Pa‘ina at Keka‘a

Dig into Maui-style take on classic clambakes at the Sheraton in July

Savor crowd-pleasing clams, corn on the cob, shrimp, mussels and more. Photo courtesy Sheraton

Savor crowd-pleasing clams, corn on the cob, shrimp, mussels and more. Photo courtesy Sheraton

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is once again bringing a festive summertime celebration to Kaanapali with Pa’ina at Keka’a, a Maui-style take on the East Coast’s classic clambake.

The Hawaiian word, “paina” formerly was used to mean a feast until it was replaced by “luau” in more modern times. Pu’u Keka’a is the name of the black rock lava peninsula that fronts the Sheraton.

The seasonal Pa’ina at Keka’a offering kicks off Tuesday on the Fourth of July with additional nights on Sundays to include July 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The resort is partnering with Lahaina-based Kohola Brewery on the new dinner experience, which will take place at the resort’s signature restaurant Black Rock Kitchen from 5:30 to 9 p.m., with live entertainment from local duo Brian & Meryl.

Created by the resort’s newly appointed Executive Chef Lyndon Honda, the Pa’ina at Keka’a menu will highlight a blend of coastal favorites, including clams, shrimp, mussels, crawfish, corn on the cob, potatoes and Portuguese sausage simmered in a Kohola Brewery beer broth, which features the brewery’s Kai Ala Belgian-style farmhouse ale with grainy-sweet flavors and spicy, citrusy notes.

Not a seafood lover? Chicken, baby-back ribs and steak will also be barbecued on the grill.

“Clambakes are a summertime culinary tradition, and we are excited to bring this fun, seasonal offering to our guests, visitors and locals,” says Mireille Tardif, hotel manager for Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

“Pa’ina at Keka’a is about celebrating summer with friends and family while enjoying live music, fresh seafood, barbecue favorites and craft beers.”

The Fourth of July kick-off event will be a larger holiday celebration with keiki activities from 3 to 5:30 p.m., which will include lawn games, face painting, crafts, an inflatable jumping castle, and the resort’s annual Lucky Duck Race, with the proceeds from the race benefitting the StarWish program, a fundraising endeavor that provides scholarships for Maui youth.

“We’re doing Pa’ina at Keka’a in the true clambake style, family style with all of the food placed in the middle of the table,” says Executive Chef Honda. “And you may order desserts a la carte.

Adding to the ambience are Sheraton’s iconic evening torch lighting and cliff dive ceremonies that occur during Kaanapali’s vibrant sunsets. Through it all, Kohola Brewery will take over the taps at Black Rock Kitchen and musicians Brian & Meryl will keep the mood lively.

• Pa’in a at Keka’a: Maui take on clambakes are presented outdoors from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Fourth of July, as well as Sundays July 9, 16, 23 and 30.

• How much: Cost is $55 per adult (includes one local beer) and $25 per child ages 6 to 12, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are encouraged. Call 662-8059 or visit www.sheraton-maui.com.

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