Best Sushi Restaurant On Maui

Best Sushi Maui 1054Togoshi

Our pick for the best sushi restaurant on Maui, 1054Togoshi

We’re sushi fanatics. We’ve eaten sushi all over the world. We’re pretty darn picky when it comes to our sushi. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about our most recent discovery – Maui’s BEST sushi restaurant.

I’m hesitant to even let the (yoga) cat out of the bag (you’ll understand the ‘yoga‘ bit in just a moment.) I fear that once I click the publish button on this post that the -hard to get reservations- for this place will become even harder to get. But in the interest of spreading Aloha, I’m going to let you all in on our sushi secret.

No Sushi – No Life. Keep Calm & Eat Sushi!

I can’t remember how we found this place – probably Yelp or Google Maps, but it’s not in a place you’d expect to find (in our opinion) the very best sushi restaurant on Maui. The restaurant is located in a smaller strip mall off the main thoroughfare of South Kihei Road, on East Lipoa Street. None of this matters because this hidden gem will delight and you’ll believe you’ve been transported to a top Tokyo sushi restaurant decorated with a Jimmy Buffett-esque style beachy theme.

The owners clearly love the beach vibe the decor conveys and I must admit, that while it’s very busy, it does make this eatery feel less like a Japanese restaurant and more like a beach cabana! It’s fun, quirky, eclectic and very artistic, and I love it!

1054Togoshi is only open evenings and reservations are required. Seating is limited to about 9 at the sushi bar and there are only two tables (that I can tell) – one that seats four and the other up to 8. There are just the two owners, the sushi chef and his wife who is hostess, server and waitress.

This duo do a fantastic job! Warm Aloha is what you feel when you’re greeted at the door. Upon being seated you’re served water and given a hot, moist wash cloth to wash your hands with. That one feature places this restaurant high up on my authenticity scale. I absolutely love when Japanese restaurants provide this simple yet important and thoughtful touch.

The menu is perfectly adequate in it’s offerings but don’t expect to find off the wall rolls dripping in aioli sauces with crazy names like Mucho-Macho Roll or Batman Roll. Nope, here you’ll find a few of the ubiquitous rolls such as ‘Rainbow‘ and ‘Spicy Tuna‘ but the real gems on the menu are the Sashimi, Nigiri, the items on the Pupu list and appetizers.

Place your food order directly with the chef and be patient. This truly authentic sushi arrives only as quickly as the chef can prepare it and depending on the time of evening – how busy the restaurant is. Trust me, every bite will be worth any wait you might incur.


Speaking of the menu, the rest of the menu offers Sake (listed considerately in order of dryness), Japanese beer, Wine, *Shōchū, Japanese Whisky, softdrinks and of course prepared ‘just right’ macha green tea.

*Shōchū is a Japanese distilled beverage less than 45% alcohol by volume. It is typically distilled from rice (kome), barley (mugi), sweet potatoes (satsuma-imo), buckwheat (soba), or brown sugar (kokutō), though it is sometimes produced from other ingredients such as chestnut, sesame seeds, potatoes or even carrots.Typically shōchū contains 25% alcohol by volume,[1] which is weaker than whisky or standard-strength vodka but stronger than wine and sake.

We tried the Takeno Tsuyu sake first – it’s delicious, unfiltered and very much on the sweeter side. Our second sake was the Tamano Hikari, much dryer and clear, crisp and smooth. I recommend both BUT not in the order that we tried them.

What we ordered!

Before this becomes the longest restaurant review in history, lets get down to business shall we. What we ordered!

We started off with the Yellowtail Carpacio with garlic, jalepeño, local greens, Yuzu soy and olive oil.

Next was traditional nigiri. But it was anything but run of the mill. The fish was as tender and flavorful as I’ve ever had and the sushi rice, perfectly formed was quite literally the best I’ve ever had. It was slightly warm, seasoned to perfection and just the right texture. Magnificent. I could have just eaten an entire bowl of just sushi rice! I also must say, that it is better than any I had in Japan.

My companion opted for the Rainbow Roll and for a standard roll, it did not disappoint.

I went back for more nigiri. Oh my!! Big pluses for me are the ginger, which doesn’t contain food dyes and the GENUINE wasabi the chef uses. More points in my book! All in all I tried the Hamachi, Kanpachi, Yellowtail and one other on the special menu that I don’t recall the name. Be sure to try something from the ‘Special’ menu!!

This is the 12 piece Sushi “A’ combination. Which my other companion had and said was amazing. It was so amazing that we didn’t get a photo of it before it disappeared. Photo by Wayde T. via Yelp.

And finally I opted for a spicy Hamachi roll. Decadent!

The Nuts & Bolts

We found the prices on par with the other sushi restaurants on the island (except for Morimoto Maui which is very expensive, though delightful but we left very hungry!). The portions were slightly on the smaller side but you are getting extremely high quality fish and the price reflects that.

The service is on par with what you’d expect for just two people working and doing it all. Some reviews online complain about this but I’m a ‘go with the flow’ type and it never bothered me as I didn’t find the service to be slow. In fact, the service we got was great, super friendly, we didn’t wait too long, and were generally very satisfied. This restaurant is clearly a labor of love for the owners and if you’re patient and adopt a ‘Maui Time’ mentality (I recommend that for ALL things on the island) you will greatly enjoy yourselves.

Reservations are a must! Fortunately we got in on the same day for our first visit (and yes, there was a second visit in the same week, it was that good)

Note that LAST CALL (for both food and beverages) is at 8:30 and they mean it. Though they did bend it a bit for a 2nd glass of Sake for us.

Overall, both of my dining experiences were great. The food was great and the prices what I’d expect for the quality.

Bottom line, WE LOVED IT!

So what’s the deal with the Yoga Cat?

My seat featured a very nice book entitled ‘Yoga With Cats’ which is hilarious, and propping it up is the cat, in (I believe) the forward fold position! Such a hoot!


Mon Closed
Tue 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (closed 4th Tuesday of each month)
Wed 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Contact: (808) 868-0307 (Call well in advance to make reservations, but DO make reservations. Walk-ins might not be seated)

Location: 95 E​.​ Lipoa St​,​​ ​S​ui​te A-104​, ​Kihei, HI 96753

Rating: ★★★★★

Prices: $$

More info here

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What’s Happening On Maui In August – Special Events Calendar For 2018

What's Happening On Maui In August
What’s happening on Maui in August

We’ve got you covered for special events and what’s happening on Maui for the

Month of August.

Thursday August 2, 2018

Free Tahitian Dance Show – Lahaina. This ongoing event happens every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday from 6-7pm. More info here.

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Friday – August 3, 2018

Wailuku First Friday. We’ve blogged more about this town party here. You’ll find live street entertainment, amazing food truck food, souvinirs, local hand-made goods and more. Each Friday Town Party is hosted in a different city. Click the link above to find more info.

Maui Friday Town Party

Maui’s Finest Craft Fair – Free Craft Fair at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort. This free even showcases crafts, artists and more. This is an Ongoing Event occurring on Tuesday  & Friday of every week.

Lahaina Art Night – Friday Night is Art Night in Lahaina Town. Stroll through dozens of art galleries in LahainaTown each Friday from 7 to 10 pm for special gallery shows, featured artists-in-action, and refreshments, all free and open to the public! Lahaina has earned its nick-name of “The Art Capital of the Pacific,” due to more art galleries per capita than any other American town. A walking map of participating galleries is available in Lahaina Visitor Center (open daily from 9 am to 5 pm) This is an Ongoing Event occurring on Friday of every week.

Candlelit Tours at the Baldwin Home – Step back in time and visit the Baldwin Home Museum with a tour by candle light. Tours are held every Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Baldwin Home Museum is located on the corner of Front and Dickenson Street in the heart of historic Lahaina. $8 – Adults 13yrs +, $6 – Kama’aina, Senior Citizens (65+), Military, Children 12 years and under are FREE.  Please note that admission also allows entry to the Wo Hing Museum on Front Street.

