Side Orders • June 2, 2016

OUT KAPALUA WAY . . . With the Maui Brewers Festival and American Craft Beer Week behind us, bars and restaurants are far from tapped out.

In fact, a Tap Takeover will transpire at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kapalua on Saturday with five food courses and five beers from Lahaina’s new Kohola Brewery with the motto, “what you put into the beer, you get out of the beer.”

Sansei Executive Chef Kaipo Dean Nakata will prepare local pohole fern and grilled tofu salad; Vietnamese bahn mi sliders; Kobe beef and parmesan ramen; Korean-style braised short ribs; and azuki-bean fritters with housemade caramel sauce and mochi ice cream.

With beer pairings from Red Sand Irish-style Red Ale to Mean Bean Coffee Stout, it will cost $65 per adult plus tax and tip. Call 667-6286.

Sansei Kapalua is also doing its fifth annual Uncorked & Unplugged on Saturday, June 11, featuring winemaker Fred Scherrer of Scherrer Winery and Michael Jordan of Word Vineyards.

Jordan will return to Maui as host of the 35th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival that will flow at Sansei neighbors The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and the Montage Kapalua Bay resorts.

The Grand Tasting kicks things off Friday, June 10, at the Montage with wine from around the globe and foods by Kapalua restaurants and friends. Sip handcrafted cocktails and savor specialty cheeses as well while listening to music by Bravado.

The Kapalua Seafood Festival on Sunday, June 12, at the Ritz will top off the festival with foods by 15 top Maui restaurants, wines galore and music by local favorite Nuff Sedd, says Event Director Karin Sagar.

Preceding the festival will be a dinner with James Beard Chef Mark Tarbell and Montage Chef David Viviano on Wednesday at the resort’s iconic Cliff House. The feast will be five courses with wine pairings. Seats are limited. Call 662-6699.

For more details, look for a feature story on the festival and California’s wine country in the Sunday Pau Hana lifestyle section. Or for tickets and schedule, you may visit


BITS AND PIECES . . . When the 12th annual Wa’a Kiakahi Festival splashes into Kaanapali Resort Friday to Sunday, events will include traditional Hawaiian ceremonies, competitions, sailing canoe rides, and educational talks about celestial navigation and water skills.

Do bring your appetites as Kaanapali restaurants aim to please, from Hank’s Haute Dogs at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa to ‘Umalu at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa to Hula Grill Ka’anapali in between. The latter restaurant hosts First Sunday each month with three sets of live music and tempting cuisine.

Formerly of the Hyatt Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali and The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Jared Krausen is one of two executive sous chefs at Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Bernardo Salazar, he wants to respectfully revamp this 60-year-old piece of Kaanapali visitor paradise, while maintaining the mana and respect of this ancient aina. With 500 rooms, 200 weddings per year, countless Polynesian luaus, restaurants and room service, Chef Jared certainly has his work cut out for him – and he couldn’t be more thrilled, says his biggest fan, his wife, Tammy Krausen.

The Prince tributes continue to roll out with Purple Reign – Celebration of a Revolutionary at 10 p.m. Saturday at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia.

The music tribute will be presented and spun by DJ Blast and special guest Kanoa. There is a $10 cover. Get there early and enjoy masterful creations in the sushi bar by Ivan Bersamin and Tom Kamijo. The Charley P. Woofer is the Great Dane of sushi and it’s big on taste, too. Sake selections and beer pair perfectly. Sundays, Charley’s starts serving breakfast at 7 a.m. and its Bloody Mary bar is all the rage. So are the huevos rancheros plates.