Maui Pineapple Company’s Maui Gold Pineapple Tour is the only working pineapple plantation tour in the USA (and it starts from Kapalua Resort on Maui).
Kahului, Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) June 16, 2008 – Experience the only working pineapple plantation tour of its kind in the entire nation at Kapalua Resort, MauiHawaii. Visitors to Maui can take a guided tour to the fields and learn all about pineapple planting, harvesting and tasting in addition to plantation and island history. Picked by expert guides, the freshest pineapple you have ever had in your life can be sampled in the middle of scenic West Maui pineapple fields.
“Taking approximately 18 months to grow, pineapple is not an easy fruit to produce and many of our guests are surprised to learn that,” said Carlos Sandoval, pineapple tour manager for Maui Pineapple Company. “We specialize in cultivating an extra-sweet variety, Maui Gold® pineapple, born and raised only on Maui. A highlight of the tour is when the guests learn how to hand select their own perfect pineapple to take home as a souvenir.”
The Pineapple Express tours run Monday through Friday at and Tickets cost $39.95 per person and $32 for children under 12 years old. The Pineapple Experience Signature Tour is offered on Friday only, from to , and includes lunch at The Plantation House or Pineapple Grill restaurants at Kapalua Resort. Tickets are $65 per person and $58 for children under 12 years old. For reservations, please call 808-665-5491 or go online to mauipineapple.com. Maui Pineapple Company, Ltd. is a subsidiary of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., a land holding and operating company dedicated to agriculture, resort operation and development of holistic communities. Maui Pineapple Company originated nearly a century ago. The company’s signature Maui Gold pineapple is known for its premium quality and a naturally sweeter aroma and taste. It is available in Hawai‘i, the West Coast and Midwest regions of the United States. It can also be bought online at www.MauiPineapple.com.
Hoping to ease January’s disappointing events, the card said, “We are Proud of Our U.H. Warriors.” Sentiments ranged from “We’re so proud,” to “Thanks so much” to even a proposal that says, “I love you, Colt--will you marry me?”
“Over 100 specially hand-picked, premium Maui Gold® pineapples will be sent to the U.H. Warriors team with the unique card,” said Gerry Watts, vice president and general manager of Maui Pineapple Company. “The special pineapple is sent with lots of aloha and gratitude to the Warriors and we look forward to a fantastic 2008 football season.”
Introduced to the market in 1996, Maui Gold pineapple is a special, hybrid variety of fruit developed and harvested only by Maui Pineapple Company in Hawai‘i. Maui Gold has a rich golden color, incredibly sweet flavor, low acid content and contains three times the Vitamin C of a traditional pineapple.
“Six years ago, Lakeridge was one of the lowest academically performing Junior Highs in the Alpine School District. At that time, a group of parents, teachers, and administrators joined together and created a plan on how to become a top performing Junior High. Since then, we have seen dramatic and consistent progress among all students,” stated Tim Stay, Lakeridge Community Council Chairman.
Garrick Peterson, the principal of LakeridgeJunior High School stated: “This is such an honor for our faculty and school community. Parents and teachers at Lakeridge have worked so hard to make the experience students have here the best it can possibly be. It is nice to see them recognized for their efforts.”
The Best of State Awards were created to recognize outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses in Utah. The mission of Best of State is that by recognizing excellence in the Utah community and sharing examples of success and triumph in worthy endeavors, the hope is all will be inspired to reach a little higher.
One of the many reasons Lakeridge was honored was the increased success with typically low performing groups. Sterling Hilton, a parent who oversees the Community Council School Improvement Plan, stated, “We have a core belief that all students can learn. One of the accomplishments we are most proud of has been our ability to see dramatic academic improvement among all students. We have seen improvement with minority students, our non-English speaking students, our students with disabilities, and our low income students. We have seen up to 100% improvement among these sub groups over the past 6 years and we see the Minority Achievement gap continue to narrow.”
The 27th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival at Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii, offers tantalizing treats for the palate.
Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) Apr 03, 2008 – For the past 26 years, hundreds of avid food and wine connoisseurs gather at the world-class Kapalua Resort on Maui to enjoy the prestigious Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, one of the longest-running events of its kind in Hawai‘i. This year’s 27th annual event, “Savor the Magic of Maui,” is hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dame and will run June 26 – 29, 2008—presenting an extensive selection of dynamic wine seminars and tastings, culinary demonstrations and must-attend gala events.
The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival presents a unique opportunity for attendees to celebrate fine wine and food with world-renowned winemakers, top master sommeliers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders in the island paradise of Maui. To attend this delectable event, guests can purchase a four-day festival pass as well as ala carte tickets online at Kapalua.com. For more information, call 1-888-665-9160.
Highlights of Kapalua Resort’s 27th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival include:
In the Kitchen with Celebrity Chef Pano Karatassos: Friday, June 27, 2008
Celebrity Chef Pano Karatassos, the nation’s Greek culinary phenom and Atlanta’s most celebrated young talent, will demonstrate his passion for food to 25 privileged attendees from to 12:45 p.m. Guests will savor Karatassos’ award-winning cuisine and premier wine selections from Greece. Available only ala carte - tickets are $200 per person.
The Grand Tasting: Friday, June 27, 2008
One of the Festival’s most elegant evenings, The Grand Tasting features more than 100 distinguished wines from around the world as well as divine, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine presented by The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s culinary team led by Executive Chef John Zaner. Six nationally-acclaimed master sommeliers, including Robert Bigelow from Bellagio Resort & Casino and Larry Stone from Rubicon Estate, will discuss their featured “Master Sommelier’s Choice” wines and offer insight into wine selections. Held from to at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s Beach House Lawn. This event is included in the four-day pass; ala carte tickets are available for $145 per person.
Fred Dame’s Rare Wines Dinner: Saturday, June 28, 2008
Hosted by Master Sommelier Fred Dame, this exclusive charity dinner features rare wines of the Guild of Sommeliers and the highly-prized cuisine of Celebrity Chef Pano Karatassos. Fred Dame’s Rare Wines Dinner is presented from to A portion of the proceeds benefit the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation. Available only ala carte - tickets are $450 per person.
Kapalua Resort’s highly-anticipated KapaluaAdventureCenter & Mountain Outpost are now open on Maui, Hawaii - Kapalua Resort’s newest amenities offer guests outdoor adventures and special March promotions
Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) Mar 13, 2008 – Kapalua Resort announced today its new state-of-the-art Kapalua Adventure Center and Mountain Outpost are now open to the public, offering visitors outdoor adventures, quality shopping and healthy, light fare.
The Kapalua Adventure Center, located in the clubhouse just below Kapalua Golf Academy on Office Road, offers expert concierge services for booking on-resort and island-wide activities daily from 7:00 a.m. to , including the resort’s new Mountain Outpost adventures.
The Mountain Outpost is home to one of America’s largest zipline courses, offering guests nearly two miles of scenic zipping on eight dual-track ziplines and the only parallel system in Hawai‘i. The outpost also includes a high ropes challenge course and climbing tower, intricately designed to challenge participants’ mental and physical abilities. The highly-anticipated outpost tours feature an exciting eco-experience that combines adventure with education, immersing guests in Hawaiian culture, history, geography, flora and fauna. Mountain Outpost tours are offered at , , 11 a.m., , and Activities and tours range from $60 to $130, depending on length of tour and type of activities selected. Hawai‘i residents are offered a 15 percent discount on all Mountain Outpost tours.
“We are receiving an overwhelming positive response from Maui residents and visitors who have experienced the new KapaluaAdventureCenter and Mountain Outpost tours,” said Adam Quinn, director of resort activities. “The KapaluaAdventureCenter is quickly becoming the focal point of excitement and activity for the resort.”
