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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!

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

Fabianis, A New Place To Eat In Kihei

 One of the frequently asked questions we have from our guests is “where to eat?”  For many who had been regularly visiting Maui, they tell us that they want to know what’s new and where do locals eat.  Today, we have a guest Blogger, @DJSmook, who shared with us his review of this new restaurant in Kihei known as Fabianis:

Fabianis is  a little bakery and restaurant in Kihei. It is located in between Kihei Gas and Kihei Storage on East Lipoa Street.  Their address is 95 East Lipoa Street for those of you that want to locate them on your GPS and smart phone apps.  You can give it a call at (808) 874-0888.  It is open for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Supper.  You can pay in cash or any major credit card or debit cards. It is  open from 7A till 12 A daily.

Fabiani’s is an awesome place to have breakfast, brunch, lunch, and supper.  It has  good drinks over there also and prices that won’t blow a hole in your wallets or credit cards.  This is a place with the local people on their mind.  One thing I really like about this place is its affordable prices.  

 On their breakfast  menu, the prices do not exceed $8 for what they have on that menu.  Drinks are reasonably priced for breakfast.  On their lunch menu, the prices do not exceed $11 for what it has on that menu for that time.  Drinks are affordable at this time also.  The supper menu does not exceed $15 dollars.  

Fabiani’s have great pizzas. They have awesome choices on the menu to accommodate most people’s needs.  For example, they have gluten free pastas and sauces available for people who can’t tolerate gluten.  Fabiani’s have great soups, salads, and sandwiches for you too.  

 Oh and who can’t resist desert?  They have scrumptious bakery goodness!  

 

I had the Chicken Pesto Panini with a side of Salad and for desert their awesome Red Velvet Cake.  I have to say, the Panini was so wonderful.  It was perfectly cooked and prepared, tasted awesome, and fills you up.  The Red Velvet Cake is large enough to feed a couple or a group of three people!  It’s that big!  The cake was so moist and very velvety when you eat it.  It just melts in your mouth that’s how good it is.  They have awesome pizza specials and other great specials on certain days too.

 It’s a very family (ohana) friendly restaurant.  Earlier today when I was there for lunch, I saw a mini play group of kids there enjoying some pizza with their parents and friends.  The staff are so kind to those groups of people.  The atmosphere at Fabiani’s in great!  The music they play during the lunch hour is great and it’s not too noisy, just enough so you can hear others and not over power peoples voices. There was a great mix of tourists and locals in there and even had some Maui Police officers, Fire Fighters, and Paramedics in the mix too!  

Soon they will be having an outside seating for patrons.  Fabiani’s has a high quality service. They really take care of you while you are there.  The servers and hosts check up on you every 8-10 minutes asking how everything is and give you unlimited refills on soft drinks, coffee, and tea.  

 You won’t be sorry after you’ve tried this place out.  If you have any questions about Fabiani’s Bakery and Pizzeria, give them a call and they will help you out!  

Thank you @JDSmook for your review. 

May and June Events on Maui – 2012

Raw Onion Eating Contest
1. Maui Onion Festival  at the Whalers Village in Kaanapali – Saturday, May 5   There are onions. And then there are Maui Onions. Believed by many to be the sweetest onions in the whole wide world, these glorious bulbs are the star of our annual festival.  The Maui Onion Festival has been a signature event at Whalers Village since 1990. It’s dedicated to the cultivation and promotion of the world-famous Maui Onion and is attended by thousands of visitors and residents every year.

2009 Maui Matsuri

2. Maui Matsuri, Saturday, May 12th, 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm University of Hawaii – Maui College  The 12th Annual Maui Matsuri scheduled for May 11-12, honors Japanese cultural traditions with its annual theme of “Kodomo No Tame Ni (for the sake of the children).”  Young and old alike will delight in this year’s offerings of art, entertainment, contests, crafts and food.  A free Family Movie Night will be held on Friday, May 11, in the University of Hawaii – Maui College Student Center (Pilina Building).  The Matsuri festivities continue on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 9 p.m. at University of Hawaii – Maui College, where Matsuri organizers will transform the grassy knolls of the campus into a bunkamura (Japanese village), dotted with stalls selling mouth watering goodies and a variety of crafts. The demonstration and entertainment stages will showcase the best of Maui County’s Japanese and Okinawan talent as well as traditional martial arts and eating contests.  Contestants are  also being sought for the saimin and natto eating contests, and the costume cosplay (costume play) contest.  Keiki have a world of their own at the Kodomo Korner where tons of hands-on free craft activities such as origami and gyotaku (Japanese fish printing) will be available.   Japanese superheroes Kikaida and his friends headline the event at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  The festival ends with a community obon dance starting from 7:30 pm.  The community is invited to wear a hapi coat or kimono and join in on the dancing. Admission to the festival and parking are free.

