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Results are in for the original ‘Best of Maui’ he votes are in and the results are tabulated. Get ready to learn about the best that Maui has to offer in dining, commercial activities, culture and the arts, shopping, lodging and discounts. Our Best of Maui contest, established in 1992, is the original survey that reveals the cream of the crop and local favorites. It’s the go-to guide for local residents and visitors alike, a true look into the businesses that make Maui shine. With more than 40 categories, this survey will tell you who serves the best appetizer, who has the best happy hour, who provides the best sea activity and much, much more. Check out a couple of new categories this year, including Best Fitness Club/Gym, Best Vacation Rental and Best Senior Discount. Ballots were accepted on paper and electronically, and the results found in this publication will remain posted at until next year’s edition comes out. We hope that you’ll refer to it again and again throughout the year as you hunt for the best burger, the best sushi, the best boutique and the best surf shop. You should know that when we tell businesses they’ve been voted “the best” in their category, they express deep gratitude for your support. They are thrilled


that their customers had an unforgettable experience, earning them your stamp of approval on our ballots. As for why you all participated, many expressed an overall appreciation for Maui and its abundance of delicious dining opportunities and fun adventures, as well as a desire to support local businesses. Read on for some thoughts from the voters: “We love voting for our favorite companies!” says Sandi Hamminic of Honolulu. “The best of everything on Maui is found at local establishments. Small businesses on Maui offer residents and visitors alike a true local flavor of our county and community,” says Marc Antosch of Paukukalo. “It’s Maui . . . everything is the best!” says Bud Pikrone of Wailea. “I have been visiting Maui for the past 17 years and when it’s time to leave this beautiful island and people, I literally start counting the days until my return,” says Laura Wallace of Scottsdale, Ariz. “I love Maui!” says Alexis Felicia of Honolulu. “Thankful every day to call Maui my home. From swimming in the clear, blue ocean waters to admiring the majesty of Haleakala, this island heals my body, mind and spirit! Maui continues to shine as ‘the greatest nature show on Earth!’ ” says Carol Minnich of Kihei.

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Congratulations, Best of Maui drawing winners ere at The Maui News, we love that our readers get so excited each year to show their support for local businesses by voting for their favorites in the Best of Maui contest. As a thank you, we held a drawing to select four voters to each win a $100 gift card from some of Maui’s top businesses.


Mabel Domae of Kahului submitted her ballot just in the nick of time and won herself a gift card to Star Noodle in Lahaina. She’s a fan of the business and its sister restaurants and plans to take husband Toshi out to dinner. Born and raised on Maui, Domae likes to vote in the Best of Maui contest so that those visiting the island will have a handy guide to some of the best local spots. Makawao’s Joy Webster has participated in Best of Maui for as long as she can remember. This year, she takes home a gift certifi-

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Mabel Domae cate to Mama’s Fish House in Kuau. “Mama’s has the best location on Maui,” she says. “Oh, that view.” As for casting her votes, Webster likes to show her support for local businesses and encourage others to visit “the new guys in town.” Koleka Kahoohalahala of Lahaina won a gift card to Tamura’s Fine Wines & Liquors. Lucky for her, the business carries her favorite brand of sake. “And I do love their poke, I love the selec-

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tion,” she says. This was Kahoohalahala’s first time participating in The Maui News’ Best of Maui, and she enjoyed selecting her favorite restaurants, taking into consideration level of service, quality of food and personal experience. She’s used to sharing her favorite restaurants and activities through her work in sales at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. “When I saw the list, I just thought that it would be nice to share what my preferences are and my dining experiences.”

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Kahului’s Mandi Lyons, who won a gift certificate to Foodland, works in marketing at Grand Wailea, so she loves the chance to show her support for Spa Grande and Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a. But she also likes participating in Best of Maui to help smaller businesses receive the recognition they deserve. Always one to be “out and about,” Lyons likes to seek out new experiences, especially when it comes to trying new restaurants. “I love to take my family dining through the island,” she says.

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Maui Food Bank serves 10,000 people a month through partner agencies re you a dining diva? A man with the munchies? Then you know that Maui is a mecca for lavish restaurant meals with everything from salads to appetizers to entrees and desserts, as evidenced by this 2015 Best of Maui keepsake supplement. But many of us remain unaware that one in five Maui County kids may go to bed hungry tonight. The good news is, there is something we can do about it. In fact, the Maui Food Bank is once again the beneficiary of this year’s Best of Maui contest. Myriad voters who cast ballots have already generously donated cash or food to the organization. As an annual supporter of this noble nonprofit, The Maui News encourages readers to continue to step up to the plate for Maui Food Bank’s worthy cause — eliminating hunger. “During the weekend when school is out and there is no free or reduced lunch available, many children from low-income families do not have access to a hot meal or


filled with six meals for them to take home over the weekend to assure that they do not go hungry,” continues Rice. “This year we will distribute 92,160 meals through the Aloha BackPack Buddies program, currently in 15 schools in Maui County, including four elementary schools on Molokai.” More than 700 children who are at risk of going hungry are served through this program. “They love the backpacks, too,” adds Maui Food Bank Executive Director Richard Yust. “Kids say, ‘How do I get one of those things? How cool!’ We provide it to them on Friday and it goes home with them. They bring it back on Monday to be refilled by volunteers later in the week.” Inside the colorful packs are six meals for breakfast, lunch and dinPhoto courtesy Maui Food Bank ner for them to savor on Saturday Hands are outstretched in hunger, and an island paradise and Sunday. The need has gone up such as Maui is no exception. exponentially, since BackPack Buddies was launched in just one BackPack Buddies, the only prosadly, even a sandwich,” says Maui County school three years Marlene Rice, development direc- gram of its kind in Maui County. ago. “The food bank provides these tor for Maui Food Bank. “The program is rapidly growComing to their rescue is Aloha children with a special backpack

ing and we’ve added five more schools,” says Yust. “No one in our island ohana should have to go to bed hungry.” Besides BackPack Buddies, another mission of the Maui Food Bank is to help the hungry in Maui County by collecting and distributing food through community partnerships. “Our goal is to provide hunger relief for anyone who is in need,” says Yust. “The food bank works with over 100 partner agencies to provide hunger relief to people in need.” Currently Maui Food Bank serves 10,000 people a month through these partner agencies. “Over 40 percent of those being served are children and youth. More than ever before, workingpoor families, seniors on fixed incomes and single parents are relying on the Maui Food Bank just to survive month to month,” concludes Yust about the efforts. For more details or to donate, call 243-9500 or visit www.

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Peter Merriman Merriman’s Restaurants e’s a man of many monikers. The Los Angeles Times pegged him the “pied piper of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.” He’s also known as the “original locavore,” an “acclaimed restaurateur” and an “advocate of fishers and farmers.” Heck, some ladies who work in his restaurants even tease him that he’s one of the “sexiest chefs in America.” Now, Peter Merriman is also “king of the kitchen” with his newest title of “Best Chef on Maui” as voted by you, the readers of The Maui News. “Wow! This is incredible,” says the seasoned chef. “Even a blind squirrel finds a little acorn once in awhile,” he says humbly, playing down his accomplishments with the classic saying about “dumb luck.” “No, really, I’m so stoked. I’m really happy. I didn’t know this was coming. I don’t do line cooking anymore. But I do still develop recipes for my restaurants.” And what restaurants they are. Spanning four islands, they include Merriman’s Fish House in Poipu, Kauai, and the more casual Merriman’s Gourmet Pizza and Burgers downstairs. On the Big Island, he’s got his signature Merriman’s Waimea in paniolo country. His Maui empire includes Merriman’s Kapalua in West Maui and Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea, both of which have won “Best Ambience” and “Best Happy Hour” respectively in this year’s contest. He’s a partner with TS Restaurants in the hugely popular Hula Grill Ka‘anapali, which just won “Best Appetizer.” And rumor has it he will open another spot in Kaanapali next year. As for Oahu, he’s got Monkeypod Ko Olina and Moku and Merriman’s will open in Kakaako.


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Peter Merriman is a consummate chef and restaurateur, one of the founders of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement that put our isolated island state on the world food map. More are sure to come. And all cluding in France’s Champagne share the mission statement of “Do region. Best Chef Honorable Mentions the right thing,” something he In 1983, he arrived on Hawaii Peter Merriman learned at a young age. Island with one suitcase and $75 of Merriman’s Kapalua Isaac Bancaco In fact, his mother, Woodene in his pocket and was hired at One Bay Club Place of Ka‘ana Kitchen “Woody” Merriman, was a faMauna Lani Bay Hotel and quickKapalua • 669-6400 Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive mous Pittsburg food writer, who ly moved up the food chain to be and Wailea • 879-1234 inspired him with the intricacies of executive chef of the Gallery Monkeypod Kitchen the kitchen as a kid. She even got Restaurant. His motto was “if you 10 Wailea Gateway Place him a prep-work job with Ferdigrow it or catch it, I’ll buy it,” and Wailea • 891-2322 Jeff Sheer nand Metz of the H.J. Heinz Co., he stays true to it to this day. of the Mill House who went on to be president of the “If I were young today, I’d and Maui Tropical Planation Culinary Institute of America. spend several years focusing on all Hula Grill and many other 1670 Honoapiilani Highway In college, he played football, of the basics of cooking,” he says. Neighbor Island restaurants Waikapu • 270-0333 studied political science and spent “Very few people coming up his free time cooking for friends. through the ranks know baking, Afterwards, he enrolled in the pastries and both hot and cold how it’s done in “Merriman’s in Hawaii. three-year chefs apprentice propreparation. It’s so valuable to be Hawaii,” a cookbook that will hit As for his “Best Chef” win, he gram for Rock Resorts and cooked versed in all aspects.” the shelves in December with 90 says, “Mahalo nui loa to Maui. recipes and anecdotes on cooking You made my day.” The venerated chef will show from North America to Europe, inA Supplement of THE MAUI NEWS – Sunday, September 6, 2015 – Page S9


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Tasaka Guri Guri sort of spin on sherbet, guri guri is a sweet and cool treat ideal for a warm day. And the only place you’ll find it is at Tasaka Guri Guri at the Maui Mall. With a history that dates back more than 100 years, the family-owned business continues to serve up paper cups of the pineapple and strawberry dessert. The current generation, including sisters Cindy Tasaka-Ing and Gail Saito, who’s great-grandfather started the business after immigrating to Hawaii from Japan, maintains the secret recipe. The business passed into the sisters’ hands when their father, Henry, known as “The Guri Guri Man,” died in January. Tasaka-Ing attributes the treat’s enduring popularity to its reasonable price — two scoops will cost you $1.20 — and the fact that so many Maui residents grew up eating it and continue to bring their children and grandchildren.


