AROUND THE TOWN . . . There's a new Chinese restaurant in Wailuku located in the old Rosa's Cantina on Market Street. Kings Barbecue & Chinese Restaurant is open daily from 6 a.m. 9:30 p.m. Breakfast costs only $2.99. We tried lunch last week and enjoyed the chicken with fresh green beans as well as the house chow mein, piled high.
We also checked out China Boat in Kahana recently. The original owners are back and it's newly remodeled, serves lunch and dinner and there is plenty of shady parking in the large back lot.
Owners Haruo Kurokawa and his wife, Shuw-Luan Chang, are now serving Mandarin, Cantonese and Szechwan cuisine as well as hot Japanese items such as tempura, teriyaki and katsu don.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
China Boat in Kahana is sailing its way into your hearts with both Chinese and Japanese cuisine these days during lunch and dinner.
"There have been rumors that this place has closed, but that's not true," says Manager Grace Chen. "We do delivery and catering, too."
Try the Hunan beef, the Szechwan hot garlic chicken and the seafood udon. The sizzling rice soup crackles and pops when brought to the table. Both brown and steamed white rice are available.
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EVENTS GALORE . . . Cinco de Mayo will be the next fun holiday happening here and Moose McGillycuddy's in Kihei is ready.
"We'll feature Maui mariachi music, the girls will be making tamales and we'll feature lots of drink specials and do giveaways," says Managing Partner Penny Jo Putnam. "The Don Julio girls are coming and our party will be both upstairs and downstairs because our sister restaurant, Fred's Mexican Cantina, is participating. It's a big neighborhood party. A lot of people walk here."
Even Kalama Heights Retirement Community in Kihei will get in on the Cinco de Mayo action with a salsa recipe contest at 5 p.m. May 5. It's open to the public and there will be entertainment, dinner and fun for $13 per person. But due to limited space, interested parties must call 879-1500 by Sunday to ensure a seat.
Maui Brewing Co. in Kahana will feature its next Pint Night benefit for Pacific Whale Foundation from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday. Proceeds from all pints sold benefit marine education programs.
The Pacific Whale Foundation also offers the ongoing Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise on Fridays with reggae star Marty Dread. It is an absolute blast with music and lots of appetizers.
Mark your calendars for May 27 at Mala Wailea, when Chef Michel Nischan will appear at a special wine dinner. He's written a top 10 New York Times best-seller and has appeared on "Oprah."
BITS AND PIECES . . . Calling all single people who are looking for "stylish" action. The GQ Magazine/Bombay Sapphire Most-Inspired Bartender Contest will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Luana Lounge in the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui in Wailea.
"It will run for about an hour and should be a lot of fun," says Pete Sylvester, the Fairmont's director of food and beverage. "Bartenders from our Luana Lounge and Ko restaurant along with Tommy Bahama and Mala Wailea will be among those competing."
Spotted dining at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kihei Saturday night were musician Dave Matthews and comedic actor Nick Swardson, who is famous for his roles in "Reno 911" on TV as well as a number of Happy Madison films.
Happy's founder is Adam Sandler, who's on island filming "Just Go With It." He's dined at least three times at Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei with his family and also with tennis hottie Andy Roddick.
"He's a super hands-on dad," says Stella Blue's partner Cindy Eiting. "He's really cute."
We also hear Sandler's production company has bought out a popular Maui restaurant this week and some staff have been hired as extras. . . Chuck Boerner of Ono Organic Farms in Kipahulu is providing his exotic fruits for the movie people as well.
Mauians have just two more days to enter for the prize drawing at Outback Steakhouses in Kihei or Lahaina to win two plane tickets, rental car and four nights hotel in Phoenix to see the "Southern voice," Tim McGraw, live in concert June 3. No purchase is necessary - but the Bloomin' Onion and juicy steaks, chicken and shrimp on the barbie are worth the visit alone.
* Carla Tracy is the dining editor of the Maui Scene. You may e-mail email@example.com or call 242-6342.