Fifth Annual Wailea Food and Wine Celebration Nov. 18

Posted: October 26th, 2011 | Comments Off

Hui No`eau warmly welcomes your participation in this year’s Wailea Food & Wine Celebration, a relaxing evening featuring Maui’s top chefs & vintners- all gathering in support of visual arts education in our community.

Surrounded by the peaceful ambiance and tropical views from Hotel Wailea, guests will experience incredible culinary variety while comparing the truly exquisite wines provided by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants. With past years’ esteemed company including vintners from Grgich Hills Estate, Jordan Winery, Justin Vineyards & Winery and Shafer Vineyards & chefs from Capische, Five Palms Restaurant, MCC Culinary Academy and Spago Maui, this year’s event promises food and wine of the highest caliber. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in an auction for an elegant four-course catered dinner & wine pairing for 18 at the Hui’s historic Kaluanui Estate.

This special event will take place on Friday, November 18th at Hotel Wailea, beginning at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $150, ($100 of which is tax deductible)! Purchase your tickets by Nov 4th for a chance to win “Ripeness Begins Corrupting Every Tree” by printmaking artist Brad Brown, valued at $500. Winning guests must be present at time of drawing. Click here to purchase your tickets today or call 572-6560.

Good company. Stunning Views. Relaxed atmosphere. Worthy cause. The Hui No`eau looks forward to celebrating Li’ula i Wailea, “Twilight at Wailea” with you on November 18th


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Ali`i Kula Lavendar Farm Summer Fest, July 9

Posted: July 8th, 2011 | Comments Off

Plan to spend a wonderful day in Maui’s gorgeous upcountry and take home some home baked treats in support of sustainable aloha. The event features music, discounts on plants and lavender products, demos, and of course -  food, all in honor of Ali`i Chang, founder of the Lavender Farm.


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I`O Wine Club July 15th

Posted: July 6th, 2011 | Comments Off

Every month the good folks at I`O offer to educate your palate by preparing tasty goodies and pouring excellent wines. The charge for all that is only $30!

This month the Wine Club also entices beer drinkers with an appropriately titled Mix theme (as in mixing it up – but not in the dry martini sort of way).

A Risotto action station promises to be particularly compelling, for who among us doesn’t love the creamy goodness of an elegant carb with ingredients such as fungi and legumes stirred in for flavor?


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Lahaina Rotary Club’s Savor the Sunset Event at Royal Lahaina Resort July 14th

Posted: July 6th, 2011 | Comments Off

Support the Lahaina Library while you Savor the Sunset at the upcoming fund raising event at the Royal Lahaina Resort, July 14th. Sponsored by Rotary Club Lahaina, the evening showcases Citrus College Band, who are invited annually by the Hyatt Regency Maui where they perform at a number of amazing venues during their stint on island. Don’t miss the wonderful event!


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Best Places to Watch the Sunset in West Maui

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Comments Off

West Maui offers the best perspective for having a cocktail and pupu while watching the sunset. With Molokai and Lanai forming the picture-perfect backdrop, the sight of the sun sinking slowly into the sea never fails to draw stellar reviews. Even those who were born on Maui take time for the big daily moment. The ritual is even more impressive when enjoyed with libation in hand.  Here are What’s Cooking Maui’s picks for the best place to enjoy the sundown show on West Maui.

Cliff Dive Bar at the Sheraton

All across the island, come sundown, you can hear conch shells blowing as tiki torches are lighted, signaling the day’s imminent fall into darkness. At Black Rock you’ll also see a nimble young warrior lope up the lava rock, lighting torches as he goes, before ceremoniously exiting the scene by diving magnificently into the churning waters below. It’s a WOW moment that competes with the sunset itself.

At the Cliff Dive Bar (which is not a dive bar at all)  you’ll have a perfect view of the proceedings with the ocean on one side and the pool, which meanders like a river through the resort, on the other. There is a grill menu offering delightful beach park favorites such as fresh veggies on skewers, grilled flatbread pizza, burgers, chicken and fish sandwiches and a mixed plate of mahi, chicken, and beef kabobs that are the bomb.

