The three gentlemen in one of the photos are (from left to right): - Matt Hancock, Restaurants and Bars Manager - Ikaika Manaku, Executive Chef - Ricky Hamasaki, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage


 Kaanapali, Hawaii – The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas introduces “In the Spirit” – a monthly event celebrating local agriculture and cuisine at its signature restaurant, Mauka Makai. This series features specialty food pairings led by executive chef Ikaika Manaku and handcrafted cocktails designed by the restaurant’s expert mixologists in a fun, social setting with live music.

“This unique experience will bring both visitors and residents together to enjoy a taste of the creative mixology program and innovative cuisine we have here at Mauka Makai,” said Ricky Hamasaki, the resort’s assistant director of food and beverage. “We’re also proud to further highlight our valued partnerships with local farmers, brewers and distillers.”

The series kicks off with “In the Spirit … of Vodka & Potatoes” on Monday, Aug. 28 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The menu features “spud-inspired” dishes highlighting products and produce sourced locally, such as Makaweli Braised Beef Tongue, Vodka Ginger-Cured Hamachi, Maui Venison Sweet Potato Fritters and more. The dishes will be paired with unique libations and specialty cocktails crafted in partnership with Ocean Vodka and other fine products. The event is open to ages 21 and over and is $65 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 808-662-6370 or

 About The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

Situated on Maui’s North Kaanapali Beach, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas is designed to provide a relaxing haven complete with culturally inspired programs and authentic Hawaiian experiences. Every feature of the resort — from the Puuhonua o Nanea Cultural Center to the locally sourced art — celebrates native culture and traditions. The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas offers world-class amenities including an expansive lagoon-style pool, full-service restaurant, beach bar and a WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. All villas offer many of the key amenities of home, combined with signature Westin®touches, such as the Westin Heavenly® Bed and Westin Heavenly® Bath. Villas also feature fully equipped kitchens and washers and dryers. Visit

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Vistana™ Signature Experiences, Inc., an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), is the exclusive provider of vacation ownership for the Sheraton® and Westin® brands under license from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, LLC, and is an authorized partner of the SPG® program. More than 220,000 families own at the company’s 21 villa resorts in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, which operate under the Sheraton and Westin brands. Vistana offers a flexible vacation lifestyle, giving Owners and Members the ability to vacation within a collection of villa-style resorts in the best locations within the most sought-after destinations. Customers also enjoy privileged access to trade their ownership for stays at more than 1,300 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries through Starwood Preferred Guest®, one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades, and flights, with no blackout dates. Headquartered in Orlando, FL, Vistana continues to build on its more-than-35-year history of excellence in vacation ownership and leisure travel. For more information, please visit