Maui Food And Dining

Haole Peños reopens upscale food truck, launches giveback program for Maui’s hungry

Haole Peños, a unique and upscale food truck concept, has just reopened in Kīhei, launching two give-back programs designed to help feed Maui’s hungry.

“Maui Matcha” is first of its kind on Valley Isle

Maui is placing itself firmly on the matcha map with the opening of its first matcha bar, Maui Matcha at Whalers Village in Kāʻanapali.

Pacific’o on the Beach announces new chef, upgrades to menu, concept

Pacific’o on the Beach in Lahaina announced today its new executive chef, Maui’s Isaac Bancaco, along with upgrades to its restaurant space, menu and concept.

Sonic Drive-In restaurant chain plans first Maui location in Kahului

Sonic Drive-In, one of the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chains, is planning to roll out a Kahului location. 

Maui smash-hit burger joint expands to Kahului, set for Upcountry

When Maui native Zach Sato opened his first restaurant, Havens, less than two years ago, he had no idea it would soon popularize smash burgers on the Valley Isle. expanded Havens from its North Kihei flagship restaurant to a food truck in Kahului on Thursday. In the next six months, he expects to open a brick-and-mortar spot in Pukalani, which is already being used for prep work.

Maui Chef Sheldon Simeon of Tin Roof is nominated for James Beard Foundation award

Maui’s Chef Sheldon Simeon, owner of Tin Roof in Kahului, is one of two Hawaiʻi chefs nominated by the James Beard Foundation for recognition as Best Chef in the Northwest and Pacific region which includes Alaska, Hawaiʻi, Oregon, and Washington.

After two years, Paʻina Food Court at UH Maui College reopens to the public, March 23

After more than two years, the Pā‘ina Food Court at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College reopens to the public on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Ekolu kitchen1279 reopens in Kīhei two years after shuttering due to pandemic

Ekolu kitchen1279 reopens today in the Azeka Shopping Center in Kīhei following a two-year closure due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maui’s Kobe Japanese Steak House & Oku’s Sushi Bar closing after 36 years

The restaurant celebrated its 35th anniversary last year, marking three and a half decades of service from a corner spot at Luakini and Dickenson Streets. But the heavy burden of economic landscape and staffing concerns made the decision official.

Huihui restaurant at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel supporting efforts to reduce invasive deer

Huihui chef Tom Muromoto’s thoughtfully crafted menu sources deer from the neighboring rural island for dishes that include the Molokaʻi venison burger, and Molokaʻi venison poke.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse to open first Maui location at The Shops at Wailea this fall

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is slated to open at The Shops at Wailea in the fall of 2022, marking the first Maui location for the restaurant.

Maui’s Makaʻalae Farms set to receive $250,000 in federal funds from USDA

Makaʻalae Farms on Maui is set to receive $250,000 in funding from the US Department of agriculture to help create new products and better advertise goods and services.  

Seascape in Māʻalaea launches lunch special to support local farmers, marine life

The restaurant in Māʻalaea, is inviting kamaʻāina to connect over locally sourced ingredients and a delicious three-course prix fixe menu, all for the price of $25 per person. For each lunch purchased, Seascape will donate $1 to the MOC Marine Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of Hawaiian green sea turtles and coral restoration. 

Chef Pasion and Lanai Tabura team up for culinary event at Fairmont Kea Lani

Tonight marks the second night of a two night collaboration with Kō’s Executive Chef Jonathan Pasion and Lanai Tabura at the Fairmont Kea Lani resort.

Kalei’s Lunchbox expands with new Maui Lani location

Kalei’s Lunchbox has expanded yet again, this time with a brick-and-mortar restaurant at the Maui Lani Shopping Center, anchored by Safeway in Wailuku. This brings to three, the total number of eateries the ʻohana owned business operates.

Maui Food Technology Center to open new food truck hub starting Feb. 1

The “Maui STREET Market,” starts next Tuesday, Feb. 1. This foodie hot spot will be located in the south side of the parking lot at 150 Hāna Highway in Kahului (next to the former 24-Hour Fitness Center) and will be open seven days a week with food trucks setting their own hours.

Farm-to-Bar Maui Kuʻia Estate Chocolate Wins Gold

Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate was named a “Producer of Excellence” and given the Gold Award in the Asia-Pacific Region in the International 2021 Cocoa of Excellence Awards, announced virtually from Rome, Italy, on Dec. 16.

Cafe opens on Hawaiian Home Lands in Anahola, Kauaʻi

One hundred percent of the revenues from the Anahola Cafe supports its operation and the nonprofit mission of HCDC in affordable housing and job creation on or near Hawaiian Home Lands.

Chick-fil-A delays Maui opening, names Kahului operator

Chick-fil-A pushed back the tentative opening for its $3.87 million Kahului restaurant — the first of at least four locations slated for the Aloha State. Initially scheduled to open late spring, a news release today said the Central Maui restaurant is now set to open mid-2022. The release also announced the names of four operators chosen to helm the Hawaii restaurants. Sean Whaley, of San Bernardino, Calif., was named the franchise operator for Kahului.

“Aunt Patty” retires from Maui mom and pop market after 54 years

Aunty Patty Locey will be retiring from her job as a cashier at Pukalani Superette at the end of the month.
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