Dining Out

Maui Calls

Last month, the sought-after wines of Maui Calls were written up for enthusiasts of the grape. This story will beckon to the patrons of the arts who want to attend Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s annual signature fundraising gala for its gourmet cuisine, entertainment, auction items, and, ...

Mauka Makai

At the risk of sounding like a geezer, it’s been fun to experience the building and the evolution of Maui resorts and restaurants over several decades of writing about the isle’s culinary scene. From the first minute I stepped foot into the lobby of the new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas and ...

OODLES of new menu items by new Star Noodle chef

Star Noodle has been a powerhouse of an eatery ever since it opened seven years ago at the top of Lahaina Industrial Park. The building alone was five years in the making and it’s got a 3,500-square-foot kitchen that is the commissary for its sister restaurants Old Lahaina Lu‘au, Aloha ...

Aloha Mixed Plate is ‘local favorite’

The New York Times says that it’s, “paper plate meets million-dollar view.” On a recent visit to West Maui’s favorite local hangout, Aloha Mixed Plate, service was on real, sumo-sized plates under the umbrellas and shade trees oceanfront in Lahaina. Situated next to its sister ...

Culinary Arts Program on TV

University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program Chef Instructor Jake Belmonte and his student Marion Sidon will appear on “Living808” on Wednesday at approximately 8:25 a.m. The daily lifestyle show, which airs on KHON2 weekdays from 8 to 9 a.m., is hosted by popular TV ...

Tickets now on sale for Maui Calls

Tickets are now on sale for Maui Calls, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature annual wine and food tasting fundraising gala with delectable culinary selections created by chefs from stellar Maui restaurants, premium wines from boutique wineries throughout the world, entertainment ...

Lahaina Grill

Looking back in time, I was right on the money when I called Lahaina Grill “the restaurant of the decade” after it opened its doors on Feb. 14, 1990. In its 27 successful years of business, it’s gone on to be one of the top 25 restaurants in tripadvisor; among the 100 best restaurants ...

Tastemakers

Starting this week and running Fridays in July, the Tastemakers series will entice at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Hyatt Maui’s award-winning Japengo restaurant will partner with Simpli-Fresh Produce and Maui Shrub to celebrate the shared passion for using fresh and ...

Fire it Up!

Independence Day may be over, but Grand Wailea chefs haven’t put away the grills. In fact, their Fire it Up! on the full moon this Saturday should heat up summer as the best beachside barbecue on island. Of course, they’ve got the perfect recipe: Sauces and rubs, kiawe wood and flames, ...

Historic Cliff House at Namalu Bay

I’ve said it before — it’s a cliff hanger. An oceanfront party pad. A room with a view. It’s the legendary Cliff House, which for more than 75 years, has served as a coveted private retreat on an island already embraced as a paradise. In 2006, the Cliff House was shuttered around the ...

Pa‘ina at Keka‘a

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is once again bringing a festive summertime celebration to Kaanapali with Pa‘ina at Keka‘a, a Maui-style take on the East Coast’s classic clambake. The Hawaiian word, “paina” formerly was used to mean a feast until it was replaced by “luau” in ...

Lahaina Coolers uncorks fun, wine dinner

Tucked away on Dickenson Street away from the hustle and bustle of Front Street, Lahaina Coolers has been a fun hangout for decades for those who are savvy enough to find it. Just look for the record-holding blue-striped marlin that weighs in at 955 pounds inside as well as the sea of ...

Still on a roll

Celebrating his birthday earlier in June, veteran Maui Sushi Chef Sadao Kojima appeared to still be on a roll, even at the age of 71 years young. Upcountry sushi lovers still flock to Kojima’s Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine at Pukalani Square for hot and satisfying tempura, Haleakala ...

Market at The Shops to launch on Wednesday with produce, live music

The Shops at Wailea announces the launch of the biweekly Market at The Shops starting Wednesday with produce from local farmers, specialty food providers, artisans and live music. “We’re pleased to be able to find new and exciting ways to connect guests and residents to Maui’s best ...

Save date for Maui Calls fundraiser

Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature fundraising gala will beckon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 in the Yokouchi Pavilion and adjoining A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. The evening begins with a fresh flower lei greeting and Hawaiian music serenade. Then mix and mingle as you ...

Ooh La La! Cabaret Night

Life is a cabaret, old chum(s)” — at least on Mondays at Cafe del Vino, which until now has been a bit of a sleeper at Maalaea Harbor Shops. Now the man behind the restaurant, Guido Hauwaerts, a legendary veteran of Maui’s restaurant world, is running with the new Cabaret Night, and ...

Manly Meals

Maui’s restaurants and resort hotels will make Dad glad this Father’s Day Sunday with manly meals — and one West Maui venue will even feature complimentary mini facials for men. Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, the “most Hawaiian” property on Maui, is making sure Dad is king this Father’s ...

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 ...

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 ...