Hula Grill dinner to pair Maui beer, onions

Hula Grill Ka’anapali will kick off the Maui Onion Festival with its fifth annual Maui Onion Beer Dinner on Friday, May 3.

The Maui Onion Festival will take place the next day on Saturday, May 4 at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants, where Hula Grill Ka’anapali is located in a free-standing building.

At the dinner, Hula Grill partner Peter Merriman will have his culinary team of Chris Schobel, Bobby Masters and Ryan Luckey pair four courses of their delectable onion creations with specialty beers by Maui Brewing Company.

The revelry will begin at 6 p.m. on the oceanfront lawn with passed appetizers of duck lumpia, Maui Onion and chive pot stickers, and Maui Onion soup dumplings, paired with Pau Hana Pilsner.

Then you’ll sit down to yellow-tomato gazpacho with caramelized Maui Onion caviar and fried-green tomato with Maui Onion jalapeno crema, paired with the new Lemongrass Saison.

For the second course, crunch local kale salad with sliced Kona kampachi and Hawaii Standards poha vinaigrette, paired with Hawaii Standards beer. The third course is braised pork shank served with chipotle polenta, mole sauce and fried Maui Onion, paired with Aloha Bak’tun.

For dessert, you may delight in Chinwig whoopy pies with lilikoi-cherry cream, paired with barrel-aged Chinwig beer.

Tickets are priced at $69.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 667-6636 or visit visit

Maui Onion Festival is dedicated to the cultivation and promotion of the world-famous Maui Kula Onion, believed to be the sweetest onion in the world. Thousands of people attend.