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!


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!

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May 16, 2021 Uncategorized0

The magical Olowalu Plantation House venue has us drooling. It is exactly that, magical! Having the privilege of working in such a phenomenal venue is an absolute pleasure. The Olowalu Plantation House is a multi award winning venue in Maui, Hawaii, and an absolute favorite of Aloha Bars Maui. This private estate takes you back to true Hawaii. Simply stunning with its traditional Hawaiian surroundings, you will be experiencing Hawaii at its absolute best at this venue. Check out our top three wedding venues on Maui. 

Olowalu Plantation House


Next to the residence was the Olowalu Sugar Company, that began in 1864. This was a journey of Kamehameha V and was later on purchased by the Pioneer Mill. Then, constructed in the 1870’s, the sugar mill was used to refine the harvested sugar cane. Finally, the mill was taken down in 1933, however the ruins are still quite noticeable from the house. In 1922, the house was built for the supervisor and his family members. This was the neighborhood gathering place. The sugar plantation consisted of 700 acres, however, it was being cared for mostly by immigrants-with the last harvest in 1998.

When the Pioneer Mill sold the home, the new owners certainly made sure to keep the historical sites and offer community access. Now, the building is available for special events. The home offers a spacious lanai, looking out at a huge oceanfront lawn. This makes for the perfect backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Don’t worry, there is plenty of space for wedding preparation!

The Magic


This is a classic plantation house that sits on a beach front property located in Olowalu, Maui. As a private estate, your wedding day will just be your closest friends and family. It rarely rains in Olowalu, therefore, you don’t need to worry about the weather being an issue! Magnificent West Maui Mountains rest on one side, while the coconut trees and Pacific Ocean on the other, making this venue incredibly special. Talk about great photo opportunities! Whether you are looking for a small elopement, or big wedding party, the magic Olowalu Plantation House venue is perfect for any size ceremony. As night falls, you will dance under the moonlight and twinkle lights reflecting upon the sea. This will be a wedding that people talk about forever. Make sure to book well in advance as this venue is quite popular.

Tropical Maui Weddings-Wedding Planners


Lori and Jamie Lawrence and his daughter Sherron are the heart and soul of Tropical Maui Weddings. Jamie was born in Hawaii, and has been an entertainer on Maui for over 40 years, honoring thousands of weddings with his beautiful voice. Jamie has been doing live stream singing sessions that have been broadcasting throughout the pandemic, therefore, he is able to connect with devoted fans as well as potential and past clients!

Lori was born and raised in Iowa, worked as a school teacher for sixteen years, and then moved to Maui in 2004. She fell in love with Maui and Jamie’s angelic voice. They were actually married at Olowalu Plantation House.

Experiencing this excitement persuaded her to become a wedding planner and of course, Lori was a natural! The Lawrence’s create absolute magic, with their precise attention to detail, and putting their hearts and souls into each and every wedding. If you are looking to have a stress free wedding throughout the entire process (including the big day), these are your people! They have an impressive list of hundreds of extremely satisfied clients who end up becoming life long friends and part of their ever-growing ohana. Lori, Sherron and Jamie really know how to add the magic touch to the days leading up to the most important day of your life.

Dmitri and Sandra Photography


I cannot say enough wonderful things about these incredibly talented photographers! Their rapidly growing reputation across Hawaii and beyond really speaks for itself. This adorable husband and wife photography duo are best friends and business partners. For the past decade, they have been photographing some of the most beautiful weddings in Hawaii and across the globe. Their work has been featured in some of the industry’s top publications including Style Me Pretty, Destination I Do, 100 Layer Cake, Pacific Weddings, Inside Weddings, Magnolia Rouge, Wedding Sparrow and more! Dmitri and Sandra’s passion lies within creating organic, timeless imagery. Their innovative spirit for storytelling, fine art, and incredible scenery shines through in their work. They truly pour single bit of themselves into each wedding to create significant and meaningful memories.

Dream Destination Wedding

In conclusion, there are many wonderful businesses that we have the pleasure of working with, and it varies on each event! On Maui, the island is already small, but the wedding industry becomes a very small world! Couples who seek to host a beautiful island wedding are searching for a passionate team of experts in each category. Above all, we are excited to share some of these companies that we have worked closely with for years.

