Dining Out

Ocean Realm: Whale Tale 2019

Whale Trust is an esteemed nonprofit on Maui that will dive deep into the ocean realm at its 13th annual Whale Tales from Friday through Monday (the President’s Day holiday) at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and aboard various vessels. Often described as West Maui’s premier humpback whale ...

Love at first bite

Those in the mood for romantic food on Valentine’s Day will find lots of amorous options. In fact, island chefs are hurtling menus Maui Scene’s way faster than Cupid can shoot his arrows. Since Feb. 14 is one of the busiest dining days of the year, it’s prudent to make reservations soon. ...

Leoda’s bakes pies and then some

Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop in Olowalu was first rocketed to fame on the Cooking Channel’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” show a few years back. The team continues to draw in diners with freshly baked pies and other comfort foods. “When we opened in 2011, we were baking about 100 ...

Super-duper grindz

When the Los Angeles Rams battle the New England Patriots this Super Bowl Sunday, armchair quarterbacks can thoroughly kick back as chefs will tackle all of the work on fun menus and take-out platters. Watch the Big Game at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and enjoy free ...

SEASCAPE

Happy hour has never been happier at Seascape Maalaea Restaurant. The expansive, open-air hot spot of Maui Ocean Center features a separate entrance so that you don’t need to pay admission to the aquarium exhibits in order to dine there. Just head to the mall side of the aquarium, walk down ...

5 PALMS

5 Palms Restaurant in Kihei beckons to the romantics among us. Couples craving gourmet cuisine while dining at an oceanfront table for two adore it at the first bite. Brides and grooms longing for that perfect location for two or up to 200 of their treasured guests are booking all year long. ...

It’s tee time

The Sentry Tournament of Champions will tee off 2019 as the Professional Golf Association season opener from Wednesday to Jan. 6 on the world-famous Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort. The tourney is broadcast to more than one billion viewers in 226 countries globally in 32 languages. And ...

Takamiya Market slices fresh sashimi for platters

In Hawaii, New Year’s Eve ethnic traditions keep fishermen busy. In fact, the custom of savoring fresh sashimi is more popular than sipping champagne at this time of year in the islands. “Now is the biggest time of year for sashimi sales,” says Takamiya Market Fish and Meat Department ...

New Year’s Eve happenings

Hyatt Maui Resort & Spa readies for the New Year’s Eve countdown with its Drums of the Pacific Luau. In fact, two shows will be offered on New Year’s Eve. Both will feature traditional Hawaiian luau menu items as well as prime rib, fingerling potatoes, salad-bar sides and an extravagant ...

Mele Kalikimaka

Are you having visions of fresh ono carpaccio, lilikoi-glazed ham and chestnut cremeux dessert dancing in your heads? The holidays here on beautiful Maui are rolling onto shore faster than the latest surf and swells. Visitors are starting to arrive en masse, eager to whale watch, sunbathe ...

Smokin’ Hot

Two former Maui bartenders by night and beach bums by day took their relaxed lifestyle and catapulted it into a smokin’ hot restaurant venture in 2008. Managing Partner Dave Mecklenburg and his staff are still doing so swimmingly well at Beach Bums Bar, BBQ & Grill at Maalaea Harbor ...

Christmas Fair: See golf cart parade, eat local foods Saturday

Pukalani Community Association will put on a fundraiser that should be festive and unique for Upcountry. The night of fun benefitting both Pukalani Elementary School and King Kekaulike High School will commence from 3 to 7 p.m. at Pukalani Country Club. The cost to attend is $2 per adult and ...

Maui Tastemakers

Perched on a bluff overlooking Kaanapali Beach and the ocean beyond at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Japengo is a top Maui pick. It’s a past Best Resort Restaurant in The Maui News’ annual Best of Maui contest, and it boasts numerous awards from other publications, spectacular ...

OPEN HOUSES

Maui Health System will ring in the holidays with three Lobby Open Houses filled with music, tree lights, crafts, cookies and keiki. The three hospitals in the system — Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital — will open lobby doors for visits the first week ...

CHILLING OUT

Brace yourself for an invigoratingly good time at Lahaina Coolers. Situated on Dickenson Street away from the bustle of Front Street, Lahaina Coolers has been a popular hangout since 1989 with locals and visitors who are savvy enough to find it. Just look for the record blue-striped marlin ...

Ruth’s Chris

On most nights of the year, diners want to sink teeth into tempting T-bones, lean and thick filet mignons and full-bodied New York strip steaks. That’s most nights of the year. But today is Thanksgiving, after all, and both Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses on Maui will open early at 4 p.m. for ...

Giving Thanks

With one week left to Thanksgiving, restaurant seats are filling up as fast as you can top mashed potatoes with gravy, so hurry and make reservations before it’s too late. In all of the years that I’ve written these roundups, I’ve never seen so many places reporting so few openings ...

Moulin Rouge

In recent years, gangsters and flappers roared in like the Twenties in a golden era of Hollywood theme and then a Hawaiian Renaissance flourished with edible chocolate ukulele centerpieces and more. On Saturday, the University of Hawai‘i Maui College Culinary Arts Program will kick up its ...

Maui Prime

For almost 40 years now, Cary and Karin Button have owned Oyster Seafood, a top wholesale distributor to hotels and restaurants on island. Their Maui Prime Fine Foods retail store that is adjacent to Oyster Seafood at Emerald Plaza in Lahaina boasts the freshest seafood around — as chefs ...

Made in Maui County Festival

Michelle Valentin (right) of Maui Raw won the Best New Food Product Contest at the Made In Maui County Festival at Maui Arts & Cultural Center last weekend. Her cultured macadamia-nut spread flavored with chimichurri will be featured at eight Minit Stop Stores on island as well as at Mana ...