November 22, 2021 Uncategorized0

The holidays are among us! It’s a season filled with joy and cheer. Many people like to take this time to host a holiday themed party or event. And who doesn’t love a good party?! To take the stress off your shoulders, we have created a list of 7 ideas to make your holiday party fun. If you are looking for a way to spice up the night, and keep your guests entertained, check out our ideas below!

Christmas Themed Cocktail Hour

What’s better than hiring a private bar and bartenders to serve up delicious holiday drinks for your party or event?! The best part? You can customize the drinks on the menu! Aloha Bars Maui is a mobile bar service that specializes in private parties, events, and weddings. We absolutely love getting into the spirit of the holiday, and quenching your guests thirst! Don’t forget about the mocktails. A fun treat for the kiddos or those who aren’t drinking. Contact us today to book your bar just in time!

 

Photo Mirror

Luxury Photo Mirror is Maui’s most exclusive Photo Booth. This is a mirror that has an interactive display. It is run in the same way as a Photo Booth. Your guests will come over, pick some fun props to wear (provided by the company) and strike a pose! The mirror prints the images, which makes for awesome souvenirs to take home! The host of the party will receive an electronic copy of all the images that night. What a great way to capture the memories! Read our blog to learn more about the reasons to have a Photo Booth at your party or wedding.

Ugly Sweater Contest

An ugly sweater contest can be a fun and amusing way to bring smiles and laughs to the party. If your work year consists of formal wear, high heels and fancy parties, hosting an ugly sweater party will ease the guests and help them get to know each other in a more casual way.

Food Truck Food

Surprise everyone by announcing a food truck at the party! This could be your friends and families favorite local food truck or cuisine. This makes it easy, because your guests can go right up to the window and order from the menu! Everyone will be hungry after all those holiday cocktails and laughs!

Hot Chocolate Bar

It’s hot chocolate season! Your party guests can get warmed up by the hot chocolate bar! Hot chocolate bars are incredibly popular right now. You will see them at weddings, holiday parties, work parties, birthdays, and more. These really pair well with the winter season, especially if you live in a cold place. Make sure you purchase adorable paper goods, or for small parties you can customize the mugs! Set out wooden spoons or coffee stir sticks for stirring. You must pick out some delicious gourmet hot cocoa. Don’t forget the toppings! Fill mason jars with your favorites such as home made marshmallows, toffee bits, coarse sea salt, candy canes, cookies, caramel syrup, whipped cream, etc. Make the mason jars look a bit more festive by wrapping red bakers twine around them.

White Elephant Gift Exchange

All of your guests must bring a wrapped gift. Normally there’s a price range such as $20-$30 so that all of the gifts are equal in value. The first person will choose a gift, and open it. On subsequent turns, each person has the choice to either unwrap a new present, or steal someone else’s. When a person’s gift is stolen, that person can either choose another wrapped gift to open, or steal from someone else. It’s a pretty fun game, and everyone goes home with a gift!

We hope that these 7 ideas to make your holiday party fun helps you get in the spirit and throw the party of the year.  Happy holidays!

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October 29, 2021 Uncategorized0

Halloween is right around the corner! If you are planning on hosting a party, then fun cocktails are a must. Part of what makes a Halloween party extra fun, are the drinks! Themed cocktails are always a great idea. We are excited to share our top Halloween inspired cocktails of 2021!

Halloween Punch

Looks spooky, and can be done with or without alcohol! Great for kids or adults!

Ingredients

64 ounces Cranberry Juice (100% juice, no added sugar)
64 ounces apple cider or apple juice
2 liters ginger ale or to spike it 1 liter ginger ale, and 1 750 ml bottle of aged Rum.
Two 4-5 inch chunks of dry ice
Garnishes : candy eyeballs, plastic spiders, gummy worms, etc.

Instructions

Chill the ingredients a couple of hours before serving. Add all of the ingredients into a big punch bowl. Garnish with either dry ice or the suggested garnishes. For the spiked rum, you can either add the entire bottle of rum, or make spiked servings to order so that the children can enjoy the punch too.
Here is a link to a video on how to use dry ice for Halloween punch 

Pumpkin Martini

A Pumpkin Martini is a creamy and flavorful drink! This is an ideal cocktail for impressing your friends at your party. Also great for any Fall time activities or parties!