The magical Olowalu Plantation House venue will leave you dreaming of your wedding forever. Contact us if you are interested in having a mobile bar catering service at your wedding. We will customize your cocktails and provide the best of service! Feel free to tag us on instagram.

Mahalo to all of the businesses involved!

Photography @dmitriandsandra
Planner @tropicalmauiweddings
Florist @mauipalmtreefloral
Hair and Makeup @meiliautumnbeauty
Video @alltimemedia
Catering @cafeolei_maui
Bar @alohabarsmaui
Musician @ryaninnes
Place Setting @setmaui
Rentals @hawaiianrents
Arch @altered_maui
Dress @erincolebride

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May 9, 2021 Uncategorized0

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the beautiful mom’s out there. We appreciate you! Mother’s day is a holiday to honor motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Here are 4  Mother’s Day cocktails that are easy to make. Now you can add a fun little twist to brunch, lunch or dinner with mom today, or anytime!

Mama’s Mojito

This delicious mojito is great for any occasion, and also low in sugar!


6 peppermint tea bags
2 tbs maple syrup
1 cup mint leaves
3 limes, quartered
Crushed ice, to serve


Combine tea bags and 4 cups water in a large jug. Cover and chill for 3 hours or until cool. Discard tea bags.
Place maple, mint and lime in a large jug and gently crush with a muddler or rolling pin. Stir in cooled tea and ice. Serve.

Frozen Pina Colada

Who doesn’t love a Pina Colada? If you are on a tropical island, or better yet, want to feel like you are on a tropical island, this drink is for you. The fruity taste with a mix of alcohol will have you buzzing in all the right ways. Treat mom to this delicious drink!


1/3 cup caster sugar
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup chilled sugar syrup
1 cup good-quality dark rum
1 cup coconut cream
2 cups pineapple juice
4 cups ice cubes
Pineapple wedges


Combine 1/3 cup caster sugar and 1/3 cup water in a sauce pan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof jug. Cover and chill until cold.
Blend 1/2 cup chilled sugar syrup and 1 cup good-quality dark rum, 1 cup coconut cream, 2 cups pineapple juice and 4 cups ice cubes in a blender until smooth.
Divide amongst 4 glasses and garnish with pineapple wedges

Mama’s House Punch

Good times are coming with this tiki inspired ‘Mama’s House Punch’ cocktail. This cocktail mix is great for a party, so your guests are welcome to serve themselves, and keep coming back for more!


1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup water
Chilled sugar syrup
1 1/2 cups Cognac
3 cups Jamaican rum
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
1/4 cup peach brandy
2 sliced lemons
3 cups water
Hibiscus flowers in syrup


Place 1/2 cup caster sugar and 1/2 cup water in a pan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Transfer to a heatproof jug, cover and chill until cold.
In a punch bowl, combine the chilled sugar syrup with 1 1/2 cups Cognac, 3 cups Jamaican rum, 1 1/2 cups lemon juice, 1/4 cup peach brandy (or regular brandy) and 2 sliced lemons. Top with ice and 3 cups water.
Serve with drained hibiscus flowers in syrup

Raspberry, Prosecco and mint cocktail

Pop the bottle to mix the perfect cocktail! This refreshing and bubbly drink will leave you wanting more! Perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch, or evening gatherings.


1/4 cup caster sugar
125g raspberries
1/4 cup vodka
Handful mint leaves, half torn
Small pinch dried chilli flakes
1/2 cup Prosecco or sparkling wine


Place sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1-2 minutes until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool, then cover and chill until needed.
Mix half the berries in a food processor (or blender) until smooth. Strain, discarding any solids.
Fill half a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, torn mint leaves, chili flakes, raspberry puree and 2 tbs sugar syrup. Shake well, then stir in Prosecco.
Fill glasses with ice, strain over cocktail and serve with remaining mint and berries.

We hope that you enjoy these 4 Mother’s Day cocktails. Tag us on Instagram to share your twist on these drinks with us!

