Archive for May, 2012

june • 2012 keiki cover models

Aloha to this month’s keiki cover models! We’d like to introduce you to five-year-old Bella Mei Stephen and her two-year-old sister Kailei Jayne, who also joined the photo shoot.

Mom is Melissa Stephen, senior marketing director for Starwood Resorts. Dad Ryan Stephen is a nursing student at UH-Maui College.

Bella is in pre-kindergarten at Pomaka`i Elementary School in Kahului. She enjoys ballet, drawing and playing dress up. Kailei like to dance and play with her dolls. Both look forward to going in the ocean on their dad’s paddleboard.

Mom shares: “Bella and Kailei are my inspiration for everything in life, and my reason for all that I do.'”



alan wong’s amasia at the grand wailea: it’s nothing short of amazing

Cross a world-class chef with a five-star resort and the result is Alan Wong’s Amasia at the Grand Wailea—Maui’s hottest new dining venue. And believe me when I tell you…Amasia is absolutely amazing!

This highly anticipated new dining establishment had its soft opening on April 24, and grand opening on May 25; Charles and I dined there on May 10. Word of Amasia’s opening must have traveled quickly through the coconut wireless because the place was positively packed that evening. Continue reading ‘alan wong’s amasia at the grand wailea: it’s nothing short of amazing’

happy birthday old blue: the ‘grand lady of wailea’ celebrates her 40th

As the starting point for the new Wailea Resort in the 1970s, the Old Blue Golf Course was the first thing built in the area. The resort developers wanted to create a golf course that would put Wailea on everyone’s wish list of places to visit. Forty years later, the Old Blue is still going strong, and has devoted followers who enjoy a truly classic golf experience. We visited with Barry Helle, general manager, to obtain some insight into why this golf course is so popular. Continue reading ‘happy birthday old blue: the ‘grand lady of wailea’ celebrates her 40th’

kapalua wine & food festival

Oenophiles, gourmands, and enthusiasts of the good life will reconvene on the west side of Maui in celebration of the 31st Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival June 8 through 10, 2012.

Along with Host Master Sommelier Michael A. Jordon, MS, CWE, renowned winemakers and the celebrated chefs of Maui will lead panels and journey guests through world-class varietals and fine cuisine over the weekend. Continue reading ‘kapalua wine & food festival’

13th annual maui film festival: june 13-17, 2012 at wailea resort and the macc

The Maui Film Festival will once again be a celebration of compassionate cinematic vision and storytelling, as it showcases nearly 50 of the best major and mini-major studio and independents and World Cinema feature releases, alongside 25 of the best short films of the summer. Daily screenings of acclaimed films take place at the MACC in two theaters, and on the big screen in Wailea. During the festival, enjoy celebrity tributes, filmmaker panels, and special events around Wailea. For festival schedule, feature films, and ticket and pass purchases visit the website at

This year’s festival honorees include writer/director/actor Josh Radnor, who will be presented with the Triple Threat Award; and actress Elizabeth Banks, who will be presented with the Navigator Award. Other honorees will be announced between now and the start of the festival. Continue reading ’13th annual maui film festival: june 13-17, 2012 at wailea resort and the macc’

may • 2012 keiki cover models

Aloha to this month’s keiki cover family! We’d like to introduce you to brother and sister Mason Keli‘ioka Pala Pala Joseph Arruda (11) and Leimamo Angel Marie Arruda (7).

Mom is Jane Marie Arruda, who is a concierge supervisor at the Westin Maui. She’s also a professional hula dancer with Wailele at the Westin. Dad Kris Keli‘i Arruda is a cook at Kimo’s, and also a wedding officiant with Charter Wailele.

Mason is in the 6th grade at Lahaina Intermediate. He plays baseball for the West Maui Little League and, in his spare time, he enjoys playing ‘ukulele. Leimamo is a second grader at Princess Nahienaena. She dances for Na Pua O Kapi‘olani Hula Studio, and enjoys watching “Victorious” on TV.

Mom shares: “When you work hard, you can also play hard. We love to go on vacation as a family. Last year, we went to Disneyland and also attended an Angels baseball game. Mason was so excited that he caught a baseball after the game! Our family motto is ‘If you believe in yourself, anything can happen!’”

jean-michel cousteau’s ambassadors of the environment at the ritz-carlton, kapalua

Ensuring that environmental education emphasizes the need for us as humans to be better stewards of our natural resources and live more sustainably on our planet is the mission of Ambassadors of the Environment at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. “People will protect what they love, and will go away from this program as true ambassadors of the environment,” says Jean-Michel Cousteau, who founded it under the auspices of his Ocean Futures Society.

Offered to hotel guests as well as members of the community, the Ambassadors program at the Ritz-Carlton here on Maui is one of only five family vacation destinations in the entire world where you’ll fine this unique educational opportunity. My friend Christine and I have been invited to participate in two of the most popular activities: “Cities Under the Sea” snorkel/underwater photography experience ($89 per adult/$69 per child under 15), and the “Maunalei Magic” hike exploration ($79 per adult/$59 per child under 15). Continue reading ‘jean-michel cousteau’s ambassadors of the environment at the ritz-carlton, kapalua’