Side Orders • June 22, 2017

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will offer fresh pineapple drinks at its poolside ‘Umalu in honor of National Pineapple Day on Tuesday. Hyatt Maui photo

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will offer fresh pineapple drinks at its poolside ‘Umalu in honor of National Pineapple Day on Tuesday. Hyatt Maui photo

JUICY TIDBITS . . . I’m sitting here at the computer crunching the new pineapple chips made by the same Maui Crisp people who create the prized beef jerky. The bags come in regular and li-hing-mui flavors. I just hope the crumbs don’t fall into the keyboard. Yum!

I bought the addicting, paper-thin pineapple chips at the Aloha Shell in Kahului. The bites are as addicting as the Alaskan-berry chocolates that co-workers Kelly and Matt Thayer brought in to share with us from their recent trip to the northernmost state.

The Ilima Shell clerk told me that Maui Crisp owners Blaine and Beth Apo have a new facility in Waikapu that churns out their products. But for now, Aloha Shell is the only place to buy them.

Pineapple is at the top of my mind as I’m researching for a story about it in Sunday’s Pau Hana lifestyle section. The short of it is that National Pineapple Day falls on Tuesday. MauiWine in Ulupalakua will celebrate with free pineapple crush tours from 10 a.m. to noon; free wine tastings and free pineapples for the first 100 people. Even Ulupalakua Ranch Store will have pineapple eats.

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will also celebrate on Tuesday with pineapple cocktails at its poolside ‘Umalu restaurant.

Of course, there is the 25th annual Pineapple Festival coming up at Dole Park on the Neighbor Island of Lanai from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Expeditions Ferry will run late with its last departure from Manele Harbor back to Lahaina at 10 p.m.

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BITS AND PIECES . . . Through the end of June, you may participate in the Eat Red, Save Lives breakfast promo at Andaz Maui in Wailea that helps fight AIDS. Just order the healthful poached eggs and Molokai sweet potato cake, avocado-watercress salad and fresh-squeezed beet juice and Andaz will donate $3 to the AIDS fight. Or order any breakfast item and $1 goes to the cause. For more details, call 573-1234.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will present the Culinary Cinema at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in its hotel theater. Starring Bradley Cooper, the blockbuster “Burnt” will screen and you get eight, specially curated, tapa-style dishes along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Cost of $88 per person benefits Aloha Backpack Buddies. You must be 21 and older. Call 665-7089 to reserve a seat.

Speaking of films, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort did a bangup job on the Taste of Summer opening party for Maui Film Festival and it will participate in Taste of Wailea Saturday. The team will also host the Fire It Up! culinary event at the hotel July 8 with a world of barbecue, beer, wine and bourbon.

The nation’s hottest pit masters will be there, from John Tesar of “Top Chef” season 14 to Billy Durney, owner of Hometown Barbecue in the Big Apple, to Hubert Keller of Fleur in Las Vegas. Amp up the full moon evening with live music by Hawaii greats Makana and Cyril Pahinui. Cost is $150. Visit www.fireitup.eventbrite.com.

I swear, events keep coming at me faster than I can eat those pineapple chips.

Andaz Maui Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco will appear at Ala Kukui nonprofit retreat in Hana on July 15 for the Aha Aina culinary experience. Other participants are Travaasa Hana’s new chef Bella Toland; and Pili Group’s chef Mark “Gooch” Noguchi, among others. Special room rates at Travaasa Hana are available. Event tickets are $175. Call 248-7841.

The Maui News is once again sponsoring the Ki Ho’alu Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center from 12:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday and besides all of the fabulous Hawaiian musicians (see story on Page 3 in Maui Beat), Three’s Bar & Grill will kalua pork quesadillas and more; Fork & Salad will do Niihau lamb chili; Outrigger Pizza Co., will do cheese half pies; and Maui Cones and Shaka Pops will be there, too.

Who likes exercising and sipping beverages? Well, the Pure Barre Social will feature a sunset sweat session at 5:30 p.m. today oceanfront at Grand Wailea followed by a social hour with two cocktails. Cost is $25. Kamaaina get a 20 percent discount. Call 875-1234.

“This event is always incredibly fun and a great activity for a group of friends!” says Liz Patterson, sales manager of Spa Grande and restaurants. Hmm . . . wonder if I can work off all of those chips there?

* Got restaurant / dining-event scoop?

Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email carlatracy@mauinews.com.

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