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Sisters Gail Saito (from left) and Cindy Tasaka-Ing operate Tasaka Guri Guri with the help of cousin Kelly Kohatsu. The shop sells scoops of the dessert in either pineapple or strawberry flavors.

Best Frozen Treat Tasaka Guri Guri Maui Mall • 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave. C13 Kahului • 871-4513 Honorable Mentions Ululani’s Shave Ice For a location near you, visit Ono Gelato Company For a location near you, visit


Sam Sato’s aui residents get there early for the dry mein. Those from other islands squeeze in a lunch there between business on the Valley Isle. Visitors from around the world brag about their meals there with photos on Facebook. It’s Sam Sato’s. This family-owned and operated business in Wailuku dishes out plate lunches, and fresh manju and turnovers. But noodles are king here, from the saimin and chow fun to the famous dry noodles. The dry noodle dish, also called dry mein, is one of the most popular items on the menu, says Kirk Toma, whose family has run the business since his grandfather Sam Sato started it up in Spreckelsville in 1933. A heaping serving of seasoned noodles is served dry in a saimin bowl with char-siu pork, garnished with green onions and bean sprouts. The dish also comes with a side of dashi, or broth, and spicy mustard. It’s the ultimate comfort food, full of local flavor and history.


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Mana Foods walk through the meandering aisles at Mana Foods in Paia quickly reveals the company’s commitment to sustainability and healthy living. Shelves are jam-packed with a variety of natural and organic products, including the produce aisle that features many items grown right in Hawaii. The use of natural ingredients goes beyond food products and extends to the packaging of deli items and meat selections. The store’s departments include grocery, produce, meat, health and beauty, specialty cheeses, deli, bakery and raw foods. By buying products in large volumes, the store is able to pass on savings to customers, making nutritious foods more readily available to all.

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Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors amura’s Fine Wine & Liquors may want to add “and poke” to the business name because Maui residents and visitors alike have taken note of its many versions of the classic local dish. “Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors in Kahului, Lahaina and our Tamura’s Express Store in Wailuku offer 40-plus varieties of different styles of poke on any given day,” says Neal Inamasu, Maui’s district manager. Inamasu says the stores offer a plethora of fresh ahi, tako, scallop, king crab meat, soy bean, pickled garlic and pipikaula poke. Tamura’s special ahi and the Japan whole-scallop poke are among the company’s best sellers. “Our dedication to quality, freshness (when available, we use only fresh ahi from the local auction) and new (seasonal) types of poke keep our customers coming back for more,” Inamasu says.

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Aria’s Restaurant & Catering ast year, Ka‘ana Kitchen reigned as the newbie king. Before that, Koa’s Seafood Grill, Alan Wong’s Amasia, Monkeypod Kitchen and Star Noodle ruled the roost in recent years. Now, the chart buster is Aria’s Restaurant & Catering, pegged the place that serves “local favorites with a Wailea flair at Wailuku prices,” by Kathy Collins in this newspaper. Chef Majic Carson and his brother Ed Carson, who runs the front of the house, are at the top of the heap, the kings of the hill, the top-drawer sensations who excel at what they do to make Aria’s the No. 1 new restaurant on Maui. Their partner is Stacy Fujiwara, who rocks with cold dishes and their signature desserts. “I would like to thank everyone on Maui who recognized what we do here,” says Majic. “I’m honored and humbled beyond words. It’s not just me — it’s about everybody who works here.” What makes Aria’s so unique? “Consistently excellent food, nicely and courteously served, and generous portions keep you coming back for more,” says Best of Maui voter Andrew Mahaney of Wailuku. As it turns out, the Carson brothers were born in Newport, R.I., where their grandmother Aria (after whom the new, awardwinning restaurant is named) was the main caterer for Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper at the famous Breakers. Doris Duke was also her client. “Mrs. Vanderbilt would dismiss the whole Breakers kitchen staff when they came to town and bring in my grandmother, grandfather, father and uncle to cook,” says Majic. “I grew up shining silverware in their mansions.” The brothers arrived on Maui many years ago and are veterans in the industry, having worked everywhere from Cafe O’Lei to Gannon’s to 5 Palms. They call their cuisine “Hawaiicano,” blending Latin, Mexican, Hawaiian and Pacific Rim flavors. Aria’s chef is Omar Acevedo. “Everyone grooves on the roasted beet and kale salad,” says Majic. “Followed by


Maryland soft shell crab over Kumu Farms corn and kale succotash with a Meyer lemon creme and sriracha aioli.

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Mini New England clam chowder in Stillwell’s bread bowls and clams casino.

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Majic Carson says that he is “honored and humbled beyond words” to have Aria’s named the Best New Restaurant on Maui, crediting his partners and staffers in the win. ian catering and he blew me away,” says the feta quinoa with herb-grilled vegetables. The No. 1 nighttime entree is braised Makahiki promoter Janai Kealoha. It’s a place where everyone from Gov. chocolate-chipotle lamb shank with redpepper maizana; and vegetarian puttanesca David Ige to local construction bruddahs to family groups feel right at home. You is also off the charts.” may BYOB with no corkage fee, which As for catering gigs, Majic was food makes it even more affordable. Subdued chairman for the Maui Makahiki Festival teal walls, high ceilings and fine art of and fed 3,000 satisfied attendees. He’s participating in the Garden Party for Maui Steve Hornbuckle elevate Aria’s dining room to the status of an elegant cafe. Academy of Performing Arts in SeptemOpen for lunch and dinner Mondays to ber and will cater a cancer benefit in Kihei, Saturdays and for a la carte brunch on too. He also just did an authentic New Sundays. What could be better? Stay tuned England clambake for $150 a pop, shipas the Carson brothers have other projects ping in cold-water lobsters from Maine. “I hired Majic one time to do a Hawaiin development. A Supplement of THE MAUI NEWS – Sunday, September 6, 2015 – Page S13

Best New Restaurant Aria’s Restaurant and Catering 2062 W. Vineyard St. • Wailuku 242-2742 • Honorable Mentions Cow Pig Bun 535 Lipoa Parkway • Kihei 875-8100 • Roasted Chiles 1279 S. Kihei Road • Kihei • 868-4357 Frida’s Mexican Beach House Restaurant 1287 Front St. • Lahaina 661-1287 •


Teddy’s Bigger Burgers ow much does Maui love Teddy’s Bigger Burgers? Enough to give the Lahaina franchise the Best Burger designation two years in a row. And enough to get those burgers served beyond the west side. Requests from customers wanting another location on the island led the business to roll out a food truck that will be visiting Kihei, Kahului and Upcountry areas. “We’ll actually be bringing Maui News’ best burger to a neighborhood near you,” says Henry Telles, who owns the business with wife Lisa and partnered with brother Gil on the truck. Standard 5-ounce burgers will be available, with the option to pile on patties to your heart’s content.


Best Burger Teddy’s Bigger Burgers 335 Keawe St. #221 Lahaina • 661-9111 Honorable Mentions Cool Cat Cafe 658 Front St. #160 Lahaina • 667-0908 Rock & Brews 120 Hana Highway Paia • 579-9011

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Mama’s Fish House t’s a love story, pure and simple. We adore the lobster guacamole. Get weak over the wasabi-crusted calamari and have a crush on the crisp mahimahi roll with Hamakua mushroom sauce. And that’s just for starters. We are also fond of the fresh ahi caught by Henry Pascher in the Alenuihaha Channel, seared in a Hana ginger-panko crust with kalua-pig fried rice; enchanted by the ehu, caught by Kalani Hirata in deep reefs near Lanai; and mesmerized by the mahimahi caught by Mike Fisher, stuffed with lobster and crab and baked in a macadamia-nut crust. Yes, we are infatuated with and devoted to Mama’s Fish House, marveling over its many facets to catapult it once again to the No. 1 Maui position for a repeat win as “Best Restaurant Overall.” “The flavors, the food, the service, the setting are the perfect Hawaiian feast rolled into one special meal,” says Barbara LaMarco of Makawao. Besides the award-winning seafood cuisine and wine list, Mama’s Fish House tugs at our heartstrings because of its warm and gracious service and its amorous ambience. Picture perfect, it’s situated on the spectacular north shore of Maui in an idyllic oceanfront coconut grove, providing an exceptional romantic dining experience that keeps you hankering to return. “We really are the result of the passion of two people,” says Vice President Karen Christenson about her parents and restaurant owners, Floyd and Doris Christenson. “They had a very clear vision of what they wanted to create and have never in 43 years laid


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Hana-ginger-steamed ehu is drizzled with peanut oil (top); mahimahi is sauteed in Hamakua mushrooms, garlic butter, white wine and capers; hostess Annaliese Ledington, and Executive Chef Perry Bateman and Fish Guru Mike Pascher are among 350-plus employees.


