Side Orders • January 25, 2018

The Steeple House at Kapalua has opened as Maui’s newest event venue. The historic structure is situated next to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and can accommodate from 20 to 200 people indoors and 500 outside. STEEPLE HOUSE photo

RAISING THE RAFTERS . . . Earlier this week, a joyous event was presented at a historic church in Kapalua.

The Steeple House at Kapalua held its open house and blessing as Maui’s newest event venue.

“We are very excited to be able to offer a beautifully remodeled venue in a historic building. Our venue sits above the coast of Kapalua and is welcoming for groups of 20 or 200,” says Craig Hill, co-owner of the budding business.

Built in 1952 during Kapalua’s pineapple plantation heyday, the church is beautifully restored with barn doors, industrial finishes, antique furniture and stained-glass windows, and is a flexible space for not only weddings, but special events, corporate dinners and whatever you wish.

“The Steeple House truly is a venue for any type of event,” remarks Todd Domeck, co-owner. “We designed the spaces to be flexible to our guests’ needs, while paying the finest attention to detail to offer every modern amenity.”

Inquiries can be made through the website at or by phone at (808) 400-0488.


SKY’S THE LIMIT . . . Word has it that there is a new culinary experience soaring over Maui’s North Shore.

Andaz Maui will let you take flight with its partner Maverick Helicopters in Kahului to soar over cascading waterfalls, sea cliffs and shorelines and then land in the middle of a Hana rainforest.

Once there, learn about the pristine region before being buzzed back to Kahului and driven to Andaz Maui for a cooking class with Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco. The experience launches today. Look for a story about this in Pau Hana on Sunday. Or call Andaz at 243-4703.

Want to experience an interactive luau of the intimate kind? Then enjoy Migrations, a seated dinner luau show for 50 people at Sugar Beach Events in Kihei from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Hosts for the evening are members of the hula halau Manutea Nui E hula halau, a very talented troupe that has performed all over the island.

Owner-chef Lee Anderson will wow with chicken satay, kalua pork pot stickers as appetizers; and coconut-milk poached fresh catch, kalua pork slow cooked in banana leaves as entrees along with two drinks and desserts. Cost is $179 plus tax per person. Call 856-6151.

What else is happening on island? I hear that John McCrea is coming back to his old roots at Longhi’s Lahaina. He was general manager for 25 years, reports Peter Longhi who is excited to have his old compadre back in the saddle.

Tickets are being snapped up as fast as you can drink a rosemary maple bourbon for the Ocean to Table craft cocktail dinner coming up from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21 at Shearwater Tavern in Kihei, voted “Best New Restaurant” in The Maui News’ current Best of Maui readers poll.

Mixology director Chandra Lucariello of Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits will join Shearwater’s restaurant/bar Manager Lanui Villalon for the fun drink experience full of faboo food, too. The cost is $65 per person. Call 793-2324.

Of course, not everyone has money to go to high-end meals. So take note that Haui’s Life’s a Beach in Kihei goes south of the border with $1 taco Tuesdays and Nachos Grande in Honokowai Marketplace does the same with $2 taco Tuesdays.

Plantation House in Kapalua will jump from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday with its series called Beats & Eats. Guest chef will be Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof.

“Sheldon always pulls a crowd so we will use the whole restaurant for this exciting night,” says spokesperson Kathy Felton. “We will have deejay music and offer a limited menu of our most popular items along with Sheldon’s menu.”

For more details, call 669-6299.

* Got restaurant/dining-event scoop?

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