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Remembering Duck Duck Goose

Chef Bloc Series - Maui Event at the Ka'ana Kitchen, Andaz

Maui's Monthly Chef Block Duck Duck Goose Event infographic
Maui's Monthly Chef Block Duck Duck Goose Event infographic

Maui's monthly Chef Bloc events featured innovative cuisine from the island's most talented chefs, including our own Jeff Scheer!

You may have played duck duck goose as a child, but chances are you never ate the game. We fondly look back on one of Maui's most memorable Chef collaborations, the Chef Bloc 'Duck, Duck, Goose'.

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jeff scheer maui

Remembering Duck, Duck, Goose

The brainchild of Ka'ana Kitchen's Chef Isaac Bancaco, Chef Bloc was a monthly statewide collaboration dinner that offered 12 lucky guests the chance to watch and interact with several of Hawaii's best chefs.

chef bloc maui
chef bloc maui

The first of these events, held at the gorgeous Andaz Maui Resort's Ka'ana Kitchen, included Bancaco alongside Chefs Sheldon Simeon of Migrant Maui and our own Jeff Scheer of The Mill House.

The event kicked off at Haiku's Malama Farms, where each chef was able to catch, kill and prepare their own three Muscovy ducks, a good reminder of where our food comes from, and the importance of sourcing locally.

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best chefs hawaii

Dinner was held in the cozy yet romantic Andaz Salon, the perfect setting to enjoy an up-close view of each chef's process in prepping, making and plating dishes.

Local sommeliers and bartenders were also there to help pair accompanying beverages for guests, choosing cocktails and wine that added to the flavors of the evening's focus ingredient, duck.

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best maui chefs

The dinner featured 9 courses in total, including inventive menu items like Scheer's Cured Duck Breast with Kupa'a Roots, Bancaco's deconstructed Peking Duck, Simeon's Duck Neck with Li Hing Mui and Shiso, and even desserts like a Foie and Chocolate Pots De Crème and Foie Malasada with Lilikoi Sugar.

maui chef bloc events
maui chef bloc events

Diners were invited to interact with the chefs, and took advantage of the intimate group setting to ask questions and learn how these amazing chefs are able to do what they do.

The event has featured many guest chefs, invited from all throughout the state of Hawaii, and typically included six courses, grown-on Maui ingredients, and unique wine and cocktail pairings, along with a rotating theme for the menu.

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duck duck goose dinner maui

Chef's Table Dinner

For those looking to experience a similarly intimate dining experience on Maui, we highly recommend our 7-course Chef's Table dinner, held every Friday and Saturday evening on our scenic outdoor lanai! For more information or to reserve a spot, please visit our availability and booking page.

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Mahalo for visiting, and we look forward to having you at The Mill House!

All Chef Bloc Series photos provided by Pacific Dream Photography.

what's your favorite way to prepare duck or goose? comment below!
what's your favorite way to prepare duck or goose? comment below!
All photography was either taken by Mill House staff, from owners that have given us written permission, and/or purchased for use. We have all the rights necessary to use these images on our website.

Peʻahi Shows Her Teeth!

Clean waves, big swell, talented/experienced surfers. Can you ask for more? Just 15 minutes away from our restaurant, the north shore was thumping all day long and isn't showing signs of stopping. It's a funny thing. When you live on Maui, you can feel a change in the air when there's big swell. It's not just the salty mist in the air or the sound of thundering waves slamming the reefs.

10 Things Hawaii Does Better Than Anywhere Else

Though 10 things are really just the tip of the volcano, we explore what makes Hawaii no ka oi.

One of the largest tourist destinations in the world, visitors and residents alike will tell you there's really nowhere else quite like the Hawaiian Islands. From the fascinating culture to the tropical scenery, surf, outdoor activities and cuisine, visitors of all ages don't have to look too hard to see the beauty of the aloha way of life.

10 things hawaii does better than anywhere else infographic
10 things hawaii does better than anywhere else infographic

#1 Coffee

As the only U.S. state able to grow coffee, it's safe to assume that anyone sipping their favorite Starbucks coffee beverage in the state of Hawaii is just plain missing out. Joining other 'Bean Belt' giants like Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Colombia, Hawaii-grown coffee can be found all over the globe, though there's no better excuse to try it than during a visit to the islands.

