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Highlights of the week from your Maui Wedding Planners!

Events in HawaiiThis week there’s some hidden gems happening around Maui… Your Maui Wedding Planners want to make sure that you don’t miss a beat while you’re on island!


Aloha Maui Dream Weddings appreciates you and would like to be more than just your Maui Wedding Planners. We keep our ears to the ground and collect information on upcoming events. If you’d like your event listed here, please feel free to send us the information.  Often we’ll attend these events and capture them in photographs to blog about later. We appreciate the fantastic community that we’re a part of here on Maui.

Aloha kakou!


May 3rd – Stella Blues Cafe will be featuring the Brown Chicken Brown Cow Group – now who can say THAT won’t be a hoot? This is part of their late night series so take your naps early and go check out Stella Blues!


May 4th is the 24th annual Maui Onion Festival. If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love this! This year the featured chefs are Chris Kulis, James McDonald, JoJo Vasquez, Kevin Hanney, Nick Mastrascusa, and Sheldon Simeon. There’s going to be so many flavors to try that it’ll be hard to chose so bring an appetite!

• Free admission
• Recipe contests
• Games & prizes
• Beer garden
• Maui Onion Pairing Dinner, May 3
• Chef demonstrations • Free parking
• Live entertainment
• Food booths
• Special retailer offers, April 29 – May 4
• Maui Onion Challenge
• Facebook Photo Contest

How can you go wrong? Check out more information on their website.


May 5th – don’t miss Glenn Frey at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center – show starts at 7:00, tickets are $55, $79, $89 and a limited number of $129 premium seats. Do you remember Mr. Frey? Legendary Eagles singer-songwriter and co-founder… Come listen in as “The Heat is On”!!


May 9th – Want to try something totally different than the normal concerts and golf? How about The New Moon Ceremony at the Temple of Peace in Haiku, Maui?
they’re located at 575 Haiku Road in Haiku, Maui. Contact them at 310-415-8821 for more information.


May 10th – Here’s a special “our treat to you” recommendation…  Valley Isle Day Spa is having a very special Spa Party – you must reserve your space ahead of time! Plan your fun Friday night, May 10th from 6-9pm around this crazy-fun event! Try massages, aromatherapy or exfoliation for free! Pupu’s and beverages will put you in the mood! Call 808-298-9246 and tell them “Penny Palmer Photography” recommended you go to get a reservation!


May 11thDarci’s Birthday… the most important event on this calendar!

May 11th – So, if you’re not going to be with me celebrating my birthday, then I recommend you check out HAPA who’ll be performinig at Stella Blue’s Cafe.  They’re having the famous “Supper Club” where $60 gets you a four course meal and a show… nice way to wind out the day.


This brings us to Mother’s Day and that day I’ll be celebrating with my own Mom who’ll be visiting from California. :)

May 15th – The incredibly awesome, always amazing Soul Kitchen will be playing at Fleetwood’s in Lahaina. We’ll be there cheering them on! Come over and check them out and help them sing me a Happy Birthday! LOL


Have a great week!   E pili mau na pomaika`i ia `oe!

What to in Hawaii for April 2013?

What to In Hawaii, focusing on Maui the rest of this month?

Monday, April 15th, 5:00pm

What to in HawaiiJoin us at the Maui Mixer! This month it will be hosted at Three’s Bar and Grill in Kihei. Tickets cost $20 and include 2 drink coupons and free pupus. Meet a hundred of your local business owners and hear what’s happening on our beautiful island in the Pacific. Great event with Raffle prizes and Networking!





Friday, April 19, 8:30-1:30pm

Celebrate Reading Maui at the MACC!  It is a wonderful FREE opportunity for readers to connect with authors and other avid readers and creative writers.  Homeschoolers and the public are very welcome to attend.

April 20th has a few things going on you may have trouble deciding which to do. Here’s the “what to in Hawaii” options for Maui…

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Haiku Ho`olaulea & Flower FestivalHaiku Ho`olaulea & Flower Festival, Celebrating their 20th Anniversary

taking place at the Haiku Community Center & Grounds, and Haiku Elementary School Grounds

We’ll be out there photographing the beautiful flowers and exciting event. I understand there will be live performances by local artists and plenty of pupu choices.

Check out their website for more information here.


Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21 ALL DAY

Special olympics HawaiiThe Special Olympics will be hosting its Local Event here on the island of Maui – event will include swimming and soccer. Adrienne Laurion, Regional Director,  will be happy to give you all the details if you email her at Kainalu2@aol.com.

They are in need of event volunteers so if you can spare a couple hours, please go to their website and sign up here!

Saturday, April 20, 9:00pm

321 KaraokeThe Maui Pride will be hosting their 321 Karaoke that night at Moose McGillycuddy’s in South Kihei. Come sing along or join in for the laughs. $1 buys you a song, $2 buys a song from someone else and $3 buys your way out of a song! Or if you just want to laugh and cheer everyone else on, buy a $20 “Safety Lei” and skate through the night unhampered by song requests! All funds go to Maui Pride and the Maui Pride Scholarship Fund!


