PUBLISH DATE: 09-FEB-2016
Wailea, (Maui) Hawai’i Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Fairmont Kea Lani shakes things up with a brand new look and concept for the resort’s lobby bar, Luana. Celebrating the modern pau hana (time after work) experience, Luana offers a taste of Hawai‘i’s culture through cocktails, local inspired cuisine, music, fashion, and an unrivaled setting.
Acclaimed Kea Lani mixologist Aaron Alcala-Mosely has been making his distinctive mark on the cocktail cultures of California and Hawai‘i since 2007. He has been recognized in numerous high profile cocktail competitions including the 2015 Bombay Sapphire’s ‘Most Innovative Bartender’ competition. His cutting edge approach to the modern cocktail sets Luana apart. Aaron’s combinations of artisanal whiskeys, liqueurs, and house made ingredients are highlighted in the complex flavors that vibrate across the palate. Signature cocktails include: “The Training Room” created during Aaron’s ‘black box’ session features bourbon, yellow chartreuse, bitters; “Sam’s Piano” featuring bourbon, orchid pomegranate liqueur, lemon and blackberries.
Executive Chef Tylun Pang drew inspiration for the new tapas style menu from his experiences traveling and working throughout Asia, South America and across the United States. Chef Pang is recognized for his connection and dedication to supporting local agriculture, and draws upon the bounty of Maui’s fresh ingredients to create a menu truly unique to the resort. With small bites and plates to perfectly pair with the distinctive beverages, signature items include: “Local Smoked Portuguese Sausage” Maui-made with sweet Maui onions and blistered peppers; “Lobster Melt” herb-loaded lobster salad, white cheddar cheese, roma tomato, bikini blonde beer mustard, sourdough bread.
Honoring the traditions and culture of Hawaiʻi, Luana unveils a brand new uniform by world renown designer Sig Zane. Inspired by the ʻaʻaliʻi trees at the gateway to the hotel’s gardens, Sig’s ʻAʻaliʻi Kū Makani design reflects the significance of Hawaiian plants in the heritage of the islands. Sig’s traditional approach to design uses the ʻohe kāpala, the incised bamboo stamp decoration of kapa. The pattern of the ʻaʻaliʻi represents the alternating clusters of seeds and leaves and when braided together, creates the celebrated lei ʻaʻaliʻi. The ʻaʻaliʻi print and exclusive colorway of the Luana uniforms represent the significance of place, the resort, and the spirit of the Hawaiian culture.
Luana is open daily between 4:00pm and 11:00pm, with live music nightly between 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
About Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Located on the pristine white sands of Wailea, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui is Hawai‘i’s only all-suite and villa luxury oceanfront resort. This distinctive resort is located on idyllic Polo Beach amongst 22 acres of oceanfront tropical landscape and offers authentic Hawaiian cultural experiences and genuine personal service which embodies the spirit of aloha. In 2015 Fairmont Kea Lani Maui completed a $70 million renovation which included $7 million build of the Willow Stream Spa and $5 million re-build of the signature restaurant Kō. For reservations or more information, call 866-540-4456 or visit fairmont.com/kealani.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.