The Concert Under the Ka’anapali Moonlight with Third Eye Blind at Royal Lahaina Resort was the final event of the inaugural Ka’anapali Fresh. The Royal Ocean Terrace Restaurant & Lounge transformed into a unique venue on a picturesque oceanfront lawn with a comfortable backyard “pool-party” like setting.
Guests mingled and enjoyed appetizing backyard barbecue by Chef Bernardo Salazar featuring two options of sliders: one a grilled beef patty with bacon bits, cheddar, Olowalu tomato, butter lettuce and peppercorn dressing, and the other with caramelized Maui onion and local goat cheese and a pesto spread. There were also two options of tacos to select from, grilled mahi taco with corn and black bean salsa, guacamole a crunchy corn tortilla and grilled diced shrimp tacos with avocado and salsa fresca. Another popular item was the slow roasted, tender Hawaiian guave glazed BBQ pork ribs with Hawaiian style coleslaw.
Maui Brewing Company was poolside launching the new Ka’anapali Golden Ale brewed especially for this occasion. The Ka’anapali Golden Ale is a smooth ale that incorporates Maui-grown guava and liliko’i and is 100 percent brewed on Maui by Maui Brewing Company.
As the sun began to set on the final night of Ka’anapali Fresh, excitement for Third Eye Blind was building. Since 1997, Third Eye Blind has recorded three best-selling alternate rock albums, their most current album being Ursa Major. The intimate atmosphere drew the audience to the lawn in front of the stage, as the band began to take to the stage. Early on in the set singer Stephan Jenkins stated “This has been a really great year for us, it’s just like the benefits of kids stealing your music on the internet is fantastic. This has been like one of the biggest touring seasons we’ve ever had. And no matter where we’re at we always try to figure out some way that we can come back here. We just love this, this funky little spot here. And it’s really about the friends that we have here, there’s such a community here.”
Feeling the aloha from the crowd Third Eye Blind continued on to play their most popular hits “Jumper,” “How’s it gonna be,” and “Semi Charmed Life.” The audience swayed and sang along going wild when singer Stephen Jenkins announced he would play “Slow Motion,” a song that was banned by their record label. This was definitely an unforgettable evening under the Ka’anapali moon for Ka’anapali Fresh concert goers!