Countdown: Auntie’s Kitchen features 12 days of food and drink pairings for $12 each

Rockin’ Around the Musubi is a tree-like tower of mini Spam slices on rice garnished with dynamite sauce, tobiko and green onions. BLINNK PHOTOGRAPHY image

This holiday season, kick back, relax and enjoy “pau hana,” or “down time,” with friends and family at Auntie’s Kitchen poolside at The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas. From today through Dec. 25, Auntie’s Kitchen will host The 12 Days of Pau Hana, in which a different dish combined with a beer or holiday cocktail will be served for $12 from 4 to 9 p.m.

The specials will be in addition to its regular menu of local favorites.

“Auntie’s Kitchen is all about local comfort food and enjoying time well spent with good company,” said Brandon Maeda, director of food and beverage.

“The holidays are always a busy time, and what better way to celebrate the end of a long day, whether hard at work, or entertaining family and friends, than to get together and talk story at pau hana time?” he continues.

At Auntie’s Kitchen, you may do this with one of the holiday appetizers or dishes in one hand and a satisfying beverage in the other at a reasonable price. With all of the spending going on over the holidays, it’s nice to enjoy a meal that’s easy on the pocketbook.

Auntie’s Kitchen highlights the salad bowl of flavors and cuisine that make up Hawaii’s local culinary culture.

“The 12 Days of Pau Hana will feature spirited versions of classic island dishes, such as Festive Day-After Fried Rice made with roast turkey, prime rib, roasted veggies, cranberry sauce and a deviled egg; and Rockin’ Around the Musubi tree-like tower of mini Spam wraps garnished with dynamite sauce, tobiko and green onions.”

More traditional plates include chicken katsu, sashimi bowl, dry mein with pork char siu, and more. Of course, you may want to quench your thirst with holiday cocktails such as the Mistletoe Mule, Eggnog Mai Tai and locally brewed draft beers.

Auntie’s Kitchen is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with breakfast beckoning to 10:30 a.m. and happy hour jumping from 3 to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays and special events). The soothing sounds of live music can be enjoyed from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

Where and what is Westin KOR, you ask?

Located on 26 oceanfront acres of North Kaanapali Beach, the Westin KOR has spacious villa accommodations with the world-famous Westin Heavenly Beds, whirlpool tubs, fully equipped kitchens and washers/dryers.

The resort also offers convenient outdoor grilling areas, general store with a deli, restaurants and bars, outdoor pools, Kids Club, full-service Spa Helani, and numerous resort activities for all ages.

* Self-parking is complimentary. For more details or reservations, visit