The Dish on Neighbor Islands

For people who love dining out, juicy food gossip is almost as satisfying as the stuff you read in supermarket tabloids.


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photo courtesy of the Hyatt Regency Maui

A Pirate’s Ship with Wine Casks Was Just Discovered Under the Hyatt Regency

Well, close. One of Maui’s newest restaurants, Son’z, does have the largest wine cellar in the state. The restaurant, in the Hyatt Regency Maui’s Swan Court, has 3,000 bottles, and its inventory is worth about $250,000. What’s good to eat? Try the Surfing Goat Cheese Ravioli, made with Surfing Goat cheese from the Maui-based dairy. 200 Nohea Kai St., Kaanapali. (808) 667-4506.

Spontaneous Combustion!

The Pukalani Country Club Restaurant suffered more than $1 million in damage during a 2006 fire, which was deliberately set, according to police investigators. It’s unclear what the arsonists had against a restaurant renowned for its cream pies. The restaurant is waiting to move back into its permanent building, which is still undergoing repairs. In the meantime, diners can visit its temporary location in the country club. But hey, be careful when lighting your cigarette! 360 Pukalani St., Pukalani, (808) 572-1325.

photo courtesy of Sansei Kapalua

Abducted Restaurants

Sansei Kapalua, D.K. Kodama’s award-winning seafood restaurant and sushi bar, has just moved to a new location; its old building was demolished to make way for a development. The 11-year-old restaurant is now on Office Road near the Honolua General Store. 600 Office Road, Lahaina. (808) 669-6286.

Unfortunately, another Kodama property, Vino Kapalua, is no more. The Italian tapas and wine bar had been open for four years before it was shuttered in June. Maui patrons who crave the Vino taste will have to ferry over to Kodama’s other branch, located at Restaurant Row in Honolulu.

In other closures on Maui, Lahaina’s E&O Trading Company, winner of Best New Maui Restaurant, Gold, in the 2007 HONOLULU Hale Aina Awards, closed last May. “Maui became very expensive and people started eating at home more,” says Mike Hadley, a business partner for E&O.

photo courtesy of The Four Seasons

Super-Skinny Actress Actually Eats!

At the end of March, the Four Seasons Resort at WