Side Orders • May 26, 2016

‘LET’S GO CRAZY’ . . . Put on your sexiest purple outfit and hope for a little rain at a Prince Tribute from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. The stage and dance floor are inside anyway and Eric Gilliom and Shea Derrick will ignite Wailea like lightning striking down from the heavens.

A portion of the $50 cover will go to Women Helping Women. Mulligans owner Mike O’Dwyer has mastered the art of baking dense and delicious Irish brown bread – and entrees available for purchase include shepherd’s pie and bangers ‘n’ mash. Wear your raspberry beret as the Prince Tribute repeats Sunday.

In June, the Maui Hemp Institute will host nine days of events celebrating the seventh annual Hemp History Week. Kicking things off at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, will be Maui HempFest 2016 at Maui Brewing Co. in Kihei. Sip some Hemp ESB Beer, listen to keynote speaker and hemp author Doug Fine, watch hemp-related movies and enjoy the live music throughout.

Of course, joints are NOT the point of hemp. It makes rope and clothing, and its seeds are high in protein and are seen on mainstream menus. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s breakfast buffet displays hemp, chia and flax seeds by the yogurt, as an example.

Besides gearing up for the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival on June 9 to 12, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will uncork the Ken Wright winemaker dinner Friday with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a five-course feast hosted by Ken Wright winemaker Asa Sarver. Cost is $115 per person, plus tax and tip. Call 665-7089.

Restaurant Week Wailea is still jumping now through Saturday at 17 participating resort establishments. Hurry and make reservations for three-course, prix-fixe menus for $29, $39 or $49 per person. The cost will depend upon the individual restaurants – and beverages, tax and gratuity are in addition to the meal.

“Kamaaina know about it and come out in full force,” says Executive Chef Tylun Pang of the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, where his Ko restaurant will participate. “They get so excited and I like to see that.”

Ko starters are Portuguese bean soup, Oishi Sushi or Mauka Harvest salad; entrees are Asian-braised short ribs, mac-nut crusted catch or pancit noodles; and desserts are Waialua Estate chocolate custard, Maui vanilla-bean brulee or plantation pineapple cake. For the full list of participants, visit

The battle for coffee supremacy just heated up, or should I say “cooled down,” as Dairy Queen launched iced coffee and frappes nationally. Small-sized vanilla, salted-caramel and mocha coffees are $1 from 2 to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Lahaina Cannery Mall location.

A Maui boy was recently featured on Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” show. In the episode called “Let’s Go Fish,” Lokelani Intermediate School 7th grader Jeremiah Valoroso showed his chops.


ON THE HORIZON . . . Who has dined at Golden Coin in Waipahu? The landmark yellow-and-red restaurant will open a Maui location soon on Lower Main Street in Wailuku with Filipino fare of pinakbet, kare kare and whole lechon, or pig. Golden Coin will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and lots of boiled peanuts, too.

Everyone keeps asking when the Pint & Cork will open in The Shops at Wailea. When I popped in the other day, managing partner Scott Pacer wouldn’t confirm a date, but he did show off his cushy new barstools that just arrived and said he’ll serve “lunch dinner and late-night pub food with a Hawaiian flair.” The menu will start off limited, then expand and rotate every month to keep things fun. Pint & Cork will participate in Taste of Wailea on June 18 as part of the Maui Film Festival at Wailea.

Mark your calendars for June 10, when a Fried Chicken Cookoff will commence in the Maalaea Harbor Shops at the Oceanside Restaurant.

“I’m calling it ‘Fry-day’ ’cause it’s a Friday and a fried chicken challenge,” says Chef Gary King. “I’m doing this because some lady called me out and said she does the best chicken. Ours will be from noon to 4 p.m. we’ll serve mac and cheese and fun sides and make it affordable for the whole family.”

This week, we’ve got purple outfits, raspberry berets, brown bread, red-and-yellow restaurants and green hemp – all showcasing Maui’s rainbow of colors.