Calabash at Kukuiʻula - Kukui'ula

      2024

      Calabash at Kukuiʻula

      Monday, August 12th – Saturday, August 17th, 2024

      This event is for Members at Kukuiʻula and Guests of The Lodge at Kukuiʻula. Stays at The Lodge at Kukuiʻula must be booked before RSVPing for events.

      Calabash at Kukui‘ula is a week-long celebration of global cuisine and beverage, movement, wellness, and music. Immerse yourself in bespoke events designed to delight your senses and nourish your soul. The grand finale, the Ho‘ohuli Festival, will feature an exquisite array of international foods and a spectacular performance by Grammy award-winning singer-songwriters. Join us for an unforgettable journey that celebrates the rich tapestry of cultures from around the world.

        Ala Kine Tacos + El Tequileño Tequila

        Monday, August 12th
        4:30pm – 7pm
        Makai Grill + Bar

        Join us poolside for a spectacular evening at our Ala Kine Taco Bar featuring El Tequileño Tequila! Antonio “Tony” Salles, a third-generation master distiller, will be on property to share his expertise and passion for tequila. Sample a variety of El Tequileño tequilas and cocktails while savoring Chef Ben’s taco creations of the day. In fall 2024, Kukui’ula will be introducing our own labeled El Tequileño Tequila, and Tony will extend an exclusive invitation to our members and attendees for a trip to Tequila, Mexico. Experience the hospitality of the El Tequileño Hotel and partake in a private tour and a day of distilling our own private-label tequila. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to indulge in world-class flavors and embark on an unforgettable adventure!

        $ Varies

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          Master Class w/ Master Sommelier Chris Ramelb

          Tuesday, August 13th

          Bubbles of the World Master Class
          3:00pm – 4:30pm
          ʻUmeke Kitchen + Bar

          Join us for the Bubbles of the World Master Class with one of the four Master Sommeliers in Hawaiʻi – Chris Ramelb. In this classroom-style event, participants will explore the fascinating world of sparkling wines and champagnes. Learn about the intricate processes behind their creation and taste the differences alongside a true expert.

          $50PP • Limited to 24 People

          Mix with a Master
          Member Mixer
          4:30pm – 6pm
          Plantation House

          Shortly after our Bubbles of the World Master Class, enjoy sips of sparkling wine and pūpū while mixing and mingling with Master Sommelier Chris Ramelb. Plus, Kumu Hula Troy Lazaro and Hālau Ka Pā Hula O Hīnano will showcase dance and mele (music) from around the Pacific Islands, including Hawaiʻi, Samoa, Tahiti, and Aotearoa.

          $ Complimentary

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            Root2Rise

            Wednesday, August 14th
            8:00am – 9:00am
            Movement Studio

            Begin your day with a grounding practice to set intentions for your journey of taste and delight. This practice is a full-body connection to the earth and your inner purpose for a journey within.

            $30 for Members & Lodge Guests, Complimentary for Members • Limited to 16 People

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              Managiere e Bere! Cooking Demo w/ Chef Giancarla Bodoni

              Wednesday, August 14th
              11:00am – 2:00pm
              The Farm

              Join us for “Mangiare e Bere!” (Let’s Eat & Drink) – a captivating cooking demonstration and lunch with the world-renowned Italian Chef Giancarla Bodoni at Kukui’ula’s 10-acre organic farm. Flying in from Tuscany, where she serves as the Executive Chef at Monteverdi, a luxury resort celebrated in Forbes, Travel & Leisure, and Food & Wine, she is a pioneer of the organic slow-food movement. After her live cooking demonstration, guests will enjoy a delectable lunch prepared by Chef Giancarla, showcasing the freshest ingredients and her exceptional culinary talent. Experience the artistry of a master chef in a stunning Farm setting.

              $75PP

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                Reggaelates w/ Sienna

                Thursday, August 15th
                8:00am – 9:00am
                Hiʻilani Spa Movement Studio

                Get transported to Jamaica during this dynamic fitness class, created and trademarked by Kukui’ula’s Director of Wellness, Sienna Creasy. In this reggaelates class – a fusion of Pilates and Yoga – you’ll activate your core, work up a sweat, and get inspired by reggae rhythms.

                $30 for Members & Lodge Guests, Complimentary for Members • Limited to 16 People

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                  Hali'imaile Distilling Company Chef's Dinner

                  Thursday, August 15th
                  5:30pm
                  ʻUmeke Kitchen + Bar

                  This intimate dinner will feature a delectable four-course meal crafted by Kukui’ula’s culinary team, perfectly paired with handcrafted spirits from Maui’s Hali’imaile Distilling Company. With space limited to just 24 participants, you’ll enjoy an evening of exceptional cuisine and authentic Hawaiian-inspired drinks in a cozy setting.

