Wailea News and Blog Updates
Forbes Magazine recently covered the island of Maui and several Wailea resorts were featured:
Fairmont Kea Lani
Four Seasons Maui
“Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands (after Hawaii Island, a.k.a. The Big Island), and it offers many diverse microclimates, from rain forest to desert, with mountains (literally) in between. No matter what style of vacation you have in mind—world-class luxury or casually family-friendly—these resorts are the very best on the island.”
The WCA recently awarded 2019 scholarships totaling $30,000 to five Maui County high school seniors. Every year, the homeowners of the Wailea Community Association (WCA) raise money for local Maui students to attend college. A reception was held in their honor at Tommy Bahamas Restaurant at The Shops at Wailea. Bud Pikrone, General Manager of WCA, presented the checks to the scholarship recipients.
We wish them all the best!
Wailea Community Association 2019 scholarships:
- Kauilani Kaniaupio, Kamehameha Schools Maui attending Marist College, NY
- Josh Ooka, Baldwin High School attending University of California, Los Angeles
- Nikki Ooka, Baldwin High School attending University of Washington
- Kiana Over, Kamehameha Schools Maui attending Northern Arizona University
- Katrina Mae Tolentino, Maui High School attending University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Wailea, Maui, Hawaii – It’s time again to make your reservations for the return of Wailea Resort’s famous dinner promotion, “Restaurant Week Wailea.” This celebration of Wailea’s finest cuisine can be enjoyed at 21 participating resort restaurants throughout Wailea starting Sunday, May 19th through Saturday, May 25th.
Wailea Resort is well known for its award winning culinary talent, exceptional restaurants and celebrity chefs; and have once again created some remarkable three course, Chef inspired pre-fixe menus for just $29*, $39*, $49* or $59* per person (*depending on the restaurant – beverages, tax and gratuity not included). Many restaurants enhance this promotion by creating intriguing wine pairings to savor with your meal at special prices.
“Each year the Wailea community looks forward to partnering with the Maui Food Bank and Restaurant Week Wailea is one of the ways we have proudly supported the organization”, said Bud Pikrone, General Manager, Wailea Community Association. Each participating restaurant makes a contribution to the Maui Food Bank for every pre-fixe entrée sold during Restaurant Week Wailea, as part of the resort’s community giving.
These pre-fixe menus are not valid with any other discount, coupons or promotion being offered at participating restaurants. Diners may contact each restaurant direct for reservations, as advance reservations are strongly recommended or visit www.opentable.com for select restaurants* which offer online dinner reservations.
No tickets, passes or coupons needed ~ simply make your reservations and enjoy!
The Maui Film Festival was launched in 2000 and continues to bring an innovative mainstream and indie films to Maui. A key element of the festival are the awards given to members of the acting community.
Well-known actor, Paul Rudd, (recently in the Avengers: Endgame) has been announced as the recipient of the Nova Award. Previous winners include include Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes, Zooey Deschanel, James Marsden, and Evan Rachel Wood.
“With empathy, compassion, grace, kindheartedness and, as we’ve all enjoyed so many times, a perfect sense of comedic timing, Rudd breathes life into characters in blockbusters and picture-perfect indie films that delight us,” festival director and founder Barry Rivers said in a statement. “In short, Paul Rudd is a true original. We couldn’t be more pleased to honor him with the 2019 Maui Film Festival Nova Award.”
Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]
Grand Wailea’s “Fire it up!” annual barbecue event continues to earn stellar coverage! This weekend of fine eating under the stars here in Wailea, Maui is becoming a rich and tasty tradition. Many thanks to Jenn Tanaka of Coast Magazine and the OC Register for attending and sharing so many delicious, personal details. Meet the chefs, learn about the history of food on Maui, and share some of the behind the scenes details of this signature event.
The talent assembled that weekend are world renowned. International superstars and TV personalities Hubert Keller and Aarón Sanchez shared recipes with Grand Wailea’s culinary team. Justin Brunson, chef/owner of Denver, Colorado’s Old Major, cured and smoked a selection of meats for a Hawaiian charcuterie plate. The night before the big feast, Mike Lofaro, chef de cuisine at the resort’s award-winning restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a hosted an intimate dinner that blew our minds.
Mark your calendar’s for this year’s event. July 19-21, 2019
April 11 Update!
Fire it up! was also featured in Travel Weekly. You can read the story here.
Competing against five other talented chefs from around the world, Chef Jonathan Pasion from Andaz Maui Wailea Resort emerged champion in the second global edition of Hyatt’s cooking competition.
We are so happy to announce that one of our local Wailea chefs, Jonathan Pasion, was the global winner of this annual contest! The chef for the Andaz Maui Wailea Resort, Jonathan competed among over 200 Hyatt properties in 40 countries!
The final stage of the contest took place at the Grand Hyatt Singapore. Each chef was given “a mystery black box containing items required to be included within their dishes, which consisted of Australian grass-fed cow, sustainably farmed barramundi, home-grown herbs from the rooftop of Grand Hyatt Singapore, and organic vegetables from Malaysia.”