An article in Maui Now on Friday, May 12 announced the opening of the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas signature restaurant Mauka Makai. The Mauka Makai is located poolside at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in North Kā‘anapali and is open daily for breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Mauka Makai honors the farming and fishing cultures of ancient Hawai‘i with contemporary flair. “Mauka Makai is all about sharing local food with visitors and kama‘āina alike,” said Ricky Hamasaki, the resort’s assistant director of food and beverage. “As a resort, we aim to deliver a culturally rich, authentic experience. Taste is one of the strongest senses, which gives us the opportunity to use our cuisine to create a connection to Maui for our guests. For the locals, Mauka Makai will be a spot to enjoy familiar favorites presented with Chef’s distinct approach.”
Inspired by the ancient Hawaiian way of life in the ahupua‘a, executive chef Ikaika Manaku’s regular menu at Mauka Makai was designed with fresh, local ingredients sourced from mountain to sea. The restaurant’s featured dishes include Pork and ‘Ahi with Maui onion jam, Yamasa caramel and Sriracha honey; Smoked Tako with Pohole fern sprouts, Kula tomatoes, Maui onion and blue ginger; and a Pōhaku Natural Prime Ribeye, served on a hot stone that guests finish cooking at the table.
Handcrafted cocktails infused with spirits made on the island include unique components, such as house-made hibiscus syrup and smoky flavors of local kiawe wood.
In addition to Mauka Makai, guests are sure to enjoy Inu (the Hawaiian word for drink) – a spectacular pool bar with breathtaking views of Kā‘anapali Beach from two levels and features local island favorites with an atmosphere designed to inspire one to ho’onanea.
There is also an on-site market. Kauhale, or place of gathering, which is a destination in itself. This on-site market offers food, gifts and other products, many of which support the local community and promote Hawaiian culture. Whether you are just arriving on vacation and stocking up or need last-minute souvenirs, Kauhale Market has it all.
Syed Sarmad, Principal Broker for Advantage Vacation