As the Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu nears the end of its multiyear transformation, the iconic property is rolling out new experiences, new activities, and new culinary offerings, just in time for the fall and winter travel season.
The onsite restaurant Alaia has debuted a new menu of its signature modern Hawaiian fare conceptualized by the newly appointed, Hawaiian-born, executive chef Lyle Kaku. Many of the dishes incorporate produce harvested at the resort’s on-property Kuilima Farm. The Big Island kampachi tartare is a dish of fresh yellowtail drenched in yuzu ponzu, topped with umeboshi (japanese pickled plum), pickled ginger, shiso leaf, and crispy rice crackers. The roasted moa is a Samoan-inspired dish of roasted chicken served alongside a creamy corn pudding that uses corn from Kulima Farm.
Also new to the slate of offerings since last winter are the Paniolo dinner series and immersive programming offerings at Kuilima Farm.
In the dinner series visitors will learn about Paniolo a cowboy subculture that migrated from Mexico and California. The weekly dinners celebrate Hawaii’s rich ranching and cowboy heritage, complete with an outdoor roast dinner and other traditional Paniolo ranch dishes, storytelling, and entertainment for the whole family. As the sun begins to set, performers will wow attendees with a traditional dance and drum exhibition, followed by a hula performance.
The farm programming promises visitors immersive experiences on the property’s 468 acres of revitalized mountainside agricultural lands. Guests will be able to tour the farm with a local expert, to learn about the history of the area, the crops grown on the farm, and the islands’ food culture. They will also be able to taste produce straight from the ground, vine, and tree, and even pick their own.
Set on 1,300 acres along five miles of unspoiled coastline with secluded sandy beaches, a working farm, and world-renowned surf breaks, Turtle Bay has a long and rich history. The resort, which first opened in 1972, is nearing the end of a two-year reinvention that includes three new pools, an opened-up lobby that lets in more of the stunning natural views, a new pool bar, expansive oceanfront bungalows, and redesigned guest rooms.
Visit turtlebayresort.com for more information or to book a stay.