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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Cliff Dive Bar, Sheraton Kaanapali Maui

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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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Small Kine Dining Tip – Super Deal at Longboard’s, Marriott Ocean Vacation Club Kaanapali

Posted: March 12th, 2011 | Comments Off

Longboards Oceanfront Venue

Longboard’s, at the Marriott Ocean Vacation Club Kaanapali, offers casual barefoot dining perfect for families or groups just a few minutes off the heavily trod path of Whaler’s Village. Dig your toes into the sand of their pseudo (but nonetheless satisfying) beach on “Wet Willy Wednesday” when a bucket of hot wings and 4 Heinekens set you back only $16. Watch the sunset on Thai Tuesday and indulge in Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps along with 4 Maui Brewing Co. beers for – you guessed it – $16. Happy Hour beers are $3 and well drinks $4.

There are specials every night of the week, including Service Industry Thursday when a service industry I.D. or paystub nets $4 well drinks and $3 drafts. For the rest of us? Heap on some delicious marble smash potato (or rice) paired with a double filet, New York strip, or sirloin topped with shrimp, for $28.95. Or try my personal favorite island comfort food, the Chicken Katsu with Asian Slaw for $16.95.

If you care to dine early while watching the sun go down from 5-6 pm, a perfectly wonderful option for Maui,  there’s a heckuva deal to be had. A simple but satisfying three course menu is only $18 pp. It includes a few sumptuous dessert choices such as carrot cake slathered with cream cheese frosting or hot fudge (think molten lava) cake.

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Small Kine Dining Tip – Super Deal at Longboard’s, Marriott Ocean Vacation Club Kaanapali

Posted: March 12th, 2011 | Comments Off

Longboards Oceanfront Venue

Longboard’s, at the Marriott Ocean Vacation Club Kaanapali, offers casual barefoot dining perfect for families or groups just a few minutes off the heavily trod path of Whaler’s Village. Dig your toes into the sand of their pseudo (but nonetheless satisfying) beach on “Wet Willy Wednesday” when a bucket of hot wings and 4 Heinekens set you back only $16. Watch the sunset on Thai Tuesday and indulge in Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps along with 4 Maui Brewing Co. beers for – you guessed it – $16. Happy Hour beers are $3 and well drinks $4.

There are specials every night of the week, including Service Industry Thursday when a service industry I.D. or paystub nets $4 well drinks and $3 drafts. For the rest of us? Heap on some delicious marble smash potato (or rice) paired with a double filet, New York strip, or sirloin topped with shrimp, for $28.95. Or try my personal favorite island comfort food, the Chicken Katsu with Asian Slaw for $16.95.

If you care to dine early while watching the sun go down from 5-6 pm, a perfectly wonderful option for Maui,  there’s a heckuva deal to be had. A simple but satisfying three course menu is only $18 pp. It includes a few sumptuous dessert choices such as carrot cake slathered with cream cheese frosting or hot fudge (think molten lava) cake.

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Small Kine Dining Tip – Super Deal at Longboard’s, Marriott Ocean Vacation Club Kaanapali

Posted: March 12th, 2011 | Comments Off

Longboards Oceanfront Venue

Longboard’s, at the Marriott Ocean Vacation Club Kaanapali, offers casual barefoot dining perfect for families or groups just a few minutes off the heavily trod path of Whaler’s Village. Dig your toes into the sand of their pseudo (but nonetheless satisfying) beach on “Wet Willy Wednesday” when a bucket of hot wings and 4 Heinekens set you back only $16. Watch the sunset on Thai Tuesday and indulge in Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps along with 4 Maui Brewing Co. beers for – you guessed it – $16. Happy Hour beers are $3 and well drinks $4.

There are specials every night of the week, including Service Industry Thursday when a service industry I.D. or paystub nets $4 well drinks and $3 drafts. For the rest of us? Heap on some delicious marble smash potato (or rice) paired with a double filet, New York strip, or sirloin topped with shrimp, for $28.95. Or try my personal favorite island comfort food, the Chicken Katsu with Asian Slaw for $16.95.

If you care to dine early while watching the sun go down from 5-6 pm, a perfectly wonderful option for Maui,  there’s a heckuva deal to be had. A simple but satisfying three course menu is only $18 pp. It includes a few sumptuous dessert choices such as carrot cake slathered with cream cheese frosting or hot fudge (think molten lava) cake.

