Beaches on Maui by David Schoonover Photography

 

 

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Thanksgiving On Maui 2012

We have been getting some inquiries from guests and visitors about Thanksgiving on Maui.   They want to know what the options are for Thanksgiving, where should they take their families for a Thanksgiving Meal? While reading the Maui News this morning, our eyes caught some of the ads which we think might be a good option for those inquiring. We took a photo of it to share with you:

 

 

 

We will continue to find some best deals on Thanksgiving Dinner Special and will post it here. Check back for our updates.  Mahalo!

Lahaina Halloween 2012

The famous Lahaina Halloween on Maui is coming soon.  Just a couple more weeks and it’s here.  This is an event that many look forward to. It’s been called the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific”.  Early in the day there will be some  keiki activities and festivities are geared towards family.  Later at night is more for adults.  Below are copies of the fliers with information you need.

 

Maui Makani Classic 2012

 The American Windsurfing Tour’s final tour stop will be on Maui:  the Maui Makani Classic 2012.  This is a highly anticipated windsurfing event! Now in its second year, the Maui Makani Classic is shaping up to once again be the ultimate showdown in the windsurfing calendar. With a limit on 100 entrants and places almost full the event boasts some of windsurfing’s top names, including Levi Siver, Kevin Pritchard, Graham Ezzy, Camille Juban, Josh Stone, Ann-Marie Reichman, Junko Nagoshi……. The list is ever-increasing and endless in terms of talent! With divisions including Pro, Amateur, Women, Youth, Masters and Grand Masters everybody is catered for! The contest will run from October 25th to November 5th and will see an epic finale to what was a stunningly successful AWT Tour. Last year’s event saw competitors from 23 separate nations making it a truly international event. What makes this event so exciting this year is the implications the results will have on the over-all titles for the year.  More

The event will be held on October 25 to November 5, 2012. Below is the schedule of other activities for those who are interested:

Thursday October 25th
Opening Ceremony at Ho’okipa 10am
Flatbread: Dinner 10% off for competitors and friends

Charley’s After PartyFriday October 26th
Open NightSaturday October 27th
Kanaha Kai Windsurfing Party II (Hot Sails Maui & Kanaha Kai Party)Sunday October 28th:
Quatro/Goya Party at Pauwella CanneryMonday October 29th
Open NightTuesday October 30th:
Colleen’s in Haiku. Burger and Beer night.
Happy Hour all nightWednesday October 31st
Halloween in Lahaina

Thursday November 1st
Open night

Friday November 2nd
First Friday in Wailuku

Saturday November 3rd
Closing Ceremonies for Maui Makani Classic at Maui Tropical Plantation 7-10 pm

For the first time at an AWT event there will be Live webcasting of all the heats. The heats will be streamed through the AWT website  www.americanwindsurfingtour.com with live commentary and guest chats with the stars of the event.

Information Source:
Photo Credit:  Jeff Bennett of www.mauiwindsurfing.net

Maui – Best Island In The World

For an unprecedented 19th time, Maui captured “Best U.S. Island” (formerly “Best Pacific Island”). The publication also deemed Maui “Best Island in the World” in its 25th annual CONDE NAST TRAVELER Readers’ Choice Awards. In fact, with a score of 92.1, Maui bested all other island and city destinations named in the poll.

Maui’s score once again surpassed all other top destinations globally beating out every “Best City” category winner including U.S. (Charleston, SC, 86.7), Africa (Capetown, 84.8), Europe (Florence, 83.3), Asia (Bangkok, 83), Canada (Vancouver, 81.9), Australia & The Pacific (Sydney, 81.7), Central & South America (Buenos Aires, 76.1), Caribbean & The Atlantic (Gustavia, St. Barts, 71.1 and Mexico (Sane Meguel De Allende, 71.1).

In the “Top 25 Hawaii Resorts” category, Maui County dominated with 11 properties honored; four of the top five are resorts of Lanai and Maui. Leading the way was Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele (96.2) while Hawaii Island’s Four Seasons Resort Hualalai placed second (95.2). At #3 is Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay (94.7) while Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea ranked 4th (93.9) and Wailea Beach Villas 5th (93.7).

Every year, the most discriminating travelers in the world pick the world’s superlative hotels, resorts, airlines, cruise lines, islands, and citiesIn its 25th incarnation this year, the Readers’ Choice Awards are vaster and more compelling than ever before, featuring more than 1,300 properties and places that are truly the cream of the crop.

Article Source:  Excerpt from Visit Maui Blog (Press Release) and Photo from Maui Visit Facebook Page

Kapalua Bay Villa on West Maui

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Maui Fish And Pasta At Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali, Maui

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Staying on the westside of Maui and looking for a place to eat?  There is a new restaurant that we would like to recommend. It is the Maui Fish and Pasta.  It is located in the Whaler’s Village where Cain and Taro used to be.  You can see in the photo below that the view is magnificent. You can enjoy the ocean while you eat!

