Easter Eats

Island chefs are creating culinary masterpieces for their Easter Sunday feasts. Whether it be brunch, dinner buffet or a la carte, the menus are better than ever before. Seats are selling out fast, so move like the hare instead of the tortoise when it comes to making your reservations.


Looking for an action-packed Easter Sunday for the whole family? Makena Beach & Golf Resort will present a day of festivities.

Starting at 9 a.m., kids will run to get as many of the 1,800 eggs as possible on the Pu’u Olai lawn. One lucky winner will find the golden egg with the grand prize hidden inside.

Afterward, head to the resort’s atrium waterfall for the second annual Rubber Duck Race fundraiser. Proceeds will go to Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s Charity Walk.

Then savor the all-you-can-eat brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with live music and Easter Bunny visits. Wake up to Grand Marnier souffle French toast; eggs Benedict with mango Hollandaise; and fresh-from-the-garden strawberries atop crisp waffles, topped with whipped cream. Hot entrees are mahimahi in red Thai curry sauce; oven-roasted boneless leg of lamb and prime rib; made-to-order omelets; and Chef’s special pasta with poached lobster.

Seafood on ice, salads, artisan cheeses, breads and desserts add to the meal. Cost is $65 per adult and $45 per child 9 to 12. Call 875-5888.

The new Andaz Maui at Wailea will impress diners with Easter brunch at its signature Ka’ana Kitchen. Seatings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk in the door and be greeted by mixologists with sparkling island mimosas. Sip and peruse interactive stations of fun, cutting-edge cuisine. From the pantry will be whole tropical fruit cut to order, housemade panna-cotta yogurt, Berkshire basted ham on grilled crostinis and pastries. The hot bar will serve smashed paniolo potatoes, chicken sausage and Maui Cattle Co. beef and lamb.

Savor small plates of fried chicken with malasadas and maple gravy; udon with scallions and egg; ahi tataki with tempura kim chee; and pork belly with pickled vegetables.

Large plates will feature seared local fish with grilled lemons; charred baby peppers and roasted vegetables; and kale salad. Cost is $88 per adult and $44 for keiki from 6 to 12. Ka’ana Kitchen will also serve breakfast and dinner specials. Call 573-1234.

Alan Wong’s Amasia at Grand Wailea will wow diners from 5 to 10 at Easter Sunday dinner.

Savor specials, such as chilled prawn salad with Waipoli greens, Surfing Goat Dairy feta cheese, Kalamata olives, local Meyer lemon and raspberry vinaigrette for $18.

Lamb entices on Easter, and Amasia’s version is grilled Australian hoisin rack of lamb with local honey, macadamia nuts, brandy and pepper glaze for $49. The dessert special will be Yee’s mango and Surfing Goat Dairy cheese jelly roll with fresh Kula strawberries and li hing mui sorbet. Call 891-3954.

The opulent and open-air Grand Dining Room, overlooking dolphin pools and ocean at Grand Wailea, will feature its annual elaborate Easter buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., inclusive of bubbly for adults.

Rise and shine to Wailea Coast eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles. Sink your teeth into Chinese-style steamed sea bass and slow-roast pork loin. Crunch chilled lobster salad, or create-your-own salad tossed by an attendant. Dive into ceviche and shrimp margaritas; lift your spoon with spring pea soup; and add soy and wasabi to California rolls.

Other highlights are cheeses, oysters on the half shell with cognac cocktail sauce; a keiki korner with wagon-wheel pasta, chicken fingers and cooking decorating station; and desserts, such as deep-fried madness with ice cream sundaes, tortes and island berries. Cost is $78 for adults and $29 for keiki 5 to 12. Call 875-1234, Ext. 4900.

Maui Ocean Center’s award-winning Seascape Ma’alaea Restaurant will dish up ocean and harbor views along with lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is not required to dine there. The restaurant-only entry is located on the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops side of the aquarium.

Lunch specials include Romaine hearts salad with crab cakes; broiled salmon with beurre blanc; rosemary lamb chops and garlic shrimp. Prices range from $14.95 to $17.95. Dessert duo of carrot cake and fruit tart is $4.95. Reservations are optional. Call 270-7068.

The expansive and open-air 5 Palms restaurant at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei will get you in the mood for Easter with a special brunch buffet and stellar views of Keawakapu Beach, Neighbor Islands and the ocean beyond.

Delight in the lavish seafood and sushi display, chef-carved prime rib, omelets made to order, breakfast dishes, tropical fruits, salads and freshly baked breads, pastries and desserts.

Early seating is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at a cost of $44.95 per adult; regular seating is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $49.95 per adult. Cost for children at either seating is $22.95. Reservations recommended. Call 879-2607.

Located poolside at the Four Seasons Resort Maui, DUO Steak & Seafood will present a lavish Easter Brunch buffet with seatings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. As a thank you to the community, DUO will offer 20 percent discount on entire check to kamaaina with ID.

Wake up to the breakfast station of omelets and pancakes; then segue into a raw bar with freshly shucked oysters and snow crab legs; antipasti with domestic and international cheeses; and salads from Caesar with white anchovies to Waipoli mixed greens.