The tours are led by experienced docents with refreshments following on the front lanai. For more information here or call 808.661.3262.

Saturday – August 4, 2018

Seed To Cup Coffee Festival At Maui Tropical Plantation. – The Maui Coffee Association will present their 11th Annual Seed to Cup Coffee Festival, Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.  This event is FREE and open to the public!

Coffee Brewing and Roasting will be demonstrated throughout the day and the talented Chef’s at Mill House Restaurant will be serving up coffee inspired food for sale from 11:30 am – 2:00pm.   Kohola Brewery will also be selling their Mean Bean Brew – Beer made with 100% Maui Coffee!

There will be displays and demonstrations of coffee processing equipment and many award-winning coffee farmers selling their coffees.

You don’t want to miss the Barista Throw-down competition, sponsored this year by Maui Coffee Roasters.  The Throw-down takes place from 1:30 – 3:00 pm at Chef’s Table. Local baristas from across the state challenge one another in a head to head, free-pour latte art competition.  Lots of prizes and action!

The newest lineup of activities includes “Taste the Roast.” This interactive event was created to shed light on the many talented coffee roasters of Maui.  Attendees will gather to taste several roast profiles and vote for their favorite coffee.  All of the roasters will use the same coffee origin, just various roast profiles.

The finale is the popular Coffee Fashion Show, showcasing hand made coffee themed costumes.

Maui Swap Meet – Head to Kahului for the weekly Maui Swap Meet. 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Get there early!  This fantastic shopping market has everything under the Maui sun. Event is ongoing, this and every Saturday. More info here.

Up Country Farmers Market. visit Or check out our Farmers Market Guide for the most extensive guide to Maui’s best Farmers Markets.

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Leilani Farm Sanctuary Tours – (this and all Saturdays) Explore the farm and visit rescued animals. Kiss a Donkey, cuddle a chicken or feed the bunnies. Donation is $10. Starts at 10am More info here. Additional tours Mondays & Wednesdays at 4pm.

Sunday August 5, 2018

Lahaina Craft Fair. Sundays. This weekly free event showcases artists, jewelry makers and local crafts people. Located at the Lahaina Gateway Center. More info here.

Friday August 10, 2018

Albatross – A One-Man Play – McCoy Studio Theater/Maui Arts & Cultural Center; times vary. Friday August 10-12, 2018

Written and performed as a rollicking sea yarn, Albatross is a fast-paced stage show that explores themes of regret, isolation, and the interconnected relationship between humans and the natural world. Taking inspiration from Coleridge’s “Mariner,” an 18th century sailor who is cursed with immortality and thrust into the modern world, the play delivers a profound message about the effect of our thoughtless actions on all living things.  Tickets: $25 (plus applicable fees)

More info here.

Lahaina Second Friday. Head to the Lahaina Town Party – more info here. You’ll find live street entertainment, amazing food truck food, souvinirs, local hand-made goods and more. Each Friday Town Party is hosted in a different city. Click the link above to find more info.

Keiki Hula Performance – Everyone loves a keiki (child) hula halau performance! And The Outlets of Maui is pleased to present our keiki hula show every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.    The children of the Na Pua O Kapi`olani perform traditional hula. Accompanied by a live band and led by Kumu Hula Kathy Ralar, the keiki performers share their Hula as they dance their way into our hearts with the memorable stories and songs of Hawaii. More info here.

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Sunday – August 12, 2018

Storm Drain Stenciling in Ma’alaea 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Another opportunity for Eco-Tourism. Maui Ocean Center is gathering a volunteer team to spray paint informational stencils on storm drains surrounding the aquarium. The simple message lets people know that anything put down the drains goes straight into the ocean, while also highlighting the dangers of runoff on coral reefs. Teams of three or four will paint the stencils along the roads and around the harbor.

All are welcome! Snacks, water refills, and supplies will be provided, so bring your reusable water bottle. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. We will meet in the Maui Ocean Center parking lot nearest Hauoli Street. FREE event. More info here.

Friday – August 17, 2018

Makawao Third Friday – See listing above for Friday Town Parties

Saturday – August 18, 2018

3rd Annual Kite Festival – KAHULUI, Hawaii – The public is invited to the third annual Kite Festival hosted by the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui on Saturday, Starting at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Keopuolani Park Field #8, located right below the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

This event is Free. Kite kits to decorate with colored markers will be available for a $5 donation to JCSM. Prizes will be given to the best decorated kites and best kite fliers at 12 noon. Water will be provided. Attendees may also bring their own materials, chairs and snacks.

Anyone may bring their own kites – big or small, traditional or modern, and see them in action at the festival.

The mission of the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is to perpetuate the Japanese culture in the community. Kite flying in Japan dates back in the 16th century as a custom to pray for good health and a bright future.

For questions about the event, call Deron at (808) 298-3352 or email

Maui Calls 2018 – Annual Gala Fundraiser – In Celebration of Hula MACC  6:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature gala event begins with a fresh flower lei greeting and Hawaiian music serenade. Mix, mingle, and taste delectable pūpū created by chefs from stellar Maui restaurants and specialty food purveyors.

Enjoy premium wines served by vintners from boutique wineries around the world and dance the night away to live music. Silent and live auctions offer the chance to bid on hundreds of items, from fabulous Hawaii staycations to “uniquely Maui” items, such as special house parties and “uniquely MACC” items, like autographed music instruments & more!

Wrap up the evening with music & dancing under the glowing roof of the MACC’s Yokouchi Pavilion.

Event info here.

Sunday – August 19th, 2018

Beach Clean Up – Malama Land & Sea:  Join Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii and MOC Marine Institute to help up clean trash and litter from one of Maui’s beaches. The day may also include a volunteer snorkeling cleanup targeting marine debris such as discarded fishing line and weights, conditions permitting.

Questions/RSVP: or 808.270.7059  For beach location info visit their website

Help them make this cleanup a zero-waste event! Bring your own reusable coffee mug and water bottle to enjoy free coffee and water refills. Hearty snacks will be provided. Please bring your own bucket for trash, along with a pair of reusable gloves. Wear sturdy shoes, sun-protective clothing, and a hat. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

More information on participating in a Maui beach clean up, read our blog post here.

Friday – August 24, 2018

Into The Woods Musical presented by MAPA LIVE. at the MACC.  August 24 – September 02, 2018A story filled to the brim with a feast of fabled characters … a little mystery, a lot of irreverent humor, and touch of seduction. A journey into the woods — and into our hearts.

Edgy, whimsical, and wickedly funny, Into the Woods is an enchanting musical adventure that goes beyond “happily ever after.” Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children under 10.

Event info here.

Kihei 4th Friday – We’ve blogged more about this town party here. You’ll find live street entertainment, amazing food truck food, souvinirs, local hand-made goods and more. Each Friday Town Party is hosted in a different city. Click the link above to find more info.

Sunday – August 26, 2018

• Henry Kapono & Friends at the MACC – A&B Amphitheater, 5:00 pm show; 4:00 pm gates open.

Henry Kapono and a star-studded line up of Hawai‘i’s most popular entertainers will come together with an evening of music, laughter, and stories as they share the hit songs and celebrate the soundtrack of Hawaii. The evening features and epic lineup of Hawai‘i’s top entertainers: Kalapana, Jerry Santos of Olomana, Keola Beamer, Na Leo Pilimehana, John Cruz, Brother Noland, Robi Kahakalau, Alx Kawakami, Blayne Asing, Josh Tatofi, Kalani Pe`a, Kimie Miner, Landon McNamara, Mike Love, Paula Fuga, and Starr Kalahiki.

