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THE YACHT-MASTER The emblematic nautical watch embodies a yachting heritage that stretches back to the 1950s. It doesn’t just tell time. It tells history.


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You want your day to be perfect. Our wedding coordinators vow to make it happen—whatever “perfect” means to you.

Sugarcane no longer ripples on West Maui’s mountain slopes, but sweet memories remain, if you know where to look.

On our cover: A whale breaching off Maui’s coast clearly enjoys our waters as much as this happy couple—though not in quite the same way. Photo by Jason Moore Cover image was taken under NOAA research permit #15240 and NOAA MMHSRP permit #932-1905 during research and response-related activities outlined by these permits.

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Crowning the King & Queen of the Water 38

The world’s top watermen and women are coming to compete in Maui Jim OceanFest. Come watch!

The Secret Life of Whales 46

What we know—or thought we knew—about humpbacks may just be the tip of the iceberg. And Maui is the epicenter for the surprises whale researchers are discovering.


Ready to take the plunge? Some couples literally do—like this bride and groom at The Westin Maui’s swim-through grotto. From intimate beachfront ceremonies to grand ballroom receptions, Kā‘anapali’s wedding specialists can help make that dream day happen. See story on page 26.

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Hula Grill’s seafood chowder is proof that healthy eating doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. Satisfy your tummy without expanding it at these Kā‘anapali eateries. See story on page 58.

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

A Word from the President 14

Meet Thomas Bell, president of Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts and current president of Kā‘anapali Beach Resort Association.

Where . . . ? 16

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

Nīele 18

Every night, Eddie Mahoney climbs to the roof of the Hyatt to host the greatest show off Earth . . . a mild-mannered property manager takes an impulsive leap . . . and we share the story behind Hawai‘i’s Aloha Spirit law. If we’ve sparked your nīele (curiosity), read on!

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DINING Care for the Working Body 68 The Westin Maui’s Heavenly Spa sports massage is the kneading every athlete (and weekend warrior) needs.

Hanging 10 on Kā‘anapali’s 18 72

Mark Twain said that golf is a good walk spoiled. We think he would have changed his tune if he could have played on a GolfBoard.

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.

An Island State of Mind 52

Roy Yamaguchi helped create Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. Years later, he’s still finding new ways to celebrate our multicultural heritage. Not bad for an island boy who isn’t from Hawai‘i.

In the Kitchen 56

Lucky you eat at Leilani’s on the Beach—our conversation with the restaurant’s Chef Ryan Luckey

How to Feed a Healthy Appetite 58 Here are some of our top picks for fare that’s as tasty and imaginative as it is good for you.

Dining Guide 60

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



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The beauty of Maui is even more spectacular when matched with tennis at Royal Lahaina Resort. Come join us in the home of the SportMaster Tennis Championships of Maui and the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, 2017 First Round, USA vs. Germany. Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch offers Hawai‘i’s only PlaySight SmartCourt technology—an automated court monitoring system that helps you elevate your game.


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Conn Brattain

A native of Indianapolis and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Conn started his career in New York’s fashion industry. He spent eighteen years designing clothing, accessories, textiles and home furnishings, and produced runway shows for designers Gemma Kahng and Todd Oldham. In March of 2007 Conn moved to Maui, where he currently works as a textile designer and stylist.

Rick Chatenever

An award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Rick is the former entertainment and features editor for The Maui News; he still writes a weekly column for the paper, and freelances for many island publications. He has worked on two Emmynominated films, When the Mountain Calls and The Quietest Place on Earth; both played on PBS stations across the country. An English instructor at UH–Maui College, Rick lives in Kula, Maui, with his wife, Karen.

Judy Edwards

Judy is a conservation advocate and writer who has worked to protect the natural world for all of her twenty-six years in Hawaiʻi. She has worked in outreach and education for the federal and state governments, and for nonprofits whose mission is environmental education and public lands. Judy’s passion is biodiversity; she has a special soft spot for the unsung heroes of conservation who quietly hold the world together.

Kyle Ellison

A freelance writer who lives in Kula, Kyle is also the author of the Moon Handbook to Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lānaʻi, and has contributed to Travel + Leisure, The San Francisco Chronicle, Travel Channel, Escape, Journey, AOL Travel, and Maui Nō Ka 'Oi Magazine. Follow him online @kyle thevagabond and

Jill Engledow

An award-winning writer specializing in Maui history, Jill moved to the island in 1968, and worked as a reporter and editor at The Maui News for seventeen years. Her books include The Story of Lahaina; Sugarcane Days: Remembering Maui’s Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company; Haleakalā: A History of the Maui Mountain; and Island Life 101: A Newcomer’s Guide to Hawai‘i.

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Eliza Escaño Vasquez

Eliza has penned stories for Edible Hawaiian Islands, Modern Luxury, Hawaii Magazine, HILuxury and Fodor’s. Raised in Manila, she lived in California before moving to Maui. Music and the local culinary scene inspire her, passions that combine when she DJs at the Beats & Eats dinner pop-up in Kapalua each month. Eliza and her family live in Lahaina, where Sunday barbecues, hikes and ocean adventures rank high in priority.

Matt Foster

An artist with a love for nostalgia, Matt is inspired by nature’s inventions, foreign cultures and the quest for simplicity. He thinks the keys to creativity are curiosity, play and discovery. Matt finds inspiration as a trail runner throughout Kapalua. He has lived on Maui since 1988, and considers this his “vacation island” that he gets to live in full time.

Teri Freitas Gorman

A fifth-generation Mauian, Teri has Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese roots—and a passion for Hawaiian culture and the culture of Hawai‘i. Teri has two decades of executive experience in communications and community relations, having worked in Hawaiʻi, the Netherlands, New Zealand and on both U.S. coasts. She is current president of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.

Mieko Horikoshi

Equal parts foodie and photographer, Mieko finds that the island’s culinary scene serves as a constant—and delicious—muse. She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and the American Society of Media Photographers. Born and raised in Japan, Mieko moved to Maui in 1994, where she lives with her two daughters.

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 artwork at the Four Seasons Wailea on Sundays.

Sarah Ruppenthal

Sarah is an awardwinning journalist and freelance writer. Her stories have appeared in Maui Nō Ka 'Oi Magazine, FLUX, Hawaii Magazine, The Maui News and other regional publications. When she’s not working on a story, Sarah is relaxing at home on Maui’s north shore with her husband, Matt, and 135-pound “puppy,” Odie.

Alma Tassi

Alma is the digital content director for Spirituality & Health, a magazine serving the spiritually independent and alternative-health communities. Over the years she has worked for several publications, including Travel + Leisure and Yahoo! Internet Life. Alma has also edited books on spirituality, personal growth, and women’s issues. Originally from the East Coast, she is now running amok on Maui, living the dream with her family.

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As president of Kā‘anapali Beach Resort Association, I am pleased to welcome you to one of the world’s great vacation destinations, and to this, your complimentary issue of Kā‘anapali Magazine. Bring it with you to enjoy as you relax on your lānai (balcony), at the beach or poolside, and feel free to take it home as a reminder of your dream vacation here with us. It’s not just our motto—Kā‘anapali truly is where the world comes to play, and I can’t think of a better place to begin your exploration of all the resort has to offer than in the pages of this magazine. Here you’ll find engaging articles on the people and activities that set Kā‘anapali apart. We’ll take you from West Maui’s historic plantation days, to the latest golf transport at Kā‘anapali Golf Courses (the only public courses on Maui to offer it). Meet the Hyatt Regency’s resident star man, Eddie Maloney . . . and celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi, one of the founders of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. In this issue, you’ll find exciting close-ups of champion watermen and women from around the world, competing off Kā‘anapali Beach in Maui Jim’s OceanFest . . . and discover some surprising facts about our other annual aquatic visitors, Maui’s humpback whales. Plus advice from our wedding coordinators on how to design the destination wedding of your dreams. (With all the romantic venues Kā‘anapali has to offer, what’s not to love?) I’m happy to report that my own corner of Kā‘anapali, the Royal Lahaina Resort, was named 2016’s “Tennis Facility of the Year” by the United States Professional Tennis Association, Hawai‘i Pacific Region; and chosen as the 2017 site for the prestigious Fed Cup, an ITF and USTA professional women’s tennis tournament, held in February. These honors add to a long list of awards won by the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch, whose facilities include eleven courts, state-of-the-art PlaySight technology, and adult and youth tennis programs open to all Kā‘anapali Resort guests. Tennis, everyone? I hope you will enjoy this issue of Kā‘anapali Magazine, and invite you to explore past issues online. And visit our website,, for 24-hour access to photography, rates, and more. Please let us know if we can assist you during your Maui visit. I am confident that the memories from this vacation will keep you coming back! Mahalo,

Back issues of Kā‘anapali Magazine are available online. Go to Kaanapali and click the link “Free Digital Edition.”

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Tom Bell President, Kā‘anapali Beach Resort Association

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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Beach Activities of Maui Locations: Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Royal Lahaina Resort Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas The Westin Maui Resort & Spa


Auntie’s Kitchen (B) Beach Bar (I) Beach Walk Kau Kau to Go (K) Black Rock Kitchen (F) Castaway Café (C) China Bowl Asian Cuisine (X) CJ’s Deli & Diner (X) Cliff Dive Grill (F) Colonnade Café (I) Hank’s Haute Dogs (F) Honolulu Coffee Company (M) Hula Grill & Barefoot Bar (W) Island Press Coffee (X) Japengo (M) Kā‘anapali Grille & Tap Room (K) Kai Ala Market (B) Lahaina Provision Company (L) Leilani’s on the Beach (W) Mai Tai Bar (F) Monkeypod Kitchen coming soon (W) Pailolo Bar & Grill (B)

Paradise Grill (V) Pūlehu, an Italian Grill (B) Pu‘ukoli‘i General Store (B) Pau Huakaʻi Tiki Bar (L) Relish Burger Bistro (I) Relish Oceanside (I) Round Table Pizza (X) Roy’s Kā‘anapali (O) Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge (D) Royal Scoop (D) Sangrita Grill + Cantina (X) Sea Dogs Snack Bar (I) Starbucks (K) Swan Court Breakfast/ Son’z Steakhouse (M) Teppan-yaki Dan (F) Tiki Bar & Grill (G) Tiki Terrace Restaurant (G) Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice (M) ‘Ūmalu (M) Whalers Village Food Court (W)


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

Beach Activities of Maui (S) Island Style Adventures (W) Kā‘anapali Golf Courses Clubhouse (O) Kā‘anapali Surf Club (H) Kahekili Park & Keka‘a Beach (Q) Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater (F) Skyline Eco Adventures (P) Sunset Cliff Dive Ceremony (R) Tennis Ranch (U) UFO Parasail (T) Whale Center of Hawai‘i (W)


Drums of the Pacific Lū‘au (M) Legends of Kā‘anapali Lū‘au (G) Maui Nui Lū‘au at Black Rock (F) The Myths of Maui Lū‘au (D) Wailele Polynesian Lū‘au (I)







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SERVICES Island Style Adventures REAL ESTATE Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club Timeshare Resales Hawaii Whalers Realty Inc. SPECIALTY FOOD Häagen-Dazs Island Vintage Coffee

Ono Gelato Company Surfy Turtle Shave Ice & Smoothies Yogurtland FOOD COURT Fresh . . . Eat Well, Live Well Joey’s Kitchen Nikki’s Pizza Subway

X. Fairway Shops at Kā‘anapali Artistic Nails & Spa China Bowl Asian Cuisine CJ’s Deli & Diner Edward Jones The Hair Hale Harris Hawaii Realty Island Attitudes Furnishings & Design Island Press Coffee OneMain Financial

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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

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dots of constellations with an endless supply of knowledge, curiosity, humor and enthusiasm. It’s not rocket science . . . but does take the hospitality industry to another dimension. The audience ranges from tiny kids who have to stand on chairs to peer into the eyepiece, to their parents and grandparents. The couples-only 10 p.m. romantic tour includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Tour of the Heavens is open to the public as well as resort guests; reservations are required. To follow Eddie up that stairway to heaven, call 808-6674727, or email Eddie.


