Dining Out

(First Photo) New Executive Chef Abby Ferrer brings a wealth of international knowledge to the Star Noodle team. She’s wowing with her (second photo) new chilled crab Mazeman,  (third photo) Hoaloha Farms taro dumplings, and (fourth) crispy pig ears fried and served with calamansi aioli.
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OODLES of new menu items by new Star Noodle chef

Star Noodle has been a powerhouse of an eatery ever since it opened seven years ago at the top of Lahaina Industrial Park. The building alone was five years in the making and it’s got a 3,500-square-foot kitchen that is the commissary for its sister restaurants Old Lahaina Lu‘au, Aloha ...

Aloha Mixed Plate manager Robert Lorenzo serves a sumo-sized Ali‘i Plate with kalua pig, laulau, lomi lomi salmon, poi and haupia. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Aloha Mixed Plate is ‘local favorite’

The New York Times says that it’s, “paper plate meets million-dollar view.” On a recent visit to West Maui’s favorite local hangout, Aloha Mixed Plate, service was on real, sumo-sized plates under the umbrellas and shade trees oceanfront in Lahaina. Situated next to its sister ...

University of Hawaii Maui College will put longtime Culinary Instructor Jake Belmonte in the spotlight Wednesday. UH-MC photo

Culinary Arts Program on TV

University of Hawaii Maui College Culinary Arts Program Chef Instructor Jake Belmonte and his student Marion Sidon will appear on “Living808” on Wednesday at approximately 8:25 a.m. The daily lifestyle show, which airs on KHON2 weekdays from 8 to 9 a.m., is hosted by popular TV ...

Tickets now on sale for Maui Calls

Tickets are now on sale for Maui Calls, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature annual wine and food tasting fundraising gala with delectable culinary selections created by chefs from stellar Maui restaurants, premium wines from boutique wineries throughout the world, entertainment ...

Sommelier Richard Olson III stands outside the iconic Lahaina Grill with its famous nautical ship’s bow figurehead. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Lahaina Grill

Looking back in time, I was right on the money when I called Lahaina Grill “the restaurant of the decade” after it opened its doors on Feb. 14, 1990. In its 27 successful years of business, it’s gone on to be one of the top 25 restaurants in tripadvisor; among the 100 best restaurants ...

The first course of fresh Kona kampachi is artfully topped with Simpli-Fresh Farm Okinawan tatsoi, micro greens, grapefruit, pecans and Maui onion drizzled in cilantro olive oil, Maui Shrub Farm ginger and Hawaiian chili dressing. Photo courtesy Hyatt Maui

Tastemakers

Starting this week and running Fridays in July, the Tastemakers series will entice at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Hyatt Maui’s award-winning Japengo restaurant will partner with Simpli-Fresh Produce and Maui Shrub to celebrate the shared passion for using fresh and ...

Noted French chef Hubert Keller and his wife, Chantal, will return to the Grand Wailea from Las Vegas, where they run the famous Burger Bar and Fleur restaurants. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Fire it Up!

Independence Day may be over, but Grand Wailea chefs haven’t put away the grills. In fact, their Fire it Up! on the full moon this Saturday should heat up summer as the best beachside barbecue on island. Of course, they’ve got the perfect recipe: Sauces and rubs, kiawe wood and flames, ...

Launching today, the Champagne Hale at the Cliff House will serve Veuve Clicquot champagne, oysters on the half shell, caviar and more gourmet accoutrements from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays through Sept. 3. For more details, call 662-6600 or visit www.montagehotels.com/kapaluabay. Montage Kapalua Bay photo

Historic Cliff House at Namalu Bay

I’ve said it before — it’s a cliff hanger. An oceanfront party pad. A room with a view. It’s the legendary Cliff House, which for more than 75 years, has served as a coveted private retreat on an island already embraced as a paradise. In 2006, the Cliff House was shuttered around the ...

Savor crowd-pleasing clams, corn on the cob, shrimp, mussels and more. Photo courtesy Sheraton

Pa‘ina at Keka‘a

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is once again bringing a festive summertime celebration to Kaanapali with Pa‘ina at Keka‘a, a Maui-style take on the East Coast’s classic clambake. The Hawaiian word, “paina” formerly was used to mean a feast until it was replaced by “luau” in ...

