MAUI - Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort recently announced the completion of a renovation to its signature restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, now affectionately dubbed Humuhumu. Representing the latest phase of a recent $70 million resort refresh, the 25-year-old Humuhumu delights a new generation of guests with a refreshed interior and star Chef Mike Lofaro's signature modern Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine.

The refreshed restaurant emulates a traditional Hawaiian hale replete with native Ohia hardwood posts and rafters, lauhala weave ceiling panels and thatch roof, and an ode to Hawaiian traditions of ocean voyaging and wayfinding. The open-air dining room allows guests to soak up the resort's tropical ambiance while the central circular bar provides a social setting over evening drinks amid views of Maui's brilliant sunsets.

On the heels of being named 'Man of the Moment' by Modern Luxury: Hawai'i, Chef Mike Lofaro dazzles with his newly introduced menu of seasonal Hawaiian cuisine. The Hawaiian value of 'ohana, or family, and ho'okele, navigation and wayfinding, are carried through not just in the exceptional décor and curated art pieces but also in Chef Mike's completely revamped and culturally-conscious menu. The enhanced menu features an emphasis on sustainably harvested fish and meat entrees tying together traditional Hawaiian concepts with Mike's signature artistry. Guests can savor Chef Mike's spin on traditional fish and poi, among other signature specialties.

Patrons will find Chef Mike takes an intriguing new approach to his cuisine, aligning his cooking philosophy to the traditional Hawaiian moon calendar system based on centuries-old Hawaiian traditions of eating, farming and fishing according to the lunar cycles. Adhering to this core set of values driven through place-based modern takes on traditional foods, Chef Mike introduces a series of rotating dishes and menu items throughout the year, prepared with ingredients sourced according to the lunar cycles.

A unique way to experience Chef Mike's signature flavors is at Table 70, the most coveted table in the restaurant for its secluded setting jutting out over the lagoon apart from the main dining room and uninterrupted views of the marvelous Maui sunset. Here, a VIP experience awaits with a specially curated tasting menu of Chef's favorite dishes.

The meal is complimented by an extensive selection of global wines by the bottle and glass.  Signature cocktails with a tropical twist, as well as locally-produced and international beers round out the beverage selection.

Humuhumu is open nightly for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., serving Chef Mike Lofaro's seasonal Hawaiian cuisine. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 800 888 6100. For more information about Humuhumu and Grand Wailea, please visit www.grandwailea.com. Follow Humuhumu on Instagram (at)humuhumumaui and Mike Lofaro (at)mikelofaro.

Contacts:
Yvonne Biegel
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
+1 808 891 3383
yvonne.biegel@waldorfastoria.com

Michael Gartenlaub
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
+1 212 683 2442
michael@brandmanpr.com

About Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
The newly refreshed landmark resort consistently ranks among the world's best in leading travel and consumer reports. Nestled on 40 acres of lush, tropical gardens fronting Wailea Beach, Grand Wailea provides a range of vacation experiences:  open spaces for the active vacationer, beauty and seclusion for romantic getaways, and family fun - ranging from a fully equipped camp for children and a teen lounge to rope swings and a jungle-style river pool. Guests also have access to the luxurious Spa Grande, a standard-setter in the world of resort spas, as well as eight restaurants, including the award-winning "Best of Maui" Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. Accommodation options include Grand Wailea's 776 rooms and suites and an enclave of 120 luxury villas Ho'olei at Grand Wailea ranging from 3,200 to 4,000 sq. ft., located nearby with access to Grand Wailea amenities. For reservations and information, call 1-800-888-6100 or visit www.grandwailea.com

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
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