Eddie Mahoney takes a stairway to heaven to get to work each night. As the Hyatt Regency Maui’s director of astronomy for fifteen years, he rides the elevator to the ninth floor, then climbs the staircase to the roof. At the end of a long walkway, past a futuristic heliport, he conducts Tours of the Stars at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. “It’s a lighthearted classroom,” he says of his observatory workplace. Equipment includes two powerful Celestron telescopes, magnification 700 and 500, plus a pair of $500 Orion binoculars to transport viewers into the middle of those billions of stars in the Milky Way overhead. Housed in a structure that electronically slides out of the way to reveal the sky, the telescopes are programmed to find tens of thousands of known objects in the heavens. The inky dome becomes a stage set; those twinkling pinpricks become characters in ancient myths from Hawai‘i and other cultures around the planet. The myths are easier to grasp than astronomy’s billions and billions of

details. Eddie makes it lively and fun. When he was growing up in New Jersey, his father took him outside to see the world’s first manmade satellite, Russia’s Sputnik, pass overhead. “That’s history,” his father told him, worried about the political implications. But the seven-year-old was hooked. All he wanted for Christmas was a telescope. His father responded with a spotting scope off an army tank. Its magnification was about ten, and it was heavy enough to drive nails, but it worked. With master’s degrees in science and education, Eddie isn’t an astronomer in the strictest sense. But he has been named a Solar System Ambassador by the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, and was given the title “Hōkū Kane” (star man) by Nainoa Thompson, iconic celestial navigator of Hawai‘i’s globe-circling voyaging canoe Hōkūlea. A typical Star Tour will include identifying around ten planets or stars, as Eddie connects the

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Aloha – It’s the Law STORY BY TERI FREITAS GORMAN | ILLUSTRATION BY MATT FOSTER In 1986, Hawai‘i lawmakers passed the “Aloha Spirit” law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, section 5-7.5), which recognizes the aloha spirit “as the working philosophy of native Hawaiians . . . presented as a gift to the people of Hawai‘i.” The late Aunty Pilahi Paki wrote the law because she foresaw a twenty-first-century world in deep strife that would look to Hawai‘i for healing. Aloha would be its remedy. According to the law, all Hawai‘i citizens and government officials must conduct themselves with aloha. It is virtually impossible to enforce the Aloha Spirit law, but longtime Maui resident Deidre Tegarden remembers a time when it worked just as Aunty Pilahi intended. It was April of 2012 and Deidre was the protocol officer for then-Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie. She stood on the Honolulu Airport tarmac awaiting the arrival of a high-ranking dignitary from the People’s Republic of China. The plane landed but the VIP failed to emerge. Several awkward minutes later, an aide appeared. She explained there would be no meeting because, much to the disappointment of Beijing, the governor had met with the Dalai Lama two months prior. Thinking quickly, Deidre responded in her very best Mandarin, “The governor of Hawai‘i always meets with every world leader because Hawai‘i is the Aloha State and our laws require us to extend aloha to everyone.” But the aide was unimpressed. There would be no meeting. Later, the aide called. She said that after researching the Aloha Spirit law, they understood the governor was legally obligated to show aloha. She asked if he was still willing to meet. Their friendly meeting resulted in an annual holiday gift exchange between Beijing and Honolulu that endures today—ours being a box of chocolate macadamia nuts, of course. Smart, Aunty Pilahi. She knew that a humble box of mac nuts and a little aloha could instigate a move toward world peace.

“What’s he in for?” “No aloha!”

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Creating a Classic You might expect the founder of a resort-management company to be a pretty button-down guy. But all it took was a picture to convince Jeff Halpin to move to Maui. In 1979, he was offered a transfer from the snowy mountains of Aspen to the lush green expanses of Maui by then-employer Vacation Resorts. Knowing no one, having never set foot on the island, Halpin took one look at the photos in the brochure, decided he’d had enough of the cold weather, and said, “Yes.” Halpin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Right out of college, he headed to Aspen, where he cut his teeth as night auditor for a seventy-three-room hotel. For his first month on the job, he received $400, a ski pass, and housing. Eventually he managed properties for Vacation Resorts in Vail, Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, and finally Hawai‘i. After shuttling between properties in the Aloha State and on the mainland for thirteen years, Halpin decided it was time to start his own company. When I ask him how he arrived at the name Classic Resorts, he says, “You know what a classic car is. You know what a classic movie is. It has staying power. I knew of the quality of these locations, so it was easy to tie the name to be reflective of them.” Classic Resorts manages five rental operations, private homes, corporate retreats, and homeowner associations on Hawai‘i Island and Maui—including Kaanapali Alii—providing the quality and amenities of a hotel with a keen eye for customer service. In fact, his employees wear name tags emblazoned with the words “Service First.” That’s not just a slogan. Halpin recalls how, not long ago, a bellman noticed on the day’s itinerary that a repeat guest was arriving after midnight. The bellman took it upon himself to do a Safeway run for groceries, to ensure the travelers had food upon arrival. “This sounds minor, but that is how you build your reputation,” Halpin says. As a manager, Halpin wanted to impart his own personality on operations. Now that he’s at the helm, he relies on his long-time managers for their insights on each property. For example, Kaanapali Alii not only provides ocean-side grills, but also offers a Grill Master Service: a chef stands at the ready with tips and an array of rubs and spices, or, if you choose, can light the grill and cook the meal for you. These small, considerate acts and location-specific amenities haven’t gone unnoticed, garnering top ratings in West Maui on TripAdvisor. As Halpin speaks, I can feel his passion for the area. “Kā‘anapali is a beautiful oasis,” he says. You might even say, picture perfect. 22 Kā‘anapali Magazine











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Hawaiian slipper pendant with abalone inlay and 0.22 cwt. of diamonds, approx. 1” in length. Also available in 14K white gold. $990 (chain additional), by and at Na Hoku, Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway, 667-5411; Hyatt Regency Maui, 210 Nohea Kai Drive, 667-7780; and

Flower Sack Skilled artisans in the U.S. handcraft the Anuta handbag from floralprinted Italian calfskin and black patent-leather trim. $595, by and at Martin & MacArthur, Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway, 6677422; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 2635 Kā‘anapali Parkway, 270-0880; and MartinAnd Turn over a New Leaf In his book Garden Time, Poet Laureate Emeritus William S. Merwin leads readers through a landscape crafted by the senses, a gentle exploration through poetry of the nature of our existence. $24 at Barnes & Noble, Lahaina Gateway, 325 Keawe Street, Lahaina, 662-1300.


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reflect the tastes of the Islands, with the freshest local produce and ingredients. Look for flavors like strawberry banana, Lava Flow, POG (pineapple-orange-guava)—all shown—plus pineapple ginger, coconut lime and more. $4 each at Whalers General Store in The Fairway Shops, 2580 Keka‘a Drive, Kā‘anapali, 661-1050; and













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a ka¯‘anapali Wedding least six months in advance, especially if your heart Last year, a groom headed down the is set on a wedding with a lot of bells and whistles. aisle at the Sheraton Maui’s Ocean Lawn on a (Most can still help arrange a last-minute ceremony, Harley-Davidson motorcycle, astounding the as long as you have a wedding license in hand.) seated wedding guests—and his unsuspecting “We recommend having the ceremony outdoors,” bride. Sheraton staff not only kept the stunt says Kiana Nip, an event sales manager at the Hyatt a secret, “We found the Harley for him,” says Regency Maui, “then moving indoors for the latter Mike Masterson, the hotel’s director of sales and part of the celebration. That way you can enjoy the marketing. “If there’s a special request, we will do Hawaiian backdrop for the ceremony and sunset everything in our power to make it happen.” photos, and the comfort of indoors once it gets Whether you’re come to Kā‘anapali to marry, dark.” Another perk of indoor receptions: “Cutrenew vows, or celebrate an anniversary, you’ve off time for outdoor events on Maui is 10 p.m. come to the perfect place. Here days linger lovingly at eighty degrees, and the salt-scented breeze makes If you’re indoors, you can celebrate longer.” every breath a sensuous act. As afternoon fades into You don’t need to be a registered guest at evening, spectacular sunsets provide a dramatic prethe hotel where you’d like your ceremony and lude to a night sky ablaze with tropical stars. reception, but bridal parties that stay at the And it’s not just the idyllic setting. A destination same property can take advantage of special wedding has many moving parts, and Kā‘anapali’s packages. “We offer great rates and other exprofessional coordinators can do the heavy lifting for tras for the bride, groom and their guests,” you, from reserving a venue, to booking an officiant, Nip says. “Plus, they won’t have to deal with to arranging for a florist and photographer. They’ve coordinating cars or shuttles.” even been known to assist a romantic proposal or two. If you plan to get hitched, the first order Lovebirds flock to Maui in spring and summer; to of business is picking the spot. “That can be avoid peak prices and crowds, consider a fall or wina tough decision,” says Brittany McIntyre, ter event, advises Kristin Agbayani, Kā‘anapali Beach a wedding specialist at The Westin Maui Hotel’s catering sales manager. No matter the time Resort. “But once you have the location, the of year, contact a coordinator early—most suggest at rest is easy. That’s what we’re here for.”

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Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Mike Masterson doesn’t just enjoy planning weddings, he enjoys watching them, too. “In the past year, we’ve had several Indian ceremonies, and it’s been fun learning the nuances of India’s wedding traditions and customs.” The Sheraton has multiple locations for small or large parties, along with its crown jewel, the Ali‘i Suite, which sits atop Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock) on Kā‘anapali Beach. The hotel’s ceremony and reception

packages can be customized, and wedding parties can indulge in pampering before or after the big day at The Spa at Black Rock. As for planning, Masterson says six to ten months in advance is a good window of time, but if you have a specific date in mind (for instance, 1/7/17), it’s wise to book it as soon as possible. 808-662-08159 | Sheraton-Maui. com/weddings Spring-Summer 2017 27

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“It’s so romantic to have a wedding with the ocean as the background,” sighs Stephanie Okafuji, the Aston’s reservationist. “Especially at sunset.” There is no wedding coordinator on staff, but Okafuji routinely refers guests to event coordinators in the area and can reserve one of five sites on the property for small to mid-sized weddings, receptions and vow renewals. Two of those sites have space for thirty-five guests, and three sites can accommodate up to fifty. “We also offer champagne and chocolates to newlyweds, honeymooners, and couples celebrating their anniversaries,” Okafuji adds. Arguably, the romantic selling point of the resort is its location: the beach fronting the property tends to be less crowded and offers no shortage of stunning photo ops. 808-667-7791 |

Royal Lahaina Resort When a groomsman misplaced his khaki pants minutes before the ceremony began, banquet manager Amy Johnston sprang into action. “We’re still not sure how he lost them,” she laughs, “but we found a replacement pair just in time.” That’s a typical day in the life of a wedding coordinator, says Johnston. “We love the challenges.” Her team makes the process simple and stress-free from start to finish. “Your only task is to enjoy your special day.” Wedding and vowrenewal ceremonies are held on two oceanfront lawns that can accommodate up to 250 guests. On the rare occasion it rains, the resort’s Royal Beach House serves as a Plan B. There are also two private suites that can hold up to 50 guests. “We’ve literally got them covered,” Johnston says. 800-280-8155 | 28 Kā‘anapali Magazine


Kristin Agbayani remembers the day a sound system and grilled dinner on our barbeclearly. “It was July 2,” she says. “We were cues,” she says. “The bride was happy.” setting up for a sunset wedding.” That The property has six lawns of varying sizes, afternoon, a massive brush fire forced the including the crowd favorite, the 1,000-squareclosure of Honoapi‘ilani Highway. Among foot oceanfront Naupaka Lawn. Need to keep the stranded motorists was the musician who your guests and future in-laws occupied? was scheduled to perform that evening. Then Have them sign up for the hotel’s conchthe hotel lost power, and the phone lines went shell blowing, lei making, or net throwing down. But Agbayani didn’t panic. “We pulled classes before or after the big day. 800together, found a last-minute musician, set up 262-8450 |

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa


“Bring the dress and we’ll do the rest,” says Sarah Marton, an event sales manager at the Hyatt. Decide to get married here, and choosing a dress may be easier than narrowing down a venue. The hotel has several ceremony and reception locations that can accommodate 4 to 1,200 guests. And then there’s the Hyatt’s Drums of the Pacific Luau, which can be reserved for wedding parties. An on-site, fullservice salon makes getting ready easy and convenient, and the Hyatt books only one ceremony a day, so the focus is squarely on one couple. As long as there’s a vacant spot on the calendar, Marton can coordinate any type of romantic event. It all starts with a phone call or an email, and from there, she says, “We are with you every step of the way.” 808-667-4430 |

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“I love my job because I work with happy people,” says events manager Beata Vanderzee. “Every event is different.” Vanderzee recently helped a nervous suitor plan a surprise engagement dinner for his girlfriend. “He proposed to her on the beach,” Vanderzee recalls. “She said yes.” There are several ceremony and reception spots to choose from, including the stunning Kai Lani (“heavenly

ocean”) Lawn, a stone’s throw from the beach. And the Westin will schedule only one event per day. If you have a wedding license, and if there’s an opening on the calendar, Vanderzee says she can plan an event in fortyeight hours or less. A destination wedding can break the rules—it doesn’t have to take place on a weekend. “Every day is a good day to get married in Kā‘anapali.” 808-667-3200,

Ka¯‘anapali Golf Courses Something old, something new, something borrowed, something . . . green? The Royal Kā‘anapali Course’s No. 5 fairway plays nicely as a wedding venue, with plenty of room to spare, and can easily accommodate low-key ceremonies or lavish receptions. Most often, couples choose to marry on the fairway following a golf-course proposal, says PGA Head Golf Professional Sutee Nitakorn. But the site also appeals to nongolfers, thanks to its combination of privacy and sweeping ocean views. Like a hole-in-one, the fairway offers a rare experience: it is only available twice a year, when the golf course is closed for maintenance. Nitakorn isn’t a wedding coordinator, but he’s in charge of reserving the fairway. He recommends calling far in advance for availability and other details. 866-454-4653 | 30 Kā‘anapali Magazine


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Westin Maui Resort & Spa

Westin Maui Resort & Spa


Spontaneous proposals are a regular occurrence at the Westin, says wedding specialist Brittany McIntyre. “Someone will see a wedding on the property and feel inspired to propose.” Typically, McIntyre works with clients six to eight months in advance, but with a marriage-license agent on staff, she can make a lastminute wedding happen literally overnight. The hotel has several ceremony and reception locations to choose from, and its wedding packages are customizable. “I get to know each couple so I can make their wedding a personal, special experience,” McIntyre says. “Once a bride reaches out to me, the relationship begins.” In most cases, it begins as a longdistance relationship, so McIntyre encourages clients to send her photos that can help her select the perfect bouquets, arches, centerpieces and the like; she also creates Pinterest boards to keep the conversation going. “All the bride needs to do is send out her savethe-dates and invitations, book her flight and bring the rings and her dress,” says McIntyre. “We take care of everything else.” 808-661-2921 |

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Pioneer Mill Company operated steam locomotives like No. 6, Kahana, to transport cane from the fields to the mill for processing.

