Hawaii Maui LifeFest takes center stage in Kapalua By Bill Harby / September 13, 2004 Share 1 -- Kapalua resort hotels create LifeFest specials to entice visitors to stayBy Brian Berusch KAPALUA -- The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and the Kapalua Bay Hotel are offering packages designed for those traveling to Maui to take part in LifeFest Kapalua.A spokesman from the Ritz-Carlton hotel said its package was inspired by the islands Maui for Life! campaign that was announced earlier this year.The Ritz-Carlton LifeFest Kapalua Wellness package includes partial oceanview accommodations, one $50 food-and-beverage credit per room, per stay and one Power Pass per room, per stay. The package is available for $375 per room, per night and requires a three-night minimum stay.The Ritz-Carlton is also offering a gardenview room special for $250 per night for those who wish to attend select events. Regular admission prices range from $25 to $140 per event.The Kapalua Bay Hotel LifeFest package also requires a three-night stay and includes a Power Pass for two.Three-night rates are as follows: gardenview room, $1,460 per room; partial oceanview, $1,670; and oceanview, $1,866. Additional room nights are available at reduced rates.Both hotels package prices, valid Sept. 22 to 27, are subject to state hotel and sales taxes and a $13 daily resort charge at Kapalua Bay and a $15 charge at the Ritz-Carlton. Gratuities are not included.For more information or to book the Ritz-Carlton, call (800) 669-6200 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com. For Kapalua Bay, call (800) 367-8000 or visit www.starwood.com/hawaii.For LifeFest-specific information, call (808) 669-2440 or visit www.lifefestkapalua.com.To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to email@example.com.KAPALUA, Hawaii -- LifeFest, an event thats part festival, part seminar, part worship service, will take place Sept. 23 to 26 at the Kapalua Resort on Maui. Last years inaugural LifeFest in Wailea drew more than 5,000 people, prompting the Kapalua Resort to buy the rights and move it to their west Maui location.The keynote guru will be pop wellness expert and physician Andrew Weil, known for his Santa Claus beard as well as his big bag of ideas for feeling and looking good.This years event will include other A-list wellness wizards, such as: Oprah Winfreys personal trainer, Bob Greene. Positive psychology author Paul Pearsall. Macrobiotic diet expert Michio Kushi. HGTV and ABCs Home Show TV host and color expert Kitty Bartholomew. Dermatologist Howard Murad, who will talk about how diet can cause stress. Hawaii physician and nutrition expert Terry Shintani, who has helped many obese patients slim down with the Hawaiian Diet. Best-selling author Alan Cohen, who will give advice on wise life choices Kushi and Bartholomew will give talks and conduct private group-counseling sessions. Other presenters will give lectures. There is a fee for each activity, or participants can buy the Power Pass (more on this later). A sampling of other lecture topics includes The Healing Power of Aloha, Tools for Conscious Living, The Truth About Cellulite, Spa Trends and Beautys Connection to Food.Traditional healing will also be well represented, with workshops on native Hawaiian healing, acupuncture and other Chinese healing practices, along with martial arts.New Agers will have offerings to get them going, including workshops on Sound/Vibrational Healing and Energy Work.But, of course, it wont be all lectures in hotel meeting rooms. Each day will start with yoga sessions outdoors.Participants also can walk the walk at the Celebrity Power Walk. Theyll be accompanied by Hawaii personalities (to be announced) on this 3.1-mile seaside route. The walk is a benefit for the Hawaii branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.The Jamba Juice Paddlers Ocean Challenge is not for landlubbers. Its a 12-mile open-ocean race in six-person outrigger canoes.The most exclusive LifeFest event will be a guided hike through a mountaintop rain forest that is off-limits to the public. This fragile ecosystem atop Puu Kukui is brimming with rare native plants.A fortunate few who pay $1,100 in time to save one of the few seats on the helicopter that will take hikers onto and off the mountain will have an unforgettable experience -- if the weather permits the helicopter to land. (If you have clients who are interested, jump on this immediately.)Theres also a less-exclusive but still awesome four-mile guided hike through the forest down the flank of Puu Kukui to a marine sanctuary.Or trekkers can simply hike through the Fit for Life Health Expo and shop for health-related gadgets and services, then stroll over to the Wellness Room to recover from monetary binging with Maui practitioners who will be offering various healing modalities.LifeFest has something for anyone interested in health, even physicians who would like to write off a long weekend at a luxurious resort to get some continuing medical education credits. Topics are to be announced.Wrapping up the event on Sept. 26 will be an al fresco reception ($75) featuring samplings from not only some of Mauis best restaurants but also from its farmers and purveyors of the islands fresh vegetables, fruits and cheeses. Presenters from the weekend are expected to attend, so guests should have a chance to ask a question or two.Participants can purchase the LifeFest Power Pass for $345 and be admitted to the opening-night address by Paul Pearsall; Celebrity Power Walk; all lectures on both days, including Weils closing talk; and the closing reception. Tickets to individual activities and lectures may be purchased. See the Web site for prices. This promises to be a popular event again this year, so guests should sign up soon. To register, go to www.lifefestkapalua.com and fill out the online form or download the form for faxing. Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to email@example.com.