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Koa’s Seaside Grill

he Maui News’ poll is the island’s original “Best of Maui” contest, and remains the go-to place for all things great about Maui. Each year, we call upon some special island experts: you! For nearly two months, we’ve been receiving ballots from readers near and far, who shared with us some of their favorite things to do and places to dine on Maui. And now, we’re ready to reveal the results! Read on to discover where to head for the finest cultural experience, what Maui’s favorite chef is cooking up, the best place to dine with the kids, and where to tee up for that next golf outing. Then, get started on planning your next Maui staycation or vacation. Here’s what some readers had to say about their favorites:

Best New Restaurant t just had its soft opening in March, yet Koa’s Seaside Grill in Lahaina has already rocketed to the top of the charts to be named “Best New Restaurant on Maui.” Its portions are ginormous, the food is based on tried-andtrue recipes, and it hangs out over the water, making for a winning combination that can’t be beat. “Koa’s Seaside Grill is a place on the water at an incredible Front Street Lahaina location, where you can relax and enjoy great food at reasonable prices,” says General Manager Buff Weaver. “Koa’s team wants all who join us to feel like guests in our homes.” Owners are Jerry and Lucy Corson, veteran restaurateurs with the hugely popular Gazebo in Napili. Their new venture is now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Choose from the shady firstfloor level, or head upstairs to the rooftop and duck under an umbrella or just soak in the sun. Either way, you get stellar ocean views. Been to the Hash House A-Go-Go in Las Vegas? Koa’s breakfast entrees compare in enormity. Do bring a hearty appetite. For breakfast, wake up to the mountain of fried rice that can feed a small army, and the Big Kahuna omelette packed with bacon, Portuguese sausage, onions, mushrooms, avocado and pepper jack cheese, served with potatoes or rice and toast. The breakfast menu is based on the winning Gazebo concept, of course. Breakfast is served all the way until 3 p.m. Conversely, lunch-goers may dive right into oyster po’ boys and meat loaf sandwiches starting at 9 a.m. Happy hour is jumping daily from 3 to 5:30 p.m., when you get $2 off all specialty drinks, house wines and draft beers. Crowd-pleasing appetizers include peel-and-eat edamame, seared ahi in ginger-soy sauce, steamer clams


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General Manager Buff Weaver (from left), with his Executive Chef Andre Clark and new Sous Chef Cody Davis overhanging the ocean on Front Street.

in white-wine broth, and spinach-andartichoke dip with crunchy crostini. Seafood lovers will also find crab cakes, crispy calamari, coconut-crusted prawns with sweet Thai chili sauce, and oysters on the half shell. Dinner entrees beckon with rock-salt roasted prime rib served with horseradish and au jus, fresh catch with crab mix and lobster sauce, and kalua-style

pork plate with seasonal vegetables. Desserts such as creme brulee with candied pineapple in an actual pineapple bowl take it all over the top. So do the vivid Maui sunsets. In addition, Koa’s Seaside Grill partners with ‘Ulalena to offer the least expensive dinner and show package in Lahaina. Kids menu packages are also available.

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“When I want romance, food that is off the charts and wonderful service, Gerard’s is the place. For impeccable service and amazing food, you have to go to Spago. But when I’ m just kickin’ it and I want to have a good meal at a great price, it has to be Cafe O’ Lei.” —Cris South, Makawao “‘ Ulalena is a cultural phenomenon that is an experience not to be missed. I’ve seen it several times and it’s always a moving experience.” —Patricia A. Long, Coos Bay, Ore. “Komoda’s Bakery is still the No. 1 for pastries. Whenever we go off island, whether to Oahu or Vegas, we have requests for Komoda’ s pastries.” —Frances Oshiro, Kihei “Volunteering on Vacation, Pacific Whale Foundation’s program which gives an opportunity to contribute to various environmental efforts while on Maui, has been very rewarding.” —Geraldine Niemann, Taylorville, Ill. “Polli’s food is only surpassed by its friendly and service-driven staff. It always feels like family when we arrive.” —Georgia Hausauer, Lakeville, Minn. “Ko is by far the best ambiance, food, service, music and kama‘aina prices all in one place.” —Robert Marochi, Kihei “We were aboard the Teralani for my 50th birthday. It was a wonderful evening, sailing into the sunset with lots of whales around us, great staff and delicious food. Definitely an adventure to repeat.” —Sharon Morgan, B.C., Canada

Best of Maui drawing winners

Kahului resident Robert Wilson, and his wife Molly, plan to use Robert’s $100 gift certificate from Four Seasons Resort Maui at Spago or Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante. The couple says that when it comes to dining out, there are three things they look for: ambience, service and food. Audrey Kaneshiro will make a long haul from her home in Kahana to Paia to dine at her favorite restaurant, Mama’s Fish

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Robert Wilson

Audrey Kaneshiro

House, where she won a $100 gift certificate. “I love the whole Paia town area, and I don’t get out there very often,” she said. “Mama’s is a treat, so I’m really excited.” Kaneshiro isn’t sure what she’ll order as an entree, but there is one thing she’s really looking forward to — the renowned Polynesian Black Pearl dessert. Rick Castillo won a $100 gift certificate from Maui Ocean Center. He has never eaten at its

Rick Castillo

Seascape Ma‘alea Restaurant, although he doesn’t have to go far to visit his favorite eatery. As director of golf at The King Kamehameha Golf Club and Kahili Golf Course, he is a regular diner at Kahili Restaurant. “I’m biased,” he joked, “but I think very highly of the buffet options there, and it really is one of Maui’s best kept secrets. It also has beautiful panoramic views.” His favorite dish? The cashew chicken with chow mein noodles.

Jared Agtunong Kahului resident and recent Maui High School graduate Jared Agtunong is starting his first year at Vanguard University in the fall, so he’s been busy eating all the local treats he can — poke, Tasaka Guri Guri, and Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, to name a few. “Those are the things I’m going to miss,” says the Maui High School graduate, who won a $100 gift certificate to Tante’s Island Cuisine. He plans to share his certificate with his family.

Cover design by Lehia Apana Cover photos: Hula photo courtesy Old Lahaina Lu‘au. Komoda Store & Bakery photo of Betty Shibuya (from left), Kiyoko Komoda and Michele Shibuya by Lehia Apana. Sushi photo courtesy Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar.

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Backpack Buddies program feeding Maui’s ‘nutritionally disadvantaged’ Editor’ s note: The Maui Food Bank was once again the recipient of both cash and food donations from people voting in this year’ s Best of Maui contest. As longtime supporters of this nonprofit organization, we encourage our readers to support this important Maui cause. While some elementary school students on Maui are stressing about getting good grades or keeping up with the latest fashion trends, others have another concern on their minds: where their next meal will come from. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 16.2-million children in America are living in homes

without consistent access to adequate food — that’s one out of every five kids. Of course, Hawaii is not exempt from these numbers. “A lot of people think that we’re in paradise and that there’s not such an issue here,” says Maui Food Bank Executive Director Richard Yust. “But with the high cost of living on Maui, it has forced a lot of families to cut back, and the only thing left for families to cut back on is food.” For some students, their primary food sources are school lunches provided throughout the week. To combat this problem, Maui Food Bank launched its Backpack Buddies program this past spring, which provides meals to last students through the weekend.

Every Friday, the program hands out 350 backpacks at six schools across Maui and Molokai. Two additional schools are expected to join the program within the month. “It’s a well-known fact that children who are undernourished are not only physically suffering, but they suffer mentally because they don’t have the nutrients to help keep them focused and able to study,” explains Maui Food Bank Development Director Marlene Rice. Rice shared a story of a young girl and her mother who came to the Maui Food Bank in need of food. When asked why she wasn’t in school, the girl explained that she didn’t have any money for lunch.

Every Friday, Maui Food Bank’s Backpack Buddies program hands out 350 backpacks filled with food at local schools, providing meals to last a child through the weekend. Photo courtesy Maui Food Bank

“First of all, she was really embarrassed by it,” says Rice. “But second of all, what parent wants to send their child off knowing that they’re going to be in a classroom full of kids, and their child might be the only one who doesn’t have a lunch that day?” The food nourishes more than just their bodies, Yust adds. “It’s something a child should not have to worry about,” he says. “By us pro-

viding these backpacks, I think it gives them a little emotional support knowing that they have some food.” The good news is that the Maui community can help address this issue that’s happening in our backyard. Because all food distributed through Backpack Buddies must be purchased — rather than sourced from food donations — monetary gifts are preferred. “One of the advantages of us donating money is our

buying power,” explains Rice. We purchase through the food bank network, so we’re able to maximize every dollar donated.” Businesses are also encouraged to join the program as sponsors, where a $2,500 donation would provide a total of 500 backpacks. To learn more about how you can help, call the Maui Food Bank at 243-9500 or visit www.mauifoodbank. org.

