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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 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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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

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. 

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.

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.

'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.