More info here.

• Traveling Plate Maui “In the Kitchen” – Guests will get to work side-by-side Maui’s favorite chefs as they help create a locally sourced dish. Guests will travel from chef station to chef station learning skills and having fun along the way. While the chefs put the final touch on their dishes guests will then enjoy a mixology demonstration. We will end the night savoring the fruit of their labor by sample each dish created alongside adult libations and a silent auction. For those who only want to join as “taste testers” we will offer a limited amount of “Taster” tickets that will include arrival at 5pm for the Mixology Demo and entry to the reception.

Event and ticket info here and here.

• Monthly Beach/Marine Debris clean up at Ka’ehu beach.  Wailuku, 9 a.m. to noon.. Join the SHARKastics for a memorable day of learning, sharing and cleaning up the island we love so much.

SHARKastics has been spearheading cleanups at Ka’ehu on the 4th Sunday of every month since July, 2012.  This bay and coastline are important for many species including nesting sea turtles! More and more debris is always washing ashore, so we need your help.  It’s heaps of fun!​ FREE event.

Read about our adventures volunteering with SHARKastics here.  For more info check out their webpage.

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Fresh Baked Deliciousness From Maui Bread Company | Fabulous Bakery In Kihei

Maui Bread Company
Fresh baked deliciousness from Maui Bread Company, a fabulous bakery in Kihei

While walking down the South Kihei promenade you might find yourself following your nose to the delicious aroma of fresh baked bread and pastries. And if you were to follow your nose you’d find yourself across from Kamaole I beach in the Dolphin Plaza where you’d find Maui Bread Company, Kihei’s own bakery churning out delicious baked goods.

Image by James M. via yelp

Get ready to carb load because Kihei’s newest bakery is dishing up a scrumptious ‘homemade’ cornucopia of baked goods including breads with flavors like Passion-Orange-Guava (Pog), Pineapple, Banana and ‘Hawaiian’ (coconut, macadamia nut, pineapple carrot).

But the menu doesn’t stop there. Be on the look out for Peanut Butter & Bacon cookies, Piña Colada sweet buns, chocolate croissants, Ube mochi (purple yam), savory rolls and more.

Cookies the size of your head! – Doreen B. via Yelp

Maui Bread is one of the few places to pick up some local style Manapua (you can rad more about Manapua in our Ultimate Guide To Hawai’ian Islands Local Foods) and Butter Mochi!

Image by James M. via Yelp

Maui Bread Co. arguably has the best selection of Gluten Free baked goods on Maui. And not just hockey puck style gluten free baked goods. Delicious, ‘come back for more’ type of GF goods! Gluten Free is a hard sell, but their items just can’t be beat.

Stop in and follow your nose to delectable baked good and give their coconut coffee a try too!

Visited three times in a week!
This place was amazing. The breads were fantastic. My picky husband loved the cookies. We tried all kinds of things, and everything we ate was amazing. – TripAdvisor Review

Image by Hamby A via Yelp

Where: 2395 S Kihei Rd, Ste 117, Dolphin Plaza, Kihei, HI 96753

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 Days/week

Contact: 808.757.8740


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5 Places To Grab A Great Breakfast In Kihei Maui

Breakfast In Kihei Maui
5 Places To Grab A Great Breakfast In Kihei Maui

Good Morning Maui!!  You’re here finally and are up with the birds. Time for a yummy breakfast but not sure where to go for the best island breakfast?  We’ve got you covered in our breakfast guide with 5 places to grab a great breakfast in Kihei.

Does the sound of banana macadamia nut pancakes make your tummy grumble? How about a bowl of fresh fruit salad, island style? 

image by Kihei Caffe – Instagram


Let’s start with a quick and light breakfast version for those on the go or in search of a healthy start to their day –

Quick, Healthy & Light

Brekkie Bowls

Images via Brekkie Bowls Instagram

Located in a non-descript light industrial park near two fitness centers, Brekkie Bowls food truck serves up  healthy Açaí or Pitaya (dragon fruit) bowls to locals and visitors ‘in the know’.  Here’s the inside dish, pick your base (Açaí or Pittaya), pick two fruit toppings, add some toppings like almond butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds or gogi berries and head to the beach to watch the day get started.  Don’t forget your kombucha, coffee or fresh smoothie!!  Brekkie Bowls are all organic, no added sugar and ono delicious.

What is Açaí you ask?  Açaí berries come from the Acai palm.  They’re small grape sized berries that pack a nutritional punch of antioxidants, beneficial fiber and heart-healthy fats. How about Pitaya? Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit is the fist sized fruit of the Cereus pitahaya plant that also boasts powerful nutritional benefits. Check our our post on visiting Maui’s only Dragon Fruit Farm!

Brekkie Bowls


Location: 300 Ohukai Rd B2 -202, Kihei, HI 96753 (In front of Makena Crossfit)

Hours: 7:30 am to 1 pm

Follow: Brekkie Bowls on Instagram


Hearty or Healthy

Nalu’s South Shore Grill

Images by Nalu’s South Shore Grill via Instagram

Next up on our breakfast tour of Kihei is Nalu’s South Shore Grill.  Nalu’s is known for their fantastic night entertainment and dinners but they serve up a mean breakfast too! They serve up Loco Moco all day so those who want to really fuel up are all set! Not sure what Loco Moco is all about, check out our Ultimate Food Guide To Hawaiian Local Foods and read all about it.

Nalu’s also serves up Açaí and Pitaya bowls but you might want skip the bowls and give their signature pancakes served with a homemade rum syrup, Maui Gold pineapple, bananas, and mac nuts a try. Yum! Maybe add a side of Malasadas? eh?

It’s very casual here, order at the counter and seating is open.

Nalu’s South Shore Grill


Hours: 8:00 am – 9:30 pm

Location: 1280 S Kihei Rd Ste 132, Kihei, HI 96753

Follow: Nalu’s On Instagram

Something For Everyone

Kihei Caffe 

Images by Kihei Caffe via Instagram

Next up is by far one of Kihei’s most popular breakfast spots and the line out the door is testimony to just how popular this beach cafe is.  Situated right on South Kihei Road, for years, Kihei Caffe has been dishing up delicious breakfasts to locals and visitors alike. If eating hearty breakfast while sitting outside and watching the world go by sounds good to you then this is the spot. Breakfast is served all day, no problem if you sleep in!

Remember those banana macadamia nut pancakes I mentioned earlier (you can get mac-nut French toast too)? Yep, you can get them here along with all of your traditional breakfast favorites and a few new local style dishes.

Tip – Get there early to avoid the line and to grab one of the outdoor seats. Also go early if Pecan Sticky Buns is your thing, they sell out early. Or grab your food to go and head to the beach across the street.

Kihei Caffe


Hours: 5:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: 1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Follow:  Kihei Caffe on Instagram


Hearty and Local

808 Grindz Cafe

photos by Annie-N, Tea-A and Robert E. via Yelp

This hidden gem is tucked back in the Safeway shopping mall. Famous for their Mac-Nilla sauce for their pancakes and waffles but they have just about everything under the breakfast sun as well. Casual atmosphere, order at the counter and all food is ‘to-go’ – you can take it to the beach, back to the condo or sit at their outside tables.  Since the weather in Maui is lovely most any time of the year, you can’t go wrong no matter where you choose to sit and eat.

You’ll find a lot of local-style influence in their menu (like Loco Moco, fried rice or Kalua pork hash).  How about trying the Kawabanga Breakfast with ubiquitous Spam on the side! Hows that for local-style!!

Where does 808 and Grindz come from?  808 is the local area code, and grindz is the local Pidgin term for food, good food.