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The signature ohana share platter features crispy calamari, Kobe beef poke and chicken and mushroom lumpia, served with dipping sauces and pickled vegetables.

Ko Best Appetizer

he Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui’s Ko also won this year’s “Best Resort Restaurant” category, so you know that its appetizers will be, well, more than appetizing. Sample ethnic dishes from Maui’s plantation era past — all with a gourmet twist. Crunch Filipino lumpia or spring rolls stuffed with pork and shrimp or chicken and mushrooms. Dip Japanese oishi spicy tuna sushi into shoyu and wasabi. Bite into crispy calamari with Korean ko chu jang sauce. And, savor Chinese stir-fried peppered shrimp in black bean sauce. Can’t decide? Order the Ohana Pupu with a trio of fun flavors. Or opt for Portuguese bean soup, or farm-fresh salads inspired by the best local ingredients.

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Best Ambience Merriman’s Kapalua 1 Bay Club Place Kapalua | 669-6400 Honorable Mentions Mama’s Fish House 799 Poho Place • Kuau | 579-8488

Best Ambience ituated on the tip of a black lava finger, better known as “The Point” overlooking Kapalua Bay, Merriman’s dishes up jaw-dropping sunsets and ocean views that always guarantee an evening to remember. The picturesque views are complemented by fresh line-caught fish, seafood, grass-fed meats and farm-fresh produce — all 90 percent locally sourced. Come and enjoy the modern, open-air bar or the spacious dining room. Stop in for happy hour on The Point and sip from the impressive list of house-made cocktails, or wander down to the cozy fire pit after dinner and enjoy a glass of wine under the stars.


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Mama’s Fish House Best Restaurant Overall epeat winner Mama’s Fish House once again raises the bar to stellar new heights as the Best Restaurant Overall on Maui. Diners rave about its idyllic coconut grove, ocean surf, mai tais, impeccable service and fresh-as-it-gets fish. But in 2013, it’s not only a winner, but a thriver, a survivor, and a supporter of community interests. The iconic restaurant oceanfront on Kuau Cove celebrates 40 successful years in 2013, a feat in and of itself. It also made headlines as being the first private venture in the state to subsidize a FAD, or fishing aggregate device, in deep ocean waters, as an aid to local fishermen. On Father’s Day, Mama’s and its large staff of employees and celebrating diners were brushed too close for comfort with a raging cane fire. “We all saw a way of life for 325 employees threatened that day, and because of the Maui Fire Department, a major tragedy was averted,” Karen Christenson, daughter of founders Floyd and Doris Christenson, says. “There aren’t words to express our gratitude.” Most recently, Tropical Storm Flossie bore down on Maui’s north shore with an incredible thunder and lightening show combined with high winds, and Mama’s team hunkered down, protected and fed hundreds of stranded diners — including movie star Jamie Lee Curtis. Now, it’s back to business as usual, as the consistent No. 1 choice to dine for anyone who visits our island. Of course, locals covet the chance to dine there on special occasions. It’s at the top of Maui’s heap, and memories of meals linger long on the palate. This year, Mama’s also won Best Seafood, and got Honorable Mentions for Best Ambience, Best Appetizer, and last, but certainly not least, Best Service. So it’s no wonder it ranks as Best Overall Restaurant on Maui. The look, the feel, the taste all transport you into a Polynesian paradise. Even before you arrive at the valet stand, you’ll see a white fishing boat beckoning at the entrance. Walk along the gecko-shaped stones under the coconut grove, pass an


Mama’s staffers love to wear vintage muumuu procured just for them. The fashionistas include Front Server Noele McClure (from left), Office Manager Theresa Munoz, Hostess Nikki Sadang, Reservations Manager Hehoku Najera, Reservationist Christine Johnson, Hostess Mana Magbaleta and Accounting’s Kaileen Rickards. Mama’s Fish House photo

outrigger canoe and a banyan arch. Peruse all of the celebrity photos on the wall before being seated and wait for the meal of a lifetime, whether it be lunch, dinner or pupu at the bar. “My latest fave is Executive Chef Perry Bateman’s grilled mahimahi salad with kale and quinoa — served with a little glass of chilled coconut water — healthy, fresh and so, so ono!” says Christenson. “Then there are the new flavors on his sashimi trio you have to have!” Sip a vintage tropical such as the Mai Tai Roa Ae, created in 1944 by Trader Vic Bergeron. Or opt for a contemporary

Pink Floyd, named after the legendary owner. Bread is baked fresh daily, and an amuse bouche of, say, coconut, crab and lemongrass soup is brought to the table to whet your appetite. At least six varieties of fresh catch are served daily. The menu lists the fishermen who caught them. The most popular entree is mahimahi stuffed with lobster and crab, baked in a macadamia-nut crust, caught by Greg Lind out of Hana Bay. Poi, the beloved starchy Hawaiian staple, is complementary with any appetizer. Just ask your server. “You don’t know poi until you’ve

tried Chef Perry’s fresh poi,” says Christenson. “And, I’ve been eating poi for a very long time, since it was served in a yellow pyrex bowl on the kitchen table at Keahi’s of Lahaina, where it was as customary to take your slippers off at the door as it was to stick two or three fingers in the poi bowl as you walked into the house.” Of course, you must indulge in Mama’s desserts as well. Do try the Polynesian Black Pearl, a lilikoi-chocolate mousse in a seashell-shaped pastry. Sip private-estate coffee from a French-press urn, and know you’ve had the best meal on Maui.

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Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel Best Brunch Buffet ndulge in free-flowing bubbly at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s Sunday Champagne Brunch, presented weekly from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the resort’s Tiki Terrace. Dine indoors or out and savor slow-roasted prime rib and fresh fish in lemon-caper sauce and dozens of other local favorites as you watch live strolling Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers. It’s Maui’s “most Hawaiian hotel,” and so you’ll find island inspired seafood and hot entrees like kalua pork and fresh Ka‘anapali poi. Pile your plates at the carving station, drizzle shoyu on sushi, crunch salads, and top it all off with desserts.


Best Brunch Buffet Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel 2525 Kaanapali Parkway • Kaanapali 667-0124 • Honorable Mentions Kahili Restaurant | 2500 Honoapiilani Highway Waikapu | 242-6000 | Grand Wailea | 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea 875-1234 |

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Seafood on ice includes snow crab legs, chilled shrimp, mussels, raw oysters on the half shell, pokes and kim-chee crab.

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Cool Cat Cafe Best Burger

ig and beefy, comforting and satisfying. This ’50s retro restaurant overlooking Lahaina’s famous banyan tree will take you back in time to when burgers were king. Choose from 13 styles such as the Bogy with bacon and cheese or the Marilyn with green chilies cause, well, some like it hot. “We’re conveniently located right on Front Street on the third floor of the Wharf Cinema Center,” says General Manager Matt Godfrey. “Near the theater and Lahaina Harbor. We have a fun retail store and a game room.” Besides beef burgers, Cool Cats now offers a non-GMO, soy-free, vegan, glutenfree, locally-made veggie-patty burger.” Hmm . . . would that be called, the Twiggy?


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Best Burger Cool Cat Cafe 658 Front St. #160 • Lahaina | 667-0908 | Honorable Mentions Teddy’s Bigger Burgers 335 Keawe St. #221 • Lahaina | 661-9111 | Cheeseburger in Paradise 811 Front St. • Lahaina | 661-4855 |

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Balloon artist Jolie Strickland makes a horse hat, airplane, sword and more for Ella and Elima Dagan of Makawao.

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Ruby’s Diner Best Kid Friendly

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Kamehameha Golf Club’s Waikapu Ballroom offers stunning coast-to-coast views with Mount Haleakala looming behind, and can accommodate large weddings and corporate functions.

King Kamehameha Golf Club Best Caterer

he food is award-winning, artfully prepared by last year’s Best Chef winner Eddie Munoz. The incredible venue takes it over the top for a No. 1 Best Caterer-win. That’s because the King Kamehameha Golf Club is one of only two Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Hawaii. “Sitting on 330 acres along Mauna Kahalawai,


it is the only venue with spectacular panoramic views of Haleakala and the north and south shores,” says Banquet Manager Anela Gutierrez. “The property provides four ceremony locations, and six event venues that can accommodate from an intimate setting to a grand ballroom for 364 people.” In addition, prices are moderate and service, extraordinary.

