Side Orders • July 20, 2017

Three’s Bar & Grill partner Travis Morrin (left) with Guy Fieri during a taping of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” for the Food Network. • Photo courtesy “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

Three’s Bar & Grill partner Travis Morrin (left) with Guy Fieri during a taping of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” for the Food Network. • Photo courtesy “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”

IN THE SPOTLIGHT . . . Just like clockwork, Maui will be featured on television, again. Host Guy Fieri of the Food Network will highlight a Kihei hot spot on the next episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

The “Barbecue, Batter and Beer-Can Chicken” episode will air at 9 p.m. Friday on the cable channels 60 and 321, according to Julie Chudow, Food Network manager of public relations.

“This trip, Guy Fieri is grabbing all kinds of outrageous grub,” Chudow emailed me. “In Maui, Hawaii, he stops at a funky joint putting out ridiculous ramen and ‘the bomb’ beer-can chicken. In Los Angeles, there’s an off-the-hook food truck putting a twist on fish and chips. Plus, he visits a downtown barbecue spot smoking up the belly and frying up the chicken.”

And what could that “funky joint” be? Why, none other than Three’s Bar & Grill in Kihei. The funny thing is, the three partners from Three’s have upgraded their restaurant and it’s looking fine, indeed.

“We just added eight to 10 seats at the bar,” says partner Travis Morrin, co-owner with Cody Christopher and Jaron Blosser. “Cody built it with local mango wood and we added TVs. It looks amazing. It really rounds out the whole restaurant.”

Come on down for the viewing party and check out the new look for yourself.

In addition, the Three’s partners just celebrated one year at their Fork & Salad restaurant in Kihei. They have a high standard of cleaning their produce from local growers such as Kumu Farms and hosted a party Wednesday in which they shot their own video.

Actor Shemar Moore, formerly of “Criminal Minds,” was looking as buff as an FBI agent after boot camp when he dined at Humble Market Kitchin on Monday. Also spotted at the Wailea restaurant owned by James Beard Award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi were a number of Seattle Seahawks football players enjoying some down time.

In Makawao, celebrate 100 years of Kaluanui, the estate that houses the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, with fun and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Families can feel the beat of the Maui Taiko drummers, picnic on the lawn with food from Habibi and sweet treats by Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice as well as The Catered Coconut and Maui Brewing Co. root beer,” says the Hui Ho’eau’s director of development and membership Erin Wooldridge.

You may also learn more about the Hui’s 100-year-old estate by joining a property and art studio tour with retired HC&S Vice President John W. Hoxie, Jr. and descendent of the original Baldwin family owners, Frances “Effie” Cameron Ort.

What else is happening Upcountry? Word has it that Kalani Nakoa is the new general manager of Lumeria Maui. A longtime sales/marketing director of Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Nakoa retired only to reinvent himself at the boutique property in Makawao. Its Wooden Crate eatery is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offers some special events on occasion.

Located in Pukalani Square, Kojima’s Sushi & Japanese Cuisine is also now on a roll Mondays through Saturdays with prime rib dinners. “It’s a big slab of meat and it comes with horseradish and au jus, rice and steamed vegetables,” a server told me.

Diane Orite, owner of the popular Tiffany’s in Wailuku (not the jewelry store but the pupu and bar hangout that’s a local favorite), says that she plans to open another concept Upcountry at Kula Malu next year.

And save the date for Taste of Upcountry that’s coming Saturday, Oct. 7, to Makawao as a benefit for Montessori School of Maui.

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