seascape ma‘alaea restaurant: ocean friendly, family friendly, and just plain friendly!

seascape-advertisement-for-fb-crab-cakesMy favorite restaurants are those where you’re made to feel like part of the ‘ohana from the moment you walk in the door. Seascape Ma‘alaea falls comfortably into that category, as Janet and I discovered on a recent dining experience at this harbor-side gem that’s now offering dinner three nights a week in addition to their popular lunch service.

Part of Maui Ocean Center, The Hawaiian Aquarium, Seascape is located on the Lahaina side of the complex. There are two entrances to the restaurant—one inside the Aquarium and the other near the Ma‘alaea Harbor Shops. Aquarium admission is not required to dine. Continue reading ‘seascape ma‘alaea restaurant: ocean friendly, family friendly, and just plain friendly!’

3rd annual made in maui county festival: november 4 & 5, 2016

made-in-maui-county-festivalIn early November, the weekend of the 4th and 5th, Maui County will hold its largest products show, the annual Made in Maui County Festival, at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Now in its third year, the event aims to continue its momentum of showcasing hundreds of Made-in-Maui-County products while helping to grow the islands’ small businesses.

Over 140 product vendors will offer a wide variety of foods, produce, art, crafts, jewelry, fashions, gifts, collectibles and more. Of this total, 38 businesses are new to the event, 16 businesses are from Moloka‘i, and one from Lana‘i. Additionally, on Saturday, November 5, Maui’s popular food trucks will be featured in the Festival’s Food Court, offering a myriad of island-inspired menu items from eleven trucks. Continue reading ‘3rd annual made in maui county festival: november 4 & 5, 2016’

ka‘anapali resort hosts hawai‘i food & wine festival–the premier epicurean destination event in the pacific!

haw-wine-foodIt’s back! Ka‘anapali Beach Resort and the team of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival Ka‘anapali come together to put on “the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific.” From October 14 to 16, Ka‘anapali will be home to a culinary explosion of wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and remarkable dining experiences.

The party kicks off with the 19th Annual Roy’s Annual Golf Classic at noon on Friday, October 14, at Ka‘anapali Golf Courses. Top chefs, winemakers and pro golfers join in the action, which features a shotgun start and best-ball scramble format, fueled by gourmet food, beer, cocktails and dinner at the 19th hole by Roy’s Ka‘anapali. Continue reading ‘ka‘anapali resort hosts hawai‘i food & wine festival–the premier epicurean destination event in the pacific!’

september • 2016 keiki cover model

BLOG_KEIKI COVER_09.2016_IMG_2755Mahalo to the Arcilla family for sharing beautiful Oshynn Marie R. Arcilla with us for our September cover!

Grandmother is Celia Cabal Arcilla, who has worked at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa as an operator for the past six years, and Aunt Joanne Arcilla works in the front office at the same resort.

Mom is Aysha Ramsey, a musician, and dad is Jason Arcilla, musician and FedEx courier.

Oshynn is turning ten years old next month, and is currently in fifth grade at Lihikai Elementary School. She enjoys playing soccer with HYSA, and loves drawing, listening to music, and visiting art shows and galleries with her dad.

Celia shares, “Oshynn is the kindest; she is very gentle with her words and deeds with everyone—beautiful in and out. We are so proud of her!”


pineapple grill at kapalua resort: new owner; new menu; same great dining experience

BLOG_PGrill_13I’m not a golfer, but I love golf clubhouse restaurants. I don’t know what it is that makes me fancy them so much. Maybe it’s the opportunity to immerse myself in a subculture with a language all its own (birdies, bogeys, and bunkers, anyone?). Or perhaps it’s that clubhouse restaurants are usually so gosh darned scenic. Whatever it is, one of my all-time favorite clubhouse restaurants is Pineapple Grill at Kapalua Resort, which overlooks the Bay Course and Tennis Garden, as well as the sparkling turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean.

In early June Troon, the world’s largest golf and hospitality management company, assumed management and operations of Pineapple Grill, formerly owned by Cohn Restaurant Group. Troon’s food and beverage division manages a huge number of restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses, and recreational facilities around the world. On Maui, Troon Golf also manages the Kapalua Plantation and Bay Courses, as well as the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu. Continue reading ‘pineapple grill at kapalua resort: new owner; new menu; same great dining experience’

montage kapalua bay launches sunset grill night at hana hou bar

BLOG_MONTAGE_Photo Aug 11, 6 55 53 PMTo help guests and locals get into the “Aloha Friday” spirit, Montage Kapalua Bay is launching a weekly Sunset Grill Night. Beginning August 19, from 5pm to sunset, guests and locals can visit Hana Hou Bar at the Lower Pool Deck to unwind with specialty cocktails and signature barbeque items, while taking in the picture-perfect sunset.

Montage Kapalua Bay’s Executive Chef David Viviano will showcase signature dishes including Grilled Local Ahi Sandwich with Asian slaw, Surf & Turf Cobb Salad with petite filet mignon and jumbo prawns, and mixed plates such as Huli Huli Chicken with sticky rice. To round out the grill experience, the resort created specialty cocktails and drinks including the “Frangilada,” served in a hollowed pineapple, “Lime In Da Coconut,” presented in a coconut shell, and the “Maui Root Beer Float,” made with Maui Brewing Company root beer. Continue reading ‘montage kapalua bay launches sunset grill night at hana hou bar’

outdoor market to debut at outlets of maui

BLOG_Outdoor Market Outlets of MauiOutlets of Maui is pleased to announce the opening of the new Outlets Outdoor Market on Wednesday, August 31, from 4pm to 7:30pm. This new weekly event will celebrate Maui farmers and artisans, featuring locally-grown produce, hand-made goods, creative crafts, apparel, island artwork, and much more.

Outlets Outdoor Market will also feature chef demonstrations, live music, hula shows, and cultural activities such as poi making, coconut juice making, lei making, and wood carving alongside our local merchants.

“We are excited to bring this unique event to Outlets of Maui,” said Lisa Donlon, General Manager for Outlets of Maui. “We look forward to this becoming an evening outing for local families, and showcasing our local culture to visitors to Maui.” Continue reading ‘outdoor market to debut at outlets of maui’

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