Plantation days Sugarcane no longer sways in the breeze on the hills above Lahaina and Kā‘anapali, but sweet memories remain of the time when plantation life meant everything to the people of West Maui. Pioneer Mill, which once grew cane on more than 10,000 acres, harvested its last crop in 1999. The old mill in Lahaina town was dismantled, leaving only a tall smokestack to be saved and restored. Even before that, the plantation villages, or “camps,” that formerly housed workers had disappeared over the years. Yet the plantation era is remembered not only in landmarks like the smokestack, but also in food, customs, and attitudes. Pioneer Mill began in 1860, during the days when entrepreneurs were seeking cash-producing industries for the Islands. Sugarcane worked; it flourished in Hawai‘i and withstood the long journey to the U. S. mainland. Decades later, plantation life on Maui grew to include pineapple, planted north of Kā‘anapali in the area known as Honolua, and a cannery built on the shore in Lahaina prepared the fruit for shipment. Those who grew and processed these crops included not only Hawaiians native to the Islands, but also many thousands of workers brought in by the plantations from faraway lands. These people carried with them the cultures of their homes in China, Japan, Portugal, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. The interaction among them produced a new kind of community. The workers’ simple rural lifestyle included not only sharing the surplus of a mango tree or a fishing trip, but also the celebration of each other’s holidays and the mixing of words and grammar into a new language called pidgin. A local cuisine 32 Kā‘anapali Magazine

For more than thirty years, this bell alerted West Siders that No. 6, Kahana, was heading down the tracks. The locomotive operated from 1921 to 1953.


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Clockwise from left: Cane fields carpet West Maui’s mountain slopes above Pioneer Mill in the 1960s. Japanese women, dressed for protection from the sun, labor at hoe hana (hoe work) to clear weeds from the cane fields. Chinese, like these workers photographed in 1890, were the first immigrant group recruited to Hawai‘i to grow, harvest and process cane. An old mill gear stands outside the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store.

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developed, with recipes and ingredients derived from the dishes immigrants shared each day from their lunchboxes. Pioneer Mill’s workers lived in more than forty camps along the tenmile stretch of coast from Honokōhau to Ukumehame. One of the largest camps, Pu‘ukoli‘i, was just up the hill from Kā‘anapali. Drive up Pu‘ukoli‘i Road these days, and you’ll see modern neighborhoods on one side and open land on the other, with a gate at the end of the road. Hard to imagine that once this was a thriving little town with shops, churches, a theater, and kids running barefoot through the red West Maui dust. Artist Macario Pascual arrived in Pu‘ukoli‘i at age five, moving from the Philippines to live with his plantation-worker father. Even as a child, Pascual could draw, and that talent led to a successful career. His paintings of plantation life and work can be seen at the Village Gallery in Lahaina, or at his website ( For a closer look, schedule a visit to his studio. Even without the plantation that was his inspiration, Pascual is still creating new images of those days based on photographs from Lahaina-area families. Former plantation folks who now work in Kā‘anapali have stories to match the images. One of them is Gilbert Sablas, a much-loved guest relations manager at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Sablas, son of a Hawaiian mother and a Filipino immigrant father, grew up expecting that he would work on a plantation, as his parents did. His father was a sugar worker, and his mom worked for Maui Pineapple Company. 34 Kā‘anapali Magazine


Clockwise from top left: Macario Pascual’s painting Sweet Cane (oil, 39”x31”) pays homage to his father’s labor in the cane fields, and references the only reliable treat for camp children, who chewed pieces of fresh sugarcane. Workers line up for payday circa 1908 outside the building that now is the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store. Savory plantation-style foods are on the menu at Joey’s Kitchen. A local landmark, the old Pioneer Mill smokestack sits beside the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store, which also features plantation-era relics.

Gilbert Sablas is the Royal Lahaina’s unofficial local historian. He grew up in a plantation camp with parents who worked in sugar and pineapple, and fondly remembers when life in West Maui was simple and centered around agriculture.


This aerial photo from about the 1950s shows Kā‘anapali when it was still part of the Pioneer Mill plantation. The area that is now Kā‘anapali Resort was filled with a scrubby kiawe forest. The plantation’s long-gone Kā‘anapali Village surrounds Pu‘u Keka‘a, where the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is now.

“We all had plantation ties,” he says of his growing-up days in Kahana Camp. Sablas put in his time in the pineapple fields, a summertime custom for kids in those days, then went off to the military. When he got home in 1968, tourism was growing, and he became a bellman at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Nearly fifty years later, he’s still there, sharing tales of the old days when the west side was all plantation. “People were poor and worked hard, but we made the most of what it was,” he says. “I was born and raised with this lifestyle, and I enjoyed every day of it.” The plantation may be gone, Sablas says, “but there are a lot of memories out there.” Sablas tries to nurture those memories so that the good old days are not forgotten, sharing his stories with visitors. He finds that many are curious about the culture of Hawai‘i. And fortunately, there still are tangible reminders of the plantation era as well as stories. Visitors can literally get a taste of Hawai‘i’s plantation-created culture, with its mix of ethnic foods, right in Kā‘anapali. Joey’s Kitchen, in the downstairs food court at the Whalers Village, offers a range of local

dishes, from simple breakfasts (with rice, of course, island style) to artfully arranged and subtly flavored fusion dishes based on the Filipino recipes of Joey Macadangdang’s heritage. Former head chef at Roy’s Kā‘anapali, Macadangdang adds nuance to dishes familiar to most islanders, like pancit and lumpia. Though sugar wasn’t planted in the area that now is Kā‘anapali Resort, the remnants of a plantation-era pier are on the north side of Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock), now fenced off for safety. In the early twentieth century, sugar workers who lived in a camp on what are now the grounds of the Royal Lahaina Resort loaded sugar for export from this pier and unloaded supplies for the plantation and its people. Lahaina offers several physical reminders of plantation days, preserved and maintained by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation. Around the old Pioneer Mill smokestack, an exhibit features antique mill and cane-field equipment, interpretive plaques and sugar-train locomotives. The Wo Hing Museum on Front Street was built as a social hall for Chinese imSpring-Summer 2017 35

Top: This 1936 map shows the plantation village at Kā‘anapali Landing, and indicates that the tanks in the aerial image on the previous page held oil and molasses. Middle: Fieldworkers pause for a photo, surrounded by flourishing sugarcane. Bottom: The plantationdays section of the Lahaina Heritage Museum at the Old Lahaina Courthouse displays artifacts from the time. More plantation artifacts can be found in the Plantation Museum at The Wharf Cinema Center on Front Street.


migrants. The small Plantation Museum, upstairs at The Wharf Cinema Center, celebrates West Maui’s plantation era with photos and displays of tools, heirlooms, and appliances from plantation camps and family homes in Lahaina. A stroll around town reveals other structures built for immigrant sugar workers, like Buddhist temples on Luakini and Waine‘e streets. Perhaps the most stunning temple is between Lahaina town and Kā‘anapali at Pu‘unoa Point. Lahaina Jodo Mission’s surroundings include a great Buddha statue and a temple bell completed in June 1968 to commemorate the centennial of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i. The Buddha statue is the largest outside of Japan. At these and other Buddhist temples around the islands, the annual bon dances take place each summer. Participants honor their ancestors by performing traditional dances, which visitors are welcome to observe and even to join. The festivals always include real, local treats like shave ice, saimin, and teriyaki meat sticks, flavorful reminders of the plantation era that shaped West Maui’s past. q

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Watch the world’s top watermen and women compete in multidiscipline sprints at the Maui Jim OceanFest. �tory by alma tassi Photography by johann meya

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Here in Hawai‘i, we often see lifeguards hanging out in their yellow towers, driving their ATVs along the coast, or putting out shore-break warning flags. When the call of duty arises, whether a child swept up by a rogue wave or a kayaker struggling to get back to shore, there is no hesitation. The adrenaline kicks in, and all the training makes the task at hand—saving lives—second nature. For lifeguards, the water is where they feel most at home. Every year, the Maui Jim Ocean Racing Series celebrates the athleticism of lifeguards and other watermen and women in competitions that test their mastery of ocean skills across a variety of disciplines. Established in 2015, the series spans four islands and eight weekends, culminating in the Maui Jim OceanFest at Kā‘anapali Beach, hosted by Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel. On June 3 and 4, 2017, some 100 racers from all over the world, ranging in age from twelve to sixty, battle for a $50,000 prize purse—the biggest payday for a competition of its kind. The races follow an established course in the waters below Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, making the thrill of watching top athletes easy to enjoy. Race director Matthew Dubrule, a Hawai‘i ocean lifeguard, modeled the event around the U.S. Lifesaving Association test, adding SUP (standup paddleboarding) and OC-1 (one-person outrigger canoe paddling). Unlike most other ocean race events, OceanFest provides all the equipment. “We like to say, just bring your paddles and your heartbeat,” Dubrule says. “It’s a challenge to get out of your comfort zone.” Racers from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, California, New Jersey, and all the islands of Hawai‘i answer the call. On Day 1 of the second annual Before the races begin, athletes Maui Jim OceanFest, I arrived armed and spectators gather for a with supplies for a long day at the blessing led by Iokepa Nae‘ole of host Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel. beach: my backpack with snacks and water, a towel, my beach chair, a hat, Race coordinator Dolan Eversole and shades. An umbrella would have orients participants on details of been smart, but hauling it to the beach the competition. wasn’t feasible, and luckily, it was SUP boards and outrigger canoes overcast for most of the day. Various line the beach at the staging area. tents lined the beach, and once I Rare among such competitions, OceanFest provides athletes with stepped onto the sand, I spotted the all such equipment. course buoys in the ocean, ranging from a twelfth- to a half-mile offshore. Racers create an SUP traffic jam, Competing would be no easy task, rounding the buoy. 40 Kā‘anapali Magazine

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Left: Australian Ironwoman Karla Gilbert beams as she paddles her OC-1—and with good reason. Gilbert was named OceanFest’s overall female winner for 2016. Below: Overall male winner Jackson Maynard, also an Aussie, flashes a shaka sign. Above: Like a colorful still life, canoes and boards await their turn on the water.

regardless of how much the athletes had trained. A large circle of racers and their families, organizers, and spectators formed as Iokepa Nae‘ole, the manager of Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel’s activity center, Hale Huaka‘i, called them forth. As the crowd quieted, a drone buzzed above the circle, recording the scene. Nae‘ole welcomed the racers, then noted, “Everyone calls these circles the blessing. Look around. We’re all blessed already. I think of this moment as a calibration. We all need to get into the right head for what’s about to happen. Think about who or what you’re dedicating your time [to] in the ocean.” After the “calibration,” everyone dispersed to get ready for the first race. I parked myself in front of the announcer’s tent, which proved to be a prime spot. I could hear all the background stories on the racers, and as they finished each race, they all walked past me to hand in the Popsicle sticks that showed where they placed. The crowd that gathered on the beach—mostly families, water-sports enthusiasts, and hotel guests—could witness the stamina and strength of some of the top athletes in their disciplines. I learned that the organizers had originally planned a keiki (children’s) race just for fun, but instead created a junior division on the fly, because so many of the undereighteen racers wanted to compete. Race coordinator Dolan Eversole commented that Maui Jim’s OceanFest provides a rare opportunity for amateurs to line up shoulder to shoulder with water-sports professionals. Male, female, and junior racers competed in swim, SUP, prone paddleboarding, surfski, and OC-1 individual events, accumulating points in open division and age groups. Racers need to be strategic about which race they choose to compete in, to maximize points. Australian Kelly Margetts said, “The beauty of this event is, people usually specialize in one discipline, but everyone here is competing in all and accumulating points. It adds a new dimension. Plus the pace, doing race after race.” Kona racer Jenny Kalmbach echoed those sentiments. “I got crushed in swim, but caught up in SUP, where I’m comfortable.” The day ended with a fun, no-points coed relay—a medley of all five disciplines. Day 2 raised the bar even higher with Iron Man-style races. Competitors raced in five different combinations of swimming, running, SUP, OC-1, and surfski, including a single race that incorporated all five disciplines, known as the Waterman/Woman Challenge. One racer commented that she passed the buoys twenty-one times during the event, but nobody was complaining about the demands of the race. Far from it—competitors exhibited great camaraderie, high-fiving each other between the different races. 42 Kā‘anapali Magazine

Breathe, stroke, kick, repeat: While spectators can’t get this close, Kā‘anapali Beach offers great viewing of the races. Below: Added by popular demand, the junior division gives athletes eighteen and younger a crack at the medals.

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Above: A swimmer dives into the competitive spirit. Below left: This race began as a sprint on the beach, and continued with SUP. Below right: The medals are handsome, but they’re not the only reward. OceanFest’s $50,000 cash purse is the largest payday for this kind of competition.