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Aside from the great view, they have a delicious meal as well!  We ate there for lunch when we attend the Wa’a Kiakahi Festival

The photo above is the “Farm To Table Kula Beet Salad”. Locally grown delicious sweet baby beet (yes, so sweet!) in aged sherry vinaigrette tossed with Ho Farms tomatoes, Haricot Verts, Cucumber, Spinach & House-made Ricotta.  This salad so refreshingly delicious.

Now for the entree: Pan Roasted Hawaiian Swordfish and House-made Linguini.  This fresh made pasta was tossed with Chinese Dan Dan sauce and sugar snap peas, shitake mushroom, cilantro and Ho Farms tomatoes. The fish was cooked just right with the right amount of panko.

Both the fish and the pasta are sooooo delicious! No wonder they named the restaurant Maui Fish & Pasta – they are so onolicous there :)

For dessert, we had the Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Honey Butter and Upcountry Berries. Oh I can have 5 of these desserts! I love how light it is and yet so delicately tasty!

And here’s Chef Ivan talking story with us.  He not only creates delicious dishes, he is also a fun guy to talk story with.

We really highly recommend this Maui Fish & Pasta Restaurant at Kaanapali.  Give it a try on your next visit at the Whaler’s Village on the westside of Maui.

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Food, Wine, Film and Glamour on Beautiful Maui

Four Pinots At Four Seasons in Wailea: June 7 – 9, 2012  http://maui.enewsletters.fourseasons.com/2012/01/24/four-pinots-at-four-seasons/

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Maui Film Festival in Wailea: June 13 – 17, 2012 http://www.mauifilmfestival.com/mffw_films_events.php

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Kapalua Food and Wine Festival: June 8 – 10, 2012  http://kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com/

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Alan Wong’s Amasia Opened on Maui at the Grand Wailea

Amasia Maui Grand OpeningThe island of Maui celebrated the grand opening of a new restaurant, Alan Wong’s Amasia. Elevating the standards of cuisine, style and service, Alan Wong’s Amasia is a collaboration between Chef Alan Wong, a founder of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

Amasia Koi Pond

Alan Wong’s Amasia is tucked inside Grand Wailea’s Japanese garden surrounded by 800 tons of rock from Mt. Fuji and a pond filled with koi and turtles. Reminiscent of a teahouse in Kyoto, the original structure was built in Japan and brought to Maui in 1990. Following a $3 million renovation, the beautifully restored restaurant features private tatami rooms, a formal dining area, a cocktail lounge, a sushi bar and a robata for grilled delicacies. The bar offers private label wines and sakes and creative cocktails inspired by its global menu.

Amasia

Amasia by definition is the converging of continents. The cuisine in Alan Wong’s Amasia showcases Maui’s best bounty from land and sea, melding them with the different flavors and cooking techniques of cultures from the East and West.

Alan Wong Amasia
“This menu is inspired by street food and cuisines from all over the globe,” said Chef Alan Wong. “Our food will be experienced in small plates and family-style sharing portions, and our restaurant features a robata grill and a sushi bar in the dining room.”

Amasia Sushi Bar

Menu items include but are not limited to:
•   Dungeness crab chawanmushi, soybeans, shishito peppers
•   Crispy “garlic shrimp,” citrus, sweet paprika
•   Ahi chili, refried taro, “local” chips
•   Chicken meatballs, coconut-ginger-lemongrass broth, pimenton oil
•   Shoyu duck bun bao, hoisin Sriracha
•   Kurobuta char siu baby back ribs, crispy garlic, lime
•   Maui Cattle Company “cowboy” ribeye steak, Hamakua mushrooms, Hawaiian chili pepper butter
•   Whole chili garlic Dungeness crab
•   Kurobuta pork tenderloin, spicy miso mustard, eggplant
•   Crispy “shrimp tempura,” citrus chili salt
•   Sashimi salad, soy vinaigrette, wasabi
•   Uni shot, yuzu ume leche de tigre
•   “Ochazuke” kobujime whitefish, ume, furikake, kombucha, yukari sauce
•   Crispy soft shell crab, garam masala, cilantro dipping sauce
•   Lomi lomi salmon, marinated tomatoes, Maui onions, tomato water gelee

Small Coconut Dessert at Amasia

Alan Wong Maui Restaurant

Makena Surf Luxury Vacation

We are working on a new video for our luxury rental Makena Surf. It’s taking longer than what we originally thought it would take to put it together. But it will be fun when it’s done. I can’t wait to upload it!  In the meantime, check out this video we have right now… Aloha!

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