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MAUI KAANAPALI: Whalers Village, 808-667-5411 • Hyatt Regency Maui, 808-667-7780 LAHAINA: 744 Front Street, across from the seawall, 808-661-5965 858 Front Street, across from Bubba Gump, 808-661-1219 • Lahaina Cannery, 808-661-1731 WAILEA: The Shops at Wailea, Upper level, 808-891-8040 • Grand Wailea Resort, 808-879-8336 KAHULUI: Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, 808-893-2110 • 1-800-260-3912

�able of �ontents FEATURES Keeping History on Track 28

Climb aboard and let the Lahaina, Kā‘anapali & Pacific Railroad transport you back in time.

Some Like It Spa 34

Marilyn Monroe may have said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend—but she never got to be pampered at the spa she inspired. You can.

Seeds across the Seas 38

In their double-hulled canoes, early Polynesian explorers carried with them the plants they’d need not only for their 3,000-mile journey, but to survive for the rest of their lives.

What It’s Like to Live Here 44

Kā‘anapali is known as the place “where the world comes to play,” but for a pair of condo dwellers, it’s home. See what it’s like to live on this coveted stretch of sand—and discover options for claiming your own slice of paradise.

Balancing Act 64

Get on board and join the world’s fastest growing aquatic sport: stand-up paddling. Our intrepid writer stretches her sea legs for her first-ever SUP lesson.

Kā‘anapali Fresh 72

Early Hawaiians used every part of the banana plant, not just the fruit— which is why it was one of the ”canoe crops” they brought to these islands. (See story on page 38.)

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On our cover: Maui photographer Jason Moore took that up-close-and-personal shot of Frank Forbes, a stand-up paddle instructor for Beach Activities of Maui, in the waters near the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. That was often Sarah Ruppenthal’s view during her lesson with Frank. Her story about learning SUP appears on page 64.


This three-day culinary celebration invites you to feast and play the Kā‘anapali way.

PhotograPhs: tony novak-Clifford


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Surf’s Up! That’s what Relish Burger Bistro calls its mahimahi filet. What do we call it? Yummy! Find out why on page 56.

Contributors 14

We’re pleased to introduce some of the talented folks behind Kā‘anapali Magazine.

A Word from the President 16 Meet Thomas Bell, president of Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts and current president of Kā‘anapali Beach Resort Association.

Where . . . ? 18

Keep our resort map handy and find what you’re looking for.

Nīele 20

A woman whose hotel job is to share her Hawaiian culture . . . the art of tiki carving . . . the fruit of what Hawaiians call “the tree of enlightenment” . . . if we’ve sparked your nīele (curiosity), read on!

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Think outside the (Tee) Box 70

Ed Kageyama, PGA, is Kā‘anapali Golf Course’s general manager. He’s also redefining the way golfers experience this classic game.

See Learn Do 74

Looking for adventures by land or sea? Hawaiian culture or island history? Whatever activities you’re into, you’ve come to the right place.

Calendar 80

Check here for special events and resort activities that don’t come along every day, plus a few of our favorite happenings around Maui.

DINING Sangrita Grill & Cantina 50 South-of-the-border tastes ignite the West Maui dining scene. Tequila lovers, take note.

In the Kitchen 56

A conversation with the Westin Maui Resort’s Chef Jennifer Evetushick

Bodacious Burgers 58

Kā‘anapali restaurants put their spin on an American classic. Here’s where to find a cooked-to-perfection taste of heaven on a bun.

Dining Guide 60

Hungry? Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it at Kā‘anapali, just a beach walk away.



With 90 stores and restaurants, you can easily shop for beach gear and vacation keepsakes, enjoy a leisurely meal at any of our three, island-style dining spots, and explore the whaling life at our Whale Museum – all just a few steps from the sand. Whale Museum open daily

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Make cherished memories at Maui’s most exciting lu‘au! Immerse yourself in an evening of Polynesian culture with authentic songs, chants and dramatic dances, including the three-man Samoan fire-knife dance! • Feast on kalua pig and traditional island specialties • Learn to hula with our skilled dancers • Enjoy local crafts and an island wear fashion show

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Kathy Collins

Maui girl Kathy Collins is a storyteller, actress, TV/radio broadcaster and freelance writer. Her alter ego, Tita, has performed throughout Hawai‘i and the mainland, including the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York; and writes the backpage column for Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine. Kathy herself writes a weekly column for The Maui News and serves as emcee for numerous community events.

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Kyle Ellison

A freelance writer who was raised in Upcountry Maui and lives in Kā‘anapali, Kyle has explored sixty-five countries. His travel writing has appeared in AOL Travel, Journey, The Huffington Post, Gadling, AFAR, Viator, Escape and Maui Nō Ka ’Oi Magazine. He is the author of the 2014 Moon Handbook to Maui, Moloka’i and Lāna’i. When not writing, Kyle can usually be found stand-up paddling off the Kā’anapali shoreline.

Jason Moore

With his deep love for the ocean, it’s no wonder photographer Jason Moore calls Hawai‘i’s waters home. Jason spends the winter working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a research and rescue assistant for humpback whale research. When he’s not in the water or shooting on location, Jason shows his fineart photography as an artist in residence at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Heidi Pool

Heidi delights in experiencing everything Maui has to offer, and sharing her discoveries with readers. “I meet interesting people, do things I may not normally do, and learn a great deal along the way,” she says. Besides Kā‘anapali Magazine, Heidi’s work appears in Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi, Edible Hawaiian Islands, Fodor’s Maui, Maui Concierge, and several other visitor publications.

Marti Rosenquist

A foodie from way back, Marti has lived in West Maui for over ten years and is a frequent contributor to Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine. An intrepid world traveler, she is always on the lookout for the next great food trend and yet-tobe-discovered taste sensation.

Sarah Ruppenthal Sarah is an awardwinning journalist, freelance writer and instructor at University of Hawai‘i–Maui College. Her stories have appeared in Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine, FLUX, Hawai‘i Magazine, The Maui News and other regional publications. When she’s not grading papers or working on a story, Sarah is relaxing at home on Maui’s north shore with her husband and 135-pound “puppy,” Odie.

Becky Speere

The daughter of a Hawai‘i-born mother of Japanese ancestry and a father from an Alabama coalmining town, Becky grew up on the Big Island amid a world of flavors: butter beans and ham hocks, freshly harvested bamboo shoots, fiddlehead ferns and wild boar sausage. The former owner of Pauwela Cafe in Ha‘ikū, Becky is a chef consultant, and shares her passion for all things culinary as dining editor of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine.

Michael Eric Stein

Born and raised in New York City, Michael is a novelist, playwright, screenand television writer (Miami Vice, the CBS television movie Higher Ground), and journalist. He has written for many years for Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine on business, culture, music and the arts, and his articles have won two Hawai‘i State Publishers Association Pa‘i awards for the magazine.

Matthew Thayer

Matthew has been writing about golf on Maui for more than thirty years. The longtime staffer for The Maui News has won more than sixty state and national awards for his photography and writing. Matthew is also the author of the 30,000 B.C. Chronicles, a series of novels available online.

Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi

Cheryl has hiked into Maui’s remote Waihe‘e Valley, ziplined on Kaua‘i, and flown in a chopper with the doors off over the Big Island. “Hawaii’s Backyard,” her weekly column for The Honolulu StarAdvertiser, has won awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. Cheryl has authored twelve books about Hawai‘i. In her free time, she studies dressage at O‘ahu’s Circle C Equestrian Center.

N. Robert Wagstaff

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Robert trained at the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. After a career in advertising and design that spanned more than thirty years, he pursued his dream of becoming a fine-art painter, working in the medium of gouache. Robert’s love of nature guided him towards paintings that capture the natural beauty of Hawai‘i’s endangered native flora and fauna.

Shannon Wianecki

Shannon is an awardwinning freelance writer who grew up in Hawai‘i and succumbed entirely to its charms. When she isn’t busy writing about rare and endangered plants or particularly fascinating local characters, she’s out looking for them with her four-legged sidekick, Spike. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @swianecki.

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Letter from the



On behalf of all of the members of the Kā‘anapali Beach Resort Association, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the third issue of Kā‘anapali Magazine, a celebration

of the distinctive hotels, restaurants, spas, shops, and activities by land and sea that make Kā‘anapali the world-class resort it is. In earlier issues, we took an in-depth look at our fifty-year history. In 1963, Kā‘anapali opened its doors to the world as Hawai‘i’s first master-planned destination resort. The visionaries who conceived Kā‘anapali might not have understood how comprehensive and diverse the resort would become, but they foresaw that the natural beauty of the area would be cherished by tourists and locals alike. They were right. In fact, the 1.6-mile expanse of pristine white sand that fronts Kā‘anapali Resort was voted the Best Beach in America by TripAdvisor for 2013. Of course, Kā‘anapali is more than just a beautiful place. The issue you hold in your hands delves deep into Hawaiian history, exploring the vital “canoe plants” the first Polynesian explorers brought with them when they settled these islands more than a millennium ago. We will introduce you to Hawaiian practitioner Makalapua Kanuha, and to tiki carver Funaki Tupoa; each keeps the culture alive by sharing it with contemporary voyagers to Hawai‘i. And our story on the Lahaina, Kā‘anapali & Pacific Railroad—the Sugar Cane Train—will transport you into another realm of local history: the days when “King Sugar” reigned in the Islands. We are confident that you will fall in love with Kā‘anapali Resort, appropriately honored and celebrated worldwide as the place “Where the World Comes to Play.” Please enjoy relaxing and reading Kā‘anapali Magazine from cover to cover; feel free to take it with you as a souvenir from what we know will be a dream vacation for you and your loved ones. Visit for information on accommodations, activities, rates, and much more. Please let us know if we can assist you during your Maui visit. I am sure that the memories you make on this vacation will keep you coming back. Mahalo,

Thomas Bell President, Kā‘anapali Beach Resort Association

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Oceanfront Luau on K Ka-‘anapali Beach

As the brilliant orange of the setting sun flares across the Pacific, the sound of a conch shell fills the air. Drums beat rhythmically. The evening is primed for magic.

Here on the shores of legendary Kā‘anapali Beach, Maui’s favorite and longest running oceanfront luau takes you on a magical journey through time and space. From a sumptuous traditional Hawaiian buffet to a dazzling celebration of music, song and dance, you will be spellbound as performers weave authentic myths of Hawai‘i, Tahiti and Samoa into one of the most unforgettable evenings ever!

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Hotels & Condos


A. The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas B. Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas C. Royal Lahaina Resort D. Maui Eldorado KaanapaliSM by Outrigger® E. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa F. Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel G. Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach H. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa I. Kaanapali Alii Resort J. Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club K. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa L. Kā‘anapali Royal

Black Rock Steak & Seafood (E) Black Rock Terrace (E) Castaway Café (B) China Bowl (V) CJ’s Deli & Diner (V) Cliff Dive Grill (E) Colonnade Café (H) Halona Kai Coffee Bar (K) Hula Grill & Barefoot Bar (W) Japengo (K) Ka‘anapali Grille & Tap Room (J) Kai Ala Market (A) Leilani’s on the Beach (W) Mai Tai Bar (E) Maui Fish & Pasta (W) Ocean Pool Bar & Grill (A) Pailolo Bar & Grill (A) Paradise Grill (U) Pūlehu, an Italian Grill (A) Pu‘ukoli‘i General Store (A) Relish Burger Bistro (H) Round Table Pizza (V) Roy’s Kā‘anapali (M) Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge (C) Sangrita Grill + Cantina (V)


Your concierge will be happy to provide a full list of resortwide attractions. Here’s a sample:

F. Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater M. Kā‘anapali Golf Courses Clubhouse N. Skyline Eco Adventures O. Sugar Cane Train’s Pu‘ukoli‘i Station P. Kahekili Park & Keka‘a Beach Q. Nightly Sunset Cliff Dive Ceremony R. Beach Activities of Maui (Teralani) S. UFO Parasail T. Whaling Museum 18 Kā’anapali Magazine


Sea Dogs (H) Son’z Steakhouse (K) Sugar House Island Kitchen (H) Teppan-yaki Dan (E) Tiki Bar & Grill (F) Tiki Terrace Restaurant (F) ‘Ūmalu (K) Whalers Village Food Court (W)

Spas & Salons Alii Spa (I) Hale Mana Wellness Center (J) Heavenly Spa* (H) Hina Mana Salon & Spa (G) The Spa at Black Rock* (E) Spa Helani* (A) Kamaha‘o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa* (K) * Full spa (wet and dry therapies)


Drums of the Pacific Lū‘au (K) Maui Nui Lū‘au at Black Rock (E) The Myths of Maui Lū‘au (C) Wailele Polynesian Lū‘au (H)

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W. Whalers Village Shopping Center APPAREL Billabong Blue Ginger Blue Ginger Kids Cinnamon Girl Crazy Shirts Cruise Flip Flop Shops Honolua Accessories Honolua Surf Co. Honolua Wahine Hula Honeys Jams World Kahala Karamel

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JEWELRY Baron & Leeds Dolphin Galleries Jewelry Jessica’s Gems Maui Divers Jewelry Na Hoku Pandora Pearl Factory Whalers Fine Jewelry SUNDRY ABC Stores GIFT, ART, SPECIALTY Brighton Collectibles Crocs Crystal Rainbows Honolulu Cookie Company Ipu Island Crafts Island Cutie Lahaina Printsellers Lahaina Scrimshaw Martin & MacArthur Maui Toy Works Oakley Pretty Maui Petals Sand People Sandal Tree

Sephora Sunglass Hut Swarovski Crystals Totally Hawaiian Gift Gallery The Walking Company SERVICES Maui Dive & Surf on the Beach REAL ESTATE Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Monte D. Fitts, Realtors Whalers Realty Inc. SPECIALTY FOOD Häagen-Dazs Maui Barista Coffee & Smoothies Yogurtland FOOD COURT Fresh . . . Eat Well, Live Well Nikki’s Pizza Ruby’s Dinette Subway

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Medical Services

Beach Access

Kā‘anapali Trolley

Kā‘anapali Trolley Tel: (808) 667-0648 Kā‘anapali area only. Travel complimentary among Kā‘anapali hotels, golf course, Whalers Village Shopping Center, and Fairway Shops. ADA lifts. Runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Maui Public Transit (Roberts) Shuttle Tel: (808) 871-4838 From Whalers Village Shopping Center in Kā‘anapali, ride to Kapalua Resort, Lahaina Cannery Mall or Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina, or Walmart/Kmart in Kahului. $1–$2 between each point (Call for details.)