Christensons are all about. From Bateman. “They still hold hands back and said, ‘Okay, that’s it.’ and look into each other’s eyes. Rather, they keep striving to make supporting fishers with their own deep-sea buoys to establishing Mama’s preserves this intimacy by it even better, year after year! creating an environment that al“Combine their drive with their long-term good will with farmers talent for finding the best Maui has and purveyors to endearing diners lows you to fall in love, to make to the desirable food and romantic memories, to give or get a proposto offer in terms of building a al. How they respect each other long-serving team, from Executive ambience — it all tempts you to rendezvous there for special occa- and love each other inspires all of Chef Perry Bateman to General us who work here. Their fondness Manager Tami Joslin to Chief En- sions time and again. “Floyd and Doris are like two for each other and the restaurant gineer Scott Burns.” lovebirds, who just celebrated their carries over to all of us to strive to Indeed, excelling at relationships is the cornerstone of what the 61st wedding anniversary,” says make their dream come true.” A Supplement of THE MAUI NEWS – Sunday, September 6, 2015 – Page S15

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TJ’s Warehouse Outlet ozens of bento options await the customer craving a tasty and fast lunch at TJ’s Warehouse Outlet in Wailuku. Chicken katsu, unagi, butterfish, breaded pork and Spam musubi — TJ’s features all of these bento classics and more. There are regular bentos, combination bentos, mini bentos and weekly specials. The store, which sells a variety of Asian food products, began offering the box lunches back in 2005 and eventually became a magnet for hungry patrons, now producing hundreds of bentos a day. Joel Kawasaki, whose family owns the business — a subsidiary of Maui Chemical & Paper — said the goal is to keep up with demand while satisfying customers Photo courtesy TJ’s Warehouse with a large variety and consistent prodThe Katsu Korean bento is one of dozens of box lunch options offered at TJ’s Warehouse uct. in Wailuku.


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Best Bento TJ’s Warehouse Outlet 875 Alua St. Wailuku • 249-0825 Honorable Mentions Pukalani Superette 15 Makawao Ave. Pukalani • 572-7616 Minit Stop For a location near you visit

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■ Best French: French chef Gerard Reversade is a master of his craft, a lifelong culinarian. At Gerard’s Restaurant in the quaint Plantation Inn, he entices with shiitake mushrooms in puff pastry, chilled cucumber soup and spinach salad, fresh-off-theboat snapper, duck confit and rack of lamb. The rhubarb pie with ginger ice cream is made in house as are all desserts. Get 20 percent off food any night with Hawaii ID. The wine list is award-winning. Gerard’ s Restaurant is located at 174 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, 661-8939, www. Honorable Mention: Chez Meme, 115 Kio Loop, Kihei, 879-5425, www.chezmeme

Polli’s Mexican Restaurant ■ Best Mexican: Several stellar new Mexican restaurants have opened on Maui recently— from Frida’s Mexican Beach House and Sangrita Grill + Cantina in West Maui to Roasted Chiles in Kihei — yet the one that rises like crema fresca to the top is Polli’s Mexican Restaurant, a staple in Makawao for 34 years. Founded in 1981 by Polli Contreras Smith, who first delighted the island with her southof-the-border family recipes, the restaurant was purchased by Tim Ellison 10 years later. He grew up in the Virgin Islands, working at Sid’s Deli in the ’60s, where a sign out front read, “Come in and eat or we’ll both starve,” as Sid took in wayward kids and gave them jobs. Ellison hangs that same sign in front of Polli’s today, and he does it as a reminder that dining should be fun and enjoyable, too. “Aside from the food, Polli’s greatest asset is its staff,” says Ellison, who is freed up to travel. But having seen firsthand extreme poverty in Cambodia, he and his son have created a nonprofit to provide educational grants for students there. Find it at Then come and sip a top-shelf margarita and savor chips and salsa, stuffed tamale and enchiladas and top it off with flan. Ole! Polli’ s Mexican Restaurant is located at 1202 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 572-7808, www.pollis Honorable Mentions: Las Pinatas of Maui, 395 Dairy Road, Kahului, 877-8707. Frida’ s Mexican Beach House Restaurant, 1287 Front St., La-

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Holding seafood enchiladas and chile rellenos are Polli’s Mexican Restaurant servers Marissa Kiana and Meyer Letizia, who has been with the company for 25 years. haina, 661-1287, www.fridas

Other top Ethnic picks: These Maui restaurants garnered the most votes in their respective categories

go, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali, 667-4909, www. Star Noodle, 286 Kupuohi St. (Lahaina Business Park), Lahaina, 667-5400,

Express, For a location near you, visit China Boat, 4474 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Kahana, 669-5089, www.chinaboat

■ Best Filipino: Hungry for ■ Best Chinese: The owner authentic delicacies of the Philipof the former Royal Seafood Chi- pines? Paradise Supermart is a ■ Best Asian: Issei, Nisei nese Restaurant, Mei Lam has one-stop shop for all things Filand Sansei range from the first been impressing diners at Fu Lin ipino, from fresh seafood to dry Japanese immigrants to Hawaii Chinese Restaurant for eight goods to Asian skin care prodto the second and third generayears now. The family-style ucts. Hit the hotline for pinakbet, tions born here. Sansei Seafood restaurant offers Cantonese dishpancit, lechon, adobo, sinigag Restaurant & Sushi Bar is es with some Szechuan sauces and more. Head to the cooler for named after the latter, offering a for those who like it spicy. Open balut and halohalo. It also offers contemporary twist on traditional for lunch and dinner, Fu Lin has an extensive catering service dishes. Many are award-winning, some gluten-free dishes, lots of from take-out pans to large occaincluding owner D.K. Kodama’s farm-fresh veggies and ocean sions; and local foods prepared crab ramen with Asian truffle views. Highlights are potstickers, with a Filipino flavor. Liquor, broth, mango-crab salad, Chiseafood tofu soup, honey-walnut too. nese-style sashimi and gingershrimp, steamed island fish, Paradise Supermart is locathoisin smoked duck breast. Mongolian beef, roast duck and ed at 207 E. Wakea Ave., KahuSansei Seafood Restaurant eggplant with Szechuan garlic lui, 877-6767. & Sushi Bar has two locations Honorable Mentions: Tante’ s sauce. on Maui, 1881 S. Kihei Road, Island Cuisine, Maui Seaside Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant Kihei, 879-0004 and 600 Office is located at 1312 Front St., LaHotel, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Road, Kapalua, 669-6286, Kahului, 877-0300, www.tantes haina, 661-7071, www.fulin Juan’ s Honorable Mentions: JapenHonorable Mentions: Panda Kitchen, 62 N. Market St., A Supplement of THE MAUI NEWS – Sunday, September 6, 2015 – Page S17

■ Best German: He may be a former Swiss alpine skiier from Davos, but Bernard Weber, chefowner of Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe, is renowned for oom-pah-pahing with the best Oktoberfest on island. The ninetime winner of Best German cuisine invites you to sit outdoors in the beer garden, or you may lift your stein in air-conditioned comfort as you dine on spaetzle, bratwurst, schnitzel and sauerkraut. Brigit & Bernard’ s Garden Cafe is located at 335 Hoohana St. #7A, Kahului, 877-6000, ■ Best Hawaiian: Dine outdoors and oceanfront under the shade canopy and eat like the locals do at Aloha Mixed Plate on laulau, kalua pork, housemade poi and other plate lunches, as no Maui vacation is complete without sampling traditional cuisine. Of course, it comes with an obligatory two scoops of rice and macaroni salad. Loosen your belt as you’ll have one happy “opu,” or stomach, afterwards. Aloha Mixed Plate is located at 1285 Front St., Lahaina, 661Continued on the next page