As the day progressed, my admiration for the racers grew. Some had never even ridden a surfski, let alone raced one. They did it anyway, repeatedly falling off with a smile and getting back on to finish the course. Anthony Vela, an SUP expert from San Clemente, California, injured his ankle skateboarding the week before, but came and competed, regardless. Though his chances of winning were slim, challenging himself alongside some of the best was worth the trip, he said. “It’s an amazing collection of people to compete against, all champions in what they do.” The two-day event concluded with cash prizes for individual races, as well as for an overall waterman and overall waterwoman. Winner Jackson Maynard of Australia said, “The Maui Jim OceanFest is one of the most challenging and exciting events of the year. It showcases how consistent every competitor has to be across all five disciplines to be the overall winner. To win this race in Hawai‘i, where these water sports originated, makes the win so much more meaningful.” Karla Gilbert, the overall female winner, said, “The aloha is evident 44 Kā‘anapali Magazine

throughout the weekend and it is what I travel from Australia to experience. There is no other event like it in the world, and racing on Kā‘anapali Beach is something I look forward to each year. The style of racing is tough . . . all the different watercraft, plus swimming and running thrown in, makes it challenging, but it’s also what brings all the competitors together. . . . the accomplishment of testing ourselves and supporting each other, no matter where you may finish.” q


Dates: June 3 & 4, 2017 Best Viewing: On the beach below Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel or Hyatt Regency Maui What to bring: Water, snacks, shade, binoculars, and beach chair For more information or to register, visit

Above: Paddlers battle to the buoy during the women’s OC-1 race. Below: South African Jasper Mocke rounds the buoy in the men’s OC-1 race. Mocke placed third in the overall competition.

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Humpback whales seem to be nearly as curious about us as we are about them, and will commonly approach boats in Hawaiian waters, inspecting us humans with a crystalline blue eye as big as a grapefruit.

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Female humpbacks and calves bond immediately, and moms are never far from their young. Though a one-ton baby would seem to have few threats, calves need to breathe much more often than adults, and the ocean’s surface can be dangerous for them. By law, boats must keep their distance and use care when navigating Hawaiian waters during whale season.

If you are a fan of humpback whales, you may have heard about this newly chronicled behavior: humpbacks dropping whatever they’re doing to save other animals from a pod of hunting orcas. Researcher Bob Pitman has documented at least 115 instances of this unexpected behavior, and thinks it may be because orcas target humpback calves, and so the adult whales respond to the sounds of a hunting orca group, whether the prey turns out to be a whale calf or not. (This has worked out really well for several seals, other species of whales, and at least one fish.) Whales are not the easiest creatures to research, given the vastness of their oceanic environment. Not surprisingly, a lot of discoveries happen in Maui’s warm, shallow waters, where thousands of humpbacks congregate each winter. And scientists are learning more about them all the time. Did you know, for example, that humpbacks don’t eat when they are in Hawai‘i? Our clear, blue waters are clear and blue because, from a whale’s standpoint, they’re basically empty. Humpbacks will eat all that they can while they’re in rich northern waters before migrating, then stoically lose weight while they are here, engaged in the business of mating and calving, with nursing mothers losing up to a third of their body weight over the season. No doubt that’s why humpbacks don’t have twins (despite any 48 Kā‘anapali Magazine

statuary you may have seen). One 2,000-pound baby is enough. Humans have hunted whales for thousands of years, and until a few centuries ago, did so without drastically affecting the animals’ numbers. Technology changed all that. The western world developed a voracious appetite for whale oil for use in machinery and lamps, and in the twentieth century, the invention of the exploding harpoon made whale oil abundantly available. (Before vegetable oils replaced it, whale oil was even the main ingredient in margarine.) But such advances also made it possible for whaling to reduce the world’s humpback population by 90 percent. The Soviet Union, in particular, hunted whales heavily for their meat and oil, and doctored its official data just as heavily. We nearly lost the humpbacks. Those gorgeous, mystical, and now-famous songs of the humpback whale were almost erased from the oceans. In 1966, an international moratorium stopped the global slaughter. Since then, our understanding of whale behavior has continued to evolve. Scientists have been aware for some time that only male humpbacks sing, and at first assumed it was courtship behavior. Further research has shown that males don’t sing to females, but direct their songs at other males, perhaps to organize their behavior during the mating season.

Americans first encountered humpback whales along New England’s coasts. This fact, and those long, graceful pectoral fins, gave the whale its scientific name: Megaptera novangliae, or “big-winged New Englander.“

We know that last intriguing fact thanks to Whale Trust Maui, a nonprofit scientific and educational organization whose researchers are adding to our understanding of these intelligent and beloved cetaceans. Now Whale Trust Maui scientists have discovered never-beforedocumented, low-frequency pulsed sounds among humpbacks, which they may only make here in their winter breeding waters. The researchers aren’t sure yet whether one or both genders produce these pulsing sounds, nor their purpose, as the sounds have been detected both in groups and in male/female pairs. That researchers are able to study these graceful giants today is proof of a hard-won success story. Before the 1966 moratorium, the global population was 5,000 whales. Today, 25,000 humpback whales are found in the North Pacific alone. Populations have grown at the rate of 7 percent a year, and although some nations still target small numbers of humpback whales (legally and illegally), the outlook is tentatively good. This remarkable recovery led to humpback whales being removed from the Endangered Species List in 2016. But that delisting came on the heels of the strangest winter in recent memory, at least among Hawai‘i’s whale watchers. The 2015–2016 whale season was quiet, oddly quiet. Fewer

That researchers are able to study these graceful giants is proof of a hard-won success story. whales returned to Hawaiian waters for breeding and calving, and they came to Hawai‘i late and left early. There seemed to be fewer females, and the usual dramatic surface activities, such as breaching and the thrashing around of competitive pods, was muted or missing; whales stayed down more often and for longer times. For Meagan Jones, executive director of Whale Trust Maui, last winter’s puzzling nonevents were “a big wakeup call . . . a reminder of what we don’t know. It raises the question of Spring-Summer 2017 49

What we know about humpbacks is probably the tip of the iceberg. The more we know, the better we can protect them.

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Opposite page: No one is sure why humpbacks breach, but they seem to do so far more often in breeding and calving waters. The calves learn breaching via imitation, and are adorably floppy while they are learning.

Above: Competition pods consist of multiple males and a single female. Their behavior is dramatic both above and below the surface, with breaches, head lunges, and even wrestling visible as the pods barrel past, intent on their own internal dynamics.

how minute changes in water temperature may affect all aspects of their behavior. Last year was the most abnormal year in thirty years, and it emphasized to us the importance of systematic monitoring of the population every season.” As for the 2017 season, Jones says it will be “a really critical year to monitor to see if things go ‘back to normal.’ ” Climate change may be part of the problem, but humpbacks face other threats, as well. Ships run into whales, especially nursing mothers and calves, who linger at the surface. Net and rope entanglements happen continually; highly trained disentanglement teams scramble to find the often exhausted, utterly frightened animals and cut them free. In their northern feeding grounds, whales compete with humans for such fish as herring, capelin and salmon, and may also be ingesting microplastics, the little bits of plastic that are everywhere in the ocean. And in all the world’s oceans, increasing sound levels are at minimum interfering with the whales’ ability to communicate, and at worst are actually killing them by rupturing tissues inside of their exquisitely sensitive heads. They have been through so much. Surely we can do better. Here on Maui, we are blessed to be at the epicenter of one of the happiest conservation successes ever. The arrival of humpback whales to these, their winter mating and calving waters, is an occasion to celebrate. What we know about humpback whales is probably the tip of the iceberg, but we keep learning, and the more we know, the better we are positioned to help and protect them so that, despite the threats, their amazing recovery continues.q Images were taken under NOAA research permit #15240 and NOAA MMHSRP permit #tel:932-1905 during research and response-related activities outlined by these permits.



The Hyatt Regency Maui brings back its popular Hyatt Whale Tales through March 2017. Every Monday from 1 to 2 p.m., a marine naturalist from the Maui Ocean Center will be on hand at Halona Kai, just off the Hyatt’s Atrium Lobby, with information about humpback whales, binoculars, and tips on spotting the cetaceans in their natural habitat. Want to get closer? Hyatt’s concierge is happy to coordinate whale-watching tours for guests; call 808-667-4727.

Whale watches are the must-do activity in winter. Both Teralani Sailing Adventures and Trilogy Excursions operate whale watches that leave right from Kā‘anapali Beach. Check their websites for updated information on trip times.

Whale Trust Maui hosts its annual Whale Tales at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, February 24 through 27. The event brings world-renowned scientists, photographers, filmmakers and conservationists to Maui to collaborate and share their latest findings on humpback whales. (Bob Pitman is one of this year’s speakers.) Proceeds from this program benefit a multitude of organizations that are conducting whale research on Maui.

Teralani’s sixty-five-foot catamaran carries forty-nine passengers per two-hour whale watch, with marine naturalists onboard. The company is a five-time winner of the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Continental breakfast is offered on morning whale watches. 808661-SAIL (7245) | | Info@  Trilogy’s comfortable catamarans depart from the shoreline below Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel for two-hour whale watches that feature naturalists, hydrophones, and refreshments. 808-874-5649 | Toll Free: 888-225-MAUI (6284) |

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A popular item on Roy’s bill of fare, Duck 2 Ways combines a char siu breast, ginger confit leg, Okinawan sweet potato, and liliko‘i dragon sauce.

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Roy’s occupies a scenic corner of the Kā‘anapali Golf Courses clubhouse, elevating the concept of the 19th hole to a culinary art.

an island state of Mind Celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi continues to shape local food culture and entice diners with classic Hawai‘i-inspired cuisine.


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Visitors to Hawai‘i would do well to have Roy’s on their itinerary. Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s eponymous eateries consistently deliver bold flavors, stellar service and a nostalgic taste of Hawai‘i’s vibrant culinary traditions. A James Beard Award-winning chef—the first in Hawai‘i to earn that honor—Yamaguchi is a visionary whose love of cooking inspired an empire of more than thirty restaurants across the United States, Guam and Japan. His Maui restaurant, located in the Kā‘anapali Golf Courses clubhouse, features a menu that Roy describes as “a culmination of different ethnicities” from Hawai‘i’s plantation era. Sugarcane is a labor-intensive crop, and beginning in the 1800s, tens of thousands of immigrants from China, Portugal, Japan and the Philippines came to work on Hawai‘i’s plantations. The bento lunches they carried

with them to the cane fields reflected their specific cultural heritages; sharing those lunches became a tradition, a potluck multicultural feast that evolved into the popular “mixed plate.” In 1991, Yamaguchi and eleven of his peers founded Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, an upscale reinterpretation of local foods that celebrates the Islands’ plantation heritage. The movement emphasized locally sourced ingredients—encouraging Hawai‘i’s nascent farm-driven food culture. Seasonal harvests began to diversify as more chefs and farmers worked closely together. And as diners made the conscious shift to supporting local agriculture, Hawai‘i’s culinary scene started becoming more creative and dynamic. Not bad, for an island boy who isn’t from Hawai‘i. Spring-Summer 2017 53

Above: The Dim Sum Canoe is a yummy and delicate pūpū for two. Below: An epicurean song of fire and ice, Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle is a flourless chocolate cake with a molten center, separated from the accompanying scoop of vanilla-bean ice cream by a ribbon of raspberry coulis.

After high school, Roy left Tokyo to attend culinary school in New York. In 1988, he moved to O‘ahu and opened the first Roy’s. Twenty-four years later, he relocated his Maui restaurant from Kahana to Kā‘anapali. But why to a golf clubhouse? “I love golf,” he says. “Like food, [golf] brings people together.” Spending a day on the fairways with others, or dining together, learning about one another’s lifestyles, families and cultures . . . “for me, there’s nothing better.” The folks at Imua Family Services might beg to differ slightly. For two decades, Yamaguchi has hosted Roy’s Golf Classic in partnership with Imua, raising funds for the Maui nonprofit that provides services to specialneeds children and their families. Enter Roy’s Kā‘anapali restaurant, and you’re met with a view of lush green fairways surrounded by the resort’s sprawling hotels, miles-long beach, and the carved slopes of West Maui’s mountain. The dining room buzzes with activity, as does the open kitchen, helmed by Executive Chef Ryan Ferguson, and ably seconded by Sous Chef Jessie Anacleto. Coming in hungry, my girlfriend Jamie and I start with a delicious assembly of Szechuan barbecue ribs; lumpia (egg rolls stuffed with pork and shrimp) on a liliko‘i-and-black-bean sauce, topped with green papaya slaw; ‘ahi (tuna) poke tossed in inamona soy, Sriracha aioli and tobiko, cradled in a crispy tempura nori; chicken gyoza in cilantro ginger pesto cooked in a flash of sizzling soy; and grilled Kaua‘i shrimp, brushed with hoisin, on wakame seaweed namasu and kim chee. My favorite is the steamed onaga. Yamaguchi’s melding of Asian and 54 Kā‘anapali Magazine


Yamaguchi was raised in Tokyo by an Okinawan mother and a Maui father who was serving in the military. Their travels to different seaports nurtured Roy’s appreciation for food, especially the joys of locally caught seafood. “When we would go to O‘ahu, Tamashiro Market would be our first stop,” says Yamaguchi. “From there, we would come to Maui to visit my grandparents.” Grandpa Henry opened Yamaguchi Store on Lower Main Street in Wailuku in the 1950s. Roy has fond memories of stocking shelves, hanging out with cousins and enjoying his grandfather’s chicken hekka, a local dish of stir-fried chicken and vegetables with long rice or cellophane noodles.

