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Easter Dining Guide

March 20, 2008
The Maui News
Spring is in the air, Easter is on its way and island restaurants are preparing delectable meals to celebrate. Here’s a guide to help you choose from the array of festive meals being planned at island restaurants Easter Sunday.

Central Maui

Cafe O’ Lei at the Dunes will be closed for regular breakfast, lunch and dinner and open for an Easter Sunday buffet brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Carved roast prime ribs of beef and roast stuffed leg of lamb will be available at the carving station. Choose from ingredients like mushrooms, Kula onions, tomatoes, jumbo shrimp, bacon, sausage, sweet peppers, cheddar and parmesan cheese at the omelet station.

Entrees will include lightly blackened mahimahi, honey-macnut roast pork, jumbo shrimp linguine and roast chicken “Provence” served with caramelized onion mashed potatoes and a specialty salad station.

For dessert, enjoy selections like apple-mango cobbler, chocolate fondue, pineapple upside-down cake and bananas foster.

Cost is $32 per person and $15 for children, plus Hawaii state tax and 18 percent service charge. Children under 3 years of age will be admitted free. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 877-0073.

Maui Tropical Plantation is a beautiful setting for enjoying the Easter lunch buffet that will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The buffet includes the following selections and more: shrimp cocktail, ahi poke, clam chowder, “springtime” pasta salad, carved roast beef au jus, honey dipped fried chicken, roast pork with brown gravy, garlic butter mashed potatoes, vegetables du jour and tropical cakes.

Cost of the lunch buffet is $30.95 for adults and $16 for children ages 3 to 12. Prices do not include tax and service fee. For reservations, call 270-0306.

The Maui Beach Hotel Elleair Ballroom will be the location of an Easter brunch and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Brunch will include a breakfast station with waffles, omelets, pastries and more. Hot entrees will include grilled beef steak, shrimp and vegetable tempura, barbecue pork ribs and fried noodles.

Cold display selections include ahi sashimi, shrimp cocktail, ahi poke and unagi sushi roll. Assorted desserts will also be served.

Cost for the brunch is $33 for adults and $16.50 for children ages 6 to 11. Children under 5 years old eat for free. Prices for the brunch and the dinner do not include tax or gratuities (15 percent gratuity added to parties of six or more).

Dinner specials at the Maui Beach Hotel include king crab legs, prime rib with au jus and a sushi station.

Hot entrees selections include miso butterfish, chicken teriyaki, sauteed vegetables. There will also be a cold display with ahi sashimi, shrimp cocktail, ahi poke, maki and California sushi roll. Choose from an assortment of desserts to complete the meal.

Cost for the dinner is $49 for adults and $24.50 for children ages 6 to 11.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling 872-9307 or 872-9324 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 877-0051 or 872-9315 weekends.

Carey and Eddie’s Hideaway will serve two menus on Easter Sunday. Brunch will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an omelet station, ham, Portuguese and pork link sausages, pancakes plus the dinner buffet menu selections.

The dinner buffet from, 5 to 8 p.m. will include The Hideaway’s Hawaiian buffet, American barbecue buffet with barbecue pork ribs, two types of fish, pineapple glazed ham and more.

Both menus are being offered for $21.99. Cost for keiki under 10 years old is $10.99. Tax and tip will be added. Call 873-6555 for more information.


Hali‘imaile General Store will serve Easter Sunday Brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Crab pizza, Asian duck tostada with mango salsa and wasabi creme, brie and grape quesadilla will be among the appetizer offerings at the former plantation general store location.

Chinese chicken salad, jumbo shrimp Caesar, vegetable quiche with green salad and cold poached salmon and cucumber salad are among the salad selections.

For an entree, choose from grilled ahi; oven-roasted leg of lamb with goat cheese potato casserole and asparagus; crab cake Benedict; Kalua pork enchilada pie; asparagus, shiitake mushroom, boursin cheese omelet; and huevos racheros-tortilla (black beans, sauteed vegetables smothered in ranchero sauce and topped with two fried eggs and cheese).

Reservations are a must. Call 572-2666.

South Maui

The SeaWatch Restaurant welcomes diners to celebrate Easter with a large a la carte menu served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Start with creamy crab and rock shrimp bisque ($4 cup, $7 bowl), Buffalo wings served spicy or mild ($9), or crispy Asian egg rolls with sweet plum dipping sauce ($9), among other starters.