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Small Kine Dining Tips

Posted: February 18th, 2011 | Comments Off

Being a pastry fan, I’m often on the lookout for sources to satisfy my butter and sugar tooth. Here are a few I’ve come across lately in my culinary scouting missions aka pig outs.

Village Cafe

Village Cafe and Sweet Shoppe

New on the scene restaurant in beautiful Kapalua, VCSS bakes delicious muffins, cinnamon rolls, biscotti, red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin scones, cookies, pastries and croissants in-house.  Take in the gorgeous scenery or hike the Village Trail nearby whilst enjoying a morning coffee or cappuccino, a certain way to set your day on the right path.

Maui Bake Shop

This Wailuku mainstay was absent from the scene just long enough that I’d nearly given up the idea of ever finding another such flaky, rockin’ croissant or true to its roots Florentine. Thankfully, owners Jose and Claire Krall are back en force delivering pastries and bread the good old fashioned way the French intended – baked in a vintage brick oven. They also serve great lunches – such as salads, sandwiches and quiche.

Banyan Tree Deli

Right there at 626 Front Street in Lahaina, this relatively new deli makes super sandwiches but we are here to talk about the bakery. Banyan Tree Deli produces the usual highly desired suspects, scones, muffins, cookies, which share the spotlight with handmade chocolates.

Pita Paradise Baklava Pie

Pita Paradise

My favorite go-to spot when in south Maui, Pita Paradise opened a new outlet in the Wailea Gateway recently (besides their first venue in the Kihei Triangle) and I can’t decide which I like better – the familiar homey version of the Mediterranean super star or the beautiful and elegant new made-over version. Each has its charms but more importantly, each produces what I consider the most decadent dessert on Maui – the one worth packing a specially prepared cooler for the drive home so you can also treat your family or guests to the sinfully delicious Baklava Ice Cream cake. I mean, since you’re in love, why not introduce it to the family?

Kai Ala Store at Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas Resort North Tower

Unless you are staying at the gorgeous timeshares of Westin’s KOR you’d likely not think to stop in for gourmet supplies or baked goods, but I’d highly recommend it if you’re in the area, for the Westin bakers produce one of the best Croissants and Apple Streudels  in West Maui. If there are any left over after 2 pm all baked goods are two for one.

Patisserie at Paina Food Court – Maui Culinary Academy, UH Maui

Aspiring bakers and pastry chefs turn out superior patisserie in the form of cakes, tortes, pies, and other scrumptious goodies densely packed with calories. Since that’s the whole idea behind pastries, it’s a wonderful thing. Dining here or taking home a few treats for your co-workers or family members brings happiness while helping to promote our future chefs, which transforms dessert into a noble service.

The Bakery – Lahaina

In the obscure location tucked into the industrial section of Lahaina (near the pawn shop across from Lahaina Carpet) you’ll find treats like those from a bygone era when every neighborhood had a bakery and each was better than the next. Although known primarily for their delicious breads, over the holidays I ordered a MacNut Pie which will grace every holiday table at our house from now on. Great muffins and macaroons, too.

The more well-known bakeries, Stillwell’s, Home Maid, Komodo and Moana carry wonderful super products for the lucky people who live in Wailuku and Makawao.


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Small Kine Dining Tips

Posted: February 18th, 2011 | Comments Off

Being a pastry fan, I’m often on the lookout for sources to satisfy my butter and sugar tooth. Here are a few I’ve come across lately in my culinary scouting missions aka pig outs.

Village Cafe

Village Cafe and Sweet Shoppe

New on the scene restaurant in beautiful Kapalua, VCSS bakes delicious muffins, cinnamon rolls, biscotti, red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin scones, cookies, pastries and croissants in-house.  Take in the gorgeous scenery or hike the Village Trail nearby whilst enjoying a morning coffee or cappuccino, a certain way to set your day on the right path.

Maui Bake Shop

This Wailuku mainstay was absent from the scene just long enough that I’d nearly given up the idea of ever finding another such flaky, rockin’ croissant or true to its roots Florentine. Thankfully, owners Jose and Claire Krall are back en force delivering pastries and bread the good old fashioned way the French intended – baked in a vintage brick oven. They also serve great lunches – such as salads, sandwiches and quiche.

Banyan Tree Deli

Right there at 626 Front Street in Lahaina, this relatively new deli makes super sandwiches but we are here to talk about the bakery. Banyan Tree Deli produces the usual highly desired suspects, scones, muffins, cookies, which share the spotlight with handmade chocolates.

