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monkeypod kitchen by merriman in ka‘anapali: business is brisk at new whalers village location

Chef/Restaurateur Peter Merriman seemingly has the Midas touch. With 30 years of creating memorable meals in Hawai‘i under his belt, and 10 successful restaurants sprinkled throughout the four major islands, you never know what to expect next from this culinary giant.

Chef Peter’s latest venture, with his Handcrafted Restaurants brand partner Bill Terry, is Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman at Whalers Village in Ka‘anapali, which opened this past October adjacent to another of the chef’s enterprises, Hula Grill. It joins two other Monkeypod Kitchens—one in Wailea, and the other in Ko Olina on O‘ahu—whose motto is “Lucky Live Hawai‘i.” Amen. Monkeypod’s mission is to be “a place where foodies, beer lovers, and families ­­­escape the stress of their day-to-day lives by enjoying an ice-cold beer and a great meal while surrounded by people who consider them honored guests and friends.” Continue reading ‘monkeypod kitchen by merriman in ka‘anapali: business is brisk at new whalers village location’


habibi on maui: middle eastern eats in a lush oasis

The first thing you notice about Habibi on Maui, located in the heart of Makawao Town, is the enticing aroma wafting out to the sidewalk: one whiff, and it’s impossible to resist stepping into this outdoor café offering the only Middle Eastern cuisine available on the island. Once inside, you feel as though you’ve encountered a lush oasis, where you can sit under capacious market umbrellas or in the inviting lighted cabana while sinking your teeth into luscious chicken or lamb that’s been seasoned and slow broiled on a vertical rotisserie. Habibi’s garden setting, complete with burbling water feature, makes you feel as though you’ve journeyed far beyond Maui, if just for a short while. Continue reading ‘habibi on maui: middle eastern eats in a lush oasis’

sip me: brewing up success one cup at a time

At fifteen years old, Sip Me owner Laura Wentworth knew that someday she would open a coffee shop. At the time, she didn’t know when or where it would be, but she did know how she would operate it. “When I was a little girl growing up in Montana, my grandfather used to take me to a coffee shop called Clyde’s,” she recalls. “They knew all their customers, and treated them like members of the family. It really made an impression on me. So when I imagined what my coffee shop might be like, I knew it needed to have that same feeling.”

It took some 18 years for Laura’s dream to come true when, in June of 2015, she and then-partner Shannon Murphy opened Sip Me, a neighborhood coffee shop in historic Makawao. It had been a long and challenging 16-month journey for the pair of would-be entrepreneurs. “I’d never worked a day in the service industry, and neither had Shannon, before we opened Sip Me,” Laura says. “The bank people just laughed at us. Imagine two girls with no service experience, and no real business experience, wanting to open a coffee shop in Makawao, at the end of the street, no less!” Continue reading ‘sip me: brewing up success one cup at a time’

maui chocolate tour: savoring the ‘food of the gods’

Did you know chocolate dates back to 1900 B.C. when ancient Mesoamericans fermented, roasted, and ground cacao beans into a paste that they mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chili peppers, and other spices to brew a frothy chocolate drink? I didn’t either, until I attended the Maui Chocolate Tour and Workshop, a tasty and informative off-the-beaten path experience on an authentic cacao and vanilla farm in Huelo.

The tour and workshop were developed by Melanie Boudar, a master chocolatier who started Sweet Paradise Chocolatier in Wailea, co-owns The Art of Chocolate/Cacao Santa Fe in New Mexico, and serves on the board of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association. Lead tour guide Ann Tuomela has been extensively involved in the cheese and wine industry doing catering and tastings. Her love of food has led her to the complexities of chocolate. She is assisted by Kathy Tobin, who has served in the tourism industry. The farm itself is owned by Eddie Modestini and Nicki Doane, who also operate Maya Yoga Studio on the property. Continue reading ‘maui chocolate tour: savoring the ‘food of the gods’’

the mill house now offering kama‘aina discount and private chef services

The Mill House is ready to send their chefs in home for an unparalleled dining experience guests won’t soon forget. With more than 10 years experience as a private chef, Executive Chef Jeff Scheer leads The Mill House award- winning culinary team, with a mind for quality and a heart for delighting clients. Jeff made his name known on Maui working as a private chef in homes, vacation rentals and on boats. He has spent the last few years building the kitchen and team at The Mill House. Now he is ready to lead these amazing Chefs in The Mill House Private Chef endeavor.

The Mill House now offers Kama‘aina discount of 15% off food. Valid Hawaii State ID or Drivers License must be present to receive the discount which applies at lunch, happy hour and dinner. Does not apply to beverages or alcohol. Please note this discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. Continue reading ‘the mill house now offering kama‘aina discount and private chef services’

mauka makai: the westin nanea ocean villas’ culinary jewel

New resorts don’t often pop up on Maui anymore, so when one does, it’s a highly anticipated big deal. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, which opened in April of this year, sit on what used to be the last 16 acres of undeveloped land fronting Ka‘anapali’s alluring North Beach. Consisting of 190 initial villas, the Westin Nanea (nanea means “relaxation” in Hawaiian) is scheduled to be fully up and running with an additional 200 villas by this year’s Holiday Season.

Inspiration for the resort’s overall design comes from the hina‘i (traditional Hawaiian fishing basket). The hina‘i represents a basket of stories, and it’s the Westin’s goal to communicate the history and shared stories of the Hawaiian people with guests. The hina‘i is brought to life throughout the resort, from the spectacular interwoven wood design on the lobby ceiling, to exquisite basket-weave lampshades in the villas. Continue reading ‘mauka makai: the westin nanea ocean villas’ culinary jewel’

7th annual hawai‘i food & wine festival

The 7th Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is an epicurean destination event which will take place over three weekends on multiple islands, featuring a roster of over 100 internationally-renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. The Festival in Hawai‘i Island, Maui, and Oahu will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. The Maui events run from Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22, here are the details: Continue reading ‘7th annual hawai‘i food & wine festival’