3rd Annual Maui Brewers Festival

3. Maui Brewers Festival 2012 – Saturday, May 19, 3:00 PM til 7:00 PM at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) Pavilion/Amphitheater  Maui Brewers Festival showcases the best craft beers made in Hawai`i and beyond. Join hosts Maui Brewing Company and Maui Arts & Cultural Center for a leisurely day of tasting beers from two dozen craft breweries, sampling appetizers from Maui’s popular restaurants, live entertainment with island bands and prize giveaways. Paid general admission includes eight 4 oz. samples of micro-brews and imports, unlimited island-style dishes and parking. A Happy Hour connoisseur package is available for early entry at 2 pm, reserved parking and more.  The event is a fundraiser for the MACC with net proceeds benefiting its arts and educational programs for students, seniors and the Maui community. Follow us on Twitter @mauibrewfest. This event is for adults 21 years & over 267. General Admission $45/in advance, $55/on event day; Happy Hour Package $75/in advance, $85/on event day (plus applicable fees)

4. Ka‘anapali Beach Resort will welcome 60 of the best watermen and women who practice ancient Hawaiian canoe sailing at the 7th annual Wa‘a Kiakahi Festival, June 1-3. Events will include traditional Hawaiian welcome and farewell ceremonies, sailing canoe rides, celestial navigation and history talks, and race viewing. Created by the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA), Wa‘a Kiakahi is anevent dedicated to traditional Hawaiian canoe sailing and the education of its history.  Contrary to ordinary outrigger canoe paddling, HSCA honors how the ancient Hawaiians actually traveled between the islands: members do not make crew changes during races and they travel every island channel that connects the Hawaiian islands. The mission of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA) is to learn, revive,educate and practice the ancient Hawaiian skills and values as they relate to sailingcanoes and the Hawaiian culture. HSCA is the only Hawaiian sailing canoe association in the world and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012. For more information, visit the  Kaanapali Resort Blog.

5.  Kapalua Wine & Food Festival on June 8–10, 2012 A collaboration of Kapalua Resort partners creating a new spin on the longest running food and wine event in the USA and showcasing why we are “Lucky Live Hawaii!” This celebration of the finest in food and wine will embrace all things Hawaiian, especially the fabulous culinary bounty on Maui and here at the world renowned Kapalua Resort.

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

On Friday, June 8, there is a Festival Golf Tournament at The Bay Course
Pair up perfectly with Festival winemakers, speakers and guests for a game of gently rolling fairways and scenic ocean views with complimentary awards luncheon to follow: Wine Seminar – 1:30 pm – 3 pm; The Grand Tasting – 6 pm – 9 pm
Let your palate explore hundreds of celebrated wines from regions around the world and savor the cuisine of local culinary stars and locally grown produce. Live local entertainment.  The grand finale event showcases Maui’s top chefs and the bounty of the Pacific! Enjoy wine, beer and spirits while you mingle with winemakers, chefs and friends right on the Beach House Lawn! And dance on to the live entertainment featuring live local entertainment. Call for tickets & more information: 808-665-7231

6. Maui Film Festival – June 13-17, 2012, Wailea
Hawaiian Culture meets the Big Screen at this annual film festival in Wailea. Film Premieres at the Celestial Cinema are set up in Wailea Golf Club’s driving range; Maui Skydome is in the Wailea Resort; Castle and McCoy Theatres are at Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Special events include the celebrity Tributes, Starry Night Moon Dance; Taste of Chocolate; Taste of Wailea, plus filmaker panels and industry awards.

7. Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau Parade & Hoolaulea at
Kamehameha Iki Park – Old Armory Park 500 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui on June 16, 2012 9:00am – 4:00pm

Hoolaulea Opens at 9:00AM Pau Parade Begins at 9:45AM. This event is to honor the Kamehameha Lineage with a day of celebration and commemoration in the center of the first capital of Hawaii. Pau Parade will commence at 9:45am from Kenui St. down Front St. to Shaw St., Hookupu Ceremony, Games, Entertainment, Food, Crafters, Exhibits and Tours.

Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa’u Parade & Ho’olaule’a June 18, 2011

The Pau Parade will commence at 9:45 am from Kenui St. down Front St. to Shaw St. Six Commentary Stations along Front St, Longhi’s, Kimo’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lahaina Pizza Co., Wharf Cinema Center, and Kamehameha Iki Park! Contact Daryl Fujiwara  at 808-264-8779 or e-mail him at sfdhawaii@gmail.com for more information.

