Dining Out

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

CELEBRATION of the ARTS

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 ...

Chef de Cuisine Michael Lofaro of Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a at Grand Wailea will be among 12 top Maui chefs at the afternoon Grand Taste serving locavore foods centered around one ingredient. Tickets are $30 when purchased by Friday or $40 at the door. The rest of the ag fest is nominally priced and family friendly with admission priced at $5 for adults and free for seniors and keiki. Visit www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org.
• Maui County /Agricultural Festival photo

Ag Fest

Hundreds of Maui residents and visitors will stampede into Waikapu from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the Maui County Agricultural Festival. As usual, it’s a great affair to attend with your family and friends. Bring eco-friendly shopping bags and your appetites as well. Maui’s prime ...

Sommelier Caleb Hopkins is the new general manager of Down the Hatch. Down the Hatch photo

Down the Hatch

What do you get when you mix good, ol’ Southern hospitality with Hawaiian aloha spirit? The answer is the warm and welcoming feel exuding from the Georgia-born owners and the staff of Down the Hatch and sister outlet Breakwall Shave Ice at Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina. “At Down the ...

Brothers Damien Nestor (left) and Phillip Nestor (right) toast to Mulligans on the Blue owner Mike O’Dwyer with dark, velvety Guinness on tap. Mulligans on the Blue photo

SLAINTE!

Looking for that pot of fun at the end of the Maui rainbow? Then say, “Slainte!” Irish for “to good health!” at St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in select establishments islandwide. Do wear green, or you may just get pinched. And brush up on famous Emerald Isle songs from “Molly ...

Star Noodle’s Chef Cesar Perez (left) and Robert Gotfredson with famous Vietnamese crepes and more. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Star Noodle beefs up reservation line

A few years ago, Star Noodle began to take reservations for six or more. But now, even couples may make them for date night and business people may reserve a lunch spot for two. “Reservations have really been picking up,” says manager Robert Gotfredson. “So many people want to dine here ...

Select specialty sushi rolls cost $5 at happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Wharf Cinema Center photo

The Wharf rolls out Shaka Sushi

The same mother-and-daughter team that brought back exotic Thai food to Front Street in Lahaina last year, is at it again. The owners of Tiki Tiki Thai Cuisine, mother Panompon “Pon” Jares and daughter Parichart Chahong, have opened Shaka Sushi Maui at The Wharf Cinema Center near their ...