Happening Now! Maui Film Festival!

It’s that time again! The Maui Film Festival is happening now and running through June 17th! The festival is taking place at the Celestial Cinema, the Castle Theatre, and the Toes-In-The-Sand Cinema. Screenings and special events will be happening all over the Wailea Resort!

The Maui Film Festival was founded in 2000 by Barry Rivers. Over the course of 17 years, the film festival has screened more than 750 films! What better place to enjoy great movies along with fabulous food events all in a beautiful setting!

You can view the entire schedule of events via the Maui Film Festival website!

Restaurant Week Wailea

It’s that time of year again! Restaurant Week Wailea will be held from May 20th to May 26th! Award winning culinary foods will be available for pre-fixed menu prices ranging from $29 to $59 depending on the restaurant. This event supports the Maui Food Bank. For each pre-fixed entree sold, a contribution is made to the Maui Food Bank. A delicious way to help out a great cause!

19 restaurants will be participating. Reservations are recommended. You can call the restaurant directly, or try and book through OpenTable. Here is a small sampling of what you can expect.

Gannon’s, located at 100 Wailea Golf Club Drive, will be serving a wide variety of ncluding Lemongrass Chicken, organic chicken with fingerling potatoes, Lamb Osso Bucco, with broccolini and sweet potato gnocchi, Cashew Crusted Catch, served in a pineapple red curry sauce, or Pumpkin & Mascarpone Ravioli, served with a pesto sauce and seasonal vegetables. With these options it will be hard to choose just one! Chef Bret Scott Pafford will be sure your taste buds are satisfied!

At Matteo’s Osteria, Executive Chef Matteo Mistura invites you to Italy! Located at 161 Wailea Ike Place below the new Marriot Residence Inn. Some Italian favorites are offered for your choosing. Gnocchi Gorgonzola made with handmade potato gnocchi and aged gorgonzola dolce latte, Lasagna with house made pasta and sausage, or Aqua Pazza a fresh catch with olive, capers, and white wine. Are you getting hungry yet?

Chef Paul Gonzalez of Longhi’s Wailea, located at The Shops of Wailea, will get your mouth watering with their selection of dishes.  Choosing only one main dish seems impossible! Island Spiced Ahi with a white wine butter sauce, Shrimp Longhi sautéed in butter, white wine, lemon, and served over garlic crostini, Eggplant Parmesan, Surf & Turf comprised of a petite filet with shrimp torino, or last but not least, Veal Marsala in a sweet dry Marsala wine sauce with mushrooms.

This is the week to indulge in culinary masterpieces and remember you will also be supporting the Maui Food Bank! Bon Appetit!

Ritz Gets A Makeover

Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua recently finished their $30 million dollar makeover just in time for its 25 year anniversary! Trinity Investments, the new owners of Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua,  purchased the resort back in November 2016. The improvements are an effort to meet the needs of their guests. New contemporary furnishings with a Hawaiian feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows, and colors that resemble the ocean. Last on the list of improvements to the resort will be the Banyan Tree And Terrace restaurants.

Congratulations on the improvements and continued success!

Restaurant Week Wailea

Get your appetites ready! Restaurant Week Wailea will be starting this Sunday November 5th and running through Saturday November 11th. 22 restaurants are expected to participate in this event that benefits the Maui Food Bank. No tickets are necessary, just make a reservation at a participating restaurant. Some restaurants will be creating wine pairings at a special promotional price for this event.

Preview the menu, and make your reservations for the week! More information available Wailea Resort Association website. Enjoy!

 

Wailea Restaurant Week Menu

Makena Resort Moves Forward

Maui Planning Commission is receiving praise for unanimously approving the SMA (special management area) for the $354.5 million Makena Resort.

The project was scaled down from 158 units to 134 units. These will include multifamily units, cottages, custom lots, and commercial space.

The project cut three multifamily buildings, two cottages, and one vacation rental unit. Lots for custom homes were moved and parking for the beach was increased.

Commissioners were won over by the attention to the community the project gave.  The resort has generated 160 jobs during the construction phase, and approximately 145 jobs will result from resort operations.

Contact the Hansen Ohana today to learn more about the Makena Resort.  You can read the entire article via the Maui News here.