I’m always up for a drink with Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo who will be highlighting the wallflower wine Cab Franc at Makena Beach Resort this Thursday, Sept. 19. Even better, they’ve cleverly called it a “Food & Education” event so you can feel smart while eating and drinking at the Molokini Bar and Grille. You can also plan for an evening of education starting at 6:30pm when Chef Marc McDowell starts the action with a cooking demonstration.
The Cab Franc is most easily seen in wine blends but McDowell and Okubo will present its strong side as a stand-alone varietal that originated in Chinon, France but now is grown all over the world. With Okubo’s guidance, you should be able to discern distinct attitudes in the Cabernet Franc of berries, spices, herbs, tobacco and violets.
You can also taste the old world in the Damine De Pallus “Les Pensees De Pallus” Cabernet Franc from Chinon with black tea smoked quail. Next, the Chilean Peñalolén Cabernet Franc–a cool-climate Casablanca Valley example with aromas of red currant and berries–will be served with Chilean Tacos Carnitas loaded with bell peppers, onions and fresh cilantro. Lastly, you can enjoy lamb sliders topped with bleu cheese and red onions with the California Napa Valley Farrier Wine Company’s Presshouse Red Blend.
The evening is just $40 but reservations are recommended and seating is limited. Call 808-875-5888 or visit Makenaresortmaui.com/dining for more information.
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The Honua Kai is celebrating their new spa space, the Ho‘ola Spa Maui presented by the Hawaiian Rainforest Spa Group. President Rolf Wiggli will be welcoming everyone this Friday, Sept. 20 at 5pm to see the new facility that will feature Malie Organics products. Look for the anti-aging coffee berry renewal facial and see the first Himalayan salt treatment room on the island.
The spa will also be unique by creating gallery space for island artists to sell their work. A winning artist will be selected at the grand opening to receive a $5,000 prize and jury fees will be donated to Lahainaluna High School Foundation. The artists represented at the gallery include Amity Mason, Brittany Bivens, Taryn Alessandro, Mystique Shields, Trevor Viger, Alexa Caskey, Tim Garcia, Robin Bones, Kim Mosley, Pua Loga, Zig Graham, Sharon Ransford, Rick Strini, Cudra Clover and Charles Lowrie.
The Maui Zen Wailea will be offering a special spa day this Saturday, Sep. 21 at 11am with mini and full treatments going all day at special prices. Curious about Kim Kardashian’s look? At noon watch a presentation of the “vampire facelift” and at 2pm get info on the M’lis body contour wrap. Highlights of the day are the “current affair” facial with the micro current patch or mass ap-peel for $50. The Vanishing act–botox and juvederm–and Pain in the Neck massages are available, too. All retail will be 20 percent off, and so will future appointments booked at the event. Call 808-874-6000 for more information.
Planning on squeezing into that body con dress for Halloween? Kahului Spa Luna has your body plan ready to go with a lighten-up and detox-with-a-friend plan. The group will meet for six Wednesdays starting on Sept. 25, going deep into exercise and psyche workouts. Try tai chi, yoga journaling, guided meditation and chi kung. Guest speakers will enlighten on balancing body, mind, spirit and emotions with talks on colonics, spine health, personal training and sharing challenges and accomplishments. The group will also learn how to live healthy after the cleanse. Call 808-575-2440 for more info. Body con dress not included.
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Paia Tattoo Parlor is hosting an art show reception on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8pm. The show features the latest book by Vincent Goudreau. Goudreau’s Recordings of an Immigrant is based on the journey of Juan Aquino from Guatemala to the United States. Small editions of seven different images were made at artist Tania Aren’s Paia Print Lab, one for each book chapter. The book explores the sordid tale of modern immigration that’s steeped in poverty, violence and corruption. Call 808-579-8515 for more information.