Tour a Pineapple Plantation for a Great Adventure in Maui

The beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii offers a plethora of exciting adventures waiting to be discovered. One is the Hali’imaile Pineapple Plantation in the historic town of Hali’imaile, Maui which provides you with a wonderful tour of the plantation grounds.

The Maui Gold Pineapple Company maintains 1,350 acres of harvesting grounds on the slopes of Maui’s national park Haleakala at an elevation of 1,100 feet. The quality of the land at this remarkable location is pertinent to the 18 month grow period of the delicious gold pineapples. The perfect Maui weather provides the current location of the plantation with rewarding fruit during the harvest season.

The pineapple is a simple fruit, and when eaten as a fresh fruit you will enjoy a true pineapple plant that will entice you to travel to Maui again and again. Employees are dedicated to assessing the quality of the pineapples before they are ripe to ensure the best quality possible.

The pineapple plantation gives you the opportunity to learn about how they harvest the fruit while participating in a guided tour that captures the agricultural process of the famous Maui Gold pineapple. The knowledgeable tour guide will inform you about the different stages of the harvesting process, encouraging you to taste the pineapple from each stage of the growing cycle to better understand the sweet history of this succulent and healthy fruit. You will learn about the story of the pineapple, as well as other facts about Hawaii and Maui excursions perfect for a family adventure. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s what he’s there for!

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.