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It’s been an epic ride

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s newly reimagined The Banyan Tree signature restaurant is drawing in diners with its nightly Tiki Hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Get 50 percent off of Lite Bites from the fireside menu and Moet Imperial Champagne by the glass. “Our menu at Banyan Tree is a mixture of ...

Sip & imbibe

If you like fine wines, gourmet foods and supporting a noble cause, then Maui Calls is THE event to attend. The 25th annual signature gala fundraiser for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului will usher in the Hukilau theme from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Legendary Russian ...

Puttin’ on the Swiss

Want to go “Euro?” Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului will be puttin’ on the Swiss tonight with its annual party. “We are celebrating the 728th Independence Day of Switzerland this year,” says the restaurant’s Owner-chef Bernard Weber. “We will have decorations as ...

Maui’s legacy thrives

“If you want to go first, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go together,” says restaurateur Paris Nabavi, quoting an old African proverb. With his wife, Donna Nabavi, Paris owns and operates the Pizza Paradiso Mediterranean Grill in Honokowai Marketplace. They give back to ...

Hitting it out of the ballpark

At Napili Plaza in the former Beach Bums spot, the new Fond, A Neighborhood Eatery is hitting it out of the ballpark with local brunch fare from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The three top sellers are the longsilog bowl with the tastiest housemade longanisa sausage, the Fond Benedict topped with mojo ...

Resort, celeb chefs ‘Fire It Up!’

Tickets to the smokin’ hot Fire It Up! BBQ of the Pacific are going faster than famed pit master Chris Lilly can grill chicken with Alabama white sauce and serve it with hominy and cheese. Attend one or two days of the outdoor affair July 19 and/or 20 at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria ...

July 4th and beyond …

There will be two vivid fireworks displays in Maui County skies this week. LahainaTown Action Committee will go pyrotechnic at 8 p.m. from a barge off Front Street, and restaurants from Kimo’s down to Pioneer Inn Grill & Bar will have optimum viewing. The 26th annual Lanai Pineapple ...

Maui competes

It felt like walking onto the set of a famous Food Network show last week in Salons 1 and 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. Sound and light mixers put on a show of upbeat music and iridescent colors. A video screen that rivaled the massive size of Celestial Cinema set a backdrop for the tables, ...

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As I waited for my haircut at Lori’s Hair Shack in Wailuku the other day, a Hawaii cover of the June Food & Wine issue with “Aloha, Summer” as the headline jumped out at me. I picked it up and discovered that the huli-huli chicken cover photo was a dish by Maui superstar Chef ...

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DINING WITH DAD . . . You have two more days to enter Dad to win the Father’s Day Contest Upcountry at Pukalani Superette. The grand prize is a six-foot Barefoot Surfboard, followed by gift cards, combo platters from the store’s catering department and gift certificates. Winners will be ...

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UNCORKING SUMMER . . . It was a cloudy and breezy Saturday afternoon during the Maui AgFest & 4-H Livestock Fair in Wailuku. But things heated up as 13 top Maui chefs competed in the Grand Taste event to vie for first place in the Judges’ Choice and the Fan Favorite awards ...

Side Orders • May 30, 2019

ISLAND HAPPENINGS . . . One of the island’s best family-friendly events is the Maui AgFest & 4-H Livestock Fair. On Saturday, it will saddle up to its new Wailuku venue at the War Memorial Complex. One highlight is the Maui Legacy Farmers Pancake Breakfast that lets you wake up to ...

Side Orders • May 23, 2019

ISLAND HEATING UP . . . Wanna take a culinary journey all the way from South America to Maui? Then buy “passage” for the From Lima to Wailea wine-pairing feast Friday at Spago Maui located lobby level of Four Seasons Resort Maui. Executive Chef Peleg Miron will present appetizers at 6 p.m. ...

Side Orders • May 16, 2019

THE BUZZ AROUND TOWN . . . Jumping with fresh catch, Japanese fare and karaoke on special nights, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bars in Kihei and Kapalua are among Maui’s most popular hot spots. Maui partner Tom Alejado says that Kihei will move to a larger location later this ...

Side Orders • May 9, 2019

LIQUID ASSETS . . . When my husband talks about liquidity, he’s referring to things financial or maybe even boats — but my thoughts propel away from these topics to, well, liquid refreshments. For instance, Plantation House at Kapalua will uncork a four-course wine dinner featuring the ...

Side Orders • May 2, 2019

ALL OVER THE MAP . . . Someone just mentioned that seniors get $10 kamaaina rates on Expeditions Ferry rides to Lanai from Lahaina. Regular kamaaina fares are also pretty reasonable. From 4 to 6 p.m. today and 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, the public may meet the crew of the world-famous Hokule‘a ...

Side Orders • April 25, 2019

FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . . Kapalua was jumping last weekend with the 27th annual Celebration of the Arts. As usual, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua’s Hawaiian Cultural Advisor Clifford Nae‘ole outdid himself with booking top entertainment and educators. Move over Merrie Monarch — hula halau ...

Side Orders • April 18, 2019

LOVE BEADS AND MORE . . . Bust out your best Nehru jackets, Go-Go boots, mini skirts, baby-doll dresses and tye-dye T-shirts for the ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards kicking off at 5:30 p.m. today outdoors at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa’s Halona Kai Lawn and moving into the Monarchy ...

Side Orders • April 11, 2019

A+ FINDS . . . Calling all high school grads: Wanna dine out to celebrate your upcoming diploma? Simply ask your parents to gather an ohana of four adults to take you to Ruth’s Chris Steak House at either the Outlets of Maui in Lahaina or The Shops of Wailea — and your entree will be free. ...

Side Orders • April 4, 2019

SEIZE THE MOMENT . . . “Remember all of those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart?” the great humorist Erma Bombeck pondered. I say, do not wave off Hana Gold chocolate bars — desserts “to die for.” Only, you don’t have to go down with the ship to try the bars made ...