Dining Out

Chef David LeFevre of Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Photos courtesy #HFWF17

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

Pegged the “premier epicurean event of the Pacific,” the seventh annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival will kick off on Maui this weekend, before it moves to the Big Island for one night on Oct. 28 and then Oahu for five days and nights from Nov. 1 to 5. In all there will be 120 ...

Set oceanfront at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, The Burger Shack will offer a burger and milkshake lunch combo at a discount during Kapalua Restaurant Week. Photo courtesy the resorts

Kapalua Restaurant Week

With posh resorts, pampering amenities and upscale restaurants, Kapalua Resort may not jump out as the Maui destination to go to for discounted meals. But specials do occur on occasion and the powers that be behind Kapalua Resort are also pleased to announce that the dates for its fall ...

Marco’s new Chef Cory Moscutt showcases two of the house specialties, linguine and meatballs and Greek salad. 
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Think Italian

With all of the new roadways built in Kahului in recent years that redirect traffic for better airport flow, Marco’s Grill & Deli is still holding its own after 24 years of successful business. The fact is, Marco’s is still in the thick of things in its prime spot on the corner of ...

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s new culinary team includes Chris Lederer (from left, first photo), Lyndon Honda and Mitch Cooper.
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Sheraton to unveil resort menus by new chef team

Mark your date-night calendars for Oct. 7, when the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will be unveiling new menu items from its signature Black Rock Kitchen, Mai Tai Bar and Cliff Dive Grill — while celebrating its new culinary team at the same time. Sample the fresh items with ...

General Manager Sean Stover (first photo) is a bartender and chef at Lahaina Coolers.
• The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Lahaina Coolers

Tucked away on Dickenson Street from the hustle and bustle of Front Street, Lahaina Coolers is a fun West Maui hangout for locals and for tourists who are savvy enough to find it. Just look for the record-holding, blue-striped marlin hung from the ceiling that weighs in at 955 pounds and ...

Assistant General Manager Jonathan Adkisson (left), and Chef Peleg Miron will create a special champagne pairing menu.
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Spago to bubble with Champagne Lanson dinner

Champagne Lanson is the real deal. It’s the only Grande Maison house in Reims, France, to offer an experience from the vine to the flute. Founded in 1760 by magistrate Francois Delamotte, Champagne Lanson is now owned by the Lanson-BBC group headed by Bruno Paillard. On Tuesday, you may ...

Longtime Botero Lounge mixologist Mich Domingo (left) and Grand Wailea Executive Sous Chef Jorge Gonzalez hang out at a high-top table with new menu items near one of several famous sculptures by Ferdinand Botero, after whom the bar is named. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Grand ideas

Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort was just named Best Resort on Maui once again in this newspaper’s annual Best of Maui readers poll. Its famous Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a repeated making a big splash as Best Resort Restaurant and Spa Grande still floated to the top as Best ...

Mulligans on the Blue bartender Bridget Cornell serves Bloody Marys and fresh corned beef and hash for breakfast in the expansive, open-air restaurant in Wailea with 14 flat screens for optimum viewing. Mulligans on the Blue photo

Game On!

On Maui, football and Bloody Marys go hand in hand like fish and poi, Spam on musubi, beer with chips. Prolific writer and part-time Maui resident Willie Nelson captured America’s favorite red morning beverage best with the song, “Bloody Mary Morning.” At Charley’s Restaurant & ...

Restaurant and bar outlets at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa are just saying “no” to single-use plastic straws in order to save the ocean and beach environment  in Kaanapali. Sheraton Maui photo

Sheraton Maui boasts juicy eco-practices

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa just says “no” to single-use plastic straws in an effort to enhance environmentally sustainable practices and to protect Kaanapali’s tropical marine ecosystem, including the endangered honu (green sea turtle). The resort is the first in the state to ...

Tommy Bahama in The Shops at Wailea boasts fun appetizers such as mac-nut, goat cheese and mango salsa on  flatbread in the No Kid Hungry promo through September. Tommy Bahama photo

Tommy Bahama partners with ‘No Kid Hungry’ in September

For the fifth year, Tommy Bahama in The Shops at Wailea is partnering with other sister outlets and No Kid Hungry to help children in America. Donations through the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry effort help to ensure that every child gets the necessary nourishment they need to grow strong and ...