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April 27, 2021 Uncategorized0

How do I buy alcohol for my wedding? This is a very common question! There are pretty much three basic types of wedding bars: beer and wine only, full bar, and the something in-between sort of modified bar. Aloha Bars is a full service cocktail catering company here on Maui! Once you know which type of alcohol you would like to offer at your wedding or party, then you can get into the details of whether to purchase the alcohol on your own, or having the caterers provide the alcohol. I have listed some information on Costco alcohol vs premium alcohol in order to help you decide!

Buying alcohol from Costco can be a great option if you are trying to cut down on your budget. Alcohol can get expensive very quick. There are definitely some pros and cons to weigh in on before deciding where to get your liquor and wine from!

You do not need to be a Costco member to buy alcohol

Many states (including Hawaii) have a law prohibiting stores from requiring membership to purchase alcohol! This means, you are able to buy alcohol at Costco without a club card. Certain cashiers may not be aware of this law. Make sure to go in ready to discuss with a manager!

Costco’s wine markups are half that of most stores


Many boutique wine shops sell bottles for up to 50 percent more than what the wholesale price is! Wow! The markups for Costco hover around 14 percent. The cost of the same bottle of wine purchased at Costco versus another retailer could differ greatly.

Costco is the largest wine retailer in the U.S.

Wine makes up nearly half of the big box store’s yearly alcohol sales. Costco’s most recent number was $1.69 billion in 2016 sales. This placed Costco as the largest wine seller in the country.

You can stock an entire bar with Kirkland brand booze


Now, you can pretty much buy every spirit under Costco’s signature in-house label: American and French vodka, Scotch, whiskey, bourbon, rum, tequila, and gin. Don’t forget all of the craft beers and wine!

Returns on alcohol NOT accepted at Costco


Costco is notorious for it’s very liberal return policy, but they do not budge when it comes to booze! Be prepared for this as you will not receive a refund, even if your containers are still completely sealed.

Big-name brands make some Kirkland spirits

Kirkland items:

  • Beer is brewed by Gordon Biersch.
  • Scotch are distilled by either Alexander Murray and Macallan Distillery.
  • Bourbon and rum is produced by Jim Beam.
  • Vodka is made from the same water source and by the same employees that Grey Goose uses.
  • Tequila is produced in the same distillery as Cielo tequila.

Costco’s prices are tough to beat


Buying your own booze always tends to be the cheapest way to go. The alcohol at costco tends to be 20 to 40 percent cheaper than store-brand spirits.

If you have unopened bottles, usually your local liquor store will accept returns. This is a HUGE bonus if you are concerned about not being able to return bottles to Costco!

Now, there are many different reasons why it would be a great idea to purchase your own alcohol. Don’t worry, your caterers will still be able to make your drinks and serve them to your guests. But now you just saved more money by purchasing it on your own. If you are feeling stressed and do not want the extra “burden” of purchasing the alcohol, then it is best to let the catering company that you are working with take care of it.

Sometimes saving the extra dollars can be nice, and especially necessary! Other times, the help is what you truly need and some of the planning weight lifted off your shoulders. Make sure to do your research and know the difference between Costco alcohol vs premium alcohol!


Photography : @dmitriandsandra

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April 21, 2021 Uncategorized0

Kukahiko Estate Wedding Venue is a stunning wedding location in Makena, Maui. This breathtaking estate is surrounded by the ocean and marine life, making it one of our favorite locations. The beautiful home on the estate is furnished in island style tradition. Kukahiko is a magical place for all weddings. Whether you are having an intimate elopement, or a bigger celebration, this is the place! Above all, having a destination wedding on the ocean in Hawaii is a dream come true. Look no further!
Amanda and Lap’s wedding recently took place at Kukahiko Estate. We are very excited to share it with you. The joyous couple had an unforgettable day. We would like to give a huge thank you to all of the vendors who took part in it!

Aloha Bars Maui

Aloha Bars Maui  provided the mobile bar service at Amanda and Lap’s wedding. An assortment of specialty drinks was chosen by the bride and groom. The “Crimson Heart” and “Bride’s Bouquet” cocktails featured different edible flowers and garnishes, pairing perfectly with the colors and theme of the wedding. To see the recipes to the above drinks and many others click this link to go Aloha Bars Maui website.

