A Private Chef Dinner and 3 More Ideas for a Family Reunion on Maui

A Private Chef Dinner and 3 More Ideas for a Family Reunion on Maui

Catering for a family reunion on Maui.Imagine the kids playing in the surf just outside your beachfront vacation rental while the private chef barbecues fresh fish, shrimp and steak to go along with the dinner he personally prepared for the entire family. The table is set with festive tropical linens and the adults are enjoying a tropical cocktail as the sun sets behind the neighbor island. While the keiki frolic in the surf and the ‘bigger kids’ lounge in the hammocks swaying between palm trees, you smile knowing you arranged the entire family reunion and it wasn’t difficult, time consuming or expensive! Watching your large extended family, both the young and young at heart, enjoying time together celebrating their family reunion on Maui is priceless! At first you wondered what made this year more appealing and pondered why several of your loved ones with extended family had decided to make the journey from distant homes to attend the family reunion this year. Then it hit you: When family members were asked what would make them attend a family reunion and several family members agreed a tropical vacation destination could sway them to attend, the decision was made to host the annual family reunion on Maui! Of course, with all the fun activities for all ages and amazing scenery with year round summer weather, who wouldn’t include a family reunion on Maui in their travel plans for the year! After you scan through our short list of four things to make a Maui family reunion memorable, look for the links for tips to find how to make a Maui family reunion affordable:

  1. Enjoy a Dinner Prepared by a Private Chef – After traveling all the way to Maui, nobody wants to spend time cooking and cleaning up when they could be spending quality time with family members! Though you may all head different directions exploring Maui during the day, ensure family time dining together as much as possible. Even if you don’t hire a private chef to prepare all of your family meals, at least plan one meal where nobody needs to cook or do any work so everyone can enjoy a family reunion party. Consider hosting an affordable catered beach bbq to give extended family members a casual way to get acquainted or reacquainted after arrival on Maui.
  2. Capture a A family poses for a family reunion photograph in Lahaina during their Maui family reunion..Family Photograph – Family reunions often provide rare opportunities to photograph several generations of family members together. Make the opportunity timeless and give loved ones the opportunity to cherish a memory for many years to come. Your photo may even inspire other family members to attend future family reunions! For best results without burdening anyone in the family with taking the photo, I recommend you hire a professional photographer to shoot your family photos on Maui. With the thriving wedding business on Maui, talented photographers are available to capture precious family photographs and memories. Ask me for a recommendation for a photographer for your family reunion on Maui.
  3. Plan Activities for the Whole Family – From a family golf outing on the Kaanapali Resort courses or renting cars for a drive to Hana with picnic lunches along the way to a leisurely fun family day at the beach, you’ll want to leave plenty of time to enjoy the many activities available for your family members to participate in together on Maui. Let us know what the day has in store for your family and how many are participating. We’ll prepare custom box lunches for the trip or we can prepare takeout catering. Our Hana Box Lunch is only $12.95 and includes everything you need for a picnic on the Road to Hana drive and other Maui excursions. We let you use the cooler throughout your vacation on Maui! Stop in for breakfast and bring the cooler. We’ll fill it with ice each day for your day trip.A Maui sunset from Lahaina.
  4. Learn Something New – Take time to learn something new together as a family during your family reunion on Maui. The growing trend of learning something new during a family vacation Dinner table is set for a catered family reunion on Maui.continues to be a popular and Maui vacationers have plenty of opportunity to enrich their minds during their visit. From picking up a now hobby such as learning to scuba dive or kite boarding, active lifestyle family members will find numerous ways to stay entertained on Maui. For culinary minded travelers, visitors to Maui can visit family farms to learn how vanilla is grown or get a sense of how a dragon fruit farm operates. Along the many restaurants on our island, you’ll be happy to find world class chefs on Maui willing to share their skills and expertise with travelers. From learning how to mix the perfect martini to useful day to day cooking skills, Maui offers a variety of unique and interesting opportunities to learn during a family reunion. Let Chef CJ know what you want to learn and he’ll customize a menu and cooking demonstration matched to your preferences. Maybe you would like a personal chef to teach your family how to match wines with dinner. Or, provide a complete theme dinner by starting with a bar demonstration discussing tequila and mixing the perfect margarita followed by fish taco cooking lessons. Family members will remember the experience and be able to use the cooking skills they learned when they return home.

Photography by Krystle Marcellus

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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