WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE FIRST-EVER RUM SCRUM COCKTAIL AND CULINARY CONTEST: The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas adds Maika‘i by Gabe Harvey of Kihei to its menus

IMG_0834Deep Island Hawaiian Rum and The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas have been mixing the ingredients for the first-ever Rum Scrum Cocktail and Culinary Contest, benefiting Maui Culinary Academy, for months. On July 25, the event partners shook, poured and announced the winners for this inaugural contest. Event attendees and judges sampled contest entries, which all featured Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, from four local mixologists and three local, celebrity chefs. Together, they named Maika‘i by Gabe Harvey of Kihei the most quintessential Hawaiian cocktail and Puerto Rican Pork Patty Mofongo and Bahamian Papaya Rum Upside Down Cake, both by Chef Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events, the best rum dishes.

“We knew selecting winners was going to be a difficult decision,” said Shay Smith, CEO of Hawaii Sea Spirits, makers of Deep Island Hawaiian Rum. “Each contestant presented a creative, tasty and quality product and really showed Maui what Hawai‘i’s quintessential rum cocktail and rum dishes should taste like.”

11325993_1634709676787812_959563161_n copy1391280_124397627900637_542527975_n copyGabe Harvey won the cocktail contest with Maika‘i, which featured Deep Island Hawaiian Rum, Orange Curacao, fresh pressed liliko‘i juice, fresh pressed lime juice and homemade coconut orgeat syrup. Chef Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events won the culinary rum scrum with his dishes Puerto Rican Pork Patty Mofongo and Bahamian Papaya Rum Upside Down Cake. Both dishes highlighted Deep Island Hawaiian Rum as the distinctive ingredient. The Puerto Rican Pork Patty Mofongo also included chorizo black beans, cotija cheese and chilharones. The Bahamian Papaya Rum Upside Down Cake included Puerto Rican colito tapioca sauce.

“We are thrilled to have been a part of such a meaningful event,” said The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas’ director of food & beverage, Brandon Maeda. “Aside from the delicious drinks and dishes, talented contestants and enthusiastic attendees, the event put the spotlight on a local product and supported a local organization, both of which are very important to us here at The Westin KOR.”

11356759_563572680448180_321622673_n copyRum Scrum Cocktail and Culinary Contest took take place on Saturday, July 25 at Pūlehu, an Italian Grill at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Attendees sipped on Deep Island Hawaiian Rum cocktails prepared by the contest’s finalists: Maui-Melon-Jito by Jacob Caracheo of Kihei; Flower of the Cane by James Shoemaker of Paia; Sokyrka by Ka‘ai Fong of Kihei; and Maika‘i by Gabe Harvey of Kihei. They also savored six distinctive dishes featuring Deep Island Hawaiian Rum prepared by Chef Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events, Chef Greg Gaspar of Black Rock Kitchen and Chef Alvin Savella of Pūlehu, an Italian Grill. Entertainment was provided by Joshua Kahula Duo.

To experience the winning cocktail, Maika‘i, visit Pūlehu, an Italian Grill, Pailolo Bar & Grill and Ocean Pool Bar & Grill, all at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas. For more information, visit westinkaanapali.com and deepislandrum.com.

1538365_979625028755192_501166124_n copyAbout Deep Island Hawaiian Rum

Deep Island Hawaiian Rum WAVE is made from organic sugar cane and delivers an exceptional rum experience complete with all of the flavor and character that is germane to fresh pressed cane juice. Blended with deep ocean mineral water sourced 3,000 feet deep off the Kona Coast of Hawaii, the taste is a little bit sweet with hints of tropical florals and rich dark molasses – all in a fresh, mixable, sippable authentic Maui native rum. Named for its cultural relevance as much as its physical description of Hawaii, Deep Island Hawaiian Rum embodies the very spirit of our tropical islands. Hand crafted by Hawaii Sea Spirits LLC, Kula, Maui, Hawai’i (40% ALC/VOL 80 Proof). More information is available online at deepislandrum.com.

About Hawaii Sea Spirits

Hawaii Sea Spirits is a producer of ultra premium spirits comprised of craft distilling engineers that are respectfully referred to as libation artists with an acute attention to detail. Our insatiable thirst to create mouthful wonders led us down a path like a divining rod to the source of our obsession…the juice origin. SUGAR CANE. Planted in virgin soil and only fed natural sunlight and deep well water, we have successfully added organic farming to our list of daily passions. We also use sunlight to power the equipment on our property. The solar-powered facility resides on the beautiful slopes of Haleakala in Kula, Maui, Hawaii. Proud proprietors with 80+ acres of breathtaking views, our organic farm and distillery are open seven days a week with guided tours, product sampling and a gift shop of souvenirs. More information is available at hawaiiseaspirits.com.

About The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Located on 26 oceanfront acres of North Kā‘anapali Beach, The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas provide spacious villa accommodations with Westin amenities such as the Heavenly Bed, whirlpool tubs, fully equipped kitchens and washers/dryers. The resort also offers convenient outdoor grilling areas, general stores with a deli, excellent restaurants and bars, outdoor pools, Westin Kids Club, full-service Spa Helani, golf and resort activities for all ages. Other fun pursuits such as whale watching (November to April), catamaran sailing adventures, hiking, horseback riding and championship golfing are easily accessible. The resort also offers a multitude of watersport activities, as well as complimentary shuttle services to Lahaina town. Visit westinkaanapali.com.

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