Hyatt to Golf Course........................... 0.5 Mile Hyatt to Whalers Village..................... 0.5 Mile Hyatt to Sheraton................................ 1 Mile Sheraton to Golf Course..................... 1 Mile Hyatt to Royal Lahaina........................ 1.5 Miles Royal Lahaina to Golf Course.............. 1.5 Miles Kā‘anapali to Lahaina (Banyan Tree)... 3 Miles Kā‘anapali to Kapalua Airport............. 3.5 Miles Kā‘anapali to Kahului Airport.............. 26 Miles Fall/Winter 2014-2015 19



Sharing Hawaiian Ways

Hawaiian cultural advisor Makalapua Kanuha—seen here at the blessing for Wa’a Kiakahi, Kā‘anapali Beach Resort’s annual celebration of Hawaiian sailing canoes. (Learn more about Wa’a Kiakahi at

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When Makalapua Kanuha strides across the grounds of the Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, two lizards inhabit her feet. No, there hasn’t been a reptile outbreak in Kā‘anapali; these tattooed lizards depict the sacred mo‘o that are ubiquitous in island legend. As we chat in the lobby—where Maka can often be found talking with guests and inviting them to Hawaiian storytelling sessions—her Ni‘ihau shell earrings and kukui-nut lei are testaments to traditional art. An off-white plumeria rests next to her Blackberry, and the twin mo‘o crawl their way towards a set of formal high heels. She is a captivating fusion of business with culture, and as the hotel’s Hawaiian advisor, she passionately accepts her kuleana—responsibility—to foster the traditions of these islands. “Our kuleana,” she explains, “is to pass along the knowledge our kūpuna [ancestors] have passed down to us. It’s the history and the culture that distinguish Hawai‘i from being just another resort [destination], and when visitors leave, it’s important that they know about us; it’s how our kūpuna live on.” Educating visitors comes naturally to Makalapua. During her days working in the pineapple fields (“If you can pick pineapple, you’re qualified for hard work”), she helped spearhead a Maui pineapple tour to educate plantation visitors. Maka also spent three years teaching Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel’s Po‘okela program on Hawaiian culture and history, and her current role at the Westin offers her largest audience to date. Whether it’s providing an oli (welcoming chant) for an owner’s meeting, crafting a curriculum for employee training, or explaining the roles everyone would play in a traditional ahupua‘a (land division), Maka welcomes the opportunity to share her Hawaiian heritage. Authenticity, however, is paramount; she is quick to point out that inaccurate representation is worse than no culture at all. “This industry,” she states, “is the puka, the doorway into our home. If you think of this resort as one big canoe—and we are all in this canoe together—then it’s my job to steer that canoe in order for us to arrive.” 



“Come Chase some Rainbows with us!”

FRIENDLY TRAIL GUIDES A GREAT TIME FOR ALL AGES! HONEYMOON & PRIVATE RIDES AVAILABLE AMAZING VIEWS OF LANAI & SUNSETS All rides take you along the foothills of the West Maui Mountains. You will be treated to extraordinary views of Molokai, Lahaina Town & Lahaina Harbor. We ride into Launiupoko Valley where we dismount for refreshments at our picnic table which is perched upon a ridge situated next to an acre large pond fed by clear, cool mountain stream water.



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Tiki Carver


When I first find Funaki Tupoa at the Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, he is sitting cross-legged on a folded blanket that is fantastically covered in wood chips. With a block of wood between his feet and a relaxed focus, Funaki beats a rhythm with his tools that melds perfectly with the birds and the breeze. He tells me he is carving the warrior god Kū, the fearsome deity whom ali‘i (Hawaiian chiefs) would invoke before heading into battle. The gentle finesse Funaki displays with each strike stands in contrast to his powerful size. Funaki is one of the handful of tiki carvers you might encounter in Kā‘anapali. It’s a craft he’s been honing since he first picked up a V-chisel during the summer of his eighth-grade year, when his father and cousins introduced him to the ancient Polynesian craft. “Back then I thought that one tool was enough,” Funaki admits with a laugh. “I’d see my cousins with all these tools and think they had way too many, but I learned that you need certain tools to make certain kinds of designs.” Tikis today might seem mere commercial artifacts,

but they have a deep place in island culture. The art of carving them has been practiced from the remote bluffs of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), easternmost point in the Polynesian Triangle, to the shores of Aotearoa (New Zealand). In ancient times, tikis (known in Hawaiian as ki‘i) were physical representations of the gods, a form of spirituality reflected in wood and stone. In creating them, carvers bridged the gap between the human and supernatural worlds. King Kamehameha II abolished Hawai‘i’s traditional religion in 1819, yet the art of carving the gods has remained. This profound history isn’t lost on Funaki, and he makes a point to mention the cultural responsibility that accompanies every strike. “Carvers help keep the art alive,” he says. “If we don’t, then it could become a lost art.” Reaching for a fishtail carving tool, Funaki speaks of his love for sharing this craft with visitors. “We talk story for a while, and I teach them about carving,” he says. “Sometimes we talk about the different kind of woods. This one here is monkeypod. Over there you get the hau. Every one of these carvings is original;

Carving a tiki like those below, or a honu (sea turtle), Funaki Tupoa is happy to ”talk story” about his work most mornings at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel.

they can never be duplicated exactly.” It isn’t just visitors who are impressed by Funaki’s carvings; Funaki admits that many times he will surprise himself. “One of the best things for me is to be able to look at something you carved and think, ‘Ho, I really made that?’ It makes you proud to create something, using only your hands.”

Where to Find Kā‘anapali’s Carvers Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa Hotel lobby | Friday 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel Oceanfront lawn outside the hotel lobby Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–noon

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Hotel lobby | Monday & Wednesday 3–6 p.m. South beachfront lawn | Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Aloha Pavilion | Monday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 22 Kā‘anapali Magazine


Royal Lahaina Resort Hotel lobby | Daily 8–11a.m. Royal Lahaina Lū’au | Daily 4–8 p.m.


The Western proverb “Pour oil on troubled water” has a clever Hawaiian counterpart: Pupuhi kukui, malino ke kai, or, “Spewed kukui nuts, calm sea.” Hawaiian fishermen of old discovered the universal trick for calming choppy water: pour a little oil on the surface. In the Islands, oil could be readily found in the hard nut of the kukui tree. Those fishing for fat uhu (parrotfish) in rough seas would chew roasted kukui nuts and spit them onto the water. A thin film would spread on the surface, stilling the chop and increasing underwater visibility. That’s not the only way the kukui improved ancient Hawaiians’ vision. The kukui, or Aleurites moluccana, is also known as the candlenut tree. Its unctuous kernels served as dim, slow-burning torches when pierced

Lono’s Light and strung on bamboo sticks. The Hawaiians procured brighter light from their carved stone lamps, which held a pool of kukui nut oil and a strip of kapa (barkcloth) as a wick. How did the ancients light these fires? By rubbing kukui sticks together with tinder. Originally from the Indo-Malay region, this valuable plant migrated to Hawai‘i with the first settlers from Polynesia. While not native to these Islands, it was designated the honorary state tree in 1959. It’s considered a symbol of enlightenment. The kukui factored into nearly every arena of ancient Hawaiian life: Hawaiian healers incorporated mashed kukui nuts in laxatives, topical salves, and poultices. Tattooists and kapa makers turned charred nutshells into indelible ink. Canoe builders mixed kukui leaf juice


into a waterproof varnish for their gunwales. The kukui played a special role during Makahiki, the four-month winter festival celebrating Lono, the god of agriculture, fertility, and peace. Kukui was thought to be a kino lau (physical manifestation) of Lono. Pig heads, carved out of kukui wood, were set on the ahupua‘a (literally, pig altars) that marked the boundaries between traditional land divisions. Gifts were left here for the royal procession that circumnavigated the Islands once a year. During Makahiki (which generally occurs between November and February), warfare and strenuous labor were traditionally banned, granting both the people and the land time to rejuvenate. If that’s not enlightened, we don’t know what is. 

The kukui tree gave early Hawaiians medicine, light, and spiritual meaning. Lei makers still prize the flowers, leaves and nuts for lei that were once reserved for ali‘i (Hawaiian royalty).

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2580 Keka‘a Drive, Ka ¯‘anapali Conveniently located along Honoapi‘ilani Hwy (Hwy 30) Atop Ka ¯‘anapali Beach Resort












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Coats of Many Colors

Kissed by Maui lipsticks are sheer, natural, and perfect for the islands, in ten shades like Hula Girl Pink, Shimmering Sands and Haleakala Nights. $18 each at Cinnamon Girl, Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway, (808) 661-0441, or


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Happy Ending

Made with raw Maui honey and other organic ingredients, Queen Bee’s Rose Facial Toner soothes the skin, tones capillaries, and calms the senses. 4-oz bottle, $35, at the Sheraton Maui’s Spa at Black Rock, 2605 Kā‘anapali Parkway, (808) 667-9577, Find Queen Bee’s full line of products at Slip into Hay Hay Couture’s classic one-piece and feel as lovely as a tropical flower. Maui (and international) designer Maggie Coulombe offers the swimsuit for $120 at her eponymous shop in Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway, (808) 344-6672; also at Como Italia’s flower pendant blooms with .68ct pavé diamonds, and comes in 18K yellow or white gold. Available on 16" or 18" chain. Price upon request. At Baron & Leeds, Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway. (808) 661-6806, In Hawaiian, pau means ”ended,” as in pau hana (”after work,” or more loosely, ”happy hour”). We conclude that the best way to celebrate such times is with Pau Vodka, handcrafted on Maui in small batches by Hāli‘imaile Distilling Company. 750 ml., $27 at Royal Trading Company, Royal Lahaina Resort, 2780 Keka‘a Drive, (808) 661-3611,


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The savvy businesswoman doesn’t take a vacation from style. She finds it in Louis Vuitton’s Montaigne GM bag, smartly designed to keep all the essentials at her fingertips. Noir Monogram Empriente leather adds sophistication. Price on request. At Louis Vuitton, Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway, (808) 667-6114, Handcrafted by Hawai‘i artisans for a natural fit, Martin & MacArthur’s Dylan sunglasses combine the beauty of frames made of private-reserve koa, and lenses using leading-edge antiglare technology. $295 by and at Martin & MacArthur, in Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway, (808) 667-7422; and The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 2365 Kā‘anapali Parkway, (808) 270-0880. Savor the flavor of the Islands wherever you are. Maui’s balmy sun, fertile volcanic soil and gentle rain create the distinctive flavor of MauiGrown Coffee. Stop in for a cup, or take a ceramic mug home for $11 from the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store, 227 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, (808) 661-2728, Fall/Winter 2014-2015 27

Keeping <ıstory Sweet ride: The Lahaina, Kā‘anapali & Pacific Railroad, also known as

His long beard blowing in the breeze, engineer David Ranger guides the train across a trestle bridge between Lahaina and Pu‘ukoli‘i stations.

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”the Sugar Cane Train,” carries passengers a century back in time.

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My stomach flutters, ever so slightly, as the steam locomotive lumbers onto the wooden trestle and I catch my first glimpse of the gully below. Seated at the mauka (mountain side) windows of the passenger car, I breathe a sigh of relief when I realize the gulch isn’t nearly as deep as it is wide. Still, I can’t help but wonder how the timber supports rising from the brush thirty feet below can withstand the weight of our train. I feel as though I’ve gone back in time, a century at least. And just how old is this bridge, anyway? Halfway across the 325-foot span, a blast of steam roars from the engine, startling us passengers into nervous giggles. No worries, the conductor assures us; the train is just blowing off steam. Actually, the engineer is blowing accumulated dust out of the machinery, and the result is a miniature rainbow, right outside the open-air coach. The brief appearance of the colorful arc, shallow and broad like the little ravine below, is one of the unexpected delights of the Sugar Cane Train. Founded by the late A.W. “Mac” McKelvey, the Lahaina, Kā‘anapali & Pacific Railroad has charmed passengers from all corners of the world for forty-five years. Some are train buffs who come to Maui with the specific purpose of riding Hawai‘i’s only steam-driven passenger train. In the United States, fewer than 300 steam locomotives are still operational; the LK&P owns two of them. Both were built in 1943 by H.K. Porter and were used in Ohio limestone quarries before McKelvey and his Makai Corporation bought and refurbished them in 1968. To thwart Maui’s aggressive termites, Mac had the engines’ outer casings rebuilt with fiberglass, aluminum and From left: Steam-driven locomotives like Pioneer Mill Company’s, seen here circa 1920, were engines of progress, replacing horse- and ox-drawn wagons. Working on the railroad, Maui style. Loaded with harvested cane, a train heads for the mill in 1908; the fellow on horseback is a luna, or plantation supervisor.

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plastic; and the train’s coaches constructed of steel rather than wood. McKelvey wanted to provide a unique recreational activity for visitors and residents alike, and to preserve the heritage of the steam locomotive that once played a major role in the story of Hawai‘i’s sugar industry. His widow, Joan D. McKelvey, recalls that the LK&P was born out of a chance encounter over breakfast at the Pioneer Inn. Mac was vice-president of Amfac, Inc., overseeing its Kā‘anapali Resort development, and on that Sunday, he happened to meet a local gentleman who had worked on the archaic plantation trains. After hearing the old-timer’s stories, Mac was determined to incorporate that bygone era into the resort experience. He named Engine 1 Anaka for his son Angus—Anaka being the Hawaiian transliteration of “Angus.” Engine 2, Myrtle, is named after the


Bridging the past: Sugar still held sway over West Maui slopes when Anaka first rumbled over these tracks. Those cane fields are gone now, but the LK&P chugs on.


Most of the hundred or so guests at the LK&P’s 1970 inaugural run attended in 1800s attire. Joan McKelvey (with husband A.W. “Mac” McKelvey, far right) says her most vivid memory of the day was the sight of “that engine, Anaka, draped in lei, with all the VIPs watching from below as she literally danced across the trestle.” Left: A special section of the Waikiki Beach Press from May 1970 lauds the opening of the “Choo Choo at Lahaina.”

In the U.S., fewer than 300 steam locomotives are still operational; the Lahaina, Ka¯‘anapali & Pacific Railroad owns 2 of them. first locomotive on the Big Island. “I was peeved,” says Joan, “because I have another son, Ian. I wanted the second engine named after him. Myrtle, I believe, was the name of some plantation owner’s wife. Well, they started calling the baby Ian Anaka McKelvey, so instead of having an engine named after him, he ended up being named after the engine!” Lahaina’s first steam locomotive arrived by boat in 1882, purchased by Pioneer Mill Company to replace oxen for hauling harvested cane to the mill. Although most of the original tracks have been covered or

dismantled, today’s riders travel much of the same route those iron horses plied before they were replaced by “cane-haul” trucks in 1952. When the LK&P scenic excursions began in 1970, passengers could enjoy a closeup view of the giant trucks rumbling through the fields alongside their steam-powered predecessors. But in 1999, the mill itself went the way of the locomotives, rendered obsolete by the changing global economy. Today, Central Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company is the only surviving sugar plantation in Hawai‘i.

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Left: Engineer Leo Tacdol gives Anaka’s whistle a toot before pulling out of the station. Above: Iron horses get sent out to pasture, too—on Maui, if they’re lucky. After twenty-five years of hauling limestone, Anaka enjoys an active retirement, riding rails close to those that once carried the harvested cane to Lahaina’s mill.

