Beringer Vinyards & Chateau St. Jean Winery : Elisa Smithers

Elisa Smithers is the Hawaii State Manager for Treasury Wine Estates.  Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is a unique global wine company with a leading international portfolio of new world wines.  TWE’s portfolio includes many renowned brands such as Beringer, Penfold’s, Chateau St. Jean, Lindeman’s, … [Read more...]

Justin Vineyards and Winery : Justin Baldwin

Former investment and international banker Justin Baldwin founded JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery in 1981 when he purchased 160 acres west of Paso Robles on California's Central Coast and planted his estate vineyards. Since its inception, Justin has focused his efforts on producing world class … [Read more...]

Mantra Wines : Mike Kuimelis Jr.

Mike Kuimelis Jr. is the winemaker and founder of Mantra and Mobius Wines of Sonoma County. At the impressionable age of 10, during the first crush of his family's grapes, Mike met an enthusiastic winemaker and remembers thinking, "Now that's what I wanna do when I grow up!". He eventually ditched … [Read more...]

Ocean Vodka : Shay Smith

Shay Smith is CEO of Ocean Vodka. Born and raised on Maui, Shay graduated from Seabury High School in 1995 and continued on to receive a Business Degree with a Specialization in Finance from Long Beach State University. Returning to Maui, he worked for his family's real estate development company … [Read more...]

Dessert Wines

Sweet by nature, dessert wines include famous late-harvest and fortified wines as well as delicate ice wines and wines made with grapes such as muscat. Their name professes an affinity for desserts, and these comple libations pair perfectly with Hawaii’s tropical fruits. Southern Wine & Spirits … [Read more...]

Walter Evonuk, Evonuk Farms

A third generation farmer, Walter Evonuk (and his wife Terry Chang) manages 30 acres of farmland in Kula, Maui. Both left their architecture careers in San Francisco to return to the family farm Walter’s parents, Edward and Joan Evonuk, started in 1975. Culinary herbs are the foundation of their … [Read more...]

Jamie Shishido, J. Shishido Farm

Recipient of Maui County Farm Bureau’s Member of the Year 2011 Award, long-time Kula farmer Shishido is widely known and praised for his kai choy, green onion, and radishes. Collaborating with Tom Muramoto, Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Photography courtesy of Maui County Farm Bureau/Steve Brinkman … [Read more...]

Chauncy and Teena Monden, Kula Country Farms

Famous for their super-sweet strawberries, the Monden’s own and operate a fourth-generation 55-acre family farm on the slopes of Haleakala. They also bring sweet Kula onion, broccoli, zucchini, corn and other vegetables to menus Maui-wide. Kula Country Farm hosts annual “pick it yourself” events, … [Read more...]

Rudy Balala, Maui Gold Pineapple Company

Locally owned and operated by skilled farmers committed to preserving the tradition of pineapple cultivation on Maui, Maui Gold Pineapple Company is the exclusive grower of Maui Gold, a premium-quality fresh pineapple with extra sweetness, low acidity, and golden, juicy … [Read more...]

Bryan Otani, B. Otani Farm

A fourth-generation farmer, Otani manages all farm operations as well as sales and marketing for 17 acres of Kula land. He grows green beans, broccoli, red cabbage, and, foremost, the famed Maui Kula Onion. Collaborating with Petr Slavetinsky, Marriott's Maui Ocean Club. Photography courtesy of … [Read more...]

Thomas & Eva Kafsack, Surfing Goat Dairy

Located on 42 acres with almost two-thirds dedicated as pasture, Surfing Goat Dairy is one of only two goat dairies in the state of Hawaii. Its three bucks and over 100 does have plenty of space to roam and forage. This Maui farm provides a variety cream cheeses and soft cheeses to Maui’s chefs, … [Read more...]

Sylvestre Tumbaga, Syl’s Produce

From the cool slopes of Kula come premium quality sweet corn, eggplant, tomatoes and many other fresh products grown by long-time farmer Tumbaga. Syl’s Produce is expanded to Central Maui on land leased at Maui Tropical Plantation. Collaborating with Joey Macadangdang, Roy's … [Read more...]

Fernando Traje, Traje Farm

From this Kula Farm come premium flavorful, fresh vegetables including eggplants, zucchini, and green beans, in a diversity that beckons culinary creativity. Collaborating with Bernardo Salazar, Royal Lahaina Resort. Photography courtesy of Maui County Farm Bureau/Steve Brinkman Photography. … [Read more...]

Heidi and Tommy Watanabe, Watanabe Vegetable Processing, LLC

Collaborating with Chef James Domingo, Leilani’s on the Beach. Photography courtesy of Maui County Farm Bureau/Steve Brinkman Photography. … [Read more...]

Greg Grohowski, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Born and raised in the Midwest, Chef Greg worked as a culinarian through high school and college during which time he enrolled in Paragon Restaurants Corporation chef apprentice training program to perfect his international and continental Cuisine. He joined the Hyatt family in 1990, where he began … [Read more...]