808 Grindz Cafe


Location: 225 Piikea Ave, Kihei, HI 96753

Hours: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm (breakfast and lunch all day)


Fancy Schmancy

Ka’ana Kitchen at the Andaz Hotel

Images by Andaz Maui via Instagram

Our number 5 pick goes all out. If you really want to treat yourself to an elegant breakfast at one of Maui’s premier fancy schmancy hotels then Ka’ana Kitchen is the place. The breakfast buffet will set you back roughly $50 per person (excluding gratuity) and for the buffet, it’s best if you arrive earlier rather than later, they seem to slow down stocking the breakfast bar around 10am. Breakfast can also be ordered off the menu, of course, and items such as Cinnamon Roll Pancakes with coconut creme, macadamia nuts and pineapple compote or Poached Eggs and Sweet Potato cake intrigue the palate.

Free Valet Parking can be validated at the restaurant.

Ka’ana Kitchen


Location: 3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753 

Hours: 6:30 am – 11:00 am

Follow: Andaz Maui on Instagram


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27th Annual Kī Hō`alu – Slack Key – Guitar Festival

slack key guitar festival Maui
Slack Key Guitar Festival on Maui

Get ready for an all-star slack key guitar festival on Maui at the MACC, Maui Arts & Cultural Center.


A&B Amphitheater – Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Sunday, June 24, 2018
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Gates open at 12:30 pm

slack key guitar festival Maui
Photo by Maui Magazine

Join the MACC for one of Maui’s favorite family events! Some of Hawai‘i’s best slack key guitar players will perform a full afternoon of melodious Hawaiian music. 

Artists performing in the festival this year include Makana, Ola Hou (Kevin Brown & Friends), Ho‘okena, Brother Noland, Stephen Inglis, George Kahumoku & Friends, Sonny Lim, Paul Togioka, Ian O’Sullivan, Kamuela Kahoano, Donald Kaulia, Dwight Kanae, George Kuo, Aja Gample, Jim West & Ken Emerson, and Emma Rose.

Kī Hō`alu, translating literally from the Hawaiian as “loosen the key,” indicating the tuning in slack key guitar technique, is a musical tradition dating back to 19th century paniolo who played around the campfire after completing a day of ranch work.

slack key guitar festival Maui
Photo by Maui Arts & Cultural Center


Slack key has become known as one of the world’s great acoustic guitar methods, especially since the Grammy Awards recognized Hawaiian music as a category all its own.

An abundance of relaxed lawn seating gives the event an informal, local-style atmosphere, making it easy to lounge all afternoon. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, or lauhala mats and relax on the grassy lawn to fully enjoy the laid-back music by famed guitar players.

slack key guitar festival Maui
Photo by MACC


This is a family-friendly event: All generations can enjoy the slack key guitar tradition, with both new music and classic favorites. Island crafters and merchants will be on site with displays of local arts & crafts for purchase, and food trucks will serve a variety of tasty lunch and dessert options.

More info:

Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Box Office: 808-242-SHOW (7469)
One Cameron Way Kahului, HI 96732

Website –



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Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui
Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Check out Punakea Palms, and visit a working coconut farm on Maui. Head to Lahaina and learn everything you ever wanted to know about this amazing nut. Tours run by appointment only and can accommodate up to 10 guests. Morning tours start at 9 am and run approximately 2.5 hours. Private tours can be arranged at custom times. Visit their website for available dates and tour times.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

From their website;

“Coconut Farm Tasting Tour
With Aloha we welcome you to tour our farm. Experience the sights and tastes of a working coconut farm. Learn the usefulness of the coconut tree and discover how to extract its bounty. Participate in all the stages of coconut cultivation and consumption, all while basking in the natural beauty of our farm. Take home fresh, hand-made coconut products from a truly authentic experience. Pre-Booked Reservations Required

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

“Cultural Significance
The coconut is iconic throughout Hawaiian history. We have been very connected to this miraculous tree in many aspects of life, from building and shelter material, to textile and weaving, to sport and entertainment. We promote coconut awareness and hope to share this connection with you. Our goal is to teach, inspire, create lasting memories, and share a deep passion for what this earth can provide.”

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

“Natural Farming
Plantation Style. Our tasting tour starts where everything on our farm starts, in the dirt! The most intriguing aspect of natural farming is how simple it is. We will show you how we make our own farming inputs to amend and maintain healthy living soil throughout our farm. You will also discover the life cycle of coconut trees and their unique evolution to become the most productive food crop on earth.”

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

“Bottoms Up!
Besides sitting on a beach underneath a palm, there isn’t a better way to taste the freshness of a Hawaiian coconut than straight from our farm. You will learn how to open and taste coconuts at varying stages of maturity, as well as numerous health benefits and creative culinary applications. We will also offer seasonally fresh native fruits that grow across the property.”

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Our favorite moment of our trip to Maui was at Punakea Farms. Kai is one of the most generous hosts we have encountered and want to thank him for the information as well as the experience we had on his farm. – Blake K. via Yelp

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

More information about Punakea Palms;

“Our Family Coconut Farm
Growing in our community since 2005. Punakea Palms is a family operated coconut farm in the foothills of the West Maui mountains.We promote natural farming and coconut information through educational and interactive tours of our daily operations. Our efforts are focused toward cultivating and promoting community awareness of this miracle plant.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Twelve years ago we planted over 250 sprouted coconuts that have now become fully mature fruit bearing trees. Maui’s climate hosts some of the most ideal growing conditions for coconut trees in the world with over 300 days of sunshine annually. Coconut trees produce fruit continuously year-round and these conditions bless our farm with a potential yield of over 10,000 nuts per year.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

In addition to the coconut trees, we propagate many native tropical plants and fruits. Bananas, papayas, avocados, mangos, pineapples, and sugar cane are just some varieties that thrive across the property as well as an exotic citrus orchard.”

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui



Will I get to climb a coconut tree?
There is only one way to harvest coconuts and that is to shimmy your way up to the top and claim your bounty. That being said, no, sorry. We will be doing all the climbing, but don’t worry the coconuts taste just as good on the ground.

What time of year are coconuts in season?
Now! A mature coconut tree flowers continuously throughout the year with the potential to produce hundreds of coconuts. There is always a fresh harvest to be found.

Is it possible to take coconuts back home on the plane?
Yes, it’s not a hassle at all. Just be sure to declare them when you arrive at the airport and a quick inspection will clear them for travel.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

This is agro tourism at its finest. Not only was it a wonderful educational experience but it was a soulful one too. – Marie W. via Yelp

Travel Tip- Book this tour at the beginning of your trip so that you can enjoy the coconut milk you receive on the tour throughout your stay.

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui

Visit A Working Coconut Farm On Maui


Contact:  808.269.4455

Location: 225 Punakea Loop, Lahaina, HI 96761



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5 Tropical Cocktails You Must Try When Visiting Maui Hawaii

Tropical Cocktails Maui

Do images of little drink umbrellas, orchid flower garnishes and skewers of pineapple in a tropical cocktail pop into your head when you dream of Maui?  The quintessential tropical drink served up in a Tiki glass or carved out pineapple is what comes to mind when I think of tropical cocktails. In today’s post we explore 5 tropical cocktails you must try when visiting Maui for the first time or tenth time (and I can assure you that the ‘research and development‘ needed for this post was great fun!)

We’ve already explored the yummy Mai Tai in a previous post and let our readers know who we think serves up the best on the South Shore if not all of Maui and we’re going to revisit it briefly again in today’s post.

In no particular order…

The humble yet delicious Piña Colada.  While it’s origins don’t stem from the Hawai’ian Islands, it’s comfortably made itself at home here in our little tropical archipelago and we welcome it with true Aloha!

The piña colada (from the Spanish words: piña or “pineapple,” and colada “strained“) is a sweet cocktail made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both. The piña colada has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978, but we don’t think Puerto Rico will mind if we borrow it.

