Dining Out

Last year, Maui Film Festival at Wailea’s Taste of Summer boasted sunset views. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Maui Film Festival at Wailea

Grand Wailea — A Waldorf Astoria Resort is always in the spotlight, this time as a repeat official launch venue for Maui Film Festival at Wailea. Its oh-so grand beachside Molokini Lawn will set the stage for the star-studded Taste of Summer from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with sunset views, cool ...

The Seafood Festival will be fluid fun Sunday night at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • KAPALUA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL photo

Kapalua WINE & FOOD Festival

Want to schmooze famous winemakers such as Karl Wicka of Turley and Scott Shirley of Justin? How about guest culinarians such as the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” Cat Cora? More than 40 top wine producers will be on hand today through Sunday to showcase their vintages at the 36th Kapalua ...

Ferraro’s new Chef de Cuisine Justin Purpura showcases his signature rigatoni and Italian sausage with fennel, piperade, broccolini, pecorino fondue and garlic crumb; branzino is flown in whole from the Mediterranean; oceanfront seating is romantic.
The Maui News/CARLA TRACY photo

Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante

I’ve said it before and I’ll be happy to say it again. “Run, don’t walk to Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante,” the award-winning Italian hot spot perched on an oceanfront bluff above Wailea Beach. Every single bite on a recent visit was off the charts in taste, presentation, texture and ...

Montage Kapalua Bay will set the oceanfront stage for the Grand Tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. June 9. Food and drink will be plentiful, including booths with an array of international wines and gourmet food by resort chefs.
Kapalua Wine & Food Festival photo

The Grand Tasting

The highly anticipated Kapalua Wine & Food Festival will be uncorked from June 8 to 11. The 36th annual extravaganza promises to be another spectacular gathering of top winemakers and culinary superstars from afar and near. The kick-off Grand Tasting gala hosted by www.hawaii.com on the ...

Hometown Barbecue pit-master/owner Billy Durney of New York City will wow with wood-grilled Colorado lamb. Photo courtesy Grand Wailea

It’s barbecue time: Tickets now on sale for Fire it Up!

The music alone will be reason enough to go there. Hawaii recording greats such as Makana and Cyril Pahinui will perform and James Beard Award-winning chef and Las Vegas restaurateur Hubert Keller will spin as a deejay. Yes, Grand Wailea will pull out all of the stops for an exhilarating ...

Sous Chef David Koenig (left) and Chef/Operations Manager Judah Secunda go back decades of working together both on Maui and in the kitchens of oil rigs around the world. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Wailea Kitchen & Tap

Even back when it was called Joe’s, its hideaway location was always one of the main attractions. Now that Wailea Kitchen & Tap has taken over in the spot tucked above resort hotels, condos and The Shops at Wailea, it still is a “secret spot.” But Wailea Kitchen & Tap is ...

Hawaiian culture and tradition is alive at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, where an all-you-can-eat Father’s Day brunch is on the front burner June 18 with music by Lahui. Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel photo

New logo, Father’s Day brunch brewing

Renowned through the island chain as the “Most Hawaiian Hotel,” Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel is unveiling a fresh branding approach with a redesigned logo that pays homage to its heritage and deep Hawaiian roots. The new look centers around the kukui-nut lei, which holds meaningful ...

Ruth’s Chris Steak House hostesses Mary Lynn Johannes (left) and Makena Hogan; CARLA TRACY photo

Restaurant Week: Wailea

It’ll cost you way more than a Happy Meal. But if you are craving a gourmet multi-course feast served in one of Wailea’s top restaurants at a discounted cost with Maui Food Bank as the beneficiary, then it’s time to pick up the iPhone and make reservations or jump online to ...

Executive Chef Ikaika Manaku of the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas flames a garlic beef dish on the grill to sear in the juices. Westin Nanea Ocean Villas photo

Mauka Makai

From the mountains to the ocean is the menu concept at the new Mauka Makai, which celebrated its grand opening Friday at the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, the newest resort on island. In fact, the Hawaiian word mauka means “toward the mountains” and makai refers to the vicinity of the ocean, ...

Grand Wailea Executive Chef Ryan Urig and wife Jennifer with sons Ryder, 6, and Cruise, 3. The hotel will pull out all of the stops for Mother’s Day brunch. You may also treat Mom to an annual Spa Grande membership with monthly massage or facial for $115 per month. Grand Wailea photo

Mother’s Day: OMG! She does know BEST!

