Tuk Tuk Thai: Worth the Wait (Maui Now) Jun07

Tuk Tuk Thai: Worth ...

What do Thai food, three-wheeled auto rickshaws, and a psychedelic school bus straight out of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test have in common? If you said “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” or “The Grateful Dead,” you’re probably right. However, in this particular case, the...

Izakaya Matsu Serves Up Traditional Japanese Pub Fare (Maui Now) May31

Izakaya Matsu Serves...

Izakaya Matsu, located in the Makai Azeka Shopping Center, offers a unique opportunity to sample some traditional Japanese pub fare here on Maui. If you aren’t already familiar, an izakaya is a Japanese tavern that serves Japanese-style tapas, making it akin to a Japanese gastropub. (We will...

Vanessa Wolf Nominated for National Food Journalism Award May28

Vanessa Wolf Nominat...

By David Kvasnicka Vanessa Wolf  of Maui Now has been nominated for a national award for food journalism by the Association of Food Journalists. The AFJ selected Vanessa Wolf as one of three finalists in the ‘Best Restaurant Criticism’ category for her reviews of eating establishments on...

Tokyo Tei: Maui’s Own Time Machine (Maui Now) May25

Tokyo Tei: Maui’s Ow...

If you were alive at the time, you may recall that back in 1934: Dirt storms swept across the American Midwest, destroying 100 million acres and damaging another 200 million resulting in a natural disaster now known as the Dust Bowl. Adolph Hitler became Fuhrer. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker...

Shaka Pizza: Escape to New York (Maui Now) May18

Shaka Pizza: Escape ...

In the book “It Must Have Been Something I Ate,” award-winning food writer Jeffrey Steingarten dedicates an entire chapter to one topic: pizza. How much can be said about pizza, really? Watch and learn. Largely considered an Italian invention, pizza (or a concoction going by that name...

Pura Vida: This Is Living (Maui Now) May10

Pura Vida: This Is L...

If you’ve ever been to Costa Rica, you know the expression “pura vida” – literally translated as “pure life” – is used extensively as a greeting, farewell, toast, adjective meant to communicate a laid-back lifestyle and even a synonym for “excellent.” But why? According to...

Eskimo Candy: No Eskimos, No Candy (Maui Now) May03

Eskimo Candy: No Esk...

First off, let’s just come out and address the obvious: Kihei’s Eskimo Candy is the epitome of false advertising if ever there were. Is it a chocolatier run by Inuits? A confectionery staffed with native Yupik people? Nope. Not even close. There aren’t even any sweets… well, unless...

Tamura’s Fine Wine and Liquors: Booze Optional (Maui Now) Apr25

Tamura’s Fine Wine a...

It’s official. We have a new crush, and we have it bad. Seafood lovers and party animals rejoice: Tamura’s Fine Wines and Liquors offers a stunning array of what you crave. Sure, the name, location and appearance are rather deceptive, but trust us on this one: Tamura’s is positioned to...

La Tienda Del Sol: Much More Than a Store (Maui Now) Apr19

La Tienda Del Sol: M...

South Kihei’s La Tienda del Sol is the Clark Kent of Maui Mexican cuisine: under the radar, quietly typing away at his desk in the back. Forget the Bruce Wayne flash, this little restaurant is artfully disguised as a small, understated Hispanic grocery store. Hidden on the bottom floor of a...

StarsTruck: Star Noodle Hits the Road (Maui Now) Apr11

StarsTruck: Star Noo...

In little more than an hour (correction: day. Thanks for the catch, Laura G. ~VW), Star Noodle’s annual Empty Bowl Project benefit kicks off. Whether due to claustrophobia, empty bowlophobia, conflicting plans or something else entirely, those who miss the event can still take in a little...

The Sports Page, Where Grill Comes Before Bar (Maui Now) Apr04

The Sports Page, Whe...

Your dreams of winning a billion dollars courtesy of Warren Buffet and a bullet-proof bracket dashed, you can still lose a little of your own money in a friendly Final Four bet or two. While you’re at it, consider taking in the games, some brews and some classic pub grub at the The Sports...

