Maui rings in the new year

There is something for every taste this New Year’s Eve.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort celebrates New Year’s Eve with a scrumptious tapas buffet along with champagne and balloon drops at both 10 p.m. and midnight in the Molokini Bar & Grill.

The event also includes live entertainment and dancing to the soulful Natalie Nicole Band till 12:30 a.m.

The food service will run from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and you may savor tapas from around the world. As the new year approaches, head to the Italian station for the crisp calamari, Caprese salad and freshly pulled mozzarella. Then make a stop in France for a hearty Beurre Monte butter-poached lobster tails, and filet mignon with truffles, shallot and wild mushrooms.

You’ll also find Asia well represented with crisp pork belly with bao buns, dim sum, sushi and sashimi, and hibachi grilled lamb, shrimp, beef, pork, fish and vegetables with salsas and sauces such as chimichurri, yuzu kosho and raita.

The piece de resistance will be the death by chocolate station with flambes, fondues and creme brulee.

Cost is $99 per adult and $50 per child ages 5 to 12 (plus tax and tip). Reservations are requested. Call 875-5888 or visit

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will be the place to ring in 2016 with a celebration full of friends and aloha. The resort’s Black Rock Kitchen will offer a five-course tasting menu of fresh seafood and locally grown ingredients created by Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Rayno.

There will be early seatings at 5:30 and 6 p.m. at a cost of $150 per person; and later seatings at 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. at $250 per person that will also include one glass of champagne, party favors and entry into the New Year’s Eve White Party in the Sheraton Maui ballroom.

The White Party will get you dancing with five DJs, light shows and a surprise around midnight. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the party goes until 3 a.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. For those 21 and older only. For reservations, call the Oahu event line at (808) 921-4600.

Situated on a knoll at the north end of Keawakapu Beach in Kihei, 5 Palms at the Mana Kai resort will dish up fireworks views and a three-course tasting menu with choices.

For instance, begin with a choice of the Forbidden Poke with ahi toro, Kahuku sea asparagus, kalamansi lime jus and forbidden rice or chilled Maine lobster salad with charred hearts of palm and blood orange sauce.

Entree choices are seared beef tenderloin and Hudson Valley foie grass with grilled persimmon, truffle jus, thyme chip and seared Alii mushrooms; Zarzuella de Fuego of seafood, white beans and saffron butter; porcini-crusted ahi with shiitake bacon and sauteed kale; or roasted moi with Kula sweet corn. Dessert will be Hawaiian chocolate Marquise.

First seating is from 5 to 6:30 p.m at $99.95 for adults; and $50 for kids younger than 12. Second seating is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $149 for adults; and $75 for kids younger than 12. For reservations at 5 Palms, call 879-2607.

The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will take its party to the rooftop. Ring in the new year with a Tour of the Stars Party from 11 p.m. to midnight with champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and party favors. Cost is $50 per person. The Hyatt restaurants Japengo, Umalu and Son’z Steakhouse will all be serving dinner earlier in the evening. Call 667-4727.

Come for dancing, party favors and to view the fireworks from your perch in Grand Wailea’s Grand Dining Room situated on Wailea Beach. The party goes from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for those 21 and older. Enjoy the live music by Espresso, sweet and savory pupu, champagne toast at midnight and a cash bar.

Dive into a raw bar with oysters, shrimp, snow crab with lemons and sauces; smoked salmon quiche topped with caviar creme fraiche; gourmet grilled cheese and pommes frites station; mini mac ‘n’ cheese with crisp pancetta; burgers; and desserts such as sorbet made with liquid nitrogen champagne pearls and more. Cost is $95 for the general public and $85 for hotel guests.

Prefer to dine earlier? The Grand Wailea will feature a three-course feast at Humu for $100 per person with wine pairing. Entree choices are crispy mahimahi, half-roasted Punahick hen, filet mignon, fresh monchong and opakapaka.

The Grand’s Bistro Molokini will also do a three-course menu with wild arugula salad, stuffed veal or mac-nut crusted snapper and dessert. Cost is $65 per person. For Grand Wailea reservations, call 891-3311.