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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’


maui brewing co. restaurant in kihei: ‘stop for a pint, stay for a bite’

Here in the Islands, the name Maui Brewing Co. is virtually synonymous with craft beer. Established in 2005, MBC has taken the state, and the country by storm, and is one of the fastest-growing, privately-owned companies on Maui. MBC’s most recent big project was the opening of their second full-service restaurant this past February at its Kihei brewery location on Lipoa Parkway.

In an announcement ahead of the February 4 (Super Bowl Sunday) opening, MBC Founder and CEO Garret Marrero said, “We’re excited to open the restaurant at Maui Brewing Co. Kihei, as it has been part of the vision for our brewing headquarters for a long time to integrate craft beer focused food into the production space. With a direct view of the brewhouse and distillery from the restaurant, our guests will feel immersed in the craft brewing culture. We’re extremely proud of our team, as they have been working tirelessly to deliver a great experience.” Continue reading ‘maui brewing co. restaurant in kihei: ‘stop for a pint, stay for a bite’’

pacific’o offering 50% off for concierges and a guest

The generous team at Pacific‘o has a special offer for Maui’s concierges starting Sept. 1, 2018. All concierges and a guest will receive 50% off their dining experience at Pacific‘o during this time period. Please make a reservation and each concierge must present their CONCIERGE CARD from the inside back cover of this issue and a valid photo ID to redeem. The title printed on the back label of the magazine must show “Concierge.”

Pacific‘o is open for lunch from 11:30am to 4pm and dinner from 5:30 to 9pm nightly. Sunday brunch from 9:30am to 2pm.

They are also featuring Happy Hour with food and drink specials offered from 4 to 5:30pm (please note 50% off does not apply during happy hour). Please call 667-4341 for reservations and more information on this special discount. Mahalo for this amazing offer to our Maui concierges!

nick’s fishmarket celebrates 20 years! saturday, august 25 fundraiser for kihei charter schools

It’s a well-known truth that restaurants are a tough business- 60% do not make it past the first year and 80% go under in five. However, those odds vanish when a restaurant is led by Aaron Placourakis, an experienced and hands-on owner whose shared values are rooted in outstanding service, exceptional food, a welcoming environment and a strong connection to the community.

Nick’s Fishmarket Maui celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. True to its values, the restaurant is having a special event on Saturday, August 25 that is doubling as a fundraiser for the grand opening of Kihei Charter School’s new campus. Open to the public, guests will indulge in delicious food, action stations, champagne and wine bar, specialty cocktails and entertainment. Continue reading ‘nick’s fishmarket celebrates 20 years! saturday, august 25 fundraiser for kihei charter schools’

sunday brunch at humuhumu: lavish culinary spread meets incomparable ambiance

The Grand Wailea lives up to its name handsomely. From the opulent bougainvillea-punctuated waterfall that greets guests upon arrival; to the expansive lobby and exquisitely manicured grounds boasting Hawai‘i’s largest collection of fine art—including the renowned sculptures of Fernando Botero; to the network of gorgeous swimming pools and water activities; this resort is nothing short of top tier. Now visitors and locals alike can experience the ultimate brunch experience at the Grand’s magnificent Humuhumu restaurant on Sundays from 10:30am to 1pm.

The term “brunch,” a portmanteau of the words “breakfast” and “lunch,” was first coined in 1895 by writer Guy Beringer in the publication “Hunter’s Weekly.” He suggested, “Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a post-church ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee, marmalade, and other breakfast fixtures, before moving along to the heavier fare? By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers….” Continue reading ‘sunday brunch at humuhumu: lavish culinary spread meets incomparable ambiance’

brunching on the beach sundays at pacific’o

Your guests will love an oceanfront Sunday Brunch now offered every Sunday from 9:30am to 2pm at pacific’O on the beach at 505 Front Street in Lahaina Town. This unparalled beachfront setting is the perfect spot to celebrate and relax with friends and family this summer.

Savory treats like O‘o Farms Kimchee Avocado Toast, slices of nine grain bread perfectly toasted and topped with housemade kimchee, organic avocado and crunchy O‘o farm radishes ($13). The pacific‘O Loco Moco starts with “Fried rice tots”, layered with caramelized Maui onion gravy, organic poached egg and choice of Pork Belly, Kaua‘i grass fed beef or house made sausage ($17). Indulge your sweet tooth with their Warm Banana Bread made fresh daily and served with whipped cream ($9) or Cornflake French Toast with agave maple syrup, butter and berries ($13).
The brunch menu is rounded out with a Juicy 1/2 pound Maui beef burger ($20.50) and a Ginger Fresh Fish with ginger crust, peanut sauce, sweet Thai chili sauce, Kula vegetables, and rice ($19.50).

Now we are hungry! We are looking forward to heading to pacific‘O at 505 Front Street, Lahaina this weekend for Sunday Brunch from 9:30am to 2pm, please call 667-4341 for more information.

gannon’s restaurant in wailea: elegant country club ambiance; no membership required

Chef Beverly (Bev) Gannon is a Maui culinary legend. Born Beverly Shanbaum, in Dallas, Texas, she originally worked in the entertainment industry as road manager for singer Liza Minnelli, actress Joey Heatherton, and entertainer Ben Vereen. But after several years on the road, Bev found herself burned out.

So she turned to her passion—cooking—and enrolled in London’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. After that, she studied under acclaimed chefs Marcella Hazan and Jacques Pepin, then started up a catering business in Dallas.

In 1980, she and then-boyfriend Joe Gannon (they married a year later), a rock and roll lighting legend, moved to Maui, where Chef Bev started a catering business in her home kitchen in Makawao called “Fresh Approach,” now known as “Celebrations Catering,” the longest-running catering business on the island. Continue reading ‘gannon’s restaurant in wailea: elegant country club ambiance; no membership required’