OMG! —as it turns out, Mom was right about everything — including not to text during a family feast, especially on Mother’s Day. Mom is also right in wanting to be treated to a meal out and you will do her an honor by giving your full attention. Just remember Mother’s Day Sunday is ...

Fred’s Mexican Cafe’s food runner Mariano Vasquez (at left) and Restaurant Manager Tessa Caskey get in the Cinco de Mayo mood. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Cinco de Mayo

On Friday, the fifth of May, Maui eateries will be swinging like pinatas from Fred’s Mexican Cafe in South Kihei to little Nachos Grande in Honokowai. Manana, Cinco de Mayo will be smokin’ hot as a chipotle at restaurants and you may savor the whole enchilada, from authentic Mexican foods ...

Executive Chef Alex Stanislaw served fresh onaga that was running on a recent visit. CARLA TRACY photo

Sea House

Do you know that Sea House is so close to Napili Bay, it’s just a rubber slipper toss away? Its close proximity to this scenic and pristine beach is unrivaled anywhere on the island of Maui. The location was grandfathered in when Napili Kai Beach Resort first opened more than 50 years ago ...

Participating in May Day festivities on Monday will be Westin’s Kafa Grijalva (from left), Corienne Keanini, Melissa Los Banos, Jasmine McCoy and Gresilda Harrison. Westin Maui Resort & Spa photo

May Day

May Day is Lei Day on Monday. It budded as a holiday in Hawaii back in1929, and it continues to bloom to this day. Islanders across the state commonly celebrate by giving gifts of lei to one another. Each island has its own symbol that is a color and a flower. For example, Maui is a pink ...

Owners are Nepal natives Tirtha “Raj” Luitel and  wife Danta Luitel, who also run two other Kamana Kitchens on the Big Island. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Kamana Kitchen

Craving chicken tikka Masala, coconut fish curry and crispy papadams? No problem. Maui just got more international with the recent opening of Kamana Kitchen near Foodland in Kihei by a family of seasoned Nepalese restaurateurs. Now, it’s easy to be transported into the heart of northern ...

World-famous chef and owner Roy Yamaguchi. Photo by Carla Tracy

Humble Market Kitchin presents MACC fundraiser

The name Humble Market Kitchin may be modest. But it’s a spectacular restaurant in size, design and cuisine and it’s also icing on the cake of a $100 million renovation at the former Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa owned by Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. Now called Wailea Beach ...

New Chef de Cuisine Maggie King hugs longtime Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Plantation House

So many things are cooking at Plantation House in Kapalua that it’s hard to decide where to begin this story in the swirl of fun, food and activities. Of course, longtime Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez, who has cooked for “Iron Chef” Morimoto and at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, is the calm ...

Montage Kapalua Bay will offer three dining options for Easter from an a la carte  brunch and dinner buffet in its Cane & Canoe to a private affair in the famed Cliff House.
* Montage Kapalua Bay photo

Easter Eats

As usual, seats are selling out faster for Easter Sunday than a hare can hop. So follow the hare’s lead instead of straggling behind like the tortoise to make reservations. Chefs are pulling 24-carrot gold feasts out of their hats at Maui’s top restaurants and they aim to please. WEST ...

Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners Lopaka Aiwohi (from left), The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Cultural Advisor Clifford Nae‘ole and Kainoa Horcajo partake in an awa ceremony. 
• The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua photo


The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua not only marks a quarter of a century in 2017 as a top destination resort on Maui, but its signature cultural event will return more inspiring than ever for the 25th consecutive year in a row. The theme for the 2017 Celebration of the Arts event is “Wahi Mahalo . . ...

The Maui Poke Challenge will be one of the highlights Saturday. There is still time to enter to win prizes in the fresh fish mixed contest. 
•  Grand Wailea photo

Let’s Fish & Poi together

Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center and HMSA present Let’s Fish & Poi Together local-style festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kahului mall. Highlights include the Maui Poke Challenge; a boat expo by Valley Isle Marine Center; outreach and education by isle ocean-related nonprofit ...

Culinary Arts student Jason Agbayani plates food as practice for the Famous Festivals event.
•  Photo courtesy UH-Maui College

Festival foods highlighted at UH-Maui College event

University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts’ Garde Manger students will present a buffet event from 5 to 7 p.m. April 13. What is garde manger, you ask? It’s the preparation of foods such as pates, terrines and appetizers from a cold pantry. Next Thursday’s event will highlight the ...