Santa and Mrs. Claus will splash onto the island at 11 a.m. today. They'll arrive via outrigger canoe on Polo Beach, fronting the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui in Wailea. Mrs. Claus will also read to the keiki at 8 p.m. in the lobby. Both of these visits will present fun photo ops.
The Fairmont will also feature a festive Christmas Day buffet with seatings from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in its outdoor Palm Court restaurant. Highlights include slow-roasted free-range turkey, herb-crusted prime rib, seafood on ice as well as a lavish display of holiday desserts.
"Our food certainly holds its own on the Wailea strip," says Executive Chef Tylun Pang. "But it's not just about the food. All of our buffets include open premium bars. Live entertainment, too. It will be a real party atmosphere. You can drink to your heart's content. But do so responsibly, of course." Cost is $90 adults, and $40 keiki 6 to 12 years of age.
FAIRMONT KEA LANI MAUI photo
Santa and Mrs. Claus will make this Christmas Eve memorable, arriving via canoe on Polo Beach, fronting Fairmont Kea Lani Maui in Wailea with the help of canoe paddlers and a steersman at 11 a.m. today.
Fairmont's New Year's Eve party will start under the stars at the Palm Court. It's got an 1960s beach party theme of Rock A Hula Baby after the song by Elvis in the movie, "Blue Hawaii."
"There is going to be a gourmet buffet, open premium bar, fortunetellers, a magic show, DJ, dancing and a midnight balloon drop with champagne toast," says Food & Beverage Director Pete Sylvester.
Highlights include grilled lobster tail with lemongrass-infused butter; island catch, lamb loin, tempura prawns, dim sum and chocolate fondue. Cost is $250 adults; $150 children 16 to 20; and $60 for those 5 to 15.
In addition, the resort's signature Ko restaurant is now open for lunch from noon to 3 p.m. as well as dinner. Bartender Lloyd "Korean" Yukawa is pouring cucumber-pomegranate mojitos and you may enjoy live music over the holidays.
For reservations, call 875-4100.