8th Annual UNCORKED Food & Wine Festival to Benefit Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai’i Island (VASH)

The Shops at Mauna Lani’s “Uncorked” Food & Wine Festival is an experience in great taste—from rich jazz to fine wines and delicious gourmet foods—on Saturday, November 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. The annual event is a benefit for the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i Island (VASH) which assists Hawai‘i visitors touched by adversity during their stay, from lost tickets to medical emergencies.

The evening stars multitalented vocalist Binti Bailey, whose diverse musical skills slide effortlessly from blues to classical, jazz to soul and more. A performer in-demand in Kona clubs and music venues, Bailey will release her premiere CD, “Honestly,” this year.

“I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I started in the church, and much of my exposure was in my household. My dad used to sing with us a lot and we would listen to artists like Sam Cooke and Pavarotti, so it was nice and diverse. He took us to Broadway and to Sweet Honey in the Rock. We were always exposed to music.”

Binti Bailey

As if exposure to Binti’s music wasn’t enough, Uncorked guests can savor food tastings from the “izakaya-style” menu of Monstera, European flavors of The Blue Room, upscale vegan cuisine from Under the Bodhi Tree, contemporary island style by Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, and the traditional sizzle of Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

In addition, acclaimed Kohala Coast restaurants will share samples of their specialties, including Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess, Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Sushi Shiono, Pueo’s Osteria, The Fairmont Orchid and others, with libations by Southern Wine & Spirits, Kona Brewing Company and more.

Uncorked attendees also get the chance to bid for bargains in the upscale silent auction, featuring wine tours and travel packages, golf, dining, island adventures and beautiful items from the The Shops’ stores. As a special bonus, ticket holders will receive great offers from participating stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mauna Lani on the night of the event with a “VIP Shopping & Dining Discount Card” valued at over $100 for future visits.

Tickets are $65 in advance or $80 on the day of the event, and may be purchased online in advance at www.Uncorked2017MaunaLani.bpt.me. Additional event parking will be available.

For more information, call 808-885-9501, or visit www.ShopsAtMaunaLani.com.

Grammy Foundation Award Winning Honoka’a High School Jazz Band at The Shops at Mauna Lani

The Shops at Mauna Lani invites the community to its first annual Moonlight Mele Jazz Concert on Friday, March 10, 6-7 p.m. The event features the musical stylings of nationally recognized, Honoka’a High School Jazz Band.

Under the direction of Gary Washburn, a dedicated teacher, accomplished jazz artist, the band is considered one of the top in the nation. The ensemble consists of advanced music students who uphold a long tradition of excellence at Honoka’a High and Intermediate Schools.

The Jazz Band has played on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” and opened for the Royal Hawaiian Band at Iolani Palace where they were recognized by the State Legislature. They do a yearly multi-concert tour of Oahu to celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month, and their 14th CD (an annual fundraiser) has just been released. In 2011, they received a national Grammy Signature Schools Award.

The Moonlight Mele Jazz Concert at The Shops at Mauna Lani is free, and all are welcome.  For more information, visit www.shopsatmaunalani.com, or call (808) 885-9501.

Kozy’s Tiki Palace – Comedy Magic Club By Night and Tiki Art Gallery By Day

The Shops at Mauna Lani announces its newest addition, Kozy’s Tiki Palace, a comedy club venue and gallery. By day, discover colorful, hard-to-find Hawaiiana and decorative Tiki Art, while night brings Kozy’s mystifying mix of comedy and magic to life.

kozys-tiki-palaceProclaimed by comedian Dennis Miller as “the single greatest magician I have ever seen,” Kozak the Magician, better known as Kozy, has been amazing audiences for over 39 years, from his start on the streets of Pittsburgh, to Las Vegas and beyond, including a performance for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

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“Kozy”

He has appeared in global stand-up comedy markets, nightclubs, theaters and casino resorts as well as HBO, Showtime, MTV, “The Tonight Show” and Comedy Central.

Artist Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker delivering some art.

Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker delivering some art.

His Tiki Gallery brings together art inspired by 1950’s Tiki Bars, including what artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker calls his “Lowbrow Pop Surrealism” paintings, Tiki inspired art from Trey Surtees, Jin An Wong and Jacob Medina, original pieces from world famous tattoo ink artist Rockwood and one of a kind Cigar Box Guitars hand crafted by Michael Zack. The Gallery is open daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Kozy’s Tiki Palace is located on the shopping center’s ground level, Suite 106, next to Reyn’s and Tommy Bahama Store. His “World Class Magic Comedy” is presented nightly at 8 p.m. for adults 18 and over. Appetizers and drinks by Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar are available for purchase. For tickets and information, visit www.konakozy.com, or call (808) 430-1957.

Student Photographers Excel in First Time Competition

The Shops at Mauna Lani presented nine students with cash scholarships and prizes in its first annual Student Photography Competition on Saturday, April 30, 2016. From 80 total entries, winning photos were selected based on technical excellence, composition, artistic merit, creative excellence, overall vitality, impact and more.

