The chefs at Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Kaanapali will tempt diners with two brunches Easter Sunday.
The most elaborate Hyatt brunch will be at Swan Court from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The open-air dining room boasts ocean views, soaring ceilings, lagoons, waterfalls and live swans.
Peter Cottontail will appear at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Jared Krausen is the lead cook at the resort’s Swan Court restaurant, and he’s stoked to be preparing the brunch.
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Highlights will include carved certified Angus beef, rosemary-infused spring leg of lamb and pinot noir glaze, chilled oysters and prawn cocktail, smoked salmon and bagels, and a dessert display complete with a chocolate fountain.
Cost is $48 for adults and $25 for keiki 5 to 12.
The Hyatt's poolside 'Umalu restaurant will also feature brunch from 6:30 to 11 a.m. with freshly baked pastries, eggs from frittatas to classic Benedicts, pancakes with maple syrup and assorted potatoes. Cost is $20 adults, $10 for keiki ages 5 to 12. Call 667-4430.
The pink pyramid of a hotel, now named Diamond Resorts International Ka'anapali Beach Club, will pull out all of the stops with Easter Sunday Brunch in its oceanfront North Beach Grill restaurant with seatings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For starters, there will be live music, hula performances and an Easter egg hunt from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
New Executive Chef Steven Horn will wow you with crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, ahi poke and a host of salad bar items. Hot entrees include made-to-order omelets, slow-roasted prime rib and country ham. Top it off with biscuits and gravy, cheese crepes with strawberry sauce, mahimahi with passion fruit butter sauce, hot cross buns, chocolate cake, apple pie and more. Cost is $41.50 adults and $24.99 children 6 to 12. Call 661-2000.
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel will delight the children and the adults with its elaborate Easter champagne brunch of 65 dishes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Enjoy live Hawaiian music, an Easter egg hunt (for the first 10 brunch guests only), face painting, a petting farm, hourly visits by the Easter Bunny and a traveling exhibit by Maui Ocean Center.
Cost is $44.95 adults and $24 children 6 to 12. Call 667-0124.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa will host a day of fun for the whole family in its prime spot at Black Rock in Kaanapali.
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the Anuenue Lawn at 9:30 a.m. as well as the annual Rubber Duckie Race at noon at the swimming pool.
But the icing on the cake is the Easter Brunch at the resort's Black Rock Terrace restaurant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Savor fresh sashimi, roasted pork loin with dried cranberries, eggs Benedict on crab cakes, Kona chocolate spring rolls and more. Cost is $48 adults, $24 children 12 to 15 and $15 for children 4 to 11. For Sheraton reservations, call 661-0031.
Pacific Whale Foundation will take to the high seas on the Easter Brunch Cruise from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Departing Lahaina Harbor, it will cruise the coast and offer a buffet of roasted thyme chicken breast in Hamakua mushroom garlic cream, baked ham with pineapple glaze, stuffing, scalloped potatoes, Upcountry greens with Maui onion dressing, grilled island-grown seasonal vegetables and freshly baked taro rolls.
For dessert, enjoy chocolate macadamia nut brownies and tropical fruits. Up to three alcoholic beverages are included in the price for adults, and there will also be juices, soda and filtered water.
Cost of Pacific Whale Foundation's cruise is $79.95 for adults and $49.95 for children 3 to 12. Call 249-8811.
Overlooking the water, Kimo's on Front Street will also offer spectacular ocean views from its open-air perch.
Savor items from the a la carte brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and each keiki gets an Easter egg. Festivities continue from 2 to 4 p.m. with Uncle Willie K performing for diners.
Then, dinner service will begin early at 4 p.m. and each getting seated at that time will get free hula pie. For reservations, call 661-4811.
As usual Ruth's Chris Steak House will sizzle on Easter with a la carte selections at its two Maui locations. One is at the Shops at Wailea and the other at Lahaina Center on Front Street.
"Each restaurant will offer Easter Sunday specials created by our talented chefs and guests will also be able to select entrees like the USDA prime cowboy rib eye, filet mignon, New York strip, fresh island fish and Ruth's famous barbecued shrimp," says Emi Espinda, marketing manager. Sides range from the indulgent creamed spinach to baked potato. Call Wailea at 874-8880 or Lahaina at 661-8815.
Moose McGillycuddy's also boasts two Maui locations - one at 2511 S. Kihei Road in Kihei and the other upstairs at 844 Front St. in Lahaina. Go enjoy the beach in the morning and then come to Moose's any time from 2 p.m. until it's gone.
We're talking about reasonably priced meals such as the baked ham with brown sugar and mustard glaze served with creamy au gratin potatoes, steamed green peas with pearl onions and grilled fresh pineapple for $15.99.
Or opt for Moose's roasted leg of lamb in cabernet reduction sauce with mint jelly and the above-mentioned sides. For reservations, call Moose's Kihei at 891-8600 or Moose's Lahaina at 667-7758.
