Mother’s Day: Treat her to a special meal at one of Maui’s restaurants

Show Mom how much she’s loved

Beautiful views and gentle tradewinds off sun-swept Keawakapu Beach makes 5 Palms Restaurant a Mother’s Day favorite. 5 Palms Restaurant photo

Mothers have been ceremoniously honored in every culture at least as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans. Can you imagine how much the celebrations have changed since then or even just since the first Mother’s Day was celebrated in the U.S. back in the early 1900s? The second Sunday in May date for the holiday was made official here in 1914. And it’s definitely a safe bet that every one of those celebrations has included delicious food and maybe some great entertainment to boot. It’s a busy, busy day for our Island eateries, so please make a choice — and a reservation — right away.


“Sumptuous” is the only word to describe the bountiful Mother’s Day brunch at DUO, located poolside at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea. You can indulge breakfast cravings with omelets made to order, pancakes, waffles and French toast.

An abundant display of appetizers and salads will include spiced orange salad, glass noodle salad, saffron potato and green bean salad, freshly sliced charcuterie and much more.

Chefs will be on hand to carve kiawe-smoked rib of beef, slow-roasted lamb shoulder and whole tandoori organic Mary’s chicken.

Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s extreme Mother’s Day brunch is “over-the-top” delicious. Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel photo

There’ll be a fish market with oysters, lobster tails, crab claws, poached prawns, ono crudo, poke and sushi. And there’ll be small plates, entrees and a dizzying assortment of desserts including an “action station” serving up banana souffle and Grand Marnier souffle with yummy toppings.

Brunch runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $113 for adults and $41 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. There is an additional cost of $20 for the Bloody Mary and Mimosa station. And there’s a generous 20 percent kamaaina discount.

Call the Four Seasons concierge for reservations at 874-2201. And if you’d like to spend the night, the hotel is offering special room rates starting at $369, with 20 percent off any spa or salon treatment from May 11 through Mother’s Day, May 13.  

It will be a grand Mother’s Day buffet in the Grand Dining Room Maui at The Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Brunch on breakfast choices like Grand Wailea Benedict, Nutella pancakes and omelets made to order.

There will be a seafood table and cold selections including cheeses, charcuterie, fresh fruit and salads. Entree selections include Meyer lemon ravioli, Kona lobster mac and cheese, Wagyu beef cheeks, and a carving station featuring roasted prime rib, passion fruit-glazed pork belly and whole Hawaiian snapper.

Desserts range from Caribe chocolate tart to pineapple brown butter cake and everything in between. Brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $95 for adults and $45 for children ages 6 to 12 years old; it is complimentary for children under age 5. Call for restaurant reservations at 875-1234, ext. 2500.

Both Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations — one upstairs in The Shops at Wailea and the other in Outlets of Maui in Lahaina — will open one hour early on Mother’s Day. Starting at 4 p.m., you can treat mom to a dinner of steak-house classics. Start with a crisp Caesar or Ruth’s Chris chop salad; then enjoy a filet, ribeye or T-bone steak for which the restaurant has become nationally renowned.

Plenty of seafood choices, too, and, of course, classic sides like creamed spinach, baked potato, roasted Brussels sprouts and lobster mac and cheese. Save room for the signature white chocolate bread pudding or the classic creme brulee or cheesecake.

All moms who dine will receive a $25 dining card good on a future purchase. Cards will be distributed on both May 12 and Mother’s Day, May 13. For reservations in Wailea, call 874-8880; for Lahaina reservations, call 661-8815.

Located oceanfront at the Mana Kai Maui Resort, 5 Palms Restaurant offers stunning views and gentle tradewinds along with its Mother’s Day brunch buffet.

You’ll find a lavish raw bar with chilled seafood, sushi and sashimi displays, fresh catch with oven-dried, vine-ripened tomatoes and crispy capers, and carved-to-order orange and honey-glazed pork, prime rib, and garlic-roasted leg of lamb.

The abundant buffet will also include made-to-order omelets, fresh catch, freshly baked breads and pastries, chef’s farmhouse cheese and charcuterie boards, salads, tropical fruit, eggs Benedict and hot American breakfast selections and, of course, delectable desserts.

