Thursday, January 14, 2016

New 2016 Kama‘aina Wedding Rates at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

The oceanfront Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, at historic Pu‘u Keka‘a, Black Rock, recently introduced new exclusive kama‘aina rates for local couples interested in having their wedding festivities at the beachfront resort. 

Marked by the sacred pinnacle of Pu‘u Keka‘a on Ka‘anapali Beach with 23 lush acres, six outdoor venues and two indoor venues, the resort has stunning spaces for every occasion, from vow renewals and oceanfront weddings to intimate rehearsal dinners and ballroom cocktail receptions.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s array of spaces and customizable menu and event inclusions give Hawaii couples the opportunity to create the wedding of their dreams at a reasonable price point. 

Kama‘aina wedding ceremony packages include a personal wedding coordinator, orchid leis for the couple, four post bamboo arch, non-denominational wedding officiant, white wedding chairs, water station, marriage license coordination and wedding rehearsal coordination.

Kama‘aina wedding reception packages include a personal wedding coordinator, white votives for the tables, white or black linens, dinner tables, high and low cocktail tables, wedding cake and guestbook tables and bar setup.

In addition to discounted menu pricing and package rates, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is offering discounted group room rates for local couples that host their wedding at the resort.

For more information, visit or contact Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Catering Sales Manager Brooke Bloomquist at 808-662-8159 or

Friday, May 9, 2014

FilCom selects award-winning Creations in Caterng as in-house catering provider

Creations in Catering announced a partnership with the Filipino Community Center (FilCom Center) to offer quality catering service and manage short-term rental arrangements at their community center in Waipahu.

Located at 94-428 Mokuola Street in Waipahu, the FilCom Center spreads over two acres in the former sugar mill town.  The three-story Center covers 50,000 square feet and is the largest Filipino Community Center outside of the Philippines.

The partnership with Creations in Catering ensures quality catering and special event handling for the Waipahu community and especially for the residents in West Oahu looking for a place to meet or celebrate special occasions.  As an award-winning and locally-owned company, the team easily anticipates the unique needs and tastes of the multi-cultural guests and feedback from the community is always outstanding. 

FilCom offers beautiful indoor and outdoor venues with a grand, old world charm and stunning Spanish-influenced architecture including:

·         A 6,000 square-foot Casamina-Flores Ballroom
·         Conference room for 12 people
·         Meeting rooms for up to 38 people
·         The Consuelo Courtyard, complete with a fountain and cafe seating
·         Ballroom accommodating 380 people for a sit-down dinner
·         Ample free parking

Creations in Catering coordinates all rental and catering arrangements for banquets, meetings and conference room reservations.  Individuals and small groups interested in taking a tour of the FilCom facilities or book a meeting or special event can call (808) 680-0451 where David Webb, Special Events Coordinator at Creations in Catering, has an office. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Luana Waikiki offers $99 kamaaina rate during April and May

A new addition to the Aqua ohana, Luana Waikiki is extending a $99/night rate to kamaaina looking to spend a few days in Waikiki.

Luana Waikiki is a contemporary boutique hotel overlooking Ft. DeRussy, at 2045 Kalakaua Avenue.  The AAA three-diamond property has 225 rooms with lanai and features a Hawaiian-style design and spacious accommodations. Hotel amenities include:

·         sundeck with swimming pool and barbecue area
·         large fitness center
·         Protea cafĂ©
·         Ville de Coco spa and nail salon
·         complimentary coffee and tea service daily
·         complimentary yoga in the park on Wednesday and Sunday
·         complimentary folding bikes
·         WiFi Internet access throughout

Guest rooms have flat-screen televisions and safes for extra security. Many rooms also include kitchenettes (if you like to prepare snacks and small meals during your stay) and living areas.

For those that do want to take advantage of the special, please email your reservation request to Mark Turina (Guest Service Supervisor), or Sunny Chan (Guest Service Manager) @

For more information about the hotel, property, visit

Monday, March 17, 2014

Free Golf for guests of Hilo Naniloa Hotel

The Hilo Naniloa Hotel is offering a “Free Round of Golf” at the Naniloa Golf Course to guests when booking a stay at the hotel, now through December 14, 2014.

Naniloa Golf Course is a beautifully landscaped 9-hole facility overlooking Hilo Bay, designed by Alexander Kahapea and built in 1970.  It is open daily, offering golf instruction, putting green and driving range. 

“Free Round of Golf” at Naniloa Golf Course features:

  • 9 holes of golf per person, per stay, when booking a Bay View room category or higher
  • Set of golf clubs per person, based on availability
  • Additional 9 holes of golf available at $10 per person
  • Cart rental available at $10 for 9 holes and $15 for 18 holes, based on availability
  • Tee times booked at check-in and subject to availability

The par 35 Naniloa Golf Course is a great amenity conveniently located across the street from the Hilo Naniloa Hotel. 

Hilo Naniloa Hotel amenities include:

  • Comfortable and affordable accommodations featuring views of Hilo Bay, Hilo Harbor and Mauna Kea
  • Daily complimentary continental breakfast
  • Free self parking
  • Bayside swimming pool and sun deck
  • Meeting and banquet facilities
  • Business center
  • 72 landscaped acres

Hilo Naniloa Hotel’s location near historic downtown Hilo with its interesting museums, galleries, restaurants, unique shops; nearby waterfalls; scenic attractions and Hilo International Airport makes it a perfect for a quick getaway.  Extended stays are best when including a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located 30 miles southwest on Highway 11.

To book the “Free Golf ” special, call toll free: 855.309.5483 or visit  Schedule your tee time and club rental at check-in.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Kit n Kitchen --- 'new' neighborhood restaurant

Tried a new neighborhood restaurant recently called Kit n Kitchen, Euro-Asian Cuisine in Pearl City and it’s their second location on Oahu.   

I had read about it somewhere so when we happened to be at the complex where it was located, we checked out the menu taped on the glass and peeked in.  It looked fine but, not wanting to take the chance on a new place for dinner, we returned the next day for lunch.  Inside was much nicer than it looked peeking in and we were pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable the food was for the reasonable price. 

There wasn’t any background information on their website so had to dig and … according to a food review that was in the local newspaper on February 2012:

”It's headed by a chef, Kit Yiu, from Hong Kong, trained in Japan in Italian-style cooking (for the Angelo Pietro chain), who spent part of his early career in Hawaii’s multicultural atmosphere. All this shows. The menu is quirky at first glance, but easily figured out: It's composed of a small assortment of spaghetti plates and a lot of baked dishes (seafood, prawns, fish, chicken, pork chops and short ribs), any of which is served over your choice of rice or spaghetti. An odd configuration, but at least it's different.”

Here's a few photos taken at lunch: 

Inside was clean and very nice

 Chicken Panini --- came with soup and a little bit of salad with house-made ginger dressing

 The starter green salad which came with my lunch 'set' was very nice with a great Sesame Miso Dressing

Part 2 of the set was the Farmhouse Pizza with the 9" hand-rolled thin and crispy crust (minus a bite I took before taking this pix) was excellent

A nice idea --- a 99 cents menu encourages people to 
try a few items

The food critic visited the Honolulu location and said, “After a pair of visits during which we tried quite a number of dishes, I have concluded that Yiu and I have very different palates.” 

I’m not a paid food critic and found the dishes I tried to be very good and plan a return visit soon for dinner.  Apparently, I must have the same palate preferences as Yiu

Kit n Kitchen 1029 Makolu Street, Pearl City (across from Walmart and Wendy’s)
Open daily 11 am – 10 pm

There is also a location at 1010 University Avenue.