Maui

1st Annual Maui Chefs Invitational hosted by The Mill House

The Mill House presents the First Annual Maui Chefs Invitational, a multi-part culinary event. Seven Chefs have been nominated and invited to showcase their artistry and point-of-view; a collaboration in the spirit of creativity and camaraderie. Join us as we embark on a culinary adventure with these highly-acclaimed chefs from various cities and backgrounds. Involved in some of the nation’s most successful and cutting edge restaurants, their innovative menus and approach to ingredients leave a lasting impression.

It’s a weekend to engage your senses and indulge in creative cuisine. A chance to learn from and interact with leading Chefs; a time to celebrate their talents, the bounty of Maui’s land and sea, and enjoy the company of fellow enthusiasts.

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chefs-table

THE INVITATIONAL

Maui has long been part of a surfing tradition in which peers nominate and challenge each other to gather and showcase their talents and bravery. This is the concept of the Invitational. It is an opportunity for those passionate in the culinary field, to show respect for history while pushing the boundaries.

From Instagram to Tumblr, from magazines to restaurant reviews, and from cookbooks to Facebook, these Chefs are part of a mass media dialogue about food and dining culture. Chefs Invitational is a chance to take that dialogue live. This series of events will bring eight influential, contemporary chefs into the same kitchen, affording them the opportunity to inspire each other in person, bounce ideas back and forth, and to engage in a discussion about the present and future culinary scene.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH

Chefs Table Experience

Multi Course Menu

5 - 9 p.m.

A multi course menu where guests can explore modern tastes and textures prepared by eight highly-acclaimed Chefs from across the country. Our open-air kitchen sets the stage for an interactive dinner. We encourage guests to get up out of their seats, come to the Chef’s table and watch as each course is realized.

These eight chefs will be spending the week prior, visiting farms and collaborating in the kitchen. The week will culminate in two multi course dinners providing a chance to experience the essence of these Chefs’ creativity.

Seating is communal, bringing together enthusiasts of food and drink to interact and share stories.

Tickets for this event are $200 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. This price does not include beverages. There will be a cocktail hour from 5-6 p.m.; dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

Friday and Saturday will showcase differing menu items and ingredients. Ingredients are often selected in the days and hours leading up to the event. Menus will not be published beforehand. We apologize, but we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests.

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chefsbarbecue

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH

Chefs Barbecue Celebration

Food, Drink, Music

1 - 6 p.m.

The Chefs Barbecue Celebration will be held on the lawn of the Maui Tropical Plantation. Guests will graze on dishes created through the collaborative efforts of the participating Chefs. Maui Brewing Co. will be pouring cold beer while Hali’imaile Distilling will be crafting cocktails from fresh Maui ingredients and Maui distilled spirits. Enjoy an abundance of food, have a beer with the chefs, and experience a day of fun.

Tickets for this event are $65 per person, inclusive of food, tax and gratuity. This price does not include beverages. The event will take place from 1-6 p.m.

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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'.

jeff scheer maui
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.

best chefs hawaii
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.

best maui chefs
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.

duck duck goose dinner maui
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.

Top Maui Searches 2015

Want to know the most researched Maui topics of 2015?

We've compiled a list of the top trending Google topics about Maui, including valuable answers to the most common questions that are sure to shorten your research time. Enjoy, and we look forward to giving you more great information in 2016!

top maui web searches 2015 infographic
top maui web searches 2015 infographic

Top Maui Searches 2015

Maui Jim & Maui Jim Sunglasses

What once was a small beachside business in Lahaina has now grown to be one of the most popular sunglass brands in the world.

With more than 125 varieties of glasses, all of which are polarized to give you the best, most vibrant views of paradise, the best place to wear a pair of Maui Jims is in indeed, Maui itself.

maui jim
maui jim

If you're looking to grab a pair during your next vacation, it's a little known fact that Costco has some of the best prices around, though there are several retailers that offer a wide selection. And should you damage them whilst frolicking in the waves, under waterfalls or trekking through a volcanic crater, they also have one of the best warranty agreements around.

Maui Beach

Everything you've heard is true. Maui does have beaches!

