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’

maui mobility systems celebrates one year & presents demonstration for fairmont kea lani resort concierge team

BLOG_MMS_Fairmont_Concierge_Mobility_MeetingJPGCongratulations to Maui Mobility Systems on their one-year anniversary providing mobility equipment rentals to visitors and residents of Maui! Owners Marty and Debi Wynn, who previously owned Maui’s Aloha Toy Store Motorsports, are now providing rentals in the Accessible Tourism market.

Based in both Lahaina and Kihei, Maui Mobility is able to provide quick response to requests for mobility equipment rentals to any of the resorts and condos. Maui Mobility aims to enhance the visitors’ experiences for those with limited mobility. This allows parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to enjoy vacations with their families, without being left behind in their hotel room. Continue reading ‘maui mobility systems celebrates one year & presents demonstration for fairmont kea lani resort concierge team’

august • 2016 keiki cover models

COVER_2_IMG_3635_08.16We want to say Mahalo to Lisi and Washington Amotai for sharing their keiki, Loseli Tu‘uholoaki Amotai and Lapana-Hafoka Tauaifaiga, with us this month!

Mom worked as Assistant Night Manager at Makena Beach & Golf Resort for the past few years, and dad is a musician who plays guitar in the band “Homestead.”

The family lives in Waiehu, and Lapana will be starting third grade at Waihee School, where his favorite subject is reading. Loseli attends Iao Intermediate and loves art classes. She dances hula, Tahitian, and Tongan dance with the youth at the family’s church.

Mom shares, “Our kids are our inspiration and future, and without them we have no light. Loseli is definitely the family diva and Lapana-Hafoka is our little football star!”



cafe del vino: a little slice of europe in ma‘alaea

BW_CafeDelVinoI still remember the first time I ate escargots. It was at a little French restaurant in downtown San Jose, California, before that area underwent its renaissance in the late 1980s. Janice, my dining companion, announced we had to try the escargots. I was more than skeptical, thinking of slimy garden snails that come out from under cover after a rainstorm. “You’ll love them,” Janice promised. So we ordered escargots. I stabbed one of the critters with the petite fork that had been brought to our table specifically for that purpose, and with closed eyes and a pinched facial expression put it in my mouth. While Janice observed me with a knowing smile, intense garlic and butter flavors danced on my palate. The snail itself was tender, slightly chewy, and not at all scary. In fact—dare I say it—the escargots were delicious! I was hooked!

Fast forward to present day. Let’s face it…there just aren’t many opportunities on Maui to satisfy a passion for escargot. Happily, the odds for doing so increased greatly with the opening in March of Cafe del Vino at the Maui Harbor Shops in Ma‘alaea, where owner Guido Hauwaerts, and Executive Chef Danny Paquette, serve up authentic European dishes (including escargots), along with an array of tapas, pastas, seafood, and wine. Continue reading ‘cafe del vino: a little slice of europe in ma‘alaea’

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