Side Orders • July 25, 2013

AROUND THE TOWN . . . Popular Maui restaurateurs Mark and Judy Ellman have donated the money for a water fountain at the Lahaina Skatepark. Now, kids can cool down after they heat things up on the skate ramps.

The Ellmans’ Honu Seafood & Pizza and Mala Ocean Tavern restaurants, which are situated side by side on Front Street in Lahaina, are also great places to cool down. We hear Honu pours more than 55 fabulous Belgian and other international bottled beers and chills down 12 top varieties on tap behind the bar.

Heading to the Lana’i Slack Key Guitar Festival Aug. 2 to 4 at the Lodge at Koele? Four Seasons Resort Lanai’s culinary team is rolling out a new pupu menu in The Bar from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. that weekend.

Sink your teeth into kung-pao chicken wings, tempura spicy-ahi maki rolls, boneless kalbi ribs with housemade kim chee and fried Lanai egg, kalua-pork quesadillas, and duck-confit spring rolls.

Listen to Grammy and Na Hoku Award winners such as Keola Beamer and Dennis Kamakahi. There will also be three-course, slack-key dinners on Aug. 3 and 4 in the The Terrace restaurant; and slack-key a la carte Sunday brunch Aug. 4 in The Terrace and Great Hall. No reservations are required at the brunch.

Celebrating its 19th anniversary, Hula Grill Ka’anapali recently donated more than $11,500 to five local nonprofit organizations as part of the restaurant’s Legacy of Aloha program. In a nutshell, it raises funds through its Chef’s Tasting Menu, helps the Future Farmers of America, Habitat for Humanity, and others.

“Nineteen years is an incredible achievement, one we wouldn’t have been able to attain without love, support, and aloha from the Maui community,” says General Manager Orrin Cross. “Our program is just one way we can give back to the island we call home.”

Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului will present its annual Swiss Independence Day Party Aug. 1 and 2 with an all-you-can-eat buffet, live music by Dorfmusikanten, a yodeling contest and more.

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LIQUID PLEASURES . . . Last weekend, the Hawaii Coffee Association’s statewide Cupping Competition was brewing interest on Kauai.

“Maui did very well overall,” says expert David Gridley of Maui Oma Coffee Roasting Co., who was there in the thick of things. “Maui placed three of its farms in the top six coffees in the state!”

Maui’s top three winners were Ann Ashley and Raphael Escobar of Keokea Coffee, Casey Shim of Shim Coffee & Protea Farm; and Tom Leuteneker of Pueo Coffee Company. Meet them at the Bicentennial Seed-To-Cup Festival at UH-Maui College in Kahului from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 17.

“This event will feature roasting, brewing, processing and growing demonstrations, music, and farmers will offer some samples of their top coffees,” says Gridley. “The college will opening the Pa’ina Building and do the food, and Slow Food Maui will do a coffee recipe contest.”

Makena Beach & Golf Resort will flow with a wine and pupu education event this evening. Join Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo as he pours high-altitude Argentinian wines and Chef Mark McDowell prepares prosciutto-wrapped melon; empanadas; and catena-alta beef stew. Cost is $40, plus tax and tip. Call 875-5888.

It looks like the winery lineup for Maui Calls on Aug. 9 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center is already set in stone, and it’s going to be good. “We’ve got 17 wineries in all,” says returning wine chair Alan Jahns, now Wine Division Manager at Paradise Beverages.

“A lot of the same players, such as the Duckhorns and the Plumpjacks, will be there,” says Jahns. “And, we’ll have some new guys, such as Orin Swift, and many other hot and anointed ones of Napa.”

Maui Brewing Co. just had a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for its 50,000-square-foot building that will go into Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei and make a splash with beer drinkers. Of course, you may visit its brew pub in Kahana and its tasting room in Lahaina now, if you can’t wait for the Kihei business.

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui’s Ko restaurant will uncork a wine-pairing luncheon at noon on Aug. 10 celebrating the 90th birthday of Miljenko “Mike” Grgich of Grgich Hills Cellars. Cost is $69. Call 875-2290.