Side Orders • June 23, 2016

STARRY NIGHTS . . . Maui Film Festival at Wailea is past, but the stellar movies and the culinary parties linger on the mind and palate.

It was fun to see Goldie Hawn and son Wyatt Russell at the opening film fest party Taste of Summer oceanfront at the Grand Wailea.

The resort also launched its new Raw Bar in the Botero Lounge during the fest. From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, you may now enjoy a sampler of freshly made poke, sushi, sashimi and an oyster paired with local craft beers, wines or a specialty crafted cocktail for $35 per person. From 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Botero Lounge also offers desserts by Pastry Chef Christian Brassfield and wine flights for $30 per person.

In addition, since the Grand’s Molokini Bistro is closed for renovation, you may enjoy its menu during lunch at the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

Pint & Cork opened at The Shops at Wailea just in time for the film fest. Sip speakeasy drinks such as the Smoke & Mirrors and the Cat’s Pajamas; and bite into mac ‘n’ cheese with gruyere cheese and black truffle.

“Our team is extremely passionate about what we do. The menu is uncomplicated and executed beautifully with a Hawaiian twist, of course,” says renowned Maui Executive Chef Maka Kwon.

Lumeria Maui resort in Makawao will celebrate the first birthday of its ongoing FEAST series Sunday with host Amanda Robson, who will throw in a workshop on sun mandalas for fun. Host chef Ben Diamond of the resort’s Wooden Crate will make chickpea cakes and be joined by Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco of Andaz Maui in Wailea, who will make lomi salmon, and Gary King of Oceanside in Maalaea, making braised short ribs.

Another popular series is Beats & Eats that will return to Plantation House in Kapalua from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The party transpires monthly in the expansive restaurant’s fun Bar Nineteen. Executive Chef Jojo Vasquez will wow with unagi don, carne asada quesadillas and grilled kampachi kama while his wife and deejay, Eliza Escano, gets you in the groove and craft cocktails such as the Ly-Chee Hooo are shaken. Call 669-6299.

Hot on the heels of the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, in which New Zealand winemakers made a big splash with their luscious pinot noirs, Lahaina Coolers will present its next wine dinner July 1. Sip Oyster Bay sauvignon blanc, unoaked chardonnay and pinot noir all from New Zealand, and savor green beans and asparagus salad; prosciutto-wrapped scallop with roasted beet risotto; and grilled filet mignon with chocolate-coffee-barbecue sauce, according to Sean Stover. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $60 per person. Call 661-7082.

The Reggae Summit Hawaii will roots, rock and reggae you to the core in Waikapu at Maui Tropical Plantation’s Field of Dreams.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Saturday with the lineup of Third World, Luciano and others. Stop by the Mill House for lunch before the show or dinner afterwards, with the cuisine masterfully prepared by Executive Chef Jeff Scheer and staff. Get tickets at

A good old-fashioned clambake will kick off summer at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali on Friday. Dig into clams, mussels, shrimp, snow crab, Portuguese sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes for $38 per person, plus tax and tip, at the resort’s Black Rock Kitchen by Chef Greg Gaspar.

The clambakes will run every Friday through summer – except for July 1. That’s because a Fourth of July clambake will be held instead, upgraded at $40 per person in advance and $50 the day of event. Call 662-8186 or visit

The start of summer will also be celebrated Saturday at Po’okela Church in Makawao with the Portuguese Soup Contest. “No rules for this second annual event,” says the church’s Theresa Thompson. To enter, you may call John at 876-1136.