AROUND THE TOWN ... Three T S Restaurants on Maui - Duke's Beach House, Hula Grill Kaanapali and Leilani's on the Beach-will team with the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa on Earth Day this Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to host the second annual Kaanapali Beach Clean-up.
Volunteers are welcome and should meet in front of Hula Grill by 0:30 a.m. Bring water and wear sun protection. Supplies will be provided.
"The Kaanapali Beach Clean-Up is a fun way for the local community to join us in our mission to improve the beauty of the area and also to help protect the health and safety of marine life on and off shore, " says Jason Donez, Leilani's general manager. "Our Maui restaurants have beautiful beachfront locations and we want to make sure we do our part in keeping them pristine."
Doris and Floyd Christenson of Mama’s Fish House were honored for Lifetime Achievement at the Ai Pono Awards on Sunday at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea.
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Afterward, the Fun Day Picnic will be held with food for the volunteers and there will be lots of fun giveaway items from local businesses.
MORE ON THE HYATT... A new monthly dinner series will be launched Friday at Japengo, a Pacific Rim Restaurant and Sushi Lounge. This month's theme is sushi and sake. The dinners will continue every third Friday of the month with various other wines, spirits and libations that pair with Japengo's cuisine.
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Executive Chef Matt Smith and Sushi Chef Jay Ledee present the sushi and sake dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Diners will enjoy an interactive and educational evening with sake pairing notes, incredible cuisine and takeaway gifts. Hyatt Regency Maui will donate a percentage of proceeds to the Visitors Industry Charity Walk.
Tuesday, Hyatt's 'Umalu will present Red Hot Runway, a poolside fashion show and pool party with live music from Omar and the Soultones along with live DJ, dancing, and lots of great food to savor.
BITS AND PIECES. . . The Slow Food Maui group will continue with its Taste Education Series from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at UH Maui College's Maui Culinary Academy in Kahului.
This month, participants who pay $15 will learn how to make sorbets and gelatos with owner Melissa McKelvey of Penguini in Paia.
"McKelvey's products are hand-crafted from locally grown ingredients in distinctive combinations such as kaffir lime and coconut, lilikoi and mango, and Olinda plum and ginger," says MCA's Chris Speere. "For reservations, visit slowfoodmaui.org or call 243-2290."
The owners of Makawao Steak House want to get the word out that its former Tea Room has been transformed in the Private Room, perfect for graduation parties, wedding receptions and showers.
"We also recently debuted our new happy hour Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.," says owner Donna Eneim. "You get $2 off drinks and pupu and we're thinking about adding entertainment."
Stella Blues Cafe in Kihei will change the format for its supper club this Friday and Saturday, when Eric Gilliom performs his "Soul Sessions."
"Rather than the four-course dinner, we are having a more informal experience," says owner Cindy Eiting. "There will be a $20 cover for the show. Specials will include crab stuffed shrimp with citrus butter sauce, pan-seared scallops served in a butter-lettuce cup with bean-thread noodles and a cilantro drizzle, sweet-and-spicy wonton chicken bundles and mini-seafood bites."
This month, Famous Dave's in Lahaina will flow with a happy hour special with 50 percent off all single pour drinks, beer and wine. Dave's sister restaurant, Lulu's Kihei, also runs a daily happy hour, featuring $3 mai tais, margaritas and select beers. "Come early and watch the sun set into the Pacific ocean," says Prashant Sharon.
* Reach Dining Editor Carla Tracy at 242-6342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.