Mala’s Ocean Tavern

Sitting on the water’s edge, with the waves lapping the shore and sea turtles bobbing about, if you close your eyes a moment you can imagine having been magically transported to Bali, Bora Bora or Langkawi Island. Something about Mala’s always takes me back to another time and place. Popular for weekend brunch, Mala is equally as popular just before the sun goes down, due to the Happy Hour specials ($1 off wine and beer, $2 off cocktails) and $2 off Mala’s most popular dishes including the Kobe burger, quartet of mezza, and spicy lamb pita.   Enjoy the deal between 3 pm and 4:30 pm but it’s worth it to hang around until sunset (even at full price) since you’ll entertain a ringside seat for the magic moment.

Barefoot Bar and Ocean Terrace at Royal Lahaina Resort

The newly renovated Barefoot Bar is a total throwback to the little grass shack of Don the Beachcomber days. Of course you’ll order a delightfully delicious Serrano Chili infused Mango Margarita or hand crafted Sangria whenever the shutters are open. Sit on a bar stool barefoot, in your bikini, sandy from the beach;  there is no dress code at the Barefoot Bar. Well, as long as it’s not illegal.

At the Ocean Terrace’s indoor/outdoor bar two of the best servers on the island attend to drink and food orders at the double sided drink station. Lanai tables under the canopy afford the best views of sunset and the nightly entertainment and hula. Food is priced to please with most entrees between $10-$20. Favorites such as crispy flatbread pizza, seared ahi salad, family sized pasta bowls and salads, and gourmet quality gazpacho and roasted red pepper soup perk up the menu which also includes burgers, nachos and sandwiches.

Merriman’s Kapalua

The best fine dining option for watching the sundown on West Maui has to be Merriman’s. Take a stroll out to the point and whale watch from a comfy lounge chair. Situated in harmony with the sea and sky, this slice of real estate commands picture perfect vistas. Even from a barstool inside the gorgeous dining room you’ll benefit from food and drink specials without missing a thing. Merriman’s hosts very popular wine tasting events held on the north lanai, another stellar lookout spot.  For special event, or just because, organize a tented dinner table on Merriman’s gorgeous grounds. The VIP service will make you forget that your personal butler’s away on vacation.

Wherever you enjoy the last rays of the day, give a little cheer to what brought you here.


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Best Places to Watch the Sunset in West Maui

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Comments Off

Lahaina's Amazing Sunsets

West Maui offers the best perspective for having a cocktail and pupu while watching the sunset. With Molokai and Lanai forming the picture-perfect backdrop, the sight of the sun sinking slowly into the sea never fails to draw stellar reviews. Even those who were born on Maui take time for the big daily moment. The ritual is even more impressive when enjoyed with libation in hand. Here are What’s Cooking Maui’s picks for the best place to enjoy the sundown show on West Maui.

Cliff Dive Bar at the Sheraton

All across the island, come sundown, you can hear conch shells blowing as tiki torches are lighted, signaling the day’s imminent fall into darkness. At Black Rock you’ll also see a nimble young warrior lope up the lava rock, lighting torches as he goes, before ceremoniously exiting the scene by diving magnificently into the churning waters below. It’s a WOW moment that competes with the sunset itself.
At the Cliff Dive Bar (which is not a dive bar at all) you’ll have a perfect view of the proceedings with the ocean on one side and the pool, which meanders like a river through the resort, on the other. There is a grill menu offering delightful beach park favorites such as fresh veggies on skewers, grilled flatbread pizza, burgers, chicken and fish sandwiches and a mixed plate of mahi, chicken, and beef kabobs that are the bomb.

Mala’s Ocean Tavern

Sitting on the water’s edge, with the waves lapping the shore and sea turtles bobbing about, if you close your eyes a moment you can imagine having been magically transported to Bali, Bora Bora or Langkawi Island. Something about Mala’s always takes me back to another time and place. Popular for weekend brunch, Mala is equally as popular just before the sun goes down, due to the Happy Hour specials ($1 off wine and beer, $2 off cocktails) and $2 off Mala’s most popular dishes including the Kobe burger, quartet of mezza, and spicy lamb pita. Enjoy the deal between 3 pm and 4:30 pm but it’s worth it to hang around until sunset (even at full price) since you’ll entertain a ringside seat for the magic moment.