Although Big Island's Kona Coffee is the most well-known variety, Maui offers several locally-grown roasts sure to make you appreciate the wonder that is fresh caffeination.

best hawaii coffee
best hawaii coffee

We highly recommend a visit to our onsite Mill House Coffee Roasting Company, where we harvest, pulp, process and roast Red Catuai beans ourselves, in addition to offering other locally-grown varieties from West Maui's Ka'anapali Estate. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of freshly roasted 100% Maui Grown Coffee with a view.

maui grown coffee
maui grown coffee

#2 Outdoor Dining

We love dinner on a crowded patio just as much as the next person, but unless that crowded patio also includes views of rolling clouds over tropical mountaintops and distant volcanoes, the smell of fragrant plumeria, and/or panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, meh. We'll pass.

Though Hawaii restricts any commercial beach activity, including bars, cafes and restaurants, there are plenty of places to enjoy a delicious meal in a gorgeous setting.

things to do in hawaii
things to do in hawaii

Some of our favorites include The Mill House (have you seen our view?!), shrimp trucks on Oahu's north shore, Manele Bay breakfast views from Lanai's Four Seasons Resort, Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, The Proud Peacock in Waimea Valley, and many more.

#3 Whales

Each year, thousands of North Pacific humpback whales migrate from Alaskan waters to the warm, shallow waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands from November to May.

But what makes whale watching in Hawaii better than anywhere else?

Since they make the long swim specifically to mate, give birth, and nurse their young, this means a large number of baby humpback whales are frolicking around our islands, often learning important behaviors like breaching, pec slapping, spy hopping, tail slapping, and more. And unlike whale watching in colder climates, in Hawaii, you're able to whale watch from shore, by boat, stand up paddleboard, kayak, and even a helicopter ride.

hawaii whale season
hawaii whale season

Believed to be a representation of Kanaloa, the Hawaiian Demigod of Ocean Animals, whales have been depicted in ancient petroglyphs throughout the islands since the ancient Polynesian era, and we hope to see their continual rise in population over time.

#4 Board Sports

Because Hawaii is located in the middle of nowhere in the big blue Pacific, and is in fact the most isolated population center on Earth, it's no wonder that the ocean became second nature to the people who have called it home.

Once a popular activity among chiefs, the sport of surfing has a long and fascinating history in the Hawaiian Islands, and one that continues to draw thousands of surfers here each year to enjoy our amazing surf and weather conditions. But that's not the only board sport that originated here.

board sports hawaii
board sports hawaii

In the 1940's, Waikiki surf legends like Duke Kahanamoku and the AhChoy brothers used paddles and stood on their boards to better see their surf students and incoming swells, thus creating the first known SUP sport.

Athletes can also enjoy Hawaii's epic conditions for other board sports like windsurfing, kitesurfing, and even wakeboarding.

#5 Hiking

There aren't many places in the world where you can hike in a volcanic crater, through a bamboo forest, to a waterfall, along a mountainous ridge, and to a remote beach in the same day. Thankfully, Hawaii is one of those places.

Some of the most stunning (and uncrowded) locations in Hawaii are those that can only be reached by hiking trails, and we consider ourselves truly lucky to live in a place that makes other hiking destinations look like child's play.

what makes hawaii the best
what makes hawaii the best

For serious hikers, we highly recommend Kauai's famed Kalaulau Trail along the Na Pali Coastline or Maui's Kaupo Trail, while those with moderate levels of experience will enjoy Maui's Pipiwai Trail, the Big Island's Kilauea Craters Trail, and Oahu's Diamondhead Summit Trail or Maunawili Falls Trail.

#6 Talking Story

Anyone can talk, but not everyone can talk story, brah.

Since a written language wasn't introduced in Hawaii until the arrival of missionaries in the mid 19th century, storytelling was the primary way of passing down important information, including Hawaiian stories and ancient legends. Known as mo'olelo, the art of talking story continues to be a valuable practice for many in the Aloha State.

storytelling hawaii
storytelling hawaii

Today, getting together to 'talk story' generally means chatting, swapping stories, and sharing ideas, and is one of the best things to do with local residents when visiting the Hawaiian Islands.