Best Caterer The King Kamehameha Golf Club 2500 Honoapliilani Highway • Wailuku | 243-1025 | Honorable Mentions: Island Catering | 129 Lahainaluna Road • Lahaina | 667-5683 Dani’s Catering | 880 Kolu St. • Wailuku | 242-6652 | Celebrations Catering | | 572-4946

ids love to slurp thick shakes and munch juicy burgers in this ’40s retro restaurant, legs dangling from cherry-red booths. Coca Cola memorabilia and hanging airplanes keep their eyes busy. Ruby’s even hands out toy gliders, coloring placemats and crayons for more knee-high fun. The kid’s menu is balanced, yet it includes an ice cream cone dessert. Or let them choose from a fresh fruit cup or sliced apples. “Kids also enjoy celebrating their birthdays at Ruby’s,” says manager Kirk Baldridge. “We sing them birthday songs, and crown them with Ruby’s hats, while they make wishes on Ruby’s birthday sundaes!” Print fun keiki activities from the website. And, don’t miss the balloon artist Jolie Strickland Friday and Saturday nights, and at Sunday brunch. She delights children for tips only, so do reward her outrageously creative efforts.


Best Kid-Friendly Ruby’s Diner | Queen Kaahumanu Center 275 Kaahumanu Ave. • Kahului | 248-7829 | Honorable Mentions: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. 889 Front St. • Lahaina | 661-3111 | McDonald’s |

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Sheldon Simeon

Chef Sheldon Simeon gives the shaka as he sits on the seawall in Lahaina. For now, he’s mum about his next career move, but rumor has it that it’s Mala Wailea.

Best Chef e’s the man of the hour. The talk of the town. Or perhaps we should say, “restaurant world.” In fact, people in the industry here even teasingly say they have, “Sheldon Envy.” That’s because local boy Sheldon Simeon has catapulted to the No. 1 spot for Best Chef on Maui in The Maui News and all the other island publications this year. He’s a James Beard Award nominee, and he garnered international acclaim by making it to the final stage of “Top Chef” Seattle” last season on the Bravo cable network; was “Best New Chef People’s Choice” in Food & Wine magazine; and a Rising Star Hawaii Chef twice. Oh yes, let’s not forget he’s a previous Best Chef winner in The Maui News. “It’s an honor for me to be named Best Chef on Maui by The Maui News again,” he says. “It’s just been crazy the past two years. It’s been a whirlwind. It’s amazing how life can change so quickly.” The 31-year-old was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii. He first attended the Culinary Institute of the Pacific on Oahu and then Maui Culinary Academy here, before taking off for an internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., where he met his future, Maui-born wife. He eventually became executive chef at Star Noodle in Lahaina, when his star power went through the roof and he left to pursue his own culinary dream. A case in point about his star power,


was this summer, when he was spotted at a Four Seasons Resort Maui culinary event in Wailea. Simeon was standing at the same high-top table as Chris Noth, aka “Mr. Big” of “Sex and the City” fame, and people approached the chef one after another for pictures and autographs as the famous actor’s jaw dropped, wondering, “who’s he?!” The bigger question may be, “Where is he?” In recent months, Simeon has made numerous celebrity chef appearances everywhere from the trendy Vintage Cave on Oahu to Travaasa Hana to Pacific’o in Lahaina. Most recently, he appeared at two other Lahaina benefits at Mala Ocean Tavern and its sister restaurant, Honu Seafood & Pizza, both owned by a former Best Chef on Maui, Mark Ellman. Tonight, he’ll appear in an all-star lineup of celebrity chefs at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa’s Malama Maui that is part of the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. A few tickets were available as of press time. Of course, with Simeon’s recent appearances at Honu and Mala, as well as a guest chef spot with Ellman at restaurateur Shep Gordon’s house as part of an auction item at the recent Maui Calls, rumors are starting to spread like wildfire that he will soon be named chef at Mala Wailea, where Gordon is the managing partner, and Ellman is the chef partner. With the implementation of new frontof-the-house man, Francesco Greco, who was with the benchmark celebrity hotspot, Toscana, in Los Angeles for 22 years, Mala Wailea should have an incredible team, indeed. Stay tuned. The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo

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4474 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Kahana, 669-5089; Honorable mentions: Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant, 1312 Front St., Lahaina, 661-7071, Dragon Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Maui Mall, Kahului, 8931628

Polli’s Mexican Restaurant Best Ethnic Restaurant sign outside Polli’s Mexican Restaurant in Makawao town reads, “Come in and eat or we’ll both starve!” Don’t be fooled by this plea for business — Polli’s has a loyal group of fans who have voted it not only as serving the best Mexican food on Maui, but the best ethnic restaurant overall. This cozy eatery in the heart of Makawao is famous for its fresh salsa and guacamole, made in-house daily, then served alongside a portion of both corn and flour tortilla chips. The menu options continue to trigger the tastebuds, with the popular fish taco plate that overflows with fresh ingredients and savory flavors. Of course, any Mexican restaurant worth its salt must have something tasty to wash it all down. Polli’s has that covered, too, with heaping glasses of margaritas that come in fun flavors including lilikoi, strawberry and mango. So turn any meal into a fiesta, and head over to Polli’s for the island’s finest Mexican flavors. And like the sign outside suggests, you won’t have to worry about going hungry after a visit to Polli’s. Polli’s Mexican Restaurant is located at 1202 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 572-7808, www.pollismexican Honorable mentions: Amigo’ s, (multiple locations) 333 Dairy Road, Kahului, 8729525; 1215 S. Kihei Road, Ki-


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Bartender Lori Hoene shows off Polli’s popular Fiesta Tostada. hei, 879-9952; and 658 Front St., Lahaina, 661-0210; Cilantro Mexican Grill, 170 Papalaua St. #140, Lahaina, 6675444,

Other top ethnic picks: These Maui

bustling hot spot. Star Noodle is located at 286 Kupuohi St. (Lah. Bus. Park), Lahaina, 667-5400, Honorable mention: Japengo, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, 200 Nohea Kai Drive, Kaanapali, 667-4796,

■ Best Filipino (th r eewa y t ie): Classic Ilocano dishes await at Paradise Supermart, a supermarket-restaurant hybrid in the heart of Kahului. If dishes like pork and peas, squid adobo and lechon make your mouth water, this is the place for you. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the always-popular halo halo. Paradise Supermart is located at 207 E. Wakea Ave., Kahului, 877-6767 *** For Filipino food that will satisfy your taste buds, step into Philmart Oriental & Fast Foods. The hot food line is packed with flavors that will transport you to the Philippines. While there, check out the supermarket section, which stocks all the basics for the home cook. Philmart Oriental & Fast Foods is located at 350 Ohukai Road St. A101, Kihei, 8910481 *** A relative newcomer on Maui’s dining scene, Tante’s Island Cuisine is already making a name for itself, thanks to its signature dishes like the shrimp sari sari, pork and peas, and halo halo. Have something to celebrate? Let Tante’s ease the stress of having to cook by hosting a banquet in-house or have them cater your next event. Tante’ s Island Cuisine is located at Maui Seaside Hotel, 100 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, 877-0300, www.

■ Best Chinese: If you love Chinese food, you’ll love China Boat. And if you’re not a fan of the cuisine, one visit to this popular Kahana eatery might just change your mind. ■ Best Asian: Don’t be fooled by the “noodle” moniker, Dishing up Mandarin and Szechwan favorites including Star Noodle is more than garlic eggplant and kung pao just that. The restaurant also rechicken, China Boat is known vives old-school dishes with modern flare, as seen in popular for its fresh ingredients and flamenu items such as the steamed vorful dishes. Luckily, there’s one thing you won’t find here: ■ Best French: Gerpork buns and sugar-coated MSG. ard’s Restaurant is the malasadas. Savvy diners arrive early to grab a seat at this China Boat is located at kind of place reserved for speA Supplement of THE MAUI NEWS – Sunday, September 1, 2013 – Page S13

restaurants garnered the most votes for ethnic and fusion cuisines.

