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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’

36th annual kapalua wine & food festival june 8 – 11 at kapalua resort

The annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival is just around the corner, June 8 – 11, and promises to be another spectacular weekend gathering of top winemakers, culinary and superstars from the celebrity chef scene and our own homegrown Maui favorites. The kick-off Grand Tasting gala hosted by on the oceanfront lawn of Montage Kapalua Bay, showcases the culinary creations of Kapalua Resort Restaurants and special guests along with renowned wines from around the globe.

The featured creations of Kapalua’s inspired chefs are sure to wow seasoned event goers and new comers alike. A few highlights of dishes being served by resort restaurant partners: 
Chef Jojo Vasquez/Plantation House, 2017 Aipono Award winning “Chef of the Year”:

  • Seared Ahi on a crispy tortilla with lime crema, tomato, avocado and cilantro Chef Robert Barrera/Pineapple Grill.
  • Oxtail tortellini with parmesan, brodo and parsley Chef Neil Murphy/Merriman’s Restaurant.
  • Kauai Shrimp and Taro Pancake
With more from host restaurant Cane & Canoe, Honolua Store, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Taverna and UH Maui Culinary Academy.

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maui’s walsh brothers open pa‘ia’s latest & greatest cafe ‘pa‘ia bowls’

Pa‘ia Bowls is a new healthy acai bowl cafe owned and operated by two brothers/local Maui surfers, Ian and Luke Walsh. The boys grew up just a few miles down the road in the town of Ku‘au. Here they were raised by parents Peter and Kitty Walsh, alongside their younger twin brothers, Shaun and DK Walsh. The Walsh ‘ohana is a recognizable family among the Maui community who embody the spirit of aloha. They can be seen regularly enjoying the beach at Ho‘okipa or charging big waves at Maui’s most notorious surf break, Pe‘ahi (Jaws).

Growing up on the North Shore, the Walsh brothers found surfing as their favorite pastime. With their non-stop active lifestyle, acai bowls quickly became their go-to meal of choice. Whether it was to fuel their bodies before, in between, or a post surf session, acai bowls always provided them with a healthy and natural energy boost. Continue reading ‘maui’s walsh brothers open pa‘ia’s latest & greatest cafe ‘pa‘ia bowls’’

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’