However, anyone Googling 'Maui Beach' is probably either seeking temporary electronic teleportation from their daily 3pm Excel spreadsheet duties or wondering which beach is the best for their upcoming trip to The Valley Isle. For purposes of this post, we'll pretend it's the latter.

best beaches in maui
best beaches in maui

Below we've listed our two favorite beaches in each area of the island, and we hope you get the opportunity to discover your very own dream-worthy Maui beach.

North Maui: Baldwin Beach & Ho'okipa Beach Park

East Maui: Wai'anapanapa State Park (home of Maui's black sand beach), Hamoa Beach

South Maui: Makena "Big" Beach, Keawakapu Beach

West Maui: Ka'anapali Beach, Napili Bay

Weather Maui

In a word, weather on Maui = nice. With average annual temperatures between 65 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, chances are you'll experience somewhere between perfect and near-perfect conditions the majority of the time you're here.

Because Maui has so many microclimates, the weather greatly depends on which area of the island you're in. Leeward areas like South and West Maui experience the hottest temperatures and least amount of rain, while the Central Valley and windward areas of Haiku and East Maui experience much heavier rainfall and lush, jungle-like conditions.

weather in maui
weather in maui

For those seeking a break from the heat, simply head Upcountry to enjoy cool breezes and scenic panoramic views, or the 10,000 foot summit of Haleakala, where temperatures regularly dip below 45 degrees.

Lahaina Maui

Formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Lahaina Town is currently one of Hawaii's most popular destinations.

maui lahaina
maui lahaina

Lahaina's famed Front Street, named one of America's 'Top 10 Greatest Streets', offers an assortment of boutique shops, historical artifacts and attractions, oceanfront restaurants, live music, art galleries, the amazing Banyan Tree Park, and scenic sunset views. Though any day of the year draws a crowd, the most memorable way to experience Lahaina is during the annual Front Street Halloween Party, which attracts more than 25,000 attendees from around the world.

Visit Lahaina Town for a more in-depth look at the best activities, beaches, dining and accommodation options.

Maui Hotels

Accommodations are a major part of any vacation. Luckily, Maui's huge variety of options, from penthouse to tree house, will delight even the most particular travelers.

For those looking to splurge, we love the oceanfront Four Seasons Resort in Wailea, secluded Travaasa Resort in Hana, and Ritz Carlton Kapalua, though there are no shortage of stunning luxury accommodations.

best hotels in maui
best hotels in maui

Our favorite midrange options include the charming Iao Valley Inn in Central Maui, Nalu Kai Lodge in Paia Town, The Ilikahi in Lahaina, and Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort or Tracy's Tropical Treasures in Kihei.

For backpackers or those on a tight budget, we recommend the Aloha Surf Hostel in Paia or any of the amazing campsites on Maui!

Maui Airport

Kahului Airport (OGG) is Maui's major airport, located conveniently in Central Maui. Two others, Kapalua Airport and Hana Airport, are typically used in moderation for inter-island flights.

Chances are you won't be spending much time here, so get in, get out, and enjoy yourself as much as possible in between.

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airport in maui hawaii

For more information, please visit Maui Airport Map and Maui Car Rentals.

Craigslist Maui

Oh, Craigslist. For those visiting Maui, you probably won't find much use for it outside of searching for garage sales to stock up on inexpensive beach gear.

For those who live on Maui or are planning on moving, it's unfortunately and fortunately one of the best (and only) places to find a place to live, someone to live with, and a job. Competition for housing is fierce and goes quickly, so keep your eyes peeled and your vehicle ready.

maui craigslist
maui craigslist

Like anywhere else, Craigslist on Maui is a popular catch-all for buying and selling. Just use it with caution.

Fastest Rising Google Search Queries:

Miley Cyrus Maui

She came, she swam, she took her top off. If you think that's interesting, Little Beach on Sundays might just make your head (and eyeballs) explode.

miley cyrus maui
miley cyrus maui

Maui Invitational 2015

An annual event since 1984, the Maui Invitational is an early season college basketball tournament held over Thanksgiving week at the Lahaina Civic Center in West Maui. Previously sponsored by EA Sports, 2015 was the first year the event was sponsored by Maui's own Maui Jim.

maui basketball tournament
maui basketball tournament

Attracting more than 4,000 visitors, from journalists, athletes, officials and event sponsors, the Maui Invitational consists of 8 teams, made up of the host school, Chaminade University of Honolulu, as well as a team from each of the six major conferences and one from a different conference.

