This year, the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival’s (HFWF) popular Keiki in the Kitchen® event makes its Maui debut October 21 from 10am to 3pm at Whalers Village in Ka‘anapali.

Headlining the free event is YouTube baking star Rosanna Pansino, known for her series “Nerdy Nummies”. She will lead two cupcake-decorating sessions for kids—at 11:30am and 1:30pm — using her signature unicorn cupcake decorating kits that she is generously donating to the event. Pansino joins 17 celebrity chef guests for a day of food and fun for the whole family.

“Keiki in the Kitchen® has been an amazing opportunity for our children on O‘ahu to be inspired by famous chefs from all over the world, and to learn about the different aspects of food,” says HFWF CEO Denise Yamaguchi. “They learn directly from world-famous chefs what they do in the kitchen, find out from farmers where food comes from, participate in fun food activities, and learn how food relates to health and lifestyle. We are proud that we are able to launch Keiki in the Kitchen on Maui this year in partnership with Whalers Village and their retailers who will create family-fun activities and special offers.”

Chefs participating in HFWF Maui events will be on hand to interact with kids—taking pictures together, signing autographs, and answering questions. The lineup includes Blaine Wetzel of Willows Inn, Lummi Island; Brandon Jew of Mr. Jiu’s, San Francisco; and Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R’evolution, New Orleans; along with Maui favorites Abby Ferrer of Star Noodle and Jayse Sato of Umi Sushi; and, of course, festival co-chairs and influential chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, who are both dedicated to supporting culinary education in Hawai‘i.


• Cupcake decorating with Rosanna Pansino: The baking star will lead two cupcake decorating sessions, at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. Each child will receive decorations from Pansino’s unicorn cupcake decorating kit. Each session can accommodate 60 children. Cupcake decorating is open to the first 120 kids to check in, on a first-come, first served basis.

• Photo booth: Kids can get their photos taken with world-famous chefs.

• Tomato tasting with farmer Justin Teixeira: He will share the varieties of tomatoes that he grows on his J. Tex Farms in Kula, allowing visitors to taste the differences.

• Make-your-own grab-and-go snack with Monkeypod Kitchen: The popular restaurant will have a station where kids can assemble their own cool snacks.

• Screenprinting with Crazy Shirts: Kids can learn how to screen designs with the T-shirt company.

• Learn to make lei: Kids can try their hand at stringing flowers at a lei-making booth.
• Craft activities with Ben Franklin: Kids can make cool stuff with the help of staff and supplies from Ben Franklin.

• Performance by Halau Hula Malani O Kapehe, 10am to 11am.

• Pre-event film screening: To get people ready for Keiki in the Kitchen®, the day before, on Saturday, October 20, Whalers Village will host a free screening of the animated film Ratatouille, about a great Parisian chef—who happens to be a rat. Subject to weather conditions.


The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival is the premier epicurean destination event in the Pacific. The Festival features a roster of more than 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawai‘i’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, the Festival will showcase wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry. Proceeds support local beneficiaries committed to sustainability and cultural and educational programs in Hawai‘i.

For more information and updates, follow Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival:
Twitter: @HIFoodWineFest
Instagram: HIFoodWineFest

WHAT: Keiki in the Kitchen Ka‘anapali
WHERE: Whalers Village, Lower Level Courtyard, 2435 Kā‘anapali Pkwy., Lahaina
WHEN: October 21 • 10am to 3pm
COST: Admission is free with advance registration at hfwf.me; $5 at the door



Maui Paddle for a Cure is a fun, non-competitive event in support of Susan G. Komen Hawai‘i, which will be held on October 13 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and takes stand up, kayak and canoe paddlers along the beautiful shoreline of Ka‘anapali Beach. New this year, the resort launches the “Cabanas for a Cure” program, available through October 31. It will feature a Pink Ocean Hale (Hawaiian for House) package complete with an oceanfront cabana and tropical cocktails, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen Hawaii. Additional promotions including pink merchandise, food and beverage and spa treatments will also return on National Pink Day.

Presented in partnership with The Butterfly Effect and Maui Jim, this year’s Maui Paddle for a Cure will take place starting at Ka‘anapali Beach in front of Hyatt Regency Maui on Oct. 13. Resort guests and members of the Maui community 18 years and older are invited to an open paddle by stand up paddle board, kayak or canoe, all to benefit this important cause. Anuhea Jenkins will return to headline the Maui Paddle for a Cure after party at Sunset Terrace at Hyatt Regency Maui! To date, the event has raised more than $115,000 for Susan G. Komen Hawaii, making it the largest fundraiser for the organization’s Hawaii Affiliate. Susan G. Komen Hawaii’s mission is to support and promote culturally sensitive breast cancer education, awareness, prevention and treatment programs in the Hawaiian Islands.

Through October 31: Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers a Pink Ocean Hale package featuring two pink Ocean Hales as part of its new “Cabanas for a Cure” program. Two oceanside cabanas have been thoughtfully designed with tropical pink elements with each featuring two cushioned chaise lounges under a thatched roof, two additional lounge chairs for sunbathing, an ice water dispenser and breathtaking ocean views. The Pink Ocean Hale package includes two complimentary cocktails (a choice between Strawberry Daiquiris or house Mai Tais). A portion of the proceeds generated from Cabanas for a Cure will benefit Susan G. Komen Hawaii. The Pink Ocean Hale package costs $285 plus tax and can be booked through the resort operator at 661-1234.

Follow the event on social media with the hashtag #HyattPinkPaddle. To join the cause and register or donate, visit the Maui Paddle for a Cure website: http://www.crowdrise.com/MauiPaddle18.

For more information regarding Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, please contact the resort by phone at 661-1234, or visit the resort website: http://www.maui.regency.hyatt.com.­­


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