Pita Paradise Baklava Pie

Pita Paradise

My favorite go-to spot when in south Maui, Pita Paradise opened a new outlet in the Wailea Gateway recently (besides their first venue in the Kihei Triangle) and I can’t decide which I like better – the familiar homey version of the Mediterranean super star or the beautiful and elegant new made-over version. Each has its charms but more importantly, each produces what I consider the most decadent dessert on Maui – the one worth packing a specially prepared cooler for the drive home so you can also treat your family or guests to the sinfully delicious Baklava Ice Cream cake. I mean, since you’re in love, why not introduce it to the family?

Kai Ala Store at Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas Resort North Tower

Unless you are staying at the gorgeous timeshares of Westin’s KOR you’d likely not think to stop in for gourmet supplies or baked goods, but I’d highly recommend it if you’re in the area, for the Westin bakers produce one of the best Croissants and Apple Streudels  in West Maui. If there are any left over after 2 pm all baked goods are two for one.

Patisserie at Paina Food Court – Maui Culinary Academy, UH Maui

Aspiring bakers and pastry chefs turn out superior patisserie in the form of cakes, tortes, pies, and other scrumptious goodies densely packed with calories. Since that’s the whole idea behind pastries, it’s a wonderful thing. Dining here or taking home a few treats for your co-workers or family members brings happiness while helping to promote our future chefs, which transforms dessert into a noble service.

The Bakery – Lahaina

In the obscure location tucked into the industrial section of Lahaina (near the pawn shop across from Lahaina Carpet) you’ll find treats like those from a bygone era when every neighborhood had a bakery and each was better than the next. Although known primarily for their delicious breads, over the holidays I ordered a MacNut Pie which will grace every holiday table at our house from now on. Great muffins and macaroons, too.

The more well-known bakeries, Stillwell’s, Home Maid, Komodo and Moana carry wonderful super products for the lucky people who live in Wailuku and Makawao.

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Small Kine Dining Tips

Posted: February 18th, 2011 | Comments Off

Being a pastry fan, I’m often on the lookout for sources to satisfy my butter and sugar tooth. Here are a few I’ve come across lately in my culinary scouting missions aka pig outs.

Village Cafe

Village Cafe and Sweet Shoppe

New on the scene restaurant in beautiful Kapalua, VCSS bakes delicious muffins, cinnamon rolls, biscotti, red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin scones, cookies, pastries and croissants in-house.  Take in the gorgeous scenery or hike the Village Trail nearby whilst enjoying a morning coffee or cappuccino, a certain way to set your day on the right path.

Maui Bake Shop

This Wailuku mainstay was absent from the scene just long enough that I’d nearly given up the idea of ever finding another such flaky, rockin’ croissant or true to its roots Florentine. Thankfully, owners Jose and Claire Krall are back en force delivering pastries and bread the good old fashioned way the French intended – baked in a vintage brick oven. They also serve great lunches – such as salads, sandwiches and quiche.

Banyan Tree Deli

Right there at 626 Front Street in Lahaina, this relatively new deli makes super sandwiches but we are here to talk about the bakery. Banyan Tree Deli produces the usual highly desired suspects, scones, muffins, cookies, which share the spotlight with handmade chocolates.

Pita Paradise Baklava Pie

Pita Paradise

My favorite go-to spot when in south Maui, Pita Paradise opened a new outlet in the Wailea Gateway recently (besides their first venue in the Kihei Triangle) and I can’t decide which I like better – the familiar homey version of the Mediterranean super star or the beautiful and elegant new made-over version. Each has its charms but more importantly, each produces what I consider the most decadent dessert on Maui – the one worth packing a specially prepared cooler for the drive home so you can also treat your family or guests to the sinfully delicious Baklava Ice Cream cake. I mean, since you’re in love, why not introduce it to the family?

Kai Ala Store at Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas Resort North Tower

Unless you are staying at the gorgeous timeshares of Westin’s KOR you’d likely not think to stop in for gourmet supplies or baked goods, but I’d highly recommend it if you’re in the area, for the Westin bakers produce one of the best Croissants and Apple Streudels  in West Maui. If there are any left over after 2 pm all baked goods are two for one.

Patisserie at Paina Food Court – Maui Culinary Academy, UH Maui

Aspiring bakers and pastry chefs turn out superior patisserie in the form of cakes, tortes, pies, and other scrumptious goodies densely packed with calories. Since that’s the whole idea behind pastries, it’s a wonderful thing. Dining here or taking home a few treats for your co-workers or family members brings happiness while helping to promote our future chefs, which transforms dessert into a noble service.

