september • 2019 keiki cover model

Aloha and Mahalo to the family of Tytan Kamahele O‘Kala‘akea Castillo for sharing our keiki cover model this month.

Mom is Nisha Santana, supervisor at Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, and dad is Curtis Castillo.

Tytan just started Kindergarten in Kahului and loves music. He enjoys swim class, and plans to play rugby next season. He also loves hanging out with his cousins.

Mom shares, “Tytan has such a great sense of humor. His facial expressions and ‘words of wisdom’ will catch you off guard, and you can’t help but laugh! He is our baby of six children, and is the only boy. He definitely inspires me to share the Aloha spirit with our guests and to be humble with any challenges we may encounter.”


maui tropical plantation + the mill house: celebrating maui’s agricultural bounty

Publisher’s note: We want to express our sincere apologies to Maui Tropical Plantation and The Mill House, as the story had a printing error last month. We are re-running the story in its entirety this issue.

If it’s been a while since you suggested Maui Tropical Plantation (MTP) to guests, or even visited yourself, you’ll definitely want to add it to your list of must-do experiences. Over the past few years, MTP has undergone an extraordinary and exciting transformation. Showcasing our island’s extensive agricultural history and bounty, today MTP has something to offer the entire family, with its variety of activities, enticing food and beverage options, and drop-dead gorgeous views of the West Maui mountains. And plentiful free parking, plus no admission fee, make MTP even easier to recommend.

The best way to orient oneself after arriving at MTP is to ride the Tropical Express, a fun, educational narrated tram tour that loops around the idyllic lagoon. The 45-minute ride departs on the hour seven times per day, and costs $24 for adults; $12 for keiki 3-12 years old (age 2 years and under rides for free on a parent’s lap). Continue reading ‘maui tropical plantation + the mill house: celebrating maui’s agricultural bounty’

four seasons resort maui unveils modern tropical lobby lounge

Four Seasons Resort Maui’s destination bar now offers guests an immersive local experience, starting with an innovative cocktail program that reinvents Hawaiian classics.

Helmed by star mixologist Ben Yabrow, the newly reimagined Lobby Lounge at Four Seasons Resort Maui is a celebration of the diverse and colourful flavours and flora of Maui. Featuring what he c­­alls a “modern tropical” craft cocktail program, Yabrow has curated a stunning collection of original creations and imaginative interpretations of classic tropical cocktails. Continue reading ‘four seasons resort maui unveils modern tropical lobby lounge’

august • 2019 keiki cover models

We want to thank the Jarrett family for sharing their keiki Kaizenkoa & Kailea for this month’s cover photo!

Mom is Megan Jarrett, concierge at Grand Wailea Resort & Spa. Kaizenkoa is a year old; big sister Kailea is seven years old, and attends Doris Todd Christian School, where she just finished first grade.

Kailea enjoys ballet, swim team, going to the beach with her family to surf, and she also loves art.

Mom shares, “My kids inspire me to always have fun, be grateful, and to make the most out of life! I love my job—there is so much beauty everywhere I look, and I feel extremely blessed. My children bring me so much joy, and I want to do everything I can to make sure they have an amazing life. I love how my job as a concierge helps keep me aware of how many fun things for keiki Maui has to offer!”

ruth’s chris steak house: concierge referral program, happy hour, wine dinner + more!

When you refer your guests to dine at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, concierge and guest service professionals will receive $50 Ruth’s Chris gift card for every 25 guests referred. Please call Lahaina (661-8815) or Wailea (874-8880) locations to make a reservation for your guests and mention your full name and property, referrals are tracked and awarded monthly. Continue reading ‘ruth’s chris steak house: concierge referral program, happy hour, wine dinner + more!’

july • 2019 keiki cover models

Mahalo to Lena and John Devlin for sharing their daughters this month for our beautiful keiki cover.

Kealohikanoelehua Sophia is heading into 6th grade, and enjoys participating on a Maui dance team. Kaliaonalani Kalilinoe is beginning 4th grade in the fall, and loves playing soccer and archery.

Mom is Lena Devlin, concierge specialist for Westin Maui Resort & Spa, and dad John Devlin is a firefighter at the Lahaina station.

Mom shares, “One of my favorite memories with my girls was last year they went on their first plane ride to Seattle; they were so excited to see snow! My work is about helping guests take on new experiences and living. My children try everything; this inspires me daily!”

banyan tree at the ritz-carlton kapalua: gorgeously reimagined and firmly rooted in local ingredients

The recently transformed Banyan Tree restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua led by new Head Chef Isabelle “Bella” Toland, pays tribute to its namesake by rooting itself in the traditions and ingredients of our ‘aina (land). In ancient Hawaiian culture, land was regarded as the provider of everything: food, shelter over your head, and a place to plant your feet and stand firm. Chef Bella’s vibrant new menu embraces that spirit and invites diners on a journey to discover the roots of the land, ­while incorporating the island’s most unique and sustainable ingredients. And the restaurant’s metamorphosis pays homage to the history of banyan trees in Hawai‘i as a gathering place to meet and share a meal. Continue reading ‘banyan tree at the ritz-carlton kapalua: gorgeously reimagined and firmly rooted in local ingredients’