Maui restaurants to pull out all the stops Sunday

Mother’s Day is well-known as the busiest dining day of the year. So make your reservations soon to ensure that Mom and the whole family will get a seat.


The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will offer a lavender-themed brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Swan Court, featuring dishes seasoned with the aromatic herb from Maui’s own Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.

Highlights are prime rib; Surfing Goat Dairy cheese frittata; blueberry pancakes with coconut syrup; smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese; and a variety of fresh fruit, muffins, bagels and pastries. Cost is $49.95 for adults and $24.95 for children. Call 661-1234.

The resort’s newly-refreshed Drums of the Pacific Luau will be in the Mother’s Day spirit, too. Saturday and Sunday, the award-winning luau will offer 25 percent off adult VIP tickets, when using code: MOM14. For tickets, visit “”>

Black Rock Terrace at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will honor “the woman of the hour,” aka Mom, at a fun and elaborate brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mother’s Day.

The all-you-can-eat affair overlooking Pu’u Keka’a, world-renowned as Black Rock, will include a glass of champagne per adult, along with live, contemporary Hawaiian music.

Begin your day with peach crepes with Tahitian vanilla-bean sauce; and poached eggs with honey-cured ham on English muffins with Hollandaise.

Chefs at action stations will hand carve prime rib and Duroc pork belly, the latter to sandwich into Chinese buns with plum sauce. Soup is cream of asparagus with dungeness crab. Dim sum; seafood on ice; omelets made to order; cheeses; and specialty salads will keep Mom coming back for more.

Chefs favorites are slow-braised short ribs; chicken Marsala; and dessert fit for a queen.

Cost is $51 per adult and $24 per child 6 to 12 years of age. For reservations, call the Oahu line at (808) 921-4600.

Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas will pamper Mom from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday with a lavish Mother’s Day champagne brunch in its Ocean Pool Bar and Grill.

Chefs will hand carve green-peppercorn crusted prime rib, flip omelets and bake fresh pastries and muffins. Hot entrees include Hawaiian country ham; shrimp fried rice; pasta pomodoro; island catch; and desserts, such as mango cheesecake and brownie bites. Cost is $54 for adults and $27 for children.

Westin KOR’s signature Pulehu:?An Italian Restaurant will serve its classic a la carte menu from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Selections include Kauai prawn risotto; Kona lobster carbonara; grilled veal chop; and fried gelato. For reservations, visit

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel will be stylin’ to the nines with its Mother’s Day brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Feast on the all-you-can-eat brunch, while enjoying live Hawaiian music, a fashion show and exclusive trunk sale with designers from the Big Island, Oahu and the Cook Islands.

Pono Murray and Tommy Akima will perform, along with fashion models and hula dancers; KPOA’s Morning Goddess Alakai Paleka will emcee; and each mom will receive a rose and be entered to win fun prizes for two.

Featured on the all-you-can-eat buffet are waffles; omelets; fresh seafood on ice; kiawe-roasted prime rib and passion-fruit glazed ham.

Other entrees are sauteed snapper with porcini mushrooms in truffle-oil sauce; Chinese roast pork and bitter melon; wok fried salmon with black-bean sauce; herb roast chicken in mushroom-caper sauce; an shrimp chow mein. The keiki buffet and desserts top it off.

Brunch is $52.95 for adults and $26 for children 6 to 12. Reservations are a must. Call 667-0124.

Adding an elegant French touch to Mother’s Day dinner 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 in an air-conditioned dining room. Kamaaina may enjoy 20 percent discount that evening. Begin with appetizers, such as escargots; and ahi and smoked-salmon carpaccio. Specials are fresh catch in crab and champagne sauce; grilled Hawaiian country filet of beef, and confit of duck. French chef-owner Gerard Reversade will also tempt Mom with 10 desserts he makes in house each night. For reservations, call Gerard’s at 661-8939.

