NBC Bay Presents Cinco de Mayo, Hawaiian – Style at the 22nd Annual Livermore Wine Country Festival

NBC Bay Area and representatives from Ka’anapali Beach Resort on the Island of Maui will travel to the 22nd Annual Livermore Wine Country Festival to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Hawaiian-style, with chef demonstrations, Hawaiian entertainment and a trip giveaway.

Taking place over two days, May 4 and 5, from 10 am – 4 pm the Festival draws nearly one hundred thousand from the northern California region and beyond. New this year, attendees will have an opportunity to meet Chef Tom Muromoto, one of Maui’s top chefs, for lively and informative cooking demonstrations and samples. Since a festival is never complete without Hawaiian entertainment, Maui brings Hālau Otea Api to present traditional and modern music and dance. Finally, always wanting to welcome visitors to its Island home, Maui offers a chance for attendees to win a trip for two to the Second Annual Ka’anapali Fresh, a culinary event August 30 – 31, 2013 in Ka’anapali Beach Resort on the west side of Maui, Hawai’i.  Chef demonstrations and Hawaiian performances are scheduled four times a day.

Executive Chef Tom Muromoto, is the unrelenting force behind the award-winning Tiki Terrace Restaurant at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.  Chef Muromoto was born and raised in Hawai’i, and has remained closely connected to his roots: Inspired by the abundance of the ocean that allowed him once to be a surfer, a spear fisher, and a lobster diver, influenced by the ethnic diversity of the islands and the traditions of Hawaiian culture, he developed boundless culinary curiosity. His cooking offers a unique interpretation of Hawaii Regional Cuisine.  “The flavors and how flavors can change throughout different cultures fascinates me,” Chef Muromoto says.  “Our local agriculture brings to these flavors the freshest produce possible. Nothing can be fresher than what is grown locally and available to us. Bringing out the flavors of freshness is an exciting journey.”

Throughout the day attendees may enter to win a trip for two to Ka’anapali Fresh, a culinary festival scheduled August 30 – 31, 2013. The prize includes roundtrip airfare for two from San Jose, Oakland or San Francisco, California to Kahului, Maui courtesy of Alaska Airlines, three nights’ accommodations at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Maui’s most Hawaiian Hotel, and two tickets to the farm to table dinner on Saturday, August 31.

About Kā’anapali Beach Resort: Ka’anapali Resort is a completely self-contained resort on a three-mile stretch of beach along the sunny western shores of Maui. From the shores of Ka'anapali, the Neighbor Islands of Lāna'i and Moloka'i are in clear view. The slopes of Mauna Kahalawai, the West Maui Mountains, serve as the dramatic backdrop for this luxury, 1,200-acre resort destination which was once a warrior training ground and the playground for Hawai'i's royalty. The resort consists of 11 properties, six hotels and five condominiums, two18-hole championship golf courses, two shopping centers, tennis courts, ocean activities, restaurants and more.

About Ka’anapali Beach Hotel: Kā'anapali Beach Hotel was one of the first properties built in the resort, and it has chosen to retain the scale and spirit of an earlier era in travel accommodations. The buildings are just three and six stories high. The whale-shaped pool is not huge. The hotel does not provide room service. But it does provide the aloha spirit in lavish abundance. Whereas other properties invest in luxury, this one invests in heart. In 1986 KBH created an employee training program called Po'okela, an ongoing process by which the entire staff applies traditional Hawaiian values to the everyday operations of the hotel. Coming here is like coming home to the best family you never knew you had. Repeat guests are absolutely devoted to this hotel, and the farewell lei ceremony—with singing and chants—often starts tears flowing. It's no wonder that KBH has received numerous awards for being the “most Hawaiian” hotel.

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