Boarding at LK&P’s Lahaina Station, in the shadow of the now retired Pioneer Mill smokestack, we passengers are greeted by singing conductor Albert Kaina. During the ride, Albert relates stories of the Sugar Cane Train, its predecessors and the plantation they served. He strums his ‘ukulele and treats us to an upbeat Hawaiian tune. Swing it right, swing it left, swing it all around. . . . Fortunately, the song, “Hula Lōlō,” refers to a “crazy hula,” and not to the trusty Anaka, chugging steadily through upper Lahaina’s industrial area and past a sprawling residential neighborhood. Before long, the sapphire-blue Pacific waters appear on the makai (oceanward) side of the train, the island of Lāna‘i dominating the panoramic view. If you can wrench your eyes away and turn your gaze mauka, the towering West Maui Mountains provide a stunning backdrop to the rolling plains where acres of sugar cane once swayed with the tradewinds. The absence of cane fields prompts visitors to ask Albert, “Why is this called the Sugar Cane Train when there’s no sugar cane?” Indeed, except for a small ornamental stand of cane at the Kā‘anapali station, the only remnants of West Maui’s fields are in the stories Albert tells. He explains that Mac McKelvey’s desire to honor the train’s role in the sugar industry has evolved into a mission to preserve the history of the industry itself. For over a century, sugar was the backbone of Hawai‘i’s economy. McKelvey could not have foreseen the dethronement of King Cane, yet it is his vision that is now keeping alive the heritage of sugar on the West Side. Albert recounts the story of Pioneer Mill Company, from its founding by James Campbell in 1860 to its struggle for survival at the turn of the millennium. He points out the site of the last harvest in 1999, above the luxurious coastline resorts of Kā‘anapali. Approaching the water tower at Kā‘anapali Station, the train rolls through a manicured golf course, and golfers drop their putters on the green to whip out their smartphones and 32 Kā‘anapali Magazine

snap photos of Anaka and the merry passengers. “Smile and wave,” Albert says. “You’re gonna be on Facebook!” The third stop, at the end of the six-mile track, is the Pu‘ukoli‘i station, where Anaka is disconnected from the coach cars and, with the use of a “Y” track, leaves the caravan to reconnect at the other end. Another blast of steam, a couple of toots from Anaka’s deep whistle, and the Sugar Cane Train rumbles out of Pu‘ukoli‘i southward to Lahaina. Purchased by Robert and Kim Butler of Nebraska in 2007, the LK&P averages 4,000 passengers monthly, 5,000 during the peak summer months. And the nine employees, most of whom have been with the company for over a decade, work together like a close-knit ‘ohana (family). Young Iolani Kaniho took a part-time job as ticket agent in 2003, never expecting that the railroad would become his career. After moving up through the ranks as a conductor, fireman, engineer and mechanic, he was appointed operating manager in 2007 and promoted to general manager four years later. He speaks proudly of his staff and their resourcefulness in dealing with the unique challenges of operating a heritage railway. Like their literary counterpart, The Little Engine That Could, Anaka and Myrtle have chugged their way over obstacles, fueled by optimism and resolve. It has been over fifty years since the diesel engine supplanted the steam locomotive in the U.S., and replacement parts for obsolete machines are difficult to find. “Not only that,” says Iolani, “the repair of these old engines is kind of a lost art. When something breaks, our mechanics have to figure it out on their own. And then they gotta build the parts themselves.” The recession of recent years presented a steep uphill climb for the LK&P, as it did for the entire visitor industry. Yet the Sugar Cane Train endures as one of Maui’s most popular and charming attractions. Ticket agent Blossom Flores says, “You know, some people take their vacation on Maui just to ride this train. And we get a lot of repeat riders. The best part of my job is sharing aloha with people from all over the world.”q The Sugar Cane Train operates round trips from each of its three stations, starting at 10:15 a.m., Monday through Friday. The last train, from Lahaina to Pu‘ukoli‘i, departs at 4 p.m. The schedule may vary on major holidays. For rates and schedule details, visit or call (808) 661-0080. WEB EXCLUSIVE Watch a video of the Sugar Cane Train at

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1. Not so long ago, these West Maui fields helped make Hawai‘i a world leader in sugar production. 2. Hawaiian and American flags flying, Anaka waits for boarding passengers. 3. Myrtle takes her turn. The two engines rotate for regular maintenance. 4. For forty-five years, these tracks have helped the Sugar Cane Train keep Maui’s plantation past alive. 5. Albert Kaina is the railroad’s jovial conductor. 6. Passengers ride in open-air comfort aboard Hawai‘i’s only steam-driven train. 7. Down by the station, old Engine #5 takes a new career track as a stationary advertisement for the LK&P.


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”I just want to be wonderful.” Marilyn Monroe’s wistful comment inspired the spa that bears her name. With treatments this luxurious, who needs diamonds?

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“Me time” at last! After several days of taking care of work obligations, I’m finally able to take care of me. With deadlines, phone calls and my computer set aside, I’m looking forward to being pampered at the Hyatt Regency Maui’s new Kamaha‘o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa. Breathless and sweaty from a sprint from the porte cochere, I make it to the reception desk ten minutes before the start of my first treatment, as far removed from Marilyn’s gorgeous, glamorous image as a person could be. But aren’t spas all about amazing transformations? Of course, there’s no chance I’ll emerge looking like the buxom blonde who made Hollywood history in 1955 when she wore a dress that was blown hiphigh as she stood over a subway grate in the film The Seven Year Itch. I’ll be happy if Kamaha‘o can fulfill the promise of its Hawaiian name and help frazzled me feel “wonderful, marvelous, remarkable.” The only Marilyn Monroe Spa in Hawai‘i, Kamaha‘o has sister spas and salons in other trendy locales such as Miami, Manhattan and Monterey. It’s undergoing a makeover itself (see sidebar), sprucing up every room into a place where its iconic namesake would’ve felt right at home. I have just enough time to slip into a robe and sip a cup of ice water infused with fresh fruit before my therapist, Luanne, greets me. For my Marilyn’s Signature Massage, I choose the organic lavender essential oil, which she says will reduce stress and calm my mind. Just what I need! As I’m lying face down, she asks me to take three deep breaths, which allows the lovely scent to fill my nostrils and airways.


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I tell Luanne my neck, back and shoulders need extra attention because I spend long hours hunched over my computer. She starts with a double elbow stroke from my neck down both sides of my spine to my sacrum, and rocks me, coaxing my tense muscles to relax. Ahhhhhh. So begin fifty minutes of bliss. From head to toe, Luanne rubs, rolls, kneads and strokes me, her deft fingers loosening every knot in my body. She slides her forearms down and then up my back, her fingertips coming to rest at the base of my skull for several seconds. Then she works her magic on my arms, hands, legs and feet. I doze off, waking only when Luanne softly touches my arm and says, “I hope you enjoyed the massage.” “Sorry, I fell asleep,” I mumble. “Oh, please don’t apologize,” she says. “For a therapist, that’s the ultimate compliment. I’ll be doing Marilyn’s Signature Fassage next.” “Fassage,” a word that Marilyn Monroe Spas coined, is a facial massage that uses light pressure to promote lymphatic drainage, which detoxifies, increases circulation, and reduces puffiness, wrinkles and fine lines. Again I slip into a deep state of relaxation as Luanne gently manipulates the muscles on my neck, scalp, face and the broad band between my breasts and shoulders with Rose Soothing Mist and Rose Hip Cell Renewing Body Oil. The rose was Marilyn’s favorite flower, and, fittingly, it is Marilyn Monroe Spas’ signature scent. By now, all my real-life worries have vanished, and I’m totally in the

About Kamaha‘o

Glamorous, stylish, sexy—Marilyn Monroe epitomized Hollywood royalty. The oceanfront Kamaha‘o draws on the enduring appeal of its iconic namesake. Maui’s newest full-service spa brings fresh concepts to what has grown to be a $150-billion-plus industry nationwide. Renovations will be going on throughout this year (not to worry—the work will be done in stages, so it won’t disturb your spa experience), and the changes will be evident from the time you check in. The reception area is being reconfigured for a more welcoming introduction to the spa. A spacious salon (its official name is “Glamour Room”) will offer a full menu of hair, nail and makeup services. And the indoor lounge is being redesigned to create a more social setting. Marilyn Monroe Spa’s cosmetics, and its products for skin, hair and nail care have been certified by Natrue (, the highest level of organic certification. The company also supports agriculture projects worldwide that champion biodiversity, crop rotation, chemicalfree pest controls and fertilizers, and that shun GMOs. “Knowing that they’re doing something good for Earth as well as themselves adds to guests’ experience at our spa,” says Adrienne Willis, Kamaha‘o’s assistant general manager. “Marilyn often said, ‘I just want to be wonderful,’ and that sums up how we’d like guests to feel after they use our products or visit our spa.” Fall/Winter 2014-2015 35

Sun? SHIne!

Spas throughout Kā‘anapali Beach Resort offer treatments to soothe, nourish and replenish skin that has soaked up too much of Hawai‘i’s glorious sun. Here’s a sampler:

Lehua Aftersun Moisture Wrap

moment, reaping the benefits of Luanne’s skill and the beautifying products. Afterward, as I relax in the alfresco lounge overlooking the ocean and Kā‘anapali Beach, I notice my face feels tighter and smoother. I’m hoping the Golden Glow Facial coming up next will improve my skin’s tone and texture even more. Kay, my esthetician, explains she’ll be using seven products—five of them incorporating Marilyn’s rose fragrance—to cleanse, hydrate and rejuvenate my face. Sweet yet subtle, the scent is growing on me, too. “The treatment repairs free-radical damage and restores the youthfulness of your skin,” Kay says. “When we’re done, you’ll look radiant, which is why we named it the ‘Golden Glow.’” A unique feature of the facial is the antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory Sea Algae Mask. Kay says all those “anti” properties help stimulate circulation and firm and purify the skin. The mask feels thick and rubbery, but when she removes it, I can tell impurities are being lifted along with it. Three hours later, I’m totally refreshed and reinvigorated. Kamaha‘o. I’m going to remember that word. It’s the perfect name for a haven that has erased my stress and left me feeling wonderful. Before I leave, I pour one more cup of fruit-infused water and say “Cheers” to Marilyn. Kamaha‘o—a Marilyn Monroe Spa Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 200 Nohea Kai Drive | (808) 667-4500 Marilyn’s Signature Facial is a customized treatment using camomile soothing serum and organic jasmine water.

Noni Body Wrap

Highlights: wrap of Noni Skin Elixir, made with noni and aloe vera; massage with a lotion made of fresh coconut milk, virgin coconut oil and nut extracts. 50 minutes Hale Mana Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club 100 Nohea Kai Drive | (808) 214-0977 |

‘Olu (Cool, Refreshing) Sun Relief Treatment

Highlights: coconut-milk bath; noni-fruit salve applied with cold Hawaiian ti leaves; an organic aloe, lavender and tea-tree-oil ointment. 50 minutes The Spa at Black Rock The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa 2605 Kā‘anapali Parkway | (808) 667-9577

Soothing Sun Escape

Highlights: dilo-coconut milk bath, wrap of aloe and dilo gel, cold-stone mini facial, and moisturizing hand-and-foot massage. In its native Fiji, the dilo is known as “the tree of a thousand virtues,” among them the ability to alleviate pain, reduce irritation, and promote healing and the growth of healthy skin. 80 minutes Heavenly Spa by Westin The Westin Maui Resort & Spa 2365 Kā‘anapali Parkway | (808) 661-2588

Sunburn Relief Treatment

Highlights: use of cold towels, ti leaves, lavender essential oil and 100% organic aloe gel infused with lavender. 25 or 60 minutes Alii Spa Kaanapali Alii Resort 50 Nohea Kai Drive | (808) 667-1400

Sunburn Treatment Highlights: application of organic noni paste and aloe gel; lavender refresher made with water, lavender, and apricot kernel and vitamin E oils. 25 minutes Hina Mana Salon & Spa Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach 2481 Kā‘anapali Parkway | (808) 662-0887 36 Kā‘anapali Magazine


Kamaha‘o’s couple’s suite has a spa tub and shower, and is also the place to indulge in Marilyn’s Vintage Rose Bath.

Highlights: full-body coconut-water and taro honey mask; lotion made with antioxidant-rich green tea and healing aloe vera, noni (Indian mulberry) juice and kamani-tree nut oil. 50 minutes Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas 6 Kai Ala Drive | (808) 662-2644

RITUAL FOR TWO Discover a new sense of togetherness at The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui, Hawai‘i. Whether you start the day with energizing stand-up paddling in the warm Pacific, unwind with a side-by-side Heavenly Massage in a private oceanfront cabana or indulge in a sunset Hawaiian Vow Renewal ceremony, you will enjoy endless possibilities within this tropical resort on North Ka‘anapali Beach. For the ultimate pampering experience, Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin™ presents the unique Polynesian Ritual. Featuring traditional healings and essences from the islands, the 80 or 110 minutes service includes: - An exotic body scrub from Taha‘a, the vanilla island - Mahana sand poultice massage from Bora Bora, the white sand island - Monoi sacred oil application from Raiatea, the sacred island - Spa gift featuring the lagoon water bath pebble from Manihi, the lagoon island FOR ROOM RESERVATIONS, VISIT WESTINKAANAPALI.COM OR CALL 866-716-8140. FOR SPA RESERVATIONS, CALL 808-662-2644.

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The coconut palm so emblematic of Hawai‘i didn‘t originate in these islands. Like the taro plant whose roots and leaves appear at right, it arrived by canoe with the Polynesian explorers who settled these islands more than a millennium ago.

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From coconut palms to the taro that was considered man’s older brother, canoe plants carried the seeds of Hawaiian civilization.

across the In the holds of the canoes that first touched Maui’s shores were twenty to thirty “canoe plants”—seeds, stalks, tubers, roots and cuttings—that conveyed the entire world of the original Hawaiians: their nourishment, handicrafts, medicines, and the foundation of their life of the spirit. It would probably have amazed an American pioneer, crossing the plains with his meager provisions, to know that a race of Polynesian seafarers in double-hulled canoes had once managed to carry with them not only the items required for a 3,000-mile journey, but for the rest of their lives here in the most remote islands on Earth. As the crew of the modern voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a successfully demonstrated, the ancient Hawaiians wrapped this precious cargo in layers of moistened moss, then dry ti leaf, kapa (barkcloth), or skin from the banana plant. Hung in lau hala (pandanus leaf) casings from the roof of the canoe’s hut, or stowed in ipu (the gourd, itself a canoe crop), the transplants survived a journey across open, stormtossed seas. The most important staples, kalo (taro, the source of poi), ‘uala (sweet potato), and ‘ulu (breadfruit), were also provisions for the journey. Once in the Islands, the voyagers would eventually build lo‘i (paddies) for kalo; and elsewhere cultivate uhi (yam), the bitter ‘ape (elephant’s ear)


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Clockwise from top left: Ipu hang from a bamboo trellis; hollowed and corked, the gourds make waterproof containers. From the wood of kamani, Hawaiians carved vessels for food. Long before sugar plantations dominated the Islands, Hawaiians chewed the stalks of the plant, which they called kō, as a sweet treat. From the bark of the wauke tree, Hawaiians created the finest kapa in Polynesia. Bananas ripen behind the flower of this variegated manini mai‘a. The fruit of the ‘ulu, or breadfruit tree, is versatile and nutritious; it’s the same plant Captain Bligh and HMS Bounty, of mutiny fame, set off to gather.

that survived when other food plants were scarce, and the most vital fresh fruits, niu (coconut) and mai‘a (banana). For the plants that took up precious space in the canoe, necessity was the prime criterion, but also important was versatility. Coconut, for example, although not central to the Hawaiian diet, contains water, and its flesh or “meat” can be eaten at every stage of development, even at its most mature, when it can be grated and squeezed into coconut crème, mixed with pia (arrowroot) and kō (sugarcane), and baked into a delightful pudding called haupia. Hawaiians employed every part of the tree: for housing, baskets, furniture, fans. . . . The fruit’s endocarp (inner shell), cut open, became a drinking cup for ‘awa (kava) and medicines. Banana plants also had many uses; the leaves could serve as roof thatching, and cover imu (pit ovens) to contain their heat. Early Hawaiians derived a number of medicinal treatments from some of the Polynesian-introduced plants, as the late University of Hawai‘i 40 Kā‘anapali Magazine

ethnobotanist Dr. Isabella Abbott wrote in her book La‘au Hawai‘i: Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants. Alone or mixed with other herbs, these plants became virtual pharmacies. ‘Ōlena (turmeric), for example, is a cooking spice, but this type of ginger was also potent medicine. Hawaiians mashed its rhizomes (underground stems), then strained the juice through kapa to create an astringent for earaches and sinus problems. Another type of ginger, ‘awapuhi, was a source both of shampoo and ginger tea; mixing the ashes of its burnt leaves with the ashes of ‘ohe (Hawaiian bamboo) and the juice of the kukui (candlenut tree) created a salve for cuts and sores. Hawaiians also combined pulverized ‘awapuhi rhizomes with salt for a topical headache therapy. The noni shrub was a pharmacy in itself. Its crushed or charred leaves were a remedy for bruises and skin disorders. The plant’s bark and the juice from its roots were also valuable skin remedies. The immature fruit, when mashed, served as poultice for broken bones and concussions, and a half-

Roots, bark, sap, leaves and fruit . . . every part of the noni plant has a therapeutic use in traditional Hawaiian medicine.

