Maui Events July 2017 – Maui Bloggers Zone

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Oh and hot. Don’t forget super hot. However, if you’re lucky enough to enjoy the warm waters and shores of Maui this summer, there’s plenty to look forward to beyond the sun, sand and rum. Take a look at our list of events going on in July, from the annual Independence Day Celebration to foodie events, concerts, and more. For more information or to see the best weekly, monthly and yearly celebrations, check out our calendar of Upcoming Maui Events.   Maui Events July 2017 Select Saturday Evenings (July 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th): Maui Chef’s Table – Come experience the Maui Chef’s Table culinary adventure on the grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation! Enjoy 7 courses of unique, farm-fresh cuisine and craft cocktails, all prepared in a gorgeous island setting. Please check their calendar for dates and tickets. $150 per person, including tax and gratuity. Every Third Tuesday (July 18th): Brushstrokes & Brews – On the third Tuesday of each month, Island Art Party brings its fun painting classes to The Maui Brewing Co. in Kihei. Come create a beautiful painting, and enjoy happy hour pricing in the tasting room all night! Only $59 (kama’aina discount available with ID) and it sells out quick, so book early. Ages 16+ only. July 1st Makawao 4th of July Paniolo Parade & Rodeo: Located Upcountry at the Oskie Rice Arena, you won’t want to miss the annual 9am Maui parade and rodeo, including family-friendly fun, food, entertainment and more. Family Class at Island Art Party: From 2pm to 4:30pm, reserve a spot in Kihei’s family-friendly painting class. Painting ‘Dolphins,’ this class is open for ages 8 and up. Lana’i Annual Pineapple Festival: Located on Maui’s neighbor island of Lana’i at Dole Park, the annual Pineapple Festival will be held from 3pm to 6pm and includes family-friendly fun and entertainment, followed by fireworks at 9pm. Everclear at the Castle Theater: Performing at the MACC, Everclear are embarking on a highly anticipated tour celebrating its milestone anniversary, with plans to perform the Afterglow album front to back, including some tracks the band has never played live. July 2nd Maui Taiko’s 20th Anniversary Concert: Formed by the descendants of Japanese immigrants in the hopes of perpetuating a centuries-old drumming tradition, the group has now blossomed into a performance troupe that entertains thousands of residents and visitors on Maui annually. July 4th HAPPY 4th of July! Lahaina 4th of July Celebration: The Outlets of Maui are celebrating from 2pm

Fire It Up – A New Maui Food Festival

  This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend a new Maui food festival, Fire It Up! This beachside barbecue bonanza showcased some of the premier pitmasters from around the country. Hailing from locales where cooking over wood and charcoal is just as big a way of life as here in the islands—like North Carolina, Denver and Dallas—these chefs were masters of the open flame. Mix in tremendous cocktails, wine, bourbon and beer; a local celebrity traditionally preparing food fit for ali’i; a dash of Hawaiian chants, live music and special DJ set; tied together with a gorgeous South Maui sunset/full moon rise—and you had the recipe for a perfect evening! Ho’olei and Grand Wailea, Best of Neighbors! After a full day of work at Ho’olei, the newest member of our team and long time friend, Carl Middleman, and I made the quick trip across the street to the Grand Wailea, and down to the ever-inviting Spa Grande. With its myriad salt baths, marvelous massaging waterfalls, cold plunges, bubbling hot baths, steams, Jacuzzi, detox teas and more, the facility is world-class. I am too lucky to have such a relaxing place nearby after a hard day’s work, and everytime I go, can’t help but feel the strong bond between the 2 communities. After the spa, we cruised down to the lawn towards the luau grounds where the festivities were taking place. This walk was a treat in itself, highlights being the backlit water feature and dolphin sculptures, always picturesque stained glass chapple, and adult pool with gorgeous orchid mosaic tiling. Grand Wailea truly is one of the most luxurious resorts on island, and I feel grateful to spend any amount of time there. Simply walking the grounds, admiring the artwork, architecture, and beautiful surroundings, solidify it as five stars in my mind. If you’re interested in staying here, be sure to check out this list of the 10 things you need to know before visiting the Grand Wailea. Chef Hubert Keller and his famous Burger Arriving at the luau lawn, the first station we visited starred Chef Hubert Keller, founder of Burger Bar and executive chef at Fleur, Las Vegas. I dined at Fleur last year before the Michael Jackson show at the Mandalay Bay and was blown away by the flavors. With high expectations, I bit into what was not quite a slider, not a full sized burger, but nevertheless, all perfection. The patty was super tasty, the truffle aioli hit all those

Kahuku Farms: A Farm to Table Cafe on Oahu | Hawaii Aloha Travel

Kahuku Farms: A Farm to Table Cafe on Oahu | Hawaii Aloha Travel One thing that I love about being a blogger is that I get to constantly go out and try new things here in Hawaii. But today, I’m going to tell you about one of my old favorites, a place I have been going back to over and over again for years. Kahuku Farms is a farm-to-table restaurant run by two families with deep roots in Hawaii. It’s one of those hidden gems that I get so excited to share with people. Kahuku Farms: The Beginning The Matsuda and Fukuyama families migrated to Hawaii from Japan in the 1900s to work on sugar plantations. Shinichi and Torie Matsuda farmed bell peppers, papayas, watermelon and bananas in Kahuku in the 1940’s. Later, their son started to farm as well. During the same time, Masatsugu and Nora Fukuyama also lived in Kahuku. They farmed watermelon, eggplant, papaya, and cucumbers. They too were later joined by their son, Clyde. Clyde and Melvin became friends and discovered that they had similar goals and ways of doing things. With a handshake agreement, they decided to create their own company that sold fruit and vegetables wholesale. They later decided to create Kahuku Farms to share the wonders and bounty of farming with friends and family, to educate, share and offer hands-on experiences that would enhance the quality of life and result in a deeper appreciation of agriculture as their purpose. Today, the farm is still owned and operated by the families. They hope to expand to agri-tourism next. Farm-to-Table I go to Kahuku Farms at least once per month. It’s my favorite place to get lunch in Hawaii. Not only is the food incredible, but you are also supporting local families and eating the freshest food around. Plus, as you eat your lunch, you can see the farm where your food was grown. It doesn’t get more local than that. Vegetarians rejoice! There are no dishes with meat. But if you are a meat lover, trust me, you won’t be missing it. Among their famous dishes is a grilled veggie panini on focaccia bread with grilled eggplant, bell pepper and zucchini, tomato, hydroponic lettuce, fresh mozzarella, basil, and balsamic herb mayo. Another favorite is a grilled veggie salad with hydroponic lettuce, grilled eggplant, bell pepper and zucchini, tomato, cucumber, mozzarella, and lilikoi balsamic dressing. They

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