Makena Weddings

Makena Weddings is a full service wedding planning and design company offering their services on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Because they genuinely love meeting and working with couples of all walks of life, makes them so special. This brilliant team consists of 3 highly experienced professionals: Laurie, Cindy and Reverend Al Terry.  Makena Weddings is able to service clients with a wide variety of budgets from small intimate gatherings to luxury private estate events. We have worked closely with Makena Weddings for years and would highly recommend them for your wedding planning needs. They will work closely with you and help you choose the best! From the venues and vendors, to your style and budget. If you are looking for stress-free planning, making all of your visions come to life, and having an absolute blast at your own wedding, certainly Makena Weddings is for you!



Meewmeew Studios is an award winning Maui Wedding Photographer that we had the pleasure of working with on this beautiful day. We would like to thank them for providing all of these stunning photos! Meewmeew studios knows how to capture the moments and paint a picture of the couples story. They are able to feel the love and passion between each couple. These are the types of photographers that see something special and then portray it through an image that will last a lifetime. Meewmeew has photographed hundreds of weddings. Each and every time they going above and beyond with their talent, creativity, and connection with the clients. As a result, working with Meewmeew Studios will guarantee wonderful wedding images.


Here are the vendors for Amanda and Lap’s wedding:

Maui Wedding Planner: Makena Weddings

Maui Wedding Venue: Makena Private Estate

Wedding Photographer Maui: Meewmeew Studios

Minister: Reverend Al Terry

Floral Decor: Dellables Floral Design

Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry

Ceremony Harpist: Kristine Snyder

DJ Entertainment: Take 3 Events, DJ Mike Penn

Rentals: Rio Event Design

Mobile Bar Service: Aloha Bars Maui

Catering: Cafe O’Lei Restaurants

Cake: Maui Wedding Cakes

As you can see, the Kukahiko Estate wedding venue is absolutely magical.

In conclusion, having these lovely and talented planners, vendors and photographers by your side will create the most unforgettable day. We hope you love the Kukahiko Estate.

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April 13, 2021 Uncategorized0

Your friends and family have traveled from near and far to join you for one of the most important events of your life! Although there are probably not enough words to describe your how grateful you are, putting together a little selection of wedding favors with your loved ones in mind is always a nice way of expressing that gratitude. When selecting your wedding favors, I would recommend keeping in mind the venue and location of the wedding. For example, chocolate may melt if you are having a wedding at the Olowalu Plantation Estate. Did your guests fly in for a destination wedding? Then you will probably not  want to gift them anything fragile such as glass. You may also personalize these in a way that represents you and your fiance. Aloha Bars Maui has a selection of their favorite bar oriented wedding favors, and we would like to share these ideas with you!

Customized cocktail napkins

Wedding favors

Add a fun and unique touch to your cocktail napkins. You can customize these to your preference, and even add monograms, or pets on them! This will make your guests smile, and is an easy way to add a more personalized touch to your wedding party.

Hangover kits for guests

You have had a killer party and everyone had a blast. But now…morning has come and the hangover is here. A hangover kit is the perfect gift to give your guests, reminding them of the fun that they had last night while helping them survive the morning after.

What do you put in a wedding hangover kit?!

You can pack the kit in a fabric bag with a custom stamp, or create a take away box or basket. Get creative!

  • Hydration is key. A big bottle of water, packaged combo of your personal hangover cure (coffee or tea), or a bottle of coconut water or other drink
  • Let’s help your guests get comfortable and back to normal! Cozy slippers are a great gift for this. Dental floss, mints, mouthwash, eye drops, a couple packages of ibuprofen for that blasting headache, or some ginger and peppermint to assist with nausea and digestion.
  • Your guests are feeling better! Let’s give them a few more goodies to make them look more alive. Pack of wet wipes or makeup remover, a pair of fun sunglasses, lip balm, lotion, a refreshing spray, or hydrating face mask.

There are plenty ideas of what to put in your hangover kit, these are just a few! You can even personalize the items, or make them pretty funny. Sticking a little hand written note with some breakfast ideas is a nice little touch.

Custom made flasks

Wedding favors

We recently had a wedding where the groom personalized flasks for all of his groomsmen! This can be personalized with each individuals name, a funny quote, or something else that you would like.