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The Hawaiian language is rich with the canoe plants’ influence, as when an impatient child is told, “‘A‘ohe hua o ka mai‘a i ka lā ho‘okāhi”—bananas do not fruit in a single day. ripe fruit could purportedly quicken the progress of boils when applied directly. Abbott’s book lists several ailments curable by juice from green noni fruit: “menstrual cramps, arthritis, gastric ulcers, sprains, poor digestion, and problems associated with high blood pressure.” The Hawaiians found in the bark of many plants the equivalents of cotton, flax, and hemp. They soaked the inner bark of wauke (paper mulberry, esteemed for its softness and lightness), then pounded it into kapa for everything from men’s loincloths to hula dresses to sandals. Fibers from the hau tree, wrote Abbott, also provided cordage for everything from leimaking threads to rope for hauling logs. The master woodworkers of Hawai‘i brought with them shoots of bamboo for mats, containers, and musical instruments; the hardwood kamani for food vessels; the milo tree for ‘umeke ‘ai (poi bowls); and lovely kou for more highly prized calabashes. Breadfruit provided kēpau, a milky liquid used for caulking canoes. Juice from the candlenut tree was a principal ingredient in canoe paint; its sap made kapa waterproof; its nut was medicinal, and edible when correctly prepared; above all, the oil of the nut provided light itself, when chains of kukui kernels were set aflame individually or packed inside a length of bamboo and ignited as a lamp. The canoe plants’ equally important role was as spiritual mainstays in the life of the people. Like the iridescent veins of an opal, the kaona—or hidden meanings—of these plants radiated through every aspect of Hawaiian society, and became vessels of faith. The kukui, for example, conferred in various ceremonies the kaona of enlightenment, guidance, and peace. Many canoe plants are linked in sacred Hawaiian rituals to the major gods. Kalo is believed to have the greatest mana (power), for 42 Kā‘anapali Magazine

Left: Bananas grow on heavy stalks, the nascent fruit tucked inside the petals of the mai‘a’s pendulous flower. Right: Kalo (taro) is the staple food of the Hawaiian diet. Its pounded roots are the stuff of poi; the leaf gave the lū‘au its name.

taro is the kino lau, or body form, of Kane, the procreator. Kalo’s ‘oha, its shoots or corm, are the basis of the word ‘ohana (family: “all the shoots”). The fertile ipu (gourd) is a body form of Lono, god of agriculture; the banana a kino lau of Kanaloa, god of healing and the sea; the coconut a form of Kū, the god of war. And there’s no distinction in Hawaiian healing between the spiritual and medicinal. The astringent purifying properties of turmeric radiate into its mana; it is the prime ingredient of a drink taken during the harvest season of Makahiki to purge one’s being of negative aspects for the coming year. From ‘awa, sipped in ceremony or as a soothing drink, to ornately decorated gourd rattles and drums that accompany chant and hula, the canoe plants retain a vital presence in Hawai‘i. Hawaiian doctors advocate a highly nutritious traditional diet based on poi, breadfruit, and sweet potato for obese and diabetic patients. Spiritually, the kino lau of plants and their rituals have been passed on, and the Hawaiian language is rich with the canoe plants’ influence, as when an impatient child is told, “‘A‘ohe hua o ka mai‘a i ka lā ho‘okāhi”—bananas do not fruit in a single day. To protect and employ the canoe plants, contemporary Hawaiian farmers, herbalists, and cultural practitioners follow in the path of the kanaka maoli, the native Hawaiians. Kahanu Gardens created a gorgeously verdant forest of 120 different cultivars of Hawaiian breadfruit to ensure the plant’s diversity and sustainability. Cultural practitioners say a prayer before picking a plant, says Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, former executive director of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens; the prayer is an act of respect to nature and a request for permission from the gods to use the plant. “You don’t just take a plant,” she says. The canoes may have berthed long ago, but the mission of the kanaka maoli—to bring the knowledge and wise stewardship of ancient plants into the future and adapt their uses to the present—has not changed.q To see canoe plants and learn about their uses, cultivation, and the traditions surrounding them, visit Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Avenue, Kahului, 808-249-2798, www. If you’re reading this in August, you can get a taste of canoe plants at Kā‘anapali Fresh. See story page on page 70. Additional information in this article was culled from Lynton Dove White’s Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawai‘i.

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What It’s Like to to suit full-time living, primarily by expanding the kitchen. Five months later, Dave and Gloria relocated to The Whaler. Permanently. Their timeshare unit remains in the property’s rental program. Initially, the Seniors didn’t want to see the second-floor unit where they now reside. “Our realtor asked if we were purchasing a condo to live in or to rent,” says Dave. “He said if you’re going to live in it, you want to be on the second or third floor so you can use the stairs and not be tied to the elevators.” Today, they’re enamored with their new home. “It’s very quiet and private,” says Gloria. “We’ve always cherished our time spent at The Whaler, and when we saw this unit, we knew we could make Kā‘anapali our home.” Although their unit isn’t oceanfront, they prefer the greater seclusion it affords, and feel comfortable about keeping their floor-to-ceiling windows

The Seniors had granite counters and custom cabinets installed in the kitchen. Removing a large closet from the entry gave them room for a small wine-and-spirits area and extra pantry space. They also retrieved a piece of ’ōhi’a left over from the wooden bridge built across The Whaler’s koi pond; it’s now the leg supporting the granite table at left.

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After purchasing a share in a condo unit at Aston’s The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach in 1993, Dave and Gloria Senior contracted a minor case of buyer’s remorse. “We asked ourselves, ‘Do we really want to go to Maui every year?’” Dave recalls. Over the ensuing two decades, their doubt gave way to a yearning to spend more time here. “When we’d visit the timeshare unit each summer, we stayed for a week or two,” says Dave, “and it was never enough.” But Dave, a litigation attorney, and Gloria, a supermarket consultant, were so wrapped up in their busy Los Angeles lives that the thought of actually moving to Maui didn’t enter their minds. That is, until their two children grew up and left the nest, and advancements in technology made it possible for Dave to work remotely. In March of 2013, they purchased a one-bedroom unit, and remodeled it

open, taking advantage of Kā‘anapali’s cool ocean breezes. They spend much of their time on the lānai, and its view lets them enjoy the nightly cliff-diving ceremony at Black Rock. “We refer to the two chaises out there as our ‘cocktail lounge,’” Dave quips. He and Gloria enjoy mingling with other condo owners at The Whaler. “Since we’ve been here for so long, we have a fairly large circle of friends,” Dave says. “They come and go. When they return, we catch up.” “We socialize here much more than we ever did in L.A.,” says Gloria. “There, the thought of getting into the car, and having it take an hour to drive twelve miles, just wasn’t appealing. Here, it’s effortless.” Adds Dave, “If we want to socialize, we just walk down the hall and knock on a door.” As for friends who live elsewhere on Maui: “We have two studio units [here] that we refer to as our ‘guest suites.’ Our friends are just

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Live Here Though their unit isn’t oceanfront, the Seniors’ lānai affords a view of the Pacific—and the nightly cliff dive off Black Rock at right.


A home beside one of the world’s great beaches, landscaped grounds and a private pool, and views that reach clear to the island next door . . . who wouldn’t choose to make their home a Kā‘anapali condominium such as Aston’s The Whaler?

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TRY uS On FOR SIZe See what it’s like to live at Kā‘anapali with a stay at one of the resort’s condominiums. (Don’t blame us if you never want to leave!) Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach The Whaler sits on Kā‘anapali Beach below the fairways of two championship golf courses, and next door to Whalers Village shopping center. Onsite amenities include Hina Mana salon and spa, a fitness center, swimming pool, and a garden courtyard with waterfall and koi pond. The Whaler’s new Premium Suites boast designer kitchens, top-of-the-line appliances and indulgent amenities. 2481 Kā‘anapali Parkway • (808) 661-6000

overlooking the blue Pacific. Amenities include daily maid service, day spa, fitness center, and outdoor BBQ grills. The Castaway Café is open 7:30 a.m. till 9 p.m., with an expansive wine list accompanying its island cuisine. At the Villas’ library, grab a book to read beside the pool, or ease blissfully into the hot tub at the end of another long, lovely Maui day. 45 Kai Ala Drive • (808) 667-7791

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas Set amid eleven acres of tropical gardens, the Villas features handsomely appointed studios and suites with full kitchens and private lānai

Kaanapali Alii From here, near one of the widest expanses of sand on Kā‘anapali Beach, the view curves all the way to Black Rock. Enjoy it from the private

Kaanapali Alii

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Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas

The beach cabana at Maui Eldorado Kaanapali by Outrigger

lānai of a spacious one- or two-bedroom unit. Amenities include fully equipped kitchens, two full baths, washer/dryer . . . and the perks you’d expect in a luxury hotel: daily maid and concierge service, a grill master who performs at our oceanfront BBQs, a fitness center and yoga studio, spa treatments, tennis courts (with free clinics by our resident pro), pools, kids’ club . . . and did we mention that view? 50 Nohea Kai Drive • (808) 667-1400 Maui Eldorado Kaanapali by Outrigger Maui Eldorado combines the value of offbeach pricing with generously sized studios, one- and two-bedroom suites. Each has a full kitchen, including dishwasher. Bordered on two sides by Kā‘anapali Golf Courses, Maui Eldorado has its own 3,000-square-foot cabana on quiet North Kā‘anapali Beach, with all the amenities for a day (or evening) beside the sea: full kitchen with refrigerator, sundeck with lounge chairs, ice machine, beach showers, towels and attendant. 2661 Keka‘a Drive (808) 661-0021 • Toll free: (866) 966-5790


The master bath’s makeover included custom cabinets; granite countertop, backsplash and vanity shelf; and porcelain tiles trimmed with river stone. The turtle mosaic is custom made, and sold at Ceramic Tile Plus in Kahului.

as jazzed about staying on Kā‘anapali Beach as visitors from the Mainland.” Since he’s an early riser, the time difference between Maui and L.A. works well for Dave’s law practice. He opens for business between 5 and 6 a.m., and by 3 p.m. his workday is finished and he can pursue his outdoor interests, like playing tennis on the courts at The Whaler. Dave also enjoys golfing, swimming, surfing, and going to the gym, and appreciates having all of his favorite activities within hoofing distance of home. When Gloria returns from running errands, she values the convenience of The Whaler’s underground parking garage, and the shopping carts purchased by the homeowners’ association. “I load up a cart, roll it into the elevator, unload it in our unit, and take it back,” she says. “Living in a resort works really well for our lifestyle,” Dave adds. The Seniors enjoy traveling, and like not having to hire a house sitter or worry about yard work while they’re gone. “Owning this unit also opens up the option of house swapping with people in other desirable locales. People from all over the world come to Maui to vacation, many of them only once in their entire lifetime.” “It’s fun watching folks enjoy everything Maui has to offer,” adds Gloria. “We’re always surrounded by smiles. We feel like the luckiest couple on the planet.”q




2495 Keka‘a Drive in Kā‘anapali Resort Located in the heart of Kā‘anapali Beach Resort, this unique 1.602acre lot runs adjacent to the second fairway of the Royal Kā‘anapali Golf Course. Just steps from the beach and from Whalers Village, with ocean views of North Kā‘anapali Beach, the parcel is offered as a prime estate site with potential for subdivision into five (5) lots.

Konea 550, Honua Kai Resort & Spa Honua Kai Resort & Spa is Kā‘anapali’s newest whole-ownership beachfront resort. This 3 bedroom/3 bathroom home offers over 2,200 SF of interior living space, full Viking kitchen, travertine tile flooring, in-suite laundry, and a large lānai with outdoor BBQ kitchen and stunning views of Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. Amenities include 3 pools, Duke’s Beach House, Ho’ola Spa, and ‘Aina Gourmet.

Mary Anne Fitch, Owner & Principal Broker Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) 808-250-1583 |

Susan Jackson, Principal Broker (B) 865-206-1234 |



Hokulani 741, Honua Kai Resort and Spa This 2 bedroom/2 bath, bright and breezy condominium is one of our favorites. With 1,320 square feet of luxurious living space, H 741 is perfect for entertaining. The two retractable glass walls open to provide the ultimate indoor/outdoor living experience. The 340-square-foot, wraparound lānai offers spectacular views of the island of Lāna‘i. Please call for a private tour.

102 Honolua Place Perched above one of the world’s premier locations, with outstanding ocean views, 102 Honolua Place offers the discerning buyer an opportunity to own a true masterpiece. Invoking ultimate privacy, this estate is one of only three exclusive properties resting behind a separate, private gated entrance to one of West Maui’s most renowned communities.

Richard Bourland, Managing Partner | Realtor (S) 808-264.6933 |

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Iranian-born chef Paris Nabavi brings south-of-the-border tastes to West Maui.

The entrance introduces Sangrita’s rustic-chic decor and “grab’n’go” market. Inside, you’ll find upgraded Mexican fare like pomegranate guacamole with tomatillos, poblanos and queso fresco.

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I remember my first trip to the high chaparral country of León, Mexico: narrow cobblestone streets, the smell of beef sautéing on charcoalfired cooktops before being stuffed into corn tortillas, vegetable stands brimming with three-foot-high stacks of nopales (cactus), mountains of bright-red plum tomatoes, freshly made tortillas still warm from the conveyor oven. Six-thousand feet above sea level, the little town of San Miguel de Allende was a magical place that my Maui friends Meg and David Graves called home three months out of the year. Many of the Mexicans who lived here were indigenous, born and raised in this world of corn, pork, squash, beans and agave-distilled spirits. I thought then, “How fortunate they are to imbibe some of the best food and drink the world has to offer.” Now we on Maui are just as fortunate, thanks to Chef Paris Nabavi’s Sangrita Grill and Cantina, which opened in February 2014 at the 50 Kā‘anapali Magazine

Fairway Shops in Kā‘anapali Beach Resort. A native of Mexico City, Chef de Cuisine Eduardo Piñeda takes guests on a culinary journey with authentic regional flavors and cooking techniques in dishes such as cocoa-braised short ribs, Spanish octopus à la parilla with huitlacoche (black corn truffle), and a seafood chile relleno—roasted poblano stuffed with shrimp, ono and octopus and served with a creamy verde sauce. For folks on the go, the restaurant’s Market at Sangrita offers takeaway hot rotisserie chicken marinated in Nabavi’s private spice blend, as well as guacamole, black beans and rice, enchiladas, crispy house tortilla chips, chipotle Caesar dressing, cilantro pesto spread, jarritos (Mexican sodas), and much more. How does an award-winning chef who grew up in Tehran and was educated in England end up on Maui with a stellar Mexican restaurant? The long way ‘round.