Ingredients

2 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce heavy cream (or coconut milk for vegan)
1/2 ounce pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Graham crackers for the rim

Instructions

How to prepare the rim: Crush gram crackers into your hand and place on a plate. On a different plate, add a small pool of maple syrup. Run the rim of the martini glass in the maple syrup first, rotating it so the glass is evenly coated. Then roll the rim in the crushed graham crackers until the rim is evenly coated.

Mix the drink: Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add in a handful of ice, and then shake it until its cold. Strain the liquid into the martini glass. Enjoy!

Dark and Stormy

This drink is a classic! But it can also double as a spooky cocktail. It’s also an easy one to make if you’re in a time crunch! The dark and stormy is very similar to a Moscow mule.

Ingredients

1/2 cup ginger beer
4 tablespoons dark rum. If you are making the traditional drink, you would use Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.
1 lime wedge
Ice

Instructions

Fill up a highball glass with ice and pour in the ginger beer. Pour the rum on top. Squeeze in the lime, stir, and serve! Can garnish with some fun Halloween decor like candies or fake spiders/eyeballs to make it fun!

Black Magic Margaritas

Who doesn’t love a Margarita?! Well these Black Magic ones are delicious, and the food coloring makes them perfect for Halloween.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons black sanding sugar
2 cups ice
4 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces triple sec
1/2 cup lime juice
Red food coloring
Blue food coloring
Green food coloring
Lime slices to garnish

Instructions

Rim two glasses with a slice of lime, and dip them in the sugar.
Divide the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice between 2 glasses. Stir to combine. Add food coloring until your desired color is achieved.
Add the ice. Garnish with a slice of lime and it’s ready to be served!

Witches Brew Lemonade

This tasty cocktail will get the whole party tipsy! The mix of colors creates a very eerie Halloween effect.

Ingredients

Two ounces Empress 1908 Gin
2 ounces sparkling lemonade
2 ounces Blue Curaçao
1 rosemary sprig

Instructions

Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour the Empress 1908 Gin into the glass. Top with the sparkling lemonade. Carefully and slowly pour the Curacao into the glass allowing it to settle on the bottom. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

We hope that you enjoyed our top halloween inspired cocktails of 2021! Have a happy Halloween!

 

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October 16, 2021 Uncategorized0

Are you seeking to have the wedding of your dreams in Maui, Hawaii? There are so many beautiful places to get married on this island. Choosing a wedding venue can be overwhelming. There are a few options that stand out to us here at Aloha Bars. One of them is the Pineapple Chapel wedding venue in Maui Hawaii. In today’s blog, we are going to list why Maui is a great place to get married. We will also talk about the Maui Pineapple Chapel wedding venue.

Reasons to get married in Maui, Hawaii

Planning a wedding in Hawaii is fun and easy. It’s typically a lot more fun planning a destination wedding, compared to a wedding in your hometown.
Maui has incredible weather, and beautiful beaches.
You can combine your wedding and honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii! It’s a beautiful place to have both. Or you can island hop after the wedding!
A memorable experience for your guests. This wedding will be one for the books!
Maui is picture perfect. When you look back on your wedding, you will have photos with a stunning and tropical backdrop that will make you so happy that you chose to say “I do” in Maui.

 

Maui Pineapple Chapel Wedding Venue

Pineapple chapel is a historic wedding venue located in gorgeous Kapalua. There is a simple and elegant atmosphere about this space. Whether you are looking to have an intimate wedding, or a very large ceremony and reception, Pineapple Chapel is able to accommodate you.

 

Pineapple Chapel History

Built in the 1950s, the chapel was a church for the plantation, sugarcane and pineapple industry workers. Maui Pineapple Chapel has seen lot’s of change to its location over the years. Now, it is still standing here in beautiful Kapalua, welcoming couples to beginning their next stages of life together.

There are multiple locations on the property to host your ceremony. All of these venue spaces have stunning ocean views and greenery to create the most picturesque photos. Click this link to have a virtual tour!