What To Do On A Rainy Day on Maui? Watch Ulalena

It’s raining … it’s pouring … the Maui visitors are wondering … “what are we going to do?  There are many things to do on Maui on a rainy day, but we want to highlight one actiivity that your whole family will love. That is enjoying the show Ulalena. You will be mermerized by the story, the music and the incredible performance of the Ulalena cast.

Ulalena is an indoor theatrical presentation of Hawaiian myths, legends and culture. Stories include that of the Kumulipo, believed by ancient Hawaiians to be the story of creation; Pele, the volcano goddess; and Hina, the moon goddess. Shows incorporate the art of hula, theatrical performances and acrobatics. A unique, one-of-a-kind indoor performance at the Maui Theatre in Lahaina can add to your vacation experience, despite the weather conditions.

'Ulalena - Maui Theatre, October 2010

You have the option of just watching the show, or you can make it easier and more enjoyable for yourself and your family by having dinner there too. Dinner packages are available at a reasonable price with choices of menu from Ruth Chris’s, Lahaina Prime Rib, Hard Rock and Lahaina Grill.

Ulalena is one of a kind spectacular show that can only be seen on Maui.  As one writer said, “you’d be swept away on the same journey from the creation of the islands to the early island explorers”.  Ulalena blends traditional theatre with acrobatic feats of strength and beauty. It’s a family-friendly winning show! Watch this:

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For more information or make reservations, visit the Ulalena official website.

Maui March 2012 Events

March 2012 is almost here!  Do you have some big plans this month? Or are you like me, no definite plans yet but always on the look out for fun things to do.  I looked at the Maui Events Calendar and there are four (4) events that I thought are worth highlighting and sharing here.

Wailuku First Friday March 2012Wailuku First Friday “Zumba Wailuku” March 2, 2012, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wailuku First Friday celebrates its love for community and health with Hawaii Medical Service Association’s Zumba Wailuku. All of Maui is invited to come! Entertainment includes:

  • Non-stop Zumba at the Wailuku Banyan Tree Park
  • Bryan and Friends on the Maui Thing Stage, 6 p.m.
  • Gene and Shea Argel in front of Cafe ‘O Lei
  • Joel Katz at 33 N. Market Street
  • Live music at Main Street Bistro
  • Maui OnStage at the historic Iao Theater performs “Grease”  at 7:30 pm, $22, reservations recommended – 242-6969

Market Street will close at 5:30 p.m. No cars will be allowed during the event. Cars left parked on the street during the event will be ticketed. Artisans, crafters and food vendors will line the street!  Parking available at Maui Medical Group Parking Lot, Municipal Parking Lot and Wells Park

Ulupalakua Remembers March 4, 2012 11am to 4pm – Ulupalakua hosts a Sunday Drive events quarterly, to share and honor different aspects of this unique historic area.  Each event features live music on the beautiful grounds of Maui’s Winery, lunch specials at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store, complimentary wine tasting and an opportunity to learn more about the area’s history and culture.
This weekend they are celebrating the rich heritage of this historic ranchland in an event called “Ulupalakua Remembers”.

  • Music at Winery Grounds Stage  11 – 4
  • Grammy winner Richard Ho’opi’i & Ohana
  • Ukulele virtuoso Derick Sebastian
  • Joel Katz Hawaiian steel guitar
  • Seabury Hall Hawaiian Ensemble
  • Uncle Benny Uyetake
  • HistoryRemembering legendary Ulupalakua artist Reems Mitchell, creator of Maui’s most photographed statues. View memorabilia of his work and life

Lahaina Whale and Ocean Arts Festival  March 10 – 11, 2012
Lahaina celebrates the annual migration of Pacific Humpback whales with ocean arts festivities. On Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm in Banyan Tree Park Several Whale Research groups will educate visitors and locals alike. Artists display their best marine-themed art for sale, while Hawaiian musicians and hula troupes entertain. Enjoy a kids ocean art contest, whale photo displays. Free admission.

Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival Sat., March 31st, 2012 9am – 4:30pm
The mission of the Haiku Ho’olaule’a & Flower Festival  is to celebrate the past and present of the community of Haiku while building for the future.  The festival highlights local agriculture, arts, crafts and restaurants.  The rich cultural heritage is evident in the entertainment, historical displays and kupuna talks.  The festival is a collaborative effort of the Haiku School PTA, the Haiku Boys & Girls Club and the Haiku Community Association.  The monies raised by the event are used primarily to support the educational enrichment programs at Haiku School.  Programs such as art enrichment, creative movement, music, physical education, field trips, playground equipment, classroom allowances and bottled water.  The Boys & Girls Club and Haiku Community Association also benefit.  Wherever you are from we hope you enjoy this unique Haiku Community event.  Cost: Free Admission

What To Do On Your Vacation On Maui? Eat Well

There are many things to do Maui, but one absolute must that we don’t even have to tell you that you must do is eat. Of course you are going to eat on Maui! Now the question is where?  Where can you eat to satisfy a craving?  Where should you go to try out local dishes? What restaurant should you take your spouse for special anniversary dinner? Where should you eat that is affordable because you have your whole family with you? Well, we have found a book that will help you answer those questions!

