August 30, 2021 Uncategorized0

Have you ever thought about what your wedding planners and vendors do on a special night out?! Well, they love to have fun! Back in 2019, we had a very exciting “Vendors Party”, which involved many of the wonderful vendors and business owners in the wedding industry here on Maui. This night was definitely one for the books and it took place at the Lahaina Loft. Keep reading to learn more about the Lahaina Loft venue and planners night out!

Lahaina Loft

Lahaina Loft is Maui’s newest oceanfront venue. Located in the heart of the historic Lahaina town, the 2,000 square foot space is filled with pure magic. Stunning ocean and neighboring island views make this venue one that your guests will love! Not to mention, they also have air conditioning (much needed for those hot Lahaina days)!

Lahaina Loft can host any type of event such as weddings, showers, social gatherings, and corporate events. The open loft layout allows you to tell your unique story through design set up. The airy room is perfect for a daytime lunch or lounge area. Guests will enjoy the fun shopping, beautiful art and historic charm of Front Street. Their charming lanai offers incredible panoramic views of Lahaina Harbor and the Island of Lanai. The space can be transformed in the evening into a romantic dinner setting with drapes and chandeliers, or a modern dance floor party area.

Their catering teams of your choice create menus that bring your distinct personality and style to life through their culinary expertise. Working with your professional coordination or event team, you will create a culinary feast for your guests to rave about for years to come!

Lahaina Loft also collaborates with other local businesses to offer unique experiences and services for their guests. For example, they offer Lei Po’o workshops, private cooking classes, private boutique shopping and more!

Planners Night Out

Planners want to have fun too! Sometimes, getting everyone together and offering a wonderful party where we can network and loosen up is just what we need! Especially after the really busy months! Lahaina Loft hosted the party we had back in 2019 (see photos). We were lucky enough to enjoy this special event with over 40 different local vendors.

Living Moments Media

Lancelot is the owner and photographer of Living Moments Media. They specialize in weddings, portraits, real estate, commercial, and drone photography. He was our photographer for the planners night out! If you are looking for exquisite photos, you must book Living Moments Media! His passion really shines through his work. He loves capturing peoples authentic living moments in his own art form. His photos will take you back to the day you were there and have you reliving the memories.

Ancient Hawaiian Weddings

The amazing Ancient Hawaiian Weddings specialize in traditional Hawaiian Weddings to bring you in as a part of the Islands. Not many are able to experience this! Their Hawaiian Ohana includes Hawaii ministers and musicians, lovely dancers and chanters, skilled florists, photographers and videographers who are all awaiting your arrival. Hawaii is home to beautiful white sand beaches, lush tropical gardens, charming churches, immaculate hotel grounds, pristine private estates, world class Hawaii golf courses, breathtaking cliffs and waterfalls, majestic mountains and more! If you are looking for an authentic and traditional Hawaiian wedding experience, we highly recommend working with Ancient Hawaiian Weddings.

Aloha Bars Maui

Aloha Bars is a full service cocktail catering company in Maui, Hawaii. We create drinks based on your preferences, guests, and style. Each cocktail we make is unique in its own way. Aloha Bars offers bar services for all events, such as weddings, private events, showers, parties and more! From Beautiful Glassware to Designer Straws and flower garnishes, we will make you and your guests experience with us unforgettable.

There are many wonderful local vendors on the island of Maui to choose from. Firstly, we recommend doing your research. Each business has it’s own unique style and way of doing things. There might be one that fits your special event better than others. Secondly, we have featured many vendors and local businesses that we work closely with on our blogs. Check out our website for more info! In addition, don’t forget to have fun!

To sum up, we definitely recommend the Lahaina Loft as your wedding or event venue! There are so many beautiful places to choose on this island, each special in its own way. Head on over to their website for more details and to view their packages! We hope you enjoyed these photos from the Lahaina Loft venue and planners night out. Follow us on instagram for more information!

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August 10, 2021 Uncategorized0

Maui Chocolate Coffee Tours is a small, local business located on Kupa’a Farms in Upcountry Maui. They specialize in the growth and making of cacao and coffee. Owner and tour guide Ann Tuomela is a chocolate connoisseur. Maui Chocolate Coffee Tours is fun for the entire family! If you are looking for an all ages experience that is fun, educational, and exciting, stick this on the bucket list!