Maui Pineapple Chapel-1500 Square Foot Chapel and Reception Area

Mau’u Terrace-Garden Terrace that overlooks the ocean 

Makai Lawn-A beautiful reception space for up to 500 guests! 

 

Angela Nelson Photography

Angela Nelson aka Angie, is a Maui based Photographer. In 2009, her and her husband moved to Maui and her love for photography was re ignited. Love, nature, and the beauty of relationships is what constantly inspires Angie. Her goal is for you to remember how your wedding day felt, through the photos that she takes. We highly recommend using Angela for your wedding photography needs. She will capture all of the beauty in an authentic and timeless style. The photos featured on this blog are all by Angela Nelson Photography. 

 

 

Aloha Bars Maui

We were lucky to be apart of this beautiful wedding at the Pineapple Chapel! Aloha Bars is a full service, cocktail catering company. We cater to weddings, events and parties. Our team of wonderful bartenders will create the cocktails or mock-tails of your dreams. Having delicious drinks to keep your guests refreshed and dancing all night is a huge part of the celebration! We work closely with the bride and groom to ensure we have drinks that the two of you love, as well as all of your guests. Aloha Bars Maui has a wide variety of floral garnishes, or you may request something special.

Let’s get this party started!

 

We hope that reading about the Pineapple Chapel Wedding Venue in Maui Hawaii has inspired you to start planning your destination wedding. Let’s take away the stress, and focus on the fun.

Contact us today for your wedding bar needs.

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Venue: Maui Pineapple Chapel

Coordinators: Kara, Veronica

Minister: Jim Simmons

Photo: Angela Nelson Photography

Video: Gali Productions

Catering: Café O’Lei Catering

Bar: Aloha Bars Maui

Cake: Cake Fanatics

Shave Ice: Ululani’s Shave Ice

Flowers: The Floralette

Rentals: Accel, HSER, Rio, Miss B

Music: Island Kings Band

Stylist: Mira Carman

Dress & Suit Press: MWGP

Transpo: Akina

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September 28, 2021 Uncategorized0

Olowalu Plantation House is one of our favorite wedding venues in Maui, Hawaii! Why do we love this private estate so much? It’s rare that you have an oceanfront venue with piercing mountains right behind you. The palm trees, green grass, and incredible landscapes make every single photo stunning. Built in 1922, the Plantation House is a historic location. It can accommodate a large number of people, which makes it the perfect private wedding venue. In Olowalu, it rarely ever rains. This means that you are almost 100% guaranteed to have perfect weather on your big day! This is the perfect place for both the ceremony and reception. A venue that has it all! Check out this stunning Olowalu Plantation House Wedding in Maui Hawaii.

We work with many different local vendors, and we love every single one of them. Today we are featuring a few of the vendors from the wedding of Lauren and Alex.

Country Bouquets Maui 

Lauren and Alex chose Country Bouquets Maui for their floral arrangements. This company is a full-service florist and the premier destination for all of your floral needs. Located on the beautiful Island of Maui, they specialize in creating your dream destination wedding. They have been known for capturing life’s most precious moments, with over 28 years of experience. Country Bouquets prides themselves  in making your wedding the most memorable day of your life. They focus on your unique style, vision, and personality. Their team will give their fullest attention to details. Country Bouquets Maui exclusively works with professional wedding coordinators. Working hand in hand with wedding professionals ensures that every aspect of your special event is perfect! They are passionate about executing every floral arrangement with the highest quality flowers.

Love and Beauty Maui

The bride chose Love and Beauty Maui for her wedding hair. Love and Beauty Maui is a company that offers wedding hair and makeup. The owner Nikki Quinn has a strong passion for making people look and feel beautiful, and this has been the foundation of her business. Love and Beauty has quickly grown to be a leader in the Maui beauty industry. Their ability to shape the soft, romantic look that is so prominent today, all while enhancing the clients natural beauty is what makes them so popular. They have a wonderful team of incredibly talented and experiences artists. We have no doubt  that Love and Beauty will help you achieve whatever look you may be dreaming of on your big day!

