursion or group tour you decide on, if you’re looking for a way to get your staff around the island then make sure to give us a call today. Learn more about our corporate and group transportation services and options. We look forward to meeting you soon. Aloha.

Get a Taste of Kaanapali on Our Custom Maui Group Tour

if you are one of those travelers who love to get the most out of their vacations then we have the perfect option for you.
May 18, 2018

What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had? What aspects do you enjoy the most when you’re planning a trip to somewhere you’ve never been before? Well, if you’re one of those travelers who love to get the most out of their vacations then we have the perfect option for you.

Here at Akina Tours & Transportation, we have a special custom island tour available that’s suited to fit your needs called the “Taste of Maui” tour. During these group tours, you’ll get a little “taste” of a specific area, that you choose, so you can leave feeling like you’ve known the place your whole life.

One area in particular that is certainly worth exploring on Maui is Kaanapali. Kaanapali is probably best-known for its three miles of white sand beach along the clear, blue Pacific Ocean. Year after year this area is voted as “America’s Best Beach,” and it continues to be a destination location for visitors as it’s home to luxury resorts, famous restaurants and pristine golf courses. However, what you probably don’t know is that this area has plenty of Hawaiian history and local legends along with it. Before there were buildings and roads, this area was home to historic events, Hawaiian alii (royalty), local legends and more. For instance, you may have heard about the famous Black Rock where locals jump and dive off a large rock formation into the water. That area is actually properly known as Pu’u Keka’a, and cultural tradition says this is a sacred spot where those who have passed on would go from the physical realm into the spiritual world.

Fascinating, right?

Well, during our Taste of Kaanapali, you can learn more about the local Hawaiian legends here while also exploring the area’s fabulous landscape. Check out the delicious menu at Leilani’s on the Beach, stop by for Happy Hour at Roy’s, and dip your toes in the sand at the Kaanapali beach. Get a mix of the old with the new during a tour designed specific to your tastes with Akina Tours & Transportation.

We hope we offered you a glimpse into what makes our Taste of Maui custom group tours so special. If you’re interested in booking a tour with us, please contact us and let us know how we can help you get the most out of your experience on Maui. Also, make sure to explore our website and visit our about us page to learn about our own longstanding history as a transportation company in Maui, Hawaii. We hope to see you soon and until next time! A hui hou!

Blogs for June 2018

Tips On Planning Corporate Retreats in Maui Hawaii

Posted on June 15, 2018

When an event manager is organizing a corporate retreat to the island of Maui, that combines work and fun, it’s always best to plan ahead. With so much to see and explore on the island, spending time to reflect on how to ensure your company staff gets the… Continue Reading

Best Ocean Activity Ideas For Your Next Corporate Retreat

Posted on June 01, 2018

If you plan on rewarding your employees with a special retreat to Maui, then you’ll definitely want to book a few water activities for them. Instead of keeping them inside a hotel room all weekend long, why not get them out in nature and experience some fun and… Continue Reading

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