near the airport and the big-box stores in the heart of Kahului, this is a favorite among locals and repeat visitors for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marco’ s Grill & Deli is located at 444 Hana Highway, Suite ■ Best Indian: Enticing with M, Kahului, 877-4446. Honorable Mentions: Casanoexotic, authentic and complex fare, Monsoon India is a force to va Italian Restaurant and Deli, 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, be reckoned with in its prime 572-0220, www.casanovamaui. oceanfront spot overlooking a fish com. pond. Your palate will do yoga pretzels over aromatic dahl, tan■ Best Japanese: Crunch hot doori fish, lamb biryani, chicken and crisp shrimp tempura and sip pakoras and freshly baked naan during lunch and dinner. Vegetar- soul-soothing miso soup at Tokyo Tei, serving Maui since 1934. ians as well as meat and seafood Photo courtesy A Saigon Cafe John F. Kennedy even ate there as Winning Best Vietnamese Restaurant year after year, A lovers gave it the top vote — a young senator back in 1959. In Saigon Cafe presents house specialties of rice in the clay again. its current location for decades, Monsoon India is located at pot and chicken pho noodle soup. Tokyo Tei offers locals and curi760 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, 875ous visitors fast service, authentic 6666, www.monsoonindia ■ Best Latin: From the Tijua- 3700 Wailea Alanui Drive, cuisine and reasonable prices. na Caesar salad to the spicy tuna Wailea, 875-9394, www. Honorable Mention: India Ex- You’ve gotta try the teishoku B, a nachos with Latino kochujang press, The Wharf Cinema Center, lacquer tray chock full of savory sauce to Acapulco shrimp scampi, Japanese delicacies. 658 Front St., Lahaina, 661Cuatro Restaurant in Kihei fus■ Best Mediterranean: OhTokyo Tei is located at 1063 1207, www.indiaexpressmaui. es Latin and Pacific Rim flavors la-la. Travel into the heart of Paris Lower Main St., Wailuku, 242com. in a compelling manner. Open for with delicate French crepes at 9630, happy hour and dinner, Cuatro Cafe Des Amis, journey to IstanHonorable Mentions: Genki ■ Best Irish: Dark and vellets you BYOB with a $10 cork- bul with fillings of olives and Sushi, Maui Mall, Kahului, 873- age fee. Do try owner-chef Eric vety Guinness Stout, authentic roasted vegetables, or take your corned beef and cabbage and lots 7776 and 453 Keawe St., LaArbogast’s roasted chicken breast palate on an express ride to India haina, 661-0333, www.genki of tomfoolery all merge to make stuffed with green chilies, ham with curry bowls. Simply apMulligans on the Blue the place Kobe Japanese and pepper jack cheese. proach the counter, order and sit Steakhouse & Oku’ s Sushi to kick up your heels. Owner Cuatro Restaurant is located down and check out the eccentric Bar, 136 Dickenson St., Lahaina, at 1881 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, Mike O’Dwyer hails from Tipand fun artwork inside or grab a 667-5555, 879-1110, chair in the outdoor courtyard. perary, Ireland, and his eyes are always smilin’ when he puts on People watching in eccentric Paia ■ Best Korean: It’s cool, dinner shows, late-night entertain■ Best Local: Bring a sumodoesn’t get any better. ment and other shenanigans in the dark and air-conditioned, footsize appetite to Da Kitchen, as Cafe Des Amis is located at 42 balls and other sports are on nubest Irish restaurant and pub this the portions are big enough to Baldwin Ave., Paia, 579-6323, merous flatscreens, beer and side of Dublin. feed even Konishiki back in the cocktails are cold and plentiful, Mulligans on the Blue is loday. You don’t have to be a local Honorable Mention: Mala and Korean fare is just a part of an to sink your teeth into kalua pork Ocean Tavern, 1307 Front St., cated at 100 Kaukahi St., Kihei, 874-1131, www.mulligansonthe extensive Asian-inspired menu at sandwiches, teriyaki burgers and Lahaina, 667-9394, www.mala Tiffany’s Bar & Grill. From kim- seafood won tons, all real crowd chee fried rice to bi bim bap with pleasers. On the catering menu, Honorable Mention: The Dog sunnyside up egg on top to crispy order the Kanak Attack combo & Duck Irish Pub, 1913 S. Ki■ Best Puerto Rican: Yes, mandoo with dipping sauces, all hei Road, Kihei, 875-9669. and the aptly named Polynesian Mama Ding’s Pasteles is still in dishes are perfect for sharing with Paralysis Moco — as it will be business, pleasing customers for family and friends at large joiner hard to move after eating so lunch Tuesdays to Saturdays from ■ Best Italian: He may not much. 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. But the hail from Umbria or Tuscany, but tables and booths. Tiffany’ s Bar & Grill is loDa Kitchen Cafe has two lohours are determined by call-in Philly native Marco Defanis of cations: 425 Koloa St. #104, orders. Marco’s Grill & Deli knows how cated at 1424 Lower Main St., Wailuku, 249-0052. Kahului, 871-7782 and 2439 S. The house plate is piled high to “mangia,” bringing the best of Kihei Road, Kihei, 875-7782, with pasteles, gandule rice, baItaly to your table or cushy booth Honorable Mention: Ohana calao salad, empanadilla, Uncle with vodka rigatoni, Caesar salads Karaoke Cafe & Grill, 740 Honorable Mention: MiLouie’s sausage and a piece of and plump and juicy clams with Lower Main St., Wailuku, 242grant. Wailea Beach Marriott, carrot or prune cake for $10. linguine. Conveniently located 8886. A Supplement of THE MAUI NEWS – Sunday, September 6, 2015 – Page S18 Continued from Page 17

3322, www.alohamixedplate. com. Honorable Mention: Poi by the Pound, 385 Hoohana St., Kahului, 283-9381.

There are tables, but most people just pick up and go. Mama Ding’ s Pasteles is located at 255 Alamaha St., Kahului, 877-5796 or 283-2426.

■ Best Thai: You’ll definitely want to “Thai one on” at Thailand Cuisine with two convenient locations in Kahului and Kihei. Whether you dine in or order platters to go, do try the green seafood curry, popular pad Thai noodles and Siam duck in mild, medium or hot with your choice of brown or jasmine rice. The menu is authentic, the servers wear Thai costumes and the ambience will entice you at this multiple award winner. Thailand Cuisine has two locations: Kukui Mall, Kihei, 8750839 and Maui Mall, Kahului, 873-0225, www.thailand

Honorable Mentions: Saeng’ s Thai Cuisine, 2119 W. Vineyard St., Wailuku, 244-1567. Thai Chef Restaurant of Maui, 878 Front St., Lahaina, 667-2814, www.thaichefrestaurantmaui. com. ■ Best Vietnamese: Diners can’t get enough of plump and juicy clams in black bean sauce, duck saimin in anise-infused broth, whole fresh opakapaka in ginger and garlic, and green papaya salad with shrimp at A Saigon Cafe. A native of Vietnam, owner Jennifer Nguyen is not resting on her laurels. At her renovated Wailuku hot spot, Nguyen throws fun, monthly wine tastings with French cheeses and baguettes; and caters private parties with her inspiring fare. Ingredients, such as dragonfruit, mint and cilantro, are grown fresh for the restaurant. A Saigon Cafe is located at 1792 Main St., Wailuku, 2439560.

Honorable Mentions: Asian Star, 1764 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, 244-1833. Vietnamese Cuisine, 1280 S. Kihei Road #107, Kihei, 875-2088, www.


Japengo Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa ith Hokkaido native Jin Hosono on a roll in the sushi bar and “Maui boy� Gevin Utrillo in charge of the restaurant with dishes such as blackened ahi salad and mahimahi seasoned with Upcountry lavender, Japengo is an incomparable dining destination serving Hawaii’s freshest, locally grown products coupled with exotic ingredients from Pacific Rim countries. Perched on a bluff overlooking Kaanapali Beach, Japengo is at its apex with indoor and outdoor dining with ocean and Neighbor Island views. It rocks with the freshest fish from Maui to the Tsukiji Fish Auction in Japan, and its culinary team seeks out the freshest local ingredients, sourced mostly from


Maui and surrounding islands. The most popular items are Japengo fried rice, grilled local mahimahi and kung-pao duck meatballs. It partners with Simpli-Fresh farm of Maui to provide just-harvested produce for dishes that are created on a daily basis, and it donates a portion of sales back to educational programs that teach local children about healthy eating. Happy Hour at Japengo includes special pricing for appetizers and sushi rolls as well as wines, draught beer and specialty cocktails like Sparkling Pina Sangria, Pineapple Passion Punch and Ginger Limonata. Maui’s top musicians perform nightly to entertain you in the lounge — all making it the best resort restaurant on Maui.

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Best Resort Restaurant Japengo Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 200 Nohea Kai Drive Kaanapali • 661-1234 Photo courtesy Hyatt

Japengo’s lounge is a fun place to dine with live music. A moriawase sashimi plate is packed with fresh-as-it-gets fish. General Manager Matt Rapping (from left), Sushi Chef Jin Hosono and Restaurant Chef de Cuisine Gevin Utrillo take a break in Japengo.

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onkeypod Kitchen is “merrimaking” at its finest. In fact, its spot at Wailea Gateway plaza is “party central” two times a day for workers in the hotel industry thirsty and hungry after their shifts and for tourists looking for casual fun, too. “We throw a party every day and the magic starts at happy hour with live music and our food and drink specials,” says Peter Merriman, owner. Choose from the early party from 3 to 5:30 p.m. or the later soiree from 9 to 11 p.m. with half-priced pupu, handtossed pizza for $9, 36 craft beers cooled down to 29 degrees on tap and Mai tai low prices starting at $4.75. But it doesn’t stop there. Select wines are $7 per glass, handcrafted cocktails are $9.50. The music and the crowd rock the place down, making Monkeypod Kitchen’s “merrimaking” a happy-hour best.


Best Happy Hour Monkeypod Kitchen 10 Wailea Gateway Place Wailea • 891-2322 Honorable Mentions Kahului Ale House 355 E. Kamehameha Ave. Kahului • 877-0001 Five Palms Restaurant Mana Kai Resort 2960 S. Kihei Road Kihei • 879-2607

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Celebrations by Bev Gannon Catering & Events or more than 30 years, Celebrations has rocked as Maui’s premiere catering and full-service event-planning company. From weddings to private parties to corporate events, it excels with extensive experience provided by owner and world-famous chef Beverly Gannon. “Celebrations can handle any event, large or small, and we’re happy to work with clients to provide the perfect event within the established budget,” says Gannon. “We have exclusive access to some of the most beautiful venues on Maui, including private estates.” Of note is a recent partnering


with renowned wedding planner Colin Cowie to cater “Glee” actor Matthew Morrison’s wedding on Maui. Choose from breakfast or lunch buffets, picnics and boxed lunches, pupus and cocktails, family-style or plated menus, desserts, cakes, holiday fare and even cooking classes and chef demos. Event planning services include venue selection, entertainment, tenting, staging, lighting, sound, security, floral, custom decor, linen and furniture rental, party favors, makeup and hair services, etc. The “whole nine yards,” says Gannon.

