Restaurant Wedding Site

  • June 5, 2010 12:30 am

Merriman’s Restaurant Wedding Location

We recently did a site visit with a couple to Merriman’s, a restaurant we often use due to its combination of great views, great food and proximity to the beach. As you can see it’s an ideal wedding venue with a versatile layout. The deck is perfect for cocktails at sunset after the ceremony is complete. There is also a lawn for those that don’t want to use the beach for their wedding site. Merriman’s also has room for a dance floor if you buy out the restaurant. There are some more pictures of Merriman’s here http://www.mymauiweddingplanner.com/blog/2010/02/08/kapalua-bay-beach-wedding/ this time with a slightly smaller setup. To start planning your event here please fill out the form below.






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Pulehu Restaurant

  • June 3, 2010 11:13 pm

Pulehu Restaurant, Ka’anapali

Recently we were invited to reacquaint ourselves with the menu at Pulehu with compliments of the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. We often use the restaurant for wedding rehearsals and receptions but for some of us it has been a while since we sat down to enjoy a meal there!

The atmosphere is relaxed and the view over the koi ponds is amazing as the sun sets!

Named after the Hawaiian word for “to broil over a fire,” Pulehu is an Italian Grill using fresh local ingredients to prepare some mouth watering treats.

Unfortunately, we were very hungry when we first arrived so there wasn’t much chance to get pictures of our appetizers. Sorry! We ordered the Crispy Calamari, Tomato and Garlic Bruschetta and the Prawn & Mushroom Risotto. With all of us growing up next to the sea and mostly in rural areas we are used to fresh ingredients (think same day no supermarket involved) cooked simply but well.

Calamari is a dish I order often and I have no idea why, I am usually disappointed with obviously frozen rubbery calamari, not so today. Tender, beautifully textured calamari was paired with a garlic aioli and a warm marinara sauce served in a trendy, faux newsprint cone. It went so quickly I didn’t manage to get a picture.

The garlic and tomato bruschetta had a great balance of flavours and was perfect alongside the waiters recommendation of a Pinot Grigio. Even the pickiest among us enjoyed it although she thought it was messy.

Our final appetizer was the risotto which was cooked perfectly, just the right amount of cheese and mushrooms and topped with some crisp fresh shrimp. You will just have to trust me that it was beautifully presented!

For our entrées we ordered the Veal Parmesan, Frutti di Mare and the Fettuccine Alfredo. This time it was the wine to blame for the lack of pictures but I promise I have pictures of all the desserts! I went for the veal. It often gets bad press but basically veal is a byproduct of the milk industry and standards of care have improved massively. There is no reason not to choose veal these days. I am used to chicken parmesan so when I saw the veal version I figured I just had to try it. The reward was an extremely tender steak coated in an amazingly rich sauce and smooth cheese. After wrestling the other dishes away from my colleagues I can also report the Frutti di Mare lived up to the standards set by the calamari and the fettuccine was every bit as fresh and tasty as we had in Rome a few years ago.

Finally, my favourite section, dessert! I did manage to get pictures of all the desserts we ordered. The first dessert pictured is the Warm Chocolate Cake, served with a vanilla gelato and strawberries. Be sure to order this early if you want it as it takes about ten minutes to prepare, ensuring a fresh, rich cake. Its a tough job to describe the cake, it was obviously fresh but little concession was made for those that like milk chocolate. This was made with really high quality cocoa and whilst it wasn’t bitter there was such a depth to the flavour it was best eaten in small bites. The gelato complimented the cake perfectly and left us fighting over who had the last piece!

Having spent a few holidays in France I am a sucker for a Crème Brûlée and a pineapple flavoured once just had to be tried! I only got to try a bit of this as my daughter commandeered this dish as hers and ate pretty much all of it including the sprig on top. The flavour was subtle and sweet, a great combination.

Finally, and by no means least, some fresh locally made gelato. After a lot of rich food a refreshing gelato was perfect, just what we all needed. Served in an attractive sugar cone.

Having seen a few episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s F word and Kitchen Nightmares a common theme is that the best restaurants use fresh, local, in season ingredients and don’t over complicate the menu or the dishes. When you have quality fresh ingredients the chef should not feel the need to swamp the flavour and Pulehu and its kitchen is a perfect example of taking the best local ingredients and making them shine. Pricing is moderate, excellent considering the quality and quantity of the food. Menu’s and pricing are available on http://www.pulehurestaurant.com/ .

Thankfully, there is a great keiki menu and our experience was that the kitchen was willing to substitute sauces for kids if they preferred a different one. The wait staff were attentive, knowledgeable,  quick and polite, well worth a tip. The wine menu covers all bases without being the size of a telephone directory and the prices are sensible which is always welcome.

I’ve been let down by hotel restaurant food in the past but I knew Pulehu was at the least competent and a pleasant experience, what we experienced was a few steps beyond this. I can’t think of any better endorsement then that we will be using Pulehu for some staff meals in the near future!

Maui Catholic Weddings

  • May 13, 2010 12:37 am

Maui Catholic Wedding Ceremonies

Considering Maui for your destination Catholic Wedding? Our wedding director, Fran, is the Lahaina Parish Wedding Coordinator. Encompassing the two Catholic churches on the West side of Maui, the Lahaina Parish is honored to include the stunning Maria Lanakila Catholic Church located directly in Lahaina Town and the simple, beautiful Sacred Hearts Mission Church in Kapalua.