Diners may enjoy one complimentary Mimosa per person. Brunch hours are from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $49.95 from 8 to 9 a.m.; $59.95 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and $29.95 for children 12 years old and younger. Reservations are required. Call 879-2607.

There are two delicious ways to honor your mom at the Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui in Wailea. First, you may treat her to brunch at Ko, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant.

The buffet table will be laden with salads, seafood and desserts. Teardrop tomato, bocconcini, micro basil and extra virgin olive oil; kale and tofu with ginger peanut dressing; roasted vegetables; fresh fruit and berries; crab legs; shrimp ceviche; and spicy ahi poke are just some of the selections.

There will be an assortment of Ko- inspired desserts. The brunch also includes one breakfast entree per person, and the choices range from crab cake Benedict, to buttermilk waffle, volcano-spiced shrimp or Korean sweet potato noodles.

Brunch hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $65 per person and $32 for children between 6 and 12 years old. Price includes a flower for mom. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 875-4100, ext. 290.

You might choose to bring mom to the Lobby Mezzanine between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for “Cocktails & Color,” which the hotel describes as “fresh bites, fresh sips and a fresh face.” Call the Willow Stream Spa at 875-2229 for reservations.

For a real splurge, “Malama Your Mama” on certain dates in May with a luxurious suite staycation. Phone 875-4100 for details on exclusive kamaaina rates and dates.


You have two great buffet choices in Waikapu. Kahili Restaurant will feature a cold table, entree choices including baked chicken parmesan with roasted Roma tomato coulis; pepper-crusted salmon filet with shiitake mushrooms, as well as breakfast meats, rice, mashed potatoes and green beans.

Garlic-herb roast prime rib will be carved to order; omelets will be made to order and, of course, there’ll be plenty of desserts.

Kaniala Masoe will provide the entertainment. There will be two seatings: 9 a.m. and noon. Cost is $39.95 per person and $19.95 for children 10 years and younger; complimentary for children 3 years and younger. Reservations are required. Call 242-6000 or visit

Next door at The King Kamehameha Golf Club, a bountiful buffet will include lots of salads, a prime rib carving station, omelets made to order and such tasty entree choices such as steamed snapper with ginger and cilantro drizzled with sesame oil and shoyu; veal piccata with angel hair noodles; and baked chicken breast with roasted tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto.

Yes, lots of sweets here, too.

Ron Kuala’au will lend his lovely voice to the occasion. Two seatings are available: 9 a.m. and noon. Cost is $43.95 per person and $22 for children 10 years old and younger. Reservations are required. Call 866-5025 or visit www.maui

Genki Sushi in Maui Mall has a great idea for Mother’s Day. Pick up a Bento-To-Go for each member of your family and celebrate at the beach, park or even in your own backyard.

It’s easy. Select your fried item — garlic chicken, chicken karaage, squid karaage or chicken katsu. Select your sushi item — inari, California roll, kappa maki, ume make, oshinko maki or kanpyo maki — and you’re all set.

Bentos are just $7.99 each. You may choose spicy tuna or ahi poke instead of sushi for an additional $1.50.

Located in the Maui Mall in Kahului. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information or to order a bento, call 873-7776.

You can treat your mom to homemade baked goods from Home Maid Bakery on Lower Main Street in Wailuku. Choose from special Mother’s Day decorated cakes and cupcakes as well as its always delicious cakes, pies and hot malasadas. You can even order a personalized, customized “photo” cake for mom.

Please order custom cakes at least five days before pick-up date. Cake sizes start at 8 inches and go up to a full sheet cake. Prices range from $13 to $75. Home Maid Bakery is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For information or to place an order, call 244-7015.

Seascape Restaurant at the Maui Ocean Center offers lovely Maalaea Harbor views and live entertainment along with its Mother’s Day buffet.

There will be a salad bar featuring locally harvested mixed greens, grilled vegetables, poke and kimchee shrimp. Breakfast brunchers can choose the frittata with roasted peppers and onions, applewood-smoked bacon and Portuguese sausage.