Barefoot Bar and Ocean Terrace at Royal Lahaina Resort

Take your Shoozawf

The newly renovated Barefoot Bar is a total throwback to the little grass shack of Don the Beachcomber days. Of course you’ll order a delightfully delicious Serrano Chili infused Mango Margarita or hand crafted Sangria whenever the shutters are open. Sit on a bar stool barefoot, in your bikini, sandy from the beach; there is no dress code at the Barefoot Bar. Well, as long as it’s not illegal.
At the Ocean Terrace’s indoor/outdoor bar two of the best servers on the island attend to drink and food orders at the double sided drink station. Lanai tables under the canopy afford the best views of sunset and the nightly entertainment and hula. Food is priced to please with most entrees between $10-$20. Favorites such as crispy flatbread pizza, seared ahi salad, family sized pasta bowls and salads, and gourmet quality gazpacho and roasted red pepper soup perk up the menu which also includes burgers, nachos and sandwiches.

Merriman’s Kapalua

Private little dining hale

The best fine dining option for watching the sundown on West Maui has to be Merriman’s. Take a stroll out to the point and whale watch from a comfy lounge chair. Situated in harmony with the sea and sky, this slice of real estate commands picture perfect vistas. Even from a barstool inside the gorgeous dining room you’ll benefit from food and drink specials without missing a thing. Merriman’s hosts very popular wine tasting events held on the north lanai, another stellar lookout spot. For special event, or just because, organize a tented dinner table on Merriman’s gorgeous grounds. The VIP service will make you forget that your personal butler’s away on vacation.
Wherever you enjoy the last rays of the day, give a little cheer to what brought you here.
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Best Places to Watch the Sunset in West Maui

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Comments Off

Lahaina's Amazing Sunsets

West Maui offers the best perspective for having a cocktail and pupu while watching the sunset. With Molokai and Lanai forming the picture-perfect backdrop, the sight of the sun sinking slowly into the sea never fails to draw stellar reviews. Even those who were born on Maui take time for the big daily moment. The ritual is even more impressive when enjoyed with libation in hand. Here are What’s Cooking Maui’s picks for the best place to enjoy the sundown show on West Maui.

Cliff Dive Bar at the Sheraton

All across the island, come sundown, you can hear conch shells blowing as tiki torches are lighted, signaling the day’s imminent fall into darkness. At Black Rock you’ll also see a nimble young warrior lope up the lava rock, lighting torches as he goes, before ceremoniously exiting the scene by diving magnificently into the churning waters below. It’s a WOW moment that competes with the sunset itself.
At the Cliff Dive Bar (which is not a dive bar at all) you’ll have a perfect view of the proceedings with the ocean on one side and the pool, which meanders like a river through the resort, on the other. There is a grill menu offering delightful beach park favorites such as fresh veggies on skewers, grilled flatbread pizza, burgers, chicken and fish sandwiches and a mixed plate of mahi, chicken, and beef kabobs that are the bomb.

Mala’s Ocean Tavern

Sitting on the water’s edge, with the waves lapping the shore and sea turtles bobbing about, if you close your eyes a moment you can imagine having been magically transported to Bali, Bora Bora or Langkawi Island. Something about Mala’s always takes me back to another time and place. Popular for weekend brunch, Mala is equally as popular just before the sun goes down, due to the Happy Hour specials ($1 off wine and beer, $2 off cocktails) and $2 off Mala’s most popular dishes including the Kobe burger, quartet of mezza, and spicy lamb pita. Enjoy the deal between 3 pm and 4:30 pm but it’s worth it to hang around until sunset (even at full price) since you’ll entertain a ringside seat for the magic moment.