The tantalizing food trail continues with nigiri sushi; small plates of seared diver scallops in lemon-brown butter; carvery with slow-roasted prime rib with black-truffle demi and roast turkey with giblet gravy. Other hot entrees include pan-seared duck breast and island catch.

Desserts, such as mini-iced chocolate shots and chocolate mousse, take it over the top. Cost is $98 for adults and $39 keiki 6 to 12. Add $20 for Bloody Mary and Mimosa station. To reserve a seat, call DUO at 874-2201.

The roomy and casual Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei will serve Easter breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The specials are crab omelets with spinach, avocado and Hollandaise; French toast or buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries and whipped cream; and country-fried steak with gravy, eggs and starch. Entrees are $10 to $15. Call 874-3779.

Sarento’s on the Beach will beckon for breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. with stellar ocean and Neighbor Island views, along with exceptional service and gourmet fare. Loco moco features filet mignon meat loaf; Caprese omelets come with fresh mozzarella and Roma tomatoes; and Pacific eggs Benedict has lump crab and fresh asparagus. Breakfast entrees are $12 to $23.

Happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; and dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call 875-7555.

From noon to 8 p.m., Rita’s Steak & Seafood upstairs at the Kihei Kalama Village will let children 8 and younger eat free with paying parents.

Treetop and ocean views will enhance the experience. Choose from the ham steak Hawaiian, to the roast leg of lamb and roast pork with gravy along with regular menu items – all complete with salad and starch. Desserts, such as Kihei lime pie, are all baked in house. Family pricing. Call Rita’s at 214-5788.

Three’s Bar & Grill at the Kihei Kalama Village will serve an a la carte Easter brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with $3 mimosas, $4 wasabi Bloody Marys and three types of eggs Benedicts. Sushi will get on a roll at 11 a.m., along with the lunch menu. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. with half off pupu and select sushi. Dinner starts at 6 with a fresh Hawaiian fish special. Call 871-3133.


Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului will entice from its Rainbow Dining Room upstairs. Vaulted-ceilings and Polynesian longhouse architecture will set the stage from 5 to 8 p.m. at the all-you-can-eat buffet of island favorites. Bring a camera, as the Easter Bunny will be on hand for your amusement.

Pile your plates with Rolando’s crab salad; cucumber namasu; chicken long rice; California rolls; maki sushi; seafood poke; and crisp tossed green salads with garden veggies and assorted housemade dressings.

Asian-inspired hot entrees are chicken tofu; baked white fish in black-bean sauce; shrimp Canton in sweet-and-sour sauce; vegetable tempura; beef stir fry; noodles and steamed rice.

Chefs will also carve roast prime rib and serve with au jus. The dessert station features make-your-own frozen yogurt sundaes, fresh fruits, carrot cake, and lots of Easter goodies. Cost is $33.95 for adults and $16.95 for children 6 to 11. Gratuity will be added. For reservations, call 877-0051, Ext. 315.

Rise and shine to an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes in Kahului, one of the most popular Easter spreads on Maui.

Chefs will hand carve roast prime rib of beef and make omelets to order with jumbo shrimp, bacon, mushrooms and more. Hot entrees include roast leg of lamb stuffed with spinach and goat cheese; lightly blackened mahimahi with fresh papaya salsa; honey mac-nut roast pork; jumbo shrimp linguine; chicken in lemon-caper sauce; and caramelized onion mashed potatoes.

Revel in desserts of chocolate fondue; apple-mango cobbler; Bananas Foster and pineapple upside-down cake. Cost is $36 per adult and $16 for children 4 and older. Reservations highly recommended. Call 877-0073.

Kahili Restaurant offers sweeping views of the north and the south shores of Maui from the hills of King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu.

Easter revelers may choose from the brunch buffet with seatings at 9 and 11 a.m.; or the dinner buffet with seatings at 5 and 7 p.m.

Both will get you in the mood for food with hearty Romaine Caesars; array of fresh and grilled vegetables; salads of Caprese tomato and red-skin potato; and freshly baked dinner rolls.

You may also indulge in seafood on ice; carved prime rib carving; omelets to your liking; and hot entrees like roast leg of lamb with rosemary jus, five-pepper crusted salmon; glazed Easter ham; and mac-nut chicken. Desserts include fresh fruits, pies and cakes.

Cost of Kahili’s brunch buffet is $32.95 for adults and $34.95 for adult dinner buffet. Children 6 to 12 get half off. Call 231-6000.

Think Italian for Easter breakfast, lunch or dinner at Marco’s Grill & Deli in Kahului. Crunch Caesar salads, savor the signature vodka rigatoni, the mushroom chicken pasta, the meat lasagne and the rich and creamy tiramisu. Reservations are not necessary. Call 877-4446.

Friends who give hot cross buns to one another are said to be friends for life. You may purchase them hot out of the oven at Home Maid Bakery, with its main commissary kitchen on Lower Main Street in Wailuku.