cial occasions. And special it is, dishing up creative fare including ahi and smoked salmon carpaccio, and rhubarb pie with ginger ice cream. But why wait until an anniversary or birthday to visit Gerards? Kama‘aina get 20 percent off food any night of the week. Gerard’ s Restaurant is located at 174 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, 661-8939, ■ Best German: Proving that good things come to those who wait, Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe lovingly creates each dish from scratch. The result is comfort food with a German accent, such as the popular bratwurst platter, or the zigeuner schnitzel featuring pork tenderloin topped with bell pepper and mushroom paprika sauce. Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe is located at 335 Hoohana St. #7A, Kahului, 877-6000, www.brigitand ■ Best Hawaiian: At Aloha Mixed Plate, come for the food, stay for the view. This casual oceanfront eatery offers a taste of Hawaii with its laulau, kalua pork, poi and more. No Hawaii vacation is complete without diving into traditional cuisine. And locals know where to come to satisfy those Hawaiian food cravings. Aloha Mixed Plate is located at 1285 Front St., Lahaina, 661-3322, www.aloha Honorable mention: Old Lahaina Lu‘ au, 1251 Front St., Lahaina, 667-1998, ■ Best Indian: Indian fare is known for its savory dishes and complex flavors, and Monsoon India lives up to those traditions. The ocean views at its Kihei location are enough to warrant a visit, while Continued on the next page

Best Ethnic Continued from Page 13 the chicken pakoras and mutter paneer will have you licking the plate and asking for seconds. Monsoon India is located at 760 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, 8756666; and 658 Front St., Lahaina, 661-4999, www. ■Best Italian: You don’t have to travel around the world to get a taste of Italy. Marco’s Grill & Deli brings those flavors straight to your table in the form of its enticing chicken parmigiano or the popular vodka rigatoni. Conveniently located near the airport in the heart of Kahului, this is a favorite among locals and savvy visitors. Marco’ s Grill & Deli is located at 444 Hana Highway Ste. M, Kahului, 877-4446 ■ Best Japanese: Tucked away on Lower Main Street in Wailuku, Tokyo Tei is worth

seeking out for its crisped-toperfection vegetable tempura and local-style teishoku choices. Don’t be fooled by its humble locale and simple facade — this local favorite has served its share of famous faces, including John F. Kennedy when he was a young senator. Tokyo Tei is located at 1063 Lower Main St., Wailuku, 242-9630, www. Honorable mentions: Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 1881 S. Kihei Road, Kihei, 879-0004 and 115 Bay Drive Unit 115, Kapalua, 6696286, www.sanseihawaii. com. Nuka, 780 Haiku Road, Haiku, call 575-2939, ■Best Korean: Although not exclusively a Korean restaurant, Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar is popular for its Korean staples including bi bim bop, meat jun and kalbi. For those who enjoy a good deal, this no-frills restaurant offers

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big portions at affordable prices. Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar is located at 65 W. Kaahumanu Ave. #23, Kahului, call 8777776 or visit www.asiancuisine ■Best Local: While the New York steak poke and cashew chicken will have you singing Kahili Restaurant’s praises, the panoramic view puts this dining experience over the top. It’s always a good time to visit this local favorite, but the special Sunday brunch and Friday night prime rib and seafood buffet are especially popular. The recently added Asian-American fusion buffet on Saturdays also has a loyal following. Kahili Restaurant is located at 2500 Honoapiilani Highway, Waikapu, 242-6000, www. ■ Best Plantation Cuisine: Chef Tylun Pang of Ko has put a modern twist on old fa-

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vorites from Hawaii’s plantation era. Adding upscale flare to the flavors of Hawaii’s earliest immigrants, Ko is a top choice among both nostalgic locals and curious visitors. Be sure to try the always-popular Kobe beef poke. Ko is located at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, 4100 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, call 875-2210 or visit www.ko Honorable mention: Alan Wong’ s Amasia, Grand Wailea, 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, 891-3954, ■Best Thai: Simply browsing the extensive menu at Thai Chef Restaurant will have your mouth watering. This cozy restaurant delivers consistently flavorful dishes at reasonable prices, making it an easy choice for favorite Thai food among our readers. Thai Chef Restaurant is located at 880 Front St. #A12, Lahaina, 667-2814,

www.thaichefrestaurantmaui. com Honorable mention: Thailand Cuisine, Kukui Mall, Kihei, 875-0839 and Maui Mall, Kahului, 214-7460, www.thailandcuisine â– Best Vietnamese: A Saigon Cafe is the kind of place where you could point to an item on the menu with your eyes closed, and still be assured a memorable meal. Expect flavors that linger on your taste buds and dishes that make you wish you had a bigger stomach. Favorites include rice in a clay pot and spicy eggplant. A Saigon Cafe is located at 1792 Main St., Wailuku, 243-9560. Honorable mentions: Asian Star, 1764 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, 244-1833. Vietnamese Cuisine, 1280 S. Kihei Road #107, Kihei, 875-2088, www.mauivietnameserestaurant .com

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enjoy gourmet dishes such as wagyu beef ravioli, aromatic with black truffle, porcini, portobellos and morel mushroom cream sauce. Crunch a refreshing organic golden and red beet salad with toasted fig and goat-cheese crostini; and try the local favorite of Maui onion and sesame-seed-crusted seared sashimi-grade ahi with vanilla-bean jasmine rice, drizzled with apple cidersoy vinaigrette. Servers are all well dressed with colorful ties. They’ll cater to your every whim. Bartenders all dress alike in fun evening attire. Let them dazzle you with cutting-edge cocktails and impeccable service, elevating the whole bar experience to new heights. “Our team of servers has an average of just under 10 years with Lahaina Grill,” says Munch. “With this record of minimal turnover we have formed a unique family, and our guests really get to know our staff.” “We want to send a warm thank you to The Maui News and the Maui community for recognizing us in the Best of Maui this year!”

Lahaina Grill Best Service e are humbly honored to receive Best Service by The Maui News readers and our community this year,” says owner Jurg Munch. “Our team prides itself on working hard to provide exceptional service each and every evening to each and every guest who comes through our doors.” General manager Debbi Fagan is an 18-year Lahaina Grill veteran who diligently oversees staff to ensure guests are pampered to the nines. Sommelier Richard Olson III is also integral to the service team and the restaurant’s awardwinning wine program. Let him familiarize you with the winery of the month. This September, New Zealand’s Spy Valley is featured. “Like the food ingredients that we use, we look for wines that are true to their origin and reflective of their environment,” says Olson. “The brand name was derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station within a few kilometers of the winery, which is situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley.” Sip some Spy Valley sauvignon blanc or pinot noir by the glass or by the bottle, then kick back and


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Best Service Lahaina Grill | 127 Lahainaluna Road • Lahaina | 667-5117 | Honorable Mentions: Mama’s Fish House | 799 Poho Place • Kuau | 579-8488 | Duo Four Seasons Maui at Wailea | 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea | 874-8000 |

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Star Noodle’s Bartender, Zane Monteleone, gets ready to slurp some aromatic, house-made garlic noodles with dashi and green onion.

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Star Noodle Best Noodles

lurp a big bowl of aromatic Star udon brimming with fat noodles, rich broth, roast pork and scallions. Savor fragrant Singapore vermicelli with curry, tossed with chicken, shrimp and vegetables. Most noodles are made fresh in house, and you may add on fresh salmon, shrimp, chicken, tofu or beef. Presented on beautiful ceramic dishes, many of the dry noodles come in half and full portions. Mix and match, and share the off-the-scale tastes. Choices include Look Moore Funn with black-bean sauce, choi sum and chili oil; organic buckwheat soba with daikon, wasabi, scallion, ginger and tsuyu; and pad Thai with chicken, shrimp, egg, peanuts and garlic chives. With fun cocktails, beers and wines

S Culinary theatrics await you at Teppan-yaki Dan. Where twirling knives and volcanoes of fire accompany our chefs’ mouthwatering array of contemporary Japanese cuisine – grilled to perfection right at your table. Enjoy this artistic meal with the perfect pairing of specialty sake, fine wines and cocktails. Join us with friends and family for a night of fun and flavors. Find out more at or call 808 921 4600.

as accompaniments along with reasonable prices and stellar service, this noodle house is a winner. Prefer take-out? Place an order, take it home in a Star Noodle eco-bag. Bring the bag back and get 10 percent off your next order.

Best Noodles Star Noodle 286 Kupuohi St. (Lah. Bus. Park) Lahaina | 667-5400 | Honorable Mentions Sam Sato’s 1750 Wili Pa Loop • Wailuku 244-7124 Ramen Ya Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center 275 Kaahumanu Ave. • Kahului 873-9688

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Geste Shrimp Best Food Truck

iled high, plump and juicy crustaceans are handed to you from the window of Geste Shrimp Food Truck at Kahului Harbor from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (or until gone) Tuesdays through Saturdays. It’s fast and easy. Affordable, too. While the number of food trucks at Kahului Harbor is increasing, Geste Shrimp remains in front of the lineup to be No.1 for two years in a row. Just follow the aromas to the big white truck with the pink shrimp log on the side. Opt for Hawaiian scampi in butter and lemon, or lemon-pepper, hot and spicy, and spicy pineapple. All Geste Shrimp plates include crab-macaroni salad and steamed white rice. Order as appetizers, entrees or in party platters.


