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Proprietors Cary & Karin Button with Chef Will Hawkins
Maui Prime's Bounty

About Maui Prime Fine Foods
Long before proprietors Karin and Cary Button opened
Maui Prime Fine Foods, this duo has played a part in the
growth of Maui's culinary scene. In 1980, Cary Button, a
graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in New York,
moved to Maui and began working as a chef in several of
the island's well-known restaurants. Recognizing a need
for chefs to supplement the island's fresh fish bounty with
difficult-to-find cold water seafood, he established an
importing business called Oyster Seafood. Maui restaurants
and hotels were able to take advantage of the consistent
quality of the pristine oysters and clams that Cary flew in
fresh from his home state of Washington, and his business
and reputation flourished. Mauians also know Karin and
Cary as the owners of the former Fish & Game Brewing
Company & Rotisserie - West Maui's first microbrewery.

Maui Prime Fine Foods was established as the Buttons
noticed there was a niche to be filled on Maui. With
many gourmet foods and specialty food products difficult
to procure on Maui, the Buttons decided to bring these
products to food lovers at the retail level. They
opened their gourmet market at Emerald Plaza in 2006.
An expansive deli case features the seafood specialties
that Oyster Seafood is known for. Meat selections in
an adjacent case include a large array of of Snake River
Farms' American-style Kobe beef, along with choices
from the Pacific Northwest's Double R Ranch. Maui Prime
also carries selections of local grass-fed beef from
Maui Cattle Company - all free of antibiotics and
growth hormones. A third case is well-stocked with
a variety of imported and domestic cheeses, along
with an array of tempting side dishes. The shop is
also lined with pantry shelves offering up local
dry rubs, spices, olive oils, vinegars, pastas,
crackers, condiments and chocolates. An eclectic
selection of fine wines fills the wine case.

As part of the culinary team at Maui Prime, General
Manager Will Hawkins, also a chef, keeps both the store
and wholesale business running smoothly. Also attending
to shoppers are Jason & Diane, who operate the shop from
Tuesday to Saturday. Jason, a culinary school graduate and
former chef, oversees the meat & seafood department, while
Diane, a former pastry cook, assists shoppers with cheese
selections and gourmet staples. Jason is also the creative
force behind Maui Steamer Pots - the shop's seafood buckets
that can be pre-ordered for events, special occasions, or just a
get-together with friends or family. See our orders page for
more details.

Maui Prime Fine Foods is located in Emerald Plaza in
Lahaina, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Maui Prime Fine Foods :: 142 Kupuohi St. #F-7 :: Lahaina :: Hawaii :: 96761 :: 808.661.4912

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