march • 2018 keiki cover model

Mahalo to the Anakalea ‘ohana for sharing Imani’s sweet smile with us this month!

Imani Kamakanananimaikalanikeha Anakalea is our five-year-old keiki cover model this month; she will start kindergarten in the fall.

The family lives in Wailuku, and mom is Frances Anakalea, office and sales manager at Maui Ocean Center. Dad is Alisha Anakalea, security officer at Kahului airport. Imani also has her Aunty Charito Richardson, who works at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui.

Mom shares, “Imani loves the beach and marine life, and most importantly she loves her family and friends. She is constantly looking to learn new things. Imani’s inquisitive mind and caring spirit inspires me to gain knowledge and share this with everyone that I encounter.” — photo: susan slade photography


market night: a hawaiian churrascaria at four seasons resort maui’s DUO steak and seafood

Diners definitely won’t ask “Where’s the Beef?” when partaking in Market Night: A Hawaiian Churrascaria, presented every Friday evening at Four Seasons Resort Maui’s DUO Steak and Seafood. This all-you-can-eat, meat-lover’s feast ($67 per person) offers an opportunity to have your fill of everything from the aforementioned beef, to pork, chicken, lamb, and fish, along with tasty side dishes and sumptuous desserts. And vegetarians need not despair—the generous spread includes a gorgeous “market table” filled with fresh salads galore, along with grilled vegetables, crusty breads, and delectable cheeses.

DUO’s Market Night originated a few years ago, says Crissa Hiranaga, Director of Public Relations for Four Seasons Resort Maui. “We wanted to create an interactive, family-friendly concept that would support our local farmers. Thus, Market Night was born, and it has been a huge hit with our guests, as well as locals.”

Last November, Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst and his team introduced the Hawaiian Churrascaria, modeled after the Brazilian barbecue tradition, and adapted to our local products and flavors. “We wanted to refresh our Market Night offering with something that tied into our concept of steak and seafood,” says Chef Craig. “Whenever we ponder new ideas for our food and beverage operation we look to see how unique it is to the island. We felt that a Brazilian-style churrascaria evening would be a great option for our guests and for the community, since it’s is not widely available on Maui.” Continue reading ‘market night: a hawaiian churrascaria at four seasons resort maui’s DUO steak and seafood’

fuel up with breakfast at roy’s ka’anapali—serving 6-10:30am daily

We were lucky enough to recently pop in for a relaxing breakfast at Roy’s Ka‘anapali and sample a few items from their newly launched breakfast menu which is served daily from 6 to 10:30am. Roy’s is the perfect place to send your guests for breakfast and brunch with amazing golf course views.

Chef Jessie Anacleto has created a menu with savory and sweet specialties to sample. On the savory side of the menu, a twist on the long time favorite “Roy’s Yama Mama Meatloaf” is now available in a loco moco with shiitake mushroom gravy ($17). We tried the Blackened Ahi Benedict ($24) perfectly seared ahi, light blackened seasoning with Asian slaw, asparagus, yuzu hollandaise and a side of fingerling potatoes. The Kalua Pork Skillet is a piping hot skillet with spinach, Kula tomatoes, Maui onion and mozzarella cheese ($18). What is a brunch menu without the ever-popular Avocado Toast? Chef Jessie’s version pairs wheat toast with lemon pressed olive oil, a generous helping of avocado and a dusting of parmesan cheese with sous vide eggs on top cooked to perfection ($16). Continue reading ‘fuel up with breakfast at roy’s ka’anapali—serving 6-10:30am daily’

celebration of the arts—26th year at the ritz-carlton, kapalua

Returning to the resort for the 26th consecutive year, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will convene Hawai‘i’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers, March 30 and 31, 2018 during the annual Celebration of the Arts Festival. The theme for the 2018 event is “Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike…In Work There Is Knowledge.” This highly anticipated festival allows both visitors and locals the opportunity to experience authentic Hawaiian culture through various activities including hands-on art demonstrations, informative speaker panels, historic films, cultural panels, and traditional music and dance.

Nestled in one of Hawai‘i’s largest nature preserves, Kapalua Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua proudly maintains the Honokahua Preservation Site – a recognized “wahi pana” (sacred site) that lies adjacent to the resort, and serves as a destination where Native Hawaiians gather to conduct ceremonial rituals and honor their ancestors. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua brought on the first Cultural Advisor to The Ritz-Carlton brand, Clifford Nae‘ole, who co-created the Celebration of the Arts Festival to further enrich and educate guests and locals about the resort’s deep Hawaiian cultural roots and historical surroundings. Continue reading ‘celebration of the arts—26th year at the ritz-carlton, kapalua’

february • 2018 keiki cover models

Aloha and Mahalo to the Welch family for sharing daughters Rhyan and Raya this month for our cover.

Dad is Jared Welch, front desk agent at Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, and mom is Kate Welch, a teacher at Pomaika‘i Elementary School in Kahului.

Rhyan is in second grade at Pomaika‘i. She loves art, math and reading. Raya attends preschool at Blossom Keiki Care in Kahului, and loves crafts, playing outdoors and learning her letters and numbers. Both girls do gymnastics and dance ballet.

Dad shares, “It’s a fun journey to watch Rhyan and Raya’s personalities develop. Seeing Maui through the eyes of my girls inspires me to be an educational resource for our guests.”

monkeypod kitchen by merriman in ka‘anapali: business is brisk at new whalers village location

Chef/Restaurateur Peter Merriman seemingly has the Midas touch. With 30 years of creating memorable meals in Hawai‘i under his belt, and 10 successful restaurants sprinkled throughout the four major islands, you never know what to expect next from this culinary giant.

Chef Peter’s latest venture, with his Handcrafted Restaurants brand partner Bill Terry, is Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman at Whalers Village in Ka‘anapali, which opened this past October adjacent to another of the chef’s enterprises, Hula Grill. It joins two other Monkeypod Kitchens—one in Wailea, and the other in Ko Olina on O‘ahu—whose motto is “Lucky Live Hawai‘i.” Amen. Monkeypod’s mission is to be “a place where foodies, beer lovers, and families ­­­escape the stress of their day-to-day lives by enjoying an ice-cold beer and a great meal while surrounded by people who consider them honored guests and friends.” Continue reading ‘monkeypod kitchen by merriman in ka‘anapali: business is brisk at new whalers village location’

2018 maui plein air painting invitational

Beginning Saturday, February 17, the 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will bring together top plein air artists from Hawai‘i and the mainland to capture Maui’s Upcountry vistas, pristine beaches, majestic mountains, and historic towns.

Watch 25 artists create inspiring paintings at the Lahaina Harbor Kick Off, Kapalua Bay Paint Out, and the Canoe Beach Quick Draw. There will be six opportunities to purchase original paintings. The week culminates with the ‘Art to Heart’ Gala, the Artists’ Aloha Reception and, the Artists’ Farewell Reception – all held at the Royal Lahaina Resort. A Youth Paint Out will be held on Sunday, February 18. Continue reading ‘2018 maui plein air painting invitational’