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. 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:
"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!!”
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.
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.
The Maui Wedding Catering Menu:
Chicken Satays with
Coconut Peanut Sauce
Chef CJ’s Unique Hummus
with Crispy Pitta Chips
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
Famous Hana Bars & Pineapple Sticks
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