It also sells decorated cookies, cupcakes, cakes and Easter pies at its walkup counter. Hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. To order, call 244-7015.


Gather the whole ohana and come to Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s Easter champagne brunch.

The fun begins at 8 a.m. with an egg hunt. Other highlights are Easter Bunny appearances, face painting, photo booth, petting farm and Hawaiian entertainment. A keiki buffet will delight with pizza, hot dogs, cookies, brownies, Jell-O and ice cream with toppings.

Celebrate spring with sauteed snapper in lemon-caper sauce, baked chicken with mushroom herb topping, sweet-and-sour pork ribs, beef kalbi and sauteed Manila clams. Seafood on ice will be crab legs, shrimp cocktail, mussels on the half shell and assorted poke.

Chefs will carve kiawe slow-roasted prime rib and leg of lamb and hoisin brandy glazed duck breast. As icing on the cake, there will be chocolate-dipped strawberries, a variety of cheesecakes, and famous banana bread pudding with whiskey sauce.

Listen to live Hawaiian entertainment in the airy courtyard and Tiki Terrace, or from the comfort of the air-conditioned Kanahele Room. Brunch runs until 1 p.m. Cost is $48.95 for adults and $26 for children 6 to 12. Reservations are a must. Call 667-0124.

Adding an elegant French touch to Easter Sunday will be Gerard’s at the Plantation Inn in Lahaina. Doors open at 6 p.m., and you may choose to dine on the lanai or inside the air-conditioned dining room.

Owner-chef Gerard Reversade will wow you with specials of roasted rack of lamb with potatoes au gratin; veal chop with morel mushrooms and truffles; and locally caught snapper with emulsion of orange and ginger.

Gerard’s new desserts are profiteroles with Maui Best honey ice cream; and fondant au chocolat with jasmine ice cream and raspberry coulis. For reservations, call 661-8939.

In tiny Olowalu, Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop sells the best baked breads and pies on the planet. It will also feature an Easter ham special with glazed sweet potatoes and mixed veggies. The bake shop will be making up assorted Easter goodies. Just call 662-3600 to find out what they plan to bake and when you may pick up your orders.

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will be hopping with its 10th annual Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. and Starwish Rubber Ducky races in the swimming pool at noon.

Top finishers win prizes for this benefit event, with all proceeds going to provide scholarships for Starwood associates and their families.

In addition, Sheraton’s Black Rock Terrace restaurant will set the stage for an all-you-can-eat Easter Sunday brunch with seating from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Look for the Easter Bunny and the Starwish Lucky Ducky at the brunch and activities for photo ops.

Brunch highlights are chilled, sliced Hawaiian fruits; apple crepes in Tahitian vanilla-bean sauce; and poached eggs on cornbread with lilikoi Hollandaise. Then head to seafood on ice such as shrimp cocktails; snap-and-eat crab legs; and specialty salads.

Sink your teeth into roast honey-cured ham with bourbon molasses; herb-crusted prime rib; slow-roasted leg of lamb; and five-spice roast duckling. Seafood bisque, French green beans; and desserts top it off. Cost is $49 per adult; and $24 per child 6 to 12. For reservations, call the Oahu line at (808) 921-4600.

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas will set up its North Ocean Lawn for an Easter egg scramble at 11 a.m., petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, shave ice and popcorn. The duck race at 3:30 p.m. will benefit island charities.

At the Westin’s KOR’s Ocean Pool Bar & Grill, you’ll find an festive buffet with omelet station and carving table along with island catch; shrimp cocktail; imported and domestic cheese, green pea risotto, country ham, guava chiffon caket and a glass of sparkling wine for adults. Cost is $54 for adults and $27 per child. Call 667-3259.


Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia will be open for Easter, serving breakfast all day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with a limited lunch menu after 11 a.m.

Every Sunday, the Bloody Mary Bar is all the rage. The house pours your choice of vodka or tequila (Bloody Maria) and you get the glass and add your pick of mixes, including one that is housemade. You’ll also find pepperoncinis, pickles Tabasco, Worcestershire, horseradish, A1, olives and varied hot sauces of the week. What fun.

Breakfast specials are mango-coconut French toast with guava puree and fresh whipped cream; meat lover’s frittata with rosemary potatoes; and jumbo lump crab cake Benedict. Prices are $12 to $13. The regular menu is also available. Reservations are recommended at this north shore landmark. Call 579-8085 or visit www.opentable.com.

Mama’s Fish House in Kuau will feature specials for lunch and dinner in addition to the regular menu chock full of high-quality items from Maui fishers, growers and ranchers.

Pan-seared bottom fish of the day will come with Kauai clams, Haiku Farms cherry tomatoes, Waipoli watercress and taro leaf pasta. From Puu’o Hoku Ranch on Molokai will come venison seared with roasted spices, calamansi lime and apple mint. Snapper kama or cheeks, ahi belly, squid luau from local octopus and housemade poi will all be sure to amaze diners.

The special Easter desserts are banana and coconut cream pie; and Kipahulu coffee ice cream with Kula strawberry sorbet. Call 579-8488.