Archive for April, 2018

april • 2018 keiki cover models

photo: susan slade photography

Aloha and Mahalo to Natassia Isabelle Nava and Nyles Nicholas Nava, our keiki cover brother and sister for this April issue. Thank you to mom and dad for sharing their smiles with us!

Mom is Ruby Pacring, front desk agent at Ka‘anapali Beach Club. Dad is Jr. Nava, a painter at Honua Kai Resort. The family lives in Lahaina.

Natassia is five years old, and loves dancing hula and Tahitian. Nyles is in sixth grade at Lahaina Intermediate, and enjoys playing basketball.

Mom shares, “Both of my kids are full of energy and they love playing with their cousins. They inspire me to do what I love and to strive to do better in life.”

sarento’s on the beach: sublime oceanfront dining at its finest

Tucked behind the Days Inn Maui Oceanfront on the Kihei/Wailea border is Sarento’s on the Beach, situated smack-dab on that luscious stretch of white sand called Keawakapu. Oceanfront dining can’t get more sublime than at Sarento’s, as Janet and I recently discovered. Afterwards, we both walked away thinking, “How is it possible we’d not dined here before?”

Sarento’s is a member of the Tri-Star Restaurant Group that’s headed up by long-time restaurateur Aaron Placourakis, who was honored with a lifetime achievement accolade by Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine at their 2016 ‘Aipono Awards ceremony. Other dining establishments in Placourakis’s group are Manoli’s Pizza Company and Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea, and Son’z Steakhouse in Ka‘anapali. Placourakis was raised around great food. And like all Greeks, he was instilled with the belief that family isn’t just limited to close relatives but to anyone who’s gathered around the table. It’s an approach that’s been perfected by his team members who greet you at the door as a friend, not as a customer. This uncompromising style has been the key to the success of his restaurants for 35 years. Continue reading ‘sarento’s on the beach: sublime oceanfront dining at its finest’

attention maui bowlers! island bowling opens in lahaina at 900 front street

West Maui welcomes a great new venue for family fun! In March 2018 Island Bowling opened at 900 Front Street in the previous Hard Rock Café location. Open from Sunday through Thursday from noon to 9pm and Friday and Saturday night from noon to 10pm.

There are three full size bowling lanes and a special lane reserved for keiki. They also have the latest video games available. Open play on video games is $5 for 10 minutes. They have Xbox, PS4 and Classic Super Nintendo with over 50 games available.

Bowling prices are $15 for adults (12 years and older), children are $10 (5-12 years old), keiki 4 and under are free. Price includes a 10-round game of bowling. Includes bowling balls, regulation pins and a bowling attendant. No bowling shoes needed. Food and drinks are available featuring pizza, sandwiches, salads and pupus ranging from $7-17. Guests can BYOB beverages as well.

Island Bowling is also offering party packages for birthdays, girls night out and more! Contact Island Bowling directly for pricing for parties and to reserve a lane. Call 298-0709 or find them on facebook under Island Bowling.

queen ka‘ahumanu center announces opening of the keiki playhouse

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center is pleased to announce the recent opening of The Keiki Playhouse. Located in the south concourse, on the second level, The Keiki Playhouse is a premier playhouse and party venue for keiki 2-12 years.

Open during center hours, The Keiki Playhouse offers an array of keiki friendly play spaces including an enchanted castle, pirate cove, veterinary clinic, grocery store, pizzeria and more.  Keiki costumes including tutu’s, butterfly wings, super hero capes and other fun imaginary dress up options are available for purchase, along with light refreshments. Continue reading ‘queen ka‘ahumanu center announces opening of the keiki playhouse’

maui steel guitar festival at ka‘anapali beach hotel & queen ka‘ahumanu center april 13-15

Hawai‘i’s most rockin’ event, is back to celebrate its 10th year at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel. The event will showcase some of the most talented musical performers on the island. Friday and Saturday activities will be presented at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, while Sunday’s activities will take place at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului.

This free, 3-day annual festival includes a series of performances, presentations, instructional workshops, jam sessions and public and private school visitations that are focused on the Hawaiian Steel Guitar and its importance in the Hawaiian music genre. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar is the only instrument thought to be indigenous to Hawai‘i. In addition to the presentations, there will be a steel guitar exhibit on display featuring vintage lap steel guitar on display, some dating back to the 1930s. For more information please visit