Salad selections include classic hand- tossed Caesar salad with grilled chicken ($11), and Surfing Goat cheese & beet salad with balsamic reduction ($14).

In addition to sandwich choices, entrees will include Hawaiian-style French toast made with Molokai sweetbread ($8.25), garden Benedict with spinach, tomato and Hollandaise ($11) and island catch stuffed with crab, salad and rice and lilikoi ponzu sauce ($16.95).

The SeaWatch “Brownie All the Way” warm fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream and macadamia nuts ($7.50) leads the dessert offerings.

In addition to a full bar, beverages will include orange or guava mimosa, champagne, fruit smoothie and Bloody Mary.

A 19 percent gratuity will be added to all parties of eight or more. The SeaWatch cannot process separate checks.

Mark Ellman and Shep Gordon are presenting an Easter buffet at Mala Wailea from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Selections include prime rib, macadamia- glazed ham, leg of lamb, an omelet station featuring Mala salads, entrees and desserts.

The first 100 tables booked will receive one free copy of the new Mala Ocean Tavern cookbook.

The all ocean-view restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, local organic greens and sustainably produced meats. The lounge and bar features a 16-bottle wine cruvinet with Belgian and Hawaiian beers on draft.

Cost for the Easter buffet is $58 for adults (included champagne) and $24 for children 12 and under. There is free validated parking at the restaurant’s Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa location. For reservations, call 875-9394.

Five Palms Beach Grill on Keawakapu Beach will serve an Easter Sunday brunch buffet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a lavish seafood and sushi display, prime rib and meat carving station, traditional breakfast dishes, fresh island salads and desserts. Cost is $44.95 for adults and $19.95 for children under 12 years of age. Reservations are recommended. Call 879-2607.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Wailea and Lahaina will open early Easter Sunday at 4 p.m. Complimenting the extensive menu, a prime rib dinner holiday special will be offered for $39.95. In addition, Ruth’s Chris will extend its Prime Time Menu, serving the complete meal from 4 to 6 p.m. Priced at $39.95 and $46.95, the entrees are served with a choice of accompaniment and dessert selection. For reservations, call 874-8880 in for The Shops at Wailea restaurant or 661-8815 for the Lahaina restaurant.

Stella Blues will be serving its regular menu in addition to Easter specials.

Breakfast selections, available from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. include waffles with strawberry compote, biscuits and gravy and chicken-fried steak.

Dinner specials from 5 to 10 p.m. include a 12-ounce prime rib and surf and turf (12-ounce New York steak with chipotle aioli and three large North Pacific sea scallops).

Complete the meal with flowerless chocolate cake with Chambord whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

Call 874-3779 for reservations.

West Maui

Kaanapali Beach Club’s North Shore Grill is featuring an Easter dinner buffet from 4 to 8 p.m. The salad bar will be stocked with Kula greens and assorted fresh vegetables, Mediterranean pasta salad, fresh fruits, potato macaroni salad and broccoli, cranberry and peanut salad. In addition to potato and leek soup, there will be a selection of fresh seafood, including peel-and-eat shrimp, smoked salmon and ahi poke.

The carving station will feature salt-crusted prime rib with herb au jus and horseradish guava jelly.

Entree selections include misoyaki mahi, guava smoked pork loin, king crab legs, herb-crusted chicken and shrimp stir fry.

Hot cross buns, apple pies and chocolate-dipped strawberries will be among the bakery offerings.

Cost is $42 for adults and $15 for children 6 to 12 years old. For reservations, call 661-2000.

Canoes Easter Champagne Brunch entree selections include the award-winning salad bar, icy cold glass of champagne, freshly baked taro rolls and home-style lilikoi cheesecake for $27.95 per person.

Choose a wide array of breakfast items, such as island style crab and eggs Benedict. Other selections include macadamia-nut-crusted mahimahi, honey-glazed Easter ham and mango barbecue babyback ribs. A 17 percent service charge will be added for all parties of six or more guests. For reservations, call 661-0937.

