Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, Hawai‘i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel, announces the appointment of three new distinctive hires, Jason Kayatani as Director of Restaurants, Marissa Ugale as Catering Sales Manager, and Angelo Sicad as Junior Sous Chef, to their food and beverage programming and dining outlets consisting of Tiki Terrace, Tiki Bar & Grill, Legends of Kā‘anapali Lū‘au, and the award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch.

Coinciding with these new hires, Tiki Bar & Grill has introduced new menu items, while Tiki Terrace has expanded its wine and cocktail list with premium wines from Italy, France, and Spain. Tiki Bar & Grill’s new menu additions include the Beyond BurgerTM, new bowl options, and pūpūs such as Kalua Pig Nachos, Fish Tacos, and Fried Zucchini. The addition of more gluten-free and vegetarian options on the Tiki Grill menu was made to accommodate dietary restrictions and the increasing focus towards healthy eating. All Tiki Grill foods are served on reusable baskets to reduce the waste of disposable containers and raise sustainability awareness.

In addition to the expanded wine list, Tiki Bar has introduced a new range of tropical and playful cocktails like Mamaki Old Fashioned, a combination of Hawaiian sourced Mamaki Tea, Redemption Whiskey, freshly squeezed lemon, falernum, and bitters. Mocktails are also making their debut at Tiki Bar with new creations like Lime in a Coco, Mango Season, and Goodie Guri. Tiki Bar classics like the Mai Tai and Tropical Itch still remain available to enjoy.

“In our holistic approach to continue to evolve Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel’s food and beverage programming, we are thrilled to welcome these talented new additions,” said General Manager Mike White. “At Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, we have dedicated all components of the hotel to ensuring an authentic Hawaiian experience and are pleased to share some exciting culinary updates including new and enhanced menus, wine list and signature cocktails for our loyal guests to enjoy.”

Kayatani, Director of Restaurants, brings more than 20 years of experience in Hawai‘i’s restaurant and hospitality industry to his new role with Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel. His career has come full circle returning “home” to where he first started out in the food and beverage industry having worked as the hotel’s Utility Manager. In his desire to learn and expand his knowledge, Jason spent the next five years of his career at the Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas directing and opening three restaurants from concept to operations. Over the ensuing years, Jason served in a senior management role for each of the hotel’s signature restaurants gaining invaluable experience working for the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach in which he oversaw all aspects of the food and beverage operations and provided strategic leadership and execution for the hotel’s dining outlets such as Nanea Restaurant, Surf Lanai, Mai Tai Bar, Reef Bar Market & Grill, Kani Ka Pila Grill and Voyager. Most recently, Jason served as the General Manager for Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill Restaurants overseeing two restaurants, banquets, and catering.

“It feels great to come full circle and finally come “home,”” said Kayatani. “I got my start in the culinary industry at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel nearly 20 years ago and it is rewarding to meld my past experience with this new chapter at the hotel.”

Ugale, Catering Sales Manager, has been in the hospitality industry for over 40 years and brings 26 of those years in a management position to the table. She initially got her start at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel in 1977 as a busgirl, now returning as the Catering Sales Manager. Most recently, she served as the Restaurant and Events Manager of Sea House Restaurant as well as Floor Manager of Wowie Maui Kava Bar where she oversaw operations. Prior to this experience, Ugale was the Food and Beverage Manager of Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa as well as Restaurant Manager of Pineapple Grill restaurant. Ugale will be overseeing all catering and events occurring at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel.

Sicad, Junior Sous Chef, brings a fresh perspective to his cooking. Born in Bical, Philippines, Sicad moved to Hawai‘i in 2011 and learned to appreciate the authentic ingredients and flavors relative to Hawaiian regional cuisine. He took his first steps into the foodservice industry as a line cook at Star Noodle where he gained hands-on experience in Asian-Fusion cuisine. Sicad attended the University of Hawai‘i Maui College where he earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts.

Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel focuses on Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, offering numerous dining options including the Grab N Go with snacks and espresso drinks, Tiki Terrace restaurant which features unique entrees of the Native Hawaiian Diet, and the brand-new menu at the Tiki Bar and Grill. Guests can also partake in the renowned and award-winning Sunday Champagne Brunch inclusive of live entertainment.

