Sale of Lana‘i Finalized

According to local news station, Hawaii News Now, the sale of the island of Lana’i by David Murdock’s Castle and Cooke, Inc. to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has officially been completed.

The deal, which had been the works for at least two months, according to documents released by the state Public Utilities Commission Monday, is reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“It is very gratifying to me personally to see Lana’i now in the hands of Larry Ellison, a very committed individual who will bring his ideas and energy to sustain the beauty and heritage of Lâna’i,” said Murdock. I extend my sincerest thanks to the many employees, their families, business associates, State and County leaders and administrators who have supported my efforts and changes on Lâna’i.

According to documents filed with the Public Utilities Commission, Ellison’s purchase includes the island’s two resort hotels (the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, Lodge at Koele) two championship golf courses and club houses (The Experience at Koele and The Challenge at Manele) and more than 88,000 acres of land.

Ellison, who is the third wealthiest American citizen with an estimated worth of $36.5 billion dollars, becomes the owner of 98 percent of the island’s 141 square miles.

Copyright 2012 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

Google Street View Shows Off Hawaii

Earlier this month, Google added over 200 popular Hawaii visitor attractions, historical sites, resorts, parks, schools, and golf courses to its Google Street View collection. The update utilizes Google’s 360-degree imagery and makes it easier than ever to virtually visit Hawaii.

It’s a great way to see the various landmarks and sites that you and your group will be visiting BEFORE you arrive.

Check it out!!/scenic-hawaii

Jurassic Park Roars Back to Life

MC&A recently created a Jurassic Park themed event at Kualoa Ranch, the actual filming location of the movie. Guests were treated to a tram ride through Kualoa Ranch as special VIPs of INGEN, the corporation behind the dinosaur cloning technology. They traveled through the iconic Jurassic Park gates and passed through open fields filled with giant dino eggs, nests and bones.

The tram took them up to an old science bunker filled with scientists and equipment to enjoy pupus and drinks. Afterwards, they drove down to the main campsite to enjoy a fabulous outdoor lunch. The sounds of the roaming dinosaurs could be echoing through the valley, adding to the excitement.

It was truly a fun and immersive experience that they won’t soon forget.

Monkeypod – Maui’s Newest Merriman Restaurant Opens

Popular chef, Peter Merriman, recently opened “Monkeypod” his latest restaurant on the island of Maui. Stressing casual sustainable dining, Monkeypod stresses its own unique philosophy.

According to Monkeypod’s website, the philosophy on food at the Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman is really quite simple.

“We have three core beliefs.

First and foremost, your food should taste great!  Fortunately, the food that grows in Hawaii is amazing. A sweeter mango does not exist than the one you would pick off Aunties tree on a hot summer day in Lahaina.  We proudly source our produce and meat locally so it as fresh as possible. Our simple and thoughtful preparations always let the freshness shine through.  Lucky Live Hawaii!

Second, we believe your dining experience with us has the power to invoke a sense of nostalgia for a simpler way of life. We live in a world where factories make the majority of our clothes and science labs create our breakfast cereals. At the Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman, handcrafted is making a big time comeback! When something is handcrafted, be it the surfboards that hang above our bar, the ramen noodles from Mrs. Nomura in Paia, or Peter’s mango cream pie recipe, you can bet there is a face and a story behind it. We are passionate about promoting this connection of past and present as it is a way for memories to live on.

And lastly, we are committed to doing what’s right.  Each choice we make in our day to day operations can have a huge impact on our local community and environment. We continuously ask ourselves, is this product sustainable, how can we create less waste, and are we doing everything we can to leave the world a better place than we found it.”

Lunch specialties include Wood-Roasted Chicken Wings, Crispy Rock Shrimp and Calamari and Poke Tacos. Wood Fired Pizza that is hand-tossed with a variety of fresh toppings are also available. The dinner menu includes such tantalizing dishes like the Kiawe Grilled Ahi Steak, Ahi Nicoise, Grass Fed, Hormone Free Peppercorn Rubbed Filet Steak and even Fresh Gnocchi.

Photo Ops Get Vintage Spin

For your next event, instead of the standard photo op in front of a company logo, give your guests the full star treatment with a themed professional photoshoot. Our talented group of photo specialists will arrange for props, costumes and even make-up to make your group’s photos worthy of a Vanity Fair cover. Change ordinary group shots into extraordinary works of art that your guests will keep for a lifetime.

Alan Wong’s Amasia Opens at Grand Wailea

Popular Hawaii restauranteur, Alan Wong, has opened up his newest culinary venture at Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort. Alan Wong’s Amasia, elevates the standards of cuisine, style and service. The restaurant is a collaboration between Chef Alan Wong, a founder of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine and Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.

