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humuhumu at grand wailea resort: shorter name, long on exceptional cuisine

Although the name of Grand Wailea Resort’s signature restaurant is still officially Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a, it’s been rebranded as simply Humuhumu, and now boasts a stunning interior redesign, as well as a tantalizingly reimagined menu by Chef de Cuisine Michael “Mike” Lofaro, who was voted Chef of the Year for 2016 by his peers in a prominent Maui magazine poll.

Humuhumu embodies the quintessential tropical paradise many people envision when they think of dining in Hawai‘i. Who wouldn’t be mesmerized by open-air Polynesian thatched-roof hales that seem to float over a picturesque freshwater lagoon that’s surrounded by brilliantly colored bougainvillea? Not to mention the soothing sound of a nearby waterfall cascading into said lagoon. Throw in a spectacular ocean view framed by swaying palm trees, and you’ve got the stuff dreams are made of. Continue reading ‘humuhumu at grand wailea resort: shorter name, long on exceptional cuisine’

son’z steakhouse at the hyatt regency maui resort: where classic combinations reign supreme

Steak, baked potato, and creamed spinach are a classic steakhouse combination. Son’z Steakhouse at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Ka‘anapali has that base covered, along with so much more: New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Spiny Lobster Tail, and fresh Island Catch of the Day, along with mouthwatering appetizers and salads, plus tantalizing sides like Green Beans Amandine and Mac & Cheese Carbonara. It’s a veritable cornucopia of deliciousness!

Son’z also features another classic combination in the form of Executive Chef Geno Sarmiento and Director of Operations Don Abernathy. Both men were recently granted the additional title of Managing Partner by Aaron Placourakis, President & CEO of Tri-Star Restaurant Group, which owns Son’z. “I feel so proud to have Geno and Don as partners,” Aaron says. “They’ve both worked hard to earn the opportunity of having an ownership stake in Son’z.” Continue reading ‘son’z steakhouse at the hyatt regency maui resort: where classic combinations reign supreme’

humble market kitchin by roy yamaguchi at the newly transformed wailea beach resort–marriott, maui

Superstar Chef Roy Yamaguchi was a very busy man last year. In addition to already having more than 30 successful restaurants to his credit, Chef Roy opened four additional dining establishments in 2016: three on O‘ahu and, in December, a brand-new concept called Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi at the newly transformed Wailea Beach Resort—Marriott, Maui.

Humble Market Kitchin was named in honor of Chef Roy’s grandfather, who ran the Yamaguchi General Store in Wailuku, and also owned a local restaurant. Chef Roy, son of a Japanese-American father from Hawai‘i and an Okinawan mother, spent his childhood summers on Maui helping his grandfather. “As a kid, when I used to visit my grandparents on Maui, I helped stock the shelves at the store,” he says. “I have a lot of memories of helping out, and just hanging out in the market. So when we decided to take on this project [the new restaurant concept], since my grandfather was a humble man and he had a market, we named the restaurant Humble Market Kitchin.” Continue reading ‘humble market kitchin by roy yamaguchi at the newly transformed wailea beach resort–marriott, maui’

shearwater tavern in kihei: globally inspired cuisine, neighborhood-style fun

shearwatertavernAzeka Mauka Shopping Center in Kihei is positively whirring with activity since the opening in December of Shearwater Tavern, the newest addition to acclaimed Chef D.K. Kodama’s restaurant group. Occupying a portion of the former Stella Blue’s space, Shearwater is named for the wedge-tailed bird (‘ua‘u kani) that lives at sea but comes to shore every year to nest in the same burrow, where both parents raise their new offspring. One of the three shearwater colonies on Maui is located near the restaurant, and it served as inspiration for this gastropub’s concept: Always returning to our home on Maui wherever we may wander; being a part of the land we call home; and maintaining a strong ‘ohana spirit. Continue reading ‘shearwater tavern in kihei: globally inspired cuisine, neighborhood-style fun’

the restaurant at hotel wailea: innovative cuisine, impeccable service

restaurant-viewI still remember when the property at the top of the hill in Wailea was named Diamond Resort, and catered nearly exclusively to a Japanese clientele. Several years ago, it was rebranded as Hotel Wailea, and in 2015 this gem became the first and only Relais & Chateaux property in the state of Hawai‘i. As an adults-only resort, Hotel Wailea ranked #4 on the list of “30 Best Resorts in Hawai‘i” in 2016’s Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, and has also been honored by that same magazine as one of the “Top 16 Most Romantic Hotels in the World.”

Last summer, Hotel Wailea continued its metamorphosis by naming Maui native son Zach Sato as chef de cuisine, and unveiling a new culinary concept for its dining establishment, now called The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea. Continue reading ‘the restaurant at hotel wailea: innovative cuisine, impeccable service’

ka‘anapali beach hotel’s award-winning sunday champagne brunch

kbh_sundaybrunch_021This is what we mean by “award winning” — The Maui News has just named this amazing brunch the “Best Brunch” on Reader’s Choice Best of Maui 2016. Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s Sunday Champagne Brunch has been a Maui favorite for kama’aina and visitors alike for many years. It is served from 9am to 1pm in the Tiki Terrace restaurant with comfortable indoor and covered outdoor seating. The brunch offers a vast array of Hawaiian specialties, seafood, traditional brunch items, fruits, desserts and champagne. A duo of talented entertainers share Hawaiian music during the entire brunch to set the stage for a wonderful meal. Continue reading ‘ka‘anapali beach hotel’s award-winning sunday champagne brunch’

the mill house at maui tropical plantation’s first annual maui chefs invitational

mill-house-ct_chefs_gridThe Mill House presents the first annual Maui Chefs Invitational, a week long, multi-part culinary event. The Mill House and Executive Chef Jeff Scheer will be hosting seven highly-acclaimed chefs from culinary capitols around the U.S. The chefs will arrive on November 7 and spend several days of private time exploring Maui’s farmland and collaborating in the kitchen. The week will culminate in a series of three events on November 11-13.

Seven Chefs have been nominated and invited to showcase their artistry and point-of-view. This is a collaboration in the spirit of creativity and camaraderie. These chefs are involved in some of the most successful and cutting edge restaurants, which aim to provide a purposeful, all encompassing dining experience. Continue reading ‘the mill house at maui tropical plantation’s first annual maui chefs invitational’


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