Taco Bell’s New Brea...

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of anonymous fuming via the internet, is there? Last week’s blurb about Taco Bell’s forthcoming venture into breakfast spawned a whole lotta grumbling and one “I can’t wait for Vanessa’s review!” What’s that? A request? A dare? A...

Pho Saigon 808 Offers Tasty Vietnamese Basics (Maui Now) Mar23

Pho Saigon 808 Offer...

Every so often, readers send in review requests or recommendations as to “the best [fill in the blank]” –  a gesture we very much appreciate. After three such endorsements for Pho Saigon 808 in Lahaina, we caved to the pressure and checked it out in person. Surveying the menu, the...

Monkeypod Kitchen’s HH: Happiness on a Budget Mar14

Monkeypod Kitchen’s ...

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman offers an expansive, eclectic menu. Light eaters, multi-plate nibblers and cheapskates will be happy to learn there is also a diverse spread available as part of the happy hour menu. Better yet, it’s offered twice throughout the restaurant every day from 3 to...

Giannotto’s Pizza: Next Best Thing to Teleportation Mar08

Giannotto’s Pizza: N...

Picture an East Coast pizza joint in your mind. If you came up with a small, hot space filled with notable accents, Yankees memorabilia and Scarface posters, then Giannotto’s Pizza in Wailuku is already super legit. They do more than make pizza, but since that’s mentioned in the name,...

Café Des Amis: Mangez Bien (Maui Now) Mar02

Café Des Amis: Mange...

One pitfall of the restaurant business – if not life itself – involves attempting to be too many things to too many people. On the surface, it looks like Café des Amis in Paia may be falling victim to this temptation – “They serve Mediterranean AND Indian food?” – but non, they...

Shark Pit: Ka’anapali’s Fusion Frenzy (Maui Now) Feb22

Shark Pit: Ka’anapal...

Another day, another west side food truck. This week’s adventure brings us to the Shark Pit, located at the end of the Sugar Cane Train route in Ka’anapali. The eight-item menu is short and to the point, and there is but one rule where the two or three daily specials are concerned: be...

‘ami ‘ami: Kihei’s Eclectic New Venue (Maui Now) Feb15

‘ami ‘ami: Kihei’s E...

The latest venture from the owners of Café O’Lei and the Makawao Steakhouse opened in Kihei late last fall. Make no mistake; this is not a French restaurant. Rather, ‘ami refers to the hip-rotation hula move, rather than the word for “friend.” Occupying the breezy space formerly...

808 CH Antojitos: This Ain’t No Foolin’ Around (Maui Now) Feb07

808 CH Antojitos: Th...

Here’s the problem with people who love everything: they love everything. How does one distinguish between varying levels of superlative? Is awesome better than amazing? Does scrumptious trump mouthwatering? And what to do about delicious, delightful and de-lovely? Darned if we know. People...

Amigos: Why Can’t We Be Friends? (Maui Now) Jan31

Amigos: Why Can’t We...

In a veritable Mexican food wasteland all but forsaken by authenticity with the likes of adobo, chilaquiles and mole, Amigos is considered one of the island’s lesser south of the border-style evils. With three locations to serve you – Lahaina, Kahului and Kihei respectively – we went in...

Fiji Indian Food: Worth Seeking Out (Maui Now) Jan25

Fiji Indian Food: Wo...

For most adults in today’s world, there are little to no “firsts” left to discover amidst a vast landscape of been there, done that. This alone makes Fiji Indian Food in Wailuku such a treat. The name baffled us at first: is this Fijian food or Indian food? Turns out it’s both. A solid...

Horhitos Mobile Taqueria: Not What You’d Expect (Maui Now) Jan17

Horhitos Mobile Taqu...

Jorge is Spanish for George, Jorgito means “little George” and Horhito means … errr … we have no idea. Has the name been gringo-ized for Maui? Is it some kind of nod to Japan’s longest-reigning monach, Hirohito? Do we overthink almost everything? Probably, but nonetheless, Horhitos...

