Dining Out

Easter eats

Like clockwork, restaurant seats on Easter Sunday are selling out faster than a hare can hop. Follow his fast pace and hurry to make reservations. Address requests or needs at this time, rather than at busy hostess stands in the middle of the holiday rush. Conveniently located in Central ...

CELEBRATION of the ARTS

This Easter weekend, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua will be puttin’ on its interactive Celebration of the Arts festival for the 27th consecutive year. Spanning two days Friday and Saturday, it features Hawaii artisans, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers, who will convene ...

Montage hosts Easter brunch, Rosé By the Bay

Perched above Namalu Bay, the Cliff House that fronts Montage Kapalua Bay resort will offer its ongoing popup, Rosé by the Bay, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays until the end of April. The Montage staff will be serving delectable food pairings with a variety of Rosé wines from ...

East Maui Taro Festival

The 27th annual East Maui Taro Festival will be pounding with food, music, Hawaiian culture and arts and crafts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hana Ballpark. “The purpose of the festival is to feature taro/kalo in all its various forms — in the food plates, live plants for farmers ...

Mama’s

With 46 years as the most acclaimed restaurant on Maui and as one of the top in the U.S., with too many awards to mention here, Mama’s Fish House in Kuau Cove keeps stretching its tentacles to serve the best seafood around. Apparently, “resting on one’s laurels” is not in the ...

‘KAMPAI!’

“Kampai!” is Japanese for “cheers” in a drinking toast. Its literal translation means “dry cup.” “Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Kihei will present a very special Kampai! dinner this evening,” says owner DK Kodama. “We will feature a contemporary Japanese ...

RUTH’S CHRIS

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a fine-dining restaurant franchise, and for many on the island, it’s for special occasions only due to its beefy prices. Just come in to dine at either Ruth’s in The Shops at Wailea or in the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina. The spring promo features a salad, ...

SLAINTE!

Thirsty for that pint of fun at the end of the Maui rainbow? Then say, “Slainte!” Irish for “to good health!” at St. Paddy’s Day celebrations in select establishments island wide. Do wear green, or you may just get pinched. And brush up on famous Emerald Isle songs such as “Molly ...

The Hideaway

It’s a “femme den” and a “man cave” all rolled into one. The Hideaway is a newly reimagined lounge at the Montage Kapalua Bay. The former Cane & Canoe Bar is now a chic yet casual refuge, hiding place, hideout, lair, shelter, sanctuary, sanctum, hermitage, cache, bolthole, nest ...

HUMUHUMUNUKUNUKUAPUA‘A

On social media, Alvin Savella is known as the “Kitchen Assassin,” delighting his many followers with killer food pictures of the tempting kind. In print media, he’s Maui’s current “Chef of the Year” as named by a local magazine in its annual contest. He’s also chef de cuisine ...

Vana at Paia Inn on north shore

Smack dab in the middle of all of the tourist, surfer and hippie-dippie hustle and bustle in Paia is a new restaurant gem — hidden right in plain sight. Vana makes you wanna eat there — and you can do so in casual clothes while dining fine in a garden setting on everything from lox and ...

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 ...