LAHAINA, Hawaii (June 07, 2022) – Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, located on 40 tropically landscaped oceanfront acres along a three-mile stretch of the famed Kaanapali Beach, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Komine as Director of Food & Beverage for the resort, which spans 10 restaurants and lounges including Umalu, the poolside eatery, bar, and lounge offering guests an island take on American cuisine with fresh local ingredients, and views of the ocean, and award-winning Japengo which offers Asian cuisine infused with island flavors.
“Shane’s appointment as Director of Food & Beverage comes at an exciting time. We are confident he will provide valuable perspective and leadership to the team that will help to enhance the dining experience around the entire resort,” said Fred Findlen, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.
Shane Komine brings over 12 years of leadership experience in the hospitality industry to his position at Hyatt Regency Maui. Prior to joining the resort, he worked at The Grand Wailea Resort for seven years where he held several positions. Most recently he was the acting Director of Food and Beverage. Before joining The Grand Wailea Resort in 2015, he held leadership roles at various hotels throughout the Hawaiian Islands including The Waikiki EDITION, The Modern Honolulu, and St. Regis Princeville. Before transitioning into the hospitality industry, Komine had a successful career as a Major League Baseball pitcher. His background in sports has greatly influenced his leadership style, enabling him to build high-performing and motivated teams that have improved customer satisfaction and overall service throughout the years.
In his new role, Komine has been driving efforts to revitalize Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s longest-running show, Drums of the Pacific Luau, as it celebrates over 40 years. In partnership with Tihati Productions, this nightly luau at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa takes guests on a journey through the Pacific through authentic chants, songs and dances. Komine recently added a lei demonstration, a signature drum number and new costumes with a contemporary Hawaiian design into the show which bring elegance and education as well as high energy and excitement to welcome guests. The three-course plated dinner and show are now broken into three separate vignettes throughout the evening, allowing guests to enjoy each course while taking in the magical dances of Polynesia. This unforgettable immersive experience also includes an open bar with new craft cocktails with local spirits and an exclusive Maui Brewing Co. seasonal beer on draft. Just outside of the luau grounds will be Polynesian crafts and pieces for purchase made by local skilled artisans. Drums of the Pacific Luau runs nightly from 5:15 pm-8:15 pm with standard adult tickets running at $200, standard children (keiki) tickets running at $100 and children ages 3 and under having free admission. For VIP seating, adult tickets are $250 and children’s tickets are $125.
The guest experience has been enhanced throughout the resort. At Swan Court, new offerings include Ube Pancakes, Smoked Salmon & Avocado Tartine and Mai Ka Aina Eggs Benedict. There is a new mixology program at Hyatt Regency Maui including a new cocktail menu at Umalu, which is inspired by local fruits and nostalgic island treats. Highlights include a local Koloa coconut rum-based OGG Mai Tai, a fruity and refreshing tequila Con Lychee which features fresh lychee juice, Maui Medicine which consists of Koloa spiced rum and coconut cream, and a variety of blended drinks including Guava Jelly which blends Koloa coconut rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and guava. Furthermore, guests can utilize digital technology to access QR codes and an online waitlist to make their experience more seamless. New Umalu menu lunch and dinner items include locally inspired dishes such as the Garlic Prawn Chow Fun, Mochiko Chicken, Ahi Poke Bowl, Cha Soba Noodle Shrimp Salad, and more.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, a AAA Four Diamond-rated resort, recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation to its 810 guestrooms including 31 suites and its lobby. Inspired by the rich heritage and authentic spirit of the famed Kaanapali Beach, guests will enjoy a fresh experience at the resort. Led by Wimberly Interiors, the rooms now feature private lanais with glass balconies and mountain and ocean views. The interior boasts modern designs while still embracing the natural surroundings of the lush island of Maui. The new lobby welcomes guests into an idyllic open-air atrium that effortlessly filters light into the space. With 10 distinct dining options, a Tour of the Stars experience where visitors can see 80 of the 88 constellations from the resort’s rooftop, on-property wildlife tours and the award-winning Drums of the Pacific Lu’au, guests can easily embrace everything the resort has to offer.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa recognizes the use of the ‘okina [‘] or glottal stop in the (modern) Hawaiian language; and the kahakō [ā] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai‘i such as Lāna‘i). Due to technological limitations, this current communication may not include all Hawaiian diacritical markings.