Cafe O Lei Catering 

Are you looking for some delicious food to be catered at your wedding? Well, the bride and groom sure did make a great decision by choosing Cafe O Lei! Cafe O Lei is an incredibly popular restaurant here in Maui. The first restaurant was opened in 1997, in Makawao. It all started as a 5-table outdoor cafe serving sandwiches, salads, coffee, and tea in Maui’s Upcountry.

Owners Michael and Dana Pastula have been married for over 35 years. Mike has worked as a chef for Hyatt and Sheraton hotels, The Lodge at Koele, Aston Wailea, and Outrigger Resorts Hawaii.  Dana brought her food and beverage experience from working in hotel restaurant management at Hyatt Hotels, Manele Bay Resort, and the Wailea Four Seasons Resort.

It didn’t take long for her husband to join her at Cafe O’Lei, with Mike leaving his job as executive chef for the Outrigger Resort in Wailea to focus on expanding their business. The Cafe O’Lei brand quickly evolved into one of Maui’s favorite and most trusted for quality restaurants and catering on the island! Together, the family operates Cafe O’Lei at the Mill House, Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes, Cafe O’Lei Kihei, ‘ami ‘ami Bar & Grill and Cafe O’Lei Catering. Cafe O’Lei is truly a family-owned and family-run business!

One of the things that we love most about them, is that they use the freshest ingredients. We highly recommend choosing Cafe O Lei for any of your catering needs.

Aloha Bars Maui Cocktails

Aloha Bars is the cocktail catering company that served Lauren and Alex’s beautiful wedding. We had our beautiful bar set up, with the perfect ocean view. We worked closely with the bride and groom to create drinks that both them and their guests would love. Check out our website and instagram for more information. We are looking forward to making your day extra special.

Dmitri & Sandra Photography 

We wanted to give a HUGE thank you to the wonderful photographers that photographed this wedding and made the couples vision come to life. We cannot say enough great things about Dmitri and Sandra! If you are looking for a wedding photographer that’s going to capture the essence of your love, all while creating quality, timeless content, Dmitri and Sandra are the best!

Makena Weddings 

The planning and design of this wedding is by Makena Weddings. Wedding planning can be tiring, and overwhelming. Having a destination wedding can be even more stressful! Makena Weddings is great at taking the stress off of your shoulders, and making your entire vision come to life. They will create an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

We hope you enjoyed reading about one of this summer’s Olowalu Plantation House wedding in Maui Hawaii.

The creative team :

Planning and Design: @makenaweddings

Photo: @dmitriandsandra

Hair @loveandbeautymaui

Catering @cafeolei_catering

Cocktails @alohabarsmaui

Florals @countrybouquetsmaui_

Officiant @alterry456

Rentals @rioeventdesign

Rentals @letsentertainmaui

Tunes @music_by_kalo

Signage @kismetluxeco

Gown @inesdisanto

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September 16, 2021 Uncategorized0

Did you know that the owner of Aloha Bars, Kirsty Sinclair, has a sister business, “Luxury Photo Mirror”?! If you are looking for a fun activity and memory for the guests, a photo mirror is the perfect addition to your wedding or party! The mirror is 5 feet high and 3 feet wide. They provide custom designed photo borders and layouts for prints to match the colors and theme of the events. They also include fun and unique props to make the photos even better! Unlimited prints are available, and you will even get an online gallery of all the photos after the event! Open air photo booths are much safer right now, due to COVID-19. Luxury Photo Mirror provides two attendants-one specifically to ensure social distancing and sanitizing props. Here are 5 reasons to have a photo booth at your wedding or party.

1. The perfect wedding favors

Sometimes, wedding or party favors can be a huge portion of the budget, and something that your guests might just throw away later. One of the easiest ways to opt out of a traditional party favor is to have a Photo Booth! Giving photo prints that your guests can share online, frame, and most importantly, keep, are much more sentimental than most wedding favors that people have in mind. Don’t get me wrong, wedding favors are fun too! But this is a wonderful alternative.

2. Suitable for all ages

Are you going to have kids attend the wedding? What about family members that don’t like to dance? There are definitely those at the wedding that love to dance, and those that do not. A photo booth is great for those people who don’t like to be on the dance floor. It gives them a fun activity to do!