General Manager Sean Stover is a bartender and chef and he prepare the wine dinners each month. The next one is July 7. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Lahaina Coolers uncorks fun, wine dinner

Tucked away on Dickenson Street away from the hustle and bustle of Front Street, Lahaina Coolers has been a fun hangout for decades for those who are savvy enough to find it. Just look for the record-holding blue-striped marlin that weighs in at 955 pounds inside as well as the sea of ...

Master sushi chef Sadao Kojima and his daughter Amy Kojima take a break on the lanai of their Kojima’s Sushi and Japanese Cuisine restaurant in the Pukalani Square. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Still on a roll

Celebrating his birthday earlier in June, veteran Maui Sushi Chef Sadao Kojima appeared to still be on a roll, even at the age of 71 years young. Upcountry sushi lovers still flock to Kojima’s Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine at Pukalani Square for hot and satisfying tempura, Haleakala ...

Shaka Pops Maui with varied tropical flavors will be among the many vendors on Wednesdays. Maui News file photo

Market at The Shops to launch on Wednesday with produce, live music

The Shops at Wailea announces the launch of the biweekly Market at The Shops starting Wednesday with produce from local farmers, specialty food providers, artisans and live music. “We’re pleased to be able to find new and exciting ways to connect guests and residents to Maui’s best ...

Lei greeters at the entrance of a previous Maui Calls are Manoa Ka‘io Martin (from left), Emily Erickson, Ruth Goodfellow, Briana Liljestrand and Anna Comly, who warmly welcomed the attendees. Aubrey Hord photo

Save date for Maui Calls fundraiser

Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature fundraising gala will beckon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 in the Yokouchi Pavilion and adjoining A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. The evening begins with a fresh flower lei greeting and Hawaiian music serenade. Then mix and mingle as you ...

Cabaret Night performers include Dale Button and Jayce Leong; The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Ooh La La! Cabaret Night

Life is a cabaret, old chum(s)” — at least on Mondays at Cafe del Vino, which until now has been a bit of a sleeper at Maalaea Harbor Shops. Now the man behind the restaurant, Guido Hauwaerts, a legendary veteran of Maui’s restaurant world, is running with the new Cabaret Night, and ...

Veteran server Steve Christner of Ruth’s Chris Steak House in The Shops at Wailea serves   world-famous creamed spinach. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Manly Meals

Maui’s restaurants and resort hotels will make Dad glad this Father’s Day Sunday with manly meals — and one West Maui venue will even feature complimentary mini facials for men. Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, the “most Hawaiian” property on Maui, is making sure Dad is king this Father’s ...

Last year, Maui Film Festival at Wailea’s Taste of Summer boasted sunset views. • The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

Maui Film Festival at Wailea

Grand Wailea — A Waldorf Astoria Resort is always in the spotlight, this time as a repeat official launch venue for Maui Film Festival at Wailea. Its oh-so grand beachside Molokini Lawn will set the stage for the star-studded Taste of Summer from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday with sunset views, cool ...

The Seafood Festival will be fluid fun Sunday night at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua • KAPALUA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL photo

Kapalua WINE & FOOD Festival

Want to schmooze famous winemakers such as Karl Wicka of Turley and Scott Shirley of Justin? How about guest culinarians such as the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” Cat Cora? More than 40 top wine producers will be on hand today through Sunday to showcase their vintages at the 36th Kapalua ...

Ferraro’s new Chef de Cuisine Justin Purpura showcases his signature rigatoni and Italian sausage with fennel, piperade, broccolini, pecorino fondue and garlic crumb; branzino is flown in whole from the Mediterranean; oceanfront seating is romantic.
The Maui News/CARLA TRACY photo

Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante

I’ve said it before and I’ll be happy to say it again. “Run, don’t walk to Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante,” the award-winning Italian hot spot perched on an oceanfront bluff above Wailea Beach. Every single bite on a recent visit was off the charts in taste, presentation, texture and ...

Montage Kapalua Bay will set the oceanfront stage for the Grand Tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. June 9. Food and drink will be plentiful, including booths with an array of international wines and gourmet food by resort chefs.
Kapalua Wine & Food Festival photo

The Grand Tasting

The highly anticipated Kapalua Wine & Food Festival will be uncorked from June 8 to 11. The 36th annual extravaganza promises to be another spectacular gathering of top winemakers and culinary superstars from afar and near. The kick-off Grand Tasting gala hosted by www.hawaii.com on the ...