Side Orders • May 5, 2016

UNO, DOS, TRES, CUATRO CINCO . . . What do you think is more popular in Hawaii – Boy’s Day or Cinco de Mayo? I’m not sure, but today is a party as both fall on May 5.

I do know that more people get worked up about Cinco de Mayo. I just retrieved a voice message in which a man swore with the “F” word that I had misused the green, white and red colors of the Mexican flag in the wrong order when designing the words “Cinco de Mayo” for the Scene cover last week.

It’s Boy’s Day, so I’ll forgive him. Another man wrote in an email that I should have included more restaurants in my story. Ditto for him.

As a partial rehash, Frida’s Mexican Beach House in Lahaina will serve $4 pork tacos al pastor all day as well as pour 11 Mexican beers and 40 different tequilas at varying prices. The merriment will also include party favors such as Frida eyebrows on sticks, mustaches and mini sombreros and matador hats.

Fred’s Mexican Cafe below Moose McGillycuddy’s in Kihei will be jumping from 11 a.m. to closing with specials on beer and margaritas all day long, says managing partner Penny Jo Putnam . . . Las Pinatas in Kahului will feature happy-hour specials from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Its quesadillas, enchiladas and nachos will be discounted; and you get half off your second beer or wine. . . Lahainaluna High School will have a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. today.


BITS AND PIECES . . . Certainly one of Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s top signature fundraisers, the Maui Brewers Festival, is a draw not only for its thirst-quenching craft beers of Hawaii and on the Mainland, but also for its dozens of food booths by Maui chefs. The eighth annual event returns to the MACC on Saturday, May 14, in the A&B Amphitheater.

“This year, local favorite Erin Smith will be headlining entertainer,” says the MACC’s Marketing Director Bob Burrichter. “Nominated for Best Rock Band at the 2015 Honolulu Pulse Awards, Erin is the first local artist to have a song added to regular rotation on Oahu’s mainstream music station, Star 101.9!”

As you sip, say, something cold and refreshing from the Mother Earth Brewery, munch chicken-curry empanadas by Pascual’s Cafe & Catering.

Or wet your whistle with a beer by Eel River Brewing Co. and savor Hungarian goulash soup and fish tacos by Fleetwoods on Front St. or frutti de mare seafood by Lotus Catering. The list goes on and on. Look for the feature on this event in next week’s Scene.

In the meantime, note that there will be 40 breweries in all and 26 restaurant booths – and food and drink are included in the price. Call MACC at 242-7469 or visit the website at

Speaking of drinking beer, Mulligans on the Blue will be one of the brew fest participants and it also boasts one of the best happy hours on the island, according to owner Mike O’Dwyer. From 2 to 5 p.m. daily, you get 33 percent off the menu items – and that means everything from shepherd’s pie to Irish beef stew.

Everyone wants a meal deal. So if you are among the masses, do mark your calendars for the return of Restaurant Week Wailea from May 22 to 28 at 20 top participating establishments from Ruth’s Chris Steak House in The Shops at Wailea to DUO Steak & Seafood poolside at the Four Seasons Resort Maui. All will serve multi-course meals at reduced prices. For more details and menus, visit

“Restaurant Week Wailea has proudly supported Maui Food Bank since we began this popular dining promotion in 2009,” explains Bud Pikrone, general manager of Wailea Community Association.

The Maui Portuguese Cultural Club will tempt with foods of that country starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kepaniwai Park in Iao Valley. You may buy an authentic lunch at the Portuguese Festa of caldo verde soup, aromatic bread roll and Azorean iced tea for $10. There will also be a country store selling jams and jellies and pickles of the homemade kind, according to spokeswoman Laura Paresa, along with oven-baked white and cinnamon bread, plants, fabric crafts and more. Call 385-2410.