Piña Colada Recipe (Our revised version of Kōloa’s recipe)

  • 2 oz  Kōloa Kaua`i white (or coconut rum – or use 1 oz each of white and gold or dark for a more flavorful colada)
  • 2 oz Frozen Hawaiian Sun Coconut Milk
  • 2 oz pineapple juice (preferably fresh) + a few frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup crushed ice

Blend or shake and pour into a suitable glass and garnish with pineapple and cherry, little umbella or tropical flower.

Next up is the Blue Hawaii. The Blue Hawaii is a tropical cocktail made of rum, pineapple juice, blue Curaçao, sweet and sour mix, and sometimes vodka as well.

The Blue Hawaii was invented in 1957 by Harry Yee, legendary head bartender of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, Hawaii when a sales representative of Dutch distiller Bols asked him to design a drink that featured their blue color of Curaçao liqueur. After experimenting with several variations he settled on a version somewhat different from the most popular version today, but with the signature blue color, pineapple wedge, and cocktail umbrella.

Blue Hawaii Recipe (our revised version of the Food Network’s recipe)

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and mix vigorously. Stop when the shaker is too cold to hold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with (of course) a drink umbrella and/or pineapple skewer.

The Chi Chi has a loyal island following and it’s easy to see why.

The not-so-distant cousin of the Piña Colada resembles the basic make-up of Puerto Rico’s national drink, while exchanging rum for vodka. The Chi Chi’s history  is a little vague but was likely first invented shortly after the Piña Colada made its first debut. The Chi Chi gained it’s immense popularity in 1970s and ‘80s but still has it’s loyal following.

Chi Chi Recipe

  • 3 oz. Pau Maui Vodka
  • 4 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 2 oz. Frozen Hawaiian Sun Coconut Milk (available at Foodland)
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup or 1 tsp powdered sugar

Tropical Cocktails MauiBlend on high, pour into suitable cocktail glasses and garnish with pineapple spear or orchid flower.

TIP- Freeze pineapple juice in ice cube trays for a super frozen concoction!

* A twist on the Chi Chi recipe is to add one ounce of Passionfruit syrup in replacement of the simple syrup! Yum!

We look next at another twist on our favorite Piña Colada recipe, the Lava Flow – imagine the Piña Colada married with fresh strawberries and you get the Lava Flow. Decadent!

Our recipe today comes from Mixologist, Joey Gottesman of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.

Royal Hawaiian Lava Flow
Muddle in the bottom of a Boston shaker glass:

  • 2 fresh strawberries
  • 1-2 in. slice of banana (use one of Maui’s famous Strawberry Bananas if you can find them)
  • Fill shaker glass with ice and then add:
  • 1 oz. Frozen Hawaiian Sun Coconut Milk
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1.5 oz. Old Lahaina Rum (or other golden rum)

Cover with top of the Boston shaker, shake vigorously. Pour into a hurricane glass. Garnish pineapple wedge and paper parasol. Enjoy.

TIP – The key to preparation is to muddle the strawberries separately from the other ingredients.

Best Mai Tai MauiAnd finally we get to our favorite, the Mai Tai.  Now, a few weeks ago I wrote about our favorite restaurant to saddle up at the bar and have a delicious Mai Tai so I know that I can’t top this recipe.  I’ll just share it again here.  Make your own or head to Monkeypod and have one of theirs.

Monkeypod Mai Tai Recipe

  • 1 oz. Old Lahaina Light Rum
  • 1 oz. Old Lahaina Dark Rum
  • 1/2 oz. macadamia-nut orgeat
  • 1/2 oz. Marie Brizard Orange Curaçao
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

Honey Liliko‘i Foam

  • 1/2 oz. honey
  • 1 oz. liliko‘i purée
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. egg whites
  • 1.5 oz. cold water

Mix foam ingredients well and put in a nitrous-oxide (NO2) infuser* to half capacity. Use 4 charges for a liter-sized infuser. (Or blend ingredients on high speed till foamy.) Add lime juice, orgeat  (a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water), orange curaçao and Old Lahaina Light Rum to mixing glass. Shake with 1 cup cubed ice about 30 seconds and pour into highball glass. Float dark rum. Top with honey-liliko‘i foam and garnish with pineapple half moon.

*also known as a ‘Whipped Cream Dispenser‘ , widely available on Amazon.

None of these 5 drinks strike your fancy? How about trying one of these tropical drinks?

Bay Breeze – cranberry, pineapple, vodka
Tropical Itch – bourbon, rum, curacao, lemon juice, passionfruit puree, bitters
Mango or Lilikoi Mojito – passionfruit/mango puree, lemon/lime juice, sugar, mint, club soda
Lilikoi Martini – vodka, passionfruit juice shaken
Daiquiri – rum, lime juice and sugar syrup
Maui Mule – vodka, pineapple, lime juice, Pimm’s No. 1, Ginger Beer

Tropical Cocktails Maui

Have a favorite drink that you enjoy on the island?  Leave us a note in the comments below and let us know!

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7 Best Happy Hours In South Maui | Where To Find Kihei’s Best Eats & Cocktails Before Sunset

Best Happy Hours Maui
7 Best Happy Hours In South Maui – Where To Find Kihei’s Best Eats & Cocktails Before Sunset

Mmmm… Mai Tai’s, Chi chi’s, Lava Flows, Pina Coladas, Ice Cold Beer… no matter your favorite cocktail or adult beverage to drink while visiting the island paradise that is Maui, you are sure to find some great deals at our local watering hole happy hours.

You’ve been soaking up the sun all day at the beach, tummy is grumbling, it’s not quite dinner but you’re ready for some *pupu’s and a nice adult beverage.  Here’s a list of South Maui’s top happy hours and a few menu samples. We’re featuring 7 top happy hours, one for each day of your 7-day itinerary!

*pupu [poo-poo] noun, From the Hawaiian word pūpū.  Polynesian-Hawaiian Cookery.
1. any hot or cold usually bite-size appetizer, snacks, small bites, often served in a varied assortment.

Showing 7 of our Happy Hour picks – In Blue Martini’s and the

Orange Bed is our condo location.

We’ll start at the top of the map, the northern most watering hole which is;

Maui Brewing Co.

This is a fantastic spot for happy hour, but it’s also great for lunch, dinner and brewery tours! But if happy hour is your thing, check out their Logo Wear Wednesdays where wearing any of their logo shirts or hats will get you $2 off MBC beers all-day-long! Combine that with their happy hour which runs 3:30pm-5:30pm & 9:30pm-11pm Daily and you’ve got yourself a great deal!

They have a great patio and the brewery sits up on a hill so you get a great view toward the ocean and sunset. Happy Hour – $1 Off House Beers, $3 Off Culinary & Classic Cocktails, $10 Pizzas, 50% Off Select Appetizers.

(I love their Panko Calamari with Sriracha mayo, lime & furikake!! Pair this with their Imperial Coconut Porter and OMG!)

Check out our blog post about Maui Brewing Co here!

Menu Link:

Address: 605 Lipoa Pkwy Kihei, HI 96753

South Shore Tiki Lounge

Gotta love Tiki Kitsch!

Next on our map we scoot over toward the beach where we find South Shore Tiki Lounge.  Recently voted BEST Bar in Hawai’i.

“The young (and young at heart) flock to South Shore Tiki Lounge, where bamboo and kitschy tiki decor complement a full bar, outdoor lanai, great wait staff, surf videos and a menu of sausages, burgers and some of the best pizza on the island.”

   – Maui Time Weekly

All Day Happy Hour 11am-6pm Daily
$4.00 Sauza margaritas, Well drinks from their premium well, Bloody Marys & Pacifico Draft,
$3.00 Primo Draft

Give their TBone’s Famous Sliders a try! A trio of local Maui beef sliders with pickles and a garlic aoili mayo on a Hawaiian sweet roll. 