Another reason we love the idea of having a photo booth at your wedding is because how versatile it is. People of all ages really get into the idea of putting on oversized sunglasses, goofy hats and feather boas to show off their best poses. Photo booths are an activity that makes everyone loosen up. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get an awesome family photo or a romantic moment with your date. Little kids will also love posing with the props or cool backdrop!

3. Great way to do a wedding guest book

We love that the bride and groom will benefit from this as well! Not only are you cutting costs, but you also get to keep all of the photos that your guests take. This is a great memory that will make you laugh as you go through them, seeing the fun that your guests had at your party. The brides to be are going to want to steal this idea from you!

4. Help capture memories that your photographer might miss

Photo booths are a lot like polaroid cameras. Your guests will have instant, high-quality pictures that they can have sent to their phone. Encourage your guests to post their silly pics using your hashtag!

5. Fun entertainment

Photo booths are just simply fun entertainment! Sometimes wedding guests can get a little tired or bored while waiting for the cocktail hour to end and for the reception to start at weddings. That is why during this period, photo booths are the perfect distraction to keep your guests going! Your wedding guests are definitely going to have some fun while waiting for the bride and groom to do their thing! Time flies when you’re having fun, and this will be the case for your guests if you choose to have a photo booth. This type of activity also incorporates laughter throughout the celebration. You will forever cherish these moments!

Photo booths of all kinds are a blast! We highly recommend choosing Luxury Photo Mirror in Maui, Hawaii, for all of the reasons we listed above! Plus, because it is a giant mirror, you can do the photos in an open air space. This means, you don’t need to be squished inside a small space. Especially right now for safety reasons and health regulations. Check out Luxury Photo Mirror’s website and instagram for more details. Enjoy!

 

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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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July 30, 2021 Uncategorized0

As many of you know, Olowalu Plantation House is one of our top 3 wedding venues in Maui, Hawaii! This beautiful area located in West Maui has a uniqueness about it. With the grand West Maui Mountains on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other, this makes for the perfect spot to tie the knot! Olowalu itself, is a very small town on this island. The homes in the area are spread out on the mountain and ocean sides. Most homes have land separating each from their neighbors. Across the street from Olowalu Plantation House, you will find a little area with some shopping, eating and more. Keep reading to discover the fun activities in Olowalu Maui Hawaii!

The Maui Butterfly Farm

The Maui Butterfly Farm is a fun and educational experience! Take your little ones here to play and learn! You will have just as much fun as they do. The owners of the farm come from a private Oxford (UK) education specializing in Animal Science and Agriculture. They are passionate about saving the declining butterfly population here in Hawaii as well as educating those around us on how to create and maintain a healthy environment here in the Islands in order to help them as best we can.  You can learn about how to do your part and stop them from rapidly disappearing throughout the Islands as well as the US mainland.

Butterflies bring joy to everyone around them. The farm’s hands on tours promote education. Not only education about the environment but education regarding insects, the benefits of butterflies and the ways in which to take care of our ‘aina (land) here in Hawaii.

Read more on their website to learn about the importance of butterfly conservation or to book a tour!

Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop offers casual family-style dining. Their comfortable plantation-era atmosphere makes the restaurant very inviting. They are located in Olowalu, Maui, right next to the Maui Butterfly Farm and Olowalu General Store. Firstly, Leoda’s is known for their pies! If you ask someone who lives here where a good place to dine is, they will mention Leoda’s! Secondly, Aloha Bars works with many weddings, and Leoda’s is frequently catering them. Are you having a wedding at Olowalu Plantation House soon? Check out Leoda’s! Their pies might be exactly what you are needing for your perfect dessert. Leoda’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their menu features an assortment of breakfast items. This includes handcrafted sandwiches on their fresh bread, fresh salads, baked goods, daily specials, and their famous sweet and savory pies of course!

Most importantly, they focus on farm fresh and sustainable ingredients. Leoda’s is placing a huge importance on working with local providers to ensure they are offering the best product available to their customers.

