Mala Ocean Tavern, Lahaina

Posted in Food & Dining on November 4th, 2010

Mala Ocean Tavern Prime Views

Every town has that perfect spot for weekend lunch; in Lahaina, that place is Mala Ocean Tavern. Opened in 2005, by Mark and Judy Ellman, right off the bat Mala’s was the undisputed best place to linger with friends on a long afternoon while sipping a refreshing drink.

Sharing a table on the open-air lanai is best; from there you can watch the sea turtles engage in their underwater paddling contests, moving close to shore, then back out to sea with the waxing and waning surf.  Order a custom muddled mojito, one of Mala’s specialties, and soon you’ll also be going with the flow, which is what dining with friends should be about. Also highly recommended is the Spanish style sangria, crafted of red wine, soda, fresh fruits and a secret ingredient as invigorating as it is delicious.

Appetizer Medley at Mala's

Start with something for everyone (you wouldn’t want to rush) such as the stir-fry Brussels sprouts, edamame guacamole or the Mediterranean Quartet (a platter of feta cheese, hummus, olives, and babaganoush served with the island’s tastiest grilled pita). Although you’ll be tempted by a fantastic selection of healthy, vegetarian, and unique flavor options (such as lamb raita or gado gado salad) don’t overlook the standard burger and fries. At Mala the burger is delicacy in a bun, a hand formed Kobe beef graced with caramelized onions and your choice of cheese. The accompanying fries are sprinkled with fairy dust in the form of truffle oil and taste-bud stimulating spices. Aloha Friday never tasted so good!

Appetizer Medley at Mala's

Weekends are for catching up, so if you’re still in the mood for breakfast, even though it’s long past lunch hour, the beauty of Mala’s, (besides the oceanfront setting on a crystal clear morning) is that Saturdays and Sunday brunch is served from 9 am clear through to 3 pm. Choose from the Great Start Breakfast ( a departure from the standard with meat choices of lamb sausage or prosciutto), the cult favorite, Mala Benny (with fresh fish or mushrooms replacing the standard Canadian bacon under the hollandaise), or Teddy’s Loco Moco, (that artery busting local delight elevated to nearly healthful status with the use of Organic Rice and Kobe Beef under the mushroom gravy. )

Overall, Mala offers a particularly enticing menu in an utterly soothing setting. Casual, yet hip, the chef creates tasty preparations that surprise and delight, using local ingredients whenever possible and served with a healthy dose of Aloha.

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Seafood, Pan-Asian
  • Neighborhood: Lahaina
  • Cross Street: Kapunakea
  • MenuView menu on restaurant’s website
  • Price: $31 to $50
  • Websitehttp://www.malaoceantavern.com/
  • Emaileatmaui@maui.net
  • Phone: (808) 667-9394
  • Hours of Operation:
  • Brunch: Saturday – Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Happy Hour: Daily: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Payment Options:
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Executive Chef: Mark Ellman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking stalls next to the restaurant and next to Local Motion and also you may park on the street and across the street at Safeway or Longs Drugs at the Lahaina Cannery mall.
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Kauai’s Monk Seal Watch Program

Posted in Environment on October 25th, 2010

Hawaiian Monk Seals are among the most endangered creatures on earth. They are one of only two mammals endemic to Hawaii, the second being a species of bat. Often referred to as “living fossils”, they have remained relatively unchanged for over 15 million years.

The Hawaiian archipelago, stretching from the big island of Hawai’i northwestward past Midway Island, is the primary terrestrial habitat of the Hawaiian Monk Seal (HMS). Nearly 90% of them live around the tiny, uninhabited islands and atolls in the upper reaches of the chain. For approximately 35-40 seals, the waters and beaches of Kauai are home. Some of these seals regularly swim between islands and others are only seen on Kauai.

On Kauai a group of residents joined together to create the Kauai Monk Seal Watch Program. There motto is E ho’olaulima makou I malama ‘ilio o ke kai “We must cooperate to take care of our monk seals.”