#7 Weather

If you're the type of person who feels the need to break the silence or begin conversations with topics of weather, chances are you won't find much to say beyond "sure is beautiful today" in Hawaii.

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hawaii weather

With average annual temperatures fluctuating wildly between 73 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and a large number of microclimates that make prolonged, heavy rainfall fairly easy to avoid, it's safe to say the weather just got a whole lot better than wherever you flew in from.

Not a fan of sunshine, tropical breezes, dramatic sunsets and frequent rainbows? We hear Canada's great!

#8 Environmental Considerations

One thing you'll notice about the majority of Hawaii's beaches, as opposed to others we've experienced in popular areas of Mexico, Southeast Asia or even the Caribbean, is the lack of trash, waste and general pollution.

Not only does Hawaii take pride in the 'aina (land), but we also consider our role within the environment. Many companies and foundations recognize the growing importance of sustainability and eco-conscious tourism, and steps are being taken everyday to ensure we leave the islands set up for success for future generations.

10 things hawaii does better
10 things hawaii does better

Although there's still plenty of work to do, and many controversial issues at stake, residents have managed to win several groundbreaking measures to change the course of farming and land use on many of the islands.

#9 The Super Soft Sell

Another thing notably missing from Hawaii's beaches? The art of the hard sell. Or selling at all, in fact.

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best things about hawaii

That's right. Remember when we mentioned that commercial activity is not allowed on beaches in Hawaii? That also includes hawking, peddling, pushing, touting, marketing, auctioning and vending anything, which means you can go back to reading your book in peace without awkwardly avoiding eye contact or returning home with seventeen new unnecessary souvenirs.

#10 SPAM

Hawaii does SPAM justice - we don't consume 7 million cans of it a year for nothin', after all.

While in Hawaii, you're likely to notice dishes like Spam Musubi, Spam Fried Rice, and Spam & Eggs on many menus. And should you develop a taste for it, or simply consider yourself a hardcore Spammer, simply plan your next trip in time to attend the annual Waikiki Spam Jam. It's a thing.

spam in hawaii
spam in hawaii

We hope to see you at our coffee house, restaurant or a Chef's Table event soon, and mahalo for reading!

what are some other things hawaii does better? comment below
what are some other things hawaii does better? comment below
All photography was either taken by Mill House staff, from owners that have given us written permission, and/or purchased for use. We have all the rights necessary to use these images on our website.

Best Maui Aerial Videos

Best Maui Aerial Videos

Maui is known for having magnificent picturesque views and landscapes ideal for shooting stunning photographs and video. With the popularity of new camera equipment such as  GoPro or camera-carrying drones, we wanted to share with you some epic footage of Maui from an aerial perspective.

See some of the best Maui aerial videos that take you through the island from a different perspective.

best maui aerial videos
best maui aerial videos

Humpback Whales in Maui from a Drone

This drone captured a mama whale swimming with her calf near the boat. To see the significant difference in size between the mother and the baby is quite amazing. The serenity of these giants swimming gracefully makes you feel very appreciative of the whale season we get to enjoy here in Maui. You can tell that it was a perfect sunny day with minimal waves and the pristine deep blue color of the sea.

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Farm to Table Dining via Drone

Things just got even more interesting here at the Mill House Restaurant, and dining for lunch, dinner andMaui Chef's Table will never be the same!  Drone delivery of produce will begin once FAA approval is granted for the Maui Tropical Plantation. The dedicated and talented Chef Jeff Scheer and his team of workers already are dedicated to seasonal, local ingredients, but this takes things one step further (and faster!) Once implemented, Drone to Table will allow us to eliminate the need of an off-road gas guzzling vehicle to harvest large amounts of produce.  The drone is more efficient and can deliver multiple small loads, cutting down on spoilage and offering even fresher produce from our property.  Get a glimpse of the Maui Tropical Plantation from above, where Chef Jeff carefully chooses many of the fresh ingredients.

And hurry before they sell out of Maui Chef's Table Tickets.

