Using specimens collected in 2009 and again in 2015 at the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, scientists with the Bishop Museum and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have published an official description of a new species of butterflyfish in the journal ZooKeys, NOAA announced today. “Butterflyfish are the glamour fish of the coral reefs,” said […]
When I arrived at the Story of Hawaii Museum at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 5, Buck Mickelsen–who helps run the place–immediately noticed my shirt, which has drawings of old Inter-Island Airways S-38 and S-43 seaplanes on the back. He immediately walked me over to a book of […]
Wendy Augustine, a bartender at Hali‘imaile General Store, knows Mai Tais. She knows them so well, in fact, that this weekend her special Mai Tai blend won the coveted title of World’s Best Mai Tai, making her the first ever Maui bartender to win such a victory. The Mai Tai is Hawaii’s signature drink. This […]
You don’t have to spend more than five minutes in a bar on Front Street or in the Kihei Triangle or any of the big Ka‘anapali and Wailea resorts before a visitor (usually a male) walks in, scans the bar taps and then asks the bartender what “local beers” they have. A decade ago, that […]
Small pot distilled liquors, fresh fruit forward juices and dark boozy floats are a mixologist’s wet dream. Add 10 grand to that and you have a throwdown of the modern Mai Tai, all of it fueled by Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Eleven Maui bartenders rumbled last Wednesday for a chance at […]
By Jacob Shafer On March 11, 2011, less than 24 hours after a tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, a Japanese tourist wearing a Hello Kitty backpack approached the security checkpoint at Kona International Airport. A TSA screener named Dawn Nikole Keka inspected the backpack, just as she had inspected countless others. Moments later, the tourist discovered […]
If rum’s history is a sordid tale of sugar and slaves, then the Mai Tai is its steamy love child, complete with a questionable blood line. Every spirit has one. In August, Mai Tai-philes gather at the Royal Kona Resort for the annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival honoring the drink’s colorful contribution to cocktail lore by celebrating the many creative incarnations it will become during the accompanying competition.