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Nabavi studied culinary arts in the classic French tradition—in London. Traveling the world, cooking and tasting many different cuisines, he eventually worked his way onto the corporate ladder with Fairmont Hotels. He arrived on West Maui—by way of Texas—in 1989 to serve as director of food and beverage for Kapalua Bay Hotel. Fourteen years later, Nabavi challenged himself once again. Leaving the corporate lifestyle, he opened his first restaurant, determined to bring the freshest and healthiest foods to Maui. Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill opened in Honokōwai in 1995 as a counter-service restaurant where guests may buy as much or as little as their appetites desire. As eclectic as its name, the restaurant offers the juiciest gyros with fresh-herbed cucumber-yogurt sauce on Turkish-style flatbread (gyros meat and pita bread both sourced from Chicago), tabbouleh made with a particular bulgar Nabavi obtains from California, creamy hummus and garliconion-flavored baba ganoush, Caprese salad with the finest house-made balsamic reduction, and pizza like the ones Nabavi remembers feasting on during his travels in Italy. He says, “I try to purchase as much local Maui produce as possible, because it is fresher and more nutritious; and the more we support our local farmers, the better life will be for all of us. Their success relies on our purchase power.” A passion for fresh, nutritious food and reasonable prices drives all Nabavi’s business ventures. In 2004, he opened Cilantro Mexican Grill in Lahaina to bring Maui healthy, delicious Mexican food with no lard or MSG. Cilantro won faithful patrons, but a single comment kept recurring. 52 Kā‘anapali Magazine

“The customers were saying I needed a better restaurant, where you can get drinks and enjoy the food and the ambience.” After nine years, Cilantro closed its doors to make way for “bigger and better”: Sangrita Grill and Cantina. Si Teller, of Teller Architects and House of Blues design fame, is a friend of Nabavi’s. As Sangrita Grill and Cantina evolved from idea to reality, Nabavi tapped Teller for his trendsetting design concepts and dramatic flair for turning empty spaces into destination restaurants that excite the imagination. Teller chose the colors of earth and sky: ochre walls, cocoa woods . . . stencils in canary yellow, turquoise and periwinkle that playfully intermingle to create the look of Mexicana. Behind the twenty-eight-foot mahogany bar, a mural depicts a bucolic scene of farm workers harvesting agave, and a senorita in folkloric costume. Behind them, the landscape ascends into wheat-colored hillsides and distant blue mountains. Nabavi commissioned Balinese woodworkers to design and fashion furniture from wood recovered from an ancient shipwreck. The recycled wood adds an Old World charm, and Chef Nabavi says, “I like the idea that this wood [was] not wasted and no trees were cut down.” Even the lighting has an environmental theme. Natural-fiber shades soften the illumination overhead, and a chandelier adorning the room is made of recycled mason jars. Nabavi’s wife, Donna, created the intricate Venetian ceramic mosaics that embellish candlelit alcoves in blues and greens. A “tequila shrine” is a focal point of the restaurant; the longhorn skull


From left: Sangrita’s mahimahi en achiote is piled high with flavor. A longhorn skull gravely guards the restaurant’s “tequila shrine,” which is decorated with more of Donna Nabavi’s mosaic art.

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that presides above it would make Georgia O’Keeffe applaud. Here, thirty premium tequila and mezcal bottles reside, ready to partner with a side of the restaurant’s namesake, sangrita—a nonalcoholic blend of chili, tomato and citrus juices with nuances of spice. Nabavi and Piñeda collaborated on the flavors to create their Classico, a spicy blend of tomato and orange juice served with blanco tequila. Busy as he is running two establishments, Chef Nabavi makes time to give back in important ways. At his monthly Persian cooking classes, he shares recipes such as fava bean kuku, cholo kebobs and sholeh-zard. The fee is $100 per person—made out to the “Maui Food Bank” for its Feed the Children program. He also funds the purchase of organic seeds for the Maui School Garden Network—for all forty-one schools in Maui County. “Paris Nabavi is our savior,” says Lehn Huff, the Network’s founder and director. “He donates $4,000 to $5,000 each year to cover costs of organic seed for the schools.” 54 Kā‘anapali Magazine

“I hope my efforts can make a difference for these children, who need good food to eat and stay healthy,” says Nabavi. “Childhood diabetes is on the rise and eating well is so important in the fight against it. Educating children about how to grow vegetables, to me, is just as important. Then they can truly appreciate where their food came from and the time and energy it took to grow it.” In 2013, Nabavi was named Exceptional Small Businessman of the Year for Maui County. Relaxing beside his backyard vegetable garden, under the draping limbs of a lychee tree, he says, “Most people my age would be thinking about slowing down, but I am busier now than I’ve ever been.”q Sangrita Grill and Cantina The Fairway Shops 2580 Keka‘a Drive, Kā‘anapali (808) 662-6000 •


Top row, from left: Nashville artist Scott Guion created the bar’s custom mural. The restaurant uses organic, local ingredients in its citrus-spiked tomato sangrita, and 100 percent blue agave tequila. Mexican-themed paintings add to Sangrita’s rustic charm. Bottom row, from left: With a chef de cuisine who hails from Mexico City by way of Austin, Texas, you can expect such tempting fare as these ‘ahi tostaditas. To claim the best margaritas on Maui, you need to use the best ingredients!

Chef Jennifer takes a playful approach to food, combining Pacific Rim flavors, comfort foods learned in her mother and grandmother’s kitchens, and a taste for culinary adventure all her own.

with the Westin Maui’s Chef jennifer evetushick Imagine graduating from a culinary school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, driving your new Volkswagen bug across the country, then loading it onto a Maui-destined container ship . . . with you at the receiving end. Soon after Jennifer Evetushick arrived on Maui, the energetic twentyfive-year-old landed the position of executive chef at Hāli‘imaile General Store, a restaurant known for its role in Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, and began learning, sharing, and honing her management skills. Four years later, impressed by her culinary creativity and boundless enthusiasm, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa wooed Evetushick away, quickly promoting her to executive sous chef. Tasked with establishing the fare at the Westin Maui’s new Relish Burger Bistro, Evetushick worked with local farmers and ranchers to create a Pacific Rim menu that blends local ethnic flavors with the home56 Kā‘anapali Magazine

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style foods of her past. The restaurant’s signature lobster mac and cheese, prepared with house-cured bacon, can be found on the new menu alongside Maui Brewing Company beer-battered fish and chips made with local, linecaught mahimahi and served with a sriracha tartar sauce—a dish so popular, Evetushick says, “One month, we sold nearly 500. It was brutal working on the line for the cooks!” “Burger” is literally this bistro’s middle name, so it’s no surprise that the menu features such innovative burger concoctions as grilled mahimahi with popcorn shrimp and pickled-ginger remoulade, and kiawe-smoked huli huli (local rotisserie-style) chicken breast with Maui Gold pineapple salsa. There’s even a special burger of the month, and all the bistro’s beef burgers are 100 percent American Kobe beef, raised without hormones or antibiotics. Korean kimchee, Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, roasted mushrooms, and a fried egg are among the more imaginative of the sixteen


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Surf’s Up—the perfect name for this hoagie-style mahimahi filet topped with crunchy popcorn shrimp and spicy ginger remoulade. Dive in!

Top: Spicy ’ahi poke with sriracha aioli perches on crisp, delicate wontons. Center: Served on a brioche or glutenfree bun, Da Paniolo Burger offers sixteen toppings, like these sweet, crunchy Maui onion rings. Bottom: Thatched roofs make for cozy outdoor dining, night or day.

toppings available to embellish your burger. Can’t decide? Try Da Paniolo, a Kobe beef burger slathered in house-made pineapple barbecue sauce and topped with sweet caramelized Maui onions. It’s a messy, deliciously juicy sandwich that will have you coming back for more the next day. Evetushick credits her mentor, Executive Chef Garrett Fujieda, for inspiring such inventive fare and creating a playful artistic environment. “He is the smartest man on the planet,” she says. “We bounce ideas off one another to create exciting dishes for our guests. The entire staff plays, too.” Since opening in 2013, Relish Burger Bistro has gained a growing clientele, as guests throughout Kā‘anapali Beach Resort discover the casual eatery located just off the boardwalk. During happy hour, the ‘ahi nachos with sriracha aioli draw raves. The full bar stocks many beer selections on tap, while top-notch mixologist Freddie Sconfienza shakes and stirs exotic drinks to order, such as the award-winning Hōkūlani (“Heavenly Star”), made with starfruit, a splash of pineapple juice and Pisco, a clear brandy from Peru. “We create cocktail love babies all the time,” says Evetushick. “We have so much fun coming up with new ones.” Evetushick also oversees the menu at the Colonnade Café, the Westin Maui’s grab-and-go venue for light breakfast fare: pastries, coffees and snacks. She studied under Gunther Heiland, a four-time gold medalist at the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (International Culinary Exhibition), a.k.a. the “culinary Olympics.” Her strong pastry background clearly surfaces in the café’s delicious offerings: Southern-style pecan pie, airy and cheesy chive biscuits, and tropical-fruit-spiked scones. One taste, and you don’t need to have Chef tell you that she has “a personal love for pastry.” On being a woman in the professional kitchen, Evetushick says, “I grew up in a Russian-Slovakian family. We’d sit in the church basement, making pastries for our fundraisers—me, my mother, grandmother, all the ladies. I loved it. This is no different. I don’t think about my being a woman. I just concentrate on getting the job done and doing it well.” 


For other great Kā‘anapali burger venues, see story on page 56. Relish Burger Bistro The Westin Maui Resort & Spa 2365 Kā‘anapali Parkway • (808) 667-2525 Daily 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. • Happy Hour 3–5 p.m. Fall/Winter 2014-2015 57

Bodacious Burgers Specialty burgers at CJ’s rotate weekly. If you’re lucky, the week you visit it will be the Giant Stuffed Holland Burger: twelve ounces of Angus beef stuffed with Gouda and Edam cheese, topped with a curried pork chop and braised purple cabbage, lettuce and tomato.

Coconut palms may sway in the salt-scented breeze, but if you’re a burger lover, even a tropical island isn’t paradise without that patty and bun. Happily, the restaurants of Kā‘anapali Beach Resort offer surprising and delectable ways to satisfy that urge. Here are a few of our favorites.

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CJ’s Deli & Diner “Wow!” should be the name of the burger that arrived at my table the day I dined at CJ’s. Molten jack cheese covered what seemed a mountain of beef, and it was stuffed with chorizo, spicy jalapeños, more jack cheese, guacamole, and topped with salsa. Served on a whole-wheat kaiser roll with baby romaine lettuce, red onions, and tomatoes, it was so big, I needed a friend to help eat it. Specialty burgers change week to week, with a rotating cast of ingredients such as capers, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes. It comes with a choice of fries, garden salad, or crunchy Maui pineapplecabbage coleslaw. Fairway Shops, 2580 Keka‘a Drive • 667-0968

“Build Your Own” Burger

Maui Fish & Pasta The name says fish and pasta, but that didn’t keep chef/owner DK Kodama from putting a doozy of a burger on the menu. It’s a buildyour-own beauty: a half-pound of 100 percent Kobe ground beef that’s 58 Kā‘anapali Magazine

charbroiled till it’s smokin’ and the edges are crispy, but inside it’s so juicy that you’ll need extra napkins. Top it with your favorites: avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, sautéed garlicky mushrooms, and locally harvested lettuce, tomatoes, and sweet Maui onion. It’s served on a toasted sesame-seed bun alongside crisp, hot sweet-potato fries and a dill pickle. Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway • 662-0668

Hawaiian Taro Burger

Mai Tai Bar at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa A stone’s throw from the sandy beach at Pu‘u Keka‘a (“Black Rock”), the Sheraton’s Mai Tai Bar serves up this 100 percent Hawaiian taro burger, and stacks it with locally sourced avocado, tomatoes, onions, butter-crunch lettuce and your choice of cheese, all on a toasted taro bun. With hints of Mediterranean herbs and spices, this light, alternative burger pairs well with a side of the house-made russet potato chips and a creamy onion dip made with Maui’s famous sweet onions and cream cheese. 2605 Kā‘anapali Parkway • 661-0031


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Clockwise from top left: Mai Tai Bar’s Taro Burger; Maui Fish & Pasta’s “Build Your Own” Burger (bacon, Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, tomato and onion on a potato bun with sweet-potato fries); ‘Umalu’s Sliders; Roy’s Asian Barbequed Beef Burger

made red chile-smothered kimchee and vinegary pickled cucumberonion namasu create an explosion of flavors. Royal Kā‘anapali Golf Clubhouse, 2290 Kā‘anapali Parkway • 669-6999

Asian Barbequed Beef Burger

Certified Angus Beef Sliders

Roy’s Kā‘anapali Roy’s restaurant overlooks the eighteenth hole of the Royal Kā‘anapali Golf Course, but Chef Joey Macadangdang has overlooked nothing in his over-the-top Asian barbequed beef burger. Grilled and served on a soft, toasted brioche bun, the natural Hawai‘i Ranchers beef patty is topped with a ragout of island wild-boar sausage simmered in Mongolian barbeque sauce and finished with veal demi glace. Layered with grilled kimchee, romaine lettuce, applewood-smoked bacon and aged white Cheddar, this is a serious gourmet burger. Sides of house-

‘Ūmalu at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa You’d expect a casual poolside venue to be easygoing in its burger choices. At the Hyatt, you’d be right. ‘Umalu lets you have it your way, with full-size beef or taro burgers; and sliders that come three to an order. They’re made with certified Angus beef, topped with caramelized Maui onions, blue cheese, and horseradish cream, and served on a taro bun. Save some room for island-style sides like sweet potato or furikake “stixx,” onion rings with liliko‘i (passionfruit) BBQ sauce, and potato-mac salad. 200 Nohea Drive • 667-4902 Fall/Winter 2014-2015 59

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Beach Bar, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 667-2525. This oceanfront pool bar serves wine, beer and imaginative cocktails, including the award-winning Nō Ka ‘Oi mai tai. Daily 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Happy hour 5–6 p.m. $$ Black Rock Steak & Seafood, Sheraton Maui, (808) 921-4600. Classic steakhouse fare with an island twist. Decadent fresh-cut herb butter accompanies the signature 16-ounce certified Black Angus rib eye, and the nightly fresh catch is offered with the chef’s signature farm-to-table preparations. Nightly, 5:30–9 p.m. American/Hawai‘i Regional. D. $$$ Black Rock Terrace, Sheraton Maui, (808) 921-4600. Cross a wooden bridge above a freshwater koi pond to savor an all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet featuring made-to-order omelets, build-your-own waffles, and breakfast wraps. Á la carte available. Daily 6:30–11 a.m. American. B. $$ Castaway Café, Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas, 661-9091. This casual beachfront spot serves up local coffee and eggs Benedict with a view. At dinner, the owner’s chockablock wine cellar dresses up the menu’s simple-butsatisfying fare. Daily 7:30 a.m.– 9 p.m. American. B, L, D. $$ China Bowl, Fairway Shops, 661-0660. Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan dishes, plus local favorites like saimin and kau yuk. Dine in, take out, or have them deliver. Winner of Gecko Publishing’s Maui Choice Award for best Chinese cuisine. Monday–Saturday 10:30 a.m.– 60 Kā‘anapali Magazine

9:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Kid-friendly. Chinese. L, D. $ CJ’s Deli & Diner, Fairway Shops, 667-0968. Specializing in comfort food that’s easy on the wallet, CJ’s huge billboard menu features homemade meat loaf, braised short ribs, deli sandwiches, and burgers, alongside local favorites like coconut prawns and mahimahi with lemon-caper sauce. Daily 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Kidfriendly. American. B, L, D. $ (See story on page 56.) Cliff Dive Grill, Sheraton Maui, 661-0031. Cozy up to the bar for gourmet skewers and other grilled classics, and enjoy sunset entertainment like no other: torch lighting followed by a cliff diver’s leap from Black Rock. Food service: Daily 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Happy hour 3–5 p.m. L, D. $$ Colonnade Café, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 667-2525. Treat yourself to a light breakfast or refreshing snacks beside a waterfall, and watch ducks and swans glide by. Selections include pastries, fruit smoothies, sandwiches, Starbucks coffee and nonalcoholic specialty drinks. Daily 5:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. B, L. $$ Drums of the Pacific Lū‘au, Hyatt Regency Maui, 6674727. Immerse yourself in an evening of Polynesian culture. Enjoy authentic song and dance (including a three-man Samoan fire-knife dance), an all-you-caneat buffet of island specialties, Polynesian arts and crafts, hula lesson, and an island-wear fashion show at this award-winning lū‘au. Nightly June–August; Monday– Saturday September–May. Kid-friendly. D, RR. $$$$

