Dining Out

Chef de Cuisine Michael Lofaro (first photo) of the rebranded Humuhumu takes a break from the kitchen and as host of the Emmy Award-winning “Search Hawaii: Where Food Meets Culture”; the Humuhumu lounge (second photo) is the hotel’s new hangout; signature cocktails include the Grand featuring Ron Zacapa 23-year-old Rum (third photo); tomato salad (fourth photo) with local goat cheeses and smoked Kula strawberry kiawe molasses; and spicy beef salad (fifth photo) with tropical fruit escabeche.
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Humuhumu

Grand Wailea: A Waldorf Astoria Resort rolled out its revamped signature restaurant over the holidays for its guests, and now it’s poised for the general public to come and savor it. Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a is still its official name, but  it’s been rebranded as Humuhumu. The name of ...

Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon staff get ready to charge ahead for Super Bowl with fun drinks and pupu. They are servers Juliet Clark (from left) Lindsey Stout, bartender Malia Ness, server Sarah Johnson, hostess Oakley Jackson and general manager Renae Roberts.
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Super Bowl island grinds

On Super Bowl Sunday, when the New England Patriots battle the Atlanta Falcons, Maui establishments will be ready for action. Watch the big game at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and enjoy free admission. Gates open at noon and Willie K will entertain before kickoff at ...

Cheftestant Sheldon Simeon remains on Season 14 of “Top Chef” as a veteran who with the others will test his palate in a blindfolded experiment on the Bravo channel. Will Sheldon  advance past this evening? Stay tuned to find out. “Top Chef” photo

‘TOP CHEF’

With $125,000 to win or lose, Maui’s Sheldon Simeon has a lot at stake as one of the remaining cheftestants on Season 14 of “Top Chef” on the Bravo Channel. Episode 9 of “Top Chef” will air at 7 p.m. today on cable channels 20 or 560. “Top Chef” Season 6 winner Michael ...

The Banyan Tree kitchen staff includes Brenner Duarozan (from left), Chef de Cuisine Alvin Savella, Virgie Cappal, RJ Tumpap and Kha Nguyen. Photos by Carla Tracy and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

Banyan Tree

Before I arrived at the Banyan Tree for dinner last week, I already knew that the meal would be off the charts in taste and presentation. That’s because I was already familiar with new Chef de Cuisine Alvin Savella from when he impressed me at another top West Maui resort. This time ...

At Ichiban Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kahului, owners Henry and Patsy Chan showcase their specialties in the front row as sushi chef Ren Padilla and servers Carol Jaramillo and Anna Pader all relax behind. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Kung Hee Fat Choy

The Year of the Rooster will strut into Maui’s Asian restaurants and stores starting this week with authentic and auspicious tastes sure to please your palate. * Mike’s Hong Kong Bistro, 1900 Main St., Wailuku; 244-7888; www.mikeshongkongbistro.com Now through Feb. 7, Mike’s Hong Kong ...

This waddle of seven African Black-Footed Penguins will be the star of the show at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Penguin Awareness Day at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Resort Life: Penguins in paradise

For the second year in a row, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa will honor  its seven African Black-Footed Penguins on Penguin Awareness Day. The celebration and penguin feeding will take place at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Hyatt  Atrium Lobby at the penguin habitat. Learn more about ...

Montage Kapalua Bay Executive Chef David Viviano will wow lovebirds with feasts for the senses at the Cliff House and at the signature Cane & Canoe. Montage Kapalua Bay photo

Wanna ‘pop the question’ . . . in style?

Love Is In the Air at Montage Kapalua Bay, which is unveiling an exclusive engagement program with the House of Harry Winston — Legendary King of Diamonds. This is a first for the renowned American jeweler to  partner with Montage Hotels & Resorts to deliver this one-of-a-kind ...

Craig Erickson wears a chef’s jacket and also directs food and beverage for the title of CheF&B at Diamond Resort International’s Ka‘anapali Beach Club across from Honokowai Marketplace. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

All in the ‘Ohana

A lot had changed since I’d visited the pink pyramid of a resort that’s known as  Diamond Resort International: Ka‘anapali Beach Club. But I’m sure glad I did as CheF&B Craig Erickson once again impressed with what new items he’s got cooking. A veteran in the industry, ...

Nachos Grande Chef Miguel Reyes makes everything from scratch including his enchiladas and salsas and guacamoles from fresh Kula-grown tomatoes and avocados. CARLA TRACY photo

Nachos Grande

If you want to have “death by salsa” and then come back more alive than you’ve ever felt before with clear mental faculties and sinuses and sweat on your brow, raring to go like a bull about to chase a matador, then dine at Nachos Grande Cantina in West Maui. Situated in its own ...