Courtesy The Shops at Mauna Lani. L to R: Marketing Assistant Manager Kawelina Gomes, Thomas Scott, Taylor Mabuni, Nuuhiwa Beatty, Sammi Goldberg, Jordan Vedelli, Priscilla Lange, General Manager Michael Oh

Courtesy The Shops at Mauna Lani. L to R: Marketing Assistant Manager Kawelina Gomes, Thomas Scott, Taylor Mabuni, Nuuhiwa Beatty, Sammi Goldberg, Jordan Vedelli, Priscilla Lange, General Manager Michael Oh

In First Place, Taylor Mabuni, Grade 11 at Makua Lani Christian Academy, won a $500 cash scholarship for his work, showing artistic eye and technical expertise in expressing The Shops’ architectural features and inviting ambiance. Jordan Vedelli, Grade 8 at Parker School, Second Place ($300), captured the fun and vitality of a family dinner at Monstera Noodles & Sushi restaurant. Third Place ($200) went to Priscilla Lange, Grade 8 at West Hawaii Explorations Academy, whose winning photo spotlighted the weekly hula and fire dance performance.

Special category awards went to:

  • Thomas Scott, Grade 10 at American School Distance Learning Program, Technical Excellence
  • Lily Kassis, Grade 6 at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Composition Excellence
  • Eima Kozakai, Grade 9 at Kealakehe High School, Artistic Excellence
  • Orlando Corrado, Grade 9 at Kealakehe High School, Creative Excellence
  • Sammi Goldberg, Grade 11 at West Hawaii Explorations Academy, Overall Vitality
  • Nuuhiwa Beatty, Grade 6 at Makua Lani Academy, Overall Impact

“We were thrilled with the quantity, and the quality of all the photos,” said Michael Oh, General Manager. “These young photographers exceeded our expectations in every way. We are delighted to honor them, and wish them much success in their career. And, we are already looking forward to our next Student Photography Contest.”

Free Festivals at The Shops at Mauna Lani

The Shops at Mauna Lani invites the community to two exciting events in February: Polynesian Cultural Festival on Monday, Feb. 16, 5:30- 8 p.m. and Fortune Festival on Friday, Feb. 27, 5-8 p.m. Both evenings feature a variety of cultural activities, entertainment, food booths and family-friendly fun.

First up, the new Polynesian Cultural Festival is a monthly interactive event that offers a chance to experience the music and dances of Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa and Hawai‘i “up close and personal.”  Participants will be able to wear the fiercesome face-paint of Maori warriors while they pound Tahitian drums, and even take the Samoan fire knife for a spin. More peaceful pursuits like coconut leaf weaving, Konane (checkers) and hula lessons are available, plus poi ball twirling for the keiki.
Mauna Lani Fire Knife

The event is capped off with The Shops’ popular Polynesian Hula and Fire Knife Dance show by performing group Te ‘E‘a O Te Turama. With vivid costumes and vibrant rhythms from across the islands, male and female dancers bring island stories to life and ignite excitement with a fiery finale. The Polynesian Cultural Festival takes place at The Shops on the third Monday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m.

Later in February, the Fortune Festival honors the Year of the Goat with colorful Chinese celebrations, food, music and more.

Mauna Lani Lion Dance

A powerful hundred-foot Dragon will parade through the shopping center while firecrackers frighten off any evil spirits, and the traditional Lion Dance, with drums and cymbals, lets onlookers “feed” the Lion for good fortune in the year ahead. A Chinese fortune teller, martial arts demonstration, fire-blowing and costume contests for children and adults, plus Asian-inspired cuisine, crackling shrimp chips, and a beer and wine garden add to the festivities.

“We’re so happy that people are discovering The Shops as a fun and interesting place to be,” said General Manager Michael Oh. “In addition to our great stores and restaurants, these two festivals in February add a lot of excitement to the center, and we hope the whole community will come and enjoy. Bring the kids, kick off date night, meet friends for a pau hana—there’s a lot to like about The Shops at Mauna Lani.”

“Uncorked” at The Shops at Mauna Lani with Mark Yamanaka

The Shops at Mauna Lani “Uncorked” on November 4th, is an invitation to get back to basics, relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of great food and drink.  From 5:30-7:30 p.m., the community is invited to simply celebrate Friday night, sip a sunset glass of wine or beer, sample some of the Hawai‘i Island’s finest and favorite flavors and listen to the sweet music of Mark Yamanaka, four-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award Winner in 2011.

Mark Yamanaka

Mark Yamanaka at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Menu tastings feature upscale Japanese “izakaya-style” dishes and sushi from Monstera, contemporary island cuisine by Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, the traditional sizzle of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, authentic Mexican flavors from Just Tacos and a local favorite from Foodland Farms.  Accompanied by select wines and beers to toast the occasion, “Uncorked” is a one-night getaway for those who love exceptional food and wine, as they stroll through the friendly open-air atmosphere of The Shops at Mauna Lani.

The Shops at Mauna Lani

This year The Shops at Mauna Lani is proud to be presenting a portion of the ticket purchase to North Hawaii Community Hospital Diabetes Wellness Center as the selected charity for this event.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 on the day of the event, and include food tastings, wine and beer favorites along with a special edition Shops at Mauna Lani wine glass.  As a special bonus for a future visit, tickets also come with a $15 food discount at each restaurant (when two or more entrees are ordered)—a total $60 value.

Sponsors include Johnson Brothers of Hawaii, Paradise Beverages and American Wine & Spirits of Hawaii.  Tickets are available now at all three restaurants, Foodland Farms, 4D Movie Ride and The Shops at Mauna Lani management office.  For more information, call 885-9501 or visit shopsatmaunalani.com, follow us on Twitter (@The Shops) or Facebook.