Main Street Bistro: Inspiring Passions (Maui Now) Jan10

Main Street Bistro: ...

Love and hate: two sides of the same coin. There are few topics that inspire either heartfelt allegiance or ardent antipathy quite like Piña Coladas Jennifer Lopez Cilantro Camping Marmite (or Vegemite, its Down Under brother from another mother) Modern Art Anchovies Poodles Main Street...

Maui’s Best Under-the-Radar Sushi Chef… Revealed (Maui Now) Jan05

Maui’s Best Under-th...

As with any great adventure worth pursuing, for this endeavor one must be prepared to break laws and confront danger. If you’re willing, begin on Highway 340 and turn left shortly after the schoolhouse. Continue until you see mile marker 5, then pull over into the nearest patch of weeds....

Kualapu’u Cookhouse: a Molokai Must (Maui Now) Dec27

Kualapu’u Cook...

You know what they say about “when in Rome.” When on Molokai, expect to find plenty of locals retrieving “to go” orders, catching up on the latest news and getting their grinds on at Kualapu’u Cookhouse. Follow their lead. Here you can find plenty of time to think...

Maui BBQ & Grill: #1 For You (Maui Now) Dec22

Maui BBQ & Gril...

When you enter the slightly misleadingly named Maui BBQ & Grill, proprietor Mrs. Han will no doubt be waiting there by the register clearly having been pining all day for your arrival. Like an answered prayer, you appear in her doorstep. The adorable proprietress lights up like a Christmas...

Lahaina Grill: Practically Perfect in Every Way (Maui Now) Dec13

Lahaina Grill: Pract...

Lahaina Grill, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. La-hi-na: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the roof. La. Hi. Na. Grill. Founded in 1994, Lahaina Grill is no nubile underage temptress. Almost old enough to drink, she...

Bill Maher Talks Shyness, Politics and Pakalolo (Maui Now) Dec08

Bill Maher Talks Shy...

Love him or hate him, outspoken political comedian Bill Maher returns to Maui for his third annual show this January 1, 2014. We caught up with him to chat about his past, politics and pakalolo. Maui Now: The last we met, I had an outstanding view of your rear end as you were running from me...

Rita’s Steak and Fish House: Consistently Inconsistent (Maui Now) Dec06

Rita’s Steak and Fis...

Depending upon where you get your statistics, it’s averaged that 44% of restaurants fail in the first year, 33% in the second, and a final 23% of those left standing crumble in the third. Why does this happen? While arguably glossing over some other elements, let’s drill this business...

Las Piñatas of Maui: Full of Surprises (Maui Now) Nov24

Las Piñatas of Maui:...

You know what they say about life and/or boxes of chocolate: you never know what you’re going to get. Piñatas are kind of like boxes of chocolate; minus they’re usually shaped like a donkey rather than a box. And you have to beat the living daylights out of them to get to the candy. And...

Cuatro: A Meal in Four Acts (Maui Now) Nov15

Cuatro: A Meal in Fo...

Act I – The Wanderers: Seeking Foretold Fortune The Scene: a modest strip-mall restaurant with a knockout view of Foodland. Stage Left: Enter Waiter, a ubiquitous presence at the restaurant. If you require a refresher – and even if you don’t – on some basic Spanish, Waiter (serving...

Boz Scaggs Returns to Maui (Maui Now) Nov10

Boz Scaggs Returns t...

Boz Scaggs, a man we thought had a long white beard like Gandalf but apparently does n0t, will be playing a solo show at the MACC’s Castle Theater this Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Scaggs is described by promoters as “both a musical seeker and a man of sizable talent as a singer,...

Lana’i ‘Ohana Poke Market: Magically Delicious (Maui Now) Nov08

Lana’i ‘Ohana Poke M...