Best Food Truck Geste Shrimp Truck Kahului Beach Road • Kahului | 298-7109 Honorable Mentions Gogi Korean Taco Truck 276-4711 |

Mana Foods Best Health Food

heir mantra sums it up: wholesome food at honest prices. That’s exactly what Mana Foods delivers. The popular Paia store is packed with healthy alternatives to life’s essentials — from organic grass-fed beef to gluten-free options. The true highlight is the produce department, which overflows with organic and locally sourced fruits and veggies in every color of the rainbow. Besides its vast selection of products, Mana Foods has also evolved into the community’s health food store, where old friends reunite and new ones are made. “It’s the hub of Paia,” said co-owner Theresa Thielk. “People come and they shop, they meet and exchange information, and it’s kind of like a little community.”


Like Poke? 140 Hobron Ave. • Kahului | 757-2239

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The produce department at Mana Foods is a treasure trove of fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

Best Health Food Mana Foods 49 Baldwin Ave. • Paia | 579-8078 Honorable Mentions Choice Health Bar 1087 Limahana Place 1A Lahaina | 661-7711 Down to Earth 305 Dairy Road • Kahului | 877-2661

Ko Best Resort Restaurant oth locals and tourists know, Ko rocks at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui. Last year, the fabled Moorishstyle hotel in Wailea won 20 national and local awards, so it’s no wonder that its signature multi-milliondollar Ko rates as No. 1 in Maui’s hotel world as the Best Resort Restaurant. Meaning “sugarcane” in Hawaiian, Ko epitomizes the culinary history of Maui’s plantation era past. The menu is inspired by Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese immigrant dishes. Haole, too! Many are local family recipes, some from staff, passed down through the generations. But it’s the resort’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang who leads the team to fantastically update these treasured recipes. Indulge in ahi on the rock that you sear yourself on incredible stoneware and then dip into orange-ginger-miso sauce. Crunch Filipino spring rolls with refreshing greenpapaya achara; and Korean-style spicy chicken with sweet-Maui lavender honey. Pang gives these authentic recipes a farm-fresh contemporary twist, and he says that 90 percent of the produce is sourced from local farmers. For lovers of the grape, Ko features a winery of the month. Last month, it was Grgich Hills Estate of Napa Valley, and the restaurant payed tribute to 90-year-old founder, Mijenko “Mike” Grgich. September’s winery is Silver Oak. Chef Pang will prepare a three-course wine


Executive Chef Tylun Pang leads the charge to make Ko the No. 1 Resort Restaurant on Maui with his plantation-inspired cuisine. pairing menu each night this month. The choices don’t stop there. The weekly Sunday Night Laulau experience offers you a healthy and modern take on a traditional Hawaiian dish. Wrapped in ti leaves, seafood includes fresh Maui catch, shrimp, scallops with spinach, mushrooms and baby bok choy, steamed, and served with jasmine rice. Come early — the laulau special is first come, first served — and it does sell out! You may also experience the romantic Twilight Din-

ner, artfully arranged in a private cabana adjacent to Ko on the Adult Pool Deck. The concierge will help you plan a four-course Ko menu. Popping the question? The cabana is the way to go. Are you a vegetarian? Have allergies? Fairmont’s Lifestyle Cuisine Plus offers numerous specialty menus in addition to the regular Ko menu. You’ll find gourmet options that are heart healthy, diabetic friendly, gluten-free, macrobiotic, raw and vegan. Ko proudly offers threecourse menus for each of these dietary needs. Ko’s bar opens at 11 a.m.; lunch is served from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.; happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m.; and dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The celebrated restaurant also won more awards than any other Maui establishment in this year’s contest. Besides Best Resort Restaurant, it won Best Appetizer, Best Plantation Cuisine, and Best Kama‘aina Special. Locals with valid Hawaii state IDs get 50 percent off food and 25 percent off drinks in the Ko lounge all day, every day. And, valet parking at the hotel is complimentary when dining there. That’s why locals know Ko rocks.

Best Resort Restaurant Ko The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui | 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive Wailea | 875-4100 | Honorable Mentions: Japengo | Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa | 200 Nohea Kai Drive • Kaanapali 661-1234 | Pulehu, an Italian Grill | 6 Kai Ala Drive • Kaanapali 667-3200 |

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Maui Brick Oven Best Gluten-Free Restaurant hat? No wheat? Yes, you’ll find satisfying solutions to gluten at the only 100-percent glutenfree Maui restaurant. Owner Terry Covington and his two sons are celiac survivors, and so you may rest assured you will not find any cross contamination in the food at their intimate restaurant near Long’s in Kihei. Pizzas are flavorful with chewy, crunchy crusts, and the toppings will keep you coming back for more. “We make our crusts from sorghum, millet, brown rice, potato and tapioca flours,” says Terry. “Top sellers are the Meat Lover’s, the Mediterranean and the Polynesian Passion.” Everything is made in house, using many local and organic ingredients. You

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Longhi’s Lahaina server Janis Carlson showcases some of the fine wines available by the glass at the iconic Front Street establishment.

Longhi’s Best Wines by the Glass

onghi’s Lahaina and its sister restaurant in Wailea have both received this year’s highest honors for “Best Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator Magazine. This is from a field of 3,793 restaurants, spanning all 50 U.S. states and 76 other countries and territories, along with 11 cruise ships. “Only 850 restaurants worldwide were given the top honor,” says Wailea General Manager Michael Rose. “Longhi’s uses a Le Verre du Vin preservation system and our wines by the glass in Wailea are displayed on an iPad.” Sip from three sparkling wines including a French Champagne; 16 cutting-edge white varietals; three roses; 16 reds, including cabernet, merlot, pinot noir, zinfandel and malbec; and nine dessert wines. Of course, all pair well with Longhi’s stellar Mediterranean cuisine.


Best Wines by the Glass Longhi’s 888 Front St. • Lahaina | 667-2288 | and 3750 Wailea Ala Nui • Wailea | 891-8883 Honorable Mentions Castaway Cafe | Maui Kaanapali Villa Resort | 45 Kai Ala Drive Kaanapali | 661-9091 | Hali‘imaile General Store | 900 Haliimaile Road Makawao | 572-2666 | Nick’s Fishmarket | Fairmont Kea Lani | 4100 Wailea Alanui Wailea | 879-7224 |

Remembering the Sweet Days … Serving Maui for over 100 years

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Chad, Leanne and Terry Covington run a clean, gluten-free shop near Long’s Drugs in Kihei. will also find salads, pastas, chicken and even fish n’ chips in addition to chocolate molten lava cake. New menu items are coconut-crusted shrimp, onion rings and fried calamari.

Best Gluten Free Maui Brick Oven | 1215 S. Kihei Road • Kihei 875-7896 | Honorable Mentions: Mana Foods | 49 Baldwin Ave. • Paia 579-8078 | Choice Health Bar | 1087 Limahana Place 1A • Lahaina | 661-7711

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Komoda Store & Bakery Best Bakery


Honorable Mentions Stillwell’s Bakery & Cafe 1740 Kaahumanu Ave. • Wailuku 243-2243 | Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop 820 Olowalu Village Road Olowalu | 662-3600 |

Best Business Lunch

ith a convenient Central Maui loca- Dana Pastula, owner chef along with husband, Mike Pastula. “We know that our tion and crowd-pleasing fare, Cafe patrons, Maui’s O’Lei at business people, the Dunes wins, are on a time hands down, crunch at lunch, year after year. so we always Island try to serve movers and them expedishakers indulge tiously, as well in, say, blackas offer good ened mahimahi food, good servwith papaya ice and good salsa in the The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo prices to keep open-air with Owner-chef Dana Pastula (from left) and them coming golf course and managers Marcie Fernandez and Jenny back.” mountain The lunch Varela cater to Maui’s movers and shakers views. Or they menu is served book the airduring lunch. starting at conditioned 10:30 a.m. Chefs get creative with spebanquet room for corporate functions. cials on top sirloin, roast pork and more. “We’re so happy to win again,” says


ituated in the heart of Makawao, this family-run Maui institution has been serving up its famous baked goods for 97 years. Longtime customers drop in to pick up gifts for families and friends, curious visitors follow the advice of guide books and passionate online recommendations, and passersby are enticed by the aroma wafting from the kitchen. The iconic cream puff is still a favorite, along with the decadent stick donuts, malasadas, pies, cookies and cakes. Step into Komoda’s, and you’ll not only treat your taste buds — you’ll walk into a slice of Maui’s unique mom-and-pop history.

