Side Orders • December 14, 2017

Four-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners and Maui boys Lukela Keala, Akoni Dellomes and Makapu Hoopii of Ekolu will headline the dinner show on Monday at 5 Palms in Kihei. Book a company holiday party on that evening or on another night. Photo courtesy Ekolu

PAR-TAY TIME! . . . Are you looking for a last-minute spot to host your company or family holiday party?

5 Palms has an expansive dining room with views of Keawakapu Beach and the Neighbor Islands at its prime location at Mana Kai Resort in Kihei.

On Monday, it will present a dinner and a show from 5 to 8:30 p.m., which will make a festive option. But you may call to book parties at any time.

Four-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award- winners and Maui boys Ekolu will perform Monday evening. The trio will astonish with harmonies. The three-course menu starts with Waipoli mixed greens, goat cheese and orange slices with pomegranate vinaigrette dressing.

“Entree choices are herb-crusted chicken with thyme jus, mahimahi Provencal with toy-box tomatoes or certified Angus beef Wellington. Dessert is Hawaiian chocolate and espresso mousse,” says Moki Chong Kee, general manager.

Cost is $75 per person, plus beverages, tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 5 Palms at 879-2607.

Want to dine . . . without any utensils? Then book Kamayan, a Filipino Food Feast, with 48-hours advance notice in Kahului at Bistro Manila.

“We eat with our hands in the Philippines. It’s much better that way,” says Cecil Piros, owner. “You may say sometimes that it’s ‘finger-licking good? Well, that’s Kamayan. Our fingers are our chopsticks.”

Bring in a minimum of four people and enjoy the Kamayan with chicken, ribeye steak, pork, fried fish, lumpia, spring rolls, veggies and desserts all starting at $39.95 per person.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s so enjoyable that the people who try it bring their friends back. You may BYOB.” For reservations, call Bistro Manila at 871-6934.

Speaking of Filipino fare, Maui chef Joey Macadangdang is doing swimmingly with two Joey’s Kitchen locations. The first is at Whalers Village in Ka’anapali Resort and the second is at Napili Plaza.

“We’re open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 9 p.m.,” says the seasoned chef. “We do short ribs, pork shanks, crispy pata (fish) that we braise, dry and then fry, and garlic shrimp. It’s BYOB.”

Named for legendary Hawaiian surfer and Olympian Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Beach House in north Kaanapali will be jumping Friday with its eighth anniversary party featuring live entertainment by Henry Kapono and pupu, too.

Wanna shop ’til you drop? Then get in the yuletide spirit at the Gottling Home Store in The Shops at Wailea from 5:30 to 10 this evening.

In partnership with the Book Trust, the store owner Karl Gottling will donate 10 percent of event sales of the Gottling White Christmas Party to the nonprofit literacy organization. Plus, attendees will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, wine, cookies and music and caroling by Madrigal Chorale. Elves will read aloud.

“Through this collaborative event, we hope to make holiday shopping more purposeful as we continue to cultivate learning and promote literacy to children in need,” says Shay Goodfellow, the Hawaii director of Book Trust.

Those looking to have a holiday party at home will find gourmet offerings at Maui Prime Fine Foods situated in the Emerald Plaza in Lahaina.

“This holiday season we will be offering bone-in and boneless prime rib roasts as well as trimmed and tied tenderloins,” says Maui Prime’s Jason Mahon. “We will be hand cutting a variety of Snake River Farms American-style Kobe beef steaks and we will have bone-in and boneless Kurobuta hams.”

Other options are the Maui venison racks, Russian river Ossetra caviar, Alaskan king crab and Maine lobster.

* Got restaurant/dining-event scoop?

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

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