Earlier this year, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort welcomed award-winning chef, Alvin Savella, to spearhead the culinary team at the signature restaurant, Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (Humuhumu for short). Named after Hawaii’s state fish, Humuhumu is a “floating” restaurant composed of a cluster of thatch-roof Polynesian huts, serving island cuisine with Polynesian and Hawaiian influence. The open-air dining room allows guests to soak up the resort’s tropical ambiance while enjoying unparalleled views of Maui’s brilliant sunsets.
In Savella’s role as chef de cuisine at Humuhumu, he has revamped the menu with an array of innovative dishes, all highlighting Hawaii’s freshest produce and proteins. His signature dish, Kona Lobster Ramen with red miso coconut broth, was inspired by his childhood love of ramen while other dishes such as the Glazed Octopus with taro, pork dumpling, and ikura speak to Savella’s creativity. Known throughout Maui and to his large Instagram following as the “Kitchen Assassin,” Chef Savella is a true Maui local, born and raised on island. His inventive approach to cuisine and style paired with his unexpected secret tool—tweezers—has garnered him a loyal following. When he’s not in the kitchen, you can find him ulua fishing or adding to his extensive knife collection which he calls “Kitchen Assassin Weaponry”.
Outside of Chef Savella’s sensational dishes and the resort’s extensive list of restaurants and bars, guests can take advantage of the 40 acres of lush tropical gardens and endless activities to choose from. Relax in one of the 776 guest rooms carrying a luxury island décor or play in one of the most elaborate pool scenes in all of Hawaii, featuring several pools featuring waterslides, waterfalls, grottos and caves. From cultural experiences to the luxurious Spa Grande, Grand Wailea is ultimate destination for an immersive Hawaiian getaway and the perfect place to make extraordinary lifetime memories.
Humu Lounge 5pm – 10pm, Dinner open nightly 5pm pm – 9:30pm
3850 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, HI 96753, (808) 875 -1234, grandwailea.com
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2019 print issue of HAWAII Magazine. "Where to Stay" is a special advertising section printed three times a year.