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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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Seabury Hall Craft Fair Tomorrow May 10, 2012

Remember when we posted the some of the upcoming events on Maui for the month of May and June? We did not have the Seabury Hall Craft Fair on the list, but we actually highly recommend it.  We just did not have the details when we posted a month ago.  Well, we have some information now, we look forward to going there tomorrow!

Experience the splendor of springtime in upcountry Maui at the Seabury Hall Craft Fair, a tradition for Maui families for 38 years. It’s always held on the day before Mother’s Day, and provides the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique gift for Mom while the entire family has fun.

The juried craft fair features the work of more than 100 local artisans. There’s also live entertainment throughout the day by Gail Swanson, Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo, Haiku Hillbillies, Marty Dread, and other popular entertainers.

The fair includes great food, a bakery with delicious treats, silent and live auctions, games and bouncy rides for the kids, a plant sale and more. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 480 Olinda Road, just one mile above Makawao Town. Admission is $3 for adults. Children ages 12 and under are free. Free parking is available as well as premium parking for $10. To learn more, visit www.seaburyhall.org.

Watch this video from the precious craft fairs to see how fun it is!

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*Information, Photo and Video are from Seabury Hall Website and Facebook Page

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. 

April 2012 Events On Maui

It’s almost halfway through March. It’s time for us to highlight some of the events happening next month (April) to give you ample time to plan. Here’s our event picks:

Opening Ceremony

1. Celebration of the Arts – This prestigious event is held at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua on April 6 weekend. The Ritz Carlton had been hosting this cultural event that pay tribute to the people, arts, and traditions of Hawaii. There will be seminars on Hawaiin current events, arts and crafts, hula performances and other exhibits. The closing celebration culminates in a Paina and entertainment by asd amazing presentation by Ulalela.

Ag Fest

2. Maui County Agricultural Festival – This fun family event will be held at the Maui Tropical Plantation on April 7. Maui AgFest aims to bring awarenenss to the local agriculture industry through various aspects of the event: exhibits, cooking and baking demonstrations, contest and also through music and dance.

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3. Banyan Tree Birthday party – The 139th birthday of the Lahaima town’s famous Banyan Tree will be celebrated with a birthday cake on April 21. Artists playing nature artworkds, hands-on activities for children and multi-cultural entertainment.

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4. East Maui Taro Festival. Have you tasted at “taro” yet?  If not, it will be a great time to taste this Hawaiian staple at the East Maui Taro Festival. Enjoy the all day festival on Saturday, April 28, with live music and hula, arts and crafts, and ancient games, food booth and taro planting demonstrations

* Photo Credits:  Taro Photo by Kent K. Barnes / kentkb; all other photos are by Peter Liu – via and linked to Flckr.

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.

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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

Maui Open Studio With Shane Robinson This Weekend

On Saturday February 18th, and Sunday February 19th, at 11:00am to 6:00pm, the talented  Artist Shane Robinson‘s  studio will be open as part of the Maui Open Studio Event happening this month.  Shane’s Studio is located at 375 W Kuiaha Rd Ste 24 in Haiku. We are all invited to come!

When you come, you will see Shane’s wide range of work: numerous forms of abstract photography, digital art created on the iPhone and iPad, and his acrylic paintings in process.

He will be offering demos, refreshments, music, and special pricing! It’s easy to add some art to your walls at home and work during the Maui Open Studios tour. The studio is on the top floor with great north shore views!

Shane together with Roxanne will also be hosting an extended gathering aka party on Saturday evening – it will be a fun time of art, food, drink and conversations.

Photos shown here were taken by Peter Liu at the last year’s Maui Open Studio.  Thank you Peter for allowing us to use these photos. You can see more on Kaiscapes Flickr Acct.

For more information on this event and on Shane’s art, go to at www.shanerobinson.com