Each time a monk seal is resting on the shore it is roped off with signs included and a member of the program arrives to make sure the monk seal is not disturbed and to answer any questions spectators may have. Kauai Monk Seal Watch Program also helps if anyone sees or hears of a seal caught in debris (i.e. discarded netting, rope, plastic trash), they will contact governmental authorities and get to the area as soon as possible to see what can be done. They also identify a seal by tags, markings, or scars, and pass that information on to their coordinator. A combination of beach counts, air sightings, and specifically identified seals allows experts to estimate population.

Kauai Monk Seal Watch Program (KMSWP) has developed numerous outreach projects, most of which are ongoing. All of them are designed to involve our resident or visitor community, or both, in protecting endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals (HMS).

In April 2001, KMSWP volunteers began visiting public school classrooms islandwide to present an hour-long program about Hawaiian Monk Seals. At the completion of the tenth (2010) school season, they have provided over 10,000 students with the KMSWP educational program. The success of the annual education effort has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

While hanging out with a member while they are protecting the sleeping seals from possible injury, one will soon learn how much the members love these seals. Each seal has a name and they know which seal is related to whom in many cases. It’s a unique and memorable experience to be a part of something so wonderful and to learn so much about an endangered species while on a simple outing to the beach.


A volunteer works to free a monk seal entangled in marine debris

KMSWP is an entirely volunteer organization sponsored by generous donors. One hundred percent of this money directly funds their projects. If you would like to support KMSWP you may visit them at their site: http://www.kauaimonkseal.com/Support.html for full details.

Photo Credit: KMSWP


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Photos: Tokyo, Tokyo @ Kahala Hotel

Posted in Food & Dining on October 19th, 2010


Tokyo, Tokyo @ Kahala Hotel

Slideshow Credit: (Sarah_Ackerman)

The ambience of Tokyo-Tokyo symbolizes peace and harmony, while the menu seamlessly blends global inspirations with Japanese traditions.

Tokyo-Tokyo at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hawaii selects the highest quality ingredients in their dishes such as the best ‘Koshihikari’ rice from California, garden fresh produce from Oahu, Hawaii, and Wagyu beef directly imported from Japan, the highest grade beef the country has to offer. This delectable beef is perfectly marbled and can be prepared three ways:

Please note, advance reservation is recommended to enjoy this very special dining experience.

Tokyo-Tokyo


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Photos: Tokyo, Tokyo @ Kahala Hotel

Posted in Food & Dining on October 19th, 2010


Tokyo, Tokyo @ Kahala Hotel

Slideshow Credit: (Sarah_Ackerman)

The ambience of Tokyo-Tokyo symbolizes peace and harmony, while the menu seamlessly blends global inspirations with Japanese traditions.

Tokyo-Tokyo at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hawaii selects the highest quality ingredients in their dishes such as the best ‘Koshihikari’ rice from California, garden fresh produce from Oahu, Hawaii, and Wagyu beef directly imported from Japan, the highest grade beef the country has to offer. This delectable beef is perfectly marbled and can be prepared three ways:

Please note, advance reservation is recommended to enjoy this very special dining experience.

Tokyo-Tokyo


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Photos: Tokyo, Tokyo @ Kahala Hotel

Posted in Food & Dining on October 19th, 2010


Tokyo, Tokyo @ Kahala Hotel

Slideshow Credit: (Sarah_Ackerman)

The ambience of Tokyo-Tokyo symbolizes peace and harmony, while the menu seamlessly blends global inspirations with Japanese traditions.

Tokyo-Tokyo at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hawaii selects the highest quality ingredients in their dishes such as the best ‘Koshihikari’ rice from California, garden fresh produce from Oahu, Hawaii, and Wagyu beef directly imported from Japan, the highest grade beef the country has to offer. This delectable beef is perfectly marbled and can be prepared three ways:

Please note, advance reservation is recommended to enjoy this very special dining experience.

Tokyo-Tokyo


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