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Getting married in Upcountry Kula on Maui and I need a killer place for the rehersal dinner!

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mike7779 May 31, 2012 12:11 PM

So I am marrying the love of my life on October 7, 2012 at an estate in Kula. We need a place for an awesome rehearsal dinner preferably somewhere close on Saturday October 6 for probably 20-30 people.
We are a young fun loving couple that likes to have a good time. A passed family style dinner or a place with lawn games or something out of the ordinary would be cool. But really anywhere with good food and good drinks with a nice atmosphere would be perfect for the occasion. Any suggesgestions are greatly appreciated and Thank you in advance!!

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    Juji RE: mike7779 May 31, 2012 02:00 PM

    I've never been but O'o Farm sounds really nice and they supply the food for I'o restaurant in Lahaina. They show on their web site that they do events. I also just today received a Jetsetter email about a place in Makawao called Lumeria. It looks like more of a yoga retreat, but it might be worth investigating. Kula Lodge is ok, but might not be quite what you are looking for in terms of atmosphere.

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      mike7779 RE: Juji May 31, 2012 02:27 PM

      Yeah that place sounded cool but by the looks of the website its only a lunch spot and they aren't open on Saturday....

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        Juji RE: mike7779 May 31, 2012 02:54 PM

        Under the events section of their web site they mention customized events, so I assumed that meant that they would be flexible with dates/times. Maybe not, but could be worth a call. You might also want to call Hali'imaile General Store, I know Bev Gannon caters lots of events, they might have some suggestions for venues. Here is a list of their favorites from their web site:

        http://bevgannonrestaurants.com/celeb...

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          Bellachefa RE: Juji Jun 1, 2012 12:06 PM

          I second Bev Gannon

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        mike7779 RE: Juji May 31, 2012 03:07 PM

        oh ok I'll email them and see what they have to say!

      3. Beach Chick RE: mike7779 Jun 2, 2012 07:29 AM

        Kula Lodge might have something for you on their property...
        Bev Gannon's is great
        I was thinking of something at Tedeschi winery but they might have issues with their liquor license...worth checking out.

        Aloha and Congrat's

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          Bellachefa RE: mike7779 Jun 2, 2012 09:04 AM

          Where are your guests staying? Unless they're staying upcountry, I would think a place near their lodging would be the way to go.

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            mike7779 RE: Bellachefa Jun 2, 2012 07:01 PM

            Our guests are all staying with us at the estate for a week of livin the good life!!! Some other guests are also in the upcountry area.

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              manomin RE: mike7779 Jun 2, 2012 07:30 PM

              I would hire Bev Gannon's Celebrations catering and make the most of the home you are staying in! No driving on the dark roads of upcountry.

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                Bellachefa RE: mike7779 Jun 3, 2012 10:41 AM

                WOW! That sounds amazing. Perhaps you could hire Oprah's staff, or check out if the lavendar farm can provide anything special. Do you need a slovenly middleaged flower girl???

                Otherwise, if it is an outing you are looking for there are a few great places in Paia, Makawao, that gives your guests some strolling time as well.

                Who is catering the wedding? I hope you post a wedding report!!!

                How blessed are you?!

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                  mike7779 RE: Bellachefa Jun 3, 2012 11:04 AM

                  Yeah I am allergic to lavender so I'm not sure if that is the best place for me to go. The farm does look cool though.
                  The place we are staying is right down the road from Oprah's place :) If my niece can't make it as flower girl, I guess I know where to get a stand in!!!!
                  We are really just looking for somewhere close that would be a really fun time for our wedding party and families.
                  Our wedding planner works with Longhi's for the catering. We have never had their food and were a bit apprehensive but have been assured by the planner that they are good. Does anyone know about them?? We love Asian fusion cuisine and are kind of going with that as our dinner for the wedding. For dessert we were thinking a dessert bar, we aren't totally into cake.
                  If anybody has a recommendation on where to get a ridiculously cool cake we would love to here where!!!
                  As you can tell we like to think outside the box in terms of not playing it by the "rules" of what we "should" do at a wedding. We really just love to have fun!!! For example we are having a asian food truck called the box on wheels cater our wedding shower which should be awesome!!!
                  My fiance and I are beyond blessed. I couldn't ask for better family and friends to share in this experience. This is going to be amazing!!!
                  Again thank you guys for your recommendations.
                  Also, as far as catering at the house, my mom is against it. Our planner said that we should dine out, so the wedding day is special. So it doesn't seem as if we are repeating ourselves. I tend to disagree but I better just keep mom happy!! This is why I am asking for any recommendations any of you have.

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                    Bellachefa RE: mike7779 Jun 3, 2012 01:05 PM

                    I've just brought my Aunti mumu to the dry cleaners just in case. You might want to post on tripadvisors forums as there are a number of locals that might have more timely advice. Mazel Tov

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                      honu2 RE: mike7779 Jun 4, 2012 12:39 AM

                      The Hui No`eau Arts Cemter in Makawao would make an excellent venue for a catered meal. It's housed in the old Baldwin estate, not too far from Hailimaile General Store which is Bev Gannon's restaurant. www.huinoeau.com

              2. Beach Chick RE: mike7779 Jun 4, 2012 05:40 AM

                Mama's Fish House...money no object
                Aloha

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                  swimmom RE: mike7779 Jun 12, 2012 11:25 AM

                  I wonder if the Kafsacks who own and run Suffing Goat Dairy in Olowalu would cater for you. They do occasional dinners for special events, the place has a ton of character, and they seem to have high standards for everything they do.

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                    Beach Chick RE: swimmom Jun 13, 2012 07:19 AM

                    Had no idea the Surfing Goat Dairy was there...they have great product and buying some t-shirts and milk glasses.

                    www.surfinggoatdairy.com/products_mer...

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                      manomin RE: Beach Chick Jun 13, 2012 11:43 AM

                      They offer some great tours. There is even one where you can work on the farm and do chores and feed the goats!

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