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The ruins of an old Upcountry sugar mill in Haiku provide a stellar backdrop to private parties and Celebrations has access. Finger pupu make it easy to socialize and get gobbled up as fast as they are served.

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Honorable Mentions Cool Cat Cafe he colorful and nostalgic decor hanging on the walls, the 658 Front St. #160 displays of model planes, the milk shakes — all this and Lahaina • 667-0908 more appeal to children visiting Ruby’s Diner at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. And let’s be honest, most any adult’s inner child can’t resist the restaurant’s charms either. Teddy’s Bigger Featuring a kids menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, RuBurgers by’s can keep keiki smiling with silver-dollar pancakes, pigs in 335 Keawe St. #221 a blanket, kid-sized burgers, hot dogs, peanut butter-and-jelly Lahaina • 661-9111 sandwiches and more. Top it off with shakes, root beer floats and other tasty treats — all of which come in adult-size too.



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Mama’s Fish House ama’s Fish House reigns as the queen of Maui’s dining scene as Best Overall Restaurant year after year. It’s also a given that it swims ahead of the school for consistent Best Seafood awards. But diners really hit the Mother Lode when they experience Mama’s because it excels in Best Service, too. An added bonus is that it gets repeated honorable mentions for Best Ambience. “At Mama’s, we strive to provide an exceptional romantic dining experience that is totally unique and totally Polynesian,” says Karen Christenson, vice president and daughter of founders Floyd and Doris Christenson. Indeed, the service starts even before you are seated. Pull up to the oceanfront valet stand and friendly car parkers greet you and answer any questions. Walk along the gecko-lined path and the smiling hostesses wearing vintage muumuu welcome you at the giant clam-shell desk. Why are they so happy, you wonder? All 350-plus employees are fed free meals each shift and they may soothe sore muscles in the air-conditioned break room that boasts a flatscreen TV and Internet access. “They all have such aloha and grace and ear-to-ear smiles,” says Christenson proudly about her staff. Once you are seated, servers will entice you with their verbal descriptions of the menu, which rotates up to two times a day, depending on what fish are being caught locally. If it’s a special occasion, you may call The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo ahead and arrange for a lei. They may even Server Lani Doherty wears a smile and a vintage Hawaiian dress as she pours a squeeze the colorful ginger in the vase and Mama’s Manhattan cocktail from a martini shaker, classic with Templeton Rye ask if you wish to inhale the aroma. Chilled water and other libations such as the Pink whiskey, sweet vermouth and orange bitters.


Floyd or an epic bottle of wine are brought to the table. Martinis are shaken and poured in front of you. Then an amuse bouche, or little taste of something special, is whisked in. Varying daily, it may be a Hamakua mushroom bisque. The team of ever-smiling professionals brings freshly baked breads from Maui’s ovens on a cutting board with butter. They deliver almond-scented hand towels on a cold day; and chilled, lemon-scented towels on a hot day. Want to try poi? It’s on the house with your entree and if you request it, the staff will be happy to oblige. How about a keepsake photo? They’ll assist you and pose as a photographer with your smartphone. Last but not least, they’ll offer complimentary haupia, or coconut pudding, as a “thank you” for adults; and Maui-made cookies for children, leaving you feeling pampered and pleased on your every whim.

Best Service Mama’s Fish House 799 Poho Place Kuau • 579-8488 Honorable Mentions Lahaina Grill 127 Lahainaluna Road Lahaina • 667-5117 Nick’s Fishmarket The Fairmont Kea Lani 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive Wailea • 879-7224

Popular appetizers include wasabi-crusted calamari piled a mile high and Hawaiian ceviche in coconut milk with lime and crunchy taro chips. Photos courtesy Mama’s

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Komoda Store & Bakery ommy, it smells so good in here!” exclaimed a little girl on a recent morning as hungry customers lined up for their cream puff and stick doughnut fixes at Komoda Store & Bakery in Makawao. Repeatedly named Best Bakery, Komoda is famous far and wide for its fresh-baked fare and has been the go-to place for treats for decades. General manager and baker Calvin Shibuya said the family-based business strives to win the Best Bakery title every year, valued by all of the employees and chief baker Ikuo Komoda, who while semi-retired, continues to impart his wisdom on all things baked. The business will mark its 100th anniversary next year, and Shibuya said he’s working on a “special surprise” for its valued customers. “This recognition as the best bakery on Maui represents a lot of hard work on the part of our workers, and also it represents support from the community,” he said. “And for that I’m grateful.”


Best Bakery Komoda Store & Bakery 3674 Baldwin Ave. Makawao • 572-7261 Honorable Mentions Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe 1740 Kaahumanu Ave. Wailuku • 243-2243 The Maui News / CHELSEA DUNCAN photos

Komoda Store & Bakery team members Rene Komoda (back row, from left) Lenny Ragsdale, Shirley Sombelon, Cheryl Brown, Calvin Shibuya, Michele Shibuya, Zarlene Ogata and Earl Lamadora (front row, from left), Wendy Okamura, Kiyoko Komoda and Betty Shibuya pose at the shop on a recent morning.

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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar ear after year, Maui News readers honor Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar with the Best Sushi designation — no surprise considering Maui’s Kihei and Kapalua locations are often bursting with happy customers. “We’re honored to be voted Best Sushi Bar by the readers of The Maui News,” says chef-owner D.K. Kodama. “We strive every evening to give our guests the most delicious and best experience possible, so being recognized for that several years in a row is humbling . . . and also awesome.” And word of Sansei’s top-notch sushi is sure to spread further as the restaurant opens its first Mainland location this year in Seattle.


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Sansei serves up a variety of fresh seafood, such as the salmon sashimi.

Best Sushi Bar Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1881 S. Kihei Road Kihei • 879-0004 and 600 Office Road Kapalua • 669-6286 Honorable Mentions Kojima Sushi & Japanese Cuisine 81 Makawao Ave. Makawao • 573-2859 Japengo Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 200 Nohea Kai Drive • Kaanapali 661-1234 •

his year, Ruth’s Chris Steak House celebrates 50 years of offering up some of the most delicious cuts of USDA prime beef ever to sit atop a sizzling 500-degree plate. Over the years of serving everything from filet and ribeye to T-bone and New York strip, the company has repeatedly earned the Best Steak designation from Maui News readers. In honor of the 50th anniversary, the restaurant’s locations in Lahaina and Wailea are currently offering a special three-course menu Photo courtesy Ruth’s Chris Steak House featuring a petite filet paired The filet sizzles and with a lobster tail for $50 steams at Ruth’s Chris per person. It’s the perfect excuse to indulge. Steak House.



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Open For Dinner Tuesday – Saturday & Monday – Friday for lunch Please call 877-6000 for reservations or for your catering needs. 335 Hoohana St., Kahului

385 Hoohana St., Kahului • 283-9381



Enjoy our three-course Anniversary Menu featuring our petite filet paired with a lobster tail.

50th Anniversary Celebration Menu $50 Per Person • Soup or Salad • Entree • Accompaniment • Dessert Our 50th Anniversary Celebration menu is a Limited Time Offer. Not valid with any other promotions or special offers.


Son’z Maui Steakhouse Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 200 Nohea Kai Drive Kaanapali • 667-4506

For Voting us “Best German Restaurant”

Maui’s Only Hawaiian Food Restaurant in Kahului


Honorable Mentions Makawao Steak House 3612 Baldwin Ave. Makawao • 572-8711 www.cafeolei makawao-steak-house

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Mahalo Maui For Your Votes!

We do Catering too! • Wedding • Luaus • Family parties • Corporate parties • Sports events

Best Steak Ruth’s Chris Steak House Lahaina Center 900 Front St. Lahaina • 661-8815 and The Shops at Wailea 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive Wailea • 874-8880

The Outlets of Maui, Lahaina | 900 Front Street | 808.661.8815 The Shops at Wailea, Maui | 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive | 808.874-8880 WWW.RUTHSCHRISHAWAII.COM

Mahalo Maui for voting us “Best Japanese” Restaurant


242-9630 CATERING (Free Estimates) COCKTAILS • TAKE-OUTS 1063 E. Lower Main St., Wailuku, HI

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Famous for Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura


Maui Fresh Streatery ith a menu that changes every two weeks, Chef Kyle Kawakami of Maui Fresh Streatery knows how to keep customers coming back. In the mood for Latin, Italian, French or Vietnamese? Kawakami serves up these cuisines and more throughout the year from his gourmet food truck located at the Ilima Shell service station in Kahului from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The chef, who grew up in Kula, takes pride in using local ingredients to serve local residents, from Kumu Farms produce to Maui Cattle Co. beef. The freshest products help determine the schedule of rotating menus. Each menu includes French fries that match the current cuisine, like the carne asada-style fries for the Latin menu. In keeping with his community-mindedness, Kawakami donates tips from the tip jar to local causes. To track the food truck’s whereabouts and current offerings, follow it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Best Food Truck Maui Fresh Streatery 137 E. Kaahumanu Ave. Kahului • 344-7929 Honorable Mentions Like Poke? 591 Haleakala Highway Kahului • 757-8400 Geste Shrimp Truck Kahului Beach Road Kahului • 298-7109

Photo courtesy Kyle Kawakami

Chef Kyle Kawakami opened the Maui Fresh Streatery food truck in August 2013.