Sunday, April 21 7:00-9:30pm

Don’t miss the Starry Night Cinema hosted at the MACC – they’ll be showing The Lorax with casual dining and Earth Day activities, FREE for the entire family.

Wednesdays, April 17 and April 2411:00-2:30pm

Visit the MAUI HANDS GALLERY AT 84 HANA HWY in PAIA to check out mixed medium artist, CECILIA BAHENA.

“Wood forms and panels are the stage for her expressive collage techniques which incorporate hand painted paper, images and text. Her wood forms challenge the viewer to identify sources of materials used yet offer the viewer quotes that hint at the meaning of each piece. Cecilia’s intuitive collage on canvas offers a more complex scenario by using color, texture, form and composition to tell a story usually about human emotions and situations. Levels of complex meanings reveal themselves through the titles of each work while common found objects create uncommon beauty.    ”


Friday, April 26, 6:00-9:00pm

Kihei Fourth FridaysDon’t miss an event close to our hearts – Kihei Fourth Friday! This month will be extra special with one of our favorite artists on the main stage – Marty Dread will be performing wit Rare Vibrations as his opening band. Don’t miss all his greatest hits as Marty charms you with his personality and genuine stage presence. A must see so get off your couches, grab a bite to eat from the food court and shop for Mother’s Day – all at the Kihei Fourth Friday event!

Maui Special Events this April

A couple of our favorite Maui Special Events to mark on your calendar for this April –


Stella Blues Cafe* Don’t miss Kimie’s CD Release Party at Stella Blues Cafe – April 22, 2 shows!

10:00 show $15 presale and $20 at the door, or enjoy Stella’s Supper Club Show at 6:00 for $60 with a 4 course meal

Check out their website for more information here.




Haiku Ho`olaulea & Flower Festival* Another don’t miss event – Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9:00am – 4:30pm

Haiku Ho`olaulea & Flower Festival, Celebrating their 20th Anniversary

taking place at the Haiku Community Center & Grounds, and Haiku Elementary School Grounds

Check out their website for more information here.

What to see in Hawaii?

There’s always so much going on that many ask us, “What to see in Hawaii?”

Here’s some highlights of what’s happening in the next few days… Of course you all know it’s Easter this Sunday, right? What will YOU be doing?

Some off the beaten track events:

things to do in Hawaii

ho hum, what to do on Maui?

Tonight, March 30 starting at 7pm (FREE) at the MACC – Art=MIXX Forest – a free artistic event with food, music, fun and laughs! Come join us! More information here.

Saturday, April 6th is not only Buddha Day, but out at the Maui Country Club you can come join in the fun for the Jim Sanders Realty Maui Women’s Golf Championship! Entry fees are only $60! More information here.

Sunday April 7th from 7-9am is the 2nd Annual Maui 5K! This is a 5K run and 1 mile keiki run/walk starting at the Ma’alaea Triangle.  Part of the proceeds from this event will be given back to the schools participating in the event.  The 5k event is chip timed and the 1mile run/walk is a fun, untimed event. More information through the Pacific Whale Foundation.

Monday, April 8th, 6pm – want to try something different? Come check out the FREE Oscar-nominated documentary screening of “5 Broken Cameras” at the Maui College. The film is a first-hand account of struggle and resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village affected by the Israeli West Bank barrier that cut off the villagers from their farmlands and is co-sponsored by Maui Peace Action, the Hawaiian Studies Department and UH Maui College Peace Club. Maui College in Ka Lama 103 at 6:00 pm

April 10th will be The Return of RIKAH feat. DJ Del Sol at Ambrosia’s in Kihei. Fun starts at 9 – come out and support our buddy, The Wedding DJ!

Wedding Celebrant in Action!

Picking your wedding celebrant for a wedding in Hawaii?    Let us help!

Wedding CoordinatorWith all the choices of wedding coordinators, wedding planners or wedding officiants, planning a paradise wedding can be an ominous task! With all the permits, regulations and licenses from the State of Hawaii, your efforts shouldn’t be spent trying to figure them out- they should be spent dreaming up how you want your celebration!  At Aloha Maui Dream Weddings, we aim to simplify the process and let you stay focused on enjoying your special day.


We specialize in intimate weddings designed to focus on the wedding party. We listen to your desires, provide options and follow through promptly and effectively.


a paradise weddingMeet James and Sarah. They fell in love and decided that getting married was what they wanted. They gave us the highlights of what a paradise wedding meant to them and let AMDW, the wedding planner, do the rest. They had a beautiful sunset wedding overlooking the Pacific Ocean… from rose petals surrounding the lava rock to Tiffany rings and champagne toasts, they took their relationship to the next level – married March 24, 2013!

