url-1Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Maui Brewing Company, Southern Wine and Spirits, Ocean Vodka, Maui Stone Craft Beverages and Cigar Bar Hawaii have partnered together for the third annual Maui Craft Session on August 8, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Ocean Lawn. Celebrating the craft industries of spirits, beers, cigars, and the culinary arts, the 2015 event will highlight the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the influence of sharing cultural traditions around the globe, and working together to improve the health of our oceans and environment.

url-2“This year’s event will allow connoisseurs and aficionados to connect on a deeper level to the cicerones, and master distillers, as well as master navigators of Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia. The journey and mixing of cultures and techniques have left such a distinctive mark on the styles of brews and spirits available today,” explains Brian Hunnings, Executive Assistant Manager of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. “The evening will also feature a culinary throw down of some of Maui’s top culinary talents.” continues Hunnings.

urlIn addition to the signature event on the Ocean Lawn the 2015 Maui Craft Session will include a series of seminars throughout the day led by industry experts including Dr. Thomas Turner, Master of Whisky for Diageo; Bill Scott, Master Distiller for Organic OCEAN Vodka; and Darren Moser, Director of Brewing Operations for Maui Brewing Company.

Tickets are available at $95 for general admission and VIP tickets for $125 (allowing early access to the event) and may be reserved by visiting www.sheraton-maui.com $35 of each ticket price will be donated to the Polynesian Voyaging Society to support the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

For room reservations please call (866) 716-8109 or visit www.sheraton-maui.com.

About the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is where the legend of Ka‘anapali began. Situated on Ka‘anapali Beach at historic Pu‘u Keka‘a, Black Rock, the oceanfront resort is nestled among 23 acres of tropical landscaping with 83 percent of the resort’s 508 rooms and suites facing the ocean.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa was named the Starwood Hotels & Resorts 2007 “Hotel of the Year” for the Sheraton brand, and recognized in Conde Nast Travelers’ 2012 Top 25 Hawaiian Resorts. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has also appeared in TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine’s World’s Best Awards “Top Resorts in Hawaii” in 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014. For more information about Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa please visit http://www.sheraton-maui.com.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii

With 11 properties across the diverse Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii, the Big Island, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii offers the best hotel destinations to celebrate romance, reconnect with family, focus on business or launch an adventure. Located on or just footsteps away from the Islands’ best beaches, Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii is a collection of iconic and historic hotels and resorts – properties with expansive and breathtaking backdrops, innovative guest programming and luxurious amenities representing internationally renowned hotel brands from Sheraton, Westin, Luxury Collection and St. Regis. For more information about Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii, please call (866) 716-8140 or visit http://www.starwoodhotelshawaii.com.

About the Polynesian Voyaging Society

The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one other, and their natural and cultural environments. The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines will cover over 60,000 nautical miles and 27 countries through June 2017. More info at http://www.pvs-hawaii.com/.

About Maui Brewing Co.

Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to make 100% of their beer, canned and draft, in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii’s #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most ecofriendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production goes to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities. Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a brewpub in Kahana location as well as a 50-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Kihei. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii. For more information about Maui Brewing Co. please visit www.mauibrewing.com.

About Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii

Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii is one of the state’s leading wine, spirits and beer distributors. As was the case with many distributor operations, it became a Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Company through acquisition. Since its founding in 1968, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), is the leading nationally recognized wine and spirits distributor in the United States known for its historic commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service, creative marketing programs and partnerships.  The Company is also known for its best-in-industry professional and well-trained sales, operational and support staff, its ongoing investments in and contributions to hospitality and beverage education for its staff, its customers and to many national educational institutions. In addition, Southern is justly respected for its deeply held belief in the importance of giving back, for being a socially responsible corporate citizen and for making generous contributions to national, state and local charitable organizations. For more information, please visit www.southernwine.com.

About Cigar Bar Hawaii

Cigar Bar Hawaii is Hawaii’s full service provider of premium cigars. With access to an expansive collection of hand rolled varieties from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua, Cigar Bar Hawaii brings the genuine passion of these iconic products to any event, maximizing the cigar smoking experience. Cigar Bar Hawaii’s portfolio of acclaimed brands includes Macanudo, Cohiba, Partagas, La Gloria Cubana, CAO, Hoyo de Monterrey, and Punch.  For more information, please visit www.cigarbarhawaii.com.

About OCEAN® Organic Vodka

OCEAN® Organic Vodka is certified 100% USDA Organic, gluten-free and the only vodka in the world made from organic sugar cane and deep ocean mineral water, sourced from 3,000 feet deep at the base of the tallest mountain in the world – Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.  Trace minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium, help create a distinct and pleasing flavor profile that is unlike any other vodka.  Long inspired by the ocean paradise of Hawai‘i, OCEAN® Organic Vodka is crafted a superior organic agricultural product from Hawai‘i that support the local economy, competes globally based on quality, and raises awareness for the conservation of our oceans.  It is the exclusive vodka on Hawaiian Airlines since 2007, and is the number one selling spirit made in Hawai‘i.  OCEAN® Organic Vodka is sold throughout the US mainland and Canada.  Produced by Hawai‘i Sea Spirits LLC, Kula, Maui, Hawai‘i (40% ALC/VOL 80 Proof). For more information about OCEAN® Organic Vodka please visit http://www.oceanvodka.com.

About Maui Stone Craft Beverages

Both Maui Brewing and Stone Brewing Co. are acutely aware of what it takes to craft high-quality beer as well as ensure that quality is maintained from the brewhouse to the consumer.  Maui Stone Craft Beverages goes to greater lengths to keep its beers fresher than any distributor servicing the Hawaiian Islands. From brewery to storage facility, mainland dock to island dock, Hawaiian warehouse to Hawaiian retailer, beers are constantly refrigerated to ensure maximum freshness, which translates to maximum flavor showing up in bitter hop vibrancy, crisp effervescence, potent malt and spice notes, and more.  Keeping beer in an optimal state is no small feat, but it’s worth every bit of energy to expend in the name of craft beer. We truly are committed to craft.