Menu link:

Address: Kihei Kalama Village, 1913-J S. Kihei Rd., Kihei

Three’s Bar & Grill

Serrano Hibiscus-rita at Three’s

Located in what is locally known as the ‘Triangle’ and just a few doors away from South Shore Tiki, we find Three’s Bar & Grill.  Called the Triangle due to the location of several bars within a few meters of one another. Definitely walking distance if you wish to bar hop.

With accolades such as MauiTime Best of Maui 2017: Best Pupus on Maui 2017 and MauiTime Best of Maui 2016: Best Happy Hour on Maui 2016 how can you go wrong with Three’s!

Three’s gets it name from the 3 chefs, surfers and best friends Travis Morrin, Cody Christopher, and Jaron Blosser, owners of not only Three’s but also my favorite healthy noshing joint Fork & Salad (soon to have a 2nd location in Kahului!) and Three’s Food Truck which is generally featured at Kihei 4th Fridays.

Happy hours run 3pm to 6pm and again 9pm-10pm (late night HH in the Surf Lounge only)

Why not give their Coconut crusted fish tacos a try!

Well drinks, draft beer and house margaritas $3.50, top-shelf cocktails $6.50

Menu Link:

Address: 1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Fred’s Mexican Cafe

Stellar sunsets from this happy hour hot spot!

Up next we head just a little further south down the beach to Fred’s Mexican Cafe. Fred’s is our Tuesday watering hole. Fred’s is also the next door neighbors to our condo complex and a quick 3 minute walk from our door to theirs. On Tuesdays during the busy season, you’ll find a line out the door for their Tuesday Taco happy hour special.  Fish-bowl sized house margaritas (great with shot of Cuervo on the side!) and plate of fish tacos make up their Tuesday special. But any day is a great day for happy hour because Fred’s has a great lanai that sits over South Kihei road, directly across from ‘our ‘ beach Kamaole II, where you can catch sunset just after happy hour if you time it just right.

Menu Link: Fred’s

Address: 2511 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

5 Palms Restaurant

Can’t beat their ocean view + umbrella drinks!

If you’re not too tipsy by now, we’ll waddle over to 5 Palms Restaurant & Bar. 5 Palms is located just about a mile south of our condo and Fred’s and sits on the north end of Keawakapu Beach. If you don’t want to walk from our condo why not hitch a ride with our favorite $3 Turtle Tracks shuttle! Perfect for when you want to drink and not drive!

5 Palms is fantastic for it’s location, stellar views of the beach and sunset. Their happy hour is immensely popular so make sure to get there early enough to grab a seat. It’s not overly crowded, but it’s a more intimate restaurant with limited seating.

You can count on tropical cocktails with an umbrella and a garnish of pineapple! Their mai tai’s are good but hold out for our next up happy hour spot, their mai tais are my favorite. This place is all about ambiance. Tiki torches, tropical drinks right over the beach, sunset. Doesn’t get much better!

Happy Hours run 7 days a week from 3-5pm with Late night happy hour from 9-10pm.

Happy hour specials include 50% off Happy Hour Sushi & Pupus with a one drink minimum per person.  Select draught and bottle beer $6, wine $8 on up to house cocktails for $8.95

Menu link:

Address: 2960 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Monkeypod Kitchen

If mai tais are on your bucket list, then look no further. We’ve posted about Monkeypod’s mai tais before – they’re that delish! Crafted from old lahaina silver rum, old lahaina dark rum, lime, house-made macadamia nut orgeat, orange curacao, honey-lilikoi foam – they’re a departure from the very traditional but we think you’ll love it!

This is a hopping-busy restaurant so plan accordingly. Happy hour is popular as is dinner (reservations recommended)

Two happy hours each day, I recommend the earlier to catch sunset if you time it just right. Happy Hours run from 3pm-5:30pm and 9pm-11pm.

$4.75 for beers originally $9 and under, $7 for beers $9-$11, $10 for beers $12 and over.

Ocean Vodka cocktails $6, White and red wines by the glass $6, Culinary cocktails $8

50% off All Appetizers
with the exception of the raw bar mixed plate and poke tacos. Pizzas $9

Menu Link:

Address: 10 Wailea Gateway Place, Kihei, HI 96753

Mulligan’s On The Blue

Sunset view from Mulligan’s lanai

Last up on our Happy Hour train is Mulligan’s! Come experience our “Irish Aloha” on the south coast of Maui! Maui’s only Irish Pub! Mulligan’s is a happening pub well known for their daily live entertainment and pub grub!

Located in Wailea, just a hop, skip and a jump from our condo, at the Wailea Blue [Golf] Course’s 19th hole. Mulligan’s is well known for their nightly entertainment.

Head over for a pint, cocktail or Whisky and some pub grinds and hang out for the entertainment. Don’t expect three asparagus spears with a twig of thyme here, you will find decent pub fare, the food is good, filling and the beer and whisky menu will impress!

Happy Hour Beverages – Jameson, Powers & Tullamore Dew $7, Imported Bottled Beer $5, Well Drinks and House Wines $6, Domestic Draft Beer $4, Mai Tai’s & Mojitos $7, Domestic Bottled Beer $4

Mulligans’ Happy Hour runs 2pm-5pm & 10pm-Midnight, Daily.  33% Off Food Items / Beverages as listed on their menu

Menu link:

Address: 100 Kaukahi St, Kihei, HI 96753

(UPDATE: Our friends at Mulligans have let us know the following;

“A few changes have been made to the Happy Hour menu at Mulligan’s on the Blue with daily specials now offered from 2pm to 6pm. $5 drink specials and a menu of 8-10 items all at just $8!!! Items include Fish Tacos (3), a Cheeseburger with fries, Mini Fish and Chips, Jumbo chicken wings, Coconut shrimp, Chicken or Veggie quesadillas, Parmesan and Panko Macaroni and Cheese, and more!!!!”

Prices and menus are accurate at the time of this blog posting but are subject to change.  Let us know if you find something that needs updating!

Have a favorite Maui Happy Hour? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll give them a try, uh…um… for research purposes of course!

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Star Studded Maui Film Festival | June 13 – June 17, 2018

Maui Film Festival 2018
Get Ready For A Star Studded Maui Film Festival

Maui’s top star-studded summer event!  Come enjoy the Star Studded Maui Film Festival 2018 taking place this year on June 13 – June 17, 2018 in Wailea, Maui.  Three glorious celestial filled nights of cinematic wonder.

Maui Film Festival 2018

“The Maui Film Festival at Wailea is a ‘jewel-box’ festival — able to handle anything
without becoming unwieldy or impersonal. Flawlessly planned. The national press is
taking notice and reporting on its goings-on.  Watch for even greater things to come.”   

Maui Film Festival 2018
Toes in the sand cinema! Wailea Beach

One of a Kind, Under-the-Stars, Lit by the Moon and Powered by the Sun Open Air Venues.
Plus Amazing Nightly Festivities- Film PremieresA-List TributesHulaLive Music

Maui Film Festival 2018

“Since Year One, the Maui Film Festival’s Always used the word “Luminaries” to describe the Talented Artists who have been its Honorees. Why? Silver Screens  Love Them.  That’s for Sure. But On-Screen they become Alchemists Revealing the Human Condition with Empathy, Wisdom and Depth.  In Short, They Light Us Up!”
     —Festival Honoree Selection ‘Ohana

Passionately Created.  Intelligently Designed and Endlessly Inspiring, The Maui Film Festival Believes In the Power of Original Cinema.

Regardless of Genre or Screen Size, Original Cinema Shifts Paradigms, Seeds the Planet with New Ideas, Moves Culture and Rocks the World!

​For the Maui Film Festival, Original Cinema Is the Rocket Fuel that Propels Us to Reveal New Worlds and Fire Up Our Passions, Vision and Soul.

