TIME FOR BRUNCH . . . Get ready to loosen your belts as two new brunches are enticing Maui diners. In Waikapu, Kahili Restaurant recently launched a Sunday brunch buffet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the price is right at $22.95 per person.
"I think it's the best deal around," says Eddie Munoz, the executive chef of Kahili. "We have incredible views from the lanai, we use real cloth napkins, and we have two action stations for omelets and prime rib."
You'll also find seafood-and-chicken paella, assorted sushi, poke, lox and bagels, salads, grilled and marinated veggies, Belgian waffles, juices and a special hot entree that rotates every week.
Kahili Restaurant’s Lead cook Alex Sol (left) flips an omelet as Executive Chef Eddie Munoz carves prime rib roast at their new brunch.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
"Since it started, we've featured kalbi ribs and pot roast. This Sunday, we'll roast pork loin with Cajun spices," says Munoz. Call 242-6000.
Beginning Sunday, Ka'anapali Beach Hotel will partner with KPOA Radio for the Aloha Sunday Champagne Brunch Broadcast on the last Sunday of each month. Alaka'i Paleka will preside at the festivities. There will be live entertainment, prize giveaways, birthday and anniversary recognitions and live interviews.
"The theme will change each month, but we'll always bring together talent, impromptu presentations, community events and excellent food," says Tom Fairbanks, director of food and beverage. Cost is $36.95 adults, $22 for kids 6 to 12, free for kids 5 and younger, and there are kamaaina rates. Call 667-0124.
MORE IN KAANAPALI . . . People who attended the VIP?opening of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa's new Japengo Friday are still raving about the "wow" factor. Events like this only happen once in a blue moon, and we have to give credit to the resort's General Manager Michael Jokovich for pulling it off.
Everything from fiery spectacles to samurai warriors fighting one another to geisha girls greeting you through the dry-ice haze will be imprinted on our mind for months to come. Congrats on a fab new restaurant!
We also hear Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar's corporate chef for Maui has jumped ship to Cane & Taro in Kaanapali. Ivan Pahk is now a chef partner in the biz, and word has it the restaurant name will change a few months down the road from now.
"First we brought in Ivan, then we'll change the concept to more fresh fish and farm-to-table ingredients," says Ivan's partner, DK Kodama. "That's his directive and then we'll change the name."
Kaanapali's Champions Skins Game will tee off its pro-am event Friday. The places to hang out after a day on the links to enjoy drinks and pupu starting at 4 p.m. will be both Tijuana's and Margarita House. But the clubhouse will be closed for private functions.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Calling all ladies who want to destress and indulge with their gal pals. Grand Wailea will present Divas Night Out on the last Friday of each month and the first one is this week.
You may kick-start your evening with drinks such as the Saucy Senorita, Pure Sunshine and Creamsicle - all 150 calories or less. Then enjoy "skinny eats" such as tapas, crab quesadillas and artisan cheeses as you listen to live music by Alika Nakooka and peruse the Seyana Jewelry trunk show. But the fun is just getting started.
For $60 per diva from 8 to 10 p.m., you may head to Spa Grande for two hours of exclusive hydrotherapy circuit access. It also includes chocolate mini-spa treatments as well as sinful desserts, a petite goodie bag and fashion fair by top designers. Call 875-1234.
Mala Wailea just bought back its kamaaina discount of 50 percent off food after 8 p.m. with valid Hawaii ID. It's good for parties up to 12.
* You may reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342.