A Catered Maui Wedding on a Ranch in Waikapu

A Catered Maui Wedding on a Ranch in Waikapu

A Maui wedding couple on a bridge over a stream on Makani Olu Ranch.The Olu Makani Olu Ranch in Waikapu is a working cattle ranch and an equine center offering trail rides, youth horse camps and more. While the ranch is home to Hawaii’s largest Texas Longhorn herd, in early February it was also the venue for an amazing catered Maui wedding set beside a gently flowing mountain spring.

Early in the wedding planning process the bride described the theme she was seeking as an Aloha – Country! wedding. Her vision was to celebrate her grooms Wyoming heritage and the upcountry Maui lifestyle. I couldn’t think of a better wedding location to celebrate a country wedding on Maui with lots of Aloha and plenty of room for the 75 guests attending from 4 states to share the bride and groom’s festivities on their important day! Keep reading for details with the wedding catering menu and to view photos from the wedding.

The bride kept the wedding costs near her budget by arranging for the wedding flowers and bridal bouquets. Floral centerpieces in clay pots for a Maui wedding reception with Chef CJ assisting a guest.Wedding flowers included wedding lei and whimsical clay pot center pieces with growing succulents as well as floral décor for linen covered buffet serving tables.

With the bride being the head master of the middle school at Maui Seabury Academy, where both my daughters graduated, I personally enjoyed helping the bride with wedding planning and providing the catering for this wedding. It was a pleasure to receive her complimentary emailed quotes shortly after the February wedding:

A Maui wedding cake with floral arrangements and a chocolate groomsman cake.“What a glorious day it was and you were so very instrumental and helpful” 

“My heartfelt gratitude to you for the most amazing experience. There is not one thing I would change and was beyond the moon in awe of you, your staff (mahalo for that), the food and your exceptional energy and joyfulness. You are amazing! Hugs, Jacqueline!!”

The wedding reception area in the background the newlyweds cross the bridge over the stream.

Just Us 808 performing at the Maui wedding in Waikapu.Live music for the wedding reception was performed by the Just Us 808, a local Maui band. The guests enjoyed the music and the sound system was utilized by the master of ceremonies and guests to present well wishes to the newlyweds.

Reducing wedding costs, the couple supplied their own wine for the wedding reception after purchasing an amazing array of wines specially selected from Tamura. The bride prepared a description of the each wine to appear on a printed sheet at the bar to help the guests select a wine to enjoy with their catered reception dinner.

A firepit at the Makni Olu ranch for a wedding in Waikapu on Maui.75 guests attended this central Maui wedding at the Makani Olu Ranch in Waikapu. The main courses for the wedding reception dinner were cooked and served from live barbecue action stations with grills. The cooking stations featured two chefs serving guests while talking story about the delicious food.

Following the late afternoon wedding, pupus (Hawaiian word for appetizers) were served while guests mingled and the wedding photographs were captured. The appetizer service was followed by the catered wedding reception dinner service. Throughout the event, wedding guests enjoyed the large fire pit and we utilized the hot coals for our chef action stations.

A view of the Waikapu valley from the Mani Olu Ranch.

The bride and groom with the bridal bouquet and horses in the ranch pasture on Maui.The Maui Wedding Catering Menu:

Chicken Satays with
Coconut Peanut Sauce
Chef CJ’s Unique Hummus
with Crispy Pitta Chips
Seasonal Vegetables

Kula Greens with Veggies
and Miso Vinaigrette
Hot Rolls with
Macadamia Nut Butter
Pineapple Fried Rice

Huli Huli Chicken
Famous Mango Ribs
Carved Beef New York Steak
with Maui Onion Chutney
and Bearnaise Sauce
Wok Vegetables

Famous Hana Bars & Pineapple Sticks

Thinking about planning your own wedding on Maui? We’ll be happy to help. Use the above catering menu and others for ideas and inspiration. Then, whenever you are ready, get in touch with us and we’ll help you customize a wedding catering matched to your personal taste and budget. Wedding planning is included with catered events. We’re equally delighted to team with wedding providers you choose and serve as the event caterer. We also providing catering for Do It Yourself wedding on Maui and will be happy to provide as little or as much wedding planning help as you prefer. One call does it All for Maui Catering and Event Planning! No event is too big or too small! We do it all! A country wedding on Maui with the couple walking in the ranch pasture with horses.Read more about Professionally trained chef Christian Jorgensen’s background and bio or take a look at a few testimonials from guests who have enjoyed our catering services in the past along with reviews on weddingwire or other online wedding planning services.

Ready to begin planning your own wedding on Maui now? Hit the button below to get started! We make it easy and fast by guiding you through a short wedding planning questionnaire to learn a few details about your vision of a Maui wedding and catering plans. Then, we’ll provide a no obligation quote and share advice and tips to help make planning a wedding on Maui easy. Hit the button below to begin planning a Maui wedding now:


A bridal bouquet alongside a boot with a spur for a country wedding on Maui.And, if you aren’t ready to start planning or are still researching wedding plans in Hawaii, consider reviewing our wedding planning blog for tips and advice about planning weddings on Maui. We even share a few recipes so you may want to consider subscribing to our blog to be kept to date about our Maui catering services and our restaurant in Kaanapali.

Photos in this article supplied by Maui wedding photographerRank Baranik.The Makani Olu Ranch logo on the sign in Waikapu, Maui.

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A country wedding on Maui with a bridge and stream on a ranch.

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.


Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit