Aloha from Maui!
Meet Our Founder
Aloha, my name is Elaine Cuaresma, and I am the owner of Maui Sights & Treasures.
I have always been passionate about exciting outdoor tours and adventurous activities. I grew up in Lake Tahoe, so we were lucky to enjoy skiing during the winter months, and hiking in the mountains during the summer months. Our family always had a boat so waterskiing was also a big part of the fun growing up in Lake Tahoe. Activities have always been my passion! It was a wonderful environment to be raised in.
It wasn’t a surprise to me, my family, or friends when I started working for AAA in the travel department helping members plan their vacations. I loved helping guests plan and map out their vacation adventures! It was always such a rewarding experience helping guests plan all the fun details of their dream vacations. That’s when I first knew that I wanted to build a bright career in the travel industry, sharing my experiences, and helping others customize perfect vacation plans.
When I came to Maui for vacation in 1979, I met a local boy, and fell deeply in love with him and the Island of Maui. I never left! Entering the travel industry on Maui felt right and was a perfect fit for me. I soon became a concierge specialist for the Stouffers Hotel in Wailea reserving all activities ranging from snorkel adventures to helicopters tours for hotel guests. It was so much fun, and amazing because I got to try everything I sold. Wow! What a great job! What a wonderful perk to be able to try all the activities Maui has to offer.
After my husband and I had our two children, I decided to open up my own travel company which allowed me to follow my career passion. As an entrepreneur, I had more freedom to spend more time with our growing children, and I felt more motivated than ever to share with clients all the best Hawaii has to offer. I opened up Maui Sights & Treasures in 1992 at Sugar Beach Resort and have been here ever since! I’m so blessed to be able to spend my days doing what I love, with a wonderful staff that has been with us for over 18 years and counting. Over the years we grew, and added a snorkel store and gift shop at our flagship location. Our most recent addition is renting SUP (stand–up-paddle boards) one of the most vastly growing sports in the world. We encourage everyone to try it!
Our company mission is to find the best activity tours for our guests, so they may have the best vacation memories and experiences. With years of local experience, a fabulous growing network, and the opportunity to meet so many people from all around the world, it is more than fulfilling for us to be working with guests and doing what we love.
When you’re planning your perfect Hawaiian holiday, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions! We love sharing our ideas and making suggestions, and would be so happy if you’d stay in touch and let us know all about your favorite activities and tours. We encourage you to take a look through our website and find a host of the best tours and activities to do in Hawaii.
Mahalo for reading, and have a beautiful vacation in paradise!
Maui Sights & Treasures experts are on hand to help you customize your Hawaii activity dream, so please do not hesitate to contact us direct at 1-888-841-9155. You can also submit a form on our Contact Us page
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22nd Annual Haiku Ho'olaule'a and Flower Festival
The 22nd Annual Haiku Ho`olaule`a and Flower Festival to benefit Haiku Elementary School, Haiku Community Association and Boys & Girls Club Maui-Haiku will be held Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the Haiku Community Center and Haiku Elementary School grounds in Haiku, Maui. The event is FREE.
The Maui community and visitors alike are invited to spend the day, bring their families and lawn chairs and join the Haiku community to enjoy fabulous live entertainment, culinary delights from local restaurants and the Haiku PTA, the famous Haiku School bake sale, one of the largest silent auctions on Maui, floral design and lei making contests, a Haiku historical display, plenty of activities for Keiki and much more.
For more information, contact the Event Office at 575-3004 or email email@example.com.
Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Categories: Non-Profit Community Event
Haiku Community Center
Hana Hwy at Pilialoha St
Haiku, HI USA 96708
Island Area: Upcountry
Fridays on Maui are also known as Friday town parties or block parties. Each Friday on Maui four different towns on the Island have block parties.
* KIHEI IS HOSTING the 4th Firdays now, and will be held at Azeka's (Mauka - volcano side). they will be closing Piikea st. from Longs to Safeway. Lots of food and entertainment!! .
The First Friday of the month is called 1st Friday in Wailuku. This is where it all began over five years ago. Main street in Wailuku is about 3 blocks of small Hawaiian boutiques, cafes and jewelry stores. The merchants of Wailuku in central Maui needed a boost to help their small businesses and sought help from the county of Maui to help co-sponsor a block party to bring locals and guest alike together. This family friendly event starts at 5pm the 1st Friday of the month. Guest filled the streets and enjoy food booths, crafts ,and amazing music from Jazz to Hawaiian. Maui Thing, one of businesses on Market St., has a stage in front of the store where local bands perform or maybe you will catch one of their many fashion shows. For more info go to: firstname.lastname@example.org or if you're on the mainland watch live at www.wailukucam.com
Second Friday is in Lahaina Town also known as art night in Lahaina. Lahaina will have more culture and history to share. The Baldwin home holds a candlelit tour of the property and also includes a tour of the Wo Hing museum. The story of the Hawaiian quilts is on display in front of the Baldwin House. All the Lahaina restaurants offer great pupus (appetizers), menus, and drink specials. Every park offers Hawaiian music to Rock and Roll, so make sure to bring your beach chair. Lahaina Town Action Committee works together with all the businesses to make sure this is a family friendly 5-8pm event.
Third Friday is in Makawao up country Maui. Makawao is in Maui's up country area which is also known for its rodeos and cowboys. So pull on your cowboy boots and head up country on the third Friday to enjoy music ,food and shopping with local crafters. (if it's raining....find someting else to do...... Makawao is "Up Country" and is mostly green pastures and lush tropical flowers ....which means it rains up there on a regular basis)
Fourth Friday on Maui, is held in Kihei !! From 6-9pm. Kihei is on the South end of Maui and on the 4th Fridays, Azeka's Shopping Center Mauka (mountain side) will offer Music, food and crafters'. We are all looking foward to this new event for Kihei. The first 4th friday drew over 5,000 people! We haven't hear yet how many this last one drew in January. I will share picures and video of the event soon. There was lots of fun things for children to participate in as well as lots of food trucks and vendors selling everything from frozen yogourt to plate lunches and waffles. Liek they do in Europe...there were many tables in the street itself. Tho this month it they were longer tables and not the cute 2 and 4 tops. We sat on the Grass and enjoyed our plates. (I got the Teriyaki Chicken plate and my Dad got the chow Fun which is a very popular item here in Hawaii)
For more information on Fridays on Maui visit the official website.
"Athena, Thanks for helping out, much appreciated. Not often you find a business that will go above and beyond to make sure their customers are well taken care of to make a memorable occasion. Thanks again, Jerry "
- Gerald Patchin, California
"Your web site is awesome. User friendly and so much info it's great. We booked all our activities online and enjoyed every one of them. I spent so much time on other sites looking for the best prices and found yours to be the best. Every event was perfect for our family and you were just a phone call away for questions. Thanks Elaine your the best "
- James Sullivan, Spokane, WA
"Wow Maui Sights & Treasures was so helpful with our wedding plans. We wanted a small simple wedding and they did a perfect job. We e-mailed a lot and Cindy always returned our e-mails and calls. Thanks so much for making our day and honeymoon perfect."
- Shawn & Teri, Morristown, NJ
"Thank you Maui Sights & Treasures for taking such great care of our family. We had never snorkeled before and Athena at Maui Sights put us on the right boat Maui Magic. We had a GREAT time. We swim with turtles and the crew was so helpful. We had reserved a boat with Expedia and when we went back to cancel they would not let us. They were very nasty to us. Maui Sights & Treasures is an honest company who really works with their clients. We can't thank you enough for taking such good care of us."
- Dr. John Murray, Sacramento, CA
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