The 18-room Plantation Inn and the award-winning
Gerard's Restaurant are a dynamic duo and only steps from Lahaina town.
Maui's Plantation Romance
Story by Richard Carroll
Photography: Halina Kubalski
erard's Restaurant, in a classic Maui
setting of soft ocean air, the scent of flowers, and the pop of a champagne
cork, sets the table perfectly for an evening of pleasure. A gentle
sea breeze tousles the hair of a newly-wed couple from Sweden lifting
their wine glasses to a recently married couple from Boston, their passion
settling across the veranda of the restaurant like a mantle of French
Gerard's, opened in 1987 has won a huge number of
The esteemed restaurant in the heart of Lahaina's
historic center, on the West coast of the island, is tucked into an
old plantation-style house, and connected to the equally impressive
18-room Plantation Inn. Together they are a dynamic duo that provide
the perfect tonic for those in need of an appealing rejuvenation.
Chef Gerard Reversade said, "When the lengthening
shadows recede into the dusky light of a lazy Maui moon, it [puts] your
heart in a good place." Reversade, born in the southwest of France
to a family of chefs and restaurateurs, was pulled into the kitchen
at age 14. His restaurant expertise began developing from that early
age, revealing itself over time to be a life-long endeavor. Moving to
the United States in 1973 at age 23, he eventually landed in Maui, fell
in love with the island, and opened Gerard's in October 1987.
Gerard's offers fresh fish caught by Lahaina fishermen
and organic fruit and vegetables.
A server presenting a desert
platter for two on
The only French restaurant in Maui, Gerard's offers
time-honored, contemporary, French cuisine with a touch of island flavors.
The restaurant is guided by Reversade's hands-on expertise and has been
flattered with some eleven international dining awards, which come as
no surprise to the resident gourmands, who proudly claim it "Hawaii's
Reversade explains in a rush of words, "I use only
local fish caught by Lahaina fishermen, no flour or starch, traditional
French reduction, filtered water, fresh island juices and herbs, and
I carefully select organic fruit and vegetables, farm to table."
Smiling, "All desserts are created in the kitchen which includes
a ten-day span to make fresh yogurt."
A 200-bottle wine cellar compliments a tasty menu selection,
inclu ding Chilled Cucumber soup with Surfing Goat Cheese, and appetizing
Scallops with Passion Fruit and Coconut Oil Vinaigrette.
Chef Gerard Reversade, born and raised in the
southwest of France, came from a family of chefs & restaurateurs.
Connected to Gerard's like kissing cousins, the
Plantation Inn is the essence of romance and relaxation. Noted
as Maui's preeminent Bed & Breakfast, the property's serene
disposition has been carefully designed for adults and couples,
18-years and older. Those with children can book in at the Ka'anapali
Beach Hotel, the Plantation Inn's sister property. Children or
not, Ka'anapali is a short ten-minute drive from Lahaina, where
Inn guests have full privileges along with a beach that seems
to reach to the horizon.
The Plantation Inn, built from the ground-up in
1987, focuses on island decor with gleaming hardwood floors, ceiling
fans, and the vivacious colors of Hawaii. Rooms are non-smoking,
free Wi-Fi and parking is provided, and in keeping with the agenda,
quiet time is from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., although the pool and Jacuzzi
are open 24-hours.
The intimate Plantation Inn, adults only, was built
from the ground up with a
colorful island decor.
The complimentary patio breakfast is served beside a
sparkling swimming pool while soothing Hawaiian music plays in the background
and the bouquet of Gerard's special coffee blend dominates the senses.
Fresh island juices and French toast with homemade jelly and local maple
syrup highlight the morning meal.
The Plantation Inn with ceiling fans, hardwood floors,
and high-end amenties, is a popular honeymoon destination and those
wishing to escape the hustle and bustle
of everyday life.
Steps from Lahaina's
celebrated Front Street, guests can browse through the town's historic
district enjoying the architecture and history of the old whaling town,
the harbor and Baldwin House. Adjacent to Lahaina's famous banyan tree
is the original courthouse, now an art gallery which also houses the
offices of the Lahaina Visitor's Center where travelers can pick up
a copy of the free Maui Historical Walking Guide.
Guests enjoy breakfast at the Plantation Inn prepared
by Gerard's. The menu including a special Maui coffee blend.
Bordering the harbor, the banyan tree, an amazing maze
of trunks and branches reaching skyward in a mighty display of longevity
in aptly named Banyan Tree Park, is the largest banyan tree in the United
States and among the largest in the world, standing 60-feet high, 200-feet
wide, spreading through most of the block and still growing. Imported
from India, the tree was planted by then sheriff William Owen Smith
in 1873, when Ulysses S. Grant was President of the United States and
Hawaii was a dot someplace in the middle of the Pacific. Every holiday
season the residents decorate the tree with lights, and on December
7th Front Street is ablaze with color.
The Plantation Inn and Gerard's is only steps from
historic Lahaina town
A tradition with many of the old-time Lahaina residents
is to stop by Lapperts Ice Cream store on Front Street for a refreshment
and then settle on a bench under the banyan tree and enjoy a little
piece of Maui and the lovely island life.
Along Lahaina's Front Street is the historic district
with museums and noted architecture.
When You Go
Those intrigued with whale watching should book well
in advance if traveling to Maui from December 15th to April 15th with
February a highlight. During this time the energetic humpbacks are mating,
birthing and breaching in the channel off Lahaina and Ka'anapali. The
drive from Kahului Airport along the ocean to the Plantation Inn is
approximately 40 minutes unless the whales are romping in the channel.
The famous Banyan Tree in Banyan Tree Park in the
heart of Lahaina on Front Street, planted in 1873, is the largest banyan
tree in the United States standing 60-feet tall and still growing.
Visit the Plantation
Inn; (800) 433-6815. Gerard's
at the Plantation Inn; (877) 661-8939; Ka'anapali
Beach Hotel; (800) 262-8450.
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