INSPIRED MOMENTS LASTING MEMORIES From world-class dining and luau experiences to award-winning spa renewal, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa will delight you with its unparalleled offerings. Situated on famed Ka’anapali Beach, the resort has won notable awards including 2015 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Family Travel (Hawaii Resorts) and World’s Best Hotels (Hawaii Resorts). For more information or to make a reservation, visit


Best Sea Activity B est K a m a’a i n a D e a l !



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Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel

t’s a multiple award winner. Champagne is free flowing. Hawaiian music and hula are heartfelt and joyful. And you may choose from outdoor courtyard seating near the stage or cool, air-conditioned spots near the buffet at Maui’s most Hawaiian hotel. Feast on the all-you-can-eat brunch with housemade poi, pork laulau and lomilomi salmon. Other highlights are kiawe slow-


roasted prime rib and passion fruit-glazed ham along with oysters on the half shell, crab legs, sauteed snapper in porcini mushroom cream sauce and truffle oil Chinese pork in bitter melon sauce. Executive Chef Tom Muromoto, executive sous chef Chris Napoleon and their team serve more than 50 local favorites and desserts along with a cute, knee-high keiki buffet to make this a repeat winner.

Best Brunch Buffet Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel 2525 Kaanapali Parkway • Kaanapali • 667-0124 Honorable Mentions Kahili Restaurant 2500 Honoapiilani Highway • Wailuku • 242-6000 Molokini Bar & Grille Makena Beach & Golf Resort • 5400 Makena Alanui Makena • 874-1111 •

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Perzeus Macadandang (top left) works the buffet line. More than 50 local as well as traditional brunch items are served from hot entrees of prime rib slow cooked over kiawe wood to chilled oysters in shell. In charge are Executive Chef Tom Muromoto (in gray) and Executive Sous Chef Chris Napoleon.

“M ah alo M aui for votin g us BEST CATERER!” 880 Kolu Street, Wailuku Industrial 242-6652 Hawaiian Food Delivery Available



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Merriman’s Kapalua eminiscent of dining on a yacht, Merriman’s Kapalua boasts an open-air interior swabbed to a lustrous sheen — much like a fancy ship’s parlor. Its location on the tip of a black-lava finger, with Pacific Ocean currents clipping past at so many knots, gives a feeling of sailing between Maui and the Neighbor Islands of Molokai and Lanai. With spectacular sunsets and up-close whale watching in season, the views can’t be beat. Then again, look to the side and pristine Kapalua Bay with sparkling white sand beaches kicks it up a notch. So does The Point, an ample outdoor deck area with an oceanfront lounge, cushy furniture, an herb garden, and shady umbrellas and fire pits, that is picture perfect for intimate gatherings.


Best Ambience Merriman’s Kapalua 1 Bay Club Place • Kapalua • 669-6400 • Honorable Mentions Mama’s Fish House 799 Poho Place • Kuau • 579-8488 • Japengo Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 200 Nohea Kai Drive • Kaanapali • 667-4909 •


An overhead drone view of Merriman’s Kapalua shows the restaurant’s magnificent location on a black-lava peninsula that juts into the deep-blue Pacific Ocean next to Kapalua Bay.

M ah alo for your votes! Komoda Store & Bakery Handmade pastries since 1916

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Cream Puffs • Stick Donuts • Butter Rolls • Azuki Pie We will be on Vacation September 13th thru October 5th. We will REOPEN on October 6th! 3674 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, Maui • 572-7261

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Hula Grill

Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes hands-down favorite year after year, The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes pleases Owner-chef Dana Pastula (left) with Maui’s movers and shakers and general manager Napa Recopuerto and blue-collar workers alike with its central new manager Janay Brash-Domion. location, fast and courteous service, affordable and tasty menu and expansive parking Best Business Lunch lot, making it easy to get in and out as fast Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes as you can say, “Let’s get back to work.” 1333 Maui Lani Parkway • Kahului House specialties are onion soup en 877-0073 • croute with gruyere cheese and brandy; mahimahi in lemon-caper sauce; and fish Honorable Mentions and chips. But it would be an occupational Hali‘imaile General Store hazard not to try the Manoa lettuce wraps, 900 Haliimaile Road too. Makawao • 572-2666 “A lot of business people dine here so we really concentrate on expediting the service,” says owner Dana Pastula. “It’s a Kahili Restaurant really good feeling to have the support 2500 Honoapiilani Highway • Wailuku from the local people. My husband, Mike, 242-6000 • and I are happy to win once again.”


t Hula Grill, dig your toes in the sand at the Barefoot Bar and order the popular coconut calamari. Other crowd pleasers are crab and macadamianut wontons, lobster and scallop potstickers, Hawaiian ceviche, ahi sashimi and ahi poke tacos. Seafood is at the forefront of these top-notch regional starters that evoke the islands. For 21 years now, Hula Grill’s oceanfront, open-air dining room has made diners feel at home in its plantation-era beach house ambience while savoring Hawaii regional seafood and prime meats. Listen to live music daily and nightly and enjoy the best pupu on island. Of course, cool libations make everything taste even better.


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Restaurant & Catering 2062 Vineyard Street • Wailuku Town, Maui “LOCAL FOOD WITH WAILEA FLAIR, AT WAILUKU PRICES”.

242-ARIA (2742)

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Crab and macadamia-nut wontons Best Appetizer Hula Grill Kaanapali Whalers Village 2435 Kaanapali Parkway • Kaanapali 667-6636 • Honorable Mentions Mala Ocean Tavern 1307 Front St. • Lahaina 667-9394 • Ko The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea 875-2210 •


Beach Bums Bar, BBQ & Grill ith award-winning recipes and Hawaii’s largest smoker, Beach Bums Bar, BBQ & Grill is a dream come true for meat lovers with prime rib, turkey, drunken chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket and racks of ribs as aromatic and tasty as it gets on island. Custom built in Mequite, Texas, the smoker uses all wood, no gas, and the owner likes to mix a combo of kiawe and guava woods to make it taste just right. Choose from spicy to medium sauces and sides such as mac and cheese, baked beans, green-bean casserole, potato-mac salad, pineapple coleslaw, French fries and the local favorite of steamed white rice. Situated harborfront in Maalaea, Beach Bums adds to the experience with a full bar and live music nightly. Take note, Rib Fest is Wednesday nights.


Best Ribs Beach Bums Bar, BBQ & Grill 300 Maalaea Road Maalaea • 243-2286 Honorable Mentions Mama’s Ribs & Rotisserie Napili Plaza • 5095 Napilihau St. Napili • 665-6262 and Kukui Mall • 1819 S. Kihei Road Kihei • 875-7755 Bruddah Willy’s Sticky Ribs 225 Piikea Ave. • Kihei • 875-7427

The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Baby-back pork ribs are slow cooked for hours in a guava and kiawe-wood smoker, slathered with sauce and then served with sides such as macaroni salad, baked beans and cornbread.

Join us at the Ka‘anapali Beach Club as we introduce the Pa‘ina Kahakai Lu‘au.


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The veteran staff of “The Roasters” include Will Traylor (from left), Heather Sutton, Bernice Saturnio, Danielle Shea and Mark Bersamina.

Mama’s Fish House

ith fish as its middle name, Mama’s Fish House will lure you in hook, line and fresh catch for lunch and dinner. The owners of Maui’s Best Restaurant Mama’s photo Best Local Overall even subsidize deep-sea fishing buoys Mahimahi stuffed with crab, topped Coffee/Tea Shop for local fishermen, so they have an easier with Tristan lobster. Maui Coffee time harvesting tasty pelagics such as snapper. Roasters The north shore landmark even has its own Best Seafood very self-respecting coffee drinker on island goes to 444 Hana Highway fish-processing facility headed by “fish guru” Mama’s Fish House “The Roasters,” the beloved nickname for the landKahului • 877-2877 Mike Pascher, who receives the fresh catch at 799 Poho Place • Kuau • 579-8488 mark Maui Coffee Roasters in Kahului. Open for www.mauicoffee the loading dock, and oversees the crew breakfast and an all-day lunch, it’s got a quirky, eccentric ing fillets, sashimi and other parts that go into air and some of the best deals around. making the rich and aromatic stocks for soups. Honorable Mentions The latest craze is nitro cold brew, perfect for a hot day Honorable Mentions Bottom fish are pan seared with Kauai Japengo in paradise. Coffee is whole brewed in a state-of-the-art Tea Box clams, Haiku cherry tomatoes and Waipoli Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa machine, then dripped into kegs for dispensing. The result 1997 Main St. watercress with taro leaf pasta. The menu of200 Nohea Kai Drive • Kaanapali is a cold and creamy coffee that resembles a Guinness Wailuku • 419-7222 ten changes up to two times a day, depending 661-1234 • Stout, but it packs a refreshing caffeine punch instead of an on what’s caught. intoxicating one. Besides the coveted ahi, mahimahi, ono, Sansei Seafood The staff are all longtimers, fun and experts in the field Akamai Coffee lehi, onaga, opakapaka and other prized ocean Restaurant & Sushi Bar of things “java,” says Manager Joy Marra. Let them sign Parking lot of Home Depot specimens, Mama’s entices with Tristan lob1881 S. Kihei Road • Kihei • 879-0004 100 Pakaula St. you up for the Coffee Loyalty program in which you buy ster guacamole, wasabi-crusted calamari, ocand Kahului • 495-0055 five drinks and get one free. Or come meet your friends at topus, or he‘e, South Pacific blue prawns and 600 Office Road • Kapalua • 669-6286 much more. Happy Cappy hour from 2 to 6 p.m. for $2 cappuccinos.