Olowalu General Store

Serving Maui since 1932, Olowalu General Store is a locally owned, family run business. They are known for their Hawaiian hot dogs, spam musubi, shave ice, local plate lunches, local bentos, local snacks and more. The general store also tries to carry as many Made in Hawaii products! This includes a variety of Hawaiian and Maui Coffees, Hawaiian candies, Macadamia Nuts, locally made arts & crafts, Maui made Wines, Spirits, Beers and more. They emphasize keeping things local style. If you are looking for a place to pick up some local gifts, goodies, or tasting local style cuisine…we definitely recommend starting here!
The Olowalu General Store is located in-between Leoda’s and The Maui Butterfly Farm. Start the day by having breakfast at Leoda’s, then a tour on the butterfly farm, and finally a Hawaiian snack at the Olowalu General Store! This is also a great pit stop before heading to the other side. You won’t find many stops between here and Wailuku / Kahului. So if you are in need of a drink or snack, this is a great place!

Olowalu Plantation House

The magical Olowalu Plantation House is located right across the street from these 3 local businesses. Oceanfront, with views of both the mountains and ocean, this is the dreamiest wedding destination. If you are looking to have a wedding on Maui, and not sure which venue to choose, look no further!
As a very historical spot, this is one of Maui’s most popular wedding locations. The island ceremony of your dreams will take place on the charming lawn, surrounded by tall palms and soothed by the sound of the crashing waves. With the stunning ocean backdrop, you won’t need to even worry about decorations! Tiki torches and lights strung across the palms create a warm atmosphere that encourages a festive party.
If you are looking for a fun, professional, tropical and exciting cocktail bar for your wedding, Aloha Bars is exactly what you need! With our custom cocktails, we will provide the best drinks for the bride, groom and guests. Check out our website and instagram for all things cocktails and weddings.
We hope you enjoy these fun activities in Olowalu Maui Hawaii. Cheers!
Olowalu Plantation House Photography : Dmitri and Sandra Photography 

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July 13, 2021 Uncategorized0

While on vacation in Maui, you are probably going to be looking for all of the breakfast spots in town. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Well, we have some of our hidden (and not so hidden) gems to share with you! Breakfast is after all the most important meal of the dayBelow we have listed our favorite places for the best breakfast in Kihei Maui Hawaii.

Kihei Caffe

Kihei Caffe opened its doors in the Kalama Park Village Shopping Center in 1998. They are located on the south shore of Maui. The Caffe captures the very laid back essence of Kihei Town. Kihei Caffe has been is known for their delicious breakfast and large affordable servings over the years. They are open at 5 am for all you early risers. If you come around 8-10 AM there will be a  line that moves very fast as this is their rush hour. If you are staying or living on the Westside of Maui, Kihei Caffe now has a beautiful location in Lahaina. Think of this place as a Hawaiian style diner!

What do we order?

Cinnamon Buns that are ginormous and out of this world!

Banana Mac Nut  pancakes covered in coconut Syrup.

Loco Moco- A traditional Hawaiian breakfast of two eggs any style on a local beef patty over a bowl of rice and topped off with brown gravy. Substitute fried rice  add Kalua Pork!

Amigos

Are you starving for some authentic Mexican food?! Amigo’s restaurant is one of the few places where you can find authentic and delicious Mexican food in Maui, Hawaii. The service is efficient, friendly, and the proportion sizes will leave you so full you will need a box to take the rest home for later! The menu is affordable so that everyone can enjoy.

They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Their breakfast menu is served all day and we sure do love it!

Try anything from Huevos Rancheros to Chilaquiles. You will not be disappointed.

If you don’t have time to sit down and enjoy your food, you can call ahead and place an order to go!

Amigos is located in 3 different parts of Maui-Kihei, Lahaina, and Kahului.

Five Palms

As featured in our previous blog Oceanfront Restaurants in Kihei Maui,5 Palms Restaurant overlooks the stunning coastline of Keawakapu Beach. This is one of the few restaurants in Kihei that is oceanfront, so you may definitely want to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner here! They offer fresh island fish from Hawaiian waters as well as fruits and vegetables from local Upcountry farms. Their completely open air dining rooms allow for all kinds of occasions: business lunches, birthday dinners, “off-the-beach-sandy-feet” happy hours and gorgeous early morning breakfast while the water on the beach is still glassy.

Don’t forget to order a mimosa or one of their delicious smoothies with tropical fruit!