Lunch entrees include garlic and rosemary-scented prime rib; roasted chicken caprese; pan-sauteed mahimahi topped with shrimp scampi; roasted pork tenderloin with Afritada sauce; and zucchini lasagna with goat cheese and roasted tomato sauce.

The dessert table will feature indulgent sweets and fresh fruit.

Three seatings are available: 9 and 11 a.m., and 1p.m. Cost is $59.99 per person and $24.99 for children ages 3 to 12; complimentary for children under 3 years old.

Dinner service with the regular dinner menu will be served from 5 to 9 p.m. Sorry, no Happy Hour on Mother’s Day. Reservations are required. Call 270-7068.

Everyone who loves breakfast — and who doesn’t? — loves Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia. And what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than letting the experts cook mom’s breakfast on her special day?

In addition to the regular menu, these specials will be offered: fresh fish Benedict with lemon thyme hollandaise sauce; Maui waffle with whipped cream, mac nuts, bananas and homemade coconut syrup; and Upcountry frittata made with local ‘Oko’a Farms cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, Surfing Goat chevre and house-smoked Canadian bacon.

Charley’s will open for breakfast at 7 a.m. on Mother’s Day. For information, call 579-8085. Charley’s does not take reservations.

Iconic Mama’s Fish House in Kuau is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and if you hurry, you might be able to snag a table for Mother’s Day. Reservations are a must. Call 579-8488 or visit


Treat mom to an elegant brunch buffet at the beautiful Cane & Canoe restaurant at the Montage Kapalua Bay.

Start with an array of salads, cheeses, fresh fruits and a cold smoked salmon display.

Breakfast items include Hawaiian sweet bread French toast, mochi pancakes and a build-your-own omelet station.

There’ll be a raw bar. Whole roasted beef tenderloin and glazed Berkshire ham will be carved to order.

Plenty of goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth, too, including Kula carrot cupcakes, malasadas, housemade cookies and macaroons and more.

Brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $68 per person and $37 for children from 5 to 12 years old; complimentary for children 4 years and younger. Reservations are required. Call 662-6681 or visit

Swan Court at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa will offer a lavish buffet on Mother’s Day.

While overlooking the resort’s beautiful Oriental Gardens and swimming swans, you’ll enjoy a variety of breakfast foods, fresh fruit and pastries, fresh salads, hot dishes including prime rib and bacon-wrapped pork loin from action stations and desserts.

Menu highlights include Surfing Goat-cheese egg white with zuchini and tomato frittata; red velvet pancakes with sour cream icing and maple syrup; a deconstructed California roll and spicy tuna, mahimahi and much more.

Brunch hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $69 per person and $35 for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Reservations are required. Call 667-4727 or visit

Take mom to brunch on the beach at Hula Grill. The restaurant, located beachfront at Whalers Village in the Ka’anapali Beach resort, is offering a la carte brunch service from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Menu highlights include Big Island macadamia nut pancakes; Molokai French toast made from Molokai sweet bread; kiawe-grilled shrimp and grits with pickled Maui onion; and braised short rib loco moco.

In addition to the delicious food, you’ll enjoy live music and hula. Reservations are recommended by calling 667-6636 or visiting

At Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Kapalua, Master Sushi Chef Masa will pull out all the stops and feature fresh bluefin tuna from Japan — akami (red meat), chutoro (medium fatty) and otoro (the fattiest part of the belly) will all be available.

From the main kitchen, you can choose a special four-course menu. Kula tomato gazpacho with local avocado and snow crab bruschetta with fried quail egg and lemon-pressed olive oil; cucumber and salmon roll with wasabi cream and pickled strawberries; porcini and herb-crusted Hawaiian snapper with tatsoi and shimeji mushrooms, Molokai sweet potato puree and sauce beurre rouge; and decadent chocolate mousse with three-berry compote, honey granola and Chambord chantilly.

Price is $35.95 for the special menu, and it will be available in addition to Sansei’s regular extensive dinner menu.