     —Maui Film Festival  Vision Statement  2018

Maui Film Festival 2018

Maui Film Festival 2018

Maui Film Festival 2018

Maui Film Festival 2018


More info here

Where: Wailea, Maui – Hawaii (Grand Wailea Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel, Wailea Gold Academy)

When: June 13 – June 17, 2018



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Get Your Morning Fix At The Cinnamon Roll Place In Kihei Maui

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui
Get Your Morning Fix At The Cinnamon Roll Place In Kihei Maui

You’re up with the birds and out walking the beach road in Kihei and then it hits you, the delicious aroma of fresh baked, warm cinnamon rolls and coffee! You make a little detour along an unassuming strip mall and WOW, this is the spot!

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui

The Cinnamon Roll Place in Kihei, Maui has been a town favorite for years and it’s easy to see why, or smell why. With warm cinnamon-brown sugar smells wafting it’s just too much to resist.

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui

The Cinnamon Roll Place is a tiny little hole-in-the-wall breakfast eatery that serves up, well… cinnamon rolls. They also have coffee drinks of course and their breakfast menu includes delicious items like cinnamon bread pudding, scones, island style banana bread, muffins and cookies.

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui

But it’s the Cinnamon Rolls that bring them their loyal following! Especially when they’re topped with cream cheese frosting and macadamia nuts!

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui

Imagine a hot, gooey, cinnomony roll topped with your choice of macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, raisins and/or cream cheese frosting.

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui


Lunch Too!

In addition to breakfast items, you can get a quick lunch bite here too. Simple lunch here includes fresh made sandwiches or salad.

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui


Why not try their version of egg sandwiches like the ‘Spamhead’ with fluffy eggs, Spam and cheese? Spam, it’s a thing in Hawai’i. Other breakfast sandwiches include The Egg Head, The Pig Head, The Veggie Head, The Hot Head and more.

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui


The Cinnamon Roll Place hours are 7 days a week 5:30 am to 3:00 pm and they’re conveniently located just next door to our condo complex, and across from Kamaole II beach (think ‘grab breakfast and coffee and hit the beach to watch the world wake up‘.)

Cinnamon Roll Place
2463 S. kihei Road
Open everyday 5:30am-3pm.

Cinnamon Roll Place Maui

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Enjoy A Magical Weekend At The Kapalua Wine And Food Festival

Kapalua Wine Food Festival
Kapalua Wine And Food Festival

The 37th Annual Kapalua Wine Food Festival is taking place June 7-10, 2018 and is sure to summer’s premier event on Maui.


Join us for the Kapalua Wine and Food Festival – a magical weekend on the shores of the world-renowned Kapalua Resort and the longest running food and wine event in the USA.
This annual wine festival on Maui brings together oenophiles, gourmands and enthusiasts of the good life to celebrate, learn and experience the finest culinary trends and viniculture.

2018 TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Must Bring Valid ID

For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Kapalua Wine And Food page.

For a limited time, early bird pricing is available on signature evening galas for $195 until May 1st.

Kapalua Wine Food Festival


Schedule of EventsKapalua Wine Food Festival


Festival Golf Tournament
The Bay Course, Kapalua – 7:00 am
Not included in 4-day pass; sold separately
Advance registration required

Regional Focus: “Sand & Fog” Santa Maria Valley Wine Seminar & Tasting
Merriman’s Kapalua – 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Part of the Central Coast AVA, this appellation is the oldest in this portion of California. Owing to the cool growing climate, the valley is best known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Sample some of the areas’ finest producers favorite vintages. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Jill Russell – Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery
• Wes Hagen – J. Wilkes
• James Ontiveros – Native 9
• Jonathan Nagy – Byron/Nielson

Varietal Focus: “Let’s Be Franc!” – World Cabernet Franc Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

One of the major grape varieties worldwide, principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone. A lesser-known and lighter varietal than Cabernet, join us to learn more about this worldwide favorite. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Pam Starr – Crocker & Starr
• Manny Pires – Gandona
• Raj Patel – Patel Wines


Kapalua Wine Food Festival The Grand Tasting – Kapalua Style
Sponsored by Montage Kapalua Bay – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come dressed in your best “White Party” attire for this year’s event! Premium wines are showcased with fabulous gastronomic indulgences from Kapalua Resort restaurants and friends. A walk-around tasting and evening under the stars; all on the oceanfront grounds of Montage Kapalua Bay.

Also featuring Petrossian Caviar station and a phenomenal Cheese Display by Kent Torrey of The Cheese Shop in Carmel, CA and Maui made sweet treats by The Maui Cookie Lady and Sweet Aloha Baking Company. Sample the winning cocktail from the Banks Rum mixology contest.

Participating Restaurants to date:

• Cane & Canoe
• The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua
• Merriman’s Kapalua
• Pineapple Grill
• Plantation House
• Chef Jennifer Jasinski, Presented by Maui Visitors Bureau
• Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar
• Sugar Beach Events
• Taverna
• Honolua Store


Kapalua Wine Food Festival Digging in to Unique Terroir – France, Italy and Hungary – International Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am– 12:30 pm

Moderator Jessie “JABS” Birschbach, Managing Editor of The SOMM Journal and Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo host a journey through a handful of the Old World’s most distinctive examples of terroir: renowned wine regions where the earth and climate can actually be tasted! Travel  in a glass to the regions of Brunello di Montalcino, Alto-Adige, Burgundy and the Tokaj region of Hungary.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Lars Leicht, Trade Development Director for Banfi Vinters presenting Castello Banfi’s Brunello di Montalcino
• Kristina Sazama, DipWSET, Wine Educator for Santa Margherita highlighting the Kettmeir wines of Alto Adige
• Patrick Okubo, MS, CWE, Young’s Market for Kobrand and the Burgundian wines of Maison Louis Jadot
• Enikő Magyar, Project Director for Wines of Excellence, pouring Mád Hungarian wines
• Jessie “JABS” Birschbach – The SOMM Journal


Cooking Demonstration Celebrity Chefs Nancy Silverton & Nancy Oakes   
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Enjoy the cuisine of famed chefs and good friends Nancy Silverton/Pizzeria and Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles and Nancy Oakes/Boulevard, San Francisco. Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan and paired with the wines of the two “Jeffs” – Jeff Stewart of Hartford Court and Jeff Mangahas of Williams Selyem. New this year, Guest Chef Mike Garrity of Wustof Trident opens the program with a fun and engaging demonstration on knife skills and tricks utilizing the top-of-the-line products of Wustof Trident. One lucky audience member will win a drawing for a CLASSIC IKON seven-piece block set (a $758 value).

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Jeff Stewart – Hartford Court Winery
• Jeff Mangahas – Williams Selyem


Kapalua Wine Food Festival Hang Loose with Grey Goose & Banks Rum
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, ‘Ai ‘Ono Tacos & Tequila – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Grey Goose & Banks Rum for a poolside party featuring handcrafted Goose cocktails, specialty appetizers from The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua culinary team and live music from DJ Tony. Open to the public.

For more information call 808.669.6200 


Historical Focus: Family Tree – Scions of Family Wineries     
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This seminar brings together second and third generation winemakers and their winemaker parents to share their secrets, stories and wines.  Hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan.
Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• David Long – David Arthur Vineyards
• Laura Long – David Arthur Vineyards
• Ryan Hill – Hill Family Vineyards
• Doug Hill – Hill Family Vineyards


VarietalKapalua Wine Food Festival Focus: Champagne & Caviar Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Hosted by Master Sommeliers Rob Bigelow and Patrick Okuno with Christopher Klapp of Petrossian Caviar. Sample the finest in caviars alongside premium Champagnes.

