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Merriman's Monkeypod to Open on Oahu in 2012

The Runaway Success of Wailea is Headed for Bountiful Shores Next Summer

Of all the Hawaiian Regional Cuisine chefs, it’s possible the Peter Merriman commands the least pomp and circumstance. From Waimea to Waikoloa (on the Big Island) to Kapalua and Wailea (on Maui) or Poipu, Kaua‘i, Merriman churns out his comfort food twists on local fare—and he does it well. So when we walked into Monkeypod Kitchen—his newest creation, on the tony hillside at Wailea  Gateway Center—a few weeks ago following the Maui Film Festival, it wasn’t long after passing through the door that the words “Why isn’t there something like this on O‘ahu?!” escaped my lips. Well, the wait is over. Almost.
Chef Merriman just announced the second outpost of Monkeypod will reside on the azure shores of West O‘ahu, at the Ko‘Olina Resort, mid-2012.

Amidst the Mist: A Tranquil Respite

With summer in full swing, anyone not embarking on a European holiday or mainland sojourn tshould consider a neighbor island jaunt to one of many inn experiences we are lucky to have among us. We’ve written at length about the quaint (and historic) Shipman House in lush Hilo; you’ve drooled over the elite homes of Pure Kauai, as well as some stunning oceanfront estates on O‘ahu. But it’s been a while since we directed our gaze towards the coffee-laden hillsides above Kona—and the sublimely serene Holualoa Inn.

Eddie Would... Hang/Eat Here

New Big Isle Surf Museum and Eatery Spotlights Legendary Waterman, Eddie Aikau

There’s a new locale at the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa, on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, that pays tribute to one of the most storied, modern day watermen. The Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum opened for business this month, and if the celebrity turn-out was any gauge for its future success, well, things are looking bright.

Five Years Later...

Five years.
This is precisely, to the week, how long we here at B on Hawai‘i have churned out interesting and relevant twice-per-month newsletters to our incredibly loyal (and ever-expanding) readership. Although we're not much for self-congratulatory sentiment, the passage of so much time is still pretty hard to believe.

Hawaiian-produced Film Premiers at L.A. Festival

Here's a “shout out” to our aloha amigos in SoCal: The Hawaiian production “One Kine Day”—a film that captures the lesser seen side of youth life in the islands—is screening at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 1, 2011. Filmed entirely on location in Hawai‘i, this picture follows both newcomer and veteran stars on a ride in the life of a skater-slacker who finds out his 15 year old girlfriend is pregnant. 

GM + Pals Pledge to Bring Hydro-Powered Autos within 4 Years

A ground-breaking, recent coalition involving ten companies, agencies and universities have banded together to make hydrogen-powered vehicles—and 25 stations to fill them—a reality in Hawaii by 2015. In four short years, the leading company behind the effort, General Motors (GM), aims to kick off plans for a new sustainable energy ecosystem in Hawaii.

Pro Bowl Block Party Kicks Off in Waikiki

We are thrilled to promote the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl—which has made its just return to Hawaii (after a horrendous decision by both the NFL and the former authorities-of-note here in Honolulu).

Win a Harley Softail at the Grand Wailea Resort

Free Harley Davidson Heritage Softail, anyone? For those who can convince their company to take a much needed retreat (or incentive trip) to Maui, and can book more than 15 rooms at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa before December 31, 2011, you'll have 5 times the chance of winning. You’ve got plenty of time to start building your case.

Hawaii Hotel Group to Manage Thai Luxe Resort

Hawaii’s own Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has just announced that it will manage the newly penned Outrigger Koh Samui Resort and Spa in Bhoput Beach, Thailand, as of February 1, 2011. The upscale property formerly known as the Destination Beach Resort features 81 luxury villas and suites, a beachside restaurant, a wellness center, three swimming pools, a kids club and multiple bars.

Celebrity Chef Tour: To Mauna Lani in 2011

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows will host a historic culinary event in early 2011, when James Beard Foundation's "The Celebrity Chef Tour" stops-off here on January 21st and 22nd. Spotlighted chefs Michael Symon (star of Iron Chef America and restaurateur, Cleveland's Lola and Lolita ) and Jonathan Waxman (author and star of Top Chef Masters, also owner of Barbuto in NYC's West Village) will anchor the foodie event.

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