DINING DIRECTORY (See map on page 18.) Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas, 45 Kai Ala Drive Fairway Shops, 2580 Keka‘a Drive Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, 200 Nohea Kai Drive Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, 2525 Kā‘anapali Parkway Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, 100 Nohea Kai Drive Royal Kā‘anapali Golf Clubhouse, 2290 Kā‘anapali Parkway Royal Lahaina Resort, 2780 Keka‘a Drive Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, 2605 Kā‘anapali Parkway Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 6 Kai Ala Drive Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 2365 Kā‘anapali Parkway Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway Food Court, Whalers Village. Refresh and recharge at this lower-level, fast-food emporium featuring Fresh, Nikki’s Pizza, Ruby’s Dinette, and Subway. Daily 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Kid-friendly. Eclectic. B, L, D. $ Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop, Whalers Village, 667-5377. Indulge in irresistible ice creams and sorbets, a decadent warmbrownies á la mode sundae, or a signature Dazzler frozen dessert. Daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Kidfriendly. $ Halona Kai, Hyatt Regency, 661-1234. Take in the ocean view and start your Maui day with Seattle’s Best and Kona-blend coffees. Nibble on a fresh-baked giant cinnamon roll, oversized muffin, or breakfast sandwich. Daily 6–11 a.m. American. B. $ Hula Grill, Whalers Village, 667-6636. Winner of the 2013 ‘Aipono Awards for “Best Bar” and “Best Shorts & Slippers Dining.” Dip your toes in the sand at the Barefoot Bar and enjoy live entertainment and casual fare. The open-air dining room offers unobstructed views, and dishes

like fire-grilled ‘ahi steak. Barefoot Bar: Daily 10:45 a.m.–10 p.m. Dining Room: 4:45–9:30 p.m. Kid-friendly. Hawai‘i Regional. L, D, N. $$$ Island Press Coffee, Fairway Shops, 667-2003. Maui-grown coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, beer and wine, ice cream and shave ice, indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi. Who could ask for more? Monday–Friday 6 a.m.– 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 6 a.m.–4 p.m. B, L. $ Japengo, Hyatt Regency, 6674727. Winner of the 2014 ‘Aipono Restaurant Award for Maui’s Best Sushi, Japengo also offers worldclass steaks, seafood and creative cocktails, blending the exotic flavors of the Pacific Rim with local ingredients. Dine indoors, outdoors, or in the chic Sushi Lounge. Nightly 5–10 p.m. Happy hour 5–6:30 p.m. Live music nightly. Seasonal pairing dinners and special events. Sushi/Pacific Rim/Asian. D, N, RR. $$$ Kā‘anapali Grille & Tap Room, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, 667-7733. From the people who brought Cheeseburger in

Paradise to Lahaina twenty-five years ago comes this new venue, serving burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Dinner adds steak, fresh fish and pasta. Hours: 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Happy hour 2–5 p.m. Cuisine. B, L, D, N. $–$$ Kai Ala Market, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 662-2676. Purchase ready-tocook items and sundries for your condo stay at this wellstocked grocery. Choose from an appealing selection of marinated meats, fresh vegetables, salads, and more. It’s also a great place to pick up pastries, sandwiches, snacks, and beverages before you head off to explore the island. Monday–Thursday 6:30 a.m.– 8 p.m. Friday–Sunday 6:30 a.m.– 9 p.m. American. $ Kupanaha Magic Dinner Show, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, 6670128. White-gloved staff serve a three-course meal while a magician executes close-up tricks. Then illusionist Jody Baran and wife Kathleen take the stage in a show of classic magic, Hawaiian culture, cutting-edge illusions and comedy. Tuesday–Saturday 4:30– 7:30 p.m. Kid-friendly. Hawai‘i Regional. D, RR. $$$$ Leilani’s on the Beach, Whalers Village, 661-4495. Snack on calamari, sashimi, burgers or fish tacos while you take in the view of sparkling sands from the open-air Beachside Grill. Or dine indoors on citrus fire-grilled daily catch, teriyaki steak, shrimp scampi or signature prime rib grilled Texas style. Beachside Grill open 10:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Dining Room open 5–9:30 p.m. Kid-friendly. Steak/Seafood. L, D, N, RR. $$$ Mai Tai Bar, Sheraton Maui, 661-0031. This beachside location at the foot of Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock) offers $6 Stoli vodka cocktail specials 10 a.m.–noon, sandwiches and salads 11 a.m.–3 p.m., and a classic Black Rock mai tai (light and dark rum, island fruit juices, and more than a splash of

aloha). Bar service: Daily 10 a.m.–4 p.m. American. L. $$ (See story on page 56.) Maui Fish & Pasta, Whalers Village, 662-0668. Acclaimed chef/restaurateur D. K. Kodama has created a distinctive farm-totable menu. Try the restaurant’s innovative sushi rolls, then dig into pan-roasted jumbo shrimp served over homemade linguine, or herbgrilled pork chops with Hāmākua mushroom demi-glace. Daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Kid-friendly. Hawai‘i Regional. B, L, D, N. $$-$$$ (See story on page 56.)

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Maui Nui Lū‘au at Black Rock, Sheraton Maui, 877-HULA. This oceanfront, all-you-can-eat buffet features such traditional island foods as slow-roasted kalua pork unearthed and presented fresh from the imu (underground oven), cultural arts and crafts and Polynesian entertainment. Mondays, Wednesdays, and seasonal Fridays. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Kid-friendly. Pacific Rim. D, RR. $$$$ The Myths of Maui Lū‘au, Royal Lahaina Resort, 661-9119. Maui’s longest-running oceanfront lū‘au travels through time and space to reveal the stories of Hawai‘i, Tahiti and Samoa through music, song and dance. Nightly June–August; closed Saturdays September– May. Kid-friendly. Hawaiian. D, RR. $$$$

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Ocean Pool Bar & Grill, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 667-3254. This breezy, poolside restaurant/bar serves breakfast and bistro-style cuisine all day long. Check out its themed dinner nights: Upcountry Barbeque on Mondays, an all-youcan-eat Crab Fest on Wednesdays, and Prime Rib Night on Thursdays. Daily 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Kid-friendly. Hawai‘i Regional. B, L, D, RR, Open Table. $$$

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island views, plus your favorite televised sports, all in an open-air setting. Burgers, tacos, sandwiches, chicken wings and salads. Daily 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Happy hour 4–6 p.m. American. L, D, N. $$

chicken breast with Maui Gold pineapple salsa. Daily 6:30 a.m.– 10 p.m. Happy hour 3–5 p.m. American/Hawai‘i Regional. B, L, D, N. $$-$$$ (See story on page 54.)

Paradise Grill, 2291 Kā‘anapali Pkwy., 662-3700. Fifteen different televisions make it easy to catch your favorite Direct TV game, including NBA, NCAA, NFL and hockey. Half-off listed breakfast items 7–8 a.m., half-off listed dinner items 4–5 p.m. Bar opens daily at 2 p.m. with pool table and $3 Bud Light drafts. Live music daily. At the entrance to Kā‘anapali Resort. 7 a.m.– 2 a.m. Kid-friendly. American. B, L, D, N. $$

Round Table Pizza, Fairway Shops, 662-0777. Try local favorite Maui Zaui—ham, bacon, pineapple, Roma tomatoes, red and green onions, and three cheeses atop Polynesian-style red sauce. Sunday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Kid-friendly. American. L, D. $$

Pūlehu, an Italian Grill, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 667-3254. Chefs Wesley Holder and Francois Milliet create classic Italian cuisine with a fresh, sustainable twist. Winner of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine’s Gold ‘Aipono Award for Best Italian Restaurant, it’s the perfect place to enjoy risotto-crusted monchong, braised short ribs, Moloka‘i sweetpotato gnocchi and inspiring cocktails. Thursday–Monday 5:30–9:30 p.m. Italian. D, RR, Open Table. $$$ Pu‘ukoli‘i General Store, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 667-3200. Carryout baked goods, deli sandwiches, salads, marinated meats for grilling, ice cream, and the store’s specialty— homemade pizzas. Daily 6:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. American. $ Relish Burger Bistro, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 667-2525. Family-friendly, open-air dining at poolside, with TV/bar seating for sports lovers. The Bistro serves all-natural Kobe beef burgers and local flavors such as fish sandwiches, salads with island greens, and huli huli grilled 62 Kā‘anapali Magazine

Roy’s Kā‘anapali, Royal Kā‘anapali Golf Clubhouse, 6696999. Chef Joey Macadangdang rocks vibrant local fish and produce, preparing them with an Asian attention to detail. Roy’s blackened ‘ahi, and macadamianut-crusted mahimahi with lobster butter sauce, are menu standouts. Save room for the award-winning chocolate soufflé. Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Hawai‘i Regional. L, D, N, RR. $$$ (See story on page 56.) Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge, Royal Lahaina Resort, 661-9119. At sunset, a traditional torch-lighting ceremony heralds the evening at this open-air casual restaurant that offers commanding views of the Pacific and the islands of Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. Enjoy “broke da mouth” baked lobster, mac-n-cheese, or a filet with herb risotto, while a graceful hula dancer and solo musician perform Hawaiian classics. Daily 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Kid-friendly. Hawai‘i Regional. B, L, D. $$ Royal Scoop, Royal Lahaina Resort, 661-3611. Continental breakfast items, deli sandwiches, specialty coffees, frozen yogurt, and Maui’s own Roselani Ice Cream. Daily 6 a.m.–7 p.m. B, L. $

Ruby’s Dinette, Food Court, Whalers Village, 868-4672. Journey back to the 1940s for classic burgers, sandwiches, and salads, plus Ruby’s famous shakes and malts, handmade to order. Daily 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Kidfriendly. American. B, L, D. $ Sangrita Grill + Cantina, The Fairway Shops, 662-6000. Chefs Paris Nabavi and Eduardo Piñeda create innovative dishes like ‘ahi ceviche, avocado fries, seafood chile rellenos, and short-rib fig mole enchiladas. Open-air dining options and full-service bar with exceptional margaritas. Daily 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Mexican, L, D, N. $$ (See story on page 48.) Sea Dogs Snack Bar, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 667-2525. Hot dogs, popcorn, shave ice, nachos and sandwiches . . . pick up a snack at this oceanside spot on your way to the beach or other adventures. Daily 11 a.m.–4 p.m. L. $–$$ Son’z Steakhouse, Hyatt Regency, 667-4506. Situated beside a lagoon where swans glide by, and known for excellent steaks, a fully stocked bar, and a wine cellar that earned Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Award eight years in a row, Son‘z is ideal for romantic dinners, wedding parties and other special events. Seasonal live entertainment. Nightly 5:30–9:30 p.m. Bar 5–10 p.m. Happy hour 5–7 p.m. American. D, N, RR. $$$$ Teppan-yaki Dan, Sheraton Maui, 808-921-4600. Watch your skillful chef prepare succulent steak, lobster, shrimp, scallops, and fresh fish to perfection right before your eyes. Tuesday–Saturday, 5:30–8:45 p.m. Japanese/Steak & Seafood. D, RR. $$$ Tiki Bar & Grill, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, 667-0236. Have your

picture taken next to the largest tiki in Hawai‘i at Maui’s only outdoor tiki bar. Munch on appetizers, salad, pizza, or a sandwich at this relaxed poolside venue. Grill open daily 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Bar open daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Happy hour 3–6 p.m. American. L, D. $ Tiki Terrace Restaurant, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, 6670124. Chef Tom Muromoto presents fresh island seafood, juicy steaks and nightly specials. Tiki Terrace is the perfect vantage for watching the popular complimentary nightly hula show, while its new Grab-n-Go outlet offers light snacks and specialty coffee drinks. The Sunday brunch is legendary—and winner of Maui Nō Ka ’Oi Magazine’s 2013 Readers’ Choice ‘Aipono Award for Best Brunch. Breakfast 6:30–11 a.m. Dinner 6–9 p.m. Kid-friendly. Hawai‘i Regional. B, BR, D. $$ ‘Ūmalu, Hyatt Regency, 6674506. Head poolside for certified Angus beef sliders or ‘ahi poke nachos. Knock back a “Mutiny on the Carthaginian” cocktail inspired by Lahaina’s rowdy whaling past, and enjoy seasonal evening entertainment. Daily 10 a.m.– 11 p.m. American/Pacific Rim. L, D, N. $$ (See story on page 56.) Wailele Polynesian Lū‘au, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 661-2992. Hawaiian-style buffet, plus the songs and dances of Polynesia, with a stunning fireknife dance finale. Tuesday– Thursday, with additional days during summer and holidays. Kid-friendly. Hawaiian. D, RR. $$$$ Yogurtland, Whalers Village, 661-9834. Create your own frozen-yogurt concoction from myriad flavors and toppings. Daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m. kid-friendly. $

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balancing When Beach Activities of Maui invited me to take a standup paddling lesson with one of its instructors, I seized the opportunity. As a ten-year Maui resident who rarely ventures beyond the shore break, I’ve often sat on the beach, silently envying paddlers as they glide across the ocean’s surface like swans. I’ve dabbled in a few water sports over the years and— since I possess the coordination of a dancing rhinoceros—it usually takes me a few tries to get the hang of things. So it didn’t come as a shock to discover that stand-up paddling (more commonly known as SUP) has a slight learning curve. Stand-up paddling took the surfing scene by storm more than a decade ago, when folks spotted surf icons Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama (former and current Maui residents, respectively) catching waves on their SUP boards. It has since become the world’s fastest-growing aquatic sport. It’s easy to see why: stand-up paddling can be done on just about any body of water, so it appeals to leisurely types and thrill seekers alike. And bodies of just about any age and shape can learn to do it. At least, that’s what I tell myself on this picture-perfect Kā‘anapali morning, when Frank Forbes, my infinitely patient stand-up paddling instructor, meets me for our hour-long lesson at the Sheraton Maui Resort’s Black Rock Watersports Center. Bordered on one side by a large outcropping of lava rock, this swath of Kā‘anapali Beach is home to a protected cove with shallow waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling, scuba and SUP. Forbes leads me over to two SUP boards resting on the beach. Significantly larger and wider than traditional 64 Kā‘anapali Magazine

Our intrepid reporter takes to the water . . . and immerses herself in the world’s fastestgrowing water sport.