Lana’i ‘Ohana Poke Market really chaps our hide. Without hesitation, the worst thing about the place is that it’s on Lana’i, a 50-minute, occasionally nauseating boat ride from Maui. Tis bullsh*t, my friends. If that weren’t enough, while you are within chewing distance of it,...

King’s BBQ & Chinese Restaurant Surprises (Maui Now) Nov01

King’s BBQ & Ch...

Back in fourth grade, we had a major crush on a boy named Robbie Knowles. He was an odd little dude who regularly did a spot-on monkey impression for no apparent reason. It was strictly a “longing from afar” kind of thing that was forced into suppression when a close friend wrote an a...

Local Activists Plan Pollution Protests (Maui Now) Oct31

Local Activists Plan...

As a thick layer of vog continues to plague Maui, a group of local residents opposed to the pollution have organized a sign-waving event to raise awareness about their plight. “This has got to stop,” said watery-eyed Kihei resident Susan Johnston. “I can barely breathe, I get horrible...

Last-Minute Super Cheap Halloween Costume Ideas (Maui Now) Oct30

Last-Minute Super Ch...

Procrastinators, take heart. Just because tomorrow is Halloween and you don’t have a costume, doesn’t mean you can’t come through in the final hours. We have five simple, semi-timely and super cheap DIY ideas for you. 1. 50 Shades of Gray Head to Home Depot, Lowes,  or the paint section...

A Tale of Two Sushi – Nuka & Wayne’s (Maui Now) Oct25

A Tale of Two Sushi ...

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of yoga studios, it was the age of kombucha, it was the epoch of composting, it was the epoch of GMOs, it was the season of avocados, it was the season of star fruit, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair,...

Maui Thai Bistro Lives Up to Its Hype (Maui Now) Oct18

Maui Thai Bistro Liv...

If you previously dined at Prakong Tongsod’s culinary outpost in Hana, you already expected big things from Maui Thai Bistro. Open about three weeks now, Tongsod is behind the stove at the recently revamped Kihei restaurant. Many of her Hana staples can be found on the new menu and we...

A Talk With Legendary Blues Musician Keb’ Mo’ (Maui Now) Oct13

A Talk With Legendar...

Blues artist Kevin Moore, or Keb’ Mo’ as he’s more commonly known, is a three-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician. The singer, guitarist, and songwriter is described in his JamBase biography as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and...

Brigit and Bernard’s: Sausages and Schnitzels Stand Out (Maui Now) Oct11

Brigit and Bernard’s...

Brigit and Bernard’s Garden Café is pretty much Kahului’s answer to Epcot Center. Admittedly, you can’t get your picture taken eating waffles next to Minnie Mouse or tour the home of the future, but it’s one of the few spots where you can find Greek, Italian, German, French, Swiss,...

Whales Outraged Over Spoiled Surprise (Maui Now) Oct09

Whales Outraged Over...

Reports indicate that area whales were outraged to learn that a recently migrated humpback known as “Skippy” was spotted on Saturday morning, gallivanting about two miles from Molokini. Upon hearing the news, one particularly incensed whale was overheard commenting, “Skippy screwed up...

Travel Back in Time at Jack’s Inn (Maui Now) Oct04

Travel Back in Time ...

You know how people get all nostalgic about Maui in the 1960s? If you’d like to find out what all the fuss is about, beat a path to Jack’s Inn in Kahului and get a taste of life in the islands 50 years ago… well, at least the décor. In the corner of a building shared with the Glidden...

808 Deli’s Got a Sandwich With Your Name On It (Maui Now) Sep27

808 Deli’s Got a San...

Bitch, make me a sandwich. This is absolutely not something you should ever say to the lovely lady taking your order behind the counter at the 808 Deli, largely because she is not the one doing the actual sandwich making. Plus, she just called you “hon” and seems to be a nice person, and...

JB’s Could Put You On the Fast Track to Obesity (Maui Now) Sep20

JB’s Could Put You O...

