Culinary travelers are already licking their lips in anticipation of Ka‘anapali Fresh, Maui’s most popular foodie event. Produced by Ka‘anapali Beach Resort Association, an association of resort hotels, condominiums, golf courses, shopping centers, restaurants and ocean activity providers, the three-day festival showcases locally inspired cuisine, are chefs and Maui farmers.
The event, which operates under the belief that “good food brings people together no matter where they’re from,” features resort chefs, Maui inspired cooking, cocktail-making classes, Maui farm tours, and of course, a showcase of Hawaiian culture.
Kāʻanapali Fresh Events
Grown on Maui Farmers Market
A weekend highlight is the Grown on Maui Farmers Market, where local farmers and food producers display their products and chat with visitors at an open-air market located by the Ka‘anapali Beachwalk in Whalers Village. Sample coffees from the Maui Coffee Growers Association, enjoy cooking demonstrations, buy breakfast on site, or shop for Maui’s fresh-from-the-field products.
Maui Farm Tours
Visitors can visit a variety of farms, including the popular Surfing Goat Dairy, one of only two goat dairies in the state of Hawaii, which provides cream cheeses and soft cheeses to Maui’s chefs, or the Maui Gold Pineapple Company, the exclusive grower of Maui Gold, a premium-quality fresh pineapple.
ʻAhaʻāina O Kāʻanapali
Follow the evolution of dining in Hawai‘i. This special dinner kicks off with the arrival of a flotilla of canoes, which are welcomed with traditional Hawaiian protocol rituals such as chants and an exchange of gifts from tropical waters and the land, a traditional Hawaiian ceremony that signals the start of the ʻahaʻāina.
The dinner’s food, specialty cocktails, music and dance are designed to trace three distinctive ages in Hawaii’s history: Old Hawai’i, the Golden Era, and Modern Hawai’i, including the clean, natural flavors of Old Hawai‘i, the farm-raised bounty popular during Hawai‘i’s Golden Era, and the exotic seasonings and innovative combination of cultures present in today’s Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine. The event also includes Hawaiian music and performers.
Kāʻanapali from Range to Sea, Culinary Event
In this signature event, Ka‘anapali chefs and restaurants collaborate in a showcase of culinary sustainability, loosely based upon the land division system (known as the ahupua‘a), which was set into place by Hawaiians of a past generation. The chefs use the island’s harvest, paired with boutique wines from the world’s leading vintners, to create a fantastic celebration of Maui’s culinary offerings. The entire event is set alongside scenic hole 3 of the Royal Ka‘anapali Golf Course.
Ka’anapali Kitchen Stadium Under a Maui Moon
A prelude to the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival on O‘ahu, co-chaired by Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, this gala dinner features a six course meal served under the Maui moonlight. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s open air Napili Gardens sets the stage for this magical dining experience, which is prepared by six renowned area chefs.
Fresh Mixology 101
Two award-winning mixologists build craft cocktails with Maui’s finest ingredients. Chandra Lucariello, director of Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawai‘i and Vice President for the USBG Hawaii (United State Bartender Guild) and Freddie Sconfienza of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa will develop stunning concoctions using local ingredients.
Meet Maui’s Farmers
Walter Evonuk, Evonuk Farms
A third generation farmer, Walter Evonuk (and his wife Terry Chang) manages 30 acres of farmland in Kula, Maui. Both left their architecture careers in San Francisco to return to the family farm Walter’s parents, Edward and Joan Evonuk, started in 1975, where they grow herbs, gourmet beans and lettuce.
Jamie Shishido, J. Shishido Farm
Recipient of Maui County Farm Bureau’s Member of the Year 2011 Award, long-time Kula farmer Shishido is widely known and praised for his kai choy, green onion, and radishes.
Chauncy Monden, Kula Country Farm
Famous for their super-sweet strawberries, the Monden’s own and operate a fourth-generation 55-acre family farm on the slopes of Haleakala, where they also grow sweet Kula onion, broccoli, zucchini, corn and other vegetables. Visiting Maui? Be sure to participate in one of the farm’s annual “pick it yourself” events.
Emanuela Vinciguerra, Kumu Farms
Kumu Farms is an organic farm located at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, Maui and Hoʻolehua on the island of Molokaʻi, which specializes in papayas, sweet basil, fresh herbs and other specialty crops. Need an only-in-Maui souvenir? Be sure to pick up some of the farm’s famous pesto.
Darren Strand, Maui Gold Pineapple Company
Committed to preserving the tradition of pineapple cultivation on Maui, Maui Gold Pineapple Company is the exclusive grower of Maui Gold, a premium-quality fresh pineapple that’s extra sweet and juicy.
Bryan Otani, B. Otani Farm
A fourth-generation farmer, Otani manages all farm operations as well as sales and marketing for 17 acres of Kula land, where he grows green beans, broccoli, red cabbage, and, foremost, the famed Maui Kula Onion.
James “Kimo” Simpliciano, Simpli-fresh Produce
Simpliciano has come full-circle in fostering the art of farming for culinary use. With Simpli-fresh Produce LLC, a west Maui based farm operation, Kimo provides fresh, locally- grown fruits and vegetables to some of Kaʻanapaliʻs top restaurants.
Thomas & Eva Kafsack, Surfing Goat Dairy
Located on 42 acres Surfing Goat Dairy is home to three bucks and more than 100 does, which all have plenty of space to roam and forage. This Maui farm has been welcoming visitors since it opened nine years ago.
Sylvestre Tumbaga, Syl’s Produce
From the cool slopes of Kula come premium quality sweet corn, eggplant, tomatoes and many other fresh products grown by long-time farmer Sylvestre Tumbaga.
Fernando Treje, Treje Farm
Treje Fam produces such flavorful, fresh vegetables as eggplant, zucchini, and green beans. Want to try? Enjoy the veggies at Royal Lahaina Resort, where the farmer collaborates with Chef Bernardo Salazar.
Heidi and Tommy Watanabe, Watanabe Vegetable Processing, LLC
Third-generation farmers. Heidi and her brother Tommy Watanabe grow their own vegetables, which they feature in a collaboration with Chef James Domingo of Leilani’s on the Beach. In addition to their own crops, the siblings also purchase produce from area farmers, which they deliver to Maui-based farmers markets.
In a Nutshell
Ka’anapali Fresh, an annual event that celebrates Maui’s culinary scene.
The Ka’anapali Beach Resort Association organizes this culinary showcase, which celebrates the important relationship between Hawaii’s most celebrated chefs and the area’s hard-working and under-recognized farmers.
For people who like to know where their food comes from, they can meet the farmers, share recipes, take cooking classes, buy local, and explore a cuisine that uniquely celebrates island culture. And a portion of proceeds will go to support the Maui Food Bank.
Ka’anapali Beach Resort
Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2014
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