Maui Banyan Blog Updates

Posted on January 21, 2022 by Maui Guide

Governor Ige is set to update the Hawaii Safe Travels guidelines. With a tentative start date of February 18th, any visitor traveling to Hawaii and wishing to avoid quarantine by presenting a complete Covid 19 Vaccination Record. To qualify as a complete vaccination, the traveler will have to show proof of having the 3rd vaccine shot, aka the BOOST. For those travelers who have previously been vaccinated with the J&J – Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the requirement will be to have the 2nd vaccine shot. All vaccinations must be administered at least 14 days before traveling to Maui, or any part of Hawaii. Should travelers not wish to, or are unable to be vaccinated priori to travel, the 72 hour NAAT testor a 5 day quarantine upon landing will also allow travelers to visit the Valley Isle as well as the rest of Hawaii.

In addition to Governor Ige’s changes, Maui is also looking to update their indoor dining requirements to also require the booster vaccine in order to be considered “completely vaccinated”. As outdoor dining is almost always an option, this change should not have an adverse effect on travelers and locals who wish to dine out.

As always, the Safe Travels Hawaii Program is constantly changing and updating, so we always advise visitors to check the Safe Travels Hawaii website BEFORE traveling to Maui or any part of Hawaii for the most accurate and up to date information.

Posted on January 17, 2022 by Maui Guide

Local Maui Realtor, Adam Miller with the Nine Times Network shares his top 5 reasons why Kihei is the best place for your next Maui vacation get away. We have to agree that Kihei definitely tops our charts for the best places to stay because of it’s laid back attitude as well as it’s proximity to local dining and excursions. Don’t forget that Kihei also tends to be much less windy than the West side of the island which makes for some beautiful warm beach days at Kamaole or Keawakapu Beaches.

Check out this short 8 minute video where Adam gives his top 5 reasons including, location, sunsets, restaurants and more… We think you’ll enjoy this brief overview showing some of what Kihei has to offer.


Just another day in paradise with a little bit of excitement mixed in. At 10:07PM HST Friday January 14th, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a Tsunami Warning Alert for all of the Hawaiian Islands. The warning was issued after a massive volcanic eruption near one of the Tongan islands in the South Pacific.

Looking for the best place for a day of snorkeling in South Maui? Here are our top three picks for beaches with great snorkeling options.

1. Makena Landing – 5083 Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

2. Ulua Beach – Wailea-Makena, HI 96753

3. Kamaole III – S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Everyone knows thing on Maui operate on “Island Time” and the opening of the new Chick-Fil-A is no exception. As reported by Maui Now, the Chick-Fil-A restaurant coming to Kahalui near Maui’s main airport is still on track for a 2022 opening, albeit a little delayed. The planned Spring Grand Opening won’t be happening, but with any luck by mid-Summer both tourists and locals alike will be able to enjoy all the fried chicken goodness that Chick-Fil-A is known for on the Mainland. We’ll keep you posted as the opening gets a little closer.

Since seeing a tourist “explosion” starting on Valentines day weekend in February of 2021, things haven’t slowed down one bit with vacationers coming to Maui. Maui High season is off to a great start as the resorts and beaches on the island paradise are as busy as ever. Who could blame them with the great weather that Maui has to offer year round.

If you're planning to come to Maui during the Winter months, it's considered High Season - think BUSY! So if you haven’t already made your hotel or condo reservations, you may want to do so before you hop on that plane. Once the High Season on Maui starts, it’s often difficult to locate quality, let alone *any* accommodations. Pluse now that travel restrictions have started to loosen, Maui is definitely the place to be this winter. Of course there are people who have cancelled their plans after rethinking what things are like with the most recent “variant” of COVID in play. But just know that occupancy levels are remaining high and are expected to do so for the foreseeable future.

We always recomend Sunny Maui Vacations when looking for a place to stay, as they have many short term, vacation rentable condos under management and available for your vacation travel to Maui. Our number one favorite vacation rental property is the Maui Banyan Resort located in South Kihei just 5 minutes North of Wailea. Whether you’re looking for a studio apartment or a well apportioned 5 bedroom house, Sunny Maui Vacations can help you out. Give them a call today at (808) 240-1311 - or just logon to the web and check out their greate site at