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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’

three’s bar & grill / fork & salad / three’s catering: the unstoppable culinary trio of kihei

Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

The past year has been remarkably eventful for the trio of ambitious chefs—Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher, and Travis Morrin—who own the ever-expanding Three’s culinary empire. In July of 2016, they opened a brand-new, fast-casual restaurant they named Fork & Salad Maui in Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei. Its mission is to “redefine the possibilities of farm-to-table cuisine as healthy, quick, convenient and affordable, so it can be enjoyed every day by everyone.”

Fork & Salad offers chef-inspired salads, sandwiches, soups, stews, juices, organic coffee, and the largest kombucha tap on the island, all served up in a Subway-style concept where your food is made right before your eyes. The restaurant has racked up numerous 5-star TripAdvisor reviews, with many saying not only is it a great place for healthy fare that doesn’t break the budget, it’s also ideal for folks with special dietary needs, and/or food allergies. Continue reading ‘three’s bar & grill / fork & salad / three’s catering: the unstoppable culinary trio of kihei’

upcountry farmers market: indulge your senses in maui’s plentiful bounty

Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, Upcountry Farmers Market Manager Neil Coshever and his capable assistant Katy Bayley orchestrate an extraordinary symphony at the Kulamalu Town Center in Pukalani. Now in its 7th year at this location, the Upcountry Farmers Market (UFM) boasts more than 100 vendors, and attracts between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors to its cornucopia of enticing products.

No other farmers market has been operating on Maui as long as UFM. For more than 40 years, UFM has made its home in various locations—first at St. Joseph’s Church in Makawao; then at the Eddie Tam Gymnasium, also in Makawao. In 2010, the market moved to its current site in Pukalani, which has allowed for exponential growth. In fact, the market is now officially “full,” and new vendors are able to rent a booth only when a regular vendor is absent. Continue reading ‘upcountry farmers market: indulge your senses in maui’s plentiful bounty’

chef alvin savella is killing it in the kitchen at ritz-carlton, kapalua’s banyan tree restaurant

In one of his publicity photos, Chef Alvin Savella’s facial expression is intense, and he’s brandishing a purple-hued, bumpy-fleshed octopus in each hand. In another, he’s staring intently at a tangled mass of raw ramen noodles into which both hands are buried. His Instagram handle is @thekitchenassassin. It’s this fiery passion for all things culinary that landed him the position of head chef at The Banyan Tree, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s signature restaurant, in October of 2016. “Chef Savella brings a fresh perspective and boisterous personality to the already talented Banyan Tree team,” says Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua General Manager Mike Kass. Continue reading ‘chef alvin savella is killing it in the kitchen at ritz-carlton, kapalua’s banyan tree restaurant’

champagne hale at the historic cliff house

Montage Kapalua Bay unveils Champagne Hale at Cliff House, a pop-up bar and lounge for guests and locals to experience the finest Maui sunsets throughout the summer while enjoying a variety of champagnes perfectly paired with an innovative dining menu. The opening of Champagne Hale at Cliff House coincides with the launch of Veuve Clicquot Rich in Hawai’i, the newest champagne innovation inspired by mixology in the Veuve Clicquot portfolio. Starting June 29 through September 3, Champagne Hale at Cliff House will be open Thursday-Sunday from 4:30 to 8:30pm. Continue reading ‘champagne hale at the historic cliff house’

cane & canoe: a foodie’s paradise at montage kapalua bay

It was one of those beautiful  Maui afternoons, the ones where you realize Maui really is “No Ka Oi” and the term “Lucky We Live Maui” just makes sense.

It had been a long work week and my mom had just arrived from the mainland, we were on our way to celebrate! As we drove across the island from Haiku through Lahaina Town and to our ultimate destination – Kapalua the sun was starting to set and it was that moment when a warm Maui day just melts into evening. My favorite part of the day.

As we entered the lobby at Montage Kapalua Bay we marveled at Moloka‘i in the distance beautifully framed in the view, a picture perfect postcard which set the tone for a special night. Continue reading ‘cane & canoe: a foodie’s paradise at montage kapalua bay’