ON THE HIGH SEAS . . . Want to see humpback whales, go snorkeling and savor a barbecue feast - all for a good cause? The Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise will host a whale watch/snorkel sail from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 aboard the Four Winds II sailing vessel out of Maalaea Harbor.
"The cruise will feature a full barbecue with pulled pork by Beach Bums, veggie burgers and chicken breasts, beer, wine, soft drinks and the hot sounds of DJ, Dr. Love," says Joanne Laird, assistant governor of Kihei Sunrise. "The tickets are $65, and proceeds benefit community service projects for Kihei's youth."
For reservations, call 757-0981 or visit the club's website at www.kiheirotary.org.
Pride of Maui serves sauces (above) are served with local prawns and opah grilled onboard.
PHILLIP ROLLINS photo
Pride of Maui is the largest and the most stable maxi power catamaran based at Maalaea Harbor. Besides daily excursions, it can accommodate from two to 136 guests on private boat charters.
"Food is such an important component of a private charter," says Scott Turner, vice president. So unlike some of our competitors, whose food is catered, we have our own commercial kitchen and chef."
"With over 20 year's culinary experience in the islands, Chef Kelly Cater oversees all of our recipes, preparations and presentations, making sure you receive the freshest most delicious food possible."
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On a recent occasion, a couple rented the whole vessel for their wedding anniversary, and dove into fresh ahi sashimi on taro chips with soy-sesame vinaigrette; and Pride of Maui's signature baby-back ribs.
"I oven-roast the ribs for three hours in pineapple juice, making them fork tender, and finish them onboard on the grill with guava-and-horseradish barbecue sauce," says Cater. "We do from small family gatherings to elaborate weddings to corporate events." Call 242-0955 or visit the website at www.prideofmaui.com.
BITS AND PIECES . . . Looking for landlubber fun for your whole family? Visit the working Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu.
"Take a 40-minute narrated tram tour through fruit trees and flower fields," says Director of Sales Pat Okuda. "Tours depart every 45 minutes starting at 10 a.m. Enjoy a coconut husking demonstration and view pineapple, coffee, mango, bananas, macadamia-nut fields and more."
Cost is $15 for adults, and $5 children ages 3-12.
"You may also shop in our gift store for made-in-Hawaii souvenirs, enjoy snacks, Roselani ice cream, and peruse art work, jewelry and more."
MTP's restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. "We serve a variety of salads, sandwiches and local dishes. Join us for Sunday brunch the first weekend each month. Make sure to also visit the Maui Zipline, Rebecca Lowell Art Gallery and Kumu Farms in the front parking lot."
Call 244-7643 or visit www.mauitropicalplantation.com.
The third time's the charm, so to speak, for Three's Bar & Grill in Kihei, which turns three this month.
The three owner-chefs -Travis Morrin, Jaron Blosser and Cody Christopher - will celebrate with a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $30 from Tuesday to Feb. 9, when the anniversary plans peak with three bands playing in the restaurant's Surf Lounge starting at 9 p.m. The bands are Arise, Go Get 'Em and Happy Haoles, and there's no cover charge.
For the eighth year in a row, Hawaii IHOP restaurants (including the one at Maui Mall in Kahului) will offer each guest a FREE short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day.
That means from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday. It's an effort to raise support for hospitalized kids at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawaii's Children's Miracle Network Hospital. All you do is make a voluntary donation when the pancakes are served.
For those who wish to pay tribute to the late Jose Krall, the famous French pastry chef and owner of Maui Bake Shop in Wailuku who died in a plane crash late last year, there will be a celebration of life and memorial service from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday oceanfront at the beautiful Keawala'i Church in Makena.
100 Wines in Lahaina presents a Passport Wine Dinner monthly and its next stop will be the good ol' USA Friday with five courses for $65 with wine pairings. "This month the food will be influenced from the Southern Creole states," says General Manager Cindy DelleFave.
Word has it Maui Coast Hotel's Kamaole Poolside Cafe is under new management.