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New stores opening this month at Whalers Village

By Staff | May 14, 2015

Joey Macadangdang serves the dishes that he loves to eat at Joey’s Kitchen at Whalers Village.

KAANAPALI – Whalers Village has added trendy new shops and brought back the Grown on Maui Farmers’ Market. The center is also home to renowned Chef Joey Macadangdang’s latest venture: Joey’s Kitchen.

After a grand opening celebration on the night of March 27, Joey’s officially opened for business the next morning at 7:30 a.m., and the Embutido Loco Moco (Filipino meatloaf with sunny side-up egg) was soon flying out the door.

The former longtime chef of Roy’s and Pineapple Grill, Macadangdang said it has always been his dream to offer people a “Dap-Ayan” – a place to come eat, have fun, share and learn.

“I created a menu that was diverse and went back to my roots – really, the things that I love to eat,” Macadangdang said.

His “Hawaii-inspired Filipino Asian cuisine” features savory menu items like Short Ribs Sinegang (homegrown one-pot soup with a sour flavor derived from tamarind), Stir Fry Vegetable Pancit (noodles with shrimp, chicken or pork), a Bulgogi Beef Hoagie Roll (with Swiss cheese, slaw, kimchee and miso), Crispy Pork Lumpia Rolls, and many more.

Joey’s joined the eateries of the Whalers Village Food Court on the lower level in the former Ruby’s Dinette location.

Macadangdang, along with an increasing number of Kaanapali and Maui chefs, is making a dedicated effort to source his food from island farmers, ranchers and fishermen.

Bringing the island’s bounty right to Whalers Village shoppers, the Grown on Maui Farmers’ Market returns to the center on Saturday, June 6, as part of the first annual Maui Jim OceanFest and on Saturday, Sept. 5, as part of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival Kaanapali.

Beyond mangoes and papayas, the market features a rainbow of Maui produce, from dragonfruit to bok choy, Waipoli lettuce to Kula onions.

The oceanfront location near Hula Grill and Maui Fish & Pasta will give browsing shoppers a chance to meet the folks responsible for a vibrant array of local fare – some of which they may even eat for lunch later in a Kaanapali restaurant.

Two new stores are slated to open in Whalers Village in late May: Kate Spade and Rip Curl.

The first Kate Spade on Maui will open on the main level, showcasing a dynamic display of bright color, graphic prints and playful sophistication.

Joining more than 140 Kate Spade retail shops across the U.S., the Maui addition will offer everything from swimwear to eyewear, shoes to handbags, and fragrance to jewelry.

Long known for her epic style, Kate Brosnahan Spade, a former accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine, took her designs to the world when she launched a line of handbags back in the ’90s. Today, the brand continues to grow and evolve, featuring not only clothing and jewelry but bedding, stationery and legwear – all with the same goal of enhancing vivacious living.

The new Rip Curl store will open on the lower level next to the stage. The surf wear powerhouse sets the bar for cool beach styles and surf fashion, while at the same time sponsoring some of the biggest names in professional surfing, including 2014 World Surfing Champion Gabriel Medina.

Popular clothing lines include the recently launched Mirage Aggrogame boardshort and the My Bikini collection, all inspired by the idyllic combination of sun and surf.

Stylish and functional watches (complete with tides and weather conditions), along with hats, dresses, skirts, cover-ups, bags and more, will get shoppers ready for the beach – which lies just a few steps away.

“We are so pleased to welcome Joey’s Kitchen, Kate Spade and Rip Curl to Whalers Village,” said Lisa Donlon, marketing manager of Whalers Village.

“It has been an exciting year, and this summer promises to be sensational! We invite everyone to come and visit our center – to see what’s new, as well as to enjoy all your favorite shopping, dining and activities.”

Throughout the summer and all year long, Whalers Village offers a variety of free activities at center stage, including hula lessons, coconut husking demonstrations, cultural hula history lessons and lei-making, as well as evening performances of Polynesian and Tahitian dance.

For a current schedule of events, visit www.whalersvillage.com.