Dining Out

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


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 ...

Makai catch crusted in macadamia nuts at Ko at Fairmont Kea Lani.
Photo courtesy restaurants

Restaurant Week Wailea tempts

Twenty, count ‘em, top establishments  will offer meal deals for the biannual   Restaurant Week Wailea promotion from Sunday through Nov. 12. The award-winning culinary talent in the resort restaurants will once again whip up remarkable three-course, pre-fixe menus for $29, $39 or $49 ...

Big Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Little Chef Jeremiah “JJ” Valeroso.

Big Chefs, Little Chefs a big hit; more Morimoto news

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto was on Maui last weekend attending the Big Chefs Little Chefs event at the Yokouchi Family Estate in Wailuku. It was a wonderful event on Friday night benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Maui. Chef Morimoto donated a privately cooked dinner for 10 people to ...

Three’s Food Truck will roll into the event on Saturday along with John Sandbach of Smoke & Spice (second photo) and 10 other food trucks. Three’s Bar & Grill had a minor kitchen fire recently, but its catering department, including the food truck, is fully up and running.

Food trucks roll into Made in Maui County Festival

The third annual Made in Maui County Festival is fast approaching on Friday and Saturday outdoors at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Presented by the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the Maui Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature more ...

Lahaina Coolers  General Manager Sean Stover is a bartender as well as a cook in addition to other duties at the cool and popular spot. It draws in a late-night crowd of those in the West Maui restaurant industry from 10 p.m. to midnight. Martini hour runs  from 8 to 10 p.m. with X-rated Cosmos, classic Dirty Martinis and  Orange Berry cocktails. It also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. For reservations, call 661-7082.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Lahaina Coolers

Where is the best spot to chill in Lahaina  on Halloween? Why Lahaina Coolers, of course. Tucked away on Dickenson Street away from the hustle and bustle of Front Street, Lahaina Coolers has been a fun hangout for decades with locals and tourists who are savvy enough to find it. Just look ...

Learn how to pull off a holiday meal with savvy and aplomb at the next “Cooking With Chef Lee” tutorial Nov. 5 or 6.
Photo courtesy Sugar Beach Events

Holiday dinner tips and tricks class coming

Does the thought of cooking a big holiday dinner leave you shaking in your rubber slippers? It doesn’t have to be a scary proposition. If you are organized and prepared, you will have a smooth and stress-free day. Chef Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events in north Kihei will send you home ...

Wake up to a la carte haupia French toast of thick slices of brioche stuffed with a creamy Kaya coconut jam; and savor thick and juicy Uncle’s prime rib, sure to fill the bill for the manly appetities out there.
Westin KOR photos

Auntie’s kitchen

Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas is cookin’ up something new. On Friday the resort will introduce its new restaurant, Auntie’s Kitchen. It replaces the Ocean Pool Bar and Grill poolside off of the south lobby. Auntie’s Kitchen celebrates a melting pot of flavors and cuisine ...

Server Maria Olea-Martinez brings island fish & chips, Hawaiian sea salt fries and housemade dill-caper sauce.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY  photo

Lahaina Fish Co.

The views are reason enough to go there. Lahaina Fish Co. offers two floors of panoramic oceanfront dining in its prime spot on Front Street with breathtaking Maui sunsets nightly and boat, fish and Neighbor Island action daily. The food is also crazy good with fresh ahi sashimi, steamed ...

Four Seasons Executive Sous Chef Marco Calenzo presents thinly sliced poached octopus with parsley potato, celery heart, arugula and sweet lemon. 
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Ferraro’s ‘faboo’

Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante is simply “faboo,” or “fabulous.” I say, run, don’t walk to this award-winning Italian restaurant perched on an oceanfront bluff above Wailea Beach. Every single bite on a recent visit was off the charts in taste, presentation, texture and aroma — ...

Instructor Horst Antosch (left) toasts to Tyler
Olbref, founder and vintner of Nellcote Winery in Napa Valley, at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival in June. Antosch will teach an intro course on being a sommelier on two evenings.

Two-session sommelier class offered

Appreciate wines from A to Z in a new EdVenture course at University of Hawaii Maui College. Introduction to Becoming a Sommelier will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 10. Instructor Horst Antosch will teach you all about wine from terroir to vinification. Learn to read wine ...