China Boat restaurant in Kahana is generally not open for lunch on Sunday, but it will sail into Mother’s Day with its popular Mandarin Chinese and Japanese fare from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m for lunch and from 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. It uses Hawaii meats, poultry, fresh produce and seafood and no MSG. The signature items are candied-walnut shrimp; steamed fish with ginger-and-onion sauce; cashew-nut chicken; fresh asparagus with shrimp and scallops and Mongolian beef. Japanese specialties are teriyaki beef and meat and seafood udon. Call 669-5089.

This much-anticipated Celebration of the Arts at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will fall on Mother’s Day weekend this year, beginning Friday and concluding Sunday with an expansive brunch in The Terrace restaurant.

Throughout the weekend, guests are encouraged to bring family matriarchs to experience this cultural awakening as well as create handmade Mother’s Day gifts at a seminar and reconnect with the host culture.

Seafood on ice includes chilled shrimp with lemon and brandy cocktail sauces; California sushi rolls; and house-smoked salmon with condiments. An Upcountry station features meats; artisan cheeses; salads; and antipasti.

Breakfast entrees range from French toast stuffed with ricotta and walnuts to omelets made to order. Chefs will hand carve prime rib; guava-glazed ham; and mac-nut sea bass; island bouillabaisse; virgin Bloody Marys and desserts add to the feast. Cost is $96 per adult and $48 per child. Call 669-6200.

Merriman’s Kapalua boasts sweeping views from its perch on the tip of a black lava finger. It will also hold its annual spa raffle, and will offer all moms who dine at the restaurant on Mother’s Day a chance to win a $300 package to nearby Spa Montage.

Mother’s Day dinner reservations begin at 5 p.m., and the Point Lounge will open at 3 p.m. that day.

The regular menu includes the pupu taster with Keahole lobster, avocado and tomato salad; Eden Farms Kurobuta kalua pig and sweet onion quesadilla; warm-crusted Big Island goat cheese with Kula strawberries and Maui onions; and Hawaiian ahi poke. Other popular dishes are Merriman’s mixed plate; wok-charred ahi; and pan-roasted Jidori chicken. Call 669-6464.

Plantation House Restaurant in the rolling hills above Kapalua will run with its regular Sunday a la carte brunch menu in addition to some specials from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Savor Kumu Farm’s organic Swiss chard and mushroom quiche with Surfing Goat Dairy chevre with balsamic syrup and spring green salad; and Kula

creamed spinach with poached egg and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus in fresh pomegranate reduction. Call Plantation House at 669-6299.


Five Palms on Keawakapu Beach in Kihei dishes up some of the best views on the island. Dine at the Mother’s Day brunch buffet with king crab legs; green lip mussels; peel-and-eat shrimp; spicy tuna and California rolls.

Chefs will carve prime rib and make omelets to order. Other selections include traditional breakfast dishes and island favorites, along with fresh tropical fruit, salads, freshly baked breads and pastries and fun desserts.

Early-bird seatings run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for $44.95 for adults; and regular seatings are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $49.95 adults. The cost for children 12 and younger is $22.95. Reservations are recommended. Call 879-2607.

Kono’s on the Green offers sweeping coastline views from its perch in Kihei mauka of the Piilani Highway at Maui Research & Technology Park. The golf course restaurant will offer its Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a prime rib carving station, shrimp cocktails and sushi from spicy tuna to California roll. Other highlights are spinach quiche, scrambled eggs, bacon, specialty salads and desserts that Mom will love. You may dine indoors or out. Call 633-4220.

The opulent Grand Dining Room, overlooking dolphin pools and ocean at Grand Wailea, will feature its elaborate Mother’s Day buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., inclusive of sparkling wine for adults 21 and older.

Rise and shine to Belgian waffles and smoked salmon quiche. Sink your teeth into roasted prime rib of beef, rooftop honey and mac-nut pork loin; poached Hawaiian catch in soy-ginger sauce; and then savor Peking duck salad and crab with organic mango.

Other highlights are cheeses, oysters on the half shell with cognac cocktail sauce; a keiki korner with macaroni and cheese, sliced watermelon and cooking decorating station; and desserts, such as mini brownies, build-your-own ice creams and Amaretto chocolate pot de creme. Cost is $58 for adults and $29 for keiki 5 to 12. Call Grand Wailea at 875-1234, Ext. 4900.