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hen you can watch your pizza slide into a wood-fired clay oven where it bakes to gooey, crispy and chewy perfection, you know you’re in for a special treat. Flatbread Company in Paia piles the freshest ingredients, many of them organic and locally sourced, on top of its creative array of flatbread pizza offerings. Try the “Punctuated Equilibrium,” with imported kalamata olives, fresh Maui organic rosemary, organic red onions, a special blend of Hawaiian goat cheeses and fire-roasted sweet red peppers, or try the nitrate-free pepperoni and mushroom with the restaurant’s wood-fired cauldron tomato sauce. Most of the pizzas include whole-milk mozzarella and parmesan, baked on organic bread dough with homemade garlic oil and a special blend of organic herbs. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available. Join the restaurant for its Tuesday benefit nights, during which a portion of every flatbread sold is donated to a local nonprofit.

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Flatbread Company’s pizzas are served up to customers straight out of the wood-fired clay oven. Best Pizza Flatbread Company 89 Hana Highway • Paia • 579-8989 Honorable Mentions Pizza Hut For a location near you visit Prison Street Pizza 133 Prison St. • Lahaina • 662-3332


Foodland oodland Super Market founder Maurice J. Sullivan’s philosophy on customer service is something the company strives to preserve and honor: “Treat our customers well and they will come back.” They do come back, and they also continue to support the state’s largest locally owned and operated grocery store by voting it Best Food Market year after year. Since the company’s founding in 1948, it has grown to more than 32 locations with more than 2,500 employees. Foodland focuses on ending long lines, giving back to the community and committing to quality and savings. The company has also responded to customers’ continued requests for local products, prioritizing local produce that meets quality standards when available.


Best Food Market Foodland Locations: Wailuku • Kahului • Kihei • Lahaina Pukalani • Foodland Farms Lahaina Sack N Save Wailuku •

The Foodland at Kehalani opened in Wailuku last year. The company prides itself on providing top-notch customer service.

Honorable Mentions Mana Foods 49 Baldwin Ave. • Paia • 579-8078 Whole Foods Market Maui Mall • 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave. • Kahului 872-3310 •

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Best Air Activity Blue Hawaiian Helicopters 105 Kahului Heliport 871-8844

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters ith a collection of awards, honors and other recognitions from top safety, travel and hospitality industry leaders, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has become the leader in the field of helicopter tour companies. Blue Hawaiian combines top-of-the-line pilots and state-of-the-art technology and innovation in safety and comfort with excitement and aloha spirit to create an unforgettable experience. The company serves Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island. Multiple tour options are available in Maui County alone, from flights over the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala to soaring trips along Molokai’s dramatic sea cliffs. For the ultimate flight of a lifetime, custom design your own itinerary with Blue Hawaiian’s private charter option.


Honorable Mentions Air Maui Helicopter Tours 110 Kahului Heliport 877-7005 Sunshine Helicopters 107 Kahului Heliport 871-0722 www.sunshine

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers a variety of exciting flight options

UPLIFTING DOWN TIME Plunge into the healing power of the sea with an Ocean Ritual at Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin™. This three-step aquatic and sensorial experience includes an Ocean Memory Scrub, a massage with Sea Salt Stamps and a Tingling Algae Mousse Wrap.

80 minutes - $250

OCEAN RITUAL 110 minutes - $300

For more information or to make a reservation, visit or call 808.662.2644.

6 Kai Ala Drive, North Kā‘anapali Beach, Maui

©2015 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. SPG, Preferred Guest, Westin and their logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affi liates. Prices do not include tax or gratuity/service charge. Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin – Best Facial | Maui Time, Best of Maui 2014, Top 10 Favorite New Getaway Spas | SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards, Four Diamond Resort | AAA Award 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

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Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery ince its inception in 2005, Ocean Vodka has become the best-selling spirit from Hawaii. The family business focuses on being ecofriendly while producing its high-end, award-winning, organic vodka, using only the safest, most sustainable production methods available. The company also supports ocean conservation causes while producing the only vodka in the world distilled from organic sugar cane and blended with

Honorable Mentions Maui Brewing Co. 605 Lipoa Parkway Kihei • 213-3002 www.mauibrewingco. com


Jessica Pearl Photography photo

The Royal Course beckons.

Best Local Distillery Winery/Brewery Ocean Vodka Organic Farm & Distillery 4051 Omaopio Road Kula • 877-0009

MauiWine 14815 Piilani Highway Kula • 878-6058

Ocean Vodka introduced its new custom-designed la, where guests can take bottle last year. tours and learn about ordeep-ocean mineral water. ganic farming and conservation while catching a beIn April 2013, Ocean hind-the-scenes glimpse of Vodka opened its Organic Farm and Distillery in Ku- the production process.

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Ka‘anapali Golf Courses

Best Golf Course Ka‘anapali Golf Courses 2290 Kaanapali Parkway Kaanapali • 454-4653 www.kaanapaligolf

a‘anapali Golf Courses is home to 36 holes of championship golf situated alongside famed Kaanapali Beach. With more than 50 years of tournament history, Ka‘anapali has hosted the LPGA Kemper Open, the Honorable Mentions Champions Tour Ka‘anapali Skins Game and the Golf Kapalua Plantation Channel’s No. 1 series, “Big Break Ka‘anapali.” Golf Course The Royal Course, ranked the No. 11 “Best Tour Cours2000 Plantation Club Drive es to Play” by GolfWeek Magazine in 2009, is a Trent Kapalua • 662-7700 Jones classic design that allows golfers a generous shot off the tee. However with Jones’ large, undulating greens, the course is a true test of a player’s short game. The Kai King Kamehameha Course plays a little more narrow, with amazing panoramic Golf Club views of the ocean and West Maui Mountains. 2500 Honoapiilani Highway “We are honored that Ka‘anapali Golf Courses was voted Waikapu • 249-0033 the No. 1 golfing location on Maui by The Maui News readers,” says PGA General Manager Ed Kageyama.


Mahalo Maui for your support! 137 E. Kaahumahu Avenue • 344-7929 Monday - Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Find our menus on…

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Anytime Fitness aving grown up in Upcountry Maui, Sean Higuchi can appreciate not having to drive down the hill for something he needs. He opened Anytime Fitness in Pukalani with that in mind, wanting to give the community a convenient place to get healthy and fit. Having recently celebrated two years in business, Higuchi is grateful for winning the Best Fitness Club/Gym title. He’s especially thankful for his members, who have praised the gym — the first Anytime Fitness franchise in Hawaii — for its convenient location, 24-hour accessibility, great customer service and cleanliness. The gym offers all the basics in terms of equipment, from cardio and strength-training to free weights and kettle bells. Small group exercise classes are also available. Perhaps the biggest news besides his Best of Maui win is that Higuchi plans to relocate the business to a larger facility in Kulamalu Town Center within a year. At the new location, he hopes to maintain the gym’s welcoming and comfortable atmosphere while adding the convenience of more space. “It is just a great slice of the whole community,” he says of the gym’s membership. “We have aunties and uncles working out next to the high schoolers, and that was kind of the goal.”


Best Fitness Club/Gym Anytime Fitness 3390 Old Haleakala Highway Pukalani • 633-6463 Honorable Mentions 24 Hour Fitness 150 Hana Highway Kahului • 877-7474 Pure Barre Maui Mall 70 Kaahumanu Ave. Kahului • 419-6447

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Anytime Fitness member Wendy Romanchak, trainer Tabatha Maher, member Rodney Telford and owner Sean Higuchi pose at the Upcountry gym recently.

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Old Lahaina Lu‘au gain and again, Maui News readers have made it clear that Old Lahaina Lu‘au stands as the best on the island. Dating back to 1986 when four friends made their vision a reality, this luau has consistently been lauded for its authenticity in both entertainment and food. “Here at Old Lahaina Lu‘au, we pride ourselves on sharing our Hawaiian culture and our true style of hookipa, or hospitality,” says Kawika Freitas, general manager. “Each evening, we provide an authentic Hawaiian experience, including a succulent menu, and of course, our award-winning show, which focuses on an educational and historically accurate performance.”

Maui Easy Riders


f you’re looking for a downhill bike tour with a “personal touch,” check out Maui Easy Riders. That’s what Billy Campbell says sets the business he co-owns with Billy Petrak apart. One or both of the company owners serve as a guide for each tour, and groups are limited to eight guests. With one employee, Kyle Barfield, Campbell says the company they started nearly five years ago focuses on smaller groups to make the rides more enjoyable for all. The company offers 25-mile morning and afternoon tours down Haleakala as well as private tours of the Road to Hana featuring hiking, swimming and more.

I Photo courtesy Old Lahaina Lu‘au

Old Lahaina Lu‘au strives to provide an authentic experience.

Best Luau Old Lahaina Lu‘au 1251 Front St. • Lahaina • 667-1998 Honorable Mentions The Feast at Lele 505 Front St. • Lahaina • 667-5353 Hyatt Drums of the Pacific 200 Nohea Kai Drive • Kaanapali • 667-4727


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Maui Easy Riders owners Billy Campbell and Billy Petrak (from left) and employee Kyle Barfield specialize in taking small groups on exciting bike rides. Best Land Activity Maui Easy Riders Paia • 344-9489 Honorable Mentions Piiholo Ranch Zipline 1156 Makawao Ave. • Makawao 572-1717 • Kula Botanical Garden 638 Kekaulike Ave. • Kula • 878-1715

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Trilogy Excursions ith an array of exciting sea adventures to select from, Trilogy Excursions continues to earn recognition as a mustdo activity. But it’s the crew that helps set this company apart, says LiAnne Driessen, director of sales and marketing. “Besides having a safe and good-looking fleet, it’s our staff that makes the lasting impression each day,” she says. “We empower our crew to take ownership and find value in what they do and thus extend a lot of trust to each individual. We are a family company and our employees are part of our family — we treat each other with respect and care but most importantly, we have fun. When people are having fun it’s easy to ‘share the aloha.’ ” The company offers snorkel trips to Molokai, Olowalu and Kaanapali


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Beach, as well as sunset dinner cruises. Driessen says the “Discover Lanai” excursion, a tour originally created by Trilogy patriarch “Captain Coon” back in 1973, has endured as the most popular activity.