Make Easter Sunday extra memorable by treating your family and friends to a sumptuous Easter brunch at the oceanfront Tropica restaurant at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

Executive Chef Bart Umidi and his culinary team have whipped up the choicest delights presented in 10 different stations for all to indulge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Priced at $55 per adult and $27.50 per child (ages 5 to 12 years), the buffet brunch includes an island seafood display with oysters on half shell, king crab legs, ahi poke, chilled shrimp, house-smoked Pacific salmon, California rolls and more.

There are also other stations including a carvery station with Hana rum and maple-glazed baked ham as well as pepper-crusted prime rib of beef with au jus; hot selections such as roasted leg of lamb with wild rice, Chinese spiced roasted chicken and grilled swordfish with shiitake mushrooms; an elaborate cheese & fruit display; a Mediterranean antipasto display with grilled sweet peppers, mushrooms, prosciutto, aged salami and crusty bread rolls; a salad station with selections such as spring asparagus and endive with blue cheese and walnuts; breakfast favorites offering eggs prepared in different ways and omelets, Belgian waffles with berries and whipped cream and pineapple sausage; and traditional holiday treats such as corn pudding, steamed vegetables and garlic whipped potatoes.

There is even a keiki station serving crispy chicken tenders, the all-time favorite mac and cheese and pancakes with syrup. The dessert display for the sweet-toothed will include irresistible choices like passion fruit creme brulee, island cheese cake, panacotta pavlova, macadamia nut bread pudding, chocolate treats and an ice-cream station.

Call the resort at 808-667-2525 for reservations.

Easter Brunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the poolside Ocean Bar & Grill and the Pulehu restaurant at The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

Executive Chef Tony Edington and Director of Food & Beverage Alex Soto have created a winning combination with tantalizing flavors for all to enjoy at only $46 per adult and $23 per child (aged 5 to 12 years). Children aged 5 and younger eat free when accompanied by an adult.

Prices exclude tax. A 20 percent gratuity will be added for groups of 7 and more. Coupons or discounts are not applicable.

The choices include a seafood display with smoked salmon, maki sushi rolls, ocean salad and oysters in half shells; assorted cheeses & antipasti; salad station with choicest greens and condiments; hot buffet with miso-glazed salmon, beef medallions, Cornish game hen and fetuccini alfredo; action station with fresh omelet preparation and carving Maui pineapple-and-brown-sugar-glazed baked ham; and breakfast specialties with eggs Benedict, pancakes with bananas, applewood-smoked bacon and brunch blintz with blueberries. The dessert and baked goods section offers scrumptious treats — house-baked pastries, mango cheese cake, coconut cake, chocolate cake, banana mac nut pudding, brownies and cookies. For an additional $6 per person, one can enjoy a mimosa or bloody mary with their brunch.

For reservations at the Ocean Pool Bar and Grill, call 667-3238 and for Pulehu Restaurant, call 662-2655.

The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas also offers fun-filled activities on Easter Sunday including picture time with the Easter Bunny from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Ocean Lawn; an Easter Egg Scramble at the Ocean Lawn from 9 to 10 a.m. for different age groups; a Build A Stuffed Animal Workshop from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. where you can create your very own stuffed toy animal (at extra cost) ; an exciting fund-raising Duck Race at noon at the South Side Pool Slide; an Easter Scavenger Hunt at 1:30 pm at the Westin Kids Club play area (pirate ship lawn) and Easter Tattoos from 3 to 4 p.m. at the kids club.

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa will serve Easter brunch in the Swan Court Restaurant from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to seasonal fruit, berries, freshly baked pastries and muffins, diners will be able to enjoy imported and domestic cheeses, assorted rolls, breads and crackers.

Other selections include salad Nicoise with herb crusted ahi, volcano spiced prime rib of beef au jus with creamy horseradish, sauteed opakapaka with lobster lemongrass sauce, and roasted pork loin with wilted watercress and pinot noir reduction.

Breakfast favorites will include sticky bun French toast with maple syrup, roasted baby potatoes with caramelized onion and thyme, classic eggs Benedict, miso soup and steamed rice.

An elaborate display of desserts, both classic and Hawaiian, will also be available.

Cost for the brunch is $40 per adult and $20 per child. For reservations, call 667-4727.

For something different, hop aboard the Easter brunch cruise departing Lahaina Harbor. The Pacific Whale Foundation cruise features live entertainment. There will also be an Easter sunset appetizer cruise and Easter dinner cruise. Call 249-8811 for menus and information.


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