Archive for September, 2012

september • 2012 keiki cover model

Aloha to our September keiki model Kainoa Violi and his younger sister Violi.

Mom is Chelsea Violi, who works as a concierge for Beach Activities of Maui at the Sheraton Maui Resort in Ka‘anapali. Dad is Frank Violi, a real estate agent at Prudential Maui Realtors.

The family lives in Lahaina, and Kainoa, who is five years old, attends Kamehameha III Elementary School. Little sister Ocean is three years old.

Mom shares: “Kainoa enjoys surfing, skateboarding, and playing with friends, and is on the Lahaina Swim Team. Ocean loves horses, playing with her baby dolls, and dancing. I really like to help guide parents toward family fun activities that my children have enjoyed in the past on Maui!”

going holoholo to lana`i (part 1 of 3): hotel lana`i and lana`i city grille

It’s a flawless morning in Lahaina when my gal pal Janet and I board Expeditions Ferry for the 45-minute journey to the neighbor island of Lana‘i. Formerly known as the “Pineapple Isle” because it once produced 75 percent of the world’s pineapple, Lana‘i has now been dubbed “Hawai‘i’s Most Enticing Island” due to its peaceful seclusion.

The sea is calm as we cruise past several surfers paddling in waters near the harbor. As Lahaina begins to fade into the background, the ferry gently rocks from side to side, then front to back, as we make our way through the Kealaikahiki Channel. The crossing goes by quickly, and we soon see Lana‘i’s famous landmark at the gateway to Manele Harbor: Pu‘u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock). Continue reading ‘going holoholo to lana`i (part 1 of 3): hotel lana`i and lana`i city grille’

the macc’s 2012-13 season: global rhythms & native cultures

Fukushima Hula Girls

Fall marks a new season opening at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, when members and the community at large look forward to new experiences in entertainment and enjoyment of the arts in all its forms. You and your guests are invited to partake of a global buffet of exciting performances, which the MACC offers from fall to summer. Continue reading ‘the macc’s 2012-13 season: global rhythms & native cultures’

paradise grill in ka`anapali resort: a one-stop shop for food, music, pizza, cocktails, and fun!

All day long Maui visitors are asking, “Where do we find a great meal at a good price?” The answer is now located right at the entrance to Ka‘anapali resort at Paradise Grill, a one-stop shop for food, live music, cocktails, and fun for Maui visitors and kama‘aina alike.

Let’s get started with the food. Paradise Grill serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night pupus all the way from 7am to 2am. This is convenient for guests looking for breakfast on their way to a fun-filled day of Maui activities, a late-night stop on the way home, and everything in between. Continue reading ‘paradise grill in ka`anapali resort: a one-stop shop for food, music, pizza, cocktails, and fun!’

lahaina’s sure thing burger: it sure is an amazing burger!

If you took a two-Michelin-star chef and asked him to create the best burger and fries that he could, the result would be Sure Thing Burger in Lahaina. Josiah Citrin of Los Angeles’ famed restaurant Melisse is behind the simple and amazing burgers at this new spot in Lahaina.

The menu that Citrin and partner Scott Picard have created is for the purist. It consists of four different burgers: Grass Fed Local Maui Beef, Organic Spiced Pork, Free-Range Turkey, and a Hand-Made Veggie Patty). These patties are each adorned with house-made sauces, locally sourced produce, and locally baked fresh buns, and each one is hand pressed. Continue reading ‘lahaina’s sure thing burger: it sure is an amazing burger!’


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