Sarento’s on the Beach will serve breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. with stellar ocean and Neighbor Island views, along with exceptional service and gourmet cuisine.

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.

Seascape Maalaea Restaurant at Maui Ocean Center will be making a splash from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a Mother’s Day brunch buffet. Maui Ocean Center’s award-winning restaurant also dishes up ocean and harbor views and note that admission is not required to dine there. The restaurant-only entry is located on the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops side of the aquarium.

Let Mom start with Kula mixed greens, Mediterranean salad; tako poke; and lemongrass-basil chicken and somen salad. Breakfast will be well represented with cinnamon French toast, scrambled eggs with spinach and tomato and crisp bacon. Hot items are mango-hoisin baby back ribs; chicken Marsala; Asian-style steamed fresh catch; prime rib and penne pasta. As icing on the cake, there will be a dessert display. The cost is $35.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations are recommended. Call 270-7068.

Sink your teeth into a prime cut of steak; swirl and sip a big, red wine; and crunch steak house gourmet salads at Ruth’s Chris Steak House with two Maui locations: upstairs in the Shops at Wailea and in the Outlets of Maui mall, formerly Lahaina Center. All moms who dine will receive a $20 gift certificate, a rose and a chance to win the “Pamper and Dine” giveaway, which includes dinner at Ruth’s Chris and a gift card from the Mandara Spa at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for Mother’s Day dinner. For reservations, call Wailea at 874-8880 or Lahaina at 661-8815.

Located poolside at Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, DUO will offer a lavish Mother’s Day brunch buffet with seatings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. DUO will offer 20 percent discount on entire check to kamaaina with Hawaii ID, along with special room rates as well as 20 percent off spa treatments Friday to Sunday.

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 fresh Haiku tomato Caprese.

The tantalizing food trail continues with nigiri sushi; small plates of crab cakes eggs Benedict; roast New York strip in truffle merlot demi; and horseradish-crusted salmon. Other highlights are misoyaki sea bass. Desserts, such as dulce de leche tartlets, 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 new Andaz Maui at Wailea will impress diners with Mother’s Day brunch at its signature Ka’ana Kitchen from 11 a.m. to last seating at 1 p.m. Mixologists will greet you at the door with sparkling island mimosas.

Sip the bubbly as you 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 kale Caesars tossed to order with parmesan crisps.

From the hearth will come Kula-corn fritters; French toast; pulled-pork tarts with pineapple; sake-glazed Kobe flatiron steaks; roasted baby root vegetables; and malasadas with lilikoi curd. Cost is $75 per adult and $33 for keiki from 6 to 12. Ka’ana Kitchen will also serve breakfast from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and dinner specials from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Call 573-1234.

Overlooking koi ponds and rocks from the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, Alan Wong’s Amasia is large with streams and bridges connecting various tatami rooms, lounge and sushi bar. Amasia will present a Mother’s Day three-course prix-fixe menu from 5 to 10 p.m. for $65 per person, in addition to the regular menu. Choose from two appetizers, three entrees and two desserts. Wine pairings are extra.

Highlights are seafood shu mai; unagi maki sushi; rimfire chili scallops with jalapeno miso; steamed ginger-scallion island snapper in sizzling oil; filet of beef with sauce Bernaise; and dessert of Hawaiian vanilla almond bars with salted caramel apples and ice cream. For reservations, call 891-3954.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort will enhance its popular Sunday brunch with a menu that will aim to please the family matriarch. She’ll love the chef’s new Grand?Marnier French toast filled with creamy custard, when the brunch rolls out from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Molokini Bistro, complete with live music. Other tempting menu items are sashimi; dungeness crab; Wagyu beef in black truffles; Kurabuta pork loin; prime rib; sushi; artisan cheeses; grilled asparagus; and a host of desserts. Cost is $65 per adult, $45 per child ages 9 to 12 and $30 per child ages 5 to 8. For reservations, call 875-5888.

