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Royal Lahaina Turns Up the Heat with Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

Destination & Tourism | Dawna L. Robertson | August 11, 2016

Royal Lahaina Turns Up the Heat with Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

Photo courtesy of Royal Lahaina Resort

Music aficionados can plug into sand, surf and sensual sounds in early September as the Sixth Annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival hits West Maui’s Kaanapali Beach at the Royal Lahaina Resort. This is the third consecutive year the iconic property has hosted the event, which features legends in both music genres.

“Music is just one of the ways we share ‘Aloha’ with our guests,” said Tom Bell, general manager for the Royal Lahaina. “And being able to showcase world famous jazz musicians on Kaanapali Beach – voted one of the best beaches in the world by Trip Advisor – creates a truly exceptional experience."

While musical soirees will roll out at Royal Lahaina from Sept. 8-11, pre- and post-festival parties will take place in other Maui venues. The grandest event, however, is the main concert from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.10 on a Royal Lahaina oceanfront stage with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.  

Attendees will tune into a blues and jazz lineup that includes Blues Hall of Fame inductee and guitar legend Joe Louis Walker; jazz/rock guitar legend and “Godfather of Fusion” Larry Coryell; Grammy-winning and New Orleans jazz royalty Delfeayo Marsalis; Grammy-winning The Band Courtbouillon with Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy; Grammy-nominated jazz saxophone master Javon Jackson; jazz trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach; sax master Rock Hendricks; and jazz guitarist and Na Hoku winner Benny Uyetake. Additional artists will be announced on the festival’s website at

Ticket options range from $50 general admission and $100 premium seating to $1,000 VIP table seating near the stage for 10. As a follow up to a hot night of jazz and blues, Royal Lahaina will present a Sunday Jazz Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 11.

If you have clients into the jazz and blues scene who may be interested in attending the festival, recommend that you should purchase their tickets and book their Royal Lahaina accommodations quickly since the festival sells out each year.

The Resort

Within 27 tropical acres along a secluded half-mile stretch of Kaanapali Beach,

Royal Lahaina is home to a 10-court Tennis Ranch and adjacent to the championship Kaanapali Golf Courses that extends special discounts to those staying at the resort.

Guests can rent water and beach gear, plus schedule catamaran cruises, beach dives, stand-up paddleboarding lessons, and full PADI certification classes at the Royal Lahaina’s Beach Activities Center. A plush schedule of resort and cultural activities includes lei making instruction, Hawaiian arts & crafts, ukulele lessons, yoga, Pilates, Tiki carving demonstrations and a nightly torch lighting ceremony with live Hawaiian music.

The resort's original garden and oceanfront cottage accommodations evoke a quaint beachside experience reminiscent of Hawaii's Plantation Era, while the 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower features luxurious island-inspired guest rooms and suites celebrating the artistry, environment and culture of Hawaii.

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Among packages available for hotel stays throughout the year are the Royal Experience and Spirit Of Aloha. Available from $359 through Dec. 20, 2016, the former offers a reduced ocean view room rate (based on a five-night minimum stay), daily American breakfast buffet for two, sunset cocktail dinner cruise for two and two tickets to the resort’s Myths of Maui Luau. 

The Spirit of Aloha covers an ocean view room for two, daily American breakfast buffet and daily Dollar Rent-A-Car use with complimentary parking from $309 through Dec. 16, 2016. 

For reservations, call (800) 22-ALOHA or visit

The Agent’s Edge

The Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts Travel Agent website ( is designed to educate and reward agents for sales at the Royal Lahaina Resort and Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii's Big Island.

Overlooking Kailua Bay in the heart of Kona, the oceanfront Royal Kona Resort showcases spacious guest rooms with mountain or ocean views, award-winning cuisine at the Don the Beachcomber Restaurant, a wide selection of mai tai creations at the adjacent Don's Mai Tai Bar, private sandy sunning area and saltwater swimming lagoon.

As a registered user of the website, travel agents receive special information, benefits and the ability to track qualifying reservations for the company’s incentive program.   

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