Side Orders • December 20, 2018

Jason Mahon of Maui Prime Fine Foods in the Emerald Shops in Lahaina will assist you with your seafood and meat selections. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

IT’S SHOWTIME! . . . ‘Tis the season of aloha, ohana and friendship, according to the TS Restaurant gang at Hula Grill Ka’anapali. Come and dig your toes in the sand from 2:30 to 5 p.m. daily at the Barefoot Bar with chef-driven cuisine while enjoying live performances by Kawika Lum Ho, Derek Sebastian, Danyel Alana and more. Plus Santa and his “reindeer” will paddle into Ka’anapali Beach on Friday. Keiki festivities begin at 3 p.m. with complimentary ornament decorating.

At this time of year, it’s fun to go out for a dinner show or a lively brunch with music. Kahili Restaurant offers both options from its prime golf-course building overlooking the north and south shores of Maui on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains in Waikapu.

Fridays, listen to live music by Hawaiian entertainer Ron Kuala’au and savor the prime rib and seafood buffet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Or wake up to the Sunday brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and be entertained by Kaniala Masoe and savor shrimp linguine in garlic cream sauce, buttermilk pancakes and Kula baby greens.

Kahili will be putting on quite the spread for Christmas Eve, too. For more details, see holiday dining roundup. Or call Kahili at 242-6000.

Tickets are going fast for Hawaiian Island Land Trusts’s annual Buy Back The Beach Malama Kipuka event set from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26 oceanfront at Old Lahaina Lu’au in Lahaina. This year, entertainers from the luau and vocalist Gretchen Rhodes will perform. There will be an amazing live and silent auction and ono cuisine from local farmers, ranchers and fisherman. Call 667-1998

Genki Sushi in Maui Mall in Kahului will be closed on Christmas Day. Those out shopping on Christmas Eve will find bentos to-go to enjoy at the beach or home. Select from fried items such as garlic chicken, chicken karaage, squid karaage or chicken katsu and a sushi such as California roll and ume make — and you’re all set. Hours that day are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 873-7776.

Maui Prime Fine Foods will also be closed Christmas Day — but it generally offers wonderful gourmet food to buy for your at-home feasts from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays in Lahaina.

“We have bone-in and boneless prime rib, trimmed and tied tenderloins, hand-cut Snake River Farms American Wagyu steaks and Kurobuta hams,” say Jason Mahon, who also shucks oysters for customers who ask in advance. He’ll also pull live Maine lobsters out of the tank for you and package Alaskan king crab and salmon.

Maui Prime’s Diane Stanislaw will show you domestic and imported cheeses and wrap them for you. Of course, Maui steamer pots with broth, baguette and fresh seafood are winners at this time of year. Call 661-4912.

Looking for a hostess gift or a nice dessert to serve at a holiday party? Home Maid Bakery on Lower Main Street in Wailuku is baking up a storm of pumpkin, custard, apple and French apple pies along with combo flavors and festive cookies and cakes.

The landmark bakery also makes hot malasadas and has hot bentos and coffee, salad options and veggie crudites. Christmas Day hours are 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details, call 244-7015.

* Got restaurant/dining-event scoop? Call Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342; or email