Additional highlights of the KapaluaAdventureCenter include a new outfitters retail shop that carries top active-wear brands such as Patagonia, Teva and Columbia, enabling guests to dress the part for any outdoor adventure. The new center also includes an innovative café, which serves farm-fresh, organically-managed produce directly from Kapalua Farms and premium beers from Maui Brewing Company as well as specialty wines and Maui coffees. Guest favorites include the Curried Chicken Wrap, served with fresh Kapalua Farms baby arugula and Maui Gold® pineapple chutney, and the decadent Maui Gold® pineapple and purple lilikoi crème brulée.
“West Maui residents have been raving about the quality and affordability of the Adventure Center Café and java bar—and we are beginning to see regulars come through daily,” added Quinn.
Whale Quest Kapalua of Kapalua Resort on Maui, Hawaii, explores the amazing world of humpback whales on Feb 15-17, 2008
Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) Feb 11, 2008 – Every winter, vacationing travelers aren’t the only ones escaping to Hawai‘i in search of a warmer climate—the Humpback whale, Maui’s most famous returning visitor, does too.From December to May, the Humpback whale journeys from the Gulf of Alaska to the balmy waters of the mid-Pacific Ocean.
The third annual Whale Quest Kapalua, to be held at Kapalua Resort from February 15-17, 2008, will provide thousands of avid whale enthusiasts an opportunity to observe and learn all about this spectacular mammal through a three-day educational symposium.
Whale Quest Kapalua kicks off Friday with an interactive educational workshop for designated Maui schools. This program provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn from field professionals and discover the exciting world of the Humpback whale. The adventure continues on Saturday and Sunday offering free educational seminars, fascinating video footage and photo exhibitions for the general public. Explore these captivating creatures with world-renowned experts—including Charles “Flip” Nicklin, whose underwater photography of marine mammals has appeared in many National Geographic articles, and Dr. James Darling, who specializes in Humpback whale behavior.
“Whale Quest Kapalua provides an opportunity for the community and resort visitors to learn all about the intriguing work of noted whale researchers and marine biologists from across the globe,” said Nancy Cross, Kapalua Resort’s vice president of event management.
The Kapalua Villas of Kapalua Resort on Maui, Hawaii announces new and updated accommodation packages for travelers to Maui in 2008.
Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii (PRWEB) Feb 4, 2008 – The Kapalua Villas announced today a new lineup of accommodations packages for travelers planning a visit to Maui in 2008. The packages will appeal to golfers, athletes, families, island-explorers and couples seeking a romantic getaway.
A stay at The Kapalua Gold Villas’ richly-appointed one, two- or three-bedroom villas offers the luxury and service of a four-star hotel with the privacy of a residence. Guests of The Gold Villas will have access to VIP amenities and services. Vacationers will enjoy three white sand beaches, swimming pools, golf, cultural activities and a wide selection of shops and restaurants. They also receive priority booking for the new Kapalua Adventures Mountain Outpost and other activities.
The Kapalua Villas announces these six accommodation packages for 2008:
Stay And Play Your Way Package with Unlimited Golf – from $299.50 per person per night*
This deluxe accommodations package makes it simple for guests to customize their stay at The Kapalua Villas. Perfect for avid golfers traveling with a not-so-avid spouse or family.
Luxury accommodations in a one-, two- or three-bedroom Villa
Daily air-conditioned HERTZ mid-sized rental car
Plus, each guest will receive a daily choice of**:
Unlimited Golf (free same-day replay) at the renowned 18-hole Plantation Course or the scenic 18-holeBayCourse, valid April 1 through December 19, 2008
Pampering 55-minute in-room massage (Lomi Lomi, Deep Tissue or Swedish)
*$299.50 per person per night rate is for a one-bedroom fairway view with double occupancy. Other unit sizes are also available at different rates. For those who book by February 29, 2008 for stays between April 1 - June 22, 2008, a view category upgrade is available.
* * Based on double occupancy for a one-bedroom Villa, four person occupancy for a two-bedroom Villa, and six person occupancy for a three-bedroom Villa.