The event has been a success in boosting Maui's economy, and continues to draw national attention thanks to coverage from ESPN.

Maui Shark Attack

First of all, the chances of you actually encountering a shark on Maui, especially an aggressive breed like a tiger or hammerhead shark, are extremely low. In fact, you're 30 times more likely to be injured by a falling coconut than a shark.

shark attack info maui
shark attack info maui

The best ocean safety tips to practice during your trip is to never swim alone or near anyone who is fishing. Also avoid swimming in murky conditions, typically caused by a storm or nearby runoff. Maui is a wonderful place to experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, so don't let a few cases of mistaken identity (out of the thousands of people who swim here daily) let it affect your trip.

Target Maui

One of the newest additions to Maui was the immensely popular retail chain, Target, which officially opened on March 4th, 2015 in Kahului, Maui. While other stores like Kmart and Walmart have locations nearby, many residents and visitors were excited to welcome Target to the island for its variety of affordable home goods, electronics, clothing, groceries and more.

shopping maui
shopping maui

Airbnb Maui

First founded in 2008, Airbnb has quickly grown to be one of the most popular resources for accommodations in the world, now with upwards of 1.5 million listings in more than 190 countries worldwide.

best maui airbnb rentals
best maui airbnb rentals

On Maui, Airbnb is quickly becoming one of the best ways to find accommodation outside of expensive resorts, offering a huge variety of options, from cozy studio rooms in the rainforest of Hana to sprawling, multi-bedroom estates in Upcountry Maui. Filter options by date, room type, price range, amenities, neighborhood and much more criteria to find your perfect rental in paradise.

Maui Webcams

When an island is this beautiful, it only makes sense that people want to see it as often as possible. Enter Maui Webcams, conveniently located in several of the island's most scenic areas, including Maui Tropical Plantation, Paia Bay, Ka'anapali Beach, Makena Beach Golf Resort and more, all for your real-time viewing pleasure.

maui web cameras
maui web cameras

We hope this list offers some useful information for your next trip to Maui, and as always, mahalo for reading! Respond below with your questions about Maui and we'd love to help you answer them. Aloha!

top maui google searches of 2015 infographic
top maui google searches of 2015 infographic
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.

Planning the Perfect Day Around Iao Valley

No visit to Maui is complete without exploring the historic, lush grounds of Iao Valley State Park.

Located centrally near Waikapu and Wailuku, this is the perfect day activity for all members of the family. With walking trails, plenty of places to relax and a wide variety of tropical flora and fauna, we're help to help you plan the perfect day around Iao Valley.

planning the perfect day around iao valley
planning the perfect day around iao valley

Lunch at The Mill House Restaurant

Take a short drive to The Mill House to enjoy a rotating menu of lunch items with a scenic view of the mountains and Maui Tropical Plantation. Open daily for lunch from 11am to 3pm, we offer freshly roasted Maui grown coffee, local produce and creative dishes from Executive Chef Jeff Scheer.

best lunch spots maui
best lunch spots maui

The view from our new outdoor seating area is a lovely preview of what you'll see deeper within the West Maui Mountains, and paired with current lunch specialties like the pork tacos with avocado salsa, pastrami sandwich with kimchi, and classic cheeseburger with aioli, it's guaranteed to be a great start to your adventure.

best place to eat lunch maui
best place to eat lunch maui

Tour Iao Valley State Park

Visitors are often stunned at the natural beauty surrounding the State Park. The steep, lush mountains, puffy clouds and bright green plant life are mesmerizing, and learning about the historical significance of the land only makes it that much more remarkable.

Stop at the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens (located on the left side of the street on the way to Iao Valley) for a scenic walk through garden displays celebrating Maui's diverse heritage, including Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Korean, and take a minute to appreciate the serenity of the area.