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Left: Beach Activities of Maui instructor Frank Forbes tells Sarah to keep her head up, and not look down at the board or paddle. After a few dunks, the point sunk in. Middle: Get a grip—nondominant hand on top, arms straight to pull yourself towards the paddle, not the paddle towards you. Right: Seated practice on the ocean is SUP’s version of learning to crawl before you learn to walk.

surfboards, these floating platforms are far more stable and easier to maneuver than their surfing counterparts. An accomplished waterman, instructor and paddleboard designer, Forbes is considered one of the best SUP riders in the U.S. He begins our lesson with a safety briefing. Novice paddlers often forget to gauge the distance they’ve traveled from the shoreline, he explains, and if the wind picks up, they run the risk of being swept out to sea. “You should periodically check to see how far you’ve gone,” he advises. Duly noted. Moving on to the basics of the sport, Forbes first shows me the proper stance: straddle the very center of the board, keeping your back straight, knees slightly bent and feet positioned about a shoulder-width apart. When it comes to handling the paddle, things get a bit trickier. Forbes instructs me to grip the top of the paddle with my nondominant hand and place my dominant hand midway down the shaft of the paddle. The objective, he says, is to pull myself toward the paddle, rather than pulling

the paddle toward me. To make this happen, I need to resist the instinct to bend my arms “kayak-style” while paddling; instead, I’m to keep my arms fully extended and as straight as possible. He demonstrates these maneuvers on the beach, slicing through an imaginary current with his paddle, and as I look on, my toes curled in the warm sand, it seems simple enough. “It’s like riding a bike,” says Forbes. “When you’re paddling, you have to maintain your speed and momentum, or you’ll fall over, just like you would on a bike.” His words are now permanently etched into my gray matter. We slide our boards onto the glassy water, slowly paddling out on our knees until we are about forty yards offshore. Mother Nature is in her full glory today; a salty breeze caresses my face and the morning sun warms my shoulders. Anchored to the board on my knees and following the easy rhythm of my instructor—four mighty strokes to the right, then four mighty strokes to the left—I’m nearly convinced that I’ve already

Beach Activities of Maui offers private stand-up paddling lessons on land or sea. Depending on your innate coordination, you may want to take both.

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Within seconds, I see that the trick is to not overthink it. Once you lose your focus, you can lose your balance. Above: Staying upright requires a steady stroke, and not looking down at the paddle. Left: Once you’ve got the hang of it, SUP is child’s play. Just ask three-year-old Indy Forbes, perched on dad Frank’s shoulders.

mastered this sport. But everything changes when it’s time to stand up. Within seconds, I see that the trick is to not overthink it. Once you lose your focus, you can lose your balance—which is exactly what happens when I look down at my feet and unceremoniously topple over backward into the waves. Forbes assures me that all beginners fall overboard a few times, and falling is not equivalent to failure. I take him at his word and tell myself that my lack of dexterity is just a clever way of cooling off. After falling a second time, swallowing what seems like a gallon of saltwater and startling an unsuspecting snorkeler, I haul myself back onto the board, start paddling with renewed vigor and find my footing, and eventually, my elusive center of gravity. What follows is pure magic. As Forbes cheers me on, I stand You may want to bring a hat and sunglasses. Beach Activities of Maui (www.bamhawaii. tall and make the long, sweeping strokes needed to propel com) offers private introductory land lessons Secure your sunglasses with a float strap to prevent them from becoming sea treasures. for $55 an hour and private introductory myself across the water, rousting long-dormant muscles from water lessons for $75 an hour. SUP rentals their slumber. From my lofty vantage, I can see for miles. I spot Hats are optional; sun protection shouldn’t are also available for $35 an hour. Lessons an enormous sea turtle cruising alongside my board, and I be. Even in the early morning, the Hawaiian are offered daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., sun can be intense. Choose a biodegradable, swear it winks at me as I sail by. Eager to share this moment weather permitting. waterproof sunscreen that won’t harm the of breathless delight, I turn to wave excitedly at Forbes, who reef, one without oxybenzone or benzoThere are no age or ability restrictions, but is trailing behind me—and immediately lose my balance and phenone (BP-2)—even small amounts have you should be able to swim unassisted and been shown to damage coral. Sunscreens be healthy enough to engage in light-totumble into the ocean once again. with zinc oxide are more environmentally moderate physical activity. As I swim to the surface, sputtering and laughing, I suddenly friendly. Better yet, cover up with a rash understand, with absolute clarity, why so many paddlers are Beach Activities of Maui provides boards; guard—your own, or one provided by Beach you’ll need to bring a swimsuit and a change Activities of Maui—and protect the reef while hooked after a single lesson: this is one sport that’s bound to of clothes. Ladies, for optimum comfort, you’re saving your skin. keep you on your toes. you may want to wear a pair of board shorts Am I the rookie of the year? Far from it. But you can bet that For more information on SUP lessons, or to over your swimsuit. And don’t forget to make a reservation, call (808) 661-5500. bring a towel. I’ll be back—standing up—on a board in no time. q

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“I believe in change,” says Ed Kageyama, general manager of Kā‘anapali Golf Courses, shown hitting out of a trap on the Royal Kā‘anapali’s fifth hole. “That’s one of the guarantees of life. The needs of my industry are constantly evolving.”

Think outside the (Tee) Box Ed Kageyama is the kind of guy who removes all the wedges from his high-school players’ bags before sending them out to play their practice rounds. The trick forces young golfers to improvise, to learn new shots around the greens. It also changes the way they think about the game. “With technology, the clubs now, it’s easier to hit the ball longer and higher,” Kageyama says. “It takes some of the creativity out of the game. Taking wedges out of their bag makes them think about how to play each individual hole. It makes them think a little further down the line, more than they usually do.” Thinking outside the box is Kageyama’s specialty. As general manager of Kā‘anapali Golf Courses, he has instituted an assortment of programs that put fun and flexibility back into the sport. His innovative ideas focus on making the game more accessible for visitors and local golfers alike. In recognition of his trailblazing efforts, his twenty-two years as a professional in the Hawai‘i golf industry, and his ten times as state-champion head coach of the Punahou High School golf 70 Kā‘anapali Magazine

team, the PGA’s Aloha Section named Kageyama its 2014 Golf Professional of the Year. In 2013, Golf Inc. magazine chose him as one of the “Most Innovative People in Golf ”—an honor bestowed on only eighteen golf professionals worldwide. “Ed is a visionary,” says Kā‘anapali head pro Sutee Nitakorn. “I have learned so much, working with him. He’s always looking forward to what’s new, trying to find different programs we can implement, new technology we can use. Whatever it is, he’s always trying to be in the forefront.” Programs that Kageyama has dreamed up for Kā‘anapali include Golf My Way, which allows players to parcel their eighteen- or ninehole rounds into manageable segments over several days; Golf Plus, which draws upon partnerships between Kā‘anapali Golf and area activities, spas and restaurants to give visitors a good deal and a good time; Juniors Play Free, offered in the afternoon all summer long when youth play with a paying adult; and Fit Club, which lets players pay a monthly fee for unlimited walking golf after 4 p.m. “I have this outlook: not everything fits

into little boxes all the time,” Kageyama says during a recent lunch at Roy’s clubhouse restaurant. “There will always be eighteen holes in golf, but I think you will see more alternative ways of playing. “When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time at the club with my dad. That is what dads of my generation did,” says Kageyama. “My greatest memories of golf are just being out on the course with my father.” Himself the father of three, Kageyama knows it can be a tough sell these days to ditch the family for five or six hours to go play a round golf. Today’s golfers are juggling so many balls in their lives, the future of the industry rests on giving them a reason to make sure at least one of those balls is small, white and dimpled. That’s why Kageyama lets them break their rounds into manageable portions, and offers ways to get the family involved without busting the vacation budget. “Kā‘anapali is a family destination. . . . We need to be sensitive to our customers’ time and needs, and to create programs where they can be together, play the game together.

“I think there needs to be a more socioeconomic push to expand golf,” Kageyama adds. “These days, a lot of golf courses are overdesigned; that makes them too expensive to upkeep. Not everyone wants $200 golf. I think there is a strong argument that people just want to get out and enjoy the greenery, to get some exercise. If it is expensive and difficult to play, then I do not see the sport growing.” That is a refreshing take from the general manager of a pair of courses set squarely in the middle of a destination resort in Hawai‘i. “I love it here,” Kageyama says. “I like to be part of the dynamic of the resort, but I also see there is a need for alternative forms of playing golf here. We talk about recruiting new golfers to the sport, but we also have a lot of players who are just not playing. My goal is finding programs that can attract golfers back to the game or to give them an opportunity to play more golf. And it is only though innovation and creativity that we can do that.”q Kā‘anapali Golf Courses Managed by Billy Casper Golf 2290 Kā‘anapali Parkway Reservations/Pro Shop: (808) 661-3691 Toll Free: (866) 454-GOLF (4653)


It is a good thing they sell sunglasses at the Kā’anapali Golf & Resort Shop. It’s bright in there. “Once you walk into the pro shop, it just pops,” says head pro Sutee Nitakorn. “All the bright colors [and] new products . . . it’s easy to stay interested in this place.” Nitakorn says merchandise manager Sherrie Golden sets the tone. “You can see it when she walks the floor. She has great style, and it exudes in the products that she brings in.” Golden says she’s not afraid of vibrant hues. “I do try to dress on the colorful side, yes,” she says. “When we have tournaments and there are lots of people, you can still usually find me.” Golden has made it her goal to expand inventory to appeal to all visitors to Kā‘anapali, not just golf enthusiasts. The ace up her colorful sleeve is the fact that the pro shop is the only store on Maui that sells Kā‘anapali logo wear. To reach an expanded clientele, she stocks logo golf apparel alongside other resort and accessory items like aloha shirts, shorts, belts, T-shirts, beach towels and kids’ clothes. Many of the offerings are stylish enough to be worn

Sherrie Golden is Kā‘anapali’s colorful merchandise manager.

both on and off the golf course. That doesn’t mean you won’t find golf balls, gloves and clubs for sale, but she offers a diverse mix in the 1,420-square-foot pro shop. Golden takes pride in featuring madeon-Maui items, including goods from Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm and tote bags from Maui Sassy Saks. The store’s inventory is constantly changing as she discovers new lines and products to feature.

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Kā‘anapali Fresh For this three-day celebration of all things culinary, Kā‘anapali is the place where the world comes to feast.

The first-ever Kā‘anapali Fresh in 2012 left me with three indelible memories: feeling overly sated after taste-testing twenty-four amazing dishes prepared by twelve talented chefs; watching Lynn Decoite, a thirdgeneration sweet-potato farmer from Moloka‘i, accompany Chef Wesley Holder onstage to receive the Best of Fest award for their collaboration, sweet-potato gnocchi; and getting chicken skin while listening to local phenom Makana’s rendition of “Fire and Rain” by starlight. The day had begun under Kā‘anapali’s typically crystal-blue skies and puffy white clouds as I strolled, ocean side, through the farmers’ market. Later that afternoon, in the golden glow that precedes sunset in West Maui, I snapped pics of colorful paper lanterns strung between palm trees on the festival grounds before scoring a spot on one of the many sectionals that had been strategically placed in consideration of revelers who’d been on their feet most of the day. I remember laughing—a lot—as friends old and new toasted all that is good about life on Maui well into the moonlit night. I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the inaugural Kā‘anapali Fresh. In two short years, the food festival dedicated to highlighting the collaboration between local chefs and growers has become a much-anticipated event for residents and visitors alike. The locally sourced ingredients, inventive preparations and memorable flavors presented at “KFresh” have clearly captured the public’s attention. Shelley Kekuna, executive director of the Kā‘anapali Beach Resort Association, explains the inspiration for the weekend festival: “Over the past decade, our chefs had been winning awards, restaurants were opening, menus were changing, herb gardens were being planted, 72 Kā‘anapali Magazine

and chefs and farmers were working together more closely than ever. The idea was to create an event that would celebrate and support those collective endeavors.” And so a fun-filled, wine-fueled, rocking food fest was born on Maui’s west side. “Now that we’re going into year three, we are continuing to create reasons for the farmers and chefs to collaborate, as well as opportunities for the farmers to come into the resort for markets throughout the year,” Kekuna goes on to say. At the inaugural event, the Friday-night feast was a progressive dinner that took participants to four separate hotels to enjoy a different course at each. For 2014, Kekuna says, the venue will be fixed: the Westin Maui Resort & Spa. “The food will be what is progressive, as our guests learn about ‘canoe crops’—the two-dozen essential plants the early Polynesian settlers brought with them to the Islands—and how they have evolved through three distinctive periods of Hawai‘i’s evolution as a culture of hospitality. It will be culturally significant and a culinary delight.” No doubt! Kā‘anapali Beach Resort is home to four different weekly lū‘au, so there’s no stretch of beach better suited to hosting an evening focused on local foods and storytelling, Hawai‘i style. On Sunday, the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival dovetails into Kā‘anapali Fresh with a six-course feast showcasing Valley Isle chefs. The Maui dinner is a prelude to a four-day culinary celebration on O‘ahu. Although it’s not a KFresh event, this gala dinner offers yet another way to savor locally sourced food prepared by skilled chefs and enjoyed in an extraordinary location under a Kā‘anapali moon.


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Farm Tours Check website ( for details. 5:30–8:30 p.m. ‘Aha‘āina O Kā‘anapali* Westin Maui Resort & Spa Check in at the Westin Maui’s front lobby for directions, and begin your cultural and culinary journey from the canoe crops of Old Hawai’i, to the Plantation Era of the late 1800s/early 1900s, to today’s Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. Entertainment by award-winning Napua Greig and Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka. $89 + tax

One of the many perks of Kā‘anapali Fresh: a farm tour at MauiGrown Coffee

‘Aha‘āina O Kā‘anapali attendees will have special access to view Hawaiian protocols as canoes arrive on the beach fronting the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, launching the weekend's festivities.


7:30–11:30 a.m. Kā‘anapali Fresh ~ Grown on Maui Farmers’ Market Whalers Village Meet Maui’s farmers and food producers at this open-air market near the beachwalk. Sample coffees from the Maui Coffee Growers Association, and enjoy cooking demonstrations. Free admission.


11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Fresh Mixology 101: “Kā‘anapali Craft ~ A Marriage of Libations Spirited & Brewed”* Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Ocean Lawn Award-winning mixologists Chandra Lucariello, of Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawai‘i, and Freddie Sconfienza of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa (Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ “Star Mixologist” two years running), entertain and educate as they build craft cocktails with Maui ingredients. $42 + tax 6:30–9:30 p.m. Signature Kā‘anapali Fresh Food & Wine Festival Event ~ From Range to Sea* Kā‘anapali’s chefs and restaurants collaborate in this showcase of culinary sustainability, with dishes featuring the island’s harvest from land and sea. The menu is paired with boutique wines by an international array of vintners. Hawaiian falsetto singer Kamakakehau Fernandez and legendary duo Hapa (Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winners all) perform under the light of that glorious Maui moon. $185 + tax.

The progressive feast explores Hawai‘i’s culinary history from ancient times to the present.

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6–10 p.m. Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival Presents: Kā‘anapali Kitchen Stadium under a Maui Moon* Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa The Hyatt’s beachfront Nāpili Gardens transform into a “kitchen stadium” as master chefs prepare a six-course menu. The event is a prelude to O‘ahu’s Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, cochaired by celebrity chefs Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi. For more information, visit * Must be 21 or older to attend; ID required.

Sunsets and starlight included, no extra charge, at the weekend’s signature events.

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Judged by top kumu hula (hula teachers) from around the islands, young dancers test their skills and cultural knowledge in this annual children’s hula competition, happening November 14 through 16 at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel. The weekend will also include live Hawaiian entertainment, the Hawaiian Festival of Arts & Crafts, and cultural workshops in the hotel’s Tiki Courtyard. Past workshops have included lauhala weaving, lei making and more. 74 Kā‘anapali Magazine


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Obon Festivals


A centuries-old Buddhist tradition finds new life every summer here in the Islands. Now through August 30, typically quiet Buddhist temples welcome a flurry of revelers. At its core, obon is a time to honor the deceased. Graves are cleaned and prayers are said—but it is not a somber occasion. The Technicolor festival is marked by vibrant kimono, bright lanterns, and booming taiko drums that awaken and welcome ancestors back to this world. Join the celebration at Lahaina Hongwanji Mission on August 22 and 23.

Hale Pa‘i Print Shop

Hawai‘i went from being a nonliterate society in the early 1800s to one of the most literate on Earth by the end of that century, with more than 90 percent of the population able to read and write. At the heart of this written-word revolution was Maui’s first print shop, Hale Pa‘i, which published the first Hawaiian-language newspaper in 1834. Early works, including an original 1838 publication, are on view at Hale Pa‘i, now a museum managed by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. It’s located on the historic Lahainaluna High School campus and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. For details, visit www.

