Wailea News and Blog Updates
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.”
The Best Couples Resorts for Some Much-Needed Quality Time
A few years ago, Hotel Wailea set itself apart in family-friendly Wailea by creating an adult oasis. This is the only adults-only hotel in Hawaii. The extraordinarily successful concept included an award-winning redesign in many areas of the resort. read more…
Residents may dive into discounts through Dec. 23 at Four Seasons: From luxury accommodations to gourmet meals to activities, Wailea resort is place to enjoy.
As we approach the busiest time of year for Wailea, there are some special offers for locals to enjoy before “the season’ starts at Christmas time.
If you live here, you know it can be time-consuming and expensive to vacation outside of Hawai‘i — and — many of our mainland friends cannot imagine leaving this part of paradise in any case! The price of living on Maui can be a challenge so it’s especially enticing when local businesses offer kama‘aina rates!
“Our annual Kama’aina Season gives us the opportunity to open our doors to Hawaii’s residents to offer, not only the lowest rates of the year, but specials across the resort,” says Marc Bromley, general manager. “We are delighted to invite locals in to enjoy the amenities of the resort while they relax and recharge right before what is the busiest time of the year for many of our residents.”
Hawaii hotel revenue per room drops, first time since January ’16. Maui News reports that a tourism official says it is too early to tell if drop the result of stormy weather.
New monthly data indicates a small decrease in RevPAR in Maui County, the revenue per available room. It may be a temporary statistical blip resulting from the storm season or it may be something more significant. Room rates in Wailea were actually up, 9.3%, while room rates in West Maui (which hosts about three times the number of rooms) were down 4.5%. Hawaii Tourism Authority is still assessing possible causes for the rate changes.
Maui County’s revenue per available room — a measure of hotel profitability — dropped 1.4 percent to $217 in October compared with the same month a year ago, according to a monthly hotel performance report issued this week by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.