                  $150PP • Limited to 24 People

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                    Flow Around the World: Yoga w/ Amanda

                    Friday, August 16th
                    8am – 9am
                    Hiʻilani Spa Movement Studio

                    Join Amanda for this heart opening practice that will connect your body and soul to the its deepest purpose. The heartbeat leads you in this rhythmic practice of Vinyasa Yoga that will align you with your breath and the earth below.

                    $30 for Members & Lodge Guests, Complimentary for Members • Limited to 16 People

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                      Interactive Wine Seminar w/ Wine Maker Terry Culton (Willamette Valley Vineyards)

                      Friday, August 16th
                      3pm – 4:30pm
                      The Plantation House

                      As a distinguished winemaker, Terry will lead participants through a delightful wine-tasting experience featuring an estate pinot noir, whole cluster pinot noir, pinot gris, and riesling from Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon. Discover the nuances and craftsmanship behind these exceptional wines in an engaging and educational setting. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste and learn from one of Oregon’s finest vintners.

                      $50PP • Limited to 24 People

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                        Latin Aqua Dance w/ Meli

                        Saturday, August 17th
                        11:o0 AM – 12:00 PM
                        Hiʻilani Spa Lap Pool

                        Held in the Hiʻilani Spa Lap Pool, this invigorating aqua class combines the lively rhythms of Latin dance music and refreshing water exercises.

                        $30 for Members & Lodge Guests, Complimentary for Members • Limited to 12 People

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                          Hoʻohuli Festival

                          Saturday, August 17th
                          5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

                          Saddle up for the party of the summer at Kukuiʻula, where Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriters will serenade you with top hits from the likes of Blake Shelton, Lee Brice, Jewel, and more. The evening’s culinary experience will feature global food stations, from the sun-kissed flavors of Spain to the vibrant flavors of Italy by guest chef Giancarla Bodoni, offering a tantalizing journey for the palate.

                          Embracing the Western spirit, our Grand Event pays homage to Hawaiʻi’s Paniolo heritage, infusing every aspect of the event with a touch of rustic charm and cowboy flair. Dust off your boots, grab your hat, and join us for an unforgettable evening under the starry Kauaian sky.

                          $195PP • Limited to 250 People

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                            Antonio "Tony" Salles, Master Distiller

                            Tony Salles is the grandson of Don Jorge Salles Cuervo, founder of El Tequileño. Decades after its origin, the tradition of quality, integrity, and authenticity continues under Tony’s watchful eye, who’s carrying on his family legacy.

                            Tony has a graduate degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from ITESM in Guadalajara and studied an MBA from Spain. Following under the tutelage of his father and grandfather, Tony became Master Distiller at La Guarreña Distillery in 2005. Tony has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Top Producer of the Year by international publication, The Spirits Business, based out of London. Most recently Tony was awarded the 2023 International Spirits Challenge (ISC) Top Agave Producer of the Year along with 2023 ISC Best Tequila of the Year as voted by industry leaders.

                            For Tony, making tequila everyday is not a job but his passion, crafting the best tequila people can love and enjoy.

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                              Chris Ramelb, Master Sommelier

                              Chris Ramelb, MS a native son of Kauaʻi earned a Computer Science degree at University of Hawaii-Manoa and started his wine career as a business analyst at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. He has twice since represented Hawaii at the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs National Young Somm competition and earned the coveted Johnston Medal in 2016, achieving the highest score for all Advanced Sommelier examinations in the world. After stints at two legendary Honolulu based restaurants: Vino Italian Tapas and Alan Wong’s, he took the post of opening Wine Director at Senia, where he helped earn the restaurant a James Beard nomination for “Best New Restaurant” and a spot in Wine Enthusiast’s 2017 “America’s Top 100 Wine Restaurants”. He rejoined Southern Glazer’s as the Restaurant Sales Manager and Director of Wine Education in 2018, the same year he passed the Master Sommelier examination (1 of only 4 in Hawaiʻi).

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                                Chef Giancarala Bodoni

                                World renowned Italian Chef, Giancarla Bodoni will be flying in for the “World Traveler Event” from Tuscany, where she is the Executive Chef at Monteverdi, a luxury resort set in the medieval village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. Her property and culinary academy is regularly featured in Forbes, Travel & Leisure and Food & Wine. Most recently, Giancarla toured Eugene Levy around Monteverdi on his Apple TV show “The Reluctant Traveler.” For over 25 years, Chef Giancarla has been a pioneer of the organic slow-food movement. She passionately sources the highest quality and freshest ingredients. She seizes every opportunity to take advantage of the abundance that surrounds her – from world-class wines to the finest products from small family farms. Chef Giancarla’s consistent culinary collaborators are Michelin rated and celebrity Chefs; Giada De Laurentis, Dominique Crenn, Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray, Guy Fieri, Nancy Silverton, and the list goes on.