Confirmed panelists to date:

• Christopher Klapp – Petrossian Caviar
• Rob Bigelow – Master Sommelier 


Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller 
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Celebrity Chef Hubert Keller of Food TV fame and a Frenchman classically trained by France’s top Chefs, will present his French-inspired healthy cuisine paired with wines of James Hall of Patz & Hall Winery hosted by Master Sommelier Michael Jordan. New this year, Guest Chef Mike Garrity of Wustof Trident opens the program with a fun and engaging demonstration on knife skills and tricks utilizing the top-of-the-line products of Wustof Trident. One lucky audience member will win a drawing for a CLASSIC IKON seven-piece block set (a $758 value).

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• James Hall – Patz & Hall
• Marcus Notaro – Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Featured Menu:

Hamachi Tiradito, Aji Amarillo Peppers, Citrus, Sea Asparagus and Caviar
Pan seared Diver Scallops, caramelized Pork Belly, Beluga Lentils and Shallot Butter
Wagyu Rossini Burger, seared Foie Gras, Truffles, on Brioche Bun
Pineapple Carpaccio with Lemon Sorbet, Cilantro Granite, Pineapple Chips and Crystallized Cilantro


Varietal Focus: World Famous Pinot Noir Wine Seminar & Tasting
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Top Pinot Noir producers gather to showcase their premium vintages and share their passion for this illustrious varietal.

Confirmed winemakers/wineries to date:

• Jeff Mangahas – Williams Selyem Winery
• James Hall – Patz & Hall
• Jeff Stewart – Hartford Court Winery
• Nico Cueva – Kosta Browne
• Michael Browne – Cirq



Seafood FestivalKapalua Wine Food Festival
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua – Beach House Lawn – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
14 of Maui’s Top Restaurants showcase a seafood specialty and culinary creation in competition for Maui No Ka Oi Magazine’s “Best of the Fest” award. Featuring a Grey Goose Martini Bar and Hawaiian entertainment provided by local favorite band Nuff Sedd.

Participating Restaurants to Date:

• Fleetwood’s on Front St.
• Gannon’s
• Hula Grill Ka‘anapali
• Humuhumunukunukuapua’a
• Japengo
• Joey’s Kitchen
• Mauka Makai
• Pacific’O Restaurant and O’o Farm
• Roy’s Ka’anapali
• Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
• The Banyan Tree
• The Mill House
• Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Wailea
• UH Maui Culinary Arts Program

All events, prices, personalities, performances, menus, wines, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice.




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Ha‘ikū Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival | 25th Annual Event

Haiku Hoolaule’a Flower Festival
Ha‘ikū Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival

The 25th annual Ha’iku Ho’olaule’a and Flower Festival will be ground zero at Haiku Elementary School on April 14 for ono food, live music, entertainment and just plain fun for young and old alike.

Haiku Hoolaule’a Flower Festival

Saturday, April 14, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ha‘ikū Elementary School

Admission will be free to the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that draws an estimated 7,000 people annually, according to event organizers.

Visitors attending local festivals get a chance to engage with the rhythm of Maui living in a way that paid activities can’t provide.  Get to know what it’s like living in an island paradise, see the island traditions, ways and local style.  It’s so well worth attending a local event and Ha‘ikū (pronounced high-koo) is such a magical town! 

Planned as a “colorful, unique, family-friendly community celebration,” the event also will feature art, keiki games and activities and “tents overflowing with brilliant tropical blooms and plants of every description.” One of Maui’s largest silent auctions will be staged in the school buildings and grounds, and there will be a bake sale and restaurant row with some of Maui’s favorite restaurants.

Also being featured will be a Haiku history “pop-up museum” in the school library. It will have a new display revealing the story of Haiku’s internment camp.

The Maui community and visitors alike are invited to spend the day, bring their families and lawn chairs and join the Ha‘ikū community to enjoy fabulous live entertainment, culinary delights from local restaurants and the Ha‘ikū PTA, the famous Haiku bake sale, one of the largest silent auctions on Maui, floral design and lei-making contests, a Ha‘ikū historical display, an artisan marketplace, plenty of activities for Keiki and much more.

The event will have a new interactive Keiki Zone with games and activities and the addition of Digital Bus Maui, a Mobile Science & Technology Education Laboratory, offering the keiki hands-on educational adventures.

Haiku is a small, close-knit, unique, Upcountry town that really cares about its keiki,”Gagne said. “The founding committee wanted to create an event that celebrated Haiku as a destination and as a community, and to showcase its wealth of history, culture and community.”

Scheduled musical acts include Dr. Nat and Rio Ritmo; singer/songwriter Terri Garrison (fresh from opening for Willie Nelson); ‘Ulalena star Nara Boone; the Maui Samba Band; the King Kekaulike Jazz Band; The Troublemakers; the Kalama Ukulele Band; Jay Auweloa; Maui Ohana Band; and Jarrett Roback Trio. Haiku resident Tim Wolfe will be the event master of ceremonies.

Also, the late falsetto master Uncle Richard Ho’opi’i will be honored. He performed every year at the Ho’olaule’a. And there will be a tribute to the late David Florence, who chaired the event in 1997 and created a magical train ride for keiki.

Haiku Hoolaule’a Flower Festival

Event Features

Live Entertainment
Our community celebration brings together Maui’s most talented performers with live music all day on the main stage, and special performances on the keiki stage.

Restaurant Row
We have restaurants and food trucks from across Maui coming to serve their most popular dishes.

Silent Auction
Maui’s largest silent auction brings you great deals on items and gift certificates, while you support the keiki of Haiku.

Artisan Marketplace
The Ha`iku Ho’olaule’a offers made-on-Maui arts and crafts from our local artisans.

Flower & Plant Growers Market
Get ready to buy fresh flowers, plants, produce and value-added products from local Flower and Plant Growers!

Keiki Zone
Keiki Zone has child friendly activities, carnival games, face-painting, and much more!

Community Living
The community living tent, hosted by the Haiku Community Association, lets you meet many community groups and local businesses active on Maui.

Haiku Hoolaule’a Flower Festival

Another popular draw is the Ha’iku Community Association Community Living Tent, sponsored by Ha’iku Mill. Visitors will be treated to free hands-on activities like making haku lei with the Native Hawaiian Plant Society and painting coconuts for Malamalama Maui’s Maka o Ka ‘Aina (“Eyes of the Earth”) community art project.

Visitors to the community living tent also may register to vote, catch up on local issues at the community association booth, learn about local equestrian activities, check out free pet spay-and-neuter programs, and see how to combat invasive species and prepare for emergency response to natural disasters.

Event sponsors include Mana Foods, the Aloha ‘Aina Center of Ha’iku, Alexander & Baldwin, Savitt Family Foundation, Family and Friends of Agriculture, County Council Member Elle Cochran, Maui Tempe Co. and the King Kekaulike Culinary Academy. All of those sponsors are donating 100 percent of their food booth profits to the event. Many other supporting sponsors will be honored on the day of the event.

Haiku Hoolaule’a Flower Festival

The Ha’iku Ho’olaule’a started 25 years ago as a way to raise funds for Haiku Elementary School beyond what is budgeted for it by the state Department of Education. Because of community fundraising, the school has been able to supplement costs for field trips, equipment and classroom supplies and offer programs in art, music, drama, creative movement, science, technology, engineering, math, physical education and gardening.

The Spring School Bazaar has long been a fundraiser for the school, but 25 years ago, school parents Mike Gagne and the late Ed Silverstein came up with the idea of holding a second, larger Haiku community event to help raise money for the school.

They turned to the Ha’iku Community Association and the then recently formed Boys and Girls Club of Ha’iku for support and created the hoolaulea and flower festival.

Haiku Hoolaule’a Flower Festival

Parking for the event will be available for $5 across Hana Highway from the Haiku Community Center. Visitors also may park and enter the event via the community center grounds.

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