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june • 2019 keiki cover model

Aloha and Mahalo to the family of Roni Surae Kauanoe Naea for sharing her sweet smile with us this month!

Roni is four years old, and attends preschool in Kahului. Mom is Kaleiopuaonalani Uweko’olani, cultural specialist in the recreation department at Grand Wailea Resort & Spa.

Roni enjoys gymnastics at Jumping Bean Gymnastics in Kahului, and loves going to the park, swimming, reading, playing, and singing.

Mom shared, “Roni loves going to school and making new friends. She loves learning and expressing herself through her vivid imagination. Roni reminds me that life is a lei halia’a, a lei of memories. When your flowers or memories have filled on one side, you can simply create more on the other side.”

mala ocean tavern: new(ish) owners cooking up exciting things

The funky pistachio-green exterior of MALA Ocean Tavern belies what awaits when you step inside this iconic oceanfront restaurant that’s been serving up delectable food and gorgeous sunsets for 15 years. Established in 2004 by Mark Ellman, one of the founders of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, along with wife Judy and daughters Ariana and Michelle, MALA is renowned for its distinctive brand of Mediterranean and Pacific Rim cuisine.

Until last November, the Ellman Family presided over a powerhouse trifecta of Lahaina restaurants which, besides MALA, included two adjacent dining establishments: Honu Seafood & Pizza and Frida’s Mexican Beach House. In a surprise move, the Ellmans sold MALA to the bright, ambitious (and successful) owners of Down the Hatch­­, also in Lahaina. Since then, these new(ish) owners have taken the MALA ball and run with it. Big time. Continue reading ‘mala ocean tavern: new(ish) owners cooking up exciting things’

wa‘a kiakahi continues sailing canoe legacy june 7 – 9 at ka‘anapali resort

The 15th annual Wa‘a Kiakahi brings aloha to Maui shores from June 7 to 9, welcoming seven six-member crews from all islands to share with the public the beauty, history and proficiency of traditional Hawaiian sailing canoes.

The three-day event is created by the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA), and features traditional ceremonies, sailing canoe rides and educational talks about celestial navigation and water skills. New this year: prior to the event, the HSCA will rig the canoes at Sugar Beach (Kealia Beach) in Kihei and sail to Kaho‘olawe for a community day of tree-planting! The volunteer tree-planting takes place on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, after which the canoes sail from Kaho‘olawe to Ka‘anapali on May 27. A traditional Hawaiian arrival ceremony will welcome the sailors, this will take place fronting the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas at around 12 noon. Continue reading ‘wa‘a kiakahi continues sailing canoe legacy june 7 – 9 at ka‘anapali resort’

may • 2019 keiki cover model

Our May keiki cover girl is beautiful seven-year-old Zyrhelle Jhoelliane Savedra Mariano.

Mom is Hazelyn Savedra, guest relations coordinator, Ho‘olei at Grand Wailea, and dad is Renuel Mariano with Private Paradise Villas.

Zyrhelle attends Kahului Elementary School, and her favorite subjects are math, English, and recess (she loves the playground!)

Mom shares, “We taught our daughter to grow up with the Golden Rule ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ My child inspires me with her positive attitude; she wakes up every morning with a smile and sees everything as perfect. She reminds us what it is like to be happy with the simple things in life.”

kapalua casual + chic = the hideaway – montage kapalua bay’s new hidden gem

The west side of Maui has a perfect new “Hideaway,” which recently opened at the posh Montage Kapalua Bay. The newly renovated and reinvented space, serving dinner nightly, is both comfortable and casual with dark wood accents, tropical palms, and raffia details. Montage has set the stage for a modern meal where you can show up and don’t need reservations.

Surrounded by framed vintage images of Old Hawai‘i, kama’aina and guests alike will enjoy this low-key yet luxurious atmosphere (this is the Montage after all) with a delectable menu featuring small bites, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, a decadent burger, craft cocktails and more. The Hideaway is located adjacent to their signature restaurant Cane & Canoe and you can enjoy dinner from 4:30-10pm nightly with live music from 6 to 9pm every evening. Continue reading ‘kapalua casual + chic = the hideaway – montage kapalua bay’s new hidden gem’

38th annual kapalua wine & food festival – June 6-9, 2019

The 38th Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival returns June 6 – 9, 2019 for a magical weekend on the shores of the Kapalua Resort. This annual “migration”’ brings together oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture. Continue reading ’38th annual kapalua wine & food festival – June 6-9, 2019′

seabury hall 46th annual craft fair – May 11, 2019

Seabury Hall will celebrate its 46th annual Craft Fair from 9am to 4pm, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, on the Seabury Hall Campus at 480 Olinda Road in Makawao.

The Craft Fair has been raising money to fund financial aid for Seabury students since 1973, giving hundreds of kids the opportunity to pursue their dreams and hope for a brighter future.

The hugely popular event brings together more than 100 of Hawai‘i’s best artists and crafters, in addition to great entertainment, specialty foods, beautiful flower arrangements, exciting children’s games, a silent auction, and the island’s largest rummage sale. All proceeds from the Craft Fair support Seabury Hall’s financial aid program. Continue reading ‘seabury hall 46th annual craft fair – May 11, 2019’

april • 2019 keiki cover models

Aloha and Mahalo to Kaianu David Valdivia and Kalena Kekoa Nohealani Romero, this month’s keiki cover models!

Kaianu is ten years old and in fifth grade, and sister Kalena is six years old and attends kindergarten. Mom is Kinoikilaioalana Almeida, night auditor at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, and dad is Edgar Romero, night manager at Honua Kai Resort. The family lives in Wailuku.

Mom shares, “Kaianu enjoys math at school, and Kalena likes art and computers. Both love the water, swimming, snorkeling and SUP. I tell them both to fill their lives with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show. We work hard to take the kids on vacation to show them different parts of the world.” Great advice for us all!

maui ocean center’s new humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere: immersing guests in the world of gentle giants

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim among Hawaiian humpback whales, the gentle giants of the sea? Inside Maui Ocean Center’s (MOC) brand-new, multi-million dollar “Sphere,” you’ll encounter what looks and feels to be just that. For the first time in the entire world, guests at Maui’s own aquarium can experience the mystery and majesty of one of the largest mammals on planet Earth as no one has before.

While the Sphere was under construction for approximately a year, who among us didn’t wonder as we drove past, “What in the world is going to be under that shiny, white dome?” “This is the culmination of three years of preparation and work for us,” says Tapani Vuori, MOC general manager. “The Sphere is a groundbreaking, fully immersive humpback whale experience. You are part of the ocean environment with the whales once you’re inside the dome. It’s the first of its kind in the history of the U.S., and even around the world. Continue reading ‘maui ocean center’s new humpbacks of hawai‘i exhibit & sphere: immersing guests in the world of gentle giants’

27th annual ‘celebration of the arts’ festival at the ritz-carlton, kapalua april 19-20, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is proud to host the 27th Annual Celebration of the Arts Festival, a beloved cultural event which has taken place on-property every year since the resort’s inception in 1992. On April 19 and 20, some of Hawai‘i’s most reputable artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers will convene to celebrate the islands’ history and culture with resort guests and locals alike, through traditional ceremonies, music and dance performances, local cuisine, film screenings, hands-on art demonstrations, informative speaker panels, and more. These various immersive and exciting activities will center around this year’s theme – “E Aloha I Na Mea Kanu…Love all things that are planted” – a poetic verse referring to the growth of crops, life, ancestors, thoughts, deeds and consequences. Continue reading ’27th annual ‘celebration of the arts’ festival at the ritz-carlton, kapalua april 19-20, 2019′