Maui Food and Dining

Taverna Celebrates Three Years with Local Donation

March 8, 2019, 2:56 PM HST
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Taverna principal partner Chris Kaiwi, Nabavi Legacy Fund founder Paris Nabavi and Taverna executive chef Roger Stettler with the donation check. Courtesy photo.

To mark its third year in business in Kapalua, Taverna presented its annual gift in the amount of $3,900 for programs benefiting Maui youth. The funds were raised for the Nabavi Legacy Fund’s dining program, which partners with Maui’s favorite restaurants to raise money for programs that benefit local children.

“Giving is the best way to kick off our three years of business at Taverna,” says principal partner Chris Kaiwi.

A grateful team invites the public to join in the Celebration Bash “Under the Stars” Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Kapalua restaurant. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. and costs $125 (all-inclusive). Enjoy eight guest chef stations and music by Gina Martinelli Trio. For tickets call 808-667-CIAO (2426).

“We’re very proud to be a local business supporting the awareness of healthy eating and living,” says Taverna executive chef Roger Stettler.  “We applaud the efforts of the Nabavi Legacy Fund.”

The Nabavi Legacy Fund‘s mission is to support programs that nourish the minds and bodies of Maui’s children. As Maui restaurateurs, foodies, and parents, Chef Paris Nabavi and his wife Donna have a particular interest in educating kids to eat healthy, make sustainable food choices, and develop a lifelong love of learning – all while having fun. To achieve this, they have pledged ongoing support to local non-profits whose work aligns with the Fund’s mission.  Beneficiaries include:


– Grow Some Good
– Imua Family Services
– Book Trust
– Maui Academy of Performing Arts
– Maui Food Innovation Center
– Americans Heart Association (Kids Cook with Heart)


The Nabavi Legacy Fund’s partnered restaurants are:

– The Fish Market, Honokōwai
– Fork & Salad, Kīhei & Kahului
– Joey’s Kitchen, Kā‘anapali & Nāpili
– Koholā Brewery, Lāhainā
– The Mill House, Waikapū
– Pizza Paradiso, Honokōwai
– Sea House Restaurant, Nāpili
– Taverna, Kapalua

The award-winning Taverna features house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and other Italian dishes, with seating in its open-air dining room or spacious patio.


“The Kapalua Bay Golf Course operations have moved their Pro Shop to our building and we’re excited to open for lunch,” shares Kaiwi. “We also offer our weekend brunch and two happy hours everyday starting at 2:30 p.m. till dinner service and another late-night happy hour from 9 p.m. to closing.”

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