Get ready for an unforgettable culinary experience in Wailea, Maui on November 18th! The Hawai‘i Ag & Culinary Alliance has partnered with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to present a special edition of the renowned Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival. Dubbed “Taste Our Love for Maui,” this one-night-only event brings together eight incredible chefs who have deep connections to the island’s heritage. From Isaac Bancaco to Roy Yamaguchi and three invited chefs who rallied around Maui’s relief efforts, these talented individuals will showcase the flavors of mixed plate favorites using the finest Maui-grown products. Best of all, 100% of ticket sales will go towards the Kōkua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund for Maui, providing much-needed financial assistance to those impacted by the recent wildfires. So come on over, indulge in the culinary creations, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people who call Maui home.

Special Edition of Hawaiʻi Food  Wine Festival announced in Wailea, Maui, Nov. 18

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Hawai‘i Ag & Culinary Alliance presents a special edition of the renowned Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival

The Hawai‘i Ag & Culinary Alliance is excited to announce a special edition of the highly anticipated Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival. This extraordinary event is a collaboration with the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority as part of their Mālama Maui campaign, which promotes respectful, compassionate, and responsible travel to accessible areas of Maui.

Event Details

Date and Time

The special edition of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, titled “Taste Our Love for Maui,” will take place on Saturday, November 18 at 6 p.m.


The event will be held at the Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi, located in the beautiful Wailea Beach Resort on Maui.

Participating Chefs

The evening will showcase the incredible culinary talents of eight exceptionally gifted chefs, each deeply connected to Maui’s rich heritage. These chefs have generously lent their skills and expertise to support the community impacted by the Maui fires. The participating chefs include Isaac Bancaco, Joey Macadangdang, Sheldon Simeon, Lee Anne Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, Troy Guard, Ravi Kapur, and Belinda Leong.

Culinary Creations

Prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable dining experience! These talented chefs will take the flavors of Maui’s mixed plate favorites to new heights. They will skillfully highlight the finest Maui-grown ingredients, weaving the intricate tapestry of the island’s plantation history into their culinary creations. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that will leave you craving more.

Benefit for Maui Wildfire Relief

In the spirit of giving back, 100% of the ticket sales from this event will be donated to the Kōkua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund for Maui. This fund provides much-needed financial assistance to restaurant, bar, and hospitality workers who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires on the island. The Hawai‘i Ag & Culinary Alliance has already raised over $650,000 through their fundraising efforts, which will be distributed in $1,000 disbursements to eligible individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis. This benefit event aims to further support the displaced individuals and communities affected by the fires.

Fundraising Efforts and Distribution of Funds

The Kōkua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund for Maui has received applications from more than 3,700 restaurant, bar, and hospitality workers who experienced a loss of employment or a reduction in income due to the wildfires. Through the ongoing efforts of the Hawai‘i Ag & Culinary Alliance, this benefit event will continue to raise funds to support additional individuals who have been displaced by the fires. It is heartwarming to see the community come together to support their fellow residents during these challenging times.

Restaurant, Bar, and Hospitality Workers Impacted by the Wildfires

The wildfires on Maui have had a significant impact on the restaurant, bar, and hospitality industry. Many workers have experienced a loss of employment, reduction in income, and other hardships as a result. The Kōkua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund for Maui aims to provide much-needed assistance to these individuals and help alleviate some of the financial burdens they are facing. By attending this special edition of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, you are not only treating yourself to a remarkable dining experience but also making a difference in the lives of those affected by the wildfires.

Gourmet Giving Weekend

The Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival extends beyond the main event on Saturday night. It is also an opportunity to explore Maui’s vibrant food scene and support local businesses. Through the Maui Nui First initiative, organized by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, visitors and guests of the event are encouraged to dine at the various restaurants and eateries open for business. This initiative provides a comprehensive list of establishments that are eager to welcome patrons and contribute to the island’s recovery. In addition, a special room rate is being offered at the Wailea Beach Resort to event attendees, ensuring a delightful weekend of indulgence, relaxation, and exploration.