Fran assists with the details of coordinating between your local parish and the Lahaina Parish to ensure your Maui Catholic Union goes smoothly. As the director of Aisles in Paradise, she is also able to offer full service coordination to assist in providing any additional services such as flowers, music, photography and reception ideas to help you realise your vision and ensure consistency and continuity!

The first step to securing your Maui Catholic Wedding is to contact Fran at (808) 357-6891 or you can visit the Maria Lanakila Catholic Church website at: http://www.marialanakila.org

2010 Winter Wedding Package Special

  • May 13, 2010 12:07 am

2010 Winter Wedding Package Special

We are currently offering a discount to weddings booked for the winter months of 2010. We are happy to be able to offer 5% of all wedding packages booked for dates in  October, November and December 2010. Bookings must be made directly with Aisles In Paradise and the deposit must be paid before July 1st.

We would love to hear from you to begin planning your Maui winter wedding, so please contact us by visiting http://www.mymauiweddingplanner.com/contact.php and filling out the contact form.

This discount is based on availability, does not include holidays or October 10, 2010 and may not be combined with any other offers. This offer is only available to new bookings (contact commenced on or after May 12th).

Hawaii Beach Wedding

  • May 13, 2010 12:04 am

May 7, 2010 Holly and Steve

It’s amazing how things work out! Holly and Steve were due to tie the knot on either Kapalua Beach or Ironwoods Beach at sunset but fate changed the venue and boy did it work out! We spent the morning at the craft fair meeting brides-to-be, keeping our eyes on the weather to see how the day was developing. Although we enjoy the lovely sun most days, we do get rain showers that ensure our islands stay lush and beautiful. By 2pm we had decided it would be best to move the wedding to Baby Beach at the Northern end of Lahaina Town to avoid any ‘mist’.  Maui treated us to another of her amazing sunsets.

Sparkling azure water and deep blue skies gradually transformed into a spectacular orange sunset whilst the lucky couple were serenaded by Ernest, the officiant, on the guitar. To really seal this perfect day a yacht appeared on the horizon just as we were taking sunset pictures.

With such a blessed beginning, we absolutely know Holly and Steve will have a happy and long future together.


2010 Summer Beach Wedding Package Special

  • May 12, 2010 12:56 am

2010 Summer Beach Wedding Special

We realise that money can be tight these days and we have put together a special morning wedding package to make it even easier to get married on Maui!

Our Summer Special Package offers:

  • Officiant
  • Marriage License Arrangements ($65 additional fee payable to licence agent)
  • Beach/Park Location (with permit for up to 10 people)
  • Two (2) Standard Flower Leis OR Small Tropical Hand-tied Bouquet
  • Fifteen (15) minute ceremony session of digital photography with a CD\DVD of unedited images
  • Keepsake Wedding Certificate
  • Coordination Fee
  • Price: $450 +4.167% tax

    This offer is only valid for  ceremonies starting between 9AM and 9.30AM in June or July 2010. The offer is subject to the availability of specific vendors so please call to discuss availability.

    Maui Craft Fair

    • May 8, 2010 1:08 am

    Maui Craft Fair

    Aloha!

    Aisles In Paradise is excited to announce that we will be attending the weekly Craft Fair at the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Please feel free to come along and discuss your vision for your weddings. The Fair runs every Friday, starting at 9am next to the boardwalk.  Due to workloads we may not be able to attend every week, but please feel free to contact us to confirm if we will be in attendance.

    The craft fair has a wide variety of vendors and is a great place to buy some quality keepsakes or presents. From high quality porcelain to amazing wood carvings. There is also fresh local produce available onsite and even Maui’s most talented Henna artist!

    May 3rd Maui Wedding

    • May 8, 2010 12:51 am

    May 3, 2010 Yvonne and Patrick

    Yvonne and Patrick travelled from the California to celebrate their love. It was a pleasure and an honor to share their special day and be part of a beautiful ceremony conducted by Keli’i on the grounds of the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas.

    We wish them all the best for their future together and look forward to welcoming them back to Maui soon!





    Maui’s Newest Wedding Planner!

    • May 2, 2010 12:35 am

    Maui’s New Wedding Planner!

    Aloha!

    Apologies for the lack of updates, we have been busy celebrating the arrival of the newest member of our family as well as keeping up with our events. As you can see she’s already a natural with flowers!

    We should be in a position to keep things more up to date now and we also have some suprises in the pipeline so keep reading!

    Mahalos

    Maui Wedding April 30

    • May 1, 2010 12:38 am

    April 30, 2010 Shairoz and Colin


    Shairoz and Colin  celebrated their wedding on the grounds of the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas on April 30, 2010. The bride was stunning in her beautiful authentic Indian Beaded dress in shades of purple.   The couple celebrated with an intimate ceremony starting with the Hawaiian Conch Herald and ended with an emotional Hawaiian Hymn sung  by the Officiant and Musician while the sun set. Mahalo to Brent of A&B Photography for helping capture such a special day.

    Congratulations to both Shairoz and Colin and many blessings for a long and happy life together!

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