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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

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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 […]

Wayne’s Sushi Bar, formerly of Haiku, has a new food truck Fresh Off the Boat in Kahului Maui

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  You may have spotted Wayne’s Sushi Food Truck Boat at the food truck court across from the Costco gas station. Wayne’s Sushi Bar used to be in Haiku, but closed a few years back. It’s one of the best uses of a boat that will no longer float that I’ve seen yet. It’s a real boat–named Fresh […]

Maui Brewers Festival @MauiArtsCulture Center

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The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC), Maui Brewing Co. and Paradise Beverages are putting on the seventh annual Maui Brewer’s Festival this Saturday at the MACC. It’s the largest craft beer festival on the island, and guests can sample from a selection of more than three dozen breweries nationwide. For food, there’s a pupu selection from 24 local restaurants. Enjoy […]

Dine Out for Hawaii Kidney Foundation

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Dine out for the National Kidney Foundation this Thursday, May 14, at a participating restaurant near you. Load up the ohana and take your pick from some of Maui’s fine establishments: 5 Palms, HONU, MALA, Spanky’s Riptide, Bistro Casanova, Casanova Italian Restaurant & Deli, Maui Brewing Co., Teddy’s, Flatbread Co., Rock & Brews, Ruby’s, Vineyard, Fleetwood’s, […]

Deep Island Rum is Taking Submissions for the Quintessential Rum Cocktail #rumscrum Contest

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Are you a cocktail connoisseur? Rum is a quintessential ingredient in a lot of tiki drinks, the ubiquitous Mai Tai, and mojitos. If you are ready to take rum to the next level, submit your cocktail in the Rum Scrum contest. You have to use Maui’s Deep Island Rum in your recipe, and showcase other local […]

Here’s our 2015 guide to Mother’s Day brunch and dining events on Maui

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  Not sure where to treat Mom for that special meal on Mother’s Day (which, by the way, is Sunday, May 10) this year? Here’s our handy list of great mom-themed dining specials and events around Maui. Enjoy! UPCOUNTRY Kula Fields hosts a buffet brunch on Mother’s Day until noon. Bring Mom’s favorite champagne to complement a farm-to-table […]

Massimo Crepes and Verdleaf Juice Food Truck at the Maui Swap Meet

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Though not completely unknown on Maui, crepes aren’t your usual island fare. They’re something European, not tropical. That’s why I was happy to stumble across the Massimo Crepes and Verdleaf Juice food truck at the Maui Swap Meet. Joe Caccamo and Massimo Trombini are there every Saturday making an incredible selection of savory and sweet crepes, baked […]

Katarina Kress is the new baker at Wailuku Coffee Company

Katarina Kress new Baker at Wailuku Coffee Company

My morning coffee habit has lately been getting tempted and tested by lots of new delicious pastries at Wailuku Coffee Company. Coconut chocolate chip scones, Nutella cheesecakes, gluten-free berry lemon muffins, vegan whoopie pie, brie foccacia, herbed popovers, blueberry crumble and fudgey brownies. There’s a whole new selection of goodies everyday. I had to figure […]

2015 ‘Aipono Awards to benefit Maui Culinary Academy

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Maui No Ka Oi Magazine presents the 2015 ‘Aipono Restaurant Awards this Sunday, Apr. 26, at the Sheraton Maui Resort. It’s an evening honoring distinguished restaurant and hospitality professionals, with Maui locals and visitors alike having voted on the award recipients (Chef of the Year will be voted on by fellow chefs). The Gala reception will […]

Montessori School of Maui invites you to dinner by Chef Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson. Courtesy of MOMI

This Friday, Apr. 24, Montessori School of Maui invites you to the dinner table. Guests will be treated to a four-course meal and wine pairing created by Chef Gary Johnson (the former chef of Ka’ana Kitchen and Capische?) and sommelier Greg Shepherd. The evening will feature detailed instruction and ingredient explanation as well as a first taste […]

Ross Steidel’s Poi Dog wins the Ultimate Ocean Vodka Cocktail and $13150 is raised for Maui Non Profits

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In last Saturday’s well-attended Ultimate Ocean Cocktail Competition, Ross Steidel of Perfect Pour Maui took First Place with his Poi Dog, a take on the Salty Dog with fresh squeezed local grapefruit, yuzu, Thai basil and peppercorn simple syrup with a salt and pepper rim. Steidel’s cocktail will be featured and served at the Sheraton Maui […]