Set sail for holidays
Those hoping to escape the mad season or simply an alternative way to celebrate the holidays may want to look into Trilogy Excursions on Maui.
The company is offering catamaran charters for company parties or family get togethers on the water instead of a restaurant or banquet room.
Charters are available for day trips to Lanai, or sunset sails along the Kaanapali Coast. Day trips feature breakfast with homemade cinnamon rolls, exclusive access to Hulopo'e Beach, use of snorkeling equipment and personal instruction with no experience required, a BYOB barbecue lunch at Hale O Manele Pavilion overlooking Manele Bay, van tour of Lanai's old plantation town, and an onboard naturalist will help spot humpback whales and spinner dolphins.
For details, call Lily at 808-661-4743 ext. 223, toll-free 888-225-MAUI (6284), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sailtrilogy.com.
Head to Kahala
The Kahala Hotel Resort will be the setting for festive holidays with afternoon tea with Santa at 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 23. The cost is $25 per person. Call 739-8760 for reservations.
There's no cost for enjoying carols in the lobby at 5 p.m. Dec. 22 to 24. Then, ring in the new year on the beautiful grounds, where there will be a celebration going on in the Maile Ballroom from 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2007. Enjoy dancing to the sounds of the 10-piece band, The Score, then sing "Auld Lang Syne" to the old year and toast the New Year with champagne and party favors. The cost is $175 for adults and $88 for children ages 5 to 12. Complimentary cocktail seating for dancing with a second restaurant seating runs $65 per person. Make sure you step outside for midnight fireworks.
To inquire about holiday dining available on site at Hoku's (739-8780), The Plumeria House (739-8760), and Tokyo Tokyo (739-1500), call the individual restaurants.
Party at Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, is set to ring in 2007 with several special dinners on Dec. 31, as follows:
» New Year's Eve Dom Perignon Dinner 6:30 to 10 p.m. in The Banyan Tree, with five courses created by chef de cuisine Jojo Vasquez, to roll in the New Year with live entertainment. The cost is $265, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
» New Year's Eve Ho'olaule'a: Luau presentation from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Aloha Garden Pavilion, with traditional imu, artisans, party favors and performance of Polynesian dances from Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa and Hawaii. The cost is $115 per adult; $55 per child (4 to 12) including tax and gratuity.
» Chocolate Buffet: Enjoy tasting a bountiful display of chocolate desserts created by pastry chef Brian Thornton in the Anuenue Room, while listening to live jazz from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The cost is $40 per person, excluding beverages.
For more information, call 808-669-6200.
Reservations and credit card guarantees are required for all events.