Dinner is served from 5:15 to 10 p.m. For reservations, call 669-6286 or visit www.sanseihawaii .com/kapalua.

You can show mom how much you appreciate her by taking her to brunch at Mauka Makai, the award-winning restaurant at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas.

Delight in a colorful buffet with an array of breakfast favorites, desserts and uniquely crafted cuisine such as the pineapple vanilla salad, lemongrass-poached shrimp, fresh crab legs, prime rib and much, much more.

And there’ll be live entertainment, too. Mother’s Day brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $62 per person and $31 for children; complimentary for children 5 years and younger. Valet parking is complimentary. For reservations, call 662-6400 or visit

At the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, both Auntie’s Kitchen and Pulehu, an Italian Grill will offer Mother’s Day specials in addition to their regular menus. At Auntie’s Kitchen, the special is grilled New Zealand rack of lamb with sweet potato mash, rainbow chard, jalepeno mint vinaigrette and crispy goat cheese pineapple mustard relish for $36. The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pulehu, an Italian Grill will offer a luscious pasta special of sweet pea and lemon ravioli with roasted fennel crema and marinated tomatoes for $30. A delightful dessert of lilikoi panna cotta with guava coulis, mint, and fresh berries will cost $12. The restaurant serves dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.

For reservations at either Auntie’s Kitchen or Pulehu, call 667-3254 or visit

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is known for many things — being Maui’s most Hawaiian hotel, the embodiment of Hawaiian values … and staging extreme holiday brunch buffets.

So, if “over-the-top” is what you’re looking for, look no further. Mother’s Day brunch menu highlights include smoked bacon, broccoli and cranberry salad; ginger chicken salad; all kinds of poke and sushi; shrimp scampi linguini; lobster mac and cheese; sauteed salmon with vodka cream; chicken cordon bleu; homemade lau lau; carved-to-order slow roasted prime rib; passion fruit-glazed ham; and much, much more.

The dessert station will feature a chocolate fountain with fruit skewers, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and cakes, cakes and more cakes.

Every mother will receive a rose. Live entertainment provided by Lahui with emcee KPOA’s “Morning Goddess,” the fabulous Alaka’i Paleka.

Brunch will be served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $58 per person and $25 for children 6 through 12 years; children 5 years and younger are complimentary with a paying adult. Reservations are required. Call 667-0124 or visit

You can cook a seafood feast for mom’s special day … and Maui Prime Fine Foods will do ALL the work. This wonderful Lahaina shop featuring all manner of gourmet foods recommends their Maui Steamer Pots for Mother’s Day.

The pot is filled with your choice of seafood combination including lobster, clams, mussels and shrimp, the shop’s signature white wine broth, a baguette for dipping, fresh local corn on the cob, even the garlic and the seasoning. All you have to do is steam it on your stove or grill for 30 minutes and it’s ready. And when you’ve finished your feast, you get to keep the pot.

Prices range from $85 to $155, and serve from two to six people. Call to order at least one day in advance, 661-4912.

The shop is located at 142 Kupuohi St. in Lahaina. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will present its Mother’s Day buffet in The Anuenue Room. And this brunch has a charming feature — the hotel chefs honor their moms by cooking their own childhood favorites.

Some examples include Chef April Matsumoto’s leg of lamb roast with honey mustard and rosemary, fried Morel mushrooms and white asparagus; Chef Kenny’s seared opakapaka, Portuguese bean stew with ham hock shanks and watercress-Brussels sprout salad; Chef Meredith’s seafood enchiladas with chili verde; and Chef Aaron’s braised red wine beef short ribs shepherd’s pie with mushrooms and root vegetables.

The rest of the buffet will include seafood stations, a sushi station, breakfast specialties, carved-to-order lamb and roast beef, a crepe station, a waffle bar, desserts and much more.

Children will enjoy a fondant flower making class. And everyone will enjoy the dessert station and live music.

Brunch buffet runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $88 per person and $34 for children ages 5 to 12 years; complimentary for children under 5.

Complimentary valet parking is available. Kamaaina rate is available with valid Hawaii driver’s license. Call 665-7089 for reservations.