Hawaii Marriage License

They provided the background on how they met and what their love means to them and we helped them write their vows and ceremony. They wanted a wedding in paradise and wanted it quickly – we can do that, no worries! Within a week we were able to do their wedding planning, and create their dream wedding.  We have vendors that make leis, DJs that can provide music for the first dance, photographers to capture the moments,  and private chefs that can make the best reception dinners on Maui! You tell us what you’d like and we’ll show you all your options!


Wedding in ParadiseWith their new relationship blessed and a few friends standing by, we proceeded to their reception. But Aloha Maui Dream Weddings wanted to go one step further for the happy couple and finalized their Hawaii marriage license while they waited.  We aim to always under promise and over deliver. That and the quality of care you receive with us makes us stand out from the rest. A wedding in paradise is affordable and you shouldn’t sacrifice quality to have it. Give us a call!

Mahalo nui loa – come get married with us!


Getting married in Maui? Here’s what else you can do this month!

married in maui

Are you getting married in Maui? Have a whole vacation planned while you’re here? Check out some of the things going on for the next couple of weeks:


things to do in MauiMarch 1

Los Lonely Boys will be playing at the MACC this weekend – a band of brothers playing a style of music they call “Texican Rock-and-Roll”. Their last big hit was “heaven” back in 2004 – hit #1 on the Billboards and since then they’ve been going strong. Visit the MACC for tickets.

Are you a foodie? Chef Beverly Gannon will be serving everyone at the Hali‘imaile General Store with guest wine connoisseur, Christina Turley! Call 808-572-2666 for more information!

March 2

The Wailea Maui Resort & Spa will be hosting the Hale Kau Kau’s 14th Annual Fundraiser Pa`ina this weekend – March 2. Live music, good fun and lots of fun.  Call 808-875-8754 for more information and tickets.

Want to get your blood pumping instead? March 2 – 8:00-11:00 join the fun on the Lahaina Pali Trail Run. Visit virr.com for more information!

March 3
Generations: Lindsey Ohana the women of the Lindsey ohana, mother Carmen Hulu and daughters Kahulu Maluo and Napua Makua, embody Hawaiian music in all its forms. Hulu Lindsey, best known for her rich falsetto styling, has performed worldwide for the past 40 years. 7:30pm at Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets $30. Call 808-242-7469.

March 8
Olomana by Moonlight blends contemporary and traditional musical styles to create a distinct sound that is deeply rooted in the land, people and culture of Hawaii. Tickets: $30/standard, $45/premium table seating, $55/VIP experience on Morgado Lanai. 7:30pm at the MACC in Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

March 9
Jake Shimabukuro is famous for lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques on the ukulele. Jake was declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone magazine and has earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis and performed for the Queen of England. Tickets: $12, $35, $45. 7:30pm at the MACC in Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

March 10
Pidgin: The Voice of Hawaii this film profiles the language of Hawaii’s working people in its rise from plantation jargon to a source of island identity, pride and controversy. Tickets: $10. 3pm-6pm at the MACC in Kahului. Call 808-242-7469.

As you can see – getting married in Maui isn’t the only thing happening. Grab your friends and head out on the town! Aloha!

Maui Guide for Valentine’s Day

Maui Wedding Planner gives you a Maui Guide for Romance

Maui Wedding Planner gives you a Maui Guide for Romance


February is coming up fast and there’s always the question of what to do for Valentine’s Day? We try to point out the highlights for each week as we move into the next week but if you’re planning ahead special for Valentine’s Day, here is your Maui Guide to Romantic ideas.

We at Aloha Maui Dream Weddings try to make romantic memories a possibility. We love being your Maui wedding planner but if you’re looking for other romantic options, we have ideas for that too here in our Maui Guide! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be the only time to be romantic, but it’s a great time to start!

Maui Guide for Proposals:

How about proposing to your beloved somewhere unique and special and have it captured by Penny Palmer Photography? It’s easy to plan, romantic and very memorable! We can arrange for your proposal on a sailboat out in the Bay surrounded by whales through Sail Maui Nui or underwater on a snorkeling expedition with the SeaFire or in a remote area overlooking a waterfall with Blue Hawaiian.

Romantic Sunset Surprises:

Already engaged? Aloha Maui Dream Weddings Maui Guide recommends reminding that special someone how much they mean to you! Penny Palmer Photography is offering a special this month – take advantage of it and let us help you create a sunset of candles, leis, romance and captured memories. It can be preplanned so all you do is show up and let your other half be surprised! Use these as your engagement pictures or simply as a way to show you know how to plan a spectacular evening!

When you’re ready for your Maui Wedding Planner:

As always, if you’re planning your wedding, please consider Aloha Maui Dream Weddings as your Maui Wedding Planner. We appreciate you and will do everything in our power to ensure that your special day is everything you dreamed of!