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Maui’s Easter Brunch Offerings

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By Vanessa Wolf

Makena Beach and Golf Resort's Executive Chef Marc McDowell's eyes belie fear as he attempts to remain calm and continue cooking  next to that freaky pink bunny. Courtesy photo.

Makena Beach and Golf Resort’s Executive Chef Marc McDowell’s eyes belie fear as he attempts to remain calm and continue cooking next to that freaky pink bunny. Courtesy photo.

This Sunday, March 31, is Easter, and there are many opportunities to pay homage to the story behind the holiday, the pagan bunny business or whatever works for you, all while eating yourself silly on amazing food.

Makena Beach and Golf Resort’s Molokini Bar and Grille Restaurant will be holding an Easter Sunday Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The feast will feature a menu filled with favorites from the resort’s famed Sunday Brunch plus holiday specials like Makena’s Signature Eggs Benedict on cornbread croutons with Canadian bacon and a mango hollandaise sauce

There will also be chef’s special Porchetta pork loin or leg of lamb, or alongside Veal Scaloppini or mirin-glazed Hawaiian barbecue roasted pork.

The signature line-up of Sunday Brunch salads, fresh seafood and made-to-order sushi will be available as well at a cost of $60 for adults, $45 for children 9-12, and $30 for children 5-8.


For reservations or more information call 808-875-5888.

Pacific Whale Foundation is offering a two-hour Easter buffet cruise that promises to be “fun for all ages.”

The buffet features many locally grown and locally produced foods.

The menu includes roasted thyme chicken breast with Hamakua mushroom cream sauce and island baked ham with pineapple glaze. This is accompanied by vegetable stuffing, parmesan and chive scalloped potatoes, upcountry greens with Maui onion dressing, grilled island grown seasonal vegetables and homemade fresh taro and soft rolls.


Desserts include Chocolate Mac nut brownies and tropical fruit tartlets made with Maui Gold pineapple, Big Island papaya and Kula strawberries.

The ticket price includes up to three cocktails or drinks per adult, including Mai Tais, tropical mixed drinks, Maui Brewing Co. local microbrew beer and wine.

The ticket price for adults is $79.95, plus tax and fees. Children ages 3 to 12  are $49.95. Kids ages two and under are free.

Book online and save 10%.

Pacific Whale Foundation Members save 20%.



The Grand Wailea is holding its annual Easter Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It features a variety of salads, Foie Gras Brûlée, Shrimp & Oysters on the half shell and Ahi “Poisson Cru Style” with cilantro foam and Hawaiian black sea salt.

There will also be a smattering of breakfast options like Eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles.

In the mood for something heartier? The buffet also features roasted prime rib of beef, guava glazed ham, roasted leg of lamb, and baked sea bass accompanied by steamed rice and buttermilk whipped potatoes.

Wagon wheel pasta, chicken fingers, meatballs, and sliced watermelon are available for the kids.

Dessert offers “Deep Fried Madness” paired with an ice cream sundae station, plus cakes, pies, and other delights.

The $72 charge includes sparkling wine. Children 5-12 are $28 and children under four are complimentary.

The Grand Wailea will also be providing free valet parking. Contact 808-875-1234, extension 4900 for more information and reservations.

We welcome your feedback. Please let us know if you hear of any new restaurants opening or reopening, total menu overhauls, or simply know of a hidden treasure you want to share. Have a restaurant you want reviewed (or re-reviewed)? Drop us a line – Vanessa(


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