Roy’s Jade Pesto Onaga is an inspired blend of Asian and French techniques—steamed and flash-fried in sizzling peanut oil, and served with baby bok choy in ginger soy.

French techniques shines brightest on this plate, which he created twenty years ago, inspired by a trip to Singapore while working with a Chinese chef. The delicate fish is coated with an Asian pesto that uses cilantro in lieu of basil, and then flash-fried with sizzling peanut oil. The onaga rests on a bed of baby bok choy in a pool of ginger soy, topped with finely diced tomatoes, and finished with a ring of vibrant green scallion oil. Chef Anacleto stops at our table, and we take the opportunity to ask him what it’s like to work for a celebrity chef like Yamaguchi. “Inspirational and humbling,” he replies. “As a young kid, growing up, he has been my idol. And now that I am a chef here, I am very honored to be on his team.” Our dinner ends in a sweet haze of classic desserts. The melty chocolate soufflé with vanilla ice cream is the dessert menu’s star. The pineapple upside-down cake is baked with brown-sugar pound cake and also served à la mode. And though seasons in Hawai‘i shift more subtly, a mini apple crisp with pumpkin ice cream and a chocolate-chip cranberry cookie evokes the feeling of fall. After almost three decades as a successful restaurateur, with four cookbooks and his own PBS television show—Hawai‘i Cooks with Roy Yamaguchi—Yamaguchi is paving the way for the new guards of Island

cuisine, along with a posse of culinary rock stars. Seven years ago, he established the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival with fellow Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine chef Alan Wong, and wife Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi, who serves as the festival’s chief executive officer. The multi-island festival began on O‘ahu, and in 2013 launched on Maui, with Kā‘anapali Beach Resort as exclusive host. Attendance overall has grown more than threefold since it began—up to 7,500 foodies last year. The festival makes its 2017 appearance on Maui October 20 through 22, attracting a slew of world-renowned chefs like Hubert Keller and Nancy Silverton. In 2013, Roy’s Golf Classic became an official part of the festival, still as a benefit for Imua Family Services. “There is a lot of honor and respect in representing Hawai‘i,” says Yamaguchi. “We want the chefs to utilize the bounty of ingredients that we have and show what world-class chefs can create. What sets us apart from other festivals is our dedication to our culture.” q Roy’s Kā‘anapali Kā‘anapali Golf Courses Clubhouse 2290 Kā‘anapali Parkway | 669-6999 |

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In the Kitchen with Leilani’s on the Beach chef ryan luckey �tory by alma tassi When I ask Chef Ryan Luckey for his earliest memories of food, he recalls being eight years old, making mac and cheese for his five-yearold sister. At that time, cooking was a necessity, helping his single, working mom. With a dimpled smile, he admits, “My mother was a terrible cook with a few go-to meals, one being the classic hamburger-and-mushroom casserole.” Born on Maui to a Canadian mom, Ryan shuttled between the Islands and British Columbia for much of his youth. At fifteen, he moved to Maui for good, and enrolled at Lahainaluna High School. Soon after, he started working at Red Lobster. He proved to have natural leadership skills, and quickly rose through the ranks, upgrading from the standard white apron 56 Kā‘anapali Magazine

to the fancy red one. “It was a big deal,” he jokes, though you can hear the pride coming through. His first foray into what he deemed a “serious environment” was Kapalua Grill and Bar. He was just seventeen. “Everyone felt older—like my dad—and they were hard on me. I learned on the job.” With no formal culinary-school training, Ryan instead developed his skills with stints at Jameson’s Grill and Bar, the Plantation House Restaurant, then Kapalua Bay Club. “That was a really creative time,” he recalls. “I learned about Spanish oils, cheeses, cured meats, [a bit of] French cuisine.” A turning point in Luckey’s career came when Chris Kaiwi (now partowner of Taverna) brought him in as executive chef at Pineapple Grill.


Opposite: Leilani‘s ‘ahi poke bowl is a sashimi-lover’s dream, with avocado, ogo (seaweed), Maui onion and crispy taro chips. Clockwise from top left: Chef Ryan Luckey helms Leilani’s kitchen. The Maui Fresh salad is a cornucopia of local ingredients: Kumu Farms’ shaved fennel, upcountry greens, Zuhair’s cherry tomato, organic Maui beets, toasted macadamia nuts, and Surfing Goat Dairy cheese with a white balsamic vinaigrette. Leilani’s takes the humble slider uptown with Ni‘ihau Ranch lamb, Maui Brew Company beer-mustard aioli and tomato-ginger jam on a toasted brioche. Sesame-crusted ’ahi steak sits atop coconut and citrus jasmine rice, shiitake-soy butter, and grilled Kula asparagus.

Ryan was all of twenty-nine. Always humble, he credits Pineapple Grill’s founding chef, Joey Macadangdang—a Roy Yamaguchi protégé—for broadening his knowledge of Asian/Pacific Rim cuisine and laying the foundation for Ryan’s success. “It felt like a homecoming. I spent six years there, got married, had my daughter, and bought my first house.” As I chat with him on a bright afternoon at the bar of Leilani’s on the Beach, Luckey reflects on those who made an indelible mark on how he cooks and runs a kitchen. He fondly calls Alex Stanislaw, the founding chef at the Plantation House, his “chef dad.” “[Stanislaw] instilled a philosophy of simplicity: not nineteen ingredients, just four or five. Be humble and appreciate the team. He was also my ‘psychiatrist.’ ” Luckey would often ask for a heart-to-heart talk in the walk-in cooler during their shifts together. I notice this influence as Ryan interacts kindly with his staff, and when I try some of his signature dishes. I could eat the ‘ahi poke bowl at Leilani’s every day for the rest of my life. ‘Ahi tuna with avocado, kukui nut, local seaweed and Maui onion served with crispy, homemade taro chips—bring

it! I also sample a trio of the dining room’s fish preparations—all simply prepared for wide appeal, yet with uncommon local flavors for those with a refined palate. Luckey has worked with global flavors, and distilled that experience to a style that emphasizes natural, bright, and thoughtful food. He leans toward clean flavors like shiso, cilantro, and preserved lemons. Local, sustainable sourcing wasn’t a priority at Leilani’s before Luckey joined the team. It is now. Towards the end of the meal, I ask Luckey about his daughter. What does she like to eat? His dimples reappear as this accomplished chef confesses that his seven-year-old doesn’t like his cooking, preferring the same comfort food of his own childhood. Maybe Ryan’s mother wasn’t such a terrible cook, after all. Leilani’s on the Beach Whalers Village 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway | 661-4495 |

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How to Feed a Healthy When you’re on vacation, eating mindfully can take a bit more effort. But whether you’re following a particular diet, or simply want to enhance your energy and vitality, Kā‘anapali can help, with healthful fare that’s as tasty—and imaginative—as it is nutritious. Here are some of our top picks to help you power up deliciously and stay the course.

Hula Grill

This oceanfront restaurant highlights a local farmer’s fresh harvest every week in dishes with simple and satisfying preparations. The Grill’s seafood chowder is at once delicate and vibrant, with a milky coconut cilantro broth. An ode to Thai soups, the comforting bowl swirls with crunchy peanuts, succulent chunks of lobster, shrimp, and the day’s local catch. It comes with a side of rice, or opt for rainbow quinoa for a lower glycemic load and more protein. Whalers Village, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway, 808-667-6636

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This highly awarded restaurant is known for great sushi; seafood lovers will want to savor the raw artistry of Chef Jin Hosono’s sashimi moriawase (mixed platter). Japengo also serves a separate, gluten-free menu. Try Chef Gevin Utrillo’s version of udon: rice noodles tangled with generous portions of Kaua‘i shrimp, scallops, half lobster tail and clams in umami-laden tsuyu broth with a hint of truffle oil that hits all the right notes. Hāmākua mushrooms, local baby bok choy, and perfectly poached, organic egg make this balanced dish a standout in an already superb menu. Hyatt Regency Maui, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, 808-667-4727

Sangrita Grill + Cantina

Paris Nabavi’s approach to food is global and playful, and always with a strong respect for optimal ingredients. After opening Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill in 1995, Chef Nabavi continued his success with the launch of Sangrita Grill + Cantina. The charming eatery’s mariposa salad highlights his fresh take on Mexican cuisine with a hearty assembly of tomatoes, black beans and avocado on a

bed of romaine, coated with sweet hibiscus vinaigrette and tossed with cotija cheese. For an extra boost of healthy fats, choose among the wildly popular rotisserie chicken, fried ono or wahoo, pork al pastor, or (our personal favorite) sautéed shrimp. Fairway Shops, 2580 Keka‘a Drive, 808-662-6000

Joey’s Kitchen

Celebrated chef and Roy’s restaurant alum Joey Macadangdang runs this humble eatery, whipping up an extensive menu of traditional Joey’s Kitchen

Filipino and Hawaiian cuisine with a touch of Japanese inspiration. Think braised spare ribs sinigang soup with a tamarind-based broth, or loco moco (a popular local dish of rice topped with a burger patty and sunnyside-up egg, smothered with gravy) prepared with embutido (a festive Filipino meatloaf) standing in for the regular burger patty. For a rich vegetarian fix, order the cold soba salad loaded with tofu, shredded green and purple cabbage, grated strings of carrots and sliced cucumbers with a side of sesame vinaigrette. Whalers Village Food Court, 2435 Kā‘anapali Parkway, 808-868-4474

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This poolside oasis is open from breakfast on. You can start your day at the juicery with a healing concoction of cold-pressed carrot, ginger, turmeric and mango. For lunch, try the ‘ahi poke (raw tuna salad coated in soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions and seaweed) tostada drizzled with chipotle aioli. Gluten-free and superfood options are marked on the menu, and the bar also offers mocktails and low-calorie cocktails. Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 2364 Kā‘anapali Parkway, 808-667-2525 Spring-Summer 2017 59

Dining Guide RR Reservations recommended $ Average entrée under $15 $$ Under $25 $$$ Under $40 $$$$ $40+

Beach Bar, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 667-2525. This oceanfront pool bar serves beer, wine and award-winning cocktails, as well as salads and light meal selections that include Surf Tacos, the Bumbucha Dog, Porky Pines and Chicken Quesadilla. 11 a.m.– 9 p.m. Happy Hour 7–9 p.m. $$ Beach Walk Kau Kau to Go, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, 667-1200. The perfect place for breakfast and lunchtime sandwiches, cold drinks, snacks, and salad entrées. Featuring Pizza Hut pizza and local dishes. 6:30 a.m.–7 p.m. $$ Black Rock Kitchen, Sheraton Maui, 808-921-4600. Choose the breakfast buffet with made-toorder omelets and build-your-own waffles; or go à la carte. Dinner brings farm-to-table options with an island twist. Try the ‘ahi poke‘tini, pork belly bahn mi, or bone-in rib eye. Breakfast 6:30–11 a.m. Dinner 5:30–9 p.m. Lounge 5:30–10 p.m. American/ Hawai‘i Regional. $$–$$$ Castaway Café, Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas, 661-9091. This beachfront restaurant serves an ocean view, casual fare with a local twist, and an award-winning wine list. Breakfast 7:30 –11:30 a.m. Lunch/Dinner 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Happy Hour 3–6 p.m. American. $$ China Bowl Asian Cuisine, Fairway Shops, 661-0660. Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechwan dishes, plus local favorites like saimin and 60 Kā‘anapali Magazine

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.–9:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Kidfriendly. Chinese. $ 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, deli sandwiches and burgers, alongside local favorites like loco moco, mochiko-chicken plate lunch, coconut prawns, and mahimahi with lemon-caper sauce. 7 a.m.–8 p.m. Kid-friendly. American. $ Cliff Dive Grill, Sheraton Maui, 661-0031. Cozy up to the bar— voted 2015 Silver ‘Aipono Award winner for Best Bar by the readers of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine—and enjoy spicy chicken wings and classics like burgers, sandwiches and tacos. Sunset entertainment is like no other: torch lighting followed by a cliff diver’s leap from Black Rock. Food service 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Aloha Hour 3–5 p.m. $$ Colonnade Café, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 667-2525. Treat yourself to a light breakfast or refreshing snack beside koi pond gardens, with flamingos, macaws and swans. Selections include Danish pastries, bagels, sandwiches, smoothies, fresh fruit, Starbucks coffee and nonalcoholic specialty beverages. 5:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. $$

DINING DIRECTORY (See map on page 16.) Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas, 45 Kai Ala Drive Fairway Shops, 2580 Keka‘a Drive Hyatt Kā‘anapali Beach, a Hyatt Residence Club, 180 Nohea Kai 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 Drums of the Pacific Lū‘au, Hyatt Regency, 667-4727. 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, March–August; Monday– Saturday, September–February. Kid-friendly. RR. $$$$

Hank’s Haute Dogs, Sheraton Maui. Man bites dog! Man says, “Delicious!” Located oceanside, this takeaway venue offers gourmet hot dogs, snacks and nonalcoholic refreshments. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. American. $

Food Court, Whalers Village. Refresh and recharge at this fast-food emporium featuring Fresh, Joey’s Kitchen, Nikki’s Pizza, and Subway. 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Kid-friendly. Eclectic. $

Hula Grill, Whalers Village, 667-6636. Winner of the 2016 ‘Aipono Award for “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. Bar 10:45 a.m.–10 p.m. Dining Room 4:45–9:30 p.m. Happy Hour 3–5 p.m. Kid-friendly. Hawai‘i Regional. $$–$$$ (See story on page 58.)

