Maui Food And Dining

Fundraising dinner in Mākena to honor three food-related nonprofits

The honorees are the Maui Food Bank, Maui Hub and Grow Some Good for their work towards food liberation on Maui.

Leilani’s on the Beach honors Hōkūlani Holt Padilla as inaugural Kūmakua honoree

Leilani’s on the Beach presented its inaugural Kūmakua award to Hōkūlani Holt Padilla in recognition of her cultural contributions to the local community. The restaurant established the annual award to honor excellence and commitment to the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture on the island of Maui.

Maui Chef Alvin Savella “The Kitchen Assassin” opens new restaurant, Duckine

Executive Chef Alvin Savella, known in the culinary world as “The Kitchen Assassin,” has opened a new restaurant on Maui, Duckine.

T S Restaurants to hold month-long food drive for Hawaiʻi Foodbank

On Maui, the participating restaurants in the food drive are: Duke’s Maui, Hula Grill Kaʻanapali, Kimo’s Maui and Leilani’s on the Beach.

Iconic Kula Lodge sold to 5 Palms owner, Simon Vojdani

The iconic Kula Lodge & Restaurant and Kula Marketplace are now under new ownership and management by Simon Vojdani. Vojdani is the owner of 5 Palms Restaurant, which was previously situated on Keawakapu Beach in South Maui for 27 years.

Fleetwood’s on Front St. reopening for lunch

Fleetwood’s on Front St. will reopen for lunch on Nov. 16, 2022 for the first time since the pandemic onset. Lunch on the famous Fleetwood’s Rooftop will feature a new menu with Fleetwood’s favorites, just in time for whale watching.

Artisanal ice cream sandwich company expanding to the neighbor islands, mainland

After 10 years of business on Oʻahu, Uncle’s Ice Cream is expanding, bringing its artisanal ice cream sandwiches to the neighbor islands and mainland states.

1,600 people attend Maui County Senior Fair

The first in-person Maui County Senior Fair since 2019 on Saturday, Oct. 29, drew about 1,600 people to the War Memorial Gym, where they ate local food, met candidates for office, listened to George Kahumoku Jr. and got their flu and COVID-19 boosters.

Fairmont Kea Lani announces Two-night Culinary Collaboration, Nov. 3-4

Reservations are now available for Fairmont Kea Lani’s upcoming dinner series, an evening exploring the history of Hawaiian-style cuisine featuring Lanai Tabura, host of Cooking Hawaiian Style, alongside the chefs of Kō & Kea Lani.

Maui Cattle Company hosts drive-up sale, Oct. 28, 2022

Customers are able to purchase five-pound vacuum-sealed bags of ground beef for $20 on Friday between 8 a.m. and noon.

Mau Nui Food Alliance hosts 2022 Food Summit to discuss future of food for Maui

Kamehameha Schools Maui and the Maui Nui Food Alliance will host the Maui Nui 2022 Food Summit on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, with the theme, Collaboration and Stewardship: Growing Resilience. 

Queen Kaʻahumanu Center welcomes Corndogs by Mr. Cow

Corndogs by Mr. Cow, a specialty corn dog restaurant, just opened at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center food court. The menu includes corndogs that are chewy and savory, and a list of specialty items like mochi donuts, cheese balls, and Korean corn dogs.

Nō Ka ʻOi Coffee: 10 best coffee shops on Maui according to Yelp

Maui’s 10 best coffee shops feature lattes and mochas and espressos from across the island. In its search for the best of the best, Yelp named VigiLatte Artisan Coffee in Lahaina, nō ka ʻoi on the Valley Isle.

Oceanfront restaurant names Lahaina hospitality veteran as General Manager

Māla Ocean Tavern has named Lisa Kerrick as General Manager of the oceanfront restaurant. 

Maui’s VigiLatte Artisan Coffee among top coffee shops on Yelp’s US/Canada list

Yelp recently recognized VigiLatte Artisan Coffee in Lahaina, Maui, as the No. 1 coffee shop in Hawaiʻi, and one of the top coffee shops in the US and Canada.

UH Maui College’s Pā‘ina Market is a well kept “lunch secret”

The small but mighty World Plate class at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College’s Culinary Arts Program is preparing dishes in the newly modernized Pā‘ina Market. In addition to the UHMC ʻohana, dining is also open to the public.

Hawaiʻi’s first Chick-fil-A opens in Kahului with blessing, hula and local donations

For new owner and operator of Hawaiʻi’s first Chick-fil-A, the freshly constructed restaurant opening today in Kahului represents more than just chicken sandwiches and waffle fries. “That’s part of my vision: It was to come and to pour back into the community,” said Sean Whaley, independent franchised owner/operator and Maui resident.

Raising Cane’s opens on Maui with fanfare

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers officially opened in Kahului on Tuesday to a crowd of about 150 individuals. The first person in line, Frank Barbosa, arrived before noon on Monday, and was joined in line shortly after by several more people who kept each other company for the next 11 hours until the restaurant officially opened on Tuesday morning.

Niu Life Kitchen opens its first storefront in Wailuku

Chef Sha’anan Fader and his wife Ashley Stewart have opened their first storefront deli for Niu Life Kitchen, presenting their farm to kitchen operation and featuring plant-based foods, including deli lunches and dairy-free, low glycemic desserts, dips, and drinks.

New executives in Down The Hatch kitchen

New executive chef Naiwi Teruya, born and raised in Lahaina, has developed what he calls “Southern Aloha,” with new menu concepts emphasizing the soul of comfort, enjoyment and happiness.
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