BITS AND PIECES . . . Haiku is on a fast track to be party central these days. Friday, May 29, Maui-based clothing firm, A Makebelieve Clothing Company, will host its official launch party at Voyage East in Pauwela Cannery. Doors open at 7 p.m. with local entertainment and fashion show to follow.
The food angle is that Chef Cameron Lewark of Spago will cater pupu such as Kobe beef lettuce cups with Indian-spiced lentils, Kula strawberry and Maui onion salad with 12-year-old Balsamic, hearts of palm rolls with watermelon and avocado radish with wasabi, and spicy ahi-tuna poke in sesame-seed miso cones.
Mark Nigbur of Maui's own upscale Pau Vodka will be there, too, pouring his liquid gold that is the talk of the fine spirits world.
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Master distiller Mark Nigbur of Maui’s Pau Vodka will pour his upscale liquor at the official launch party for A Makebelieve Clothing Company at the Voyage East in Haiku’s Pauwela Cannery.
"Mark will make pomegranate-limeade cosmopolitans and berries-gomega and apple-raspberry cocktails using fresh organic juices by Odwalla," says Makebelieve's owner, Darren Sarno. "Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 day of the show. Ticket outlets are Wokstar in Kihei, Cafe Marc Aurel in Wailuku and Hi-Tech in Paia."
Here's a juicy piece of gossip for those who used to cut a rug in Lahaina in the late 1970s. Some colorful character is trying to resurrect the Blue Max restaurant and nightclub. But this time, it will be mauka of Front Street. We'll have more details if it progresses.
Speaking of blasts from our past, Michael Carlson is back as general manager of Canoes in Lahaina after having worked at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas for a couple of years. He's got the only proper salad bar in West Maui with 35 tempting items, he offers kamaaina 20 percent off food menu daily, and he runs happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with half-off bar and sushi menu.
"We used to charge for the salad bar with your entree, but now it's included," says Carlson.
Everybody has been wondering where wine guy Travis Takahashi has "bin." Well, he hasn't been at Bin 69, which still has been unable to open in Wailea. He's resurfaced at Mala Wailea in the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa as restaurant manager under legendary General Manager Moki Chong Kee.
"I have been working on elevating service as well as building a wine program," says Travis. "I will start our wine tastings, classes and dinners soon."
Remember the Outback Steakhouse contest a while back, in which some lucky Hawaii resident would win a trip for four people to Sydney with all expenses paid? Abe Galan of Lahaina is the lucky winner!
"I've never won anything before. But all that has changed," says the surprised and shocked Abe.
"At Outback Steakhouse, we bring a taste of Australia to the Hawaiian Islands every day," says joint-venture partner Tim Madonna. "We hope Abe will share a little of Hawaii and our aloha spirit on his trip Down Under."
Bruddah Willy's Sticky Ribs in Waikapu will celebrate its first anniversary Friday and Saturday with new extended hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. "We have a new sit-down counter and new menu board with weekly specials," says owner Will Bailey. "And we'll give away free samples of our new barbecue beans with Portuguese sausage and corn bread with honey butter."
As many already know, Hapa is performing Saturday night at Casanova in Makawao. Those who purchase tickets to the show may order a four-course Italian feast for $35 per person. Entree choices are veal parmigiana, ahi Siciliana, and mahimahi crusted with pine nuts and served with lilikoi sauce and fresh mango salsa.
New restaurants on Maui include Taco de Mar in the Maui Mall in Kahului, a quick-service Mexican restaurant; and Da Kitchen in the former Blue Lagoon courtyard area at the Wharf Cinema Center in Lahaina.
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.