Kapalua's New Chef Dishes Up Oktoberfest Splendor

Isaac Bancaco arrives at Pineapple Grill from refined tutelage to helm this Maui "local's favorite" eatery

The changing-of-the-guard, or chef, at a “locals favorite" restaurant is heralded as a significant event here in Hawai‘i. So it became noteworthy when Maui’s Pineapple Grill, at Kapalua, bid farewell to Ryan Luckey—who garnered numerous regional awards for this impressive, off-the-beaten-fairway eatery—and ushered in another “local boy gone big.” Isaac Bancaco has cooked on the front lines for...

Jake Shimabukuro Strums for a Great Cause

You know how, like, there are good musicians and great concerts but in the maelstrom that is the start of summer, you just can’t seem to make it to all the outdoor “fun stuff” you wish you could? Well, let us make it a little easier for you. This Saturday, June 23rd, ‘ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro is performing a special concert that benefits AccesSurf—a wonderful organization that helps adventure-minded folk with disabilities get the “stoke” of surfing.

13th Maui Film Festival a Roaring Success

James Marsden, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Radnor and others will enjoy screenings, panels, culinary events and more in tony Wailea

This Wednesday, June 13, 2012, a considerable amount of magic will unfold on the sugar sand beaches (and nearby climes) of Wailea, Maui. So will begin the 13th Annual Maui Film Festival—the brain child of Barry Rivers—and the unofficial pride of West Maui that enables A-list celebrities to rub elbows with the rest of us along a bucolic stretch of paradise (we really wanted to use another word here, but none fits as aptly).

A Gift from Nobu: Lunch

A "Trial" Period thru January 13 Featured Stand-outs from Chef Nobu's Signature Menu

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who operates a signature eatery at the Waikiki Parc, is serving up a lovely little gift to the residents and visitors of O‘ahu this winter; lunch service. From Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the eatery will feature legacy hot and cold dishes, a full sushi bar, donburi, noodles and combination plates

Tap the Rock: Brewfest Endures, Tsunami or Otherwise

This March 70 Brewers Descend onto the Big Island

It’s that magical time of year again: When the Big Island lava surges (with gusto, we might add), the winds come sweeping down from the Holualoa coffee belt... and a sumptuous variety of ale flows effortlessly from hundreds of taps at the Kona Brewers Festival. While it may be two months away (March 10, 2012), there’s no time like the now to plan your “Brews for the Big Rock” weekend so you can maximize your Hawai‘i Island experience.

Ka‘u Coffee: Now Serving... in Starbucks?

Small Hawaiian Farms Go Big

With the harsh news of droughts and other plights on the farmers and ranchers of Hawai‘i's Big Island, we welcome some positive news from that community. Thanks to some entrepreneurship paired with good environmental practices and dedicated farming, select Starbucks locations will carry Ka‘u-grown and harvested coffee under their special "Starbucks Reserve" program. The effort will continue through November. 

Sammy Hagar to Distill Rum on Maui

Red Rocker sees Green in Hawaii Liquor

Sammy Hagar, of Van Halen fame (or infamy, depending on which side of the fence you pump your fist), is headed to Hawai‘i this November to bestow a special little treat on the residents of Alohaland—and eventually the world. It seems "Mr. Tequila" is branching out into the distillation world, this time down rum avenue (like a good pirate). And the fruits of his labor will be only available to Hawai‘i residents for the first few months of production. 

Court of Master Sommeliers to Offer Class on O‘ahu

Up Your Wine Game in Kailua This November

The internationally recognized Court of Master Sommeliers is offering a two-day introductory course plus a third day for those interested in taking the first-level “Certified Sommelier” exam on O‘ahu this November. Settling into two full days of lectures, discussion and tastings at MidPacific Country Club where the likes of master sommeliers Roberto Viernes and Patrick Okubo along with advanced sommelier Charles Fredy, will push your enthusiasm for wine into a full-fledged working knowledge of the industry.

Get Buzzed: Time for the Kona Coffee Fest

This Big Island Institution Draws Hundreds of Growers and Enthusiasts of "the bean"

For nearly two centuries, caffeine enthusiasts have been reaping the benefits of Hawai‘i-grown (and harvested) coffee on the Big Island. Every November, the most devout followers and leaders in the Hawai‘i coffee industry share, demonstrate, taste, cook with, draw and paint their most prized coffee beans with anyone with the desire to experience them. It’s called the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, and this year it all unfolds on November 4 – 13 in Keauhou.

Taste the Big Isle Range

Growing Food Fest Features All-Things Meat (and Delicious)

Every fall on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, ranchers, cowboys (and gals), foodies and farmers walk past a few parrots, cross over a tram track, climb a staircase, pass a fleet of bronze sculptures, head over a babbling brook and descend into an expansive ballroom inside the Hilton Waikoloa Village for the annual Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Ag Festival. This year the action takes place on Friday, September 30, and you best start saving your appetite.

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