Side Orders

Side Orders • June 22, 2017

JUICY TIDBITS . . . I’m sitting here at the computer crunching the new pineapple chips made by the same Maui Crisp people who create the prized beef jerky. The bags come in regular and li-hing-mui flavors. I just hope the crumbs don’t fall into the keyboard. Yum! I bought the addicting, ...

Side Orders • June 15, 2017

TO A VERY GOOD YEAR . . . The 36th annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival keeps getting better with age. But my scale at home tells me that I am not. Yes, I dared to weigh in after all of that wining and dining and now I’m whining about the results. So I’ll stop it and weigh in on event ...

Side Orders • June 8, 2017

CABARET NIGHT . . . Looking to enliven your Monday evenings with a fun, date-night dinner show? I just checked out the new Cabaret Night at Cafe del Vino in Maalaea and it’s a hoot with an all-star cast of Maui performers and a four-course meal of the classic kind with everything from French ...

Sideorders • June 1, 2017

ISLAND HAPPENINGS . . . The first Obon Festival of the 2017 season will dance its way into the Lahaina Shingon Mission near Kobe Steak House on Luakini Street Saturday evening. Besides dancing and a service, there will be a plethora of island favorites such as sushi, shave ice, nishime, ...

Side Orders • May 25, 2017

ON THE HORIZON. . . Drive along Kahului Harbor on Lower Beach Road and floral and feather garlands are everywhere at lei stands for grads. As summer nears, food trucks are proliferating, too, as it’s time to grab and go . . . to the beach. “We’ve had our Maui Hamburger Company trailer ...

Side Orders • May 18, 2017

‘TIS THE SEASON . . . Now that many of us have imbibed in Maui Brewers Festival and our lust for beer has been more than quenched, it’s time to focus on other festivals coming up on Maui’s horizon as it heats up for summer. For starters, you may book a seat at the Maui Tastemakers ...

Side Orders • May 11, 2017

BITS AND PIECES . . . On Friday, the new Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will celebrate the grand opening of its signature restaurant, Mauka Makai. The party in north Kaanapali begins at 5:30 p.m. and features chef action stations, specialty cocktails, cold local beer and live music. Priced right ...

Side Orders • May 4, 2017

HOT AS A TAMALE . . . Right after I finished writing a Cinco de Mayo piece for the inside pages, a few stragglers contacted me to promote fun on this Mexican holiday that is more about eating and drinking than an obscure battle. But I don’t wanna taco ‘bout it anymore, because after ...

Side Orders • April 27, 2017

JIN-GO-LO-BA! . . . Maui is at full tilt boogie these days with Carlos Santana and band returning to Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Tuesday among many other fun isle happenings. The MACC’s food and beverage Events Lawn opens at 4 p.m., so get into the conga line for Niihau lamb chili ...

Side Orders • April 20, 2017

RISE AND SHINE . . . Want to eat eggs Benedict at noon? No problem. Head to Keawakapu Beach and savor the new Brunch Every Day promotion at Sarento’s on the Beach restaurant. Sip $7 Bloody Marys, Bellinis and Screwdriver cocktails from 7 to 11 a.m. Breakfast selections include gluten-free ...

Side Orders • April 13, 2017

ON THE HORIZON. . . Mark your calendars for the 25th annual East Maui Taro Festival that will take root Saturday, April 29 at the Hana Ballpark. Admission is free and it includes 20 food booths, a farmers market, arts and crafts, live music and hula halau performing. In addition, the Queen’s ...

Side Orders • April 6, 2017

HOW’S YOUR ASPEN?. . . I hope it’s better than mine. In fact, my recent ski trip went downhill fast, even though I did exercise extreme caution. It’s just that I had a couple of slow, “Oh, No-O-O-O!” spills. Lucky I wore a helmet. But. . . Back on Maui, I’m sporting a knee brace ...

Side Orders • March 23, 2017

NEW FACE OF PAIA. . . While it still offers those great takeaway lunches as the Hana Picnic Lunch Co., the umbrella company recently moved to a bigger location in the north shore town. Called Paia Gelato, the company moved down the Hana Highway a few stores away from its original spot and ...

Side Orders • March 16, 2017

IT’S GREEK TO ME . . . Restaurants keep budding in Haiku like bamboo in the rainforest. Next week, lovers of Mediterranean cuisine may feast at the new Greek Oven Maui in Haiku Aloha Aina Center. But it won’t be your typical Greek cuisine. It will dish up gluten-free breads and vegan ...

Side Orders • March 9, 2017

MUCH ADO ABOUT. . . Wailuku. The county seat boasts a brand new restaurant in the former Asian Star in the Millyard. Miko’s Cuisine held its soft opening Friday after it revamped the large space with new floors, walls of canary green and marine blue, fun art, cushy booths and restrooms ...

Side Orders • March 2, 2017

FLUID HAPPENINGS . . . The Hawaiian word, “kohola,” means “whale” and Lahaina’s Kohola Brewery is making a humpback-size splash with a variety of pilsners, ales and stouts. The Beach Club at Aston Kaanapali Shores will present the Kohola Brewery dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday ...

Side Orders • February 23, 2017

AROUND THE TOWN . . . The who’s who of Maui poured into Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a at Grand Wailea recently to celebrate its grand reopening and rebranding as Humuhumu, dazzled by Chef de Cuisine Mike Lofaro’s new Hawaii Seasonal Cuisine menu and the renovation. The circular bar is now ...

Side Orders • February 16, 2017

NEW UPCOUNTRY. . . A Middle Eastern fusion cafe opened on Monday in the courtyard between Rodeo General Store and Master Jewelers in the heart of paniolo land in Makawao. Habibi serves shawarma, falafels and different hashes with lamb, chicken, fish or spiced chick peas; and desserts of ...

Side Orders • February 9, 2017

UP IN SMOKE. . . These smoldering words were not initially in the header that I wrote for this week’s Side Orders column the first time around. But my computer sparked, went black and I smelled smoke so now I’m “in the weeds,” so to speak, trying to put out last-minute fires by ...

Side Orders • February 2, 2017

RISING TO THE TOP . . . I just wrote about the University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program in Sunday’s paper. Then I got to work on Monday, and got a heads-up from the college that its Leis Family Class Act was just voted the No. 1 Best Overall Restaurant in Hawaii by ...