What is a chocolate tour?

On the chocolate tour, you are taken through the steps from start to finish with chocolate making! The group will be lead through an orchard that includes baby cacao, all the way to mature trees that are blooming and fruiting. You’ll learn about all the other exquisite plants and trees throughout the gardens and orchards. The views on Kupa’a Farms are amazing! From the gardens and cacao orchard you’ll stroll up the drive to take in the most spectacular breathtaking bi-coastal views that Maui has to offer. Once you reach the top of the property, that’s where the cacao and chocolate magic really kicks in on the Maui Chocolate Blossom to Bar Tour. You will learn the entire process from harvesting, fermenting, drying and roasting.

Then, the hands-on group participation begins! You will experience the raw cacao fruit (nature permitting), roasted beans, ground beans to experience the texture change once the cocoa butter is released, and finally the chocolate drink mix before it is steeped. Since this location has a higher elevation, the temperature is not as hot as the rest of the island! You will get to manually crack, winnow and grind the cacao! This is quite an experience, especially for those who have never done it before. You will also get to explore the many flavors of chocolates from around the world coming from different latitudes. Our favorite part is tasting the chocolate!

What is a coffee tour?

A coffee tour, is similar to the chocolate tour but for the coffee plant. You will tour around the farm, seeing the coffee from the plant form all the way to it being made into coffee. If you or your family members have ever wanted to try some local coffee, this is the perfect way to do so!

The Tours

Maui Chocolate Coffee Tours is currently only accepting private groups. The group size is limited to 12, but they can accommodate up to 14 guests upon request. Smaller groups keep the experience more intimate since there is a hands-on chocolate making demonstration as part of the adventure. The tasting will include at least 2 chocolates from Hawaii, and after your tour, you will fully understand how rare chocolates from Hawaii are, and especially from Maui!

The guides explain artisan chocolate making and how it is remotely or not so related to industrial chocolate making.

Everybody is seated family style to taste 6 or 7 different chocolates from around the world, conducted much like a wine tasting without having to spit! You will sample 2-3 Hawaiian chocolates with the full explanation as to why Hawaiian chocolates are so scarce. Each chocolate is from a different latitude, except the Hawaiian chocolate. Sometimes the Hawaiian samples will come from farms that are only miles apart…with wildly different flavors.

Owner & Founder, Ann Tuomela

Ann has made Maui her home for the past 35 years. She graduated from University of Washington, Seattle, WA, with a BS degree in business and marketing, and then she moved directly to Kihei.

Most of Ann’s years on Maui has been spent educating people on wine and cheese. She owned a gourmet cheese and wine shop, Who Cut The Cheese, offering monthly wine and cheese tastings. After years of selling wine and spirits for distributors to all the resorts and fine dining restaurants on Maui, she decided it was time for a change. When she opened her doors in 2003 she wanted a place where people wouldn’t be intimidated by wine or cheese, because that was her as well…self taught. Who Cut The Cheese was a place for those with fine taste and a sense of humor! All of this translates into her whole approach and style in leading the Maui Chocolate and Coffee tour. She enjoys being an employee rather than a shop owner.

Now she has the enjoyment and pleasure in continuing to teach people in a fun and fascinating environment surrounded by people living aloha!

Our review

My five year old daughter and I took the tour together and we were so impressed! Firstly, the bicoastal views are epic! Our tour guide Ann was super friendly and presented an educational experience in such an intriguing and fun way. We really enjoyed how hands on the tour was. Make sure you have plenty of room on your phone to take photos because there are so many photo ops. We actually got to make a cacao drink straight from the beans, and taste it! The chocolate tasting at the end was so delicious and the chocolate tasting wheel was super cool. My favorite was the Madagascar chocolate that was creamy with citrus notes. The coffee was also delicious!

My daughter was super excited to go to school and tell her classmates that now she knows where chocolate comes from. The farm was magical and charming. At the end of the tour We bought the fresh lilikoi (passionfruit) bread and can’t stop thinking about how delicious it was! This is definitely a must-do on Maui for people of all ages!

If you are looking for fun activities in Maui, Hawaii, Maui Chocolate Coffee Tours is definitely one that we would recommend. We hope you enjoy indulging in some local coffee and chocolate!

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