Best Bakery Komoda Store & Bakery 3674 Baldwin Ave. • Makawao | 572-7261

Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes

Three generations help run the iconic Komoda Store & Bakery, including grandmother Kiyoko Komoda (center), her daughter Betty Shibuya (left) and granddaughter Michele Shibuya.

Best Business Lunch Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes 1333 Maui Lani Parkway • Kahului | 877-0073 | Honorable Mentions: Kahili Restaurant | 2500 Honoapiilani Hwy. • Waikapu 242-6000 | Star Noodle | 286 Kupuohi St. (Lahaina Business Park) • Lahaina 667-5400 |

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TJ’s Warehouse Outlet Best Bento raveling off the beaten path sure has its perks, especially when it comes to dining on Maui. This is especially true for TJ’s Warehouse, whose unassuming location within Wailuku Industrial Park is easy to overlook. But that would be a mistake. Bento meals are a huge part of Hawaii’s culinary culture, and those in the know head to TJ’s Warehouse in Wailuku to get their fix of this lunchtime staple. From misoyaki butterfish to teriyaki beef, they serve all tastes locals crave. With prices starting at just under $6 for a chicken katsu or Korean chicken bento, you’ll even have cash left over for dessert.


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TJ’s Warehouse in Wailuku serves up its popular bento selections daily.

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Best Bento TJ’s Warehouse Outlet 875 Alua St. • Wailuku | 249-0825 |

for voting KBH “Best Brunch Buffet” on Maui!

Honorable Mentions Nagasako Okazu-ya/Deli | Old Lahaina Center • Lahaina | 661-0985 Ichiban Okazuya | 2133 Kaohu St. • Wailuku | 244-7276

Reservations Recommended 808-667-0124

Pukalani Superette | 15 Makawao Ave. • Pukalani | 572-7616 Serving a vast array of Hawaiian specialties, seafood, traditional brunch items, fruits, desserts and free-flowing champagne from 9am-1pm. Enjoy strolling Hawaiian entertainment and musicians as you indulge.

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Flatbread Company Best Pizza

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Sansei’s Dragonfly Roll tempts with spicy ahi Japanese cucumber and kaiware sprouts, topped with fresh ahi and avocado, and spicy masago aioli.

Honorable Mentions Lahaina Pizza Company 730 Front St. • Lahaina | 661-0700

Best Sushi Bar


Best Sushi Bar Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1881 S. Kihei Road • Kihei | 879-0004 and 600 Office Road • Kapalua | 669-6286 | Honorable Mentions: Japengo | Hyatt Regency Maui | 200 Nohea Kai Drive Kaanapali | 661-1234 | Kai Sushi | The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua | One Ritz-Carlton Drive Kapalua | 669-6200 |


Best Pizza Flatbread Company 89 Hana Highway • Paia 579-8989 |

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar ith two locations on Maui, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar continues on its repeat roll as a consistent winner in the Best Sushi Category. Both Kihei and Kapalua are open nightly for dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and late-night karaoke fun from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, with Kihei also open late on Saturdays. You must be 21 and older to get in on latenight deals such as the 50 percent off sushi, appetizers, cocktails, and wine. An all-time sushi favorite is the mango crab salad hand roll packing a punch of flavor with mango, blue crab, fresh local greens and crunchy peanuts, wrapped in mamenori with a sweet Thai chili vinaigrette. Others include the Dragonfly Roll; the Butterfly Roll; and the panko-crusted fresh ahi sashimi wrapped with arugula and spinach, panko crusted and flash fried, served with a soy-wasabi butter sauce.

here’s pizza. Then there’s Flatbread Company pizza. Situated in the center of Paia town, this bustling hot spot is a magnet for pizza lovers and curious foodies. Its recipe for success is simple: source organic local ingredients, sprinkle them on 100-percent organic wheat dough, then bake it in a massive kiawe-fired pizza oven. The result is nothing short of divine. Creative combinations like the Mopsy’s kalua pork — featuring mango barbecue sauce, onions, pineapple, three kinds of cheese, tomatoes and herbs — will keep your taste buds happy. And as a bonus, they even offer a gluten-free crust option.

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Flatbread Company employee Taylor Moniz tosses pizza dough at the popular Paia restaurant.

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Foodland Best Food Market he late Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan opened Foodland in 1948 as Hawaii’s first modern supermarket. Today, the kama‘aina company employs 2,500 people at 32 Foodland, Sack N Save and Foodland Farms stores on four islands, and is Hawaii’s largest locally owned grocer. No wonder, it’s No. 1! Six Maui stores include Kahului, Pukalani, Kihei, Lahaina and Wailuku. Foodland Kehalani is scheduled to open in early 2014. All feature locallygrown items, prepared foods and island specialties such as poke. Programs include Maka‘i cards with loyalty discounts, Shop for Higher Education and Give Aloha, matching community donations. Sully’s groundbreaking philosophy continues to be preserved — “Treat your customers well and they will come back.”


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Caught by Greg Lind out of Hana Bay, mahimahi is stuffed with lobster and crab and baked in a macadamia nut crust.

Mama’s Fish House Best Seafood

fishing boat beckons at the entrance, telling you that this iconic 40-year-old restaurant right on the ocean in Kuau Cove is all about seafood. Once you bite into crispy mahimahi rolls, Kauai prawns and grilled octopus appetizers, it’s clear why it swims fathoms ahead of others, year after year, for a No. 1 Best Seafood win. Mama’s even has its own “fish guru,” and fish cutting room with loading dock, and it names fishers and their catch right on the menu. Do try, say, ono grilled in ti leaf with mango and coconut rice caught by Bobby Gomes on the North Shore. This year, Mama’s went the extra mile to subsidize a FAD, or deep-sea “fishing aggregate device,” so its fishers would have an easier time hooking up on the water.


Best Seafood Mama’s Fish House 799 Poho Place Kuau | 579-8488 Honorable Mentions Waterfront Restaurant (now closed) Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1881 S. Kihei Road Kihei | 879-0004 and 600 Office Road Kapalua | 669-6286

Best Food Market Foodland Kaahumanu • Kihei • Lahaina Pukalani • Foodland Farms Lahaina Sack N Save Wailuku | Honorable Mentions Whole Foods Market Maui Mall • 70 Kaahumanu Ave. #B • Kahului 872-3310 | Mana Foods 49 Baldwin Ave. • Paia | 579-8078

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House Best Steak ink your teeth into USDA prime steaks, selected from the top two percent of the country’s beef. Ruth’s Chris is a repeat winner, searing ribeyes and New Yorks in incendiary ovens to sizzling hot perfection. Chefs finish them with pats of butter, and servers whisk them to the table with heaping sides of warm hospitality. This New Orleans-inspired cuisine also features fresh island seafood, an award-winning wine list and a wide variety of appetizers, side dishes and


desserts. Prime Time runs from 5 to 6 p.m. nightly with meal deals. Happy hour pops from 5 to 7 p.m. daily, and Wine Wednesday uncorks all bottles at 25 percent off. “Ruth’s Chris Steak House appeals to residents and visitors alike,” says Wailea General Manager Randy Spencer. “We also have a Lahaina restaurant here on Maui, as well as our Restaurant Row and Waikiki Beach Walk venues on Oahu, and one at the The Shops at Mauna Lani on the Big Island.”

Best Steak Ruth’s Chris Steak House Lahaina Center | 900 Front St. • Lahaina | 661-8815 and The Shops at Wailea | 3750 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea 874-8880 | Honorable Mentions Outback Steak House 281 Piikea Ave. Ste. 121 • Kihei | 879-8400 and 325 Keawe St. • Lahaina | 665-1822 | Kobe Japanese Steak House & Oku’s Sushi Bar 136 Dickenson St. • Lahaina | 667-5555 |

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Wailea’s Executive Chef Daniel Bader holds one of Ruth’s Chris’ signature big and beefy filet mignons as General Manager Randy Spencer makes a wine suggestion.

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Best Cultural Program ‘Ulalena Maui Theatre | Old Lahaina Center Lahaina | 661-9913 |


Honorable Mentions Old Lahaina Lu‘au 1251 Front St. • Lahaina | 667-1998

Best Cultural Program and Best Stage Production

Maui Arts & Cultural Center One Cameron Way • Kahului 242-7469 | ◆◆◆ Best Stage Production ‘Ulalena Maui Theatre | Old Lahaina Center Lahaina | 661-9913 | Honorable Mentions Old Lahaina Lu‘au 1251 Front St. • Lahaina | 667-1998

A scene from ‘Ulalena depicts the story of Hawaii.

