Dining Out

More than 300 revelers attended last year’s gala. ADIWOOD photos

Let the … good times roll

Masks and beads and feathers, oh my! When Maui AIDS Foundation hosts its annual Mardi Gras Gala on Feb. 24, attendees will be dressed in both dapper and outrageous costumes. Yes, the island will meet New Orleans at Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea. VIP seating starts at 6 p.m., featuring a ...

Maui Tempeh business partners Mikel Gosney (left) and Jaime Tourin are innovators of their adzuki-bean product line. The Maui News / Carla Tracy photo

Blue Zones Project to feature Maui Tempeh demo Friday at Kahului mall

The community is invited to join the Blue Zones Project for a healthful cooking demonstration from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center in Kahului. The cooking demo is part of a monthly series of events held on the second Friday of every month at QKC’s Center Court and is ...

Taste the Stars will launch on Valentine’s Day at the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas intimate garden area with bubbly and a five-course gourmet meal by Chef Jesse Pita. Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas photo

Ku‘uipo: Meal inspirations for your ‘sweetheart,’ or:

Want to take the apple of your eye, your main squeeze, your “ku‘uipo,” or “sweetheart,” out to a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner? Maui chefs aim to please with a tantalizing array of dinner options. Here are some of Maui Scene’s favorites listed by geographical areas of the ...

The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas will put on a beachside Super Bowl party at its Pailolo Bar & Grill with a giant LED wall along with game-day inspired food and drink from poke bowls to Double Bacon Hail Marys.
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Super Bowl grindz

When the New England Patriots battle the Philadelphia Eagles this Super Bowl Sunday, armchair quarterbacks can thoroughly kick back as chefs will be tackling fun menus and take-out platters for you. Watch the big game at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and enjoy free admission. ...

Kimo Beezley (in photo) works the oven at Flatbread Company and then the pizza is sliced (second photo). The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photos

Explore the North shore

Last week, I got out of my Central Maui groove and drove past salt-sprayed Hookipa Beach Park with its mountainous surf, dipped into verdant Maliko Gulch with views of Haleakala and climbed and took a right on Haiku Road past towering Cook Pines. My first stop was in the Aloha Aina Center in ...

Creative and playful menu items (first photo) range from curried lobster in papaya shell paired with lobster salad; meatballs and grape jelly paired with filet of beef tenderloin; and bananas Royale paired with green-banana and chocolate pastele.
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‘Then & Now’ — Sheraton Maui celebrates 55th anniversary

It’s hard to believe that the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is turning 55 years young on Tuesday. Yes, the Kaanapali resort is celebrating its anniversary with special “Then & Now” dinner offerings available at its signature restaurant, the Black Rock Kitchen, today through ...

General Manager Michael Rose (left) and Owner Peter Longhi are proud of their repeat Best Award of Excellence wine list from the Wine Spectator magazine. They stand in Longhi’s Wailea wine cellar, which holds 500 bottles ranging from $28 to $1,000.
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Longhi’s Legacy

Who remembers the original Longhi’s Lahaina “menu” presented verbally by smooth-as-silk servers sporting T-shirts with “w.t.f” on the sleeves? Well, speed up to 2018 and Longhi’s has come a long way, baby, while still standing by its philosophy of quality ingredients. “We ...

Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst is the mastermind. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photos

Churrascaria: Brazil meets Maui

It’s hot, hot, hot and tasty, too. The new Market Night Hawaiian Churrascaria, based on the Brazilian concept of meat brought to your table and served in front of you, now sizzles at DUO Steak & Seafood at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea on Fridays. Meats keep coming to your ...

Project Manager Nicky Boskoff and Corporate Chef Ivan Pahk of Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu restaurant group are proud of the contemporary open  feel of the popular restaurant along with the new menu. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photos

Aloha Mixed Plate

The New York Times once wrote that it’s “paper plate meets million-dollar view.” The phenomenal oceanfront view is still there, but things have elevated exponentially at West Maui’s favorite hangout for locals and visitors alike. Aloha Mixed Plate reopened with even more oceanfront ...

Michael Gaal (above, left) and Lani Clarion of The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s talented Food & Beverage department toast to the many happenings at the resort over the New Year. • Carla Tracy photo

EAT, DRINK and be MAUI!

