The concluding event of the annual festival is the popular Taro Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the ballpark. Sponsored by the Hana Business Council, the breakfast includes delicious pancakes made with taro flour, in addition to sausage, scrambled eggs, pineapple, rice, coffee and orange juice. Prices are $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12 with the funds derived going to the Taro Festival Committee to offset some of its costs and to the Hana Business Council to answer various community needs throughout the year. Tickets will be on sale at the Taro Festival, and can also be purchased at the breakfast itself.
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FAMILY-FRIENDLY DINNERS IN KAPALUA . . . Resident and visitors now have a new “family friendly” dining option in Kapalua with the April 14 blessing and reopening of Honolua Store. The renovation and expansion of the historic building includes the introduction of a dinner menu with two nightly specials and an expanded alfresco dining area. Honolua Store’s deli offerings, pizzas, salads, wraps and items from the lunch menu are available at dinner, too.
The renovation includes a new espresso bar, a newly expanded wine section, fine meats and cheeses (including local brands like Surfing Goat Dairy), Kapalua Farms fresh organic produce, and a selection of organic and health foods.
Honolua Store opened in 1929 as a general store to service local plantation workers and their families. The renovation and expansion preserves the old plantation character of the building while upgrading services. The store has been expanded from 4,100 square feet to 5,850 square feet with a new deli area now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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TASTE OF HONEY . . . Before enjoying the inspiring sounds of Sweet Honey in the Rock tonight at the MACC, concertgoers can savor the spicy offerings of Fedwell Catering in the Yokouchi Founders’ Court from 5:30 p.m. The menu includes blackened mahi mahi, barbecue baby back ribs and spice grilled chicken. Each entree is served with macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and sauteed corn. There will also be Kula greens salad and deviled crab cake pupu with creole mustard sauce. Sweet Honey in the Rock will appear on the Castle Theater stage at 7:30 p.m.
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CHICAGO CONCERT . . . Dining options at Friday night’s Chicago concert in the MACC’s A&B Amphitheater will be as extensive as the supergroup’s list of hit songs. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with restaurants like Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe serving three kinds of Caesar salad, two pasta dishes, chicken marsala and roast pork au jus. In addition to Shepherd’s chili and rice, and citrus cream mahi mahi, Mulligan’s at the Wharf will be offering “Chicago” dogs and an assortment of salads. Bean and cheese burritos, mango barbecue pork burritos and grilled chicken plates will be available at the Maui Tacos booth. Who Cut the Cheese, a specialty food and wine store in Kihei, will be serving ham and salami or vegetarian panini as well as gourmet cheese plates. Maui Kazowie Kettlecorn and Ono Gelato will have a variety of treats. Soft drinks, beer and wine will also be available for purchase. Chicago takes the stage at 7 p.m.
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SUPPORT FOR STUDENT NURSES . . . Flatbread Pizza Company in Paia will donate $3.50 for each large flatbread pizza, and $1.75 for each small flatbread pizza sold on Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m. to Maui Community College student nurses. The benefit will support nursing students going to Kapiolani Women and Children’s Medical Center on Oahu next month to train and care for acutely ill children. There will also be a silent auction.
• Dining Editor Carla Tracy is on leave. Her dining features and column will return May 1.
Honolua Store's Chef Romeo Arruiza has 20 years experience in the food and beverage service. He specializes in local foods and flavors.
Photo courtesy Kapalua Resort