Mini alcohol bottles
Adorable mini alcohol bottles such as rum (or whatever the bride & grooms favorite is) are great favors. You can attach a little hang tag to them with a thank you note or fun drinking note to make them more personal.

Wedding favors are an easy, inexpensive way of saying thank you to your guests. These are a few of our favorite bar oriented wedding favors. Now, let’s have some fun and get ready for that destination wedding that you have been planning!

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April 8, 2021 Uncategorized0

Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most important things on the “to-do” list as a bride and groom. All of the little details will slowly come together, but figuring out your venue will help you to organize everything else.
We know that every single bride is searching for the perfect place to have the wedding of her dreams. Whether you are a local to Maui and looking for a venue, or visiting Maui with a destination wedding, here are the top three wedding venues on Maui that we would like to recommend to you!

After years of experience bar tending in premier restaurants on Maui, Kirsty Sinclair (owner of Aloha Bars), decided to create Aloha Bars Maui. Kirsty specializes in providing a high quality, professional mobile bar service that gives your guests a real “taste of Maui” all while staying within your budget! I’m sure you can imagine that Kirsty has had quite some experience working on different venues across the island. These are her favorite venues and she is excited to share them with you!

Olowalu Plantation House

Olowalu Plantation House

One of her absolute favorites, and an incredibly magical wedding venue, The Olowalu Plantation House. Aloha Bars Maui has provided service for over 400 weddings at this venue! This location is definitely in the top three wedding venues on Maui. A classic plantation house stands on a beach front property located in Olowalu, Maui. The tall and majestic West Maui Mountains sit on one side. On the other side you have the clean, clear, calm ocean. The photo opportunities are endless! The space is big enough to have a day of celebrations. Your ceremony will be steps from the water, and then your reception with twinkle lights set in the trees. As night falls, you will spot the moonlight glistening on the sea as you dance. A moment in time to never be forgotten.

This property can host parking for 30-50 cars, 60 cars maximum with a parking attendant. You may also have a shuttle bus, from the approved vendor list which Kirsty highly recommends, especially when you have an open bar at your event. The Olowalu Plantation House is on the Westside of Maui, closest to Lahaina Town. This is about a 24 minute drive from the airport.

Kukahiko Estate

This absolutely breathtaking property in Makena, Maui is owned by many generations of the Kukahiko family. If you are looking for a magical venue surrounded by the ocean and marine life, this one is for you! This gorgeous 2 bedrooms 3 bathrooms home is furnished in Hawaiian island tradition. A loft with a spiral staircase and disappearing sliders open the entire living space to the crashing waves and the stunning sunsets. You will immediately feel welcome here! Aloha Bars Maui is also proud to offer their services at this venue!

Nearby locations include Makena beach AKA Big beach, and the town of Wailea. Kukahiko Estate is located 32 minutes away from the Kahului Airport.

Maui Pineapple Chapel AKA Steeple House

This beautiful wedding venue is located in Kapalua, Maui. It is a magical, light and airy chapel just steps from the ocean. With the backdrop of Makaluapuna Point meeting the Pacific ocean, the photo opportunities are abundant! This chapel hosts up to 500 guests and is 1,500 square feet. There is a beautiful outdoor terrace and lower lawn. The ceremony and reception can either take place outside, inside, or both! Inside of the chapel you will find ceiling fans and a private bridal suite for your wedding party. This space also accommodates for altar ceremonies. There are many more services offered for the Maui Pineapple Chapel such as pre-wedding showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, elopements, and more! This is even a pet-friendly space, so that you can bring your fur babies to join the fun!

Steeple House also has a thorough list of preferred vendors (including us) that will enhance your special day with their unique services. There are many different types of packages to choose from. Ceremony only packages, or booking the entire property for a full-day of celebration! There is parking for up to 40 cars and a parking attendant will be provided with 50 + cars. Places nearby include Oneloa Bay, Flemings Beach, Napili and Kapalua Bay. The Kahului airport is 56 minutes away from this venue.

Now that I have shared some information on the top three wedding venues on Maui, maybe it will help you decide where to have your special day! All three of these venues have many beautiful and diverse qualities to offer, it really just depends what YOU want. Good luck planning, and stay tuned for more information on these locations!

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