Papaya and Watercress Bisque

Mama’s Fish House
Papaya and Watercress Bisque

1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup Maui onion diced
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
5 cups watercress, chopped
4 cups ripe papaya, peeled and seeded
1 cup white wine
8 cups chicken stock
3 tablespoons roux (3 tablespoons of melted butter mixed with 3 tablespoons of flour)
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Saute with olive oil, Maui onions, ginger, garlic and thyme until onions are translucent. Then add the watercress and saute for one minute then add the papaya and wine.  Simmer for another minute then add the stock.  Bring to a simmer then puree bisque with a soup wand or a blender.  Put bisque back into the pot and add the cream bring to a simmer and add the roux, whisk well and simmer for five minutes.  Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper.  Strain soup if using thick fibrous Watercress.

Mama’s Fish House,  started in 1973,  was the first fresh fish restaurant on Maui.  Located at 799 Poho Place in Paia. This converted beach house restaurant is a memory of old Polynesia on Maui’s North Shore.  Open daily for lunch 11:00am – 3:00pm and dinner 4:15pm – 9:00pm.  For more information or to make a reservation contact 808-579-8488.


Guest Review From Trip Advisor

Visitor from Carson, California – August 2010

The Perfect Vacation

I chose this location to celebrate my 35th wedding anniversary after reading several other reviews and I’m absolutely glad I did.  From the moment we arrived I truly felt like a VIP.  The staff was outstanding, the rooms spacious and furnished beautifully.  The 10th floor ocean front view took my breath away.  I didn’t want to leave.  In fact my mind is still there.  It was a short walk to Whaler’s Village and nearby hotels.  Costco is close to the airport and makes it convenient to save on eating out.  I can’t wait to return and highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a first class vacation with the comforts of home in the perfect location on Kaanapali Beach.


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Most opportunities are for 2 hours and locations vary from beaches to uplands, to Haleakala National Park.

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Guest Review From Trip Advisor

Visitor From San Diego, California

It was my best trip to Hawaii because of the facility; location, friendly service, and quality surroundings.

As I said above, Alii made my vacation.  The facility is high quality with very nice surroundings and lots to do:  tennis, gym, spa, pools, and beautiful beach.  The employees were so friendly and responsive.  I looked forward to early morning coffee in the outdoor television area adjacent to the pools.  It was a nice, friendly gathering spot for all.

The location is perfect:  right on the beach walkway, near but not too close to shops and restaurants.  It seemed like everything was a pleasant 5 to 10 minute walk.

If you want to be assured of having a wonderful vacation choose the Alii.


Banyan Tree Deli & Bakery

Just when you might think you know Lahaina Town, new shops, restaurants and ocean activities are added so from time-to-time we will highlight what’s new on Maui.  Enjoy!

A casual eatery that you may not know about is the Banyan Tree Deli & Bakery located at 626 Front Street. Open daily 6 a.m. – 8 p.m..

Anson on Yelp rated it 5 stars and noted “probably the best pastrami I’ve had”.  Click here to read more reviews about the Banyan Tree Deli & Bakery.