By Megan Hazen
Enjoy all that Kaanapali has to offer during their first annual three-day Kaanapali Fresh event that provides a delicious and educational experience. On the first night, you’ll be fed by the beach’s best chefs from the Hyatt, Westin, and Sheraton resorts during a progressive dinner that takes place on the three properties. Move from course to course with live music and a beautiful sunset as your backdrop. The second night will feature a farm-to-table dinner on the golf course – a collaboration of farmer, winery, and chef. Entertainment provided by Makana and Spyro Gyra. Guests can also take part in a silent auction that benefits the Maui County Farm Bureau. Over the course of the three days, event offerings include a golf tournament, the Maui Farmer’s Market at Whaler’s Village, a visit to Kaanapali Coffee Farms, a moonlit barbecue with live blues music, beach activities, and brunch at Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
The all-inclusive early bird special, available until July 15, includes access to five events – Progressive Dinner, Maui Coffee Tour, Kāʻanapali Fresh Food & Wine Festival, Sunday Brunch, and a Concert Under the Kāʻanapali Moonlight – for $365. There are only 150 tickets available at the early bird all-inclusive price.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Kaanapali Beach Resort; www.kaanapaliresort.com
Kāʻanapali Fresh Calendar of Select Events to date:*
Friday, August 31, 2012
8:30 am Golf Tournament, Royal Kāʻanapali Golf Course
Celebrate 50 years of golf at Kāʻanapali on greens that first opened in 1962. Shotgun start begins at 8:30 am sharp. Following the golf tournament, a gathering is planned at the new Roy’s Kāʻanapali.
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Progressive Kāʻanapali
Taste the finest of Kāʻanapali cuisine from our award-winning Kāʻanapali Beach Resort restaurants during a progressive dining experience that leads to three properties. Enjoy the sunset and great entertainment as you move from appetizers to dinner tastings and desserts. The evening starts at Nāpili Gardens at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa featuring Hyatt’s Japengo and Umalu restaurants along with Hula Grill Kāʻanapali. Main course is served at the Aloha Pavillion at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa featuring Westin’s Tropica Restaurant & Bar and the Westin Kāʻanapali Ocean Villas’ Pulehu, an Italian Grill. The evening concludes at the Ocean Lawn at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa featuring desserts from Sheraton’s Black Rock Steak & Seafood.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
7:00 am – 12:00 pm: Grown on Maui Farmers Market
Honors for Kāʻanapali cuisine go to Maui’s farmers and ranchers. Meet them at market in Whalers Village at Kāʻanapali, in collaboration with Maui County Farm Bureau and Whalers Village. Find here an abundance of produce, flowers, coffee, and other value-added products from Maui’s farms. There’s also chefs’ booths with farm-fresh breakfast items and chef demonstrations. Talk story and see what’s quality, flavorful, and fresh: It’s the source of inspiration for our chefs.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Agricultural Tour – Learning about Maui Coffee at Kāʻanapali Coffee Farms
Head mauka (upland) to visit a private agricultural community that weaves contemporary island living into the rich farming culture of West Maui. You’ll learn about the art and science of coffee cultivation and how coffee goes from farm to cup with Kimo Falconer and Jeff Ferguson of MauiGrown Coffee, which processes and markets coffee grown on the estate. West Maui’s neighborhood family restaurant CJ’s Deli & Diner provides refreshments. Of course, you’ll have a chance to stock up on Maui coffee for back home. Pick-up and drop-off at the Hyatt Regency Maui. We recommend that you wear covered shoes, sunscreen, and a hat.
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Kāʻanapali Fresh Food & Wine Festival
The signature event for Kāʻanapali Fresh, this culinary experience spotlights the resort’s culinary offerings aligned perfectly in a setting befitting its reputation as the place “where the world comes to play”. The evening will include opening performance by Maui’s own Makana and headliner entertainment by Spyro Gyra and a Silent Auction to benefit Maui County Farm Bureau. Savor farm-to-table menus, each carefully designed and presented by a trio of farmer, winery, and chef. Location: Royal Kā`anapali Golf Course (3rd green).
Sunday, September 2, 2012
9:00 am – 2:00 pm: Maui’s Award-winning Brunch at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel
Seasonal surprises from Maui’s orchards and farms add finishing touches to a lavish culinary spread, served in the relaxing ambiance of oceanfront Kāʻanapali.
At Leisure: Kāʻanapali Beach Activities
Explore Kāʻanapali’s diverse opportunities to play with surf, sand, and waves: Part of booked activity proceeds will benefit Maui Food Bank, a non-profit helping to alleviate hunger on Maui.
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Concert Under the Kāʻanapali Moonlight at Royal Lāhainā Resort
Life’s good on a beach-side lawn lit by the moon. Add a fun, Maui-style barbeque dinner, a 100% Maui brewed beer and live blues music and this will certainly be a memorable evening. Third Eye Blind performs LIVE. Sigh, exhale, you’ve arrived.
Monday, September 3, 2012
At Leisure: Kāʻanapali Beach Activities
Explore Kāʻanapali’s diverse opportunities to play with surf, sand, and waves: Part of booked activity proceeds from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3, will benefit Maui Food Bank, a non-profit helping to alleviate hunger on Maui.
* Full details, travel packages and ticket prices. See www.kaanapaliresort.com
* ** Beach walk between properties is optional; shuttle transportation is provided.