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Chefs on the Beach

May 7, 2009
Sarah Ruppenthal

Enjoy an afternoon of food, wine and fun at the second annual Chefs on the Beach, a fundraising event hosted by the Rotary Club of Maui to support island nonprofits. The 2009 Chefs on the Beach event will take place on Saturday, May 30, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the breathtaking Sugarman Beach Estate at Honua Kai Lani in Makena.

According to event organizers, the idea for Chefs on the Beach was “cooked up” by Rotarians who saw a need to generate support for Maui nonprofits that work to improve the lives and well-being of our Maui ‘ohana. And given such dire economic circumstances, they said, “It is especially important that we work together to support the organizations that support our community.”

Proceeds raised during the event will assist a variety of nonprofits, including Maui Youth and Family Services, Aloha House, Imua Family Services, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, Maui Family Support Services, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Women Helping Women and the Maui Academy of Performing Arts.

The casual, elegant afternoon will feature a delectable “Chef’s Festival” certain to delight every palate. Many of Maui’s favorite restaurants will showcase their culinary talents during the event, including Roy’s Restaurant, The Waterfront Restaurant, Saigon Café, Ma‘alaea Grill, Molokini Grill at the Maui Prince Hotel, Kauiki at Hotel Hana Maui, Bentos & Banquets by Bernard, Fresh Maui Chef, Bridget & Bernard’s Garden Café, Maui Fresh Chef and Café Marc Aurel. The owner of the Hawai‘i Liquor Super Store, Rotarian Ali Biglar, will donate and present an impressive selection of quality wines to pair with the restaurants’ culinary creations.

And as you savor the fabulous food and wines, you will also be treated to a musical feast, as the afternoon will feature incredible live performances by Sal Godinez and “Lat. 21° N;” Rich Tom and Mele Fong, “The Hawai‘i Seranaders;” Jim Howlett and Rudy Esquer, “Moondance;” and Wesley Furamoto’s “Maui KilaKila.”

There will also be a silent auction with a “smorgasbord” of exciting items, including extraordinary donations from Rotary clubs at home and abroad, golfing excursions, fine jewelry, helicopter rides, hotel gift packages, and of course, gift certificates for breakfast, lunch and dinner at some of Maui’s favorite dining spots.

According to Event Director Harlan Hughes, “This is a win-win for everyone… the money generated will go to some wonderful local causes [and] the sponsors of the event will be honored for their support.”

The Chefs on the Beach fundraiser is just one example of the impact of Rotary International within the Maui community. So, take an afternoon to indulge in a feast for all of the senses set against the stunning backdrop of the South Maui coastline, and all for a very worthwhile cause—certainly a recipe for a fantastic event.

Tickets for the second annual Chefs on the Beach fundraiser may be purchased at the Hawai‘i Liquor Super Store in Maui Marketplace, Maui Topaz Goldsmith & Gallery in Dolphin Plaza, and Café Marc Aurel in Wailuku, or by contacting Harlan Hughes at (808) 878-6356 or The event is limited to 300 people, and tickets are going fast. The cost to attend is $60 per person; reservations for tables of 10 will receive “preferred seating” at the event.

Parking will be located at the Maui Prince Hotel. Complementary shuttle service to and from the event will be provided by V.I.P. Transportation. For more information about Maui’s Rotary clubs, contact Assistant Governors Paige Fontaine at (808) 269-2967 or Michael Nathan at (808) 357-1199.



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