Daytrip to Lanai’I Hawaii

The so-called “Pineapple Island” was once effectively owned by pineapple plantations, and especially the Kiheiwaiian Pineapple Company (renamed Dole), who was the primary U.S. source of Maui Gold pineapples. This changed in the 1980’s, when the plantations scaled back operations and entrepreneur David Murdock enticed Four Seasons to build two five-star resort hotels on the [Read more …]

Ka’anapali and Maui’s Northwest Coast

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While in Maui Hawaii, we mainly stayed at on Kaanpapoli Beach and our local town was Lahaina. Kaanapol is lined with generally upper-mid-range resort hotels (most upper-range resort hotels are further south, in Wailea), pools, cabanas and casual outdoor restaurants. Given that we have little interest in most beach and resort activities, we spent little [Read more …]

More Restaurants in Maui Hawaii

Eating in Central Maui Mama’s Fish House. This island institution is located in a beautifully landscaped lot on a rugged, black lava-framed North Coast bay in Pa’ia. The huge, perpetually-packed restaurant specializes in guess what?; fresh seafood. Coming off the plane, an anxious to begin our drive to Hana, we settled for one appetizer–macadamia nut [Read more …]

Eating in Ka’anapali and Lahaina Maui Hawaii

On our recent time in Maui, we revisited some of our favorite restaurants and found some new ones. Dinners Duke’s. A return from a lunch on our previous trip. Dinner was an experience. Our table, as we judged, was the third best (positioned for views and relative to the evening’s solo performer) in the packed [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Italian Wine Week

The San Francisco Bay area is at the center of the nation’s premier winegrowing regions and has far more than its share of tastings. Wine-centric Web sites typically list dozens of relatively small, focused tastings and wine pairing dinners weekly. The city is also home to more large-scale (often more than 100, and occasionally several [Read more …]

San Francisco’s Winter Fancy Food Show

Every January, San Francisco wakes up from its post-holiday sluggishness and hosts the Specialty Food Association’s Winter Fancy Food Show. This is an industry-only affair in which more than one thousand purveyors of packaged foods display more than 80,000 specialty foods and beverages. That’s right; more than 80,000; everything from chips and dips to olives [Read more …]

Hana Maui Hawaii Restaurants

Hana (Maui) Hawaii doesn’t have a lot of restaurants, but you can find some good food. And if you are in Hana for more than a couple of days, you will find yourself revisiting some places, as we did. The Preserve and Ka’uiki Dining Room at the Travassa Hotel. These are two sections of the [Read more …]

Hana and Beyond

Hasegawa General

We finally made it to Hana. To call Hana a sleepy little town is to understate its quaintness. This is not to say it’s a one-horse town: We actually saw two horses at the Hasagawa General Store, whose long monopoly has now been broken by the Hana Ranch General Store. Still, you can find almost [Read more …]

South Coast Wailea Art Tour

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Ka’anapali is the home to mid-upscale hotels such as Westin, Marriott and Hyatt Regency. Not surprisingly, the South Maui coast contains mid-range neighborhoods (especially Kihei) and the decidedly upscale town of Wailea, home to the Four Seasons, Wailea Grand, the Shops at Wailea and some of the island’s premier golf courses. We returned to Wailea [Read more …]

Hana and Beyond

Hasegawa General

Hana, the Town We finally made it to Hana. To call Hana a sleepy little town is to understate its quaintness. This is not to say it’s a one-horse town: We actually saw two horses at the Hasagawa General Store, whose long monopoly has now been broken by the Hana Ranch General Store. Still, you [Read more …]