CINCO DE MAYO. . . It's the popular Mexican holiday and the Japanese-American Boys Day today. "Tequila and boys all rolled into one fun holiday - now that's reason to celebrate!" exclaims a single girlfriend.
Of course, she was talking about adult "boys." And, I'm sure you will find them at the Cinco de Mayo party at Haui's Life's a Beach in Kihei.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," says Manager Dan Beaudry. "We have a Mexican family that runs the kitchen. They're from a little village outside of Alcapulco. We'll have $1 tacos all day and $3 Tecates, Pacificos and Coronas. For happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m., Junior Lequesta plays, and from 10 p.m. to closing, it will be Rampage, Kihei's most legendary reggae band."
Haui’s Life’s a Beach Manager Dan Beaudry toasts to Cinco de Mayo fun with servers Alyssa Toland (left) and Marjorie Allen.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
At Moose McGillycuddy's and Front Street Burrito in Lahaina, revelers will find $2 tacos, $4 burritos, $3 Tecates and $4 shots of Herradura. At Fred's Mexican Cafe and Moose's in Kihei, you'll also find a host of fun food and drink specials.
Some of you may have noticed the new Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill on South Kihei Road in the old Gian Don's location. It opened Monday, serving lunch and dinner and it will do breakfast on the weekends.
"It's a sports bar with all homemade food, nothing is frozen,"?says Manager Sammy Noutfagi. "We'll also do the best happy hour in town with half-off pupus across the board from 4 to 7 p.m. Menu items include top sirloin, hand-cut steak poke with spicy sauce, barbecue ribs slow roasted in hoisin sauce, and hand-cut French fries.
BITS AND PIECES. . . Catch the live broadcast of the welterweight championship fight between Sugar Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao at 3 p.m. Saturday in the open-air, oceanfront Pailolo Bar & Grill. The sports bar at The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas will pack a punch with the action-packed telecast along with $4 green bottles and $12 beer buckets. Call 667-3254.
In addition, the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas will present its Mother's Day Champagne Brunch at Ocean Pool Bar & Grill from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. "The delectable choices include spicy tuna rolls, shrimp cocktail, prosciutto, omelets, eggs Benedict, grilled rib eye steak, waffles, cheese blintzes, chicken-and-apple sausage, truffle orange chocolate cake, creme brulee, muffins, Danish pastries and so much more, " says Sumithra Balraj, director of public relations.
Kamaaina will get a 20 percent discount at Gerard's in Lahaina for Mother's Day on the entire a la carte menu. We also hear Chef-owner Gerard Reversade will wow the crowds with one of his spectacular desserts at the Lahaina Restoration Foundation's annual Progressive Dinner Party on May 13 and 14. We hear he'll create bananas au gratin with Maui dark rum.
Oh la la! And wine lovers should mark calendars for May 20, when Gerard's will flow with a Rhone and Provence wine dinner at 6 p.m. Cost is $75. Call 661-8939 to ensure a seat as space is limited.
The Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, Hawaii's longest-running wine-and-food event, will mark its 30th anniversary June 9 to 12 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua with cutting-edge cuisine and world-class wines.
New this year will be a class targeted to the local food and beverage professionals, kind of like a "Wine 101," taught by master sommeliers. It will be uncorked from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 9 and proceeds will go to the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation. Call 665-9160.
Garrett Marrero of Maui Brewing Co. says he will pour a new onion beer at Hula Grill in Kaanapali on Friday. The beer and food pairing dinner will precede the 22nd annual Maui Onion Festival on Saturday at Whalers Village Fine Shops and Restaurants. It should be a ton of fun for the whole family. Thousands attend.
The 11th annual Maui Matsuri will feature food, crafts, contests and Japanese and Okinawan entertainment from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14, on the UH Maui College campus. At least 13 food booths will be there, including Leilani's on the Beach with Kobe sliders.
By the way, Leilani's will let Mom eat for free Sunday with the purchase of two other entrees in the main dining room. Call 661-4495.
* Visit Dining Editor Carla Tracy's blog, As Maui Dines, call 242-6342 or email email@example.com.