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. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Kid-friendly. $

Honolulu Coffee, Hyatt Regency Maui, 661-1234. Jump-start your day with a selection of coffees, fresh-baked pastries, tropical-fruit smoothies and açai. 5:30 a.m.–8 p.m. $

Passion for Food,

COMMUNITY AND KIDS Recipient of the 2015 ‘Aipono Lifetime Achievement Award, Chef Paris Nabavi studied culinary arts in Europe. Travelling the world, he eventually worked his way up the corporate ladder with Fairmont Hotels, and arrived on Maui in 1989 to serve as Director of Food and Beverage for Kapalua Bay Hotel. In 1995 he opened the award-winning Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill serving Maui with the freshest Italian, Greek and Middle Eastern comfort food.

Chef Nabavi also funds the purchase of organic seeds for 47 school gardens in Maui County.

Photo credit: Mieko Photography

Paris Nabavi is the Founder of Nabavi Legacy Fund—which promotes a yearly dine-around program called Maui RSVP (Restaurants Supporting Vital Programs). The collaborative effort recruits restaurants into Maui’s healthy kids and local food movements, benefiting eight nonprofit organizations including American Heart Association’s Kids/ Teens Cook with Heart, Maui Culinary Academy, Maui Food Innovation Center, Imua Family Services, Grow Some Good, Maui School Garden Network, Book Trust and Maui Academy of Performing Arts.

Ceramic wall: Donna Nabavi / Photo credit: Petra Kovacs


Photo credit: Robert Whitlock

A deep passion for fresh, nutritious food at reasonable prices drives all of Chef Nabavi’s business ventures. In 2014 Chef Nabavi opened the award-winning Sangrita Grill + Cantina, winner of 2015 and 2016 for “Best Mexican Restaurant”, Hawaii Magazine “Best New Restaurant” and MauiTime “Best New Bar”. Chef Nabavi makes it a priority to give back to his community. Every few months, he and his wife, Donna, open their home to a group of 20 guests and cook a traditional Persian menu. In lieu of payment, every guest donates to Grow Some Good—a Maui-based nonprofit that establishes edible classrooms to support curriculum.

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Dining Guide Island Press Coffee, Fairway Shops, 667-2003. Maui-grown coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, beer, wine, ice cream and Mauimade kombucha, indoor/outdoor seating, free Wi-Fi. Monday– Friday 6 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 6 a.m.–4 p.m. $ Japengo, Hyatt Regency Maui, 667-4727. Winner of the 2016 Gold ‘Aipono Awards for Best Sushi and Best Asian Cuisine, and a Silver ‘Aipono for Restaurant of the Year, Japengo offers world-class steaks, seafood and creative cocktails, blending the flavors of the Pacific Rim with local ingredients. Dine indoors, outdoors, or in the chic Sushi Lounge. Live music. 5:30– 9:30 p.m. Happy Hour 5–6 p.m. Seasonal pairing dinners and special events. Sushi/Pacific Rim/ Asian. RR. $$$ (See story on page 58.) Joey’s Kitchen, Food Court, Whalers Village, 868-4474. Food-court fare gets a gourmet upgrade with dishes like braised short-rib pho atop house-made rice noodles, corn and sweet Filipino peppers in a rich ginger beef broth. 8 a.m.–9 p.m. Asian Fusion. $ (See story on page 58.) Kā‘anapali Grille & Tap Room, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, 667-7733. From the people who brought Cheeseburger in Paradise to Lahaina comes this venue serving burgers, sandwiches, pizzas and salads. Dinner adds steak, fresh fish and pasta. Thirty wines under $30 a bottle. 7 a.m.– 10 p.m. Happy Hour 2–5 p.m. American. $–$$ Kai Ala Market, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 662-2676. Purchase ready-tocook items and sundries for 62 Kā‘anapali Magazine

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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, 667-0128. Enjoy family-style dining 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. RR. $$$$ Lahaina Provision Company, Hyatt Kā‘anapali Beach, 662-1000. Choose from fresh pastries, graband-go goodies, made-to-order sandwiches, salads and hot foods, plus a fine selection of wines and fresh produce. 6 a.m.–9 p.m. (Closing time varies.) American. $ Legends of Kā‘anapali Lū‘au, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, 667-0128. Lei Pono Productions tells the story of Kā‘anapali through hula and narration, culminating in a fire walk. The call of the conch gathers guests for a shell-lei greeting and welcome cocktail, followed by a feast of island fare prepared by awardwinning chefs. Mondays 5–8 p.m. October–April, 5:30–8:30 p.m. May–September. RR. $$$$ Leilani’s on the Beach, Whalers Village, 661-4495. Snack on coconut shrimp, calamari, sashimi, burgers or fish tacos while enjoying the view of sparkling sands from the openair Beachside Grill. Or dine on

fire-grilled daily catch, herbroasted jidori chicken, or prime rib while overlooking the ocean. Beachside Grill 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. Dining Room 5–9:30 p.m. Aloha Hour 3–5 p.m. Kid-friendly. Steak/Seafood. RR. $$–$$$ (See story on page 56.) Mai Tai Bar, Sheraton Maui, 661-0031. This beachside location at the foot of Pu‘u Keka‘a (Black Rock) offers poke bowls, sandwiches and salads 11 a.m.–3 p.m., and tropical cocktails like the classic Black Rock mai tai (light and dark rum, island fruit juices, and more than a splash of aloha). Bar service 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Happy Hour 10 a.m.–noon American. $$ Maui Nui Lū‘au at Black Rock, Sheraton Maui, 877-HULA. This oceanfront, all-you-can-eat buffet features such traditional island foods as slow-roasted kalua pork unearthed and presented fresh from the imu (underground oven), cultural arts and crafts and Polynesian entertainment. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (seasonal), 5:30–8:30 p.m. Kidfriendly. Pacific Rim. RR. $$$$ The Myths of Maui Lū‘au, Royal Lahaina Resort, 661-9119. Maui’s longest-running oceanfront lū‘au travels through time and space to reveal the stories of Hawai‘i, Tahiti and Samoa through music, song and dance. Nightly June–August; closed Saturdays September–May. Kid-friendly. Hawaiian. RR. $$$$ Ocean Pool Bar & Grill, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 667-3259. This breezy, poolside restaurant and bar serves breakfast and bistro-style cuisine all day. 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Kid-friendly. Hawai‘i Regional. RR, Open Table. $$$

Pailolo Bar & Grill, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 667-3200. Unwind and enjoy expansive views of the ocean and neighboring islands, plus your favorite televised sports, all in an open-air setting. Burgers, tacos, sandwiches, chicken wings and salads. And check out Pailolo’s Woodie-style food truck for some ‘ono (delicious) grinds. 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Happy Hour 4–6 p.m. American. $$ Paradise Grill, 2291 Kā‘anapali Pkwy., 662-3700. Fifteen different televisions make it easy to catch your favorite Direct TV game, including NBA, NCAA, NFL and hockey. Half-off listed breakfast items 7–8 a.m., halfoff listed dinner items 4–5 p.m. Bar opens at 2 p.m. with pool table and $3 Bud Light drafts. Live music. At the entrance to Kā‘anapali Resort. 7 a.m.–2 a.m. Kid-friendly. American. $$ Pau Huaka‘i Tiki Bar, Hyatt Kā‘anapali Beach, 662-1000. Watch the day melt into the ocean while master mixologists entertain you with liquid libations. Full menu, including burgers, fish tacos, wraps and salads, till 7 p.m.; limited bar fare till 9 p.m. Daily, 11 a.m.–11 p.m. (Closing time varies.) American. $ Pūlehu, an Italian Grill, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 667-3259. Chef Jesse Pita creates classic Italian cuisine with a fresh, sustainable twist. Winner of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi Magazine’s 2016 Silver ‘Aipono Award for Best Italian Restaurant, it’s the perfect place to enjoy risotto-crusted monchong, braised short ribs, and inspiring cocktails. Thursday–Monday 5:30–9:30 p.m. Italian. RR, $$$

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. 6:30 a.m.– 8:30 p.m. American. $ Relish Burger Bistro, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 667-2525. This family-friendly outdoor venue features a poolside garden setting and bar area with TVs for sports fans. Menu includes à la carte and buffet breakfast as well as all-day dining and lounge-style selections at night. Enjoy classic burgers, salads, sandwiches, and local plate lunches. 6:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Happy Hour 4–5 p.m. American/Hawai‘i Regional. $$$$$ (See story on page 58.) Relish Oceanside, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Ocean views, al fresco dining tropical style, fine wines, local craft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Enjoy spectacular sunsets as you savor tapas or dinner selections featuring local ingredients. Signature favorites include garlic prawns, pork belly buns, blue crab and macadamia nut mahi mahi and togarashi opah with pohole fern salad. 5–10 p.m. Happy Hour 5–6 p.m. Contemporary. $$–$$$ Round Table Pizza, Fairway Shops, 662-0777. Try local favorite Maui Zaui: ham, bacon, pineapple, Roma tomatoes, red and green onions, and three cheeses atop Polynesian-style red sauce. Sunday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Kid-friendly. American. $$ Roy’s Kā‘anapali, Royal Kā‘anapali Golf Clubhouse, 669-6999. Celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi rocks vibrant local fish and produce, preparing them with an Asian attention to detail. Roy’s blackened ‘ahi, and macadamia-nut-crusted 64 Kā‘anapali Magazine

mahimahi with lobster butter sauce, are menu standouts. Save room for the award-winning chocolate soufflé. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Hawai‘i Regional. RR. $$$ (See story on page 52.) Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge, Royal Lahaina Resort, 661-9119. At sunset, a traditional torch-lighting ceremony heralds the evening at this open-air casual restaurant that offers commanding views of the Pacific and the islands of Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i. Enjoy “broke da mouth” baked lobster mac-n-cheese, or a fresh ‘ahi poke bowl, while a graceful hula dancer and solo musician perform Hawaiian classics. 6:30 a.m.–9 p.m. Kidfriendly. Hawai‘i Regional. $$ Royal Scoop, Royal Lahaina Resort, 661-3611. Continental breakfast items, deli sandwiches, specialty coffees, frozen yogurt, and Maui’s own Roselani ice cream. 6 a.m.–7 p.m. $ Sangrita Grill + Cantina, Fairway Shops, 662-6000. Chef Paris Nabavi creates innovative dishes like ‘ahi ceviche, avocado fries, seafood chile rellenos, and shortrib fig mole enchiladas. Open-air dining options and full-service bar with exceptional margaritas. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Happy Hour 3–6 p.m. Mexican, $$ (See story on page 58.) Sea Dogs Snack Bar, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 667-2525. Hot dogs, popcorn, shave ice, nachos and sandwiches; pick up a snack at this oceanside spot on your way to the beach or other adventures. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $–$$ Son’z Steakhouse, Hyatt Regency Maui, 667-4506. Overlooking a hidden lagoon and waterfall, Kā‘anapali’s premier steakhouse features the finest cuts, including filet mignon and prime New York

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lobster, shrimp, scallops, and fresh fish to perfection right before your eyes. Tuesday–Saturday, 5:30–8:45 p.m. Japanese/Steak & Seafood. RR. $$$

Starbucks, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, 667-1200. Find all your favorite Starbucks offerings at this full-service store. Starbucks gift cards accepted. 5:30 a.m.–7 p.m. $ Swan Court Breakfast, Hyatt Regency Maui, 661-1234. Start the day with a lavish breakfast buffet or à la carte selections of fresh, local flavors and traditional favorites, as you watch swans gliding by. 6:30–11 a.m. American. $$ Teppan-yaki Dan, Sheraton Maui, 808-921-4600. Watch your skillful chef prepare succulent steak,

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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 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m. Bar 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Happy Hour 3–6 p.m. American. $ Tiki Terrace Restaurant, Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel, 667-0124. Chef Tom Muromoto presents fresh island seafood, juicy steaks and nightly specials. Tiki Terrace is the perfect vantage for watching the popular (and free) nightly hula show, while its Grab-n-Go outlet offers light

snacks and specialty coffee drinks. The Sunday brunch is legendary— and a winner of Maui Nō Ka ’Oi Magazine’s Readers’ Choice ‘Aipono Award for Best Brunch. Breakfast 6:30–11 a.m. Dinner Tuesday–Sunday 6–9 p.m. Kidfriendly. Hawai‘i Regional. $$ Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, Hyatt Regency Maui, 661–1234. Ululani’s elevates this favorite local treat to gourmet proportions with fun add-ons, premium Roselani ice cream, and homemade tropical-flavored syrups like liliko‘i and coconut. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Dessert. $ ‘Ūmalu, Hyatt Regency Maui, 661–1234. 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. 11 a.m.–midnight. Bar opens 10 a.m.; Happy Hour 5–6 p.m. American/Pacific Rim. $$ Wailele Polynesian Lū‘au, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 661-2992. Held outdoors, this award-winning Polynesian dinner show features a real Fijian chief as host, dances and songs from Hawai‘i, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa; and an extreme fire-knife dance finale. Hawaiian buffet inclusive of drinks all evening. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday. Kid-friendly. Hawaiian. RR. $$$$ Yogurtland, Whalers Village, 661-9834. Create your own frozen-yogurt concoction from myriad flavors and toppings. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Kid-friendly. $


