Side Orders

Side Orders • January 18, 2018

FUTURE IS BRIGHT . . . On Saturday after the missile-alert mistake “all-clear,” I headed to Lowe’s to buy plants and ran into Eric Gilliom. He was in the garden area, too, a sign that we both had hope for the future. He headlines the Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise on Fridays ...

Side Orders • January 11, 2018

‘NEW’ IN WAILUKU. . . Sushi lovers will want to check out the contemporary and sleek new look of the remodeled Umi on Vineyard Street. The owner started sub-leasing a space at Soup to Nuts Catering some time ago and then took over as of Jan. 1. “I did a renovation, pretty much from the ...

Side Orders • January 4, 2018

BETTER WORLD. . . Some of us old enough may remember that song by Zager and Evans: “In The Year 2525,” with the frightening lyrics, “If Man is Still Alive, If Woman Can Survive. . .” Well, that date is certainly inching closer and I say, let’s survive it the best we can. I heard ...

Side Orders • December 28, 2017

OVER-THE-TOP MAUI . . .What’s that song Willie Nelson made famous? “If You’ve Got The Money, Honey, I’ve Got The Time.” That’s about what the New Year’s Eve honky-tonkin’ here has boiled down to with all of the private jets on the tarmac and the well-heeled set descending on ...

Side Orders • December 21, 2017

NAUGHTY OR NICE . . . Lovers of wine and music may mark their calendars for Jan. 12 when two soulful guitarists/wine industry experts return to the isle to perform at Maui Chef’s Table at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. These multi-talented dudes are Master Sommelier Michael Jordan, ...

Side Orders • December 14, 2017

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 ...

Side Orders • December 7, 2017

MY BUCKET LIST . . . On Friday, I planned to dash home to console the dog. I knew that Pua would have her head thrown back, wailing in ear-piercing tones to match the monthly tsunami siren test, and yowling even higher with the double whammy of an added nuclear siren test. But a mountain of ...

Side Orders • November 30, 2017

AROUND THE TOWN . . . In-the-know diners luxuriate over the multi-course luncheons at the Leis Family Class Act restaurant upstairs in the Pa‘ina Building at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College in Kahului. The last luncheon of the semester will be served Friday and a grand-finale wine ...

Side Orders • November 23, 2017

FOR ART SAKE . . . One of the things I’ve always liked about art receptions is the pupu and drink aspect. You may laugh, but the heightened experience does get you in the mood to appreciate art. Food is certainly one reason to attend the Showcase Under the Stars art auction from 5 to 10 ...

Side Orders • November 16, 2017

ON A SWEET NOTE . . . The eighth annual fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawaii attracted dessert lovers to The Shops at Wailea last weekend. Life is Sweet pitted chefs from Fairmont Kea Lani, Mulligans on the Blue, Longhi’s Wailea, Gannon’s, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea, Hotel Wailea ...

Side Orders • November 9, 2017

SALUTE TO VETS . . . Veteran’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday with deals for the military. But Maui seems to be jumping with events throughout November for the rest of us, too. At Rock & Brews in Paia, those with a veteran’s, military or first responders’ ID will receive one ...

Side Orders • November 2, 2017

WEST SIDE STORIES . . . The fun of Halloween on Front Street is behind us, but Lahaina and the rest of West Maui are still jumping. Looking for a moderately priced wine dinner? Then head to Lahaina Coolers on Friday for its monthly affair for $65, plus tax and tip. Begin with Ruffino pinot ...

Side Orders • October 26, 2017

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 ...

Side Orders • October 19, 2017

FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . . Not one, but two, Maui restaurants have made the Top 10 U.S. Fine-dining Establishments list in the recent TripAdvisor awards. Mama’s Fish House again held its ground as one of the nation’s Top 10, beating out the super spectacular Gary Danko in San Francisco — and ...

Side Orders • October 12, 2017

MAUI IS “DA BEST” . . . Dragging in from vacation, I’m thrilled to learn that the Valley Isle is the Most Popular Domestic Destination in the 2017 Fall Travel Trends Survey just released by the Travel Leaders Group. Of course, it’s one of many awards bestowed on Maui — and our ...

Side Orders • September 28, 2017

IT’S GREEK TO ME . . . Healthful Mediterranean foods keep dancing like Zorba into Maui hearts and palates from Gyro food truck at Home Depot parking lot in Kahului to the Maui Greek Oven in Haiku. Another Maui food truck has a similar name, but the new Gyro landed at Home Depot two months ...

Side Orders • September 21, 2017

OOM-PAH-PAH TIME . . . Put on your dirndls and lederhosen or don your best casual Maui clothes for the second annual Oktoberfest Beer Garden bash from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday outdoors on the lush Pacific Lawn of the Montage Kapalua Bay. The Bavarian-style event for adults ages 21 and older will ...

Side Orders • September 14, 2017

CHANGING CLIMATE . . . “Lucky we live Hawaii” is a famous saying that has been around the islands for decades. It still applies to this day. The weather of late has been epic, planets apart from the hurricane- and flood-devastated states of Texas and Florida. Maui restaurateurs are ...

Side Orders • September 7, 2017

UP-AND-COMERS . . . With the recent Best of Maui tabloid hot off the press, we don’t have to look very far to get a great meal on island. But more places continue to open as in the case at Napili Shores in the former Iron Imu and Maui Grille locations. “We’re so excited to be on our own ...

Side Orders • August 31, 2017

A-LIST ISLAND . . . Movie stars, rock legends and top chefs were out in force last week at the home of Shep Gordon, who graciously hosted a political fundraiser and threw a heck of a party with live music and culinary delights. Actor Jim Carrey was friendly and said that his Showtime series, ...