Ku‘uipo (Sweetheart) Package with Car – from $2,349 per five-night stay
With “Romance Me, Maui” as the latest Maui Visitors Bureau campaign, The Kapalua Villas’ Ku‘uipo (Sweetheart) package offers newlyweds and second-honeymooners alike a chance to celebrate their love at against the romantic backdrop of Maui’s spectacular sunsets and white sand beaches.
This accommodations special is ideal for sweethearts and includes:
Five nights Villa accommodations
Roundtrip limousine transfers from airport
Air-conditioned HERTZ convertible rental car for five days
Fresh flower lei greeting
Welcome champagne and signature chocolates upon arrival
Pampering couples’ in-room massage
Complimentary resort-wide shuttle service
*Rate is based on double occupancy for a one-bedroom fairway view villa, and is valid April 1 to June 22, 2008.
Building A Better Game In Paradise with Car - from $1,984 per person*
For visitors who want to sharpen their golf game, Kapalua Resort features Kapalua Golf Academy, Hawai‘i’s only high-tech golf training facility. Jerry King, voted Hawai‘i’s #1 golf instructor by Golf Digest in 2007, is director of the academy. This package for dedicated golfers includes:
Four nights Villa accommodations
Air-conditioned HERTZ rental car for four days (choose from convertible, SUV or minivan)
Three days golf instruction at the KapaluaGolfAcademy
15 percent discount on merchandise at the KapaluaGolfAcademy
Complimentary resort-wide shuttle service
*Rate is based on double occupancy for a one-bedroom fairway view Villa.
I recently saw this press release regarding the college football Sugar Bowl and the friendly wager involving Maui Gold pineapple and Georgia peaches and the universities of Hawaii and Georgia. Georgia ended up winning the Sugar Bowl, so I imagine they received their fill of the Hawaiian pineapple from Maui Pineapple Company.
Maui Gold® Pineapples vs. Georgia Peaches – A Battle for the Sweet Taste of Victory – UH Warriors vs. Georgia Bulldogs at the Sugar Bowl
KAHULUI, MAUI, HAWAI`I (December 28, 2007) — With a friendly pineapples vs. peaches bet already on the table between Athens-Clarke Mayor Heidi Davison and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, Maui Pineapple Company (MPC) is raising the stakes for the outcome of the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2008. MPC is so certain that Hawaii’s Warriors will triumph, the company will send each member of the Georgia Bulldogs team their very own Maui Gold® pineapple - if they can prove MPC wrong.
The Sugar Bowl wager goes like this: If the Warriors of University of Hawai‘i win, Mayor Davison sends Mufi peaches; if the Bulldogs of University of Georgia win, Mayor Hannemann sends Heidi Maui Gold pineapples donated by Maui Pineapple Company, a division of Maui Land & Pineapple, Inc.
“From the pineapple field to the football field, we support our UH Warriors,” said Gerry Watts, vice president and general manager of Maui Pineapple Company. “The Warriors have had an amazing year and it is with great pride that we support the team with a donation of Maui Gold pineapples for the friendly wagers.”
In real estate, it’s ‘location, location, location.’ With Internet banking, ‘it’s local, local, local’.
Fort Atkinson, WI (PRWEB) June 5, 2007 – BankingMyWay.com (www.bankingmyway.com), the quickly-expanding site where savvy investors can find CD rates as a high as 10 percent, has added searches for a series for consumer loans to their initial roster of money market and CD rates. Now people can use BankingMyWay.com to compare rates on home mortgages, auto loans, and home equity loans offered at banks, credit unions and on the Internet banks.
According to BankingMyWay.com’s CEO Kyle Selberg, "In real estate, it’s ‘location, location, location.’ With Internet banking, ‘it’s local, local, local’."
BankingMyWay.com lets consumers compare rates at a variety of local banks, where stiff competition results in attractive rates. In fact, while many consumers look for great rates from websites offering national rates, many are unaware that local rates are often more attractive. Now, on BankingMyWay.com, users can compare banks and credit unions to Internet banks and can search by zip code, city and state. Searching local is an idea that’s catching on, for weather, gas prices and now bank rates.