Warren & Annabelle’s Magic 900 Front St., Suite A202 Lahaina | 667-6244

Photo courtesy ‘Ulalena

awaiian culture — there’s nothing like it in the world,” says Dennis Preussler, general manager of ‘Ulalena at Maui Theatre. With that in mind, Preussler and the team at ‘Ulalena present a weekly stage show to share that culture with the world. More than just entertainment, this is a performance highlighting the story of Hawaii and its people. It just happens to take stage in mesmerizing fashion, complete with traditional hula, acrobatic displays and special effects. “It’s a combination of old ways and new ways being told in a very modern venue,” Preussler explains. The musical tells the creation story of the Hawaiian Islands, beginning with the Kumulipo (Hawaiian creation chant), through colonization and beyond. “We wanted to tell a true story, and we wanted to hold on to something real, and I think people get that,” Preussler notes.


The show overflows from the stage, with dancers moving down the aisles and music emerging from unexpected corners, including one scene that transforms the theater into an underwater world filled with animated sea creatures. In another instance, performers on stilts depict a forest of living trees. During yet another highlight, the show takes on a Cirque-like turn, with a woman performing a mesmerizing aerial ballet 30 feet above the floor. Accolades have poured in since the show’s 1999 debut. Frommer’s guide book warns, “Don’t miss this!” While a review in The Boston Globe takes note of its, “dreamscape acrobatics and alluring spectacles.” Now in its 14th year, the show alters its presentation based on the talent available, while the story itself has remained the same, Preussler points out. Updates, including a recent $200,000 investment in new lighting, sound equipment and projections will surely

boost the theatrical experience. With or without the upgraded equipment, it seems ‘Ulalena is still as popular as ever, as demonstrated by the show’s Best of Maui win. “Every time people see it, they see something different, and I think that’s why it seems fresh after all this time,” says Preussler. “It’s like peeling an onion with many layers.” He also credits its success to the entire ‘Ulalena staff. “They are committed to this culture, and I think that really comes through. That’s a real reason for our staying power,” Preussler explains. In the end, the hope is that viewers — locals and visitors alike — will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the culture of Hawaii. “We hope that they not only take away knowledge, but that they get inspired to learn even more about this amazing culture,” Preussler says.


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Whole Foods Market Best Wine Store/Gourmet Market here’s a reason why Whole Foods Market is constantly buzzing with shoppers: Quality products. “That’s something we’re most proud of,” says store team leader Mark Martinez. “We work with products that are organic or have no sodium or nitrates, are free of preservatives and sustainably farmed.” Besides its grocery selections, the Photo courtesy Whole Foods store also boasts Whole Foods wine specialist Dewayne Mullis specialty departshares his expertise to customers at the Kahului ments including a bakery, wine area market. and prepared foods someone has a wine question, they can section. In addition, the store recently reach out to our wine specialist, Debegan serving plate lunches out of its wayne Mullis. He’s really great with seafood department. customers and knows a lot about Martinez adds this tip: “Whenever wine.”


Best Wine Store/Gourmet Market Whole Foods Market | Maui Mall | 70 Kaahumanu Ave. #B • Kahului 872-3310 | Honorable Mentions Wailea Wine | Wailea Town Center | 161 Wailea Ike Place A103 Wailea-Makena | 879-0555 | Foodland Farms Lahaina 345 Keawe St. #304 • Lahaina | 662-7088

The luxurious pools at Grand Wailea are just part of the appeal of this sprawling 40-acre resort. Photo courtesy Grand Wailea

Grand Wailea Best Resort ituated on 40 acres fronting Wailea Beach, Grand Wailea is what vacation — and staycation — dreams are made of. Whether you want to lounge along its luxurious pools, slip down one of seven waterslides, browse the extensive Best Resort/Accommodations art collection (which includes Grand Wailea works by Fernando Botero 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea | 875-1234 and Fernand Leger, among others), or indulge at its “floating” seafood restauHonorable Mentions rant, HumuhuThe Fairmont Kealani, Maui munukunukuapua‘a, this 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea | 875-4100 sprawling resort has it all. And here’s a fun fact: Four Seasons Resort Grand Wailea is the first reMaui at Wailea sort in Hawaii to harvest and 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea produce its own honey on a 874-8000 | rooftop aviary, with the honey being used throughout the resort and in its Spa Grande — winner of Best Spa in this year’s Best of Maui contest.


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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Best Air Activity

lue Hawaiian Helicopters has reigned as Maui’s Best Air Activity for seven consecutive years now, thanks in large part to its fleet of first-class helicopters and knowledgeable staff members. More than just a helicopter ride, guests enjoy a peek into what makes these islands so special. “One of our goals is to teach our guests about Hawaii’s history, culture, flora and fauna, and our helicopters are a platform to do that,” says Blue Hawaiian Helicopters President Patti Chevalier. Always on the cutting edge, the company recently purchased two EC130 T2 helicopters which boasts individual seats for each passenger, im-


proved visibility through a wraparound glass cockpit, lower fuel consumption, state-of-the-art avionics and advanced rotor technology.

Best Air Activity Blue Hawaiian Helicopters 105 Kahului Heliport 871-8844 | Honorable Mentions Sunshine Helicopters 107 Kahului Heliport | 871-0722 Air Maui Helicopter Tours 110 Kahului Heliport | 877-7005

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Passengers get a bird’s-eye-view of Hawaii’s lush landscape

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Old Lahaina Lu‘au

Spa Grande Best Spa

here is nothing subtle about the 50,000 square-foot Spa Grande. From the moment you arrive, rest and relaxation begins. For starters, the reception area oozes with luxury — from the marble finishes to the towering chandelier — followed by the spas, which include a whopping 40 treatment rooms. Prior to treatments, guests relax in the Terme Wailea Hydrotherapy, which includes a Roman tub, steam, cascading waterfalls, Swiss jet showers, a Japanese furo, and five Hawaiian sea salt baths exclusive to Spa Grande. With so many options, the only downside about visiting Spa Grande is that you won’t want to leave.


Best Lu‘au hen it comes to lu‘au options on Maui, the choice is clear. Old Lahaina Lu‘au has earned the top spot in our Best of Maui contest every year it’s been held. Enjoying the traditional lu‘au is just the beginning. Guests will also be treated to a fresh flower lei greeting, postcard-worthy ocean views, island crafts, a buffetstyle dinner, mai tais and more. “We hope our guests will appreciate a genuine reflection of Hawaii’s rich history through music, dance and food, all while enjoying priceless ocean views and the sunset,” says Old Lahaina Lu‘au Director of Marketing, Kaala Buenconsejo. In that case, mission accomplished.


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Hula dancers entertain at perennial favorite, Old Lahaina Lu‘au, winner of every Maui News Best of Maui contest ever held.

Best Luau Old Lahaina Lu‘au | 1251 Front St. • Lahaina 667-1998 | Honorable Mentions The Grand Lu‘au at Honua‘ula | Grand Wailea 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea | 875-1234 | The Feast at Lele | 505 Front St. • Lahaina | 667-5353 |


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The Spa Grande experience begins the moment you step into its elegant reception area. Best Spa Grand Wailea Spa Grande 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive Wailea | 875-1234 | Honorable Mentions Spa at Black Rock | Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa 2605 Kaanapali Parkway • Kaanapali | 667-9577 | Kapalua Spa | 100 Bay Drive • Kapalua | 665-8282 |

T he Waterfront Restaurant would like to thank the readers of the Maui News who voted for us for Best Seafood on Maui. It’s been a pleasure serving the Maui Community for all these years.

MAHALO MAUI FOR VOTING FOR US Grocery • Fast Food Catering Services Filipino and Asian Products Local Grown Vegetables ❉ Fresh Fish and Pork ❉ Balikbayan Boxes and Phone Cards ❉ Filipino and Local Cuisine ❉ Hot Bentos and Fast Food Served Daily ❉ Catering for Any Event – Big or Small! ❉

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Relax to the tranquility of Pu‘u Keka‘a Harmony and well-being for the mind, body, and spirit, inspired by the culture and traditions of Hawai‘i, brought to you with Aloha.

The Grand Luau at Honua‘ula takes us back to a time when the mighty seafaring Polynesians discovered this land of Hawai‘i.