In honor in this weekend’s 43rd Maui Marathon, let’s talk about a different kind of endurance. You don’t just show up at JB’s Kitchen in Wailuku. It’s more like something you need to condition for at spring training. Materials you’ll need: Elastic waistband pants, preferably in...

Tony Bennett Is the Most Charming Man on Earth (Maui Now) Sep15

Tony Bennett Is the ...

By Vanessa Wolf Tony Bennett is not only real, he can croon.  Too bad for the fictional “most interesting man in the world.” Get an earful of the 87-year-old icon’s stylings next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when he plays the MACC’s Castle Theater with his daughter Antonia Bennett . As for...

Sea House’s Happy Hour: Decisions, Decisions (Maui Now) Sep13

Sea House’s Happy Ho...

Can you name all the items associated with the “12 Days of Christmas” song? Neither can we. But supposing we could, surely some of those gifts were real stinkers. Lords a-leaping? Can you even return those guys? And even if you can, thanks for the chore, True Love. Maybe a gift card next...

Feral Cats Weigh in on “Feral Cat Problem” (Maui Now) Sep10

Feral Cats Weigh in ...

WARNING: SATIRE… MOSTLY. Most of this is utter nonsense, but some of it near the end is actually founded in fact. By Vanessa Wolf A public forum focusing on issues surrounding feral cats and chickens on Maui is planned for tomorrow night. With respect to the issues at hand, Mayor Arakawa...

Tommy Bahama: You [Mostly] Get What You Pay For (Maui Now) Sep06

Tommy Bahama: You [M...

What would you pay for a massive serving of baby back pork ribs with a sweet and spicy blackberry brandy barbecue sauce? $30? $40? What if we also gave you a serving of intensely buttery whipped chive potatoes with that? Before you answer: what if we were to throw in some outstanding Asian...

Monsanto Attempts Bold PR Move (Maui Now) Sep01

Monsanto Attempts Bo...

WARNING: SATIRE. The following is intended to give you a break from the heave ho that is life. For the most part, if it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. By Vanessa Wolf The multinational biotechnology corporation often makes worldwide headlines for its Roundup brand, an herbicide that...

Home Maid Cafe Brings Home the Bacon (Maui Now) Aug30

Home Maid Cafe Bring...

As you might recall, in earlier chapters of the story, the protagonist spends her time seeking out a wide variety of food venues across a magical land known as Maui. From corner to corner, our heroine follows numerous woodland paths, sky-high beanstalks and white rabbits, only to encounter...

Casanova’s Restaurant Dishes Out Homey Italian Fare (Maui Now) Aug23

Casanova’s Restauran...

There’s a reason Casanova’s Italian Restaurant has been in business for nearly 30 years. Décor aside, it’s Maui’s answer to the Olive Garden: somewhat Americanized, but reliable Italian fare. When in Rome… er… Makawao, it’s best to start with the standards. The Calamari Fritti...

Joy’s Place Is a Bundle of Vegetarian Joy (Maui Now) Aug16

Joy’s Place Is a Bun...

This one goes out to all the meat-eaters currently dating, married to or traveling with vegans in the hizzouse. Prepare to become a hero. It’s called Joy’s Place, and it’s in Kihei. Located in a close-to-The-Cove-yet-difficult-to-find-unless-you-know-where-you’re-going-already...

Bouts of Common Sense Seize Residents, Visitors (Maui Now) Aug13

Bouts of Common Sens...

WARNING: Satire. By Vanessa Wolf “I don’t know how to describe it,” she explained, visibly shaken, “but I suddenly realized: jumping off this thing is incredibly stupid. I mean, we’re talking a 75-foot leap of faith here. I could cripple myself. Heck, I could DIE.”Despite owning a...

Like Poke? Just Might Make You Love Poke (Maui Now) Aug09

Like Poke? Just Migh...

Like a lone revolutionary, Like Poke? stands out against the rusty landscape on a daunting stretch of Hobron Avenue, shunning crowds and convention and defying you to continue to drive around as a growing conviction in you says you’ve made a wrong turn. You haven’t. Still, unless you’re...

Juanita’s Puts the ‘Meh’ in Mexican (Maui Now) Aug04

Juanita’s Puts the ‘...

Juanita’s Mexican Restaurant has materialized in the space the former KFC on South Kihei Road left behind. Similar to offerings typically found in Southern California taco joints, Juanita’s boasts an extensive Mexican take-out style menu. We decided to dive into the deep end and start with...

Tips for Surviving Tropical Storm Flossie (Maui Now) Jul28

Tips for Surviving T...

WARNING: satire By Vanessa Wolf Sources report she has chosen the form of a middle-aged woman with a beehive hairdo. It’s unclear whether or not she is wearing glasses on a chain around her neck or just an unusual blouse.Over the warm waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm...

Sansei Offers a Galaxy of Sushi Options (Maui Now) Jul26

Sansei Offers a Gala...

A weekend late night institution, if you’ve ever been to Sansei after 10 p.m. you developed a whole new appreciation for drunken karaoke performances. But we’ll get to that. The Boom Boom Pow? Sansei is a sushi Mecca. Yes, they have grilled fish, salads and some appetizer-y items, but if...

Ma’alaea General Store Does What it Does Well (Maui Now) Jul19

Ma’alaea General Sto...

Once upon a time, the Ma’alaea General Store sold hammers and red hot dogs. They still sell the hot dogs, but these days there’s far less in terms of hardware. However, there is a wide selection of hot and cold sandwiches, as well as a few salads. At the urging of the man behind the...

Capische? Delivers Pricey Italian Elegance (Maui Now) Jul12

Capische? Delivers P...

Oh, Capische?, you’re twisting our arm. We’re guessing this was some kind of “People don’t know how to pronounce it so let’s give it to ‘em phonetically” decision, but in proper Italian, it’s spelled Capisce. Capisce? Enough of our nitpicking. About grammar anyway. We started...

Koko Ichiban Ya: Value Meets Inadvertent Chuckles (Maui Now) Jul05

Koko Ichiban Ya: Val...

Tucked into an extraordinarily nondescript strip mall off a constantly jammed up stretch of Dairy Road, this nearly invisible little hole in the wall looks sketch, but offers some unexpected surprises. If the digs don’t clue you in, allow us: the grub ain’t fancy schmancy, but tasty and...

Chez Meme Baguette Bistro: Le Sigh (Maui Now) Jun30

Chez Meme Baguette B...

If you’ve ever looked out the window while getting  your tires rotated in Kihei, you may have noticed a cute little house across the street. That’s Chez Meme Baguette Bistro, a delightfully renovated space with a dynamite view of the Goodyear Tire store. What was once a modest little...

Mike’s Hong Kong Bistro’s Varied Offerings (Maui Now) Jun21

Mike’s Hong Kong Bis...

Mike + Hong Kong + Bistro. Hmmmmm… The name alone provides the tip-off. In an epic co-mingling of gastronomical styles, Mike is offering several genre’s worth of cuisine under one roof. Kind of like a little Epcot Center in Wailuku. It’s a four-part battle for supremacy and only one will...

Stewart’s Burgers Offers Burgers, Burgers, Mo Burgers (Maui Now) Jun14

Stewart’s Burgers Of...

Stewart’s Burgers currently occupies the spot that used to be Fat Boy Burgers (and before that was a fish and chips place) in the Kukui Mall on South Kihei Road. It also seems to have stuck with Fat Boy’s same lots o’ burgers with clever names a la carte state of affairs. But whatever....

Brian Regan Shares the Real Reason He Became a Comedian (Maui Now) Jun09

Brian Regan Shares t...

Clean-cut, family friendly comedian Brian Regan will be performing at the MACC on Saturday, June 29 at 8:30 p.m. Known for material that explores the humorous side of everyday events like shipping a package with UPS or a visit to an optometrist. Regan’s clean, off-center humor has been...

Five Palms: All That and a Bowl of Chips (Maui Now) Jun07

Five Palms: All That...