Chef Craig Erickson of Ka‘anapali Beach Club will present a Christmas Day buffet from 4 to 8 p.m. at the poolside Ohana Bar & Grill at the resort. Savor all you can eat of local and holiday cuisine. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

WARM WISHES!

Getting visions of fresh fish, prime rib and coconut-cream pie dancing in your heads? No worries. ’Tis the season and isle chefs are ready. Just pick up the phone to make your dining reservations at Maui’s hotels and restaurants, and to order pies and other holiday items at awaiting ...

Savor a different creation each day during the 12 Days of Poke at the new Auntie’s Kitchen poolside at the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas now through Dec. 25. These fun poke dishes are add-ons to the regular menu. Westin KOR photo

‘12 Days of Poke’ at Auntie’s Kitchen

The countdown has already begun at the Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas’ new restaurant, Auntie’s Kitchen. Starting yesterday and running through Dec. 25, Auntie’s Kitchen is presenting the 12 Days of Poke with a different featured dish each day in addition to its regular ...

Owner Marco Defanis (from left) and his new General Manager Dan Egnatshick stand in the foyer.  The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Think Marco’s

Wolfing down a hot dog at a big-box store sometimes just doesn’t cut the mustard. For those who want to kick back,  relax in comfort and eat flavorful cuisine  while out and about holiday shopping, think Marco’s Italian Grill & Deli to meet with your family or friends for ...

Culinary experts Diane Stanislaw (wife of chef  Alex Stanislaw of Sea House in Napili) and Will Hawkins are happy to educate you on wine picks, cheese pairings, and getting live Maine lobsters out of the tank. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Maui Prime

Gourmet food lovers will be in heaven for the holidays with Kurobuta bone-in hams; thick and well-marbled prime steaks; and game meats and birds such as venison, quail and pheasant. These coveted holiday foods and much more are all available at Maui Prime Fine Foods in Lahaina. Pick up ...

Four Seasons Resort Maui Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst (left) and General Manager Jean Claude Wietzel in the hotel’s organic garden. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Fluid fun in Wailea

The coveted wines of Patz & Hall will be poured at a special pairing dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the oceanfront Ferraro’s bar e Ristorante at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea. Patz & Hall was founded in 1988 by four talented individuals — Donald Patz, James Hall, ...

Get into the holiday spirit at one or two December experiences at Sugar Beach Events in Kihei. Photo courtesy Sugar Beach Events

Sugar Beach Events puts on Wedding Industry Holiday Party

Sugar Beach Events and Bliss Wedding Design are wooing those in the biz in their third annual Wedding Industry Holiday Party from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Kihei events venue oceanfront at 85 N. Kihei Road. “Let’s ring in the holiday season and be merry,” says Sugar Beach ...

Sushi is raced by the Bullet Train or F-1 Race Car on the two-tier conveyor belt after you order it on a touch-screen pad. Photo courtesy Genki Sushi

Genki Sushi will reopen in Maui Mall with double rails, touch-screen pads

Genki Sushi will unveil its revolutionary double-rail sushi delivery system at the Maui Mall at its grand reopening on Friday. The restaurant has been closed since Aug. 1 for renovation. Diners may check out the premiere of a new double-rail sushi delivery technology complete with a ...

Director of Sales & Marketing Aaron Rego and Director of Food & Beverage Anela Guitierez are leading the charge on many of the changes happening. At the HAPA shows Saturdays, a la carte menu items include mac-nut crusted opakapaka (second photo), pan-roasted steak (third photo) and Caprese salad (fourth photo). The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

New in Waikapu

A whole lot of new of things are shaking in Waikapu at Kahili Restaurant and King Kamehameha Golf Club since Troon took over in June of 2015. The world’s largest golf and hospitality management company, Troon also boasts food and beverage divisions in Kapalua as well as numerous other ...

Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop in tiny Olowalu will be “dessert central” with sweet and savory pies baked by Executive Chef Alex Yago and Pastry Chef Curtis Horka (right). You may preorder now through Monday for pickup Wednesday or Thanksgiving Day. Leoda’s photo

Giving Thanks

WEST SIDE Just a short rubber slipper’s toss to the ocean, Sea House Restaurant at the Napili Kai Beach Resort will dish up spectacular views and Thanksgiving Day a la carte items from 3 to 9 p.m. Executive Chef Alex Stanislaw will roast carrots in soup with young ginger and creme ...

The team from Three’s Bar & Grill is keeping busy with catering events such as Hui No‘eau Wailea Food & Wine Celebration. Photo courtesy Hui No‘eau

Hui No‘eau goes ‘green’ at its 10th food, wine benefit at Hotel Wailea

The Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center is excited to announce a new partnership with the Maui Huliau Foundation to reduce waste at its 10th Annual Hui No‘eau Wailea Food & Wine Celebration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Hotel Wailea. Ticket and silent auction sales directly support ...