The site now tracks over 30,000 financial institutions, a 50% increase from when the site went live earlier this year. The number of financial institutions on BankingMyWay.com means the site holds a dramatic advantage in local rates over other banking search engines. That number will continue to grow as more and more consumers discover the BankingMyWay.com advantage.
‘Think of all the websites, magazines and brokerage firms devoted to covering mutual funds, stocks and bonds," said Selberg. "Yet banking deposits, which exceed each of these investment categories, has had very little coverage until now. Why? Banking is a local business and it takes a real focus to providing the local coverage necessary to do it right."
At the end of May, the average 12 month CD rate was about 4.5%. But in certain markets, rates of 8 to 10% (with certain restrictions) can be found. Visit BankingMyWay.com (www.bankingmyway.com) and find out why it’s ‘local, local, local’.
We have a genuine interest in our customers' success, and by having our customer advocates connect with dealers on a regular basis, we hope to sustain long-term partnerships
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) June 4, 2007 -- XIGroup, a division of Dominion Enterprises, announced today the launch of a customer advocate program designed to help its dealer customers get the most out of their web solutions. XIGroup customer advocates proactively monitor dealer web site usage and other metrics, then call to offer dealers suggestions, methods for improving results, training tips and ways to stay effectively engaged in the internet marketing process.
"One of the biggest challenges in this industry is when dealers make a large investment in tools such as lead generating web sites, inventory management products and search engine marketing, and then don't use them or use only a small fraction of the features, thereby never realizing the full potential return on investment," said Brian Burns, General Manager of XIGroup.
Additionally, many dealers don't call vendors when they do encounter problems, which is why XIGroup implemented a proactive approach. "We have a genuine interest in our customers' success, and by having our customer advocates connect with dealers on a regular basis, we hope to sustain long-term partnerships," said Burns.
XIGroup offers comprehensive in-dealership and webcast training when its internet solutions are implemented, but many dealership employees use only a small portion of what the products offer. The customer advocate program was designed to determine whether a dealer is utilizing all the tools necessary to achieve continued success. Customer advocates work with the dealers to look at historical information and determine whether the changes they made to their marketing programs worked, and why. Advocates also analyze leads quality, quantity and process, monitor web site traffic and compare vehicle pricing statistics. As trends and changes appear in the market, the customer advocates help the dealer stay engaged and knowledgeable.
The customer advocate program is complimentary and available immediately to all XIGroup customers.
XIGroup, a division of Dominion Enterprises, provides auto dealers with a web solution designed to connect them with Internet buyers. The company's four core product offerings can be purchased separately or integrated together. Services include Website Design; Search Engine Marketing, Inventory Promotion, and a Do-It-Yourself Inventory Management tool.
XIGroup was founded in 1998 and released its first inventory management tool in 2000. With more than 450 dealer customers and one of the industry's highest customer retention rates, the company's growth has been steady and organic, resulting from word of mouth due to outstanding customer service and fast, personal response. For more information, please visit www.xigroup.com
About Dominion Enterprises
Dominion Enterprises, headquartered in Norfolk, Va., is a leading media and information services company serving employment, real estate, automotive, recreation and industrial markets in the United States. The company operates a variety of technology businesses that offer Internet marketing, Web site design and hosting, lead generation, CRM, and data capture and distribution services including Advanced Access, PowerSports Network, and Dealer Specialties. The company has more than 500 paid and free magazine titles such as For Rent, Harmon Homes, The Employment Guide, Boat Trader, Cycle Trader and RV Trader with a combined weekly circulation of over 5 million, and more than 40 market-leading Web sites such as ForRent.com, EmploymentGuide.com, Homes.com, and TraderOnline.com reaching more than 8 million unique monthly visitors. The company has nearly 6,600 employees nationwide and 2006 annual revenue of over $850 million. For more information on Dominion Enterprises, visit dominionenterprises.com.
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