Side Orders • October 26, 2017

Wai Bar’s Johnny Wilson says “boo” as foxy wife Amanda and kitty Michelle Halcomb climb the liquor ladder. TRISH EDSTROM photo

COFFIN BREAK . . . There will be plenty of places on Maui to go for a bite on Halloween and leading up to it. And you don’t need a vampire costume to suck ’em up and have some fun.

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, “turn on” at a Black Light Yoga event at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort and glow, move, bend and then sip two cocktails at Social Hour at 6:30 p.m., and get free validated parking, all for $25.

“We will award prizes for best individual and best couple costumes,” says Spa Grande Sales Manager Liz Patterson. “Neon and white colors recommended.”

In Kaanapali, the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will be howling with its unique In the Spirit of Moonshine & Monster Mash event from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Several moonshine-inspired cocktails and various mash dishes such as chili-pepper chicken with Upcountry corn-mash waffles and moonshine-maple syrup by Executive Chef Ikaika Manaku will get you in the mood. Cost is $65 per person 21 and older. Call Westin Nanea at 662-6370.

The new Wai Bar in Wailuku will put on more than one party for Halloween. This Friday will be the biggest.

It’s called Requiem: The Release of the Lost Souls and you are encouraged to wear “fatal black attire.” Produced by Audacious Events, Requiem will feature DJ Deviant, Bass Nymph, DJ Ills Theatricks, haunted projections, retro horror films and spooky drink specials. It’s $10 at the door for those 21 and older only.

“Our focus is on really good, hand-crafted cocktails and really good music,” explains owner Johnny Wilson, who serves only complimentary bar snacks as there is no kitchen. “We like it when food trucks park outside on Market Street.”

The fifth annual Touchdown for Tatas will take place at the Beach House Bar & Grill in Kahana on Monday.

“Last year, we raised over $12,000 for the Pacific Cancer Foundation,” says Jim Anderson, Beach House owner. “This year, the event starts at 2 p.m.”

Wear a pink costume and have some fun. Prizes have been donated by Mama’s Fish House, Wyland, Lahaina Grill, Maui Prime and many more.

National Sushi Day falls on Wednesday and lovers of raw fish and other delicacies will want to head to Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa for a hand roll sampler for $12.

“Celebrate with us at Japengo and satisfy your craving,” says Sushi Chef Jin Hosono, a native of Hokkaido, Japan, and an expert in rolling the goods.

Meanwhile, Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului continues to do the chicken dance for its last Oktoberfest weekend of the year. Put on your best dirndl or lederhosen, or T-shirts and shorts, and oom-pah-pah at the all-you-can-eat buffet affair by owner Bernard Weber.

Located on the Kapalua Bay Course in the heart of the resort, Pineapple Grill just teed off its breakfast service to add on new on-the-go items such as the Hole in One Portuguese-sausage breakfast burrito; the Chef’s Bento Box; quiche of the day; musubi; freshly baked cinnamon rolls and acai bowls.

Early in his career, Executive Chef Jeff Scheer of The Mill House in Waikapu used to bartend at Tommy Bahama’s. He’ll hop behind the bar once again from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday for Pig For the Pink, in which 15 percent of proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

In addition, former chef and now Director of Food & Beverage Kane Carbonneau will create the pork bites.

Basically, four rose wines by the glass, cocktails and pork bites will be highlighted la carte in addition to the regular menu. For further details, you may visit

Don’t forget that Kapalua Restaurant Week is in full swing through Sunday at eight participating resort venues. Those who purchase discounted prix-fixe meals will have $1 donated to the Maui Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program.

* Got restaurant / dining-event scoop?

Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email