Those who crave a gourmet cuisine at its finest should book seats at DUO in the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea.
DUO will set the stage for Easter Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlights are a breakfast station, seafood bar and separate oyster and sushi stations along with salads, soups and appetizers.
Savor lobster tails in miso-soy vinaigrette, dungeness crab summer rolls, jumbo prawns, domestic and international cheeses, grilled calamari, marinated pencil-thin asparagus and tomato cream soup.
Four Seasons chefs will hand carve black- pepper-and-sea-salt-crusted prime rib, whole roasted bone-in kurobuta ham and rosemary-and-garlic leg of lamb.
Other hot entrees are misoyaki-glazed catch of the day, Mediterranean seafood stew, oven-roasted pork tenderloin, local spring vegetables and more.
The resort's pastry chef will tempt you with pineapple-carrot cake, caramel pots du creme, coconut-blueberry shots, mini fruit tarts, chocolate almond tarts and ice cream sandwiches.
Cost is $87 adults and $39 keiki 6 to 12 years of age. For reservations, call the Four Seasons at 874-8000.
Five Palms Beach Grill at Keawakapu Beach in Kihei will present a brunch buffet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at $38; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $43.95. Children younger than 12 are $19.95. You'll find a lavish seafood display, sushi, prime rib and other carving stations, traditional breakfast dishes, fresh salads and desserts. Call Five Palms at 879-2607.
Makena Beach & Golf Resort will go all out with an Easter brunch that includes complimentary sparkling wine or mimosas along with an egg hunt, visits by the Easter Bunny, a children's hula show, live music, face painting, koi fish feeding and balloon animal twisting. You may also peruse booths by Hawaiian crafters.
Brunch seating times are 9, 9:30, 10, 11:30 a.m. and noon in the Molokini Bar & Grille. Dine oceanfront on favorites such as eggs Benedict, waffle bar, snap-and-eat snow crab legs and more.
Executive Chef Marc McDowell will add spring and gourmet enhancements such as boneless leg of lamb in mint and mango chutney, Kona lobster chowder, rock shrimp stir fry, veal scallopini, chef's pasta of the day, mirin-glazed Hawaiian roast duck and organic spinach and fruit salad with guajilo vinaigrette.
Cost is $65 adults and $35 children ages 6 to 12. For Makena Beach & Golf Resort, call 875-5888.
Gannon's: A Pacific View Restaurant overlooks Pu'u O Lai cinder cone and the ocean beyond. Dine any time from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on an all-you-can-eat buffet with breakfast, pasta and salad stations. Joe and Beverly Gannon's team of chefs will carve prime rib of beef, bone-in country ham with honey-dijon mustard, and whole-roasted turkey with gravy.
Crunch Chinese chicken salad, crab dip with chips and chopped Greek salad with shrimp. On the sweet side, there will be muffins, scones and croissants, along with peach and cherry cobbler with whipped cream, warm chocolate bread pudding with whipped cream, and lemon curd trifle. Cost is $38 adults and $18 for children. For more details, call 875-8080.
Grand Wailea will present an Easter Champagne Brunch in the opulent, open-air Grand Dining Room. Enjoy views of the dolphin reflecting pool and nearby islands while you dine on an elaborate feast from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rise and shine with Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and fresh malasadas filled with guava or Bavarian cream and rolled in cinnamon sugar.
Seafood starters include shrimp, snow crab claws and oysters, shrimp margaritas, ahi poisson crus and chilled lobster salad with grapefruit, avocado and vanilla-citrus vinaigrette.
Indulge in cheeses, roasted prime rib of beef, guava-glazed ham with pineapple marmalade, roasted rack of lamb with poha berry relish, chicken Cordon Bleu and fish in violet mustard sauce.
The little ones will delight in the Keiki Korner with wagon-wheel pasta, chicken fingers, meatballs in marinara, sliced fresh watermelon, jelly beans and cookies they may decorate.
Adult desserts range from island berry crisps to ice cream sundae bar. Cost is $72 per adult and $36 per children ages 5 to 12. Call 875-1234.
There are plenty of options in Central Maui this year. Let's start with the Kahili Restaurant on the Kahili Golf Course in Waikapu. It's got sweeping bicoastal views and Mount Haleakala looms in the middle of it all.
The Easter Sunday brunch buffet will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chef Eddie Munoz will appeal to local palates with ahi and tako poke, seafood in black-bean sauce, grilled chicken with soy-ginger glaze and much more.
Munoz and his staff will hand carve roast prime rib of beef and make omelets to your liking. You'll also find roasted leg of lamb with mint jus and macadamia-nui crusted mahimahi with lemon-butter and caper sauce.
Whipped butter and maple syrup will top Belgian waffles, and there will be assorted pies and cakes, juices and coffees. Cost is $24.95 per person and $12 for children 6 to 12. Call 242-6000.