Alan Wong’s Amasia is tucked inside Grand Wailea’s Japanese garden surrounded by 800 tons of rock from Mt. Fuji and a pond filled with koi and turtles. Reminiscent of a teahouse in Kyoto, the original structure was built in Japan and brought to Maui in 1990. Following a $3 million renovation, the beautifully restored restaurant features private tatami rooms, a formal dining area, a cocktail lounge, a sushi bar and a robata for grilled delicacies. The bar offers private label wines and sakes and creative cocktails inspired by its global menu.

Amasia by definition is the converging of continents. The cuisine in Alan Wong’s Amasia showcases Maui’s best bounty from land and sea, melding them with the different flavors and cooking techniques of cultures from the East and West.

“This menu is inspired by street food and cuisines from all over the globe,” said Chef Alan Wong. “Our food will be experienced in small plates and family-style sharing portions, and our restaurant features a robata grill and a sushi bar in the dining room.”

Menu items include but are not limited to:

  • Dungeness crab chawanmushi, soybeans, shishito peppers
  • Crispy “garlic shrimp,” citrus, sweet paprika
  • Ahi chili, refried taro, “local” chips
  • Chicken meatballs, coconut-ginger-lemongrass broth, pimenton oil
  • Shoyu duck bun bao, hoisin Sriracha
  • Kurobuta char siu baby back ribs, crispy garlic, lime
  • Maui Cattle Company “cowboy” ribeye steak, Hamakua mushrooms, Hawaiian chili pepper butter
  • Whole chili garlic Dungeness crab
  • Kurobuta pork tenderloin, spicy miso mustard, eggplant
  • Crispy “shrimp tempura,” citrus chili salt
  • Sashimi salad, soy vinaigrette, wasabi
  • Uni shot, yuzu ume leche de tigre
  • “Ochazuke” kobujime whitefish, ume, furikake, kombucha, yukari sauce
  • Crispy soft shell crab, garam masala, cilantro dipping sauce
  • Lomi lomi salmon, marinated tomatoes, Maui onions, tomato water geleeAlan Wong’s Amasia, located at the Grand Wailea resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753 is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Try it out for your next dine-around in Hawaii.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala 2012

We were proud to have been a sponsor of this year’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Annual Gala. Titled “An Evening of Hope…It Takes A Family”, this special gala celebrated the strength and commitment of Hawaii’s Ohana living with the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.  All proceeds from ticket and silent auction sales were given to JDRF, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing T2D.

The Island of Lana’i has a New Owner


According to local news station, Hawaii News Now,

Larry Ellison, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation, is buying Lanai one of Hawaii’s main eight islands. Ellison is the third wealthiest American citizen with an estimated worth of $36.5 billion.

In addition to his home on Lanai, Murdock will retain the rights to develop a potential wind farm on the remote northwestern part of Lanai.

Governor Neil Abercrombie released the following statement on Wednesday:

“It is my understanding that Mr. Ellison has had a long standing interest in Lana’i. His passion for nature, particularly the ocean is well known specifically in the realm of America’s Cup sailing. He is also a businessman whose record of community involvement in medical research and education causes is equally notable.

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Ellison in the near future.”

The island had about 3,500 people last census but now State Senator Kalani English, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Kahoolawe, says the population is down to about 1,900.

“First and foremost I would like to express my appreciation to Mr. Murdock for his efforts in sustaining the island over these past two decades. His compassion and commitment the community of Lanai have not gone unnoticed,” said Senator English. “I look forward to new ownership under Lawrence Ellison and I am interested in learning more about his vision. I also look forward to the transition in owners and to a healthy and vibrant Lana‘i community once again.”

According to documents, filed with the PUC on Tuesday, Ellison would purchase the island’s two resort hotels (the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay and the Four Seasons Resorts Lanai, Lodge at Koele) two championship golf courses and club houses (The Experience at Koele and The Challenge at Manele) and more than 88,000 acres of land.

The 88,000 acres include the Koele Project District (600 acres of residential development), the Manele Project District (800 acres of residential development), Lanai City properties (248 acres of various commercial and residential assets), Koele Stables, Lanai Pines Sporting Clays, CCI’s interest in La Ola Solar Farm that sells power to Maui Electric Company.

The sale price is estimated to be around $600 million.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa today released the following statement:

“First of all I would just like to say how it has been an honor and a privilege to work with Mr. Murdock. His compassion for the people of Lana`i is to be admired and we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Mayor Arakawa.

“In terms of the new buyer we can only say that we look forward to meeting Mr. Ellison and hope that by working together with him and the state that we may be able to do good things for Lana`i and its people.”

The County of Maui owns 195.98 acres in Lanai with the assessed value of $7,939,700 and leases 21.43 acres from Castle & Cooke with the assessed value of $7,848,000.