Dining Out

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.
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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 ...

The landmark Kapalua restaurant at night dishes up sunset views through the Cook Pines. Pineapple Grill photo

New dinner menu launches at Pineapple Grill in Kapalua

Pineapple Grill Restaurant, situated in the heart of the Kapalua Resort, recently launched Executive Chef Robert Barrera’s specially crafted dinner menu for guests. Signature menu items are thick and juicy Duroc pork chops, seafood risotto, fresh catch over yellow Thai curry and a wide ...

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Executive Sous Chef Chris Lederer at the resort’s Black Rock Kitchen. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa photo

‘Ohana Table

“Families that eat together, stay together” is a quote we’ve all heard before. So is “The fondest memories are often made when you gather with your loved ones around the dinner table.” Now, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali features a new culinary experience with ...

Photos clockwise from left: The resort’s Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst is transporting Oahu’s Chinatown to Maui with dim sum on Saturday nights in the Lobby Lounge. Sushi is also on a roll and the new Maui Gold vodka cocktail stays icy cold in fun copper glasses.
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Dim Sum and then SOME

The Lobby Lounge at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea may be the most underrated restaurant on property. But it’s one of my favorites. The people watching is insanely fun. The craft cocktails are cutting edge. The free olives and nut mix are top notch. The views overlooking the ...

The Sunset Lawn of the Hotel Wailea will set the stage Saturday.
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Taste of School Gardens blooms

Taste of School Gardens will take place once again at Hotel Wailea’s beautiful Sunset Lawn from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday with special dishes inspired by all the good things growing in Maui schools. This event features a bevy of Maui’s premier chefs coming together to support school gardens ...

Japengo Chef de Cuisine Gevin Utrillo (left) and Sushi Chef Jin Hosono will wow Fridays in March with Maui Tastemakers dinners in addition to the a la carte menu.
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Maui Tastemakers

Perched on a bluff overlooking Kaanapali Beach and the ocean beyond at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Japengo is at its pinnacle. The current Best Resort Restaurant in The Maui News’ annual Best of Maui contest, it’s got numerous awards from other publications, spectacular ...

Attendees are all smiles at one of many whale watch cruises during last year’s event. Photo courtesy Whale Trust Maui

Whale Tales

International whale research organization Whale Trust Maui invites the public to the 11th annual Whale Tales from Friday to Sunday at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and on the water from morning to sunset Monday. Over four days, scientists, photographers, filmmakers and conservationists will come ...

Owners Debbi and Stuart Katz enjoy the Surf’s Up pie with housemade mozzarella and handcrafted cocktails on the shady outdoor lanai. Pi Artisan Pizzeria photo

Sauce + Crust = Pi Artisan Pizzeria’s enticing Italian pies

To math-minded readers, “pi” is all about being part of an equation. But to me, it adds up to Pi Artisan Pizzeria in Lahaina, which hand crafts fine savory pies with fresh dough and as much local produce and meats as possible. The thin Italian pizzas are then baked in an 800-degree ...

Maui’s Sheldon Simeon (right) was blindfolded in a previous episode in a test of palates. At left is Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio with host Padma Lakshmi. Tonight, Sheldon will appear in the “Top Chef” finals as the show heads south of the border to Mexico. “Top Chef” photo

‘Top Chef’

In last week’s episode in Charleston, S.C., Maui’s Sheldon Simeon was among the four final chefs to cook impromptu dishes while instructing a mystery partner hidden behind a screen how to make the exact same creation. He was the only one who recognized his partner, who was his wife, ...

Attendees don masks to get in the Mardi Gras mood as they pose with former Miss Hawaii Flecha Tovar at last year’s gala. Adi Ell-Ad of Adiwood Studios photo

Good times to roll at Mardi Gras AIDS benefit

The Maui AIDS Foundation will host its sixth annual Mardi Gras fundraiser Saturday at the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea and the good times are sure to roll throughout. An eccentric evening of fun, food and laughs all to raise money for HIV services for Maui County, Mardi Gras will feature ...

Max’s Restaurant branch manager Judith Tomas (seated) is presented with lunch by Chef Erick Buono (left) and chicken processor Edwin Cadungog. Max’s Restaurant photo

Manila style

Filipino cuisine is known as “Southeast Asian soul food,” and these days it’s growing by leaps and lumpias in the islands and on the Mainland. Max’s Restaurant at the Maui Mall in Kahului takes its cue from the landmark Max’s of Manila restaurant that goes back more than 70 ...

5 Palms at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei will heat things up with a romantic repast Tuesday on Valentine’s Day. Hostess Raquel Tosaya (left) and server Lisa Levang get ready for the occasion.
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Some like it RED HOT on Valentine’s Day

Champagne and oysters and caviar — oh,  my! This year, isle chefs will ignite your passion for Valentine’s Day with all manner of romantic menus and so it will be love at first bite. Do make reservations right after you read this as many top Maui restaurants will sell out for the famed ...

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 ...