Side Orders

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 ...

Side Orders • January 26, 2017

FOR FOOTBALL FANS . . .  I’m  gearing up for next week’s Scene, in which I’ll write about where to dine on Super Bowl Sunday when the Atlanta Falcons battle the New England Patriots. But many of us want to watch the game at home or at a friend’s house and that means advance planning ...

Side Orders • January 19, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . The Rooster is ready to flap its wings as the next Chinese New Year animal on Jan. 28. Eat authentic and auspicious foods at Mike’s Hong Kong Bistro on Central Avenue in Wailuku and Ichiban Restaurant on Kaahumanu Avenue in Kahului and more. But you’ve still got time to ...

Side Orders • January 12, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . Several Maui  restaurants across the island support Grow Some Good through special dinner promos, where a portion of the proceeds go to fund school garden programs. Ongoing promotions are happening this month at DUO in the Four Seasons Resort Maui during its Friday Night ...

Side Orders • January 5, 2017

AROUND TOWN . . . With prime rib, turkey and mashed potatoes all threatening to hang like saddlebags on our hips, it’s time to buck off the old with healthful resolutions in the New Year. “Diabetes, Pain and Cancer: Get Your Health Back in 10 Days” will be the talk by Terry Shintani, ...

Side Orders • December 29, 2016

KAPALUA TEES OFF . . . What can possibly top all of the New Year’s Eve bashes on Maui? The annual Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, of course, in which pro golfers and celebrities alike descend on Maui to compete. But fans and participants get hungry on the links when it tees off from ...

Side Orders • December 22, 2016

TRANSFORMED . . .  On Saturday, I saw the results of a $100 million renovation  at the former Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa by owner Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc. Now called Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott Maui, the stunning hotel property boasts 547 redesigned rooms and suites, ...

Side Orders • December 15, 2016

HOLIDAY CHEER . . . On Monday, a gingerbread village lighting reception with caroling by the Sacred Hearts School Choir will get the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali jumping. The lighting and the caroling will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby. The Gingerbread Village will remain ...

Side Orders • December 8, 2016

NEW IN SOUTH MAUI . . . Not one, but two, new restaurants are opening in South Maui. This is much better news than how I started off my column last week with two closing in Lahaina. This month, Shearwater Tavern will open in part of the old Stella Blues location at Azeka Mauka in Kihei ...

Side Orders • December 1, 2016

IN WEST MAUI . . . Uncorking its next monthly wine tasting dinner on Friday will be Lahaina Coolers. For starters, sip Matanzas Creek sauvignon blanc and savor pistachio-pumpkin soup. The next course is Cambria chardonnay of Sonoma paired with butternut squash and goat cheese tartines; ...

Side Orders • November 24, 2016

TANKS, EH?. . . Still need last-minute reservations for Thanksgiving Day dining  and beyond? At the King Kamehameha Golf Club in Waikapu, brunch will be swinging famously with Willie K as the headliner on stage with popular Maui blues artist Gretchen Rhodes accompanying him and Kathy ...

Side Orders • November 17, 2016

SWEET AS PIE . . . There were two, well, actually three, stars of the show at the Life is Sweet benefit for Best Buddies Hawaii on Saturday in the central mall part of The Shops at Wailea. Winning the No. 1 dessert was four-time repeat champ and Fairmont Kea Lani Pastry Chef Ricky DeBoer with ...

Side Orders • November 10, 2016

ACTION PACKED . . . Do you adore chocolate? How about cheesecake? Then run to the Life is Sweet fundraiser for Best Buddies Hawaii from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Shops at Wailea. But you won’t be able to run there as fast as my fellow dessert contest judge and host Carl Lewis, who won ...