Travel Tip – How To Cut A Pineapple

Whether you are visiting Hawaii or not, it’s always nice to know how to cut a pineapple.  Since there are so many ways to cut a pineapple, we thought we would share one of them with you.  In this short video by Chef Todd Mohr you will learn how easy it is to cut a pineapple for a simple table display.  Enjoy!

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Guest Review From TripAdvisor

Visitor from Fairfax, Virginia – September 12, 2011

“Perfect In Every Way…”

The most dramatic part of any vacation is the anticipation you feel as you insert the keycard into the lock of a hotel room that you are entering for the first time – – especially after you’ve spent 12 hours of flying time with 3 young children to get to your destination.

So you can imagine the excitement we felt when we opened the door to enter one of the
most gorgeous hotel/condo units we’ve ever seen.  We had reserved a 2BR, recently renovated suite facing the ocean and that’s exactly what we got.  The unit was immaculate – – clean, spacious, nicely decorated…. it was actually a luxury condo rather than a hotel room.  The beds were extremely comfortable (even the sleeper sofa was nice – – usually hotel sleeper sofas are not so nice when you unfold them), the kitchen was modern and fully equipped, the bathrooms were pristine, and the condition of the overall unit was excellent.  The highlight of our accommodation was that our 3rd floor lanai was literally 30 yards from one of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen.  Great for swimming and people watching as you had surfers dealing with some challenging waves while mostly newlyweds strolled the walkway extending the entire length of Kaanapali Beach ending at Whaler’s Village on the north end – – a very nice shopping plaza (we saw an excellent and free hula show there).  As for the kids, they didn’t even miss the lack of a pool slide that a few other nearby hotels had – – dancing in the waves and attempting to body surf in the ocean right in front of the hotel was more than enough entertainment for them (and us parents as well).

So when you add it all up – – central location on a beautiful stretch of beach, pleasant staff, immaculate and spacious suites, wonderful views, great amenities – – it’s one of the best places you could stay at without sacrificing a bar of gold for the experience.  Bravo Kaanapali Alii !!!

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Chris Isaak in Concert at Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Chris IsaakChris Isaak brings love, luck and heartache to the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center this December.   Creating an artful way of exploring the good and bad of love, Chris has established an impressive recording career both onstage and in the Studio.

Throughout his recording career Chris has delivered smash hits like “Wicked Game,” “Baby Did A Bad, Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.”Chris Isaak

Mr. Lucky, Chris Isaak’s most recent masterpiece is a balance between the ecstasy of love with the pain of heartbreak.   From the first single on the new album “We Let Her Down” to “Best I Ever Had,” Chris takes you on a dark but beautiful ride.

Come and experience Chris Isaak live at the Castle Theater on December 1, 2011 at 7:30pm.  Tickets range from $45-$85 (plus applicable fees).  For tickets and more information visit MauiArts.org.

*Images courtesy of Maui Arts & Cultural Center

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Original Recipe – Cheesy Spam Bake

Spam was introduced to the islands during the U.S. Military occupation in World War II and has become a favored staple among locals.  Today you can find Spam in many variations such as Spam Hot & Spicy, Spam with Cheese, and Spam with Bacon, just to name a few.  We put together an easy Cheesy Spam Bake breakfast for you to try.  We used Lite Spam to keep on the healthier side but feel free to experiment with other variations if you’d like.

 Cheesy Spam Bake

(Serves 4)

Cheesy Spam Bake

Ingredients:

  • 5 Slices multigrain bread with seeds, cut into cubes
    Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 Cup shredded cheese*
  • 1/4 Cup green onions
  • 3/4 Cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 Cup fat-free, lower sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Can Lite Spam
  • 5 Large eggs

Method:

Preheat oven to 375°.  Cover baking tray with foil.  Place bread cubes on baking tray and coat with cooking spray.  Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once.  Remove from oven and let cool.  In small bowl lightly beat eggs.  Combine bread, cheese, onions, milk, chicken broth, pepper, and spam in a large mixing bowl.  Gently fold in eggs into bread mixture.  Coat a medium baking dish with cooking spray and place mixture into dish.  Sprinkle additional shredded cheese on top, if desired.  Bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.  Let stand 5 minutes and serve.

*We used a blend of cheddar and jack cheese but you may substitute with a cheese of your choice such as swiss or mozzarella.

Suggestion:

By adding a teaspoon of sour cream to the top you can turn this recipe into breakfast for dinner.

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Hawaiian Airlines Announces San Jose – Maui Flights

Hawaiian Airlines has announced the expansion of its Bay Area service to Maui with the company’s first-ever nonstop flights from San Jose, three days weekly, starting January 2012.

Glen Taniguchi, Hawaiian’s senior vice president of marketing and sales, stated “We know how popular Maui is for South Bay residents so our new nonstop service from San José will let them make the most of their vacation, while relaxing with the best, most enjoyable inflight experience offered to Hawaii.  Our special low introductory fares make this a particularly good time to save money and plan that winter vacation to Maui.”

San José – Maui Schedule

Starting January 10, 2012, flights will depart San José on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8:10 a.m., arriving in Maui at 11:45 a.m.  Departures from Maui’s Kahului Airport will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 1:25 p.m. and arrives at Mineta San José International Airport at 8:25 p.m.

Special Introductory Fares

To celebrate the launch of its San José – Maui service, Hawaiian is offering a special introductory roundtrip fare of $298.40 (plus applicable fees) for travel between January 10 and March 14, 2012.  Tickets must be purchased by September 14, 2011.

Reservations can be made online at HawaiianAirlines.com or by calling Hawaiian toll-free at (800) 367-5320.

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Guest Review From TripAdvisor

Visitor from August 2011

“We love this place!”

Our family of five stayed here and absolutely fell in love with it.  We had a beautiful 2 bedroom (more like a 3 bedroom) unit overlooking the ocean and pool.  The staff could not have been nicer.  The pool area is not huge but it is very cozy and much more quiet than the pools at the resorts on the beach.  Speaking of the beach, the Alii has THE best beachfront in Kaanapali.  There are 8 state of the art grills overlooking the ocean for people who want to hang out on the terrace and eat steaks while they watch the sunset.  The charmingly busy oceanfront town of Lahaina is just a 10 minute drive away and it offers plenty of shopping, ice cream, people watching and food options.  At night many of the restaurants have live music which a nice added touch.  All in all, we had an amazing time, with no complaints, only great memories.  We would love to return someday!!

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