Dining Out

Smokin’ Hot

Two former Maui bartenders by night and beach bums by day took their relaxed lifestyle and catapulted it into a smokin’ hot restaurant venture in 2008. Managing Partner Dave Mecklenburg and his staff are still doing so swimmingly well at Beach Bums Bar, BBQ & Grill at Maalaea Harbor ...

Christmas Fair: See golf cart parade, eat local foods Saturday

Pukalani Community Association will put on a fundraiser that should be festive and unique for Upcountry. The night of fun benefitting both Pukalani Elementary School and King Kekaulike High School will commence from 3 to 7 p.m. at Pukalani Country Club. The cost to attend is $2 per adult and ...

Maui Tastemakers

Perched on a bluff overlooking Kaanapali Beach and the ocean beyond at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Japengo is a top Maui pick. It’s a past Best Resort Restaurant in The Maui News’ annual Best of Maui contest, and it boasts numerous awards from other publications, spectacular ...

OPEN HOUSES

Maui Health System will ring in the holidays with three Lobby Open Houses filled with music, tree lights, crafts, cookies and keiki. The three hospitals in the system — Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital — will open lobby doors for visits the first week ...

CHILLING OUT

Brace yourself for an invigoratingly good time at Lahaina Coolers. Situated on Dickenson Street away from the bustle of Front Street, Lahaina Coolers has been a popular hangout since 1989 with locals and visitors who are savvy enough to find it. Just look for the record blue-striped marlin ...

Ruth’s Chris

On most nights of the year, diners want to sink teeth into tempting T-bones, lean and thick filet mignons and full-bodied New York strip steaks. That’s most nights of the year. But today is Thanksgiving, after all, and both Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses on Maui will open early at 4 p.m. for ...

Giving Thanks

With one week left to Thanksgiving, restaurant seats are filling up as fast as you can top mashed potatoes with gravy, so hurry and make reservations before it’s too late. In all of the years that I’ve written these roundups, I’ve never seen so many places reporting so few openings ...

Moulin Rouge

In recent years, gangsters and flappers roared in like the Twenties in a golden era of Hollywood theme and then a Hawaiian Renaissance flourished with edible chocolate ukulele centerpieces and more. On Saturday, the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Culinary Arts Program will kick up its ...

Maui Prime

For almost 40 years now, Cary and Karin Button have owned Oyster Seafood, a top wholesale distributor to hotels and restaurants on island. Their Maui Prime Fine Foods retail store that is adjacent to Oyster Seafood at Emerald Plaza in Lahaina boasts the freshest seafood around — as chefs ...

Made in Maui County Festival

Michelle Valentin (right) of Maui Raw won the Best New Food Product Contest at the Made In Maui County Festival at Maui Arts & Cultural Center last weekend. Her cultured macadamia-nut spread flavored with chimichurri will be featured at eight Minit Stop Stores on island as well as at Mana ...

Restaurant Week Wailea

Are you a bargain hunter who craves a discounted gourmet multi-course feast at one of Wailea’s top restaurants? Then pick up your smart phone or jump online to www.opentable.com and make reservations for the bi-annual Restaurant Week Wailea. As usual, Maui Food Bank is the ...

Lahaina Coolers uncorks next monthly wine dinner

Two-time Grammy Award-winner Garrett Probst will perform at the next monthly wine dinner on Friday at Lahaina Coolers. “We’ve been presenting these wine dinners since 2007,” says GM Sean Stover. “For $65, diners get three courses and wines. Or you may buy the various courses a la ...

Made in Maui County Festival

Move over, big-box stores. The fifth annual Made in Maui County Festival is looming large on Friday and Saturday at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului — and thousands of attendees will buy locally crafted holiday gifts, eat local foods, sip local beverages and shop till they ...

Taste of Kohola

Imbibe in local craft beer at the Taste of Kohola Brewery from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. The event is a benefit for the aquarium’s Marine Institute and Hui O Wa‘a Kaulua. For the admission price, adults 21 and older may sip two Kohola beers from a choice of ...

Oom-pah at Brigit & Bernard’s Oktoberfest

Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului rolls out the barrel of fun for Oktoberfest parties each weekend through the end of the month. Doors open at 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday and the all-you-can-eat German buffet and live music start at 6.30 p.m. The band performs the chicken ...

HOALOHA cares

Want to dine out Saturday in West Maui and contribute to a worthy cause at the same time? Na Hoaloha ‘Ekolu restaurant group will give 20 percent of sales that day from all four of its outlets to Habitat for Humanity. Simply dine at Aloha Mixed Plate, Star Noodle or Leoda’s Kitchen & ...

Game On!

On Maui, Bloody Marys and football go hand in hand like fish and poi at a north shore surf event. At Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia, you and your pals may tackle gridiron action on the ginormous 12-by-9-foot stage screen and four other flat screens in the large, cool and dark ...

RITZY new pop-up

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua just keeps on getting ritzier. Its signature restaurant, The Banyan Tree, and adjoining ‘Ai ‘Ono tacos and tequila bar are being renovated — with reopenings targeted for before the December festive season. For now, the ‘Ai ‘Ono Mexican food and drink menu ...

SHUCKIN’

Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia is a multi-faceted North Shore landmark that jumps with live music most nights, hearty daily breakfasts made famous on “Rachel Ray” with Willie Nelson flipping the pancakes; fresh-as-it-gets sushi Tuesdays to Saturdays and a giant screen set up on ...