James and Molly Jacobson, food writers who live, eat, and play on Maui started writing and publishing Top Maui Restaurantsthe definitive dining guide to Maui, in 2005.

This week they announced that the 2012 edition is out! They are joined by Shannon Wianecki as a contributor. We heard that this year’s edition is even more organized, more useful, and more complete than ever before.

  • There is a new listing section at the back of the book, where all of the restaurants are listed in order of their ratings (food, service, ambience, love, value, and overall). It really does show you “at a glance” which restaurants consistently rise to the top!
  • The section which used to present lists of restaurants by location, budget, and food craving (ex: burgers, happy hour, sushi, etc.) has been pruned and beefed up at the same time. Instead of listing all restaurants in these indices, they cut the slackers and kept in only the restaurants they really recommend. They renamed this section “Top Maui Restaurants” — because it only addresses their best recommendations.
  • They added in the map to Maui that somehow got omitted their last edition.

It will take a few weeks for every retailer to get their copies on the shelves, but the paperback edition is now available on Amazon.com.

Happy Eating!

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More January & February Events on Maui

About three weeks ago we took at Peak at the January and February 2012 events on Maui.  Well, we took another look and there are more! Here there are, in addition to what we’ve already listed on our previous post:

Paia Annual Beach Fest

Pa’ia Youth & Cultural Center’s 15th Annual Beachfest is set for Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at Pa`ia Bay. This is mainly a body boarding event but there is a free style surf division. The competition is open to all ages, and includes several divisions and tons of great prizes and give-aways. Families are invited to watch from the beach, but they ask that spectators keep it an alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free event. For more information, visit: www.pyccmaui.org (that’s where the photo above was taken)

New Shanghai Circus

Maui Arts and Cultural Center on January 16 and 17, the Castle Theater hosts the New Shanghai Circus for three beautifully orchestrated shows in two days. Chinese acrobatic skills have been passed on through generations. Building on the traditional performances, artists of today’s New Shanghai Circus have added layers of complexity and daring with new techniques and spectacular stunts, thrilling audiences around the globe. For more information, call 808 242 SHOW (7469) or go to www.mauiarts.org

Buy Back the Beach with HILT

For the 11th year in a row Old Lahaina Luau is hosting the event Buy Back The Beach, and this time around they’ll be showcasing their amazing family of restaurants. In addition to the traditional luau spread, guests get to sample tastings from Aloha Mixed Plate, Star Noodle, and the brand new Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop. Prepare to eat well! A true feast for the senses, the night’s entertainment includes total “Ahumania” with mistresses of ceremony Joni DeMello and Liz Morales of Ahumanu leading the show. The Old Lahaina Luau dancers will perform and HAPAheadlines with a special performance commemorating the 20th anniversary of their first album. Save the date: January 28, 2012

Chinese New Year Celebration

The sights and sounds of Chinese New Year take center stage at Maui Mall from 9 am to 2 pm, on Saturday, January 28, 2012 when the Year of the Dragon makes its auspicious debut. Free family event! Lion Dancers from the Maui Chinese Martial Arts Society start things off at 10 am. Also enjoy the Keiki Chinese Costume Contest and free Good Luck Lion photos for kids in Chinese Attire by Photography by Irvin. The day’s festivities will also include a fried rice cooking contest, Children Chinese Attire Contest, Children Art Contest for the Year of the Dragon, Children Chinese craft activities, calligraphy and a special Chinese antique display.  Also to greet the New Year are the Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association with their active and energetic dragon dancers and more lion dancers.  This Oahu based marshal arts group bring in the Chinese New Year with extra joyous festivities.

Maui Open Studios 2012

The Annual Maui Open Studios Event is the first island-wide event of its kind in Hawaii. It spans over 4 weekends in February every year and consists of an Opening Celebration and Preview Exhibition, 3 weekends of artist open studios, and other satellite concerts and art exhibitions throughout the month. The inaugural Maui Open Studios Event took place in February of 2011 and included 111 registered artists at over 90 venues island wide.
Artists are encouraged to do live demonstrations, serve refreshments, talk story about their art, sell their work, connect with their visitors and create unique exhibition spaces for the public to enjoy.  The public, both local and tourist alike, will have a very unique opportunity year after year to experience the creativity that the art community on Maui has to offer. It is a very special event for both the artists and art-collectors alike.