Barefoot Bar and Ocean Terrace at Royal Lahaina Resort

Take your Shoozawf

The newly renovated Barefoot Bar is a total throwback to the little grass shack of Don the Beachcomber days. Of course you’ll order a delightfully delicious Serrano Chili infused Mango Margarita or hand crafted Sangria whenever the shutters are open. Sit on a bar stool barefoot, in your bikini, sandy from the beach; there is no dress code at the Barefoot Bar. Well, as long as it’s not illegal.
At the Ocean Terrace’s indoor/outdoor bar two of the best servers on the island attend to drink and food orders at the double sided drink station. Lanai tables under the canopy afford the best views of sunset and the nightly entertainment and hula. Food is priced to please with most entrees between $10-$20. Favorites such as crispy flatbread pizza, seared ahi salad, family sized pasta bowls and salads, and gourmet quality gazpacho and roasted red pepper soup perk up the menu which also includes burgers, nachos and sandwiches.

Merriman’s Kapalua

Private little dining hale

The best fine dining option for watching the sundown on West Maui has to be Merriman’s. Take a stroll out to the point and whale watch from a comfy lounge chair. Situated in harmony with the sea and sky, this slice of real estate commands picture perfect vistas. Even from a barstool inside the gorgeous dining room you’ll benefit from food and drink specials without missing a thing. Merriman’s hosts very popular wine tasting events held on the north lanai, another stellar lookout spot. For special event, or just because, organize a tented dinner table on Merriman’s gorgeous grounds. The VIP service will make you forget that your personal butler’s away on vacation.
Wherever you enjoy the last rays of the day, give a little cheer to what brought you here.
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Cliff Dive Bar, Sheraton Kaanapali Maui

Posted: March 31st, 2011 | Comments Off

Three Black Rock Divers Await Their Moment

The sun, hanging by a thread just prior to its daily disappearance, scorched the atmosphere. The resulting luminosity made the earth’s solar master appear even more powerful than usual. Silhouettes in the distance, laser cuts in the camera lens, stood poised against the magical light.

At the Sheraton Kaanapali’s Cliff Dive Bar at sunset you may witness a red/blue/purple explosion in the western Maui sky, or catch the mountain side vistas bathed in golden mele mele light and rainbows. You may occasionally stumble upon something more monochromatic yet just as richly memorable, as we did the other night.

We had stopped by for the nightly spectacle. Every evening, as the sun sinks slowly in the west, a sarong-clad, torch-wielding warrior bounds up Black Rock, lighting the path for all the souls who have gone before on their way toward their heavenly calling.

Black Rock was the ancient Hawaiian entrance to the great beyond known as a leina a ka’uhane, or “soul’s leap.” Every island has such a place where the souls of the dead would leap to the gods in the hereafter. On Maui it is Pu`u Keka`a, or Black Rock.

The Torch Lighter Salutes the Sun

One of Maui’s most well-respected chiefs, Kahekili, excelled in the game of lele kawa (cliff jumping) and was known to have jumped into the sea from heights of 300 to 400 feet. Though Black Rock is nowhere near that height, Kahekili gained respect from fellow warriors for his leaps from the spot, mainly because the fearless warrior was undaunted by the presence of the spirits who purportedly lingered in the area.

This may help explain why you’ll get chicken skin as the torch lighter, after ascending the rocks, pays homage to the ancestors, tosses a lei into the ocean, then dives majestically into the water precisely as the sun casts its final smoldering glance of the day.
It’s a once in a lifetime event – but on Maui we have the pleasure and privilege of being able to witness the ceremony any night of the year.

I suggest you do it often from the Cliff Dive Bar at the Sheraton, where there’s a daily barbecue to keep you sated during your sentinel (the scents from the grill almost as pleasantly potent as the sunset.) There are multifarious tropical libations, including the winner of last year’s Mai Tai festival. Live entertainment, including a highly educational and absorbing history and commentary, further sets the stage for the breathtaking moment.

• Sheraton Kaanapali Maui
• Cliff Dive Bar
• 2605 Ka’anapali Parkway
• Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761
• 866.500.8313


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