august • 2017 keiki cover model

We want to say thank you to five-year-old Jessica Kamalulaikeha Kamaka and her family for sharing her smile with us this month for our cover.

Mom is Sandi Kamaka of Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, and dad is Travis Kamaka a Department of Public Safety officer.

The family lives in Wailuku, and Jessica dances hula for Halau Kauluokala with Kumu Uluwehi Guerrero. She also enjoys swimming with Maui Swim Club.

Mom shares, “a favorite memory of ours is when Jessica saw her sisters dancing hula at a wedding she went on stage and joined in with a big confident smile even though she didn’t know how to dance, she was about three-years-old at the time! We have enjoyed watching her grow into an independent and confident person.”


ka‘anapali’s history & legends revealed on maui nei native expeditions’ new walking tour

The kumu of Maui Nei Native Expeditions are renowned for delivering authentic cultural experiences on their acclaimed walking tours. Now visitors and locals alike have a unique opportunity to hear fascinating legends and local lore about Hawaiian myths and mysteries of Ka‘anapali on a brand-new two-hour walking tour.

Established in 2001, Maui Nei Native Expeditions is an educational program of Friends of Moku‘ula, a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to restoring the historic island of Moku‘ula in Lahaina. As a spiritual and political center, Moku‘ula was home to great Maui chiefs since the 16th century, and served as the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i between 1830 and 1845. Maui Nei keeps history and culture alive for Maui’s residents and visitors, sharing Hawai‘i’s traditions, stories, arts, skills, and a sense of place. More than 16,000 guests have experienced a guided Maui Nei walking tour. Continue reading ‘ka‘anapali’s history & legends revealed on maui nei native expeditions’ new walking tour’

american cancer society west maui relay for life 2017 saturday, august 19, 2017

This month will feature the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life for West Maui located at the park behind the Lahaina Aquatic Center on Saturday, August 19 from 3pm-midnight volunteers will walk all night to honor loved ones lost to cancer and honor our friends and family who are cancer survivors.

Relay for Life is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we. Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal. Continue reading ‘american cancer society west maui relay for life 2017 saturday, august 19, 2017’

july • 2017 keiki cover model

We want to send a big Mahalo to our keiki cover boy ‘Oli Tysei Barroll Mitchell and his family this month.

‘Oli’s dad is Ryan Mitchell, server at Mama’s Fish House, and mom is Eri Mitchell of Maui Seaside Hotel.

The family lives in Kahului, and ‘Oli is starting first grade at Lihikai School.

He loves to dance Tahitian, and in his first solo competition in Kaua’i at Heiva I Kaua‘i 2016 he took first place in the four-year-old and six-year-old categories! ‘Oli  also enjoys going to the beach with his family and body boarding.

Dad shares, “my son inspires me to share the aloha spirit every day.”

upcountry farmers market: indulge your senses in maui’s plentiful bounty

Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, Upcountry Farmers Market Manager Neil Coshever and his capable assistant Katy Bayley orchestrate an extraordinary symphony at the Kulamalu Town Center in Pukalani. Now in its 7th year at this location, the Upcountry Farmers Market (UFM) boasts more than 100 vendors, and attracts between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors to its cornucopia of enticing products.

No other farmers market has been operating on Maui as long as UFM. For more than 40 years, UFM has made its home in various locations—first at St. Joseph’s Church in Makawao; then at the Eddie Tam Gymnasium, also in Makawao. In 2010, the market moved to its current site in Pukalani, which has allowed for exponential growth. In fact, the market is now officially “full,” and new vendors are able to rent a booth only when a regular vendor is absent. Continue reading ‘upcountry farmers market: indulge your senses in maui’s plentiful bounty’

chef alvin savella is killing it in the kitchen at ritz-carlton, kapalua’s banyan tree restaurant

In one of his publicity photos, Chef Alvin Savella’s facial expression is intense, and he’s brandishing a purple-hued, bumpy-fleshed octopus in each hand. In another, he’s staring intently at a tangled mass of raw ramen noodles into which both hands are buried. His Instagram handle is @thekitchenassassin. It’s this fiery passion for all things culinary that landed him the position of head chef at The Banyan Tree, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s signature restaurant, in October of 2016. “Chef Savella brings a fresh perspective and boisterous personality to the already talented Banyan Tree team,” says Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua General Manager Mike Kass. Continue reading ‘chef alvin savella is killing it in the kitchen at ritz-carlton, kapalua’s banyan tree restaurant’

champagne hale at the historic cliff house

Montage Kapalua Bay unveils Champagne Hale at Cliff House, a pop-up bar and lounge for guests and locals to experience the finest Maui sunsets throughout the summer while enjoying a variety of champagnes perfectly paired with an innovative dining menu. The opening of Champagne Hale at Cliff House coincides with the launch of Veuve Clicquot Rich in Hawai’i, the newest champagne innovation inspired by mixology in the Veuve Clicquot portfolio. Starting June 29 through September 3, Champagne Hale at Cliff House will be open Thursday-Sunday from 4:30 to 8:30pm. Continue reading ‘champagne hale at the historic cliff house’