Nearby at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, diners may enjoy lagoon and West Maui Mountain views.
The keiki egg hunt kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Admission of $1 includes popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, fruit punch and prizes for the winning eggs.
Easter brunch will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local favorites will be sauteed mahi mahi, teriyaki chicken, crusted pork loin, miso soup, ahi poke and combo potato and macaroni salad.
Breakfast items will be Portuguese and link sausage, eggs Benedict, potato hash, fresh fruits and steamed rice. Desserts are freshly baked pies, cakes, and warm bread pudding in caramel sauce.
Cost is $29.95 for adults, $20.95 for seniors and $25.95 for keiki 3 to 12. Call 244-7643.
Coconut Grill at Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului offers a fun and kitschy Hawaiian feel in its large dining room.
It will offer two options Easter Day, including a brunch buffet with seatings at 8, 8:30, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Or choose the dinner buffet with seatings at 1, 1:30, 4, 4:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Both Easter Day feasts feature slow-roasted prime rib of beef, Farmer John smoked ham with guava glaze, stuffed chicken with sweetbread and sausage, salad bar, cold seafood station and assorted desserts.
The brunch buffet also features grilled mahimahi in crab caper butter and breakfast items such as scrambled eggs, omelettes waffles, Portuguese sausage, buttermilk pancakes, bacon, seasoned home fries and steamed furikaki rice.
Cost is $29.95 adults and $14.95 for children 5 to 12.
In addition to the first above-mentioned items, Coconut Grill's dinner buffet also includes tiger shrimp and clam scampi, and paniolo barbecue pork ribs. Cost is $31.95 adults and $15.95 for children 5 to 12. For Coconut Grill, reservations are required. Call 871-8881.
Situated right on Kahului Harbor, Cary & Eddie's Hideaway will also offer two dining options Easter Sunday.
Its brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes omelet station, scrambled eggs, mini pancakes, breakfast potatoes, fried rice, Portuguese sausage, baked ham, salad bar, prepared salads, orange juice, soft drinks and coffee. Cost is $13.99 adults, and $8.99 keiki younger than 10.
The Hideaway's dinner buffet will run from 5 p.m. until closing. You'll find the buffet lined with Hawaiian and American favorites along with soup and salad bar and other special holiday fare. The cost is $24.99 per adults and $12.99 for all keiki younger than 10.
Or you may choose to order a special dinner combination such as Alaskan king crab, spiny lobster tail, pulehu prime rib, New York steak and barbecue pork ribs, the Hideaway's specialty of the house. For brunch or dinner reservations, call 873-6555.
Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes in Kahului will be a nice and convenient location for family to meet for an Easter Sunday brunch buffet from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy carved roast prime rib and omelettes made to order along with roast stuffed leg of lamb with spinach and goat cheese and rosemary jus, lightly blackened mahimahi, honey-mac-nut roast pork, jumbo shrimp linguine, chicken in lemon-caper beurre blanc, and caramelized onion mashed potatoes.
Adding to the holiday feast will be a variety of specialty salads and classic dessert favorites such as bananas Foster, pineapple upside-down cake and apple-mango cobber.
Cost is $36 adults and $16 children 4 to 12. Call 877-0073.
Maui Beach Hotel in the heart of Kahului will present an Easter lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a dinner buffet with seatings at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Bring your cameras for photo ops with the Easter Bunny.
The spring salad bar will include chef's crab salad, lomilomi salmon, macaroni-potato combo and tossed greens with assorted dressings. Dig into ahi poke, peel-and-eat shrimp, California roll and fried noodles. Chefs will carve roast prime rib and there will be Hawaiian-style ham, fried rice, baked oysters, chicken teriyaki, stuffed crab and beef tomato in oyster sauce, and buta kakuni. Desserts range from coconut cake to chocolate yogurt. Cost is $36 adults and $18 children 6 to 11. Call 877-0051.
Families from Makawao to Kula will flock to Hali'imaile General Store for its annual Easter Buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Acclaimed Chef Beverly Gannon will start you with Maui Gold pineapple and grape salad with fresh mint. Other starters are Chinese chicken salad, seared fresh asparagus, smoked salmon with capers and herb creamed cheese, crab dip with pita chips, shrimp salad and more.
Warm up with huevos rancheros casserole, Bev's French toast, rosemary-garlic leg of lamb, three-cheese potatoes, lemongrass-crusted walu in miso-sake butter sauce and vegetable fried rice. Desserts include chocolate cake, toffee bread pudding and cheesecake. Cost is $36 adults and $14 children. Call 572-2666.
Last, but certainly not least, Makawao Steak House on Baldwin Avenue will present a special ham dinner for $24.95 with green-bean casserole, scalloped potatoes and salad bar in addition to its regular menu of prime rib, calamari, lobster and filets comble. Desserts are rum cake, mud pie and complimentary Easter sorbet. For more details, call 572-8711.