Whalers Village Entertainment Come for the shopping, stay for the show. Every week, this open-air and oceanfront mall hosts free evening entertainment that includes hula performances, Polynesian and Tahitian dancing, and a rotating lineup of musicians. Find a monthly schedule at

Underwater at Black Rock

Peek beneath the surface and see how Maui’s other half lives. At Kā‘anapali Beach’s Pu‘u Keka‘a—also known as “Black Rock”—you’ll spot myriad underwater dwellers, including the colorful butterflyfish that lives up to its moniker, green sea turtles gliding past, and Hawai‘i’s tongue-twisting state fish, the humuhumunukunukuāpua‘a. (Try saying that five times, fast!) At The Snorkel Store, in the Fairway Shops in Kā‘anapali, you can rent or purchase custom-fitted gear and get tips from the experts. The shop also offers beach chairs, umbrellas and other items for a relaxing day beside the ocean. Call (808) 333-3705 or visit

Maui Marathon

This scenic marathon leads runners past sugarcane fields, along miles of oceanfront vistas, and through historic Lahaina town. Not ready to run 26.2 miles? A half-marathon, 10K and 5K races allow runners of every ability to test their speed. The good news is that you don’t need to lace up your running shoes to join the festivities. Watch the fast-paced action during the Front Street Mile, where a fleet of elite runners leads the pack. Don’t blink—you might miss them. Fall/Winter 2014-2015 75


Maui’s most beloved wintertime visitor arrives to much fanfare. There are festivals, educational talks, and even an annual parade in honor of Hawai‘i’s humpback whales! Celebrate the season aboard a whale watch with Teralani Sailing Adventures, where an onboard marine naturalist will satisfy your every cetacean curiosity. Cruises depart from Kā‘anapali Beach (fronting Leilani’s Restaurant in Whalers Village). Trips run from December 15 through midApril, and whale sightings are guaranteed during the height of the season, from January 1 through March. Visit 76 Kā‘anapali Magazine


Whale Watching


Trapeze Lessons


Emerald City Trapeze Arts is raising the bar for adventure. It all starts with lessons on solid ground, where students gradually make their way up the twenty-five-foot ladder to the top of what resembles a jungle gym for adults. This outdoor flying trapeze and aerial-arts facility offers classes for anyone from first-time flyers to the Flying Wallendas. It’s like a trip back to childhood, when you could spend hours swinging from bar to bar on the playground. Except this time, falling is pretty fun too. (808) 268-9597;

Tennis Lessons

Home of the state’s only professional tennis tournament—the Royal Lahaina Challenger—Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch has hosted some of the world’s best backhands and fiercest forehands. You don’t have to swing like Roger Federer or Serena Williams to step onto the court. Novices, elites, and players in-between can get personalized lessons from tennis pros. Looking for company? The tennis ranch can match you with a playing partner for whatever level you’re at. Located at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch, 2780 Keka‘a Drive; and the Sheraton Maui Tennis Club, 2605 Kā‘anapali Parkway. Visit

Hyatt Tour of the Stars

For millennia, Polynesians traversed the vast Pacific, navigating by the stars. You need only journey to the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Maui, where Eddie Mahoney, Hyatt’s director of astronomy, will help you interpret the night sky with Hawai‘i’s only recreational telescope. Three shows nightly, weather permitting. Information and reservations: (808) 667-4727

Sushi Class at Japengo

Put your fine-motor skills to work at one of these monthly sushi classes at Japengo, winner of the 2014 ‘Aipono Restaurant Award for Best Sushi. Chef Kaz and his expert staff provide personal instruction and complimentary nonalcoholic beverages. Learn the fundamentals that will foster a lifetime of sushi exploration. Thankfully, the only exam is a taste test at the end. Every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Information and reservations: (808) 667-4727,

Volunteer in Honokōwai Valley

Get dirty for a good cause while learning about Hawaiian culture. Every Saturday, Maui Cultural Lands leads volunteers into Honokōwai to help reforest the valley where Hawaiian families once thrived, and rock walls surrounding ancient house sites and taro patches remain. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Pu‘ukoli‘i Sugar Cane Train parking lot. Info: (808) 276-5593. The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas arranges private volunteer opportunities in Honokōwai Valley for its guests. Visit the concierge desk for information. Fall/Winter 2014-2015 77

 DO Lahaina Stables


Your ticket to unbridled wilderness awaits at Lahaina Stables. Wranglers double as tour guides, leading riders through the foothills of the West Maui Mountains while sharing the island’s history along the way. Trot past wild sugarcane and wiliwili trees, while spotting the islands of Kaho‘olawe, Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i across the Pacific. To truly appreciate Maui’s sublime interplay of light, land, and sky, saddle up for the picturesque Sunset Ride. Private tours and lessons available. Get your spurs on at (808) 667-2222 or

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Wake Maui


Hang in there for a water-soaked thrill ride with Wake Maui. A hybrid of sports like snowboarding, surfing and waterskiing, wakeboarding involves being towed behind a boat and gliding over the water’s surface. Never been wakeboarding before? No worries. Longtime wakeboarder and U.S. Coast Guard-certified Captain Ryan Hickey will lend his expertise as he maneuvers a speedboat designed specifically for the sport. Trips for up to six passengers depart from Kā‘anapali Beach daily. For details, visit

Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament

Something fishy is happening at Kā‘anapali. The annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament will lure hundreds of young fishers to Kā‘anapali Golf Course on September 28. Kids ages two to eighteen years old will take their pole positions along one of the course’s ponds in hopes of netting a winner. Hosted by Maui Electric Company, the event will also feature food trucks, door prizes and awards for biggest—and smallest—catch. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Maui United Way. To register, visit www.

Blue‘Aina Reef Cleanup

Beach lovers will literally go head over heels for this monthly reef cleanup targeting local surf spots. Hosted by Surfrider Foundation and Trilogy Excursions, volunteers will hop aboard, don dive gear, and scour the ocean floor for debris. A $30 donation is requested, with all profits benefiting a different Maui nonprofit each month. Lunch and refreshments provided. For a schedule, visit blueaina. To reserve a spot, call (808) 879-2818, ext. 39; or email

Kahoma Ranch ATV Tour & Water Slide

Grip the wheel, step on the gas, and leave the shoreline in a cloud of dust as you rampage your way up the West Maui Mountains. That’s the plan at Kahoma Ranch, where this ATV tour will satisfy off-roaders willing to swap the coconut oil for dirt. Rinse yourself clean in a private swimming hole complete with homemade water slides, and get an exclusive view of the West Maui shoreline that isn’t available to the public. To get down and dirty in Kā‘anapali, call (808) 6671978 or visit

Whalers Village Farmers’ Market

Eat like a local during this quarterly ”Grown on Maui” Farmers Market, happening from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. August 30, November 15 and February 7 at Whalers Village. Island farmers sell the fruit—and veggies—of their labor at this oceanfront market with a view. Epicurean delights include exotic fruits, grass-fed beef, taro, and Maui’s famous bulb, the Kula onion. This well-stocked market also offers coffee, sugarcane, pineapples, seafood and more. Free admission and parking with validation. For details, call 661-3271 or visit

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Calendar KĀ‘ANAPALI EVENTS December, TBD Gingerbread Village Lighting Ceremony, Sheraton

Maui Resort & Spa No snow? No problem! Christmas cheer will fill the air as the hotel’s whimsical Gingerbread Village comes to life in this beloved holiday tradition. Each year, the Sheraton partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters: “littles” and “bigs” create the gingerbread houses, and the hotel’s engineering team assembles the village. There’ll also be holiday cookies, and caroling by the Sacred Hearts School Choir.

Dive in to protect Maui’s reefs and marine life! Additional dates and other details on page 79.

August 4

(ongoing) Craft Fair, The Westin

Maui Resort & Spa, Aloha Pavilion Bring home a Maui memory with handcrafted creations by local artists. Mondays 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

August 9 & 23 (ongoing) Sushi Lessons, Japengo, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Learn the basics of rolling your own sushi. This hands-on class happens the second and fourth Saturday of each month. See details on page 77. August 11

World’s Largest Golf Outing, Kāʻanapali Kai Course Take a swing at a Guinness World Record and support the Wounded Warrior Project. Kāʻanapali is one of more than 120 sites hosting this outing. Shotgun start 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $55. Open to all amateur golfers. For details and to register, visit www.

August 29–31 Kāʻanapali Fresh, Kāʻanapali

Beach Resort Savor the many tastes of Kāʻanapali as the resort presents chefs’ menus, mixology classes, food tastings, coffee-farm tours, Hawaiian entertainment and more. On Friday, August 29, a traditional Hawaiian canoe arrival kicks off a feast showcasing the evolution of Hawaiʻi cuisine from ancient times. See story on page 72 or visit

August 30 Maui Channel Swim, Lānaʻi to Maui The Pacific Ocean sets the stage for this 9.5-mile relay across the sometimes treacherous ʻAuʻau Channel. Race concludes at Kāʻanapali Beach. Come cheer the swimmers on! www. August 30 November 15

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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa 200 Nohea Kai Drive • (808) 661-1234 concierge (808) 667-4727 Kaanapali Alii 50 Nohea Kai Drive • (808) 667-1400 Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel 2525 Kā‘anapali Parkway • (808) 661-0011 toll free (800) 262-8450 • Kā‘anapali Golf Courses 2290 Kā‘anapali Parkway • (808) 661-3691 toll free (866) 454-GOLF (4653) Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch 2780 Keka‘a Drive • (808) 667-5200 Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa 2605 Kā‘anapali Parkway • (808) 661-0031 The Westin Maui Resort & Spa 2325 Kā‘anapali Parkway • (808) 667-2525 Whalers Village 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway • (808) 661-4567 vibrant selection of pineapples, onions, sugarcane, coffee and more, and meet local farmers. 7:30–11:30 a.m. Free admission and parking with validation. For details, call (808) 661-3271 or visit

September 11–13 The BMW Ultimate Golf

Challenge, Royal Kāʻanapali Course Amateurs compete for a spot in the BMW National Cup at Pinehurst in October. Includes welcome dinner and wine tasting, three rounds of golf, and

awards dinner. $595 per person. www.kaanapali

September 21 Maui Marathon, Queen Kaʻa-

humanu Center to Whalers Village This scenic marathon leads past sugarcane fields, historic Lahaina, and more than 17 miles of oceanfront paths. Starts at 5 a.m. See details page 75.

September 28 Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tour-

nament, Kāʻanapali Golf Course Pond Family, fishing and fun! See details page 79.

November 14–16

Hula O Nā Keiki, Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel Some of the finest young students of hula compete in ancient and modern hula, chant, and costume. Plus a festival of Hawaiian arts, entertainment, demonstrations, food booths and more. See details page 74.

December 31 A Magic New Year’s Eve Gala, Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel Ring in 2015 with a three-course dinner and magic show at Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater, featuring illusionists, dancers and tableside magic. A midnight champagne toast, balloon drop and live band follow the magic show. For reservations, call (808) 667-0128 or visit

January 1, 2015 Hiʻuwai Cleansing Ceremony, Kaanapali Alii Experience this seawater cleansing led by hotel manager and Hawaiian cultural advisor Fred Torres. Begins at 6 a.m. on the beach fronting the Kaanapali Alii Resort. January 21–February 5 Royal Lahaina

Challenger, Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch Top male professional players (ranked No. 50 and above) vie for a $50,000 purse in singles and doubles tennis. Community events include youth and adult clinics, and an ice cream social.


August 3 (ongoing) Blue‘Aina Reef Cleanup

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Sports Maui Invitational, Lahaina Civic Center, 1840 Honoapi‘ilani Highway Top collegiate teams battle it out at this popular event that’s been giving basketball fans something extra to celebrate on Thanksgiving weekend since 1984. Nearly 100 schools representing 23 conferences and 40 states have competed in the Maui Invitational in its thirty-year history. This year’s field includes host Chaminade, Arizona, BYU, Kansas State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Purdue and San Diego State.

Fair, Banyan Tree Park Browse local arts and crafts in the shade of Lahaina’s famed banyan tree next to the Old Courthouse on Front Street. For ongoing schedule, call (808) 661-0111 or visit

August 22 & 23 Obon Festival, Lahaina

Hongwanji Mission, 551 Waine‘e Street, Lahaina See details page 75.

August 28 (ongoing) Hawaiian Music Series, Baldwin Home Museum, corner of Dickenson & Front streets These free outdoor concerts feature a rotating lineup of local musicians the last Thursday of the month. Blankets and low beach chairs welcome. 6–7:30 p.m. www. September 12 & 13 Kū Mai Ka Hula, Maui

Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului This international competition features hālau (hula troupes) from Japan and Hawaiʻi. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday. (808) 242-7469,

September 12 & 13 Chinese Moon Festival, Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front Street, Lahaina Enjoy traditional foods, music, arts and crafts, cooking demos and a Chinese ribbon dance. Museum hours 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; activities from 1 p.m. Free admission today. (808) 661-3262, September 20 Front Street Mile, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., 889 Front Street, Lahaina A spectator favorite, this race draws everyone 82 Kā‘anapali Magazine

from pint-sized runners to elite speedsters. For more information, see page 75. www.maui

October 2–5 The Maui Fair, War Memorial Complex, Ka‘ahumanu & Kanaloa avenues, Kahului Bring the family for one of Maui’s oldest and best-loved traditions, featuring favorite local foods, entertainment, rides, midway, livestock, horticulture, crafts and more. October 12 Maui ʻUkulele Festival, Maui Arts

& Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului Bring a blanket or low-backed beach chair for this free afternoon of island music by acclaimed musicians. 1–6 p.m. (808) 242-7469, www.

October 17 & 18 Lahaina Plantation Days, Old Pioneer Mill Smokestack, Lahainaluna Road Enjoy historical displays, island foods, farmers’ market, local musicians and comedians, and a keiki carnival zone with nostalgic games and animal rides. 5–10:30 p.m. (808) 661-3262, October 26 XTERRA Championships, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Top triathletes swim, bike and run this final race in the XTERRA series. October 31 Halloween in Lahaina The “Mardi

Gras of the Pacific” begins with a children’s costume parade at 4:30 p.m. Later, Front Street closes to traffic, opens to live entertainment, food vendors and festivities into the night.

November 1 TriLanai Triathlon, Hulopoʻe

Beach Park, Island of Lāna‘i This sprint-distance triathlon (1/2 mile swim/10 mile mountain bike/3 mile run) can be tackled as an individual or relay team.

November 14 & 15 Sun Yat-Sen Festival,

Wo Hing Museum, 858 Front Street, Lahaina Learn Maui’s role in the story of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, “the father of modern China,” through displays and presentations. Museum hours: 10 a.m.–8 p.m., activities from 1 p.m. Free admission today. (808) 661-3262,

January 9–12, 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort The season opener for the 2015 PGA Tour features a winners-only format of 2014 champions. Catch a free shuttle to the tournament at Whalers Village. January 18 Maui Oceanfront Marathon, Wailea to Lahaina The course starts in Wailea and runs along the ocean to Kamehameha Iki Park. Includes a half-marathon, 15K, 10K, and 5K races. February 13–16

Whale Tales, Maui Theatre, 878 Front Street, Lahaina, Learn about Maui’s humpbacks from international scientists and conservationists, plus presentations, parties, and a benefit whale-watching cruise. Whale Tales benefits whale research on Maui and across the Pacific. Events are subject to change. Please call to confirm before heading out.


August 9, 10, 17, 31 (ongoing) Fine Art

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