(Source: Hawaii Magazine) Outside of the cozy takeout-style eatery, there’s a line. It’s 1:45 p.m., 15 minutes before chef and owner Sheldon Simeon closes for the day, but there’s still a strong demand for a bowl of his ‘ono comfort-food grinds.
Tin Roof is nestled between an art gallery and a payday loan store in Dairy Center, a nondescript strip mall off the bustling Dairy Road in Kahului near the airport. Don’t let the location deter you. What Tin Roof lacks in ambiance and abundant seating—I saw people eating in the parking lot, even in their cars—it more than makes up for in food.
Tin Roof • Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
360 Papa Place, Suite Y, Kahului, Maui, (808) 868-0753, tinroofmaui.com.
There is no more iconic experience than sipping a tropical Mai Tai at your favorite Maui beach bar. In Tahitian, Mai Tai translates simply as "The Best". While the debate has raged for decades, Maui Insider has proclaimed the Mai Tai at Merriman's Monkeypod Kitchen to be "The Best" Mai Tia in the universe. You will find Monkey Pod Kitchen in the Wailea and Ka'anapali resorts. Here is how it is madeRead more
Yesterday saw the best big wave surfers in the world take on the 30 foot swells at Jaws surf spot on the WSL's Big Wave Tour. The 30 foot swell's meant each wave had bone-crushing intensity. Hawaiian Keala Kennelly won women's event during a brutal session yesterday. The Men's event had been put on hold because the waves had become too dangerous for the surfers in Maui, Hawaii. When competition resumed, Billy Kemper took out the men’s title for a third time in a row. Click here to view the entire event
My passion for photography dates back to the analog days of film and physical photos. Professionally, my career in photography began in the mid-80s. Over a thirteen-year period, I built up a successful photography company in the Seattle area that included a portrait studio, a photo processing lab along with a school picture and yearbook franchise with Jostens School Products. At our peak, we were delivering 30,000 portrait packages a year and I led a team of 5 photographers. We did everything: Portraits, Seniors, Sports, School Pictures, Dances, Weddings, and Events.
During that period, I developed and refined my photography skills while building a successful business, but with the sheer volume of work, I had lost touch with my passion for the art of photography. In 1996, with the digital revolution on the horizon, I was able to break up the business, sell it off in pieces, I moved to Maui and I never looked back.
Fast forward 20-plus years, and I have come full circle. Advancements in optics and digital technology have reignited my passion for the art of photography, I’ve assembled my kit and updating my skills. No longer encumbered by business ambitions, I simply motivated to share the passion of my art with others. Photography is fun again.
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Welcome to Maui Insider and my enchanted home in the middle of the sea. Maui is an extraordinary and magical destination and I am passionate about helping visitors uncover their own path of discovery of this island I love so dearly. I am deeply curious about the History, Culture, Environment, and Geology of the Hawaiian archipelago and I love sharing my knowledge with new friends that I make along the way.
My love affair with Maui began when I first visited in the 70s and I made it my home in the winter of 1997. After more than 20 years this magical island is still revealing its secrets and treasures. While Maui offers an array of amazing tours and activities offered at tour sales desks all over the island, I focus on helping visitors on their own path of discovery of the uncommon experiences that are not necessarily tied to generating revenues for the Tourism Industry.
I am truly an island boy at heart. I was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington, just a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle. My father owned a commercial fishing boat and I put myself through college working in Alaska for the summers, where I developed my appreciation for a strong work ethic.
I graduated from Seattle University with BA degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. During the 80s and 90s, I built a successful photography business that at its peak delivered over 40,000 portrait packages per year. The business included a photo processing lab, two studios, and the Western Washington franchise with Jostens Photography. My business hired up to 12 photographers and we specialized in weddings, events, sports teams, senior portraits, and of course high-volume school portraits.
In 1996, I sold the businesses and in 1996 I moved to Maui and reinventing myself as a Travel Director, leveraging my business and logistical experience from high volume photography. Over the last two decades, I have worked on hundreds of meetings and events in venues in Hawaii, across the United States, and even internationally. In 2007, I founded the Eco Preservation Society and our organization supported multiple conservation projects in Costa Rica, my role was to develop the Eco-Tourism program and to organize international volunteer programs related to reforestation, wildlife rescue, and sea turtle conservation.
Corporate Incentive Programs, Meetings and Special Events
My Maui story is not unique. Maui first captured my heart on a college backpacking trip. Many years later, while on vacation following the sale of my business, I decided to open the next chapter in my life on a magical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When I first started as a Travel Director, it was a side-gig, as I was involved in an internet business startup. I became affectionately known on Maui as the "Dinearound King" and I also helped out at the airport and advancing activities. Over time, my TD business grew and by the time the Dot Com bubble had burst, I was a full-time travel director working on programs on all of the Hawaiian Islands
It was exciting times in the industry, the nineties were booming, the incentive travel industry was booming. The scale and the budgets of the programs were incredible and a normal day at the airport saw multiple 500 pax, 1000 pax groups coming into OGG each and every day. the dynamics of the times provided me with a unique opportunity to gain a unique experience in the industry that would today be impossible to duplicate. What drew me most to the business was the camaraderie and the friendships that I developed. I've built scores of lifelong friendships in the biz and it is really the people that I love most about Travel Director work. In the late nineties, the scale and the budgets of the programs were on another level from what we generally see in the industry today. Over the years I have worked on hundreds of meetings and events in venues in Hawaii, across the United States as well as internationally.
Over the last twenty years, I have developed event management skills and logistical expertise working on high budget corporate incentive programs. I have experience working programs at most of the major resorts on Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai and Lanai. I have worked more than 80 incentive programs with 500+ guests and at least 30 incentive programs of 1000+ guests. All totaled Kevin worked on more than 400 corporate incentive programs, meeting and amenity experiences. In 2001, I expanded my business both nationally and internationally. In 2007, I relocated to Costa Rica to manage the Eco Preservation Society the organizations Eco-Tourism and Volunteer programs, keep my foot in the door in the Meetings and Incentive business back home. Kevin's forte is managing complex transportation movements (7000 guests). I have extensive experience managing large transportation movements, particularly at the Maui International Airport (Still all the same porters). In addition, I have extensive experience with VIP and Celebrity Service, Hospitality Desk (up to 1000 guests), Tour Sales, Golf Coordinator, Food and Beverage Lead (up to 3000 guests), Expo and Display Lead, Dinearound coordinator.
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