If you like your happy hours crowded with options and other people, Five Palms Beach Grill in the Mana Kai Condo building in South Kihei will likely put a smile on your face. The desirable prime time happy hour seating area by the bar fills up fast and stays that way. Expect service to be...

Stores to Require GMO Transparency (Maui Vision) Jun01

Stores to Require GM...

In early March, Whole Foods Market, the supermarket chain best known for its beautiful displays and vast organic inventory, announced that it will “aim for full GMO transparency” within five years. By 2018, the Austin, Texas-based chain hopes to be able to identify and label all products...

Choice Health Bar May Blow Your Mind (Maui Now) May31

Choice Health Bar Ma...

Alright stop whatcha doin’ ’cause I’m about to ruin The image and the style that ya used to. Was Shock G foreshadowing the existence of this acai bowl – aptly named “the O.G.” – when he uttered these words back in 1990? Obviously, the answer to that question is “yes.” If you...

Wow Wee Maui Kava Bar & Grill and Ren’s Sushi Bar (Maui Now.) May24

Wow Wee Maui Kava Ba...

If lots and lots of words made a restaurant excellent, well, disregard, because that’s obviously silly. Let’s start with the good news: the “Ren’s Sushi” part of the alphabet soup is really quite solid, filling in a notable gap in Kahului dining options. The location on Dairy Road is...

Saigon Seafood: You Don’t Know What You’re Missing (Maui Now) May17

Saigon Seafood: You ...

Let’s set the scene, shall we? It’s early November. You’re not in a good head space. You want to stay in bed but you’ve made a commitment to meet with a celebrity chef to discuss a potential project. Your mind a whirl, you don’t notice many details as said chef drives you to a little...

Ice Cream Truck Fire Sparks Reform Debate (Maui Now) May14

Ice Cream Truck Fire...

Editor’s note: The article below is purely for entertainment purposes. (Although an ice cream delivery truck really did catch fire near Launiupoko on Monday.) What started as a favor to Reuben Mattus, the founder of Haagen-Dazs, melted down yesterday morning in frozen confection flames, as...

Ko May Bestow You With Super Powers (Maui Now) May10

Ko May Bestow You Wi...

If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be invisible, grab a seat at the bar at Ko at the Fairmont Kea Lani and find out. It could be unfailing bad luck. It could be that the kama’aina deal (50% off food and 25% off drinks) is only offered at the bar and some sort of “you get...

Resident Hell-Bent on Paia Earning No. 1 “Happiest” Title (Maui Now) May09

Resident Hell-Bent o...

This is where you can put the disclaimers that none of this is real, not that it will do any good. (Thanks, that’ll work. -Ed.) Having learned that Paia was voted “Eighth Happiest Seaside Town in America,” resident and trust-fund baby Stephan Higgs became incensed. “Eighth place...

Maui Onion Festival Crowns Three Culinary Winners (Maui Now) May06

Maui Onion Festival ...

Saturday’s 24th annual Maui Onion Festival brought a host of onion-based sights, most notably the recipe drink contest. Three mixologists were given were given 10 minutes to make four margaritas utilizing Sauza Blue tequila and… Maui sweet onions. Ummmm. Say what? Before you can fully...

Mama’s Ribs and Rotisserie: This Ain’t Memphis (Maui Now) May03

Mama’s Ribs and Roti...

This isn’t Kansas City, the Carolinas or any part of Texas, either. Try to get some collards, hushpuppies, or sweet potato pie, and you’ll quickly realize this is Maui. That stated, Mama’s Ribs and Rotisserie in both Napili and Kihei proudly presents another one of those “pretty...

Koiso Sushi Bar: Worth the Hype? (Maui Now) Apr26

Koiso Sushi Bar: Wor...

Koiso Sushi Bar in Kihei has achieved near-legendary status on this island, if only for being so freaking hard to get into. The tiny restaurant has seating enough for 15. This leads to scarcity and related demand. On Yelp alone, 56 people have noted the tip “make a reservation beforehand.”...