For more information, please visit http://www.kbhmaui.com.

About Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel • The beachfront, 432-room Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel is set majestically on a three-mile stretch of sandy beach along the sunny western shores of Maui, making it an ideal setting for a memorable Hawaiian experience. Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel offers a variety of cultural activities for the entire family, cementing its status as Hawaiʻi’s Most Hawaiian Hotel. Guests can enjoy a sunset hula show, live Hawaiian entertainment, hula and ‘ukulele lessons, lei making, cultural garden tours, lauhala weaving and ocean activities. Each visit also includes the Farewell Lei Ceremony. Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel is also home to the annual Hula O Nā Keiki, a children’s solo hula competition which attracts entrants from around the world, now in its 29th year, held each November. For more information visit http://www.kbhmaui.com or call 1-800-262-8450.



There are a few new things happening down at Island Art Party located at Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei.

Open Studio is on Tuesdays from 2 to 5pm. All ages are welcome, Youth 12 and under are $10, and Adults are $20. Bring your own supplies and use our air conditioned space to do your own projects. Painting supplies are available for purchase for $30. Other arts and crafts kits also available for purchase. No art instruction is provided during Open Studio.

On January 29, 2020, there will be a National Puzzle Day Celebration and Competition. The event will run from 2 to 5pm at the Island Art Party Studio. At 3pm, teams of 4 will compete to put a 500 piece puzzle together within one hour. The winning team will win free puzzles and a $200 cash prize. Entry to participate in the competition is $10 per person.

Visit http://www.islandartparty.com for rules and how to register for the competition. Entry to the Celebration is FREE. The bar will be open for drink purchases and there will also be free popcorn. For more information please call Mary Albitz at Island Art Party, 808-419-6020.



Maui officially welcomes the whales starting December 15, and now that the Whales are here, it’s time for you and your guests to snap as many shots as you can. We want to see the best whale photos of the season! You have all season to get a perfect shot. Submit your photos, the community will vote, best whale photo wins their photo professionally printed on aluminum from Maui Metal Custom Prints.

Down the Hatch will accept submissions April 1 through May 1, 2020. Voting details to be announced. DTH will announce the Whale Photo Contest Winner at Down The Hatch on May 15, 2020 (The Last Day of Whale Season), during their end of season party! For inquiries contact Ashley Davis, ashley@dthmaui.com.

Find out about more DTH happenings and get more details at www.dthmaui.com.



Akina Transportation & Tours is gearing up with a new look for 2020 on five vehicles new to its fleet operation on South Maui. Their logo redesigned in 2018 is adorned by Maui’s official flower, the Lokelani Rose, peeking out from behind the Akina letters. The image update came along with brighter fuschia and royal purple swooshes of color and canoe sails emblazoned across their twin Luxury Mini-Coaches. Maui graphic designer, Scott Johnson of DogTowne Design, was again presented with the challenge of continuing the new look across the line and scale of the massive VanHool vehicles across the 45’ expanse of their frames.

In Akina family tradition, vehicles larger than minibuses are blessed with either a Hawaiian family namesake or tradition. The most noteworthy addition this year is  the  VanHool Motorcoach to be blessed “Kanani.” It will be named after General Manager Cassie Akina-Ancog’s paternal grandmother. Hawaiian names can be notoriously long and complex, and the derivation of “Kanani” is no exception. Born Violet Kawaiho’onani Thompson (b. 1907 d. 1959) from the prominent family of Maui’s Thompson’s Ranch, Violet was nicknamed “Kanani” by her loved ones. In her later years, she became known as “Tutu Kanani” and worked selling mangoes from her fields once present in the Kamaole One area of Kihei. As if that weren’t enough history, Violet is also the namesake origin of Kanani Road that connects the Honoapi’ilani Highway to South Kihei Road at the junction of the new Kihei Police Station. It is fitting that this road be the primary access to Akina’s base yard.

Akina’s is proud to share its rich history and Hawaiian heritage with the world, celebrating over 90 years in transportation in Kihei. Looking forward to another decade in 2020, four generations of family work on property still today, gathering a new look and a fresh perspective on the future of transportation on Maui.

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