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Rockin’ Food and Beer Festival


  Rock & Brews Paia and Maui Brewing Co. invite you to a special party this Saturday, July 11. It’s called the Rockin’ Food and Beer Festival, and it’s a benefit for the Maui Food Bank. Guests can sample 10 Maui Brewing Co. brews and dishes from Rock & Brews kitchen. Special guests include KISS frontman Paul Stanley and […]

Lahaina Grill Celebrates 25 years by Giving Back to Maui with their Kamaaina Deal

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Now there’s another reason to eat at Lahaina Grill–one that has nothing to do with their stunning food or service or the fact that TripAdvisor named them one of the 25 restaurants in the nation. To celebrate the restaurant’s phenomenal 25 years in Lahaina, they’re giving back to the Maui Food Bank and offering kama‘aina […]

Anatomy of Shave Ice


Oh, shave ice—the glorified “snow cone,” as mainlanders sometimes label it. What they don’t understand is that just like ancient Egypt’s social pyramid, there are also levels to shave ice that are essential for its overall function as the ruling dessert amongst Hawaii’s empire of local goodies. So let’s dissect each layer of the icy […]

Tom Selman’s Main Street Bistro is closing, Lahaina Sushi Ko to open in July, Dirty Monkey is a new bar in Lahaina

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Chef Tom Selman’s Main Street Bistro in Wailuku will close on June 26. We have just a week left to consume his delicate onion rings, savory lamb burgers, ahi cones and daily specials. Selman makes much of his menu from scratch, and event the ketchup for his unique fries is special. I know I’ve raved about […]

Are you still eating trans fats? Here’s what you need to know about the FDA Ban

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While on a recent family outing, we did a number of firsts for my nine-year old daughter: first bubble gum, first time seeing cousins that live a good distance away and first Twinkie. She was a bit starstruck by the Twinkie–the soft sweet cake with creamy icing filling wrapped in shiny cellophane astonished her–so I burst […]

CORRECTED: FEAST–Fire, an homage to the masculine


Feast* this Saturday, June 20 at The Mill House. Enjoy a three-course farm-to-table menu crafted by Aipono Chef of the Year Jeff Scheer. The evening continues with a dance floor boogie from DJ Boomshot. Choreographer Wade Robson of MTV’s The Wade Robson Project will lead a dance lesson after dinner. Only 60 tickets will be available. $25-125. 4-7pm. The Millhouse […]

Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates Birthday


Party like it’s 1971 with the Hard Rock Cafe this Sunday, June 14 and (if you’re uniformed police, firefighters or paramedics) take advantage of the 71-cent Legendary Cheese Burgers. To honor the brand’s founders and celebrate its birthday, all civil servants who can present proper identification get to claim the cheeseburger special (apparently the rest of us get to celebrate […]

Kapalua Wine and Food Festival


The 34th annual Kapalua Wine and Food Festival returns to the Westside this Thursday through Sunday, June 11-14. Swirl, sip and savor your way through Maui’s premiere edu-culinary and wine event. Friday’s Sample vino trends with master sommeliers and guest chefs including Chef Charlie Palmer, winemaker Daryl Groom, Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow, winemaker Dan Kosta and more. […]

The Grapes of Summer at Pulehu


Pulehu presents The Grapes of Summer this Wednesday, June 10. Guests are invited for a night of thoughtful food and wine pairings from Jim Hansen, the restaurant’s manager and sommelier. The evening will also feature a DJ in the mix to keep things fluid. Diners can anticipate freshly prepared action stations, a cheese and charcuterie station […]

Frida’s Beach House, Mark and Judy Ellman’s Seaside Latin Seafood Restaurant on Maui

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When Mark and Judy Ellman embarked on their vision of a seaside Latin seafood restaurant, they chose an aesthetic that honored the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, a female cultural icon of the 20th century. Pictures of her adorn the walls at Frida’s Mexican Beach Cantina in Lahaina, and the azul of her family home La Casa […]

Kapalua One Two: Pineapple Grill has Industry Night Thursday and Plantation House Beats and Eats on Friday

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On the last Friday of every month, Plantation House hosts a fun evening of treats created by Chef Jojo Vasquez, paired with tracks spun by DJ Eliza. It’s called Beats and Eats. Lounge while you watch the sun set behind the green Kapalua hills. Specials on wine and cocktails are on the menu, and Vasquez […]

Chef Majic Carson’s Magnificent Menu at Aria’s Wailuku Maui Restaurant

Chef Majic Carson Lamb chop Aria's Wailuku Maui Restaurant

It’s not everyday that I meet a chef on Maui who has roots in feeding the High Society of Newport, Rhode Island, but my visit to Aria’s in Wailuku to see Chef Majic Carson was a lesson to the history of this impressive place in American life. Carson and his brother Ed grew up among […]

Gourmet tea and High Tea with Corey Hawkins at Tea Box now in Maui Mall Kahului

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  TeaBox Maui is back in action at the Maui Mall after recently leaving Wailuku’s MDG building. You can get your favorite gourmet teas in 30 different loose leaf varieties that are exclusive to their store. Experience Russian Tolstoy Samovor, a distinct smokey flavor reminiscent of a mild Lapsang Souchong; Chinese Oolong, half-way between a […]

Uncorked with Cane and Canoe sommelier Vanessa Lampson in Kapalua Maui

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If I could, I would spend every Sunday at 5pm with sommelier Vanessa Lampson. Her Uncorked wine tasting is far from ordinary, from the wines she chooses to her descriptions and the way she connects the dots from you to the wine and back. The Cane & Canoe lounge in Kapalua is the perfect location […]

Dazoo Paia Closing and Bam’s Pizza in Kihei Close

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Dazoo is closing in Paia. But I doubt this is the last we’ll see of the creative cocktails Master Mixologist Jimmy Shoemaker created, though as yet we don’t know where he’ll rise again. In the mean time, get to Paia on and sip your last Mr. Grey or Thyme Warp while you say your goodbyes […]

Makena Beach and Golf Resort Wine Dinner


Jackson Family Wines returns to Makena Beach & Golf Resort’s Winery Dinner Series this Saturday, May 23, at the Molokini Bar & Grille. The six-course dinner will feature a menu from Chef Kurt Lesmerises: braised Spanish octopus with eggplant caponata, chocolate-dipped Hudson Valley foie gras, homemade lobster ravioli and 40-day dry-aged beef rib eye. Dinner […]