Gannon’s: A Pacific View Restaurant in Wailea will offer lots of seating, and stellar ocean and island views at its Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chefs will slice meats at the carving station, flip omelets to order, toss fresh island salads, and bake desserts galore. There will also be mimosas and champagne. Other highlights are shrimp and crab cocktail martinis; Hawaiian ahi poke; short rib hash and ice cream sundae bar. Cost is $46 for adults and $18.85 for keiki 6 to 9. Call Gannon’s at 875-8080.


Moms will love the live music and the all-you-can-eat brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes in Kahului.

Chefs will hand carve roast prime rib of beef and make omelets to order with jumbo shrimp, bacon and mushrooms. Hot highlights include sauteed island mahimahi in ginger butter, served with papaya salsa; chicken and seafood paella; roasted pork; and mac-nut crusted chicken with lemon-caper-butter sauce.

Devour chocolate fondue; apple-mango cobbler; Bananas Foster and fresh seasonal tropical fruit and berries. Cost is $36 per adult and $18 for keiki 4 and older. Reservations are always highly recommended. Call 877-0073.

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

Maui Beach Hotel in Kahului will entice mothers with an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet in the Elleair Ballroom with seatings from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and then 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Pile your plates with Rolando’s crab and broccoli, three-bean salad, Mandarin oranges, California roll, peel-and-eat shrimp and island poke.

Asian-inspired hot entrees are chicken Alfredo; baked white fish in black-bean sauce; shrimp Canton; vegetable tempura; fried noodles and beef Mongolian. Chefs will also carve roast prime rib and serve with au jus.

The dessert station features coconut cake, dark chocolate cake and strawberry cheesecake. Cost is $39.95 for adults and $19.95 for children 6 to 11. Gratuity will be added. For reservations, call 872-9315.

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

Choose from the brunch buffet with seatings starting at 8:30 a.m.; or the dinner buffet starting at 5 p.m.

Both will get you in the mood for food with salad bar, fresh ahi poke, crab legs, shrimp cocktails, prime rib and omelet stations, salmon steaks and shrimp tortellini.

You may also indulge desserts, such as fresh fruits, mousses, pies and cakes. Cost of Kahili’s brunch buffet is $34 for adults (and $36.95 for dinner buffet). Children 6 to 12 get half off and both. Call 242-6000.

Just up the hill from Kahili in the West Maui mountains is its sister restaurant, the private King Kamehameha Golf Club, which will open it doors for a special Mother’s Day brunch at 9 a.m. this Sunday with many of the same offerings as Kahili.

But you’ll find additions such as mahimahi stuffed with crab, cheeses and applewood-smoked bacon. Cost is $36 per adult and half off for children 6 to 12. Call 243-1024.

Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia will serve its famous breakfast all day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a limited lunch menu after 11 a.m.

Every Sunday, the Bloody Mary Bar is popular. The house pours your choice of vodka or tequila (Bloody Maria) and you get the glass and add your pick of mixes. Owner Jonathan Herman also says he will pour $4 glasses of champagne and $6 with fresh strawberries.

Breakfast specials are mango-coconut French toast with guava puree and fresh whipped cream; meat lover’s frittata with rosemary potatoes; and crab cake Benedict. Prices are $12 to $13. The regular menu is also available. Call 579-8085 or visit

Upcountry Moms will want to saddle up to Hali’imaile General Store’s annual Mother’s Day brunch to be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Breakfast fare includes herb-scrambled eggs, applewood smoked bacon, French toast with maple syrup and pineapple Portuguese sausage.

Salad lovers will find watermelon with feta and mint; white beans with artichoke and smoked chicken; Nicoise with fresh tuna and deviled eggs; and coconut shrimp soba in Oriental dressing.

Get to the meat of the matter with roast pork tacos; sliced ham with pineapple chutney; and prime rib. An ice cream sundae bar and assorted cupcakes will make Mom’s day.

Cost is $42 per person and $18 per child for the all-you-can-eat brunch. For reservations, call HGS at 572-2666.

* You may view Dining Editor Carla Tracy’s Side Orders column online this week on her “As Maui Dines” blog. Visit