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Rain or shine, new dining options help keep the good times rolling

The Tiki Bar & Grill at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel has a new collection of island-themed cocktails, including alcohol-free mocktails. Photo courtesy Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel

Winter time on Maui! What’s new? We’ve had some really wet days and just because the sun isn’t coming out to play doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun! The food on island is hot and the fun continues with great new locations to try:

The Tiki Bar & Grill at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel has a new food menu that is fresh and appealing. It includes more gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options as well as new pupu items like kalua pork nachos, fresh-caught fish tacos, and crispy, fried zucchini. Keeping things green, all of the eatery’s food items are served in reusable baskets.

The Tiki Bar also has a new collection of island-themed cocktails, including a Mamaki Old-Fashioned, which is a combination of Hawaii-sourced mamaki tea, Redemption Whiskey, fresh-squeezed lemon, Falernum liqueur and bitters. There are alcohol-free mocktail libations too. Choices include Lime in a Coco, Mango Season, and Goodie Girl (strawberry, lemon, lime, vanilla, condensed milk, and club soda).

Kaanapali Beach Hotel has also partnered with Waikiki Brewing Company to begin serving KBH Hefe, a brand new craft brew exclusive to the hotel. The hotel team describes the brew as an “unfiltered, cloudy, golden wheat beer with a beautiful light and airy taste.”

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s Tiki Terrace, an open-air courtyard location that offers Hawaii Regional Cuisine, has expanded its wine and cocktail list. The bar will now be giving center stage to wines from Italy, France and Spain. This fun, oceanside location has an epic sunset view and is a great place to take in some island people-watching!

* Tiki Bar & Grill at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina. Call 661-0011.

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Our quaint surf town of Paia now has a great new Mexican restaurant serving mouthwatering tacos. SurfClub Tacos offers a classic menu crafted with local and organic ingredients.

Head Chef Jeremy Hannon’s menu features a fantastic array of taco selections, including an original chili lime lobster, delectable pollo verde, al pastor, beef ranchero, local shrimp and there’s always a catch of the day! Vegetarian options include cauliflower and batata (sweet potato) tacos. SurfClub Tacos’ tortilla chips are made in-house, prepared fresh and served with their homemade SurfClub salsa. The restaurant has a one-of-a-kind beach and surf vibe.

* SurfClub Tacos 65 Hana Highway, Paia. Call 579-3333.

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Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa recently unveiled its gorgeous new lobby bar; The Sandbar. This new venue features an expansive lanai and viewing deck with panoramic views of Pu’u Keka’a (aka Black Rock) and Ka’anapali Beach. Sip cocktails in style at this first-class bar and cafe. The morning menu features an excellent array of breakfast bites and Maui coffee, while an evening menu offers pupus, cocktails, local and imported craft beers and first-class wines. An adjacent lobby lounge offers communal seating for socializing and gathering. Ocean views are accompanied by nightly live entertainment.

For more information or to reserve a table, call ahead.

* Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa, 2605 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina. Call 661-0031.

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On Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m., The Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, will host a special guest all the way from Italy. Giorgio Rivetti will be at the hotel showcasing his wines from La Spinetta. Chef Alvin Savella has prepared a six-course menu to accompany the wines. This evening will kick off many to come, regionally themed wine dinners at HumuHumu. For more information or to reserve a table, call 875-1234 ext. 2500.

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