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vana pa‘ia restaurant & sushi bar: the new north shore hot spot

Vana Pa‘ia Restaurant & Sushi Bar, located in the North Shore’s boutique hotel Pa‘ia Inn, is the talk of the laid-back, Bohemian surf town whose popularity is soaring these days.

Open since November, Vana is quickly making its mark as the place to see and be seen, while enjoying highly creative, sophisticated cuisine; finely crafted prohibition-inspired cocktails; and a carefully curated wine list—all presented in a secluded, courtyard-style atmosphere that confirms you’ve discovered a bona fide neighborhood gem.

Pa‘ia Inn owner Michael Baskin has assembled an impressive A-team for his new restaurant venture. The kitchen is led by Co-Executive Chefs Nick Gerstmar and Sean Ikeda; veteran Sommelier Vanessa Lampson does double duty as food and beverage director; while Mixologist Danny Dispo holds court at the turquoise-hued bar tucked cozily under a staircase. Continue reading ‘vana pa‘ia restaurant & sushi bar: the new north shore hot spot’


leilani’s on the beach: multi-million dollar renovation pays off

Last May, Leilani’s on the Beach at Whalers Village in Ka‘anapali unveiled its new look, after a six-month, multi-million dollar renovation. A mainstay on world-famous Ka‘anapali Beach since the early ‘80s, Leilani’s has racked up award after award, including Most Booked and Best Seafood on OpenTable; Best Moderately Priced Restaurant by Hawai‘i magazine; and the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The large-scale remodeling included work on the main dining room, and an extension of the lanai for more ocean-view seating.

“The goal of our renovation was to honor the Leilani’s of yesterday, today, and tomorrow by incorporating traditional design with modern comfort,” says General Manager Jason Donez. “Guests will continue to enjoy the same great views and friendly hospitality for which we’ve been known since our opening in 1982.” Continue reading ‘leilani’s on the beach: multi-million dollar renovation pays off’

lineage: beloved chef sheldon simeon’s hot new restaurant now open at the shops at wailea

With what is arguably the most intriguing restaurant concept to hit the Maui dining scene in recent memory, beloved Chef Sheldon Simeon opened Lineage at The Shops at Wailea on October 15 to rave reviews. The highly anticipated restaurant draws on Sheldon’s experiences and memories of growing up on the Big Island, and the many cultures and cuisines that comprise the unique melting pot that is Hawai‘i. Featuring Simeon family recipes as the menu’s foundation, Lineage celebrates the food of Sheldon’s Filipino ancestors, as well as of a life growing up in the Islands. A handful of dishes also honor and acknowledge the family recipes from some of Sheldon’s kitchen staff. With the motto “Eat, Drink, Talk Story,” Lineage celebrates the importance of keeping tradition alive, and the passing down of recipes between generations of families. Continue reading ‘lineage: beloved chef sheldon simeon’s hot new restaurant now open at the shops at wailea’

22nd annual noble chef gala—raising funds for uh maui culinary arts program: november 10, 2018

University of Hawai‘i Maui College Culinary Arts Program is proud to announce the details for their 2018 Noble Chef fundraising gala on November 10, 2018. This year the event will move to a new venue, The Sheraton Maui, and will feature students working alongside Maui’s most notable Chefs in a not-to-be-missed culinary journey to turn-of-the-century France’s famed “Moulin Rouge.” Reception begins at 5:30pm followed by sit-down dinner at 7pm.

This year’s theme “Moulin Rouge” will delight the senses with delicacies, décor, flair, fashion and nostalgic traditional French entertainment. Utilizing local produce, ingredients and techniques paired with unique French style cuisine, the student chefs will work alongside their professional mentors to create an event that will transport you back to an experience typical of an evening on le rue où se trouve le moulin rouge. Continue reading ’22nd annual noble chef gala—raising funds for uh maui culinary arts program: november 10, 2018′

the ritz-carlton, kapalua debuts hook + knife

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua invites guests to enliven the senses and enhance the palate through Hook + Knife, the resort’s recently inaugurated dinner series. Taking place nightly in the property’s reimagined Ulana Terrace, this pop-up dinner series features a combination of local and innovative dishes each created by the diverse Ritz-Carlton Kapalua culinary team.

Embracing the essence of “Ulana,” meaning “to weave” in Native Hawaiian, Hook + Knife merges traditional local culture with unique global influences to serve fusions of favorites grounded in steakhouse classics. Showcasing the island’s fresh and high-quality ingredients, the Hook + Knife menu presents a selection of choice cuts of beef, freshly caught local seafood, sashimi and sushi, alongside a Farm Fresh Showcase of garden salads, Hawaiian seafood chowder, artisan cheeses and desserts. Continue reading ‘the ritz-carlton, kapalua debuts hook + knife’

an aprés-sun experience at champagne hale at cliff house, 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 and Rich Rose, Champagne cocktails, also returns to Champagne Hale.

Set beachfront atop Kapalua Bay, The Champagne Hale was created to encapsulate the natural beauty of the surrounding area and the spirit of Maui. A historic venue nestled on the cliffs of Namalu Bay offers the perfect spot to unwind after a day at the beach, pool or exploring the island; the lounge is filled with lush greenery and celebrates island living with a Veuve Clicquot twist. Continue reading ‘an aprés-sun experience at champagne hale at cliff house, kapalua’

feast at mokapu: andaz maui at wailea resort’s top shelf lu‘au experience

Fresh off being ranked Number 6 on the 2017 list of Top Hawai‘i resorts by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort rolled out a luxury lu‘au experience earlier this year. Named Feast at Mokapu, and billed as “a beautifully curated cultural and culinary experience set among our iconic grassy lawn and the sandy shore of Mokapu beach,” this out-of-the-ordinary lu‘au is positively top shelf—a feast for all the senses, not just the palate.

Did you know early festivities of this type were called ‘aha‘aina, not lu‘au? ‘Aha translates as “gathering” and ‘aina (without the kahako over the first letter) means “meal.” Native Hawaiians held an ‘aha‘aina to celebrate important events such as a victory at war, the successful launch of a new canoe, or a baby reaching its first birthday (origin of the “baby lu‘au”). At these gatherings, men and women ate separately, and commoners and women of all ranks were forbidden by the ancient Hawaiian religion to eat certain delicacies. Continue reading ‘feast at mokapu: andaz maui at wailea resort’s top shelf lu‘au experience’