Archive for April, 2016

april • 2016 keiki cover gentlemen

Keiki_Blog_04Aloha and Mahalo to the Schoeppner family for sharing their sons Temana and Keali‘i with us for this month’s cover.

Their Dad is Darrett Schoeppner, who  works in Guest Services at Four Seasons Resort Maui, and mom Lara is an aesthetician at the same resort.

The family lives in Wailuku, and both boys are active in sports including baseball, soccer, and basketball. Keali‘i is also studying and enjoys learning to play the ‘ukulele. Temana is four years old, and attends Wailuku Hongwanji; Keali‘i is six years old, and attends Pu‘u Kukui Elementary School.

Dad shares, “The boys always remind us both of the importance of family and what it means to those who are on vacation spending time enjoying Maui!”

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mauiwine’s king’s visit & the wooden crate at lumeria maui: an impeccable upcountry pairing

BLOG_AM_Lumeria-789No trip to Maui is complete without visiting Upcountry, where the air is cooler, the views more expansive, and acres of lush farmland abound. It’s the perfect setting for the proverbial “afternoon drive.” In particular, the stretch of highway past Kula and Keokea, leading to ‘Ulupalakua, is undeniably one of the most scenic on the entire island.

MauiWine at ‘Ulupalakua Ranch, the only winery on the island, recently debuted its “King’s Visit,” an intimate, late-afternoon experience in the newly renovated “Old Jail, which includes a tour of the winery, an inside look at the growing and harvesting process, and tastings of small production and estate-grown wines. Continue reading ‘mauiwine’s king’s visit & the wooden crate at lumeria maui: an impeccable upcountry pairing’

oceanside restaurant at the maui harbor shops: ma‘alaea welcomes the new kid on the block

BLOW_Oceanside 2015-12-28_10.49.20When brothers Paul and Preston Cheng, owners of the Texas-based company Cheng Investments, purchased the Maui Harbor Shops in Ma‘alaea last year, they knew they needed to make changes to the struggling complex. “We toured every island and checked out all the shopping centers,” Preston says. “We decided this center needed Hawaiian flowers and music, and a clean look with happy colors.”

So they installed planter boxes in the courtyard that burst with colorful flowers, placed speakers that emit the music of the Islands, and are in the process of refacing the square columns with tiki-style wood sheathing featuring carvings of Hawaiian flowers, fish, and birds.

But the biggest change so far is the new dining establishment at the center’s flagship location overlooking the harbor: Oceanside Restaurant, co-owned by the Chengs and Executive Chef Gary King, and its offshoot, Oceanside Cafe, located upstairs in the middle of the complex.

Originally from Oceanside, California, Chef Gary named the restaurant, which debuted this past December, for his childhood home. “I’ve been cooking for the past sixteen years,” he says. “I’ve had the opportunity to work for some of the best chefs in the world.” That roster includes Top Chef Judge Tom Colicchio at Craft New York. “Chef Tom is the farm-to-table master,” says Gary. Continue reading ‘oceanside restaurant at the maui harbor shops: ma‘alaea welcomes the new kid on the block’

ka‘anapali beach resort association features canadian chef vikram vij april 12-14, 2016

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As part of the Kaanapali Beach Resort Association’s culinary promotion, its executive director Shelley Kekuna is proud to host Canadian restaurateur and author Chef Vikram Vij in Kaanapali Beach Resort April 11-15, 2016. The association along with its partners Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas will host three culinary functions over three days this month. Maui will have the opportunity to meet Chef Vikram Vij upclose and personal at three functions planned in his honor April 12, 13 and 14.

TUESDAY, APRIL 12

The first event is a two-hour cooking class designed for Maui chefs by Chef Vikram in collaboration with Chef Gevin Utrillo of Japengo at The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Chef Vikram will lead a cooking class centered around Indian spices from 11am – 1pm, April 12, at Hyatt Regency Maui’s Lahaina Ballroom. To register email Liz Sager at liz@kaanapaliresort.com. Fee applies, please email liz@kaanapaliresort.com. Continue reading ‘ka‘anapali beach resort association features canadian chef vikram vij april 12-14, 2016’