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Side Orders • March 21, 2019

ON THE HORIZON . . . Pounding with nonstop food, music, fun and arts and crafts on April 13 will be the East Maui Taro Festival at Hana Ball Park. Those wanting to wake up to the Taro Pancake Breakfast the next day should note it’s off the griddle. “We’re not presenting the Taro Pancake ...

Side Orders • March 14, 2019

WEST SIDE STORIES . . . In celebration of its third anniversary in Kapalua, Taverna Urban Drinks + Italian Eats presented a check for $3,900 for Nabavi Legacy Fund programs for Maui youth. In addition, Taverna Principal Partner Chris Kaiwi will host the “Under the Stars” anniversary bash ...

Side Orders • March 7, 2019

ON THE HORIZON . . . Once again looming larger than life will be the Maui Film Festival June 12 to 16 in Wailea at various resort venues. Festival founder/director Barry Rivers just released the Cosmos “Taste the Universe” passes for the discounted $550 through Sunday, a 30 percent ...

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YO, HO, HO . . . Time flies when you’re having rum, er, fun. While the Caribbean is the epicenter of all things “rum,” a Kauai firm’s spirits will flow at Eat Your Drink affair from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday in The Mill House Sugar Room at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. Seatings ...

Side Orders • February 21, 2019

TICKET SALES GALORE . . . Who remembers the former gourmet Chinese restaurant Ming Court that was housed at Whalers Village in Kaanapali? Back in the day, the owner, Alan Ong, invited Beach Boy Mike Love to dine, and I was lucky to be in the party. Love was the guest of honor and he graciously ...

Side Orders • February 14, 2019

AMOROUS APPETITES . . . There is good news and bad news when it comes to sexy island meals. The good news is that TripAdvisor has announced the Most Romantic Restaurants in the U.S., and Hawaii has not one, but three winners. “No other state had three restaurants recognized, making Hawaii ...

Side Orders • February 7, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . . While the restaurant has been open since August in the old Antonio’s, it just started a new lunch service in addition to dinners. I’m talking about Tanpopo Dandelion near Long’s Drugs in Kihei. “We closed Antonio’s last May,” says Chef-owner Kono Akao, who ...

Side Orders • January 31, 2019

AROUND THE TOWN . . . With hints of Rainbow Drive-In and Fuddruckers rolled into one, the new Kihei Bar & Grill is drawing in local crowds in the old Ruby Tuesday location in Kihei. “The last day of Ruby’s was Dec. 31,” says owner Rick Nakashima, who also ran that incarnation. “We ...

Side Orders • January 24, 2019

ISLAND HAPPENINGS . . . The north shore is pumping with way more than just big waves these days. The former Paia Inn Cafe at the Paia Inn on Hana Highway was just rebranded as Vana with a main garden dining area, chef’s table and Jade Bar. “The inspiration behind Vana comes from our ...

Side Orders • January 10, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . . Those attending the New Year’s Eve rock-star concert at Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott Maui bid at auction and “strummed up” money for Maui Food Bank and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, both worthy island causes. “Howie Mandel was auctioneer,” says Shep ...

Side Orders • January 3, 2019

RINGING IN THE NEW. . . When comedian and HBO “Real Time” Host Bill Maher entered the stage at Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, he told the crowd that he only really knows two Hawaiian words: “Aloha” and “Pakalolo.” Both of these words will be an integral part of the ...

Side Orders • December 27, 2018

FESTIVE TIMES . . . The annual array of private jets on Maui’s airport tarmacs brings the well-heeled set who descend on island to kick off their shoes, don rubber slippahs and get into the island groove. Delivering restaurant food to your door in less than an hour is Hopper Maui. These ...

Side Orders • December 20, 2018

IT’S SHOWTIME! . . . ’Tis the season of aloha, ohana and friendship, according to the TS Restaurant gang at Hula Grill Ka‘anapali. Come and dig your toes in the sand from 2:30 to 5 p.m. daily at the Barefoot Bar with chef-driven cuisine while enjoying live performances by Kawika Lum Ho, ...

Side Orders • December 13, 2018

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS . . It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Cold Stone Creamery in Kihei, which is debuting festive flavors this season, including Red Velvet Peppermint Cake and “Aquaman’s” Blue Velvet shake, topped with edible glitter. “We love to bring people ...

Side Orders • December 6, 2018

CLIMBING THE LADDER . . . TripAdvisor recently recognized the Best Restaurants in the U.S. with its 2018 Travelers Choice Awards, and two from Maui made the top 25 in the Best Fine Dining category — Mama’s Fish House and Lahaina Grill. Congrats! Chefspencil.com has released a study on wage ...

Side Orders • November 29, 2018

KIDDING ASIDE . . . OMG! George Lopez is coming back to Maui for the first time in seven years for the Wall World Tour on Feb. 17 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets go on sale Friday to MACC members and to the general public on Dec. 7. I’m hoping that Food & Beverage ...

Side Orders • November 22, 2018

’TIS THE SEASON . . . Some artists are skilled in more than one medium. That is the case of Upcountry sculptor Tim Garcia, also a talented chef. Garcia will cook at First Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, the annual shopping event decorated to the nines at the Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center ...

Side Orders • November 15, 2018

SEASONS EATINGS . . . The good news is, Hawaii was just rated as one of the “least fat states in the U.S.,” behind Utah and Colorado. But that doesn’t mean the whole of America bodes well. “Fat is becoming the new normal in America,” according to the Centers for Disease Control & ...

Side Orders • November 8, 2018

TASTY TRIBUTE . . . Veteran’s Day is Sunday and it is officially observed Monday. Rock & Brews in Paia will pay tribute to veterans, active military and first responders with free food on both days. Co-founded by KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Rock & Brews will offer ...