The Bakery – Lahaina

In the obscure location tucked into the industrial section of Lahaina (near the pawn shop across from Lahaina Carpet) you’ll find treats like those from a bygone era when every neighborhood had a bakery and each was better than the next. Although known primarily for their delicious breads, over the holidays I ordered a MacNut Pie which will grace every holiday table at our house from now on. Great muffins and macaroons, too.

The more well-known bakeries, Stillwell’s, Home Maid, Komodo and Moana carry wonderful super products for the lucky people who live in Wailuku and Makawao.

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Honokawai Fish Market Is Fan-fishin’-tastic

Posted: February 14th, 2011 | Comments Off

Got Fish

Whether as an alternative lunch or fabulous carry-out, do at home dinner, few outlets on Maui’s west side have better fast food than the Fish Market in Honokawai.

I mean, how could lunch be any faster than an oyster shooter or two (buck a piece!) or a plate of sashimi just pulled from the ocean? (If there were any question regarding the shelf-life of the fish, be assured I’ve witnessed as fishermen deliver seafood snagged but hours ago.)

If you have a little more time, try the ahi “burger,” or better yet, the grilled mahi with shoyu carmelized onions on a soft bun. Any of the three tasty varieties of soup — gumbo, bisque and chowder — serve up immediately and satisfy as quickly.  Salad fans rave about the garden fresh Caesar topped with grilled catch of the day or the house salad made with locally grown veggies drizzled with lavender soy dressings that’s so ono you’ll be back again tomorrow.

Besides fish in every conceivable form (gumbo, bisque, tacos, in sammies, on salads…) Fish Market also prepares pulled pork served in various wrappings, including tasty quesadillas. Crab cakes, ono, mahi, and pulled pork are also presented as a plate lunch for hearty eaters.

Ahi Poke

But it’s the shrimp ceviche, lobster salad, ahi poke and sashimi that have me hooked on the Fish Market. For a perfectly easy to assemble gourmet dinner, order small servings of each, plus six oyster shooters, a container of lobster bisque, and a maybe piece of ocean fresh fish for the grill. You’ll have a delicious and healthy dinner on the table in time to put your feet up before watching the sun set over the ocean.

Address

3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd #h1
Lahaina, HI 96761
(North of Lahaina in ‘Honokowai)

For really fast food, call in your order: 808-665-9895

Inside dining at the bar, al fresco at a few sidewalk bistro tables. Nothing too fancy, just delicious fish!

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Honokawai Fish Market Is Fan-fishin’-tastic

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Got Fish

Whether as an alternative lunch or fabulous carry-out, do at home dinner, few outlets on Maui’s west side have better fast food than the Fish Market in Honokawai.

I mean, how could lunch be any faster than an oyster shooter or two (buck a piece!) or a plate of sashimi just pulled from the ocean? (If there were any question regarding the shelf-life of the fish, be assured I’ve witnessed as fishermen deliver seafood snagged but hours ago.)

If you have a little more time, try the ahi “burger,” or better yet, the grilled mahi with shoyu carmelized onions on a soft bun. Any of the three tasty varieties of soup — gumbo, bisque and chowder — serve up immediately and satisfy as quickly.  Salad fans rave about the garden fresh Caesar topped with grilled catch of the day or the house salad made with locally grown veggies drizzled with lavender soy dressings that’s so ono you’ll be back again tomorrow.

Besides fish in every conceivable form (gumbo, bisque, tacos, in sammies, on salads…) Fish Market also prepares pulled pork served in various wrappings, including tasty quesadillas. Crab cakes, ono, mahi, and pulled pork are also presented as a plate lunch for hearty eaters.

Ahi Poke

But it’s the shrimp ceviche, lobster salad, ahi poke and sashimi that have me hooked on the Fish Market. For a perfectly easy to assemble gourmet dinner, order small servings of each, plus six oyster shooters, a container of lobster bisque, and a maybe piece of ocean fresh fish for the grill. You’ll have a delicious and healthy dinner on the table in time to put your feet up before watching the sun set over the ocean.

Address

3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd #h1
Lahaina, HI 96761
(North of Lahaina in ‘Honokowai)

For really fast food, call in your order: 808-665-9895

Inside dining at the bar, al fresco at a few sidewalk bistro tables. Nothing too fancy, just delicious fish!

Fish Market on Urbanspoon

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