Four Seasons Resort Maui Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst (left), strums the guitar, General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel tickles the keys on the baby grand (right) and Ken Martinez Burgmaier plays the saxophone in anticipation of the upcoming Maui Jazz & Blues Fest on Friday. Carla Tracy photo

‘What is hip?’

The Four Seasons Resort Maui has never needed to toot its own horn. That’s because it is hip — like an island tower of power — and it’s a key component of the Four Seasons luxury hospitality brand, renowned all over the world for its enticing location in Wailea, extraordinary service, ...

Pulehu Chef de Cuisine Jesse Pita; Westin KOR photo


Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas is spicing things up in September with the addition of several new menu offerings at its signature and award-winning Pulehu, an Italian Grill. To kick off the new menu, the restaurant is offering 50 percent off food for kamaaina on Fridays and Saturdays ...

Dessert and bubbly make for a fitting finale to the Tastemakers feast. Hyatt Maui photo

Japengo uncorks MauiWine on Fridays in September at Tastemakers

Japengo at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will be partnering with MauiWine of Ulupalakua for its Maui Tastemakers series in September. The series runs every other month on Fridays at Japengo, where diners can experience a special prix-fixe menu of three flavorful courses ...

Toasting to the new In The Spirit series is the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas culinary team of Matt Hancock,  the resort’s Restaurants and Bars Manager (from left); Ikaika Manaku, executive chef; and Ricky Hamasaki, the assistant director of Food & Beverage. Blinnk Photography images

In The Spirit

The new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Kaanapali introduces “In the Spirit” — a monthly series celebrating local agriculture, beverages and cuisine at its signature Mauka Makai restaurant. This series features specialty food pairings led by Executive Chef Ikaika Manaku and handcrafted ...

University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts students Jessie Olpindo, (left) and Danielle Soriano flank their Dining Room Lecturer Mark Malone in The Leis Family Class Act. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

The Leis Family Class Act

It’s easy to learn “what’s cooking” at the college with a gourmet luncheon at The Leis Family Class Act. Chef Lecturer Tom Lelli and Dining Room Lecturer Mark Malone are pleased and excited to announce that the first day of service for the fall 2017 semester will be on Wednesday ...

Chef Instructor Jake Belmonte of the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program will present an event on campus to help Bahay Kubo in Iao Valley from further deterioration.
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Just like Kepaniwai Cultural Heritage Park in Iao Valley boasts quaint villages that represent Maui’s various ethnic cultures, The Field and the Harvest event coming up at 6 p.m. Saturday in Kahului boasts chefs from different backgrounds. The chefs will come together to benefit the Bahay ...

Food & Beverage Director James Morrison holds a dinner entree of hamachi and Kauai shrimp over corn-and-mushroom risotto.
• The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Seascape Ma‘alaea

Do you crave sustainable seafood that is off-the-charts in taste and affordable, too? Seascape Ma‘alaea Restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center dishes it up daily for lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and it’s added Fridays to its weekend happy hour and dinner lineup of Saturdays and ...


Maui Calls

Last month, the sought-after wines of Maui Calls were written up for enthusiasts of the grape. This story will beckon to the patrons of the arts who want to attend Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s annual signature fundraising gala for its gourmet cuisine, entertainment, auction items, and, ...

Mauka Makai overlooks the pool and beyond at Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Kaanapali. Westin Nanea Ocean Villas photo

Mauka Makai

At the risk of sounding like a geezer, it’s been fun to experience the building and the evolution of Maui resorts and restaurants over several decades of writing about the isle’s culinary scene. From the first minute I stepped foot into the lobby of the new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas and ...

(First Photo) New Executive Chef Abby Ferrer brings a wealth of international knowledge to the Star Noodle team. She’s wowing with her (second photo) new chilled crab Mazeman,  (third photo) Hoaloha Farms taro dumplings, and (fourth) crispy pig ears fried and served with calamansi aioli.
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OODLES of new menu items by new Star Noodle chef

Star Noodle has been a powerhouse of an eatery ever since it opened seven years ago at the top of Lahaina Industrial Park. The building alone was five years in the making and it’s got a 3,500-square-foot kitchen that is the commissary for its sister restaurants Old Lahaina Lu‘au, Aloha ...