Story by Shannon Wianecki | Photography by Nina Lee
Chef Jay Ledee’s excitement shows as he divulges the menu he’s crafted for Japengo, the Hyatt’s ultra-mod new Japanese restaurant. Sidle into the Moon Bar and let him introduce you to abalone sashimi. Once a rarity on any menu—because of overharvesting in its native Californian waters—the coveted shellfish is now sustainably farmed in Kona. Shipped live for incomparable freshness, and garnished with crunchy ogo (seaweed), the delicate, sweet slivers will melt on the tongue.
Hyatt Regency Maui, 200 Nohea Kai Dr., Ka’anapali, (808) 667-4506. Japanese/Sushi. D, N. $$$