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Hi Tech Surf Sports elling the latest boarding equipment in all forms the water and ride boards, and I think that maybe that shows along with the hippest clothing brands, Hi-Tech Surf in our customer service.” Sports is a can’t-miss shop for Maui’s sports enthusiNew products on the shelves include the latest HERO4 asts. Session GoPro camera, Beater Boards, Hubboards and HypIn business for 33 years, owner Kim Ball says the shop’s to Krypto surfboards. relationship with the community has kept it going strong. Ball also likes to add the “latest and greatest” clothing “We’ve really worked hard to cultivate the local busi- lines to the store’s collection, including local brands such as ness,” he says. “And everybody here basically loves to get in Plate Lunch.


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Davey Delong, a buyer at Hi-Tech, and 15year-old skateboard enthusiast Cameron Armas work on boards at the store recently.

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The formal Dolphin Pools are cascading elements that spill down onto the lower Hibiscus adult pool that is set oceanfront at the posh resort.

Grand Wailea A Waldorf Astoria Resort ituated on 40 acres fronting a spectacular white-sand beach, Grand Wailea embodies Hawaii’s natural beauty, culture and people. Built in 1991, it recently upgraded its guest room accommodations and boasts award-winning cuisine, the unparalleled Spa Grande, championship golf and tennis as well as the island’s most notable pools and water park. It’s got 780 spacious guestrooms, 52 suites and the Napua Tower with 100 rooms in a private club area, featuring dedicated concierge services. Prefer an extended stay or want to host a family gathering? The resort also offers Ho‘olei at Grand Wailea, lavish and private three-bedroom, and three-and-a-half bath luxury villas with the highest level of quality standards and services. The resort proudly houses a distinctive art collection from international, regional and local artists, some of which include Fernando Botero, Fernand Leger, Mordecai Ardon, Yvonne Cheng, Ken Shutt and Esther Shimazu. Guests can enjoy complimentary guided tours that provide detailed history of the works of art and the artists’ lives. The Wailea Canyon Activity Area has nine separate pools, including a baby beach, seven waterslides, waterfalls, caves, white-water rapids, grottos, whirlpool and sauna and the world’s first water elevator. You may also explore down under in the Scuba Diving Pool or relax in the formal Hibiscus Pool (for adults only) with a huge mosaic hibiscus flower inlaid on its floor. The resort also offers windsurfing and snorkeling instruction. Grand Wailea is the grandest of them all, topping the charts once again as the best resort hotel on Maui.


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Lahaina Shores Beach Resort s the only oceanfront condo rental in Lahaina, Lahaina Shores Beach Resort is truly a unique getaway for both Maui residents and visitors. The resort offers affordable rooms just steps away from bustling Front Street and its restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Kick back and enjoy the views from your room of either the West Maui Mountains or the ocean and nearby islands, or relax by the oceanfront pool or on your large private lanai. Choose from spacious studios, one-bedroom condos and one-bedroom penthouse condos with full kitchens, and enjoy amenities such as daily maid service.


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Bright and colorful summer dresses, tops, accessories and more draw customers into Mahina.



ahina has managed to strike the balance between offering the freshest, most wearable fashions and accessibility, making it no surprise that the shop has again been deemed Best Boutique on Maui. The business has grown to nine stores on the islands, with the latest on Maui opening at The Shops at Wailea about a year ago. With new stores cropping up, owner Joe Wilmot and his partner, Jody Curtin, have also been busy rejuvenating some of the original shops. The emphasis on the latest fashions, with lots of new items coming in regularly, and affordability continues to keep Mahina a top destination for fashion-forward island girls on Maui and the island


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TJ’s Warehouse Outlet ot only has TJ’s Warehouse been filling a need in the community with its large assortment of Asian food products over the years, the store has also been taking care of Maui’s kupuna. The Wailuku store, the retail subsidiary of Maui Chemical and Paper Products, offers a discount to those 60 and older by not charging tax on their purchases. It’s how the store shows its appreciation for the support of the senior community, says Joel Kawasaki, whose family owns and operates the business. TJ’s also offers a loyalty program for everyone in which customers build up points with purchases that can be redeemed for discounts, and also receive coupons and fliers.


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aui residents love their snorkel and dinner cruises just Honorable Mentions as much as any visitor to the Sansei Seafood islands, and the kamaaina Restaurant & rates at Trilogy Excursions Sushi Bar make it all the more irre1881 S. Kihei Road sistible to get out on the waKihei • 879-0004 ter. and Hawaii residents ages 13 600 Office Road and older receive a 25 perKapalua • 669-6286 cent discount on Trilogy tivities while keiki 3 to 12 years old can enjoy a 50 perKo cent discount. Children The Fairmont Kea Lani, younger than 3 sail for free. Maui The company, voted this 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive year’s Best Sea Activity, alWailea • 875-2210 so offers seasonal tions during which kamaaina can bring up to two Photo courtesy Trilogy Excursions visiting guests who can also Trilogy Excursions offers discounts to Hawaii resireceive the local resident dents as well as seasonal promotions for visiting rate. friends and family.


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Maui Arts & Cultural Center ach year, the creative organizers behind the programs at Maui Arts & Cultural Center strive to touch the hearts and minds of Maui County residents, visitors and others throughout the world. Through live theater, dance, art, music and more, the MACC shares cultural meaning, beauty and inspiration. “The MACC’s work is important because we try to present programs and events that our community will enjoy, that they will be inspired by, that will stretch their imagination, and that will bring a better understanding of our community and world,” says Hokulani Holt, the organization’s cultural programs director. “In addition, when we take all that makes us special and inspiring elsewhere, we share what is great about our home with other parts of the world.” With the world-class facility’s work spanning the past two decades, the MACC’s influence on the community cannot be denied. It has once again captured the title of Best Cultural Program, and the MACC’s Schaefer International Gallery has again been named Best Art Gallery. Holt said she is humbled to know that the community appreciates the MACC’s work. She said there is no better place to experience a variety of cultures in a variety of ways, bringing artist and community together in a way that fosters understanding. “I also feel that we have brought the best of Hawaiian cultural artists and experiences to Maui,” she said. “We are then able to share the depth and breadth of Hawaiian culture. From traditional presentations to contemporary thought, these explorations through the arts are amazing to see.” Holt is proud of the programs the MACC has presented, with a few in particular standing out.


There’s the MAMo Wearable Art Show, an extension of the PA‘I Foundation’s Maoli Arts Month on Oahu. The Maui fashion show features island designers whose traditional-to-contemporary creations celebrate Hawaiian culture through patterns and designs seen in kapa and weaving, weaponry and tools, and tattoo and adornment. There was also the February performance by the award-winning family duo Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘oleohaililani and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole, descendants of the most prolific Hawaiian chanters of the 20th century; the presentation of Gary T. Kubota’s oneman play, “Legend of Ko‘olau”; and the screening of “Ola Na Iwi” and “Ka Ho‘ina,” both exploring the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and its effects on Hawaii and Hawaiians, as part of the MACC’s Heritage Film Festival series. A signature event is the annual Ku Mai Ka Hula Competition featuring halau from Hawaii and the Mainland. This year’s related events will be held Thursday through Saturday. The MACC also offers many free programs, including family-friendly movie screenings through Starry Night Cinema, ArT=Mixx social events that give the 21and-older crowd a chance to interact with artistic presentations, and the annual Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival and Maui Ukulele Festival. Holt said, looking forward, the MACC hopes to present opportunities for the community to come together and talk story about basic Hawaiian thoughts and philosophies. “The Maui Arts & Cultural Center provides a place for all of us to join together and experience so many different things,” she said. “I would like to encourage our community to try something new each year.

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Dancers compete in last year’s Ku Mai Ka Hula Competition at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

Best Cultural Program Maui Arts & Cultural Center One Cameron Way • Kahului 242-7469 • Honorable Mentions ‘Ulalena Maui Theatre • Old Lahaina Center Lahaina • 661-9913 Celebration of the Arts Festival The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Hotel Kapalua • 669-6200 Take a chance on something you have never seen or experienced before. Go out of your comfort zone and go to something completely new and different; try a modern

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Schaefer International Gallery t Schaefer International Gallery, director Neida Bangerter seeks to create accessible exhibits that will allow people to have personal experiences with art that awaken their senses. “The connections to exhibit content are unlimited, whether we are looking at beautifully painted portraits or interactive installation,” she says of the gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. “Sharing thoughts about what we see brings others into the conversation fold. The gallery is a conduit for us to connect and grow through the arts together.” One of her favorite exhibits this year was the sound installation combining inflatable blue pools of water and floating crockery by French artist and composer Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. The Schaefer Portrait Challenge also stands out year after year.


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Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s sound installation was featured in the gallery. Best Art Gallery Schaefer International Gallery Maui Arts & Cultural Center One Cameron Way • Kahului 242-7469 • Honorable Mentions Maui Hands For a location near you, visit Village Galleries 120 Dickenson St. Lahaina • 661-4402 and The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Hotel Kapalua • 669-1800

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