Honestly, what could be better than belting out “What’s New Pussycat?” to a roomful of strangers, after which you sit down to eat a plate of the freshest, most creative sushi at half-price? Twenty years ago, Japanese business invented this now famous pastime, as a means for relaxation and camaraderie among peers. Now karaoke—the translation of which means “empty orchestra”—is seen worldwide, and in some parts (especially here) can be rather competitive. Hey, where do you think American Idol came from? 115 Bay Dr., Kapalua, 669-6286; 1881 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-0004.
runner-up (tie): life,s a beach. 1913 s. kihei rd., 891-8010/kobe. 136 dickenson st., lahaina, 667-5555. (sc)