BURN, BABY BURN. . .The disco inferno days of old will be igniting Kaanapali, starting Saturday, when the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa celebrates its 30th anniversary with retro menus as well as Black & White Disco affairs.
Spats Nightclub will reopen for one night only Saturday with the legendary Spats dancers, Malibu models, Cirque Polynesia performers and DJ music. The VIP reception runs from 8 to 10 p.m. and includes guaranteed table, champagne, drink tickets and passed appetizers. Black-and-white disco attire is strongly recommended. Bombdiggity - talk about Saturday night fever!
Cost is $50 per person. General admission is from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. For tickets call Expedia at 667-4420.
Photo courtesy Hyatt Regency Maui
Spats Nightclub will reopen for one unforgettable night only (Saturday) and partygoers may dance until 3 a.m. like this couple, circa early 1980s.
In addition, the Hyatt's poolside 'Umalu restaurant will let you take a trip back in time to the '80s from Sunday through April 27. Relive Tom Cruise's movie "Cocktail" with the Electric Slide drink for $8.
It's a neon-blue island margarita with Sauza tequila, Maui Gold pineapple and Blue Curacao. Savor another blast from the past with grilled Pacific swordfish with pickled ginger and bamboo rice, black-bean puree and tropical fruit salsa for $30 per plate.
The Hyatt's General Manager Michael Jokovich is offering discounted room rates with credits for dining and other discounts now through June 13.
AROUND THE TOWN. . .In the '80s, it was called Secretary's Day. Now the politically correct way to say it is Administrative Professional's Day. Since Bistro Casanova is the place to go for business lunches in Kahului, bosses may want to take their APs Wednesday for a three-course lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
It includes choice of appetizers such as savory pastries with herbed goat cheese, prosciutto-wrapped grilled fresh asparagus, and Kaupo salad with Maui-grown flank steak over organic green. Main courses range from grilled lobster over angel hair to eggplant parmesan. Dessert is Casanova's famous tiramisu. Cost is $30.
Now, here's something The Maui News may not have written about in the 1980s. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Ohana announces the new Friends of Dorothy Dining Club, where on the third Tuesday of each month, members meet socially to enjoy a meal at various restaurants on the island.
The club's next dining experience will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Kihei. For more details on the location or for dinner reservations, visit www.mauigayinfo.com.
Dairy Queen Hawaii will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its signature frozen treat, the Blizzard, founded in 1985. From Monday through April 25, you may buy one Blizzard and get one for 25 cents at all 10 Dairy Queen locations in the state, including in Kihei.
The Montessori School of Maui in Makawao will present its Rainforest Rhapsody benefit party beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. This year's jungle theme will feature aerial entertainment, martinis by Maui's own Ocean Vodka, wines by Tedeschi Vineyards and hors doeuvres and dinner by Vasi's Catering.
Taxes were due on April 15 back in the '80s and they are due every year on that date, too. Those feeling the financial burden, may visit www.tacodelmar.com and print out a coupon to be redeemed for a free taco this Thursday. Taco del Mar is located in the Maui Mall in Kahului and it serves Baja beach-style Mexican fare.
Buzz's Wharf in Maalaea will take Maui residents back in time with 30 percent off the food portion of the bill all day on kamaaina Sundays. (This discount is good except for Mother's Day and Father's Day.)
Speaking of meal deals, the Maalaea Waterfront is once again offering its Hanapa'a fish special in which you buy one entree and get one free. You've also got to try their Caesar salads tossed table-side along with their fabulous appetizers such as the baked oysters.
In the 1980s, we ate personal pan pizzas, Funyuns and s'mores. Moving into the "now," the Standard American Diet (SAD) is on the forefront of everyone's minds, because of health issues. So I recommend you watch "Food Inc." at 9 p.m. Wednesday on PBS.
Bizarro cartoonist Dan Piraro will return to Maui for "Comedy, Karma and Kale" at 7 p.m. April 22 at Kaunoa Senior Center. Free and open to the public, the talk will be presented by the Vegetarian Society of Maui.
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.