Exploring Maui’s Food Scene

Maui boasts a diverse and thriving culinary landscape, with a wide range of restaurants offering unique flavors and experiences. By exploring the island’s food scene during the gourmet giving weekend, you not only get to savor delicious meals but also contribute to the livelihoods of local businesses. Consider trying traditional Hawaiian dishes, savoring fresh seafood delicacies, or indulging in fusion creations that blend flavors from various cultures. Every meal you enjoy helps support the hardworking individuals and businesses that make up Maui’s culinary community.

Maui Nui First Initiative

The Maui Nui First initiative is a testament to the resilience and determination of the people of Maui. It showcases the island’s commitment to rebuilding and restoring its economy in the aftermath of the wildfires. By prioritizing local businesses and encouraging visitors to support them, Maui is embracing a sustainable and community-driven approach to recovery. As a guest of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, you have the opportunity to be part of this initiative and contribute to the resurgence of Maui’s vibrant food scene.

Supporting Local Businesses

Local businesses are the heart and soul of any community, and Maui is no exception. By supporting these businesses, you help create jobs, nurture economic growth, and preserve the unique character of the island. Whether you choose to dine at family-owned restaurants, shop at local markets, or book experiences with locally operated tour companies, your patronage makes a difference. By investing in Maui’s local businesses, you become a vital part of the island’s recovery and a beacon of hope for the residents who rely on these enterprises for their livelihoods.

Special Room Rate at Wailea Beach Resort

To enhance your gourmet giving weekend experience, a special room rate is being offered at the Wailea Beach Resort. This luxurious resort provides the perfect setting for relaxation, indulgence, and exploring the beautiful surroundings of Maui. By staying at the resort, you not only enjoy world-class amenities and hospitality but also contribute directly to the local economy. Your stay helps sustain jobs and supports the livelihoods of the dedicated staff who work tirelessly to ensure a memorable experience for every guest.

Making a Difference through Travel

When you choose to visit Maui and participate in events like the special edition of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, you are making a meaningful difference. Purposeful travel has a profound impact on the recovery and revitalization of communities affected by disasters. By supporting the local economy through your visit, you help restore not just buildings, but also the livelihoods and hopes of the people who call Maui home. Your presence and contribution are a testament to the resilience and spirit of the island, inspiring others to follow in your footsteps and embark on their own journeys of compassion and support.

Impact of Purposeful Travel on Maui’s Recovery

The impact of purposeful travel cannot be overstated. By choosing to visit and support Maui, you become a catalyst for positive change. Your presence helps bring life back to local businesses, boosts job opportunities, and fosters a sense of hope and optimism. As communities rebuild and recover, it is the spirit of aloha and the support of travelers like you that truly make a difference. Together, we can create a brighter future for Maui and its residents.

Ticket Information

Tickets for “Taste Our Love for Maui” are now available for purchase. There are different ticket options to cater to varying preferences and budgets.

General Admission

General admission tickets are priced at $250 per person. With a general admission ticket, you can enjoy the full experience of the special edition of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, savoring the delectable culinary creations prepared by the talented chefs.

Priority Access

For those seeking an enhanced experience, priority access tickets are available for $350 per person. With priority access, you have the advantage of early entry at 5 p.m., allowing you to enjoy the festivities before the main event begins. This exclusive access ensures you can fully immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the evening.

VIP Tables for Groups

If you are attending the special edition of the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival with a group of friends, colleagues, or loved ones, consider purchasing a VIP table. These tables are available for groups of ten and come with early access, reserved seating, and exclusive culinary creations. It’s the perfect option for those looking for a more intimate and tailored experience.

Ticket Sales and Donations

Tickets for “Taste Our Love for Maui” can be purchased through the official Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival website at By purchasing a ticket, not only do you secure your spot at this extraordinary event, but you also contribute to the Kōkua Restaurant & Hospitality Fund for Maui. If you would like to learn more about the fund or make a direct donation, please visit Your support is greatly appreciated and will make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by the wildfires.

As you prepare for the special edition of the renowned Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, remember that your presence and support go beyond the experience itself. By coming together as a community, we can rebuild, revitalize, and make a difference in the lives of the resilient people of Maui. Let us celebrate the incredible culinary talent, embrace the vibrant food scene, and show our love for Maui. Mahalo!