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Heavenly Spa’s sports massage is the kneading every athlete (or weekend warrior) needs. I’ve always considered myself an athlete, but when it comes to the integral pillars of fitness, one is sorely lacking. I try to eat healthy. I paddle and run. I get a full night’s sleep. But I can’t even tell you the last time I had a professional massage. I’ve always seen massage as a luxury, an extra outside of my budget. But if I plan to stay fit—especially now that I’m a dad— massage isn’t something I can’t afford, but something I can’t afford to miss. With this mindset, I arrive at Heavenly Spa. Located in The Westin Maui, the spa is sandwiched between Kā‘anapali Beach, where I paddle, snorkel, and surf; and the manicured greens of Kā‘anapali Golf Course, where I pretend to know how to golf. I’ve signed up for the sports massage, described in the spa menu as “an invigorating treatment that uses stretching and joint manipulation to help athletes and weekend warriors recover by enhancing range of motion and circulation.” In other words, it’s exactly what my body needs. My shoulder muscles are tight from paddling and my hamstrings are sore from running, and I’m in the middle of moving 68 Kā‘anapali Magazine

between houses with a pregnant wife and a toddler. Cardio-wise I’m doing ok; muscularly I’m a mess. I arrive early to take advantage of the amenities inside the men’s locker room, soaking in the whirlpool and allowing the sauna to prepare me for the massage. In the relaxation lounge, I meet Kelly, my massage therapist, who leads me to a room where calming music trickles out of the speakers. I sink my face, chest, and quads down onto the comfortable table, and concentrate fiercely on trying to relax. Kelly can instantly tell it’s not working. “You need to get out of your own head,” she instructs, while rubbing her hands down my back. “People tend to overthink. Just relax and let it go.” I try to switch off the hamster wheel of thoughts churning through my mind, and focus simply on inhale, exhale—clearing out the clutter as Kelly works to lengthen my knotted and weary muscles. A sports massage, as opposed to deep-tissue treatment, concentrates on working certain muscles that are overused or stressed. For golfers, it could be hips that are sore from constant rotation; runners might have quads and calves that ache from having gone the extra mile. For me, it’s my back, both lower and upper, from lots of recent paddling. Another major problem is stress, which tends to gather in the neck. Kelly says energy can actually get blocked behind all of that stress; circulation and energy improve with muscles that are limber and loose. “Look at Bob Hope,” Kelly chimes in, as she pours some liquid heat on my back to finish the fifty-minute session. “He got a massage nearly every day, and look how long he lived.” Hope, the legendary comedian and performer, famously lived to The Westin’s Heavenly Spa weaves a soothing calm from the moment you walk through the door. Inside, the handsomely appointed relaxation lounge opens onto a sweeping ocean view.

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Looking for more ways to pamper your hard-working body? No sweat—Kā‘anapali’s spas offer a host of therapeutic treatments. SPORTS MASSAGE Kamaha‘o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa Hyatt Regency Maui Uses firm pressure and passive stretching to relieve tension and loosen joints. 50 or 80 minutes 200 Nohea Kai Drive | 808-661-1234 100. While most of us can’t afford daily massage, it truly is a healing treatment worth integrating into your schedule. (Kelly recommends getting a massage every couple of weeks.) After my treatment, I feel airy and light, with an added pep in my step, and at the suggestion of spa director Sheila Bracewell, I follow the massage with a body-renewal scrub that exfoliates and hydrates my skin. It’s my first experience with this type of scrub, and I’ll admit that while the pumice de crème is gently being applied, I feel sticky, syrupy, sandy, and skeptical of how it all works. After the invigorating massage, after all, how could I possibly feel better than I already do? But when I finish with the thirty-minute scrub and step out of the shower, it feels like I have suddenly slipped into a healthier person’s skin. For anyone who spends much time outdoors, whether snorkeling, hiking, or just sunbathing, the Heavenly Spa’s body-renewal scrub is a soothing way to undo the damage that’s wrought by Maui’s sun. If you have a night flight at the end of your trip, I recommend booking an afternoon treatment (and time in the spa’s facilities), so you can head to the airport feeling refreshed, re-energized and relaxed. As for me, I’ll do my best to integrate massage into my training routine, and give back to the hard-working muscles that give me so much every day. q Heavenly Spa by Westin The Westin Maui Resort & Spa 2365 Kā‘anapali Parkway | 808-661-2588

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Hanging 10 on Kā‘anapali’s 18 “You got it, bro!” That’s the cry lobbed my direction by a middle-aged man on the putting green. Dressed in golf pants, a tucked-in shirt, and neatly laced golf shoes, he looks the part to be hanging out here, casually practicing putts. His words, on the other hand, seem better suited to a surf instructor. Had I been driving a golf cart on the way to tee off, I doubt he would have chosen those words—or said anything at all. Because I was riding a GolfBoard, however, I was no longer just some golfer, but a dude preparing to crank up the throttle and surf the course on four wheels. Introduced at Kā‘anapali Golf Courses in April of 2016, the GolfBoard infuses a traditional round with a sense of board-sports adventure. You strap your clubs to the front of your board and control your speed with a throttle, which is attached to a column and deck that you steer by slight shifts in your weight. 72 Kā‘anapali Magazine

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It’s a relatively new product on the golfing scene (Kā‘anapali is Maui’s only public course to offer them), and while the company motto is “Surf the Earth,” the GolfBoard also feels similar to snowboarding, since you steer by shifting your weight back and forth between your heels and your toes. Even if you stand with your feet facing forward, rather than sideways like surfing, you can steer by simply leaning your shoulders in the direction you want to go. As I cruise the course with Sutee Nitakorn—PGA head golf professional for Kā‘anapali Golf Courses—the board attracts attention and questions at every tee box and green. “I’d dump that thing if I tried to drive it,” says a man on the 13th fairway. To be honest, I was thinking the same thing when I first stepped foot on the board, but you pick up the steering and balance within minutes,

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Left: Sutee Nitakorn, Kā‘anapali Golf Courses’ PGA head professional, shows his approval for the GolfBoard with a shaka gesture. Offered on both courses, the GolfBoard infuses the traditional game with a sense of board-sports adventure. Above: Preparing to tee off, Nitakorn also eyes the terrain he’ll ”surf” after his shot. Right: Your hand on the throttle controls the speed, your body the direction you’ll go.

and soon you’re bombing over rolling green hills with the wind blowing through your hair. “It’s new, it’s different, and it’s fun,” says Nitakorn. He notes that, because you need to read the terrain to navigate the fairway, “there’s also an added element of focus when moving between your shots.” It’s also an added challenge: instead of simply pressing a pedal and motoring toward your next shot, you’re suddenly a surfer riding the face of a grassy, head-high wave, or a windsurfer making sweeping turns as you race up the side of a hill. The next thing you know, you’re right by your ball, considering which iron to choose, because, in case you’ve forgotten, you’re still playing golf— so put it on the green, bro. 

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Westin’s Wailele Polynesian Lu¯‘au

The recently refreshed Aloha Pavilion at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, with cascading waterfalls, tropical gardens and tiki torches, sets the perfect scene for guests to embark on a journey to Polynesia, where dance is considered not just a form of entertainment, but a means of telling stories. Highlights include fire-knife dancing, the legend of fire goddess Pele, a new performance dedicated to wailele, or waterfalls, plus dances from Hawai‘i, Fiji, Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Samoa. The three-hour experience includes a buffet dinner and beverages. 74 Kā‘anapali Magazine




Hyatt Whale Tales


Our favorite wintertime visitors return with a splash—and you’re invited to learn about these giant wonders. Marine naturalists from Maui Ocean Center present Hyatt Whale Tales every Monday at 1 p.m. through the end of March 2017 at the hotel’s Halona Kai event lawn. Besides becoming familiar with humpbacks, guests will learn how to spot whales in their natural habitat. For a closer view of the action, binoculars are available to spot whales off Kāʻanapali Beach.

Obon Festivals

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Every weekend in summer, Maui’s Buddhist temples welcome one and all to the centuries-old tradition of obon. Families pray and clean the graves of departed relatives—but it’s not a somber occasion. The festival is marked by vibrant kimono, bright lanterns, dancing and booming taiko (drums). Each year, Lahaina Jodo Mission honors the deceased with a lantern procession around its Daibutsu (Great Buddha statue) on the temple grounds, which concludes at the beach fronting the property. There, lighted lanterns inscribed with personal messages and prayers for loved ones are set out to sea. It’s the only lantern-floating ceremony on Maui. For a schedule, visit

No studio? No problem. Celebrated artists come from across the country for this weeklong event—February 18 to 26—to capture tropical scenes in paint. (“Plein air” is French for painting out of doors.) The best part is, you can watch these artists at their easels creating colorful work in as little as a few hours, talk to them about their conceptual approach and painting techniques, and even buy their one-of-a-kind creations during the February 25 Artists’ Aloha Reception. Technically, the Invitational is a competition, but it’s also a great demonstration of teamwork, aloha spirit, and devotion to Maui. A highlight is the Art to Heart Gala on February 24 at the Royal Lahaina Resort, featuring dinner, auction/art sale and entertainment. For a schedule and tickets, visit

Cliff-dive Ceremony

At sunset, with torch aloft, a cliff diver races to the top of Puʻu Kekaʻa, a volcanic promontory rising eighty feet above the ocean fronting the Sheraton. At the summit, he offers torch and lei to the sea, and leaps. Divers have performed this ceremony since Sheraton opened in 1963, honoring a tradition begun by chief Kahekili in the 1700s. Watch from the comfort of Sheraton’s Cliff Dive Grill, where live music— and Black Rock Lager—flow nightly.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival

Spanish cowboys introduced the six-sting guitar to Hawai‘i in the 1800s. Islanders soon made it their own, loosening the strings to create a style called kī hōʻalu (“slack key”). From April 28 to 30, the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival brings master musicians to Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel for free concerts, workshops and jam sessions, plus hula, storytelling, and a display of vintage Hawaiian steel guitars. For a schedule, visit Spring-Summer 2015 75


Standup Paddling


Standup 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: standup paddling can be done on just about any body of water, so it appeals to leisurely types and thrill seekers alike. Kaanapali Surf Club offers private introductory lessons on land and in the water. SUP equipment is also available for rent. Details at

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Hawaiian Marine Life Hale


Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has partnered with Maui Ocean Center to create the Hawaiian Marine Life Hale (house), complete with educational materials, and an on-site naturalist. Whether you’re wondering about the underwater creatures you’ll see, or want to know about ocean safety, they’ve got you covered. The hale is on the beach pathway fronting the hotel, and visitors are welcome from 9 a.m. to noon daily.

Historical Walk Guests at The Westin Kāʻanapali Ocean Resort Villas can join the resort’s director of culture, Makalapua Kanuha, for an interactive adventure that explores Hawaiian history and culture throughout Lahaina town. The Moʻolelo O Lele (story of Lahaina) guided walk will transport you to ancient Hawaiʻi, when the aliʻi (royalty) ruled and the ahupuaʻa (land division) lifestyle thrived. Tours are held three days per week, and round-trip transportation from the resort to Lahaina is included with the tour. For more information, visit activities/PuuhonuaCulturalCenter.

Tennis Lessons

Whether you can barely swing a racquet, or have a backhand like Roger Federer, there’s a place for you at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch. Home of Tennis Championships of Maui (the state’s only pro tennis tournament), the facility offers lessons —and playing partners—for novices to elites. 2780 Kekaʻa Drive; and the Sheraton Maui Tennis Club, 2605 Kāʻanapali Parkway.

Passion of Movement Classes at Royal Lahaina Want to stay active while far from home? Need to make up for a few too many mai tais, or days of decadent meals? (We get it—you are on vacation!) Whatever your motivation, the fitness instructors at Passion of Movement are here to help. In fact, the toughest part may be narrowing the choices—classes include yoga, Pilates, spinning, hula aerobics, barre, cardio, kickboxing and more.

Kāʻanapali Historical Trail

Discover Kāʻanapali’s rich and storied past. This selfguided tour begins at the north end of the resort, at the ancient village of Kekaʻa, and ends at the Hyatt. Along the way, you’ll encounter ten sites marked by lava-rock monuments with plaques explaining their significance. Pick up a tour map at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel, or download one at travel-agents-media. Spring-Summer 2015 77

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Ka‘anapali Coffee Farms


Pure Maui coffee blends, with names like French Kiss, Lahaina Beach, Lava Flow, and the award-winning Maui Mokka, are grown, processed and roasted here on Maui’s west side by MauiGrown Coffee. The folks at the MauiGrown Coffee Company Store, located in a historic building next to the iconic Pioneer Mill smokestack on Lahainaluna Road, invite the public to come and sample the different 100 percent Maui coffees. Learn about the varieties of coffee trees growing on Maui. This is not your average cup of joe—one sip, and we think you’ll be a believer. Open 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Kimo’s Original Hula Pie


Volunteer in Honoko¯ wai Valley Get your hands dirty for a good cause while learning how ancient Hawaiians lived. Every Saturday, Maui Cultural Lands leads volunteers into Honokōwai to help reforest the valley where an estimated 600 Hawaiian families, dating back to 1200 A.D., once thrived, and where rock walls surrounding ancient house sites and taro patches still exist. Meet the Maui Cultural Lands team at 9 a.m. at the Puʻukoliʻi Sugar Cane Train parking lot. Return time is around 2:30 p.m. Info: 808-276-5593. The Westin Kāʻanapali Ocean Resort Villas arranges volunteer opportunities in Honokōwai Valley for its guests at selected times throughout the year. Visit the concierge desk for information.