Revel with your date at Cafe del Vino in Maalaea Harbor Shops from 5 to 10 p.m. It will present a romantic three-course Euro-style repast with soup or fresh salad, followed by your choice of Osso Buco alla Cipriani (a favorite veal shank any time of the year); whole Kona-raised Maine lobster ...

Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes will present its annual Christmas Eve prime rib buffet Sunday afternoon and it will be open for breakfast and lunch until 2 p.m. Sunday as well. Banquet Chef Arnel Abellon, Manager Marcie Fernandez and Assistant General Manager Darren Byler will cater to your holiday needs. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Mele Kalikimaka

Chefs on island may not be roasting chestnuts over an open fire during the holidays, but they’ll get you in a festive spirit with menus that feature juicy prime rib, fresh sashimi platters, garden-to-table salads and over-the-top desserts. Below are choices from Central Maui to Wailea and all ...

Longtime server Kiet Tran (from left) with chefs Taingu Yen, Ann Carpenter and Khanh Chau  and Carpenter’s Oahu sister Sandy Nguyen. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photos

EXOTIC TASTES

Those still stuffed from turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving may want to venture into light and exotic foods for the holidays. Vietnamese Cuisine at Azeka Makai in Kihei is just the ticket. For 18 years now, owner and Vietnam native Ann Carpenter has dished up quality-driven and ...

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Champagne Hale at Cliff House bubbles again

Montage Kapalua Bay, set atop the bluffs on the northwest coast of Maui, announces its slate of holiday season activities. Champagne Hale at Cliff House will be bubbling once again as a popular pop-up bar and lounge that returns for select dates during the holiday season. Resort guests ...

Founding partner Donald Patz of the acclaimed Patz & Hall Winery will bring key varietals from Sonoma for a feast at Ferraro’s on Friday. Four Seasons Resort Maui photo

Patz & Hall to be uncorked

The Patz & Hall Winery dinner will be uncorked at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. “Donald Patz will be hosting,” says Crissa Hiranaga, marketing and public relations manager for the resort. “ We are so excited to welcome ...

The new Tiki Terrace poke bowl is among the seasonal menu additions at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel created by its Executive Chef Tom Muromoto and his expert culinary staff. KBH photo

Tiki Terrace rolls out new menu items

One of West Maui’s favorite open-air restaurants, the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s Tiki Terrace, recently introduced a new dinner menu under the leadership of award-winning Executive Chef Tom Muromoto, named “The Best Chef on Maui” in the 2017 Best of Maui contest in The Maui News. ...

Cheeseburger Grille & Tap Room  General Manager Kristopher Galon (standing) takes care of Cheyenne Walker and Raul Arellano, visitors from Mt. Vernon, Wash., as they sip a Mai Tai and a cold beer over a big lunch in Wailea recently. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photos

Cheese Burger

How many napkins does it take to eat a big and juicy cheeseburger topped with three strips of bacon, sauteed mushrooms, gooey melted Swiss cheese and a scoop of guacamole? At Cheeseburger Grille & Tap Room in The Shops at Wailea, it takes five, count ’em, napkins to get through the ...

The living room of the historic inn on High Street in Wailuku will set a festive stage for the Lei of Aloha Eleven event on Saturday. The Old Wailuku Inn photo

Usher in holidays at Old Wailuku Inn

For the 11th consecutive year, The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono will present its annual open house celebrating the start of the holidays. The Lei of Aloha Eleven, which is also the major annual fundraiser for Hokulani Holt’s halau hula, Pa‘u O Hi‘iaka, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. ...

Lahaina Coolers uncorks its monthly wine tasting Friday

Tucked away on Dickenson Street from busy Front Street, Lahaina Coolers is a fun West Maui hangout for locals and for tourists who are savvy enough to find it. It will uncork its monthly wine dinner Friday. Chef and GM Sean Stover will once again cook a three-course meal paired with some nice ...

Sushi Chef Jordan Chin (first photo) handcrafts a variety of specialty and happy-hour rolls, above. 5 Palms photos

5 Palms oceanfront at Mana Kai resort in Kihei

Sure, 5 Palms is hugely popular for all of its meal services, including breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Who wouldn’t want to dine there? It’s got spectacular views from its perch at the end of Keawakapu Beach in Kihei that run all the way to Pu‘u Olai cinder cone in Makena to ...