Sideorders • June 1, 2017

Just Juice bar hostess Nerissa Lim serves one of many island fresh drinks at the new pit stop for walkers and beach goers at Ko in Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Wailea. Fairmont Kea Lani photo

ISLAND HAPPENINGS . . . The first Obon Festival of the 2017 season will dance its way into the Lahaina Shingon Mission near Kobe Steak House on Luakini Street Saturday evening.

Besides dancing and a service, there will be a plethora of island favorites such as sushi, shave ice, nishime, teriyaki beef, chili, pickled mango, laulau, chow fun, curry chicken and more. Call 661-0466.

The Holy Ghost Feast in Kula is not only a 125-year-old tradition, but it’s a two-day affair from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Laugh to comedian Frank DeLima, listen to and watch Napua Greig-Nakasone and halau perform, bid at auction, buy Portuguese sweet bread and other baked goods and plants for your home or garden.

But the meat of the matter is the Queen’s Meal at 11 a.m. Sunday, in which hundreds of pounds of meat will be wrapped and then cooked in countless ti leaves to make laulau for the free feast for the masses. For more details, visit

Another big event for the whole ohana is coming up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the War Memorial complex in Wailuku. There will be free hot dogs for the first 500 kids who come with their parents to the 11th annual Celebration of Fathers event that is presented each year by the Maui Family Support Services.

Temple of Peace in Haiku will set the stage for a visiting guru and a vegetarian meal on Saturday. Temple of Peace photo

Paramahamsa Vishwananda is a guru and spiritual master who travels the world to awaken people’s resolve. He will appear at the Temple of Peace in Haiku for a Satsang from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday; followed by a Darshan at 7 p.m.; and a vegetarian dinner by Uma Dugied of Star Anise Catering. She’ll make kitchari ayurvedic rice porridge with mung beans with warm and fresh spices; samosas, chai drinks and nut-and-fruit truffles. Call 280-5678.

The Fairmont Kea Lani resort in Wailea recently launched the Just Juice bar in its signature Ko restaurant.

Rise and shine to the fresh juice blends such as the Mana, or “strength,” with beet, tomato, carrot, cucumber, apple, celery and lemon; and the Ma’ema’e or “cleanse,” filled with carrot, papaya, turmeric, celery and lemon from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. daily at the do-it-yourself bar. Call 875-4100.

Right in the thick of the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival next week, there will be the Bombay Sapphire Gin Tasting from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on June 10 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. This engaging and tasty foray into the world of gin will pair craft cocktails with appetizers by the Ritz culinary team. Cost is $39 per person.

In addition, the Ritz will be puttin’ on the Rombauer wine dinner at 6 p.m. June 8. Chat up Reagan Rombauer Blackwood, granddaughter of the winery’s founder, at the event. Cost is $130 with wine and food courses. Call 665-7089.

As some of you may have read in the Pau Hana section of the paper recently, Gary Pisoni, an acclaimed wine proprietor in the Santa Lucia Highlands, will appear at the Kapalua Wine & Food Festival.

Gary and his winemaker son, Jeff Pisoni, will also be guests of honor at Spago Maui in Four Seasons Resort Maui on Wednesday during a special dinner.

“Gary is bringing a three-liter 2010 estate pinot noir which is very hard to get and we will all be able to taste it!” says Jonathan Adkisson, Spago beverage director and third level sommelier.

Cost of $125 includes a five-course meal by Chef Peleg Miron with wine pairings, plus tax and tip. Call 879-2999.