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Maui Sailing and Snorkeling at Coral Gardens with Shadowfax

This group of friends enjoyed a lovely time sailing to the Coral Gardens in their private Shadowfax Sailing yacht to explore the southwest coast of Maui. There’s neat footage of what the sailboat’s interior looks like, as well as aerial shots of coastal Maui and the sailboat. Then you are taken through a “chasing of the fish” underwater and through the corals. A great combination of aerial and under the sea footage.

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Molokini Crater

Pride of Maui captured the best footage of Molokini Crater taking you on a adventurous snorkel trip and even underwater! Meet the spinner dolphins, humpback whales, green sea turtle, and the eel. A fun video with upbeat music that truly makes you appreciate Maui and its marine life.

Get your snorkel on with Pride of Maui!

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Exploring Maui in a Porsche Speedster

Want to cruise in Maui with style with a 1957 Porsche? Awesome aerial footage capturing the Porsche Speedsters coasting past the crystal clear waters in Wailea towards the rugged lava field. You can rent these fancy cars at Maui Roadsters.

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Maui Bottom Fishing with Maui Fun Charters

Come aboard The Marjorie Ann, a 36-foot Chesapeake Bay Deadrise-style fishing boat and watch a group of people enjoy a memorable fishing experience! Equipped with the latest fishing technology and equipment, the staff of Maui Fun Charters helps their clients catch different sizes and variety of fish from several inches to several feet!

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Hana

Travaasa Hana Resort, hidden in the remote side of the island in Hana offers a place to relax and take your mind off your busy life. A camera-toting drone captures the entire property from above and you can see that the property is right next to the ocean. The video also captures some horses in a green pasture and the rough coastal waters formed by the lava rocks.

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Ka'anapali Beach

This video takes you through picture-perfect beaches of Hawaii. Flat, turquoise water and gentle rolling waves that can be enjoyed even by a toddler. At Black Rock, the blue water is shimmering and ideal for floaties and snorkeling. A daring diver jumps off a little cliff and the camera goes underwater, following the Hawaiian state fish, humuhumunukunukuapua'a.

Just be mindful that while Black Rock is known for its pristine snorkeling location, it does have a rip current. If a red flag is posted, do not go in the water. Understand how to get back to shore if caught in a rip current.

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Palauea Beach

EpiCapture Productions beautifully captured a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle ("honu") and starts to zoom out to the crystal clear waters that overlook the coral formations. Just when you thought it couldn't zoom out more, it keeps going and going until you see a view of the West Maui Mountains. The details and high-quality imagery in this video are so well-defined that you can make out the ripples of the ocean and pinpoint the people swimming and relaxing on the beach.

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Jesse Richman Kitesurfing Jaws

Maui is known for having one of the biggest surfable waves, called Jaws, also known as Pe'ahi. When Jaws goes off, many locals take time off work to watch this spectacular event, so don't miss it if you get a chance. But be sure to have someone guide you, as it is tricky to find and often requires a 4WD vehicle.

Justin Edwards, the videographer behind Drone Above, captured renowned kitesurfer Jesse Richman tackling Jaws on October 28, 2015, and said, "The effort paid off when Jesse Richman just went nuts kitesurfing. The other guys windsurfing and kiting were really good...but Jesse is just on another level. It is like watching a super hero. Here is the footage I got of him."

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Manawainui Gulch in Maui

Manawainui Gulch is known for being the driest part of Maui. You can see in this footage that this part of Maui is bone dry to the brim with beautiful crispy landscape and dry cliffs in tones of yellow, light and dark brown. Even though right next to the ocean, this part of land does not get much rain or humidity.

Historically, Manawainui Gulch was filled with flowing fresh water, giving life to the surrounding land areas with tall Koa and Sandalwood trees. Old Hawaiian population used to thrive in this back-end of Hana when water existed. Now without the water flow, but occasionally with rare flash floods, this video captures what beauty is left.

Well, we hope you enjoyed these handpicked videos of the Best Aerial Videos of Maui and have inspired you to get creative to take your next vacation video to the next level!

Let us know below in the comments, which video you liked best!

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do you have any favorite aerial videos? comment below!
do you have any favorite aerial videos? comment below!

All photography was either taken by Mill House staff, from owners that have given us written permission, and/or purchased for use. We have all the rights necessary to use these images on our website.