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                                  Joe Fox

                                  Since signing his publishing deal with Liz Rose Music and Warner Chappell Music in 2019, Joe penned his first #1 Billboard song on country radio with Jon Pardi’s “Last Night Lonely.” Other notable cuts on artists such as Blake Shelton’s Bible Verses, Jon Pardi’s “Mr. Saturday Night”, Matt Stell’s “Better Than That” and “Look At Me Now.” Fox has played on various records including Maren Morris’s GRAMMY nominated “Hero,” and won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

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                                    Liz Rose

                                    Rose has penned 16 songs with Taylor Swift, including the No. 1 hits “All Too Well”, “Tim McGraw”, “Teardrops On My Guitar”, “You Belong With Me”, GRAMMY Award winning Best Country Song “White Horse”, and ACM Song of the Year “Crazy Girl”. More recently, she co-wrote Little Big Town’s double platinum smash hit, “Girl Crush” and Parker McCollum’s Billboard #1 “Burn It Down.” Her songs have sold more than 20 million copies. Last year Liz was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Gloria Estefan and Snoop Dogg. Other notable artists she has written for are Jewel, Nelly Furtado, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Colbie Caillat, Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton.

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                                      Phil Barton

                                      Phil Barton is an Australian songwriter living in Nashville, TN. He had his first #1 Billboard song with Lee Brice “A Woman Like You”, the song went double platinum in the US, and won him a precious NSAI Award for “One of the Ten songs I Wish I’d Written.” His music has appeared in the 2016 three-time Oscar Nominated film “Sicario”, and television shows like “Nashville.” Recently, Phil produced Chrissy Metz’s new children’s book “When I Talk To God”, produced and wrote Rita Wilson’s “Little Black Dress” and wrote Little River Band’s new song “Window To The World. He also has 17 Top Ten singles to his credit in recent years on the Canadian Country Charts.

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                                        Terry Culton, Willamette Valley Vineyards

                                        Fueled by a passion for crafting visionary wines and a spirit that craves discovery, Terry Culton’s professional pursuits have brought him back to Willamette Valley Vineyards as our Director of Winemaking & Vineyards. In this position, Terry leads Willamette’s winery and vineyard teams.

                                        Initially inspired by his mentor Kenneth Volk, founder of Wild Horse Vineyard and Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Terry worked the “Pinot Trail” in California’s Anderson Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He first worked at Willamette in 1997 as our Cellar Master, supervising the cellar crew and managing inventory as well as the bottling line.

                                        From there, Terry went on to develop a 20-year career making acclaimed wines for several California wineries, including work at Calera in Hollister, California, where he worked with the pioneering Pinot Noir maker Josh Jensen. Terry left Calera to work with Hoffman Mountain Ranch’s vast plantings of Rhône Varietals.

                                        For 10 years, Terry honed his unique style of vineyard-driven, well-balanced wines. His enthusiasm for winemaking led him to start Culton Wines, which produced mainly Rhône varietals and blends in small lots from ultra-premium Central Coast grapes. His overall approach is to blend wines that are elegant and food-friendly manifestations of terroir.

                                        Terry later went to Le Vigne Winery in Paso Robles, California. During his first year at Le Vigne, he received 98 points and a double gold award from Sunset Magazine on Le Vigne Paso 2019 Rosé of Sangiovese.

                                        Terry’s return to Willamette brings him back to his beginnings at a time of abundant possibilities. The winery continues to develop its deep portfolio that includes classic Oregon Pinot Noirs as well as sparkling wines made with estate-grown fruit and bold reds from the Rogue Valley AVA and the Walla Walla Valley AVA.

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                                        Calabash at Kukui'ula

                                        Exclusive Offers

                                          Accommodations

                                          Stay at The Lodge at Kukuiʻula and enjoy 15% off your stay, plus a $500 resort credit for 2 guests or a $1,000 resort credit for 4 guests to be used toward Calabash at Kukuiʻula event costs (or other onsite expenses).

                                          The Calabash at Kukuiʻula accommodation promotion is valid for stays between Friday, August 9th through Monday, August 19th.

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                                            World Spa Therapy Master Treatment

                                            Explore Healing Arts from around the world with our most therapeutic approach to massage and bodywork.  This treatment will integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizing Acupuncture, Body Gua Sha & Cupping to open lines of circulation reconnecting the body to its natural source of healing.  Reiki, Tuning Forks and Singing bowls will be integrated with a guided meditation mapping the Body to it’s highest vibration of worldly awareness.

                                            90 Minutes • $405

                                            Non-Members: Prior to booking this Spa treatment, please ensure you are booked in The Lodge at Kukuiʻula prior to booking.

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