Entrance to the park is free for residents and $5 per car for visitors, and we definitely recommend packing a few items to make the most of your visit!

Best Items to Bring to Iao Valley:

  • Pancho or raincoat
  • Slip-resistant, closed toe shoes, especially if you plan on doing any hiking or walking down by Iao Stream
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Swimsuit (if you plan on taking a dip)
  • Towel and dry clothing
  • Water bottle
what to do around iao valley
what to do around iao valley

The 4,000 square foot park's most prominent landmark is Iao Needle, the 1,200 foot lookout point for Maui's Army during the famed 1790 Battle of Kepaniwai, when King Kamehameha landed on the shores of Maui in an effort to defeat and unify the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. Visitors are encouraged to climb the 130+ steps to get a better vantage point of this historic Hawaii landmark.

Follow the paved pathways around the park to enjoy serene views of the garden and jungle landscape, as well as the healing waters of Iao Stream, which makes for a refreshing dip on a sweltering day in paradise.

Browse Market Street in Wailuku or the Bailey House Museum

things to do wailuku
things to do wailuku

After you've had enough fun exploring the grounds of Iao Valley, head back through Wailuku Town to make a pit stop on Market Street, a cozy street of funky shops and friendly locals.

Spruce up your record collection at Request Music, or browse local artwork while enjoying a caffeinated afternoon pick-me-up at the charming Wailuku Coffee Company. If you happen to be in town during the monthly Wailuku First Friday celebration, definitely stop by for live music entertainment and unique items from local vendors, and keep an eye on the historic Iao Theater calendar for upcoming local performances.

For those interested in learning more about Hawaiian history, a visit to the conveniently-located Bailey House Museum is in order. Originally built in 1833, the Bailey House is now home to the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in Maui County, a surfboard and canoe that belonged to Duke Kahanamoku, an interesting museum store, and more that history buffs will truly appreciate.

Shop at To & From Boutique & All Good Things Maui

To & From Boutique, located conveniently near The Mill House next to Waikapu on 30, is one of our new favorite places to shop on Maui. Doubling as a full salon, make a quick stop in this adorable boutique to enjoy clothing items at exceptional prices, BodyHI locally-made soap bars, and fun jewelry.

All Good Things Maui, if you're lucky enough to catch it on Wailuku First Friday or parked near the Maui Tropical Plantation Coconut Station, is a mobile boutique of island-inspired swimwear, jewelry, bags, hats, and more.

perfect day iao valley
perfect day iao valley

Happy Hour at The Mill House Restaurant

After all that adventuring, you deserve a cocktail!

The Mill House now offers daily happy hour from 3 to 5pm, including $5 beers like Kihei Kolsch, Stone IPA and Bikini Blonde, an assortment of wine by the glass, and a couple of our signature and classic cocktails.

best happy hour central maui
best happy hour central maui

If you've worked up an appetite, we also offer happy hour pupus like the fried chicken with buttermilk dressing, beef kalbi ribs, scallop crudo and more. The regular dinner menu begins at 5pm for those of you who wish to stay for dinnertime, when the sunset views behind the mountains are truly breathtaking! Either way, be sure to come back to try our inventive Mill House cocktail menu.

Sunset Stroll on Sugar Beach

sunset beach walk maui
sunset beach walk maui

Only a 10 minute drive south of The Mill House, Sugar Beach offers one of the lengthiest, and most peaceful, walking areas for a beautiful Maui sunset. Parking along the side stretch of road near Ma'alaea Wharf can be limited, but North Kihei offers a few more opportunities for a convenient beach walk starting-point.

While you may want to keep your slippahs on due to the surrounding kiawe trees (and their pesky thorns), you'll enjoy some of the best sunset views on the island, all with a nice ocean breeze to top it off. The perfect way to end your Iao adventure day!

We hope you enjoyed our tips for planning the perfect day around Iao Valley! Mahalo for reading, and we hope to have you join us soon for a delicious lunch, happy hour, or dinner, Maui-style.

what are some other great things to do around iao valley? comment below!
what are some other great things to do around iao valley? 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.