may • 2018 keiki cover models

We want to say Aloha and Mahalo to sister and brother Peyton Maria and Perfecto Franco Jr., our keiki models for this May issue.

Mom is Justine Maldonado-Morgan, reservation agent at Fairmont Kea Lani Resort & Spa, and the family lives in Kahului.

Peyton is seven years old, and attends Pomaika‘i school in the second grade, where she enjoys the arts and swimming after school.

Perfecto is nine years old, and attends school at Pomaika‘i in the third grade. He also loves art and going to the beach and pool on weekends.

Mom shares, “My kids are my world. They fill my life with joy, and are the main reason I work as hard as I do. They inspire me to succeed in work and in life.”


Koa 156°: a high degree of deliciousness

When partners Seth Adams and Bryce Sorenson of S&A Hospitality purchased the oceanfront restaurant on Front Street in Lahaina formerly known as Koa’s Seaside Grill, they rebranded the establishment as Koa 156°, paying homage to its longitudinal coordinate of 156°W. Along with the new name came a new executive chef: Dan Vesey, who made a name for himself as chef de cuisine at the historic Riverhorse on Main, Park City, Utah’s top-rated restaurant. With 16 consecutive Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Awards, Riverhorse on Main is lauded by restaurant critics and the dining public alike as one of North America’s top culinary destinations, and a Park City culinary gem. Continue reading ‘Koa 156°: a high degree of deliciousness’

seabury hall 45th annual craft fair offers family fun for mother’s day weekend

Maui is known for its scenic beauty, but when springtime arrives, Upcountry offers the best place to experience its splendor. Jacaranda trees burst into vibrant purple bloom along many of the roads, providing the perfect venue for a time-honored event that celebrates Mom and all-things beautiful – the 45th annual Seabury Hall Craft Fair.

This acclaimed Upcountry event takes place the day before Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9am – 4pm at the Seabury Hall campus, just one mile above Makawao. The fair features the work of some of Hawai‘i’s finest artisans and crafters – over 100 this year – including woodworkers, jewelers, ceramists, weavers and more. It’s a relaxed setting for locating a unique “Made in Hawai‘i” gift that Mom will cherish. Live music, great food at both “Restaurant Row” and “La Patisserie”, a silent auction, rummage sale, a beautiful lei & plant sale, a giant waterslide, pony rides, games and fun for the kids ensure a great day for all. Year after year the live entertainment line-up is not to be missed. Continue reading ‘seabury hall 45th annual craft fair offers family fun for mother’s day weekend’

37th annual kapalua wine & food festival

The 37th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival returns June 7-10, 2018 for a magical weekend on the shores of the Kapalua Resort. This annual ‘migration’ brings together oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture.

Highlights of the weekend include interactive wine tasting seminars:

  • Regional focused seminars – Santa Maria Valley, International Wines/Hungary, Italy, Romania.
  • Varietal focused seminars – World Famous Pinot Noir, World Cabernet Franc.
  • Historical focus – Scions of the Vine – second and third generation winemakers.

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april • 2018 keiki cover models

photo: susan slade photography

Aloha and Mahalo to Natassia Isabelle Nava and Nyles Nicholas Nava, our keiki cover brother and sister for this April issue. Thank you to mom and dad for sharing their smiles with us!

Mom is Ruby Pacring, front desk agent at Ka‘anapali Beach Club. Dad is Jr. Nava, a painter at Honua Kai Resort. The family lives in Lahaina.

Natassia is five years old, and loves dancing hula and Tahitian. Nyles is in sixth grade at Lahaina Intermediate, and enjoys playing basketball.

Mom shares, “Both of my kids are full of energy and they love playing with their cousins. They inspire me to do what I love and to strive to do better in life.”

sarento’s on the beach: sublime oceanfront dining at its finest

Tucked behind the Days Inn Maui Oceanfront on the Kihei/Wailea border is Sarento’s on the Beach, situated smack-dab on that luscious stretch of white sand called Keawakapu. Oceanfront dining can’t get more sublime than at Sarento’s, as Janet and I recently discovered. Afterwards, we both walked away thinking, “How is it possible we’d not dined here before?”

Sarento’s is a member of the Tri-Star Restaurant Group that’s headed up by long-time restaurateur Aaron Placourakis, who was honored with a lifetime achievement accolade by Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine at their 2016 ‘Aipono Awards ceremony. Other dining establishments in Placourakis’s group are Manoli’s Pizza Company and Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea, and Son’z Steakhouse in Ka‘anapali. Placourakis was raised around great food. And like all Greeks, he was instilled with the belief that family isn’t just limited to close relatives but to anyone who’s gathered around the table. It’s an approach that’s been perfected by his team members who greet you at the door as a friend, not as a customer. This uncompromising style has been the key to the success of his restaurants for 35 years. Continue reading ‘sarento’s on the beach: sublime oceanfront dining at its finest’

attention maui bowlers! island bowling opens in lahaina at 900 front street

West Maui welcomes a great new venue for family fun! In March 2018 Island Bowling opened at 900 Front Street in the previous Hard Rock Café location. Open from Sunday through Thursday from noon to 9pm and Friday and Saturday night from noon to 10pm.

There are three full size bowling lanes and a special lane reserved for keiki. They also have the latest video games available. Open play on video games is $5 for 10 minutes. They have Xbox, PS4 and Classic Super Nintendo with over 50 games available.

Bowling prices are $15 for adults (12 years and older), children are $10 (5-12 years old), keiki 4 and under are free. Price includes a 10-round game of bowling. Includes bowling balls, regulation pins and a bowling attendant. No bowling shoes needed. Food and drinks are available featuring pizza, sandwiches, salads and pupus ranging from $7-17. Guests can BYOB beverages as well.

Island Bowling is also offering party packages for birthdays, girls night out and more! Contact Island Bowling directly for pricing for parties and to reserve a lane. Call 298-0709 or find them on facebook under Island Bowling.