Among the plentitude of desserts on Maui, some stand tall among the rest. We’re talking desserts that are so downright delicious that they define a restaurant. Enter Kimo’s Original Hula Pie, a longtime staple of TS Restaurants, which owns four eateries on the island, including Hula Grill and Leilani’s on the Beach at Whalers Village in Kāʻanapali. The gargantuan treat starts with a chocolate-cookie crust that’s topped with macadamia-nut ice cream, layered with chocolate fudge, whipped cream, and more macadamia nuts. This Hula Pie is so beloved that Food Network Magazine crowned it Best Frozen Dessert in Hawaii. It has also earned its own trademark, and there’s an entire page on the TS Restaurants website that lists instructions on how to eat a slice. Pro tip: share spoons are a must!

Royal Tee The Royal Kāʻanapali introduced Maui to resort golf when it opened in 1962. Two years later, the course hosted the Hawaiʻi debut of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf. Designed by the godfather of modern golf, Robert Trent Jones Sr., the Royal boasts one of only three oceanfront holes on the entire island: the scenic and challenging #5. The Royal’s sister course, the Kāʻanapali Kai, was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, and redesigned in 2005.

Friday Town Parties

Maui’s small towns each have a charm and character all their own—and each hosts a family-friendly party one Friday per month, with live music, food and product vendors, arts and crafts, and discounts and specials at local stores. The revelry rotates throughout the island: Wailuku on the first Friday of each month, Lahaina on the second Friday, Makawao on the third, and Kīhei on the fourth. If a month has a fifth Friday, the party moves to neighboring Lānaʻi.

Aloha Craft Fair

Browse for one-of-a-kind treasures and find a Maui memory to take home. Island crafters offer their handmade creations—from souvenirs and jewelry, to carvings and art pieces—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday at the Westin Kāʻanapali Ocean Resort Villas’ South Beach Front Lawn. Spring-Summer 2015 79


Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Halona Kai events lawn.

KĀ‘ANAPALI EVENTS Every Friday Maui Tastemakers Series, Japengo, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Hyatt’s award-winning chefs pair with local farmers, fishermen, beverage makers and others to create a distinctive menu that varies with each dinner. Meet the personalities behind the dishes as you savor gourmet cuisine in this intimate setting. 667-4727; Weekends through February Maui Open Studios Island artists invite the public into their creative spaces, beginning with an opening celebration and preview exhibit February 4 at UH–Maui College’s Pā‘ina Building, 310 W. Ka‘ahumanu Ave., Kahului, 5–8 p.m. Each weekend highlights a different region of the island; West Maui artists are featured February 18–19, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Find details and schedule at February 11–12 Fed Cup, Royal Lahaina Resort The Royal Lahaina’s Tennis Ranch is the site for the 2017 Fed Cup’s first round between the United States and Germany. The best-of-five match series begins on Saturday with two singles matches; two reverse singles matches and a doubles match are on Sunday. Launched in 80 Kā‘anapali Magazine

1963, this prestigious event is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sports, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. For details, call 667-5200 or visit February 18–26 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Royal Lahaina Resort Plein-air painters from across Hawaiʻi and the mainland spend the week capturing Maui on canvas. Come watch. There are workshops, paintoffs, and opportunities to view and purchase artwork. A highlight of the Invitational is the Art to Heart Gala dinner, featuring an auction/ art sale and entertainment at the Royal Lahaina Resort on February 24, 6 p.m. March 25 Earth Hour, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa This movement aims to unite and encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the environment through the symbolic act of switching off their lights for one hour, starting at 8:30 p.m. At The Westin Maui, hotel associates and guests will celebrate this designated hour with a luminary spectacle, astronomy teachings, Hawaiian fire-knife performance and more. 

April 8 Fantasia Ball, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Hosted by Imua Family Services, the popular gala helps fund therapeutic services for children with special needs. This year, the ball welcomes Broadway star Adrienne Warren, and includes a cocktail reception and chefcrafted dinner and entertainment. Not ready to stop dancing? Keep the fun going at the official after party, Fantasia on the Rock, with Next Level Entertainment. For tickets and details, call 244-7567 or visit April 16 Easter Eggs-travaganza, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa The hotel invites its young guests to this beloved Easter tradition, with egg hunts and photo-ops with the Easter Bunny. For details, visit April 25 Penguin Celebration, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Walk, skip or waddle over and learn about the resort’s resident African black-footed penguins. In honor of World Penguin Day, Hyatt Regency will celebrate with themed activities. The public is invited to a penguin feeding to learn more about these charismatic creatures, decorate a penguin cookie, and snap a photo with a penguin mascot.

June 3 Waʻa Kiakahi, Kāʻanapali Beach The ancient Hawaiian art of outrigger-canoe sailing comes to life during this free event that is part of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association season. Festivities include sailing-canoe rides, talks with HSCA crewmembers, and Hawaiian welcoming and closing ceremonies. June 3–4, Maui Jim OceanFest Top ocean athletes from around the world compete in swimming, standup-paddling, surfski, and elite mixed events. MauiJimOcean (See story on page 38.) July 4 Flower Shower, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa Leave it to The Westin Maui Resort to create this island-style Independence Day celebration: an explosion of color that happens when a hovering helicopter releases flowers into the skies above the hotel. Time TBD. July 4 Rooftop Fireworks and Stargazing, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Watch the Lahaina fireworks light up the sky from one of the best seats in Kā’anapali, then take a Tour of the Stars at Hyatt’s rooftop stargazing and astronomy program. For reservations, call 667-4727.


Waʻa Kiakahi, June 3

April 28–30 Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel Hawaiʻi calls—over the strings of the Hawaiian steel guitar. This free event brings together master steel-guitar players and aficionados from around the world, and features performances, presentations, workshops, and jam sessions focused on the instrument and its importance in the Hawaiian music genre. Cultural activities such as hula, lei making, ʻukulele and storytelling take place throughout the weekend.

Featuring Saturday, Feb 18 • 7:30 am - 1 pm Lahaina Harbor Kick Off Paint Out

Monday, Feb. 20 • 6 pm - 8 pm

“The Art of Looking at Art” Lecture by Jean Stern of The Irvine Museum and Art Mini-Paintings Silent Auction

Wednesday, Feb. 22 • 3 pm - 8 pm Kapalua Bay Sunset Paint Out

Friday, Feb. 24 • 9 am - 11 am Hanakao`o Beach Park (Canoe Beach) Quick Draw

Friday, Feb. 24 • 6 - 10 pm

Art to Heart – Gala & Art Sale*

Saturday, Feb. 25 • 10 am - 2 pm

Artists’ Aloha Reception & Art Sale* Art Sale remains open until 4 pm

Sunday, Feb 26 • 10 am - 2 pm Youth Outdoor Painting Day 10 am - 2 pm* Art Sale 10 am - 4 pm* * Events at Royal Lahaina Resort

Painting by Michael Clements

Joe Anna Arnett (NM)

Greg Barnes (NC)

Carl Bretzke (MN)

Mark Brown (Oahu)

Carleton (Maui)

Mike Carroll (Lanai)

Hiu Lai Chong (MD)

Josh Clare (UT)

Michael Clements (Maui) Katie Dobson Cundiff (FL)

Rick Delanty (CA)

Leon Holmes (AU)


Greg LaRock (CA)

John P Lasater IV (AR)

Presented by:

Ronaldo Macedo (Maui)

James McGrew (OR)

Jim McVicker (CA)

Terry Miura (CA)

Rita Pacheco (CA)

Mary Pettis (MN)

John Poon (UT)

Lori Putnam (TN)

Jason Sacran (AR)

Aaron Schuerr (MT)

Sponsors: Makana Aloha Foundation; One Main Plaza; Mary Anne Fitch & Nam Le Viet; Pioneer Inn; Montage Kapalua Bay; Kaanapali Land Management Corp.; The Irvine Museum; Maui Land & Pineapple Co.; Mala, Honu, and Frida’s Restaurants; Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits; Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants; Taverna; Maui Printing Co.; Hyatt Residence Club; MauiGrown Coffee Company Store; Southwest ART; Fine Art Connoisseur; Plein Air Magazine; Ka`anapali Magazine; On Maui; Maui Concierge; Revelite; Gamblin; Guerrilla Painter; JFM Enterprises; SourceTek; Rosemary & Company; Blick.


door prizes and a home brew competition. 2–7 p.m. 242-7469; May 13 Seabury Hall Craft Fair, 480 Olinda Road, Makawao This Mother’s Day Weekend tradition is one of the most anticipated local craft fairs of the year, with arts, crafts, rummage and plant sales, silent auction, music, food, kids’ activities and more. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. June through August Obon Festivals Each weekend in summer, a different Buddhist temple on Maui invites everyone to share at this tradition of honoring the ancestors with dance, taiko drumming, food and festivities. For a schedule, visit

February 11 Jake Shimabukuro with the Maui Pops Orchestra, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului Renowned for his superfast and complex finger work, this ‘ukulele wizard joins Maui Pops Orchestra for a lush symphonic concert. 7:30 p.m. 242-7469;

March 24 Bonnie Raitt, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului For nearly five decades, Raitt has combined blues, country, and folk into a signature mix. Watch the Grammy winner under the stars at this outdoor concert. 7 p.m. 242-7469;

February 24–27 Whale Tales, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Hosted by Whale Trust Maui, this annual fundraiser is an international gathering of scientists and conservationists who share their insights about Maui’s humpback whales. Activities include presentations, parties and a whale-watching cruise. Whale Tales supports whale research on Maui and across the Pacific. 572-5700; (See story on page 46.)

March 25 Hoʻomau, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Wailuku This benefit for Pūnana Leo o Maui Hawaiian language immersion school features Hawaiian music, crafters, food booths, demonstrations, live and silent auctions, keiki (children’s) zone, and more. 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

February 28 Journey, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului Since forming in 1973, Journey has earned nineteen Top 40 singles and twenty-five gold and platinum albums. 7 p.m. 242-7469; 82 Kā‘anapali Magazine

April 22 Hāʻiku Hoʻolauleʻa & Flower Festival, Hāʻiku Community Center, Hāna Hwy. at Pilialoha St. Ho‘olaule‘a is Hawaiian for “celebration.” This family-friendly event features music, arts and crafts, plants and produce, historical displays and more. Proceeds benefit Hāʻiku School, Hāʻiku Community Association, and Boys & Girls Club. 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Ha‘ikū Flower Festival, April 22

April 28–30 OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa, Kanahā Beach Park This all-day event blends elite competition with family-friendly activities that celebrate Hawaiʻi’s ocean culture. Watch as some of the world’s best paddlers race the legendary eight-mile Maliko “downwinder,” then enjoy ancient Hawaiian games, a traditional lūʻau, hula and live music on dry land. May 6 An Evening in the Gardens, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Wailuku The Gardens grows native Hawaiian plants and shares the Islands’ indigenous culture. This benefit for the nonprofit’s programs features Hawaiian music, hula, a silent auction, cocktails, and gourmet dinner. Ages 21 and older welcome. 5 p.m. May 13 Maui Brew Fest, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului The 21-and-older crowd is invited to enjoy craft beers from Hawaiʻi and beyond, appetizers by local tastemakers, live entertainment,

June 21–25 Maui Film Festival Movie buffs and a sprinkling of Hollywood glitterati converge at this summertime festival as a curated selection of films and documentaries lights up screens across the island. For details on the festival’s cinematic fare, celebrity sightings, filmmakers’ panels, culinary events and extravagant parties, visit June 30–July 2 Makawao Rodeo & Parade, Oskie Rice Arena, 80 Ohaoha Pl., Makawao Saddle up for this Fourth of July tradition. The state’s top cowboys and cowgirls compete in four days of bull riding, steer chasing, calf roping and more. For details, call the Maui Roping Club, 757-3347. Events are subject to change. Please call the venue to confirm before heading out.



June 17 MAMo on Maui, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului This popular runway show grew out of Maoli Arts Month, Oʻahu’s annual celebration of native Hawaiian art. Expect cutting-edge design, and traditional patterns and motifs translated for contemporary styles. 7:30 p.m. 242-7469;

Make cherished memories at Maui’s most exciting lu‘au! Stunning sunset views from the ocean side venue Traditional imu ceremony Delicious all you-can-eat Hawaiian cuisine Open bar featuring beer, wine, Mai Tais and more On-stage hula lesson Authentic songs, chants and dramatic dances Three-man Samoan fire-knife dance!

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Kaʻanapali Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017  
Kaʻanapali Magazine - Spring/Summer 2017  

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