Archive for June, 2018

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photo: susan slade photography

Aloha and mahalo to the Quitevis family for sharing Hunter Makana‘okalani and Tucker Kamuela with us this month!

Mom is Sierra Quitevis, lobby concierge supervisor at Grand Wailea Resort and Spa, and dad is Kalei Quitevis, a residential electrician supervisor. The family lives in Kihei.

Hunter is seven years old, and is in first grade at Kamali‘i Elementary, where he enjoys math and science. At home Hunter enjoys soccer, hiking, and building with Legos. Tucker is five years old, and attends preschool at Kihei Baptist. He enjoys arts & crafts, and going on adventures with his family.

Sierra shared with us, “My boys inspire me daily to grow as a leader in my profession to provide for them and teach my guests and agents the love for Maui that my boys have!”


gannon’s restaurant in wailea: elegant country club ambiance; no membership required

Chef Beverly (Bev) Gannon is a Maui culinary legend. Born Beverly Shanbaum, in Dallas, Texas, she originally worked in the entertainment industry as road manager for singer Liza Minnelli, actress Joey Heatherton, and entertainer Ben Vereen. But after several years on the road, Bev found herself burned out.

So she turned to her passion—cooking—and enrolled in London’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. After that, she studied under acclaimed chefs Marcella Hazan and Jacques Pepin, then started up a catering business in Dallas.

In 1980, she and then-boyfriend Joe Gannon (they married a year later), a rock and roll lighting legend, moved to Maui, where Chef Bev started a catering business in her home kitchen in Makawao called “Fresh Approach,” now known as “Celebrations Catering,” the longest-running catering business on the island. Continue reading ‘gannon’s restaurant in wailea: elegant country club ambiance; no membership required’

visiting crossfitters make makena crossfit their “box” away from home

When guests ask you for a recommendation for CrossFit on Maui look no further than Makena CrossFit located at 300 Ohukai Road, Suite B101 in Kihei.

Head coach Paul Romero shared with us that guests who are visiting Maui are always welcome at their “box” (CrossFit speak for gym). “We have guests with us daily who are on vacation and just want to keep their workouts going at Maui’s premier CrossFit box.”

For those who are unfamiliar with CrossFit, it is a high-intensity fitness program incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise, based on functional movements. These exercises are supervised and measured and the “Workout of the Day” or WOD is set by the coaches each day.

Monday through Friday WOD’s at Makena CrossFit are offered at 6am, 8:30am, 4:30pm and 5:45pm. There is also an open gym time from 7-8:30am. On Saturdays, WOD is 8am and open gym runs from 9-11am.

On Sundays they offer a FREE workout down at the beach. “Kiakahi” is a two hour functional, cultural outdoor experience. This incorporates a Polynesian flavor on to CrossFit activities, this class is free and all guests are welcome. Meet on the beach in front of Sugar Beach Events (85 N, Kihei Road). Guests should bring water and a towel and be ready for fun!

The Makena CrossFit Box is a spacious facility based in Kihei, Maui. Their mission is: “To host a training environment that is received as trusting, safe and supportive for every individual. We feel this is critical. Our target client is any driven individual who is seeking the very best version of themselves. Those seeking to live limitless. Our goal is to optimize the wellness and fitness of our Ohana. We aim to accomplish this by offering evidence-based, progressive and evolved methods using the best information found in the fitness and wellness world.”

After the WOD CrossFitters can enjoy a pick me up from Brekkie Bowls, a top rated Food Truck which is generally parked out front on Mondays through Fridays from 7am to about 1pm.

Brekkie Bowls is famous for their Acai and Pitaya (dragonfruit) bowls with fresh fruit, granola, hand toasted coconut, bee pollen and agave. They also have smoothies, kombucha and cold brew coffee for sale to start the day off right! For more information please visit

To register for CrossFit classes please visit or call 205-3013.

On the home page of their website there is a link titled Makena Drop-In Guests, your guests can reserve their spot for any (WOD) directly from the site.



an après-sun experience at the cliff house in kapalua

Montage Kapalua Bay welcomes back the Champagne Hale at Cliff House, a pop-up bar and lounge for guests and locals to experience the finest Maui sunsets while enjoying a variety of Champagnes perfectly paired with an innovative dining menu. Veuve Clicquot Rich also returns exclusively to the Champagne Hale, the only venue in Hawaii to pour this refreshing Champagne cocktail. Summer dates are June 22 to September 2 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm (excluding Saturday, August 4). Continue reading ‘an après-sun experience at the cliff house in kapalua’