First Ever James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour This Weekend

Mix and mingle during Maui’s first ever James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour this Friday and Saturday at the Grand Wailea. Participating chefs include event host Mike Lofaro (pictured), Isaac Bancaco, Chris Kulis and Justin Pardo. On Friday ($50), sip and savor cocktails from tequila ambassador Manny Hinojosa. Then on Saturday ($280), guests are invited to a family-style, six-course […]

Wailea Beach Villas Named Top Resort in Hawaii

Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice awards has named Wailea Beach Villas Hawaii’s top resort. The Maui property also was the only resort in the state to be listed as one of the Top 25 Resorts in the U.S.; it also was named as one of the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World. “This […]

Danny Mynar Takes Assistant GM Post At Destination Resorts

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Maui’s Danny Mynar has been named the assistant general manager of Destination Resorts Hawaii by Destination Hotels & Resorts. In his new post, Mynar will oversee the daily operations of more than 200 private homes. He will also be called upon to increase owner and guest satisfaction, profitability and employee morale. Mynar’s responsibilities include working […]

Sad Face: Kai Sushi in Wailea closed, Alan Wong’s Amasia will close in November

This is not the kind of welcome sign you want to see when you show up for dinner. We have to say a sad good bye to Japanese cuisine at Kai Wailea Sushi in the Shops at Wailea, which closed Friday, Sept. 12. But the recent tip I got that Alan Wong’s Amasia at the Grand […]

UPDATED: We Look At The Numbers Behind Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s Big February Fundraiser At The Grand Wailea

[I updated this post on July 21 to include quotes from an Arakawa donor who attended the Feb. 28 fundraiser] Even strippers don’t often pull in more than a grand for four and a half hours of work, but that’s what comedian Andy Bumatai made for his appearance at Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa’s big Feb. 28 […]

This Thursday, June 26: Poker With The Pros at the Grand Wailea

Basketball Maui is presenting its first Poker with the Pros tournament this Thursday. Featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Clay, former LA Lakers player Mike Penberthy and professional basketball player Patrick Ewing Jr., all proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit’s youth programs. Players will enjoy a dinner buffet, cash bar and prizes while mingling with local celebrities like comedian […]

This Friday, April 25: Divas Night Out at Spa Grande

It’s the end of the month and that means it’s time to treat yourself. Spa Grande’s monthly Divas Night Out returns with mini chocolate treatments, a two-hour soak and hydration circuit and sweet treats to top it all off. Relax, rejuvenate and refresh for the new month. Seating is limited so make your reservation early. […]

This Friday, Feb. 28: Party With Maui Mayor Arakawa At The Grand Wailea


He’s still looking like a shoe-in for reelection, but Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa is taking no chances. In fact, he’s pulling out most of the stops for a big fundraiser this Friday night at the Grand Wailea. For just $75, you too can hobnob with the mayor at the Grand’s Haleakala Ballroom. The whole thing […]

Blown Away: Makai Glass Art Gifts

Stop by the Makai Glass Creations workshop and get blown away by the mystic performance of hot glass in action. The Maui-inspired sculpture captures big ocean wave curls and tiny pineapple bottle stops to life-sized conch shells. No matter what these artisans create, all the work demonstrates the intricacies of their colored fragile medium. Makai […]