Nalus South Shore Grill

Nalus is open everyday of the week from 8am-9pm! They have many different local style options on the breakfast menu to choose from. Nalus can suit your dietary needs with something for everyone on their menu! From Acai bowls to island pancakes, you will definitely find something that makes your belly happy!

Located in Azeka Shopping Center – Makai, 1280 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753

Home maid Cafe

The Home maid cafe is located on 1280 South Kihei Road in Kihei.

They are known for having the most delicious and fresh malasadas! This is a must!

This home-cooked, local style breakfast is affordable for everyone! Plus, it’s super casual so you won’t need to worry about dressing up for breakfast.

 

While you are enjoying breakfast, don’t forget to try our oceanfront dinner recommendations in Kihei as well! Thankfully Maui is a small island. If you are not staying in Kihei, it most likely a short drive or taxi to get there!

We hope you enjoy these spots for the best breakfast in Kihei Maui Hawaii.

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June 24, 2021 Uncategorized0

We absolutely love dining out in Maui! It is a tasty experience, especially when we are able to eat with a beautiful ocean view. Testing out the variety of cocktails that the restaurants on this island have to offer is definitely a must! We will start with our favorite restaurants in Kihei Maui Hawaii… and they have an ocean view!

Monsoon Bar and Grill

At Monsoon Bar and Grill, you can relax with an ocean front view, while enjoying the authentic cuisine. Chef Anu Radha brings her home style cooking experience in creating exquisitely seasoned curries and other eastern delicacies along with a through knowledge of traditional North Indian cuisine. She and their Tandoori Chef Joseph will be using the finest and fresh ingredients along with exotic spices to delight you.  You will be coming back for more with their skillful preparation of tantalizing Indian Curries, Biryani and delicious tandoori kebabs and breads!

What we would order from the menu :

Drinks : Mango Lassi spiked with a shot of vodka

Vegetable Pakora

Chicken Korma

Shrimp or Lamb Biryani

Chicken Tikka Masala

All of the naans!

Rose Water Cardamon Ric

Dessert : Pudding

5 Palms Restaurant

Overlooking the stunning coastline of Keawakapu Beach, Maui, 5 Palms Restaurant features innovative Maui Coastal Cuisine accompanied by spectacular sunsets over the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. They offer fresh island fish from Hawaiian waters as well as fruits and vegetables from local Upcountry farms. Complementing their cuisine and setting is a friendly and attentive staff ready to bring the spirit of Aloha to your table.

Open morning, noon, or night, it’s casual elegant Maui dining at it’s finest. Their completely open air dining rooms allow for all kinds of occasions: business lunches, birthday dinners, “off-the-beach-sandy-feet” happy hours and gorgeous early morning breakfast while the water on the beach is still glassy.

What we would order :

Their award winning Mai Tai- House Made Special Blend of Light & Dark Rums, Pineapple Juice & Orange Curacao

Appetizer : Big Eye Tuna Sashimi

Entree : Togarashi Spiced Yellow Fin Tuna & Ribeye + Kauai Prawns

Dessert : Pineapple Brûlée

Supporting Local Restaurants and Businesses on Maui

It is incredibly important to support local and shop with small businesses here on Maui. Although you may be staying in a nice resort, it is great to get out on the town and see what this beautiful island has to offer! There are many wonderful restaurants and eateries to choose from. We decided to feature our favorite restaurants in Kihei Maui Hawaii with an ocean view. However, we will definitely be featuring more of our favorite restaurants around different parts of the island!

Aloha Bars Maui

If you are ever looking for a mobile bartender on Maui, look no further! Aloha Bars Maui is a full service cocktail catering company. Whether it be a big wedding, small elopement, or private event / party, Aloha Bars can cater to your needs. We create custom cocktails based on you and your guests alcohol preferences and tastes. There is nothing better than having an adorable and tropical bar serving you and your friends while you dance the night away!

Now that you know our favorite restaurants in Kihei Maui Hawaii with an ocean view, stay tuned for our next feature. In the meantime, go give us a follow on instagram and share your favorite restaurants and dishes on the menu!

Photo Credit : 

@loke_captures

@5palmsrestaurant

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