Side Orders • October 27, 2016

Hui No Ke Ola Pono Chef Cinda Hu‘eu and Manager Alena Ornellas at the just reopened Simply Healthy Cafe in Wailuku. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

NEW AND EXCITING . . . The old  Aroma D’ Italia location in the Kihei Town Center has a “coming soon” sign hanging outside for the Big Island Indian restaurant Kamana Kitchen. (Not to be confused with the signature Ka’ana Kitchen at Andaz Maui at Wailea, voted the Top Resort in Hawaii by Conde Nast readers).

Also an award-winner, Kamana will soon expand to Maui to serve from palak paneer to exotic and spicy vindaloo.

Simply Healthy has reopened for lunch service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at the Cameron Center in Wailuku once again under the direction of the Hui No Ke Ola Pono nonprofit.

Chef Cinda Hu’eu is a graduate of Maui Culinary Academy and today she will make clam chowder, beef stew and tofu casserole.  Manager is Alena Ornellas.

For take-out, delivery and further details, call 442-6815.

Lower Main Street in Wailuku is turning into a bona fide restaurant row. M Sushi opened last week after the old Dragonfly fluttered away and Chef Martin Lee is on a roll with everything from abalone to fresh hamachi for dinner.

You may also stir it up at the new Boba Tea Cafe next to JB,S Kitchen. Buy a mason jar and get future discounted drinks as well as toppings.

The Dirty Monkey bar and restaurant will be swinging from near the rooftops of Front Street in Lahaina soon in the old Moose McGillycuddy’s spot.

The former Sugar Cane Maui, also on Front Street, closed about three months ago. Rumors are swirling that it may be hard rockin’ as a new venture for a restaurant on the north side of town.

Of course, Paia Fish Market is luring you in hook, line and fresh fish tacos at its new location in the old Burger King on Front Street.

Going into the old Canton Chef space in Kamaole mall in Kihei will be Coconuts Fish Cafe. It’s the second Maui location and the hugely popular first one will remain at Azeka Mauka.

“It’s 3,000 square feet,” says General Manager Brian Henry. “We are working on a breakfast program in addition to lunch and dinner. The goal is to open by Nov. 15. The current location gets so busy and so it’s not good for business.”

Henry will then become a partner in the original venture and help to open the second for seafood lovers.

Skip Hildreth and his partner Ed Carson have opened Beach Bums BBQ & Island Grill in the former Koho’s at Napili Plaza. Skip is still a partner in the original Maalaea restaurant.

But Dave Mecklenburg and John Pope are the duo running Beach Bums Maalaea, which is smokin’ hot with brisket, drunken chicken, racks of juicy ribs and more. The Maalaea Beach Bums was voted by readers in the Best of Maui contest 2016 as “Best Barbecue” restaurant on Maui and it rocks with the largest smoker on island and live music, to boot.

Aikane is  the  newest lounge in Wailea’s newest property, the Residence Inn Marriott Maui Wailea. The contemporary hot spot boasts ocean and swimming pool views. The wrap-around bar and cushy booths, some with their own TVs, and other cushy lounge seating, offer the perfect open-air setting to sip craft cocktails and munch flat breads.


BITS & PIECES . . . Halloween will  haunt those who venture to the MauiGrown Coffee Store on Lahainaluna Road in West Maui. Manager Jeff Ferguson is ready with bags of Ghoul’s Brew if you want to walk on the darkly roasted side.

Authentic Old World music, German beer and an all-you-can-eat German buffet is the secret to the 19th Oktoberfest at Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe in Kahului that will oom-pah for the last weekend this month Friday and Saturday. For reservations, call 877-6000.

Lahaina Grill announces that starting Nov. 1, it will open for dinner at 5 p.m., one hour earlier than before.

Rooftop Chopped mixology battle will raise the ceiling on who’s the best to shake a cocktail at 5 p.m. Friday at Fleetwood’s on Front St.

Competing are Dennis Day of Leilani’s on the Beach, Aaron Alcala-Mosley of the Luana Lounge at Fairmont Kea Lani and Skye Dante of Fleetwood’s.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua has appointed  Alvin Savella as chef of The Banyan Tree  signature restaurant. “Savella brings a fresh perspective and boisterous personality to the already talented Banyan Tree team,” says resort GM Mike Kass.

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