Luxury Maui Resort to Host Barbecue Featuring Top U.S. Chefs, Pit Masters

On July 8, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui will host the first annual “Fire It Up!” culinary event, providing guests and locals with a taste of barbecue flavors from around the country. 

A live-fire food, wine, beer and bourbon event, Fire It Up! is curated to showcase Hawaii’s bountiful meats, seafood and produce cooked exclusively with fire. Featuring culinary stars from around the country in an evening of beach-side indulgence, coupled with live entertainment, exciting activities and more, Fire It Up! is looking to become one of Maui’s hottest annual summer events.

Hosted by Grand Wailea’s chef team, Fire It Up! will feature signature dishes from such celebrity chefs as Hubert Keller, and pit masters across the U.S., who will each serve a signature dish cooked by live fire. As attendees enjoy a beautiful beach setting alongside the Pacific Ocean, they’ll also taste such dishes as carnita tacos and Kualoa Ranch Oysters Rockefeller. 

Alongside the cuisine will be cocktails complimenting the fare prepared by John Tiogo, Grand Wailea beverage manager and mixologist. Guests can also enjoy a selection of bourbon and tequila cocktails, wines, and Grand Wailea’s signature Gose beer, brewed exclusively for the resort by Maui Brewing Company.

Live entertainment will accompany the evening, featuring performances by Hawaii talents, including Makana and Cyral Pahinui. Chef Hubert Keller will also demonstrate his DJ skills. Interactive games for children will also be available.

Fire It Up! will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Molokini Gardens at Grand Wailea. General admission tickets are priced at $150 per person and includes food and beverage at the event. 

Guests can also purchase VIP admission tickets for $250 per person, which includes 30-minute early entry, a dedicated VIP section and swag bags. 

Tickets for children ages 5-12 are $75, while children under 5 are allowed free admission. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite at


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