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Teralani Sailing Adventures Best Sea Activity eralani Sailing Adventures features two of the newest 65-foot, custom-built sailing catamarans on Maui, departing daily from Ka‘anapali Beach. Each day, passengers can choose between two snorkel trips, a sunset cocktail or gourmet dinner cruise. They also have private charters, plus seasonal whale watching cruises that will let you discover Maui’s most famous wintertime visitor. While aboard, guests can also treat their taste buds, as all Teralani excursions are catered by award-winning Chef Paris Nabavi. As a bonus, Teralani 2 and 3 are U.S. Coast Guard approved for 125 passengers, but the company limits the number of passengers to 49, allowing for a comfortable and very relaxing environment.


A sunset cruise with Teralani Sailing Adventures is a picture-perfect way to end your day on Maui. Teralani Sailing Adventures photo

Best Sea Activity Teralani Sailing Adventures 991 Limahana Place Lahaina 661-SAIL (7245) Honorable Mentions Trilogy Excursions 180 Lahainaluna Road Lahaina | TRILOGY 874-5649 Pacific Whale Foundation Maalaea | 249-8811

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Maui Ocean Center & Pi‘iholo Ranch Zipline Best Land Activity (Tie)


Maui Ocean Center photo

Guests observe live coral and reef fish at Maui Ocean Center’s Surge Zone Paula Gamboa Martinez prepares to whiz down Pi‘iholo Ranch Zipline’s longest line, which spans roughly a half mile overlooking the ranch. exhibit.

Maui Ocean Center

Pi‘iholo Ranch Zipline

ometimes, the best way to learn about our underwater world is to see it from dry land. That’s where the knowledgeable and passionate folks at Maui Ocean Center come in. They share their love for marine life through daily presentations, free sea talks and nocturnal after-hours events throughout the year. After all, the aquarium isn’t simply a venue to witness Hawaii’s marine life — it’s also a place to learn about these complex creatures. “Our mission is to foster understanding wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life,” says general manager Kate Zolezzi. “And for people who don’t swim, snorkel or dive, they can still access the beauty and wonder of Hawaii’s marine life.”

iddy up to this family-owned ranch for some high flying fun! Home of the longest side-by-side zipline in Hawaii, Pi‘iholo also boasts both mountain and coastal views that will have your head on a swivel the entire ride. “Not a lot of people get to see the beauty of what a ranch looks like in Hawaii. They’re accustomed to the beaches or Haleakala, and I feel that makes us very unique,” says Pomai Weigert, marketing and community relations representative for Pi‘iholo Ranch. As a bonus, kids ages 8 to 12 ride free (per paying adult) on the nine-line canopy treetop course.



Best Land Activity

Maui Ocean Center 192 Maalaea Road • Maalaea | 270-7000 |

Pi’iholo Ranch Zipline 1156 Makawao Ave. • Makawao | 572-1717 |

Honorable Mentions Skyline Eco Adventures | Kaanapali • Haleakala | 878-8400 | Hike Maui | Kahului | 879-5270 | OWNERS EDDIE & ELISA GARCIA

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Pacific Whale Foundation

Kapalua Plantation Course Best Golf Course

Best Environmental Attraction ith 100 percent of profits from its cruises going back to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy, it’s no wonder Pacific Whale FoundaHERB HARTMANN photo tion is tops when it comes to going green. Pacific Whale Foundation natural“Last year alone, our cruises generated ists Aleta Van Zinderan (left) and Serhundreds of thousands of dollars for fund- ena Neff hold debris plucked from ing projects such as our study of the distri- Maui waters. bution of odontocetes (toothed whales) off Maui and Lanai — research of factors that may contribute to vessel-whale collisions in Maui County waBest Environmental Attraction ters,” says Pacific Whale FounPacific Whale Foundation dation Communications ManMaalaea • 249-8811 | ager Anne Rillero. It was also first in the naHonorable Mentions tion to have Whale ProtecTrilogy Excursions tion Devices custom-de180 Lahainaluna Road • Lahaina signed and installed on its TRILOGY (874-5649) commercial-sized vessels. In addition, it sources locally Maui Ocean Center produced foods and sustainable 192 Maalaea Road • Maalaea | 270-7000 seafood on its cruise menus — served on washable plates and biocompostable cups, of course!


ollow in the footsteps of pros like Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els to Kapalua Plantation Course, which hosts the PGA’s annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions. One visit to this picturesque course, and you’ll understand why. Wide fairways, pristine landscaping, challenging holes and jaw-dropping ocean views are just a few of the reasons why it was voted best on the island. Another attraction is its Kapalua Golf Academy, where golfers of every level can take their game to the next level.


Ocean views await along the 18th hole at Kapalua Plantation Course. AIDAN BRADLEY photo

Best Golf Course Kapalua Plantation Course 2000 Plantation Club Drive • Kapalua | 662-7700 | Honorable Mentions: Wailea Gold Course | 100 Wailea Golf Club Drive Wailea 875-7450 | The King Kamehameha Golf Club | 2500 Honoapiilani Highway Wailuku | 249-0033 |

An island twist on an American classic. Island inspired burgers and handcrafted foods prepared with a gourmet flair.

For reservations call 667-2525 or visit

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Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club & Grill

on the town

Best Happy Hour cean and surfing memorabilia put you in the island groove. So does the relaxed, casual open-air ambience. Happy hour runs daily from 4 to 7 p.m.


Kahului Ale House Best Sports Bar

f there’s a sporting event happening, you can bet it’ll be streaming through one of the 35 televisions at Kahului Ale House. With drink specials during all football games, bar favorites like potato skins and buffalo wings, and a lively atmosphere, this is the spot to catch your favorite game or simply catch up with friends. “We have aloha, great food, a killer sushi bar and all the games,� says manager and bartender Betsy Scott. And thanks to Ale House’s recently purchased 80-inch flat-screen television, you can now see all your favorite athletes even clearer.


The Maui News / LEHIA APANA photo

Kahului Ale House manager and bartender, Betsy Scott, stands in front of a wall of signed baseballs.

Best Sports Bar Kahului Ale House | 355 E. Kamehameha Ave. Kahului | 877-9001 | Honorable Mentions: Sports Page Grill & Bar 2411 S. Kihei Road B4 • Kihei | 879-0602 Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club & Grill | 1221 Honoapiilani Highway • Lahaina 661-0808 |

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Bartender Kimberly Ulep pours Piilani’s Passion with Tito’s Homemade Vodka muddled with strawberry and pineapple and shaken with Big Island pomegranate.

with $4 mai tais and margaritas; and $3 and $2 beers. Kenny Roberts and Howard Ahia often perform. The Dusk Patrol program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. gives you 25 percent off all food items, too. Ahi prime rib is really popular, flamed broiled with fresh herbs, with au jus horseradish cream and wasabi mashed potatoes. Signature burger is the Magnum P.I. Monday is Industry Day with 50 percent off food for those in the tourist biz. Power Hour from 10 p.m. to closing Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays is big on drink discounts and fun.

Best Happy Hour Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club and Grill 1221 Honoapiilani Highway • Lahaina 661-0808 | Honorable Mention Mulligans on the Blue 100 Kaukahi St. • Kihei | 874-1131

“Best of Maui� Winner, 7 Consecutive Years!

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Best Stage Production and

Best Cultural Program - Best of Maui 2013

Kama‘aina MAHALO Special Buy One Adult Ticket and Get One Free! Expires 9/30/13. Maui Theatre show only. Not valid on dinner packages. Must call to reserve and mention KAMA‘AINA DEAL BEST OF MAUI AD

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kama‘aina discount

Ko Best Kama‘aina Discount eal deals for locals don’t get any better than at Ko, also named “Best Resort Restaurant” on Maui this year. Just show your Hawaii ID, and sit at the bar or in the lounge in the $5.1-million gem of a restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, in Wailea, and you get 50 percent off food items and 25 off beverages daily, except on holidays and during happy hour. Bartender Tom Broderick will have you in stitches as he pours fab and trendy wines and refreshing cocktails. Icy cold beers, too. Savor plantation-era inspired cuisine with a temporary twist such as chop-chop sesame salad, wok-seared fish, Portuguese bean soup and Chinese house cake noodles. Dining here will also impress visiting business clients, who will think you are paying top resort dollar for the feast.


Best Kama‘aina Discount Ko | The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui | 4100 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea | 875-2210 | Honorable Mentions Trilogy Excursions | 180 Lahainaluna Road • Lahaina | TRILOGY (874-5649) | Duo | Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea | 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive • Wailea | 874-8000 |

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Voted – Maui’s Italian R Best estaura nt!

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4 Years … in a Row !

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner • Dine In or Carry Out Featuring Italian Specialties • Cocktail Lounge

Open seven days, 7:30 AM to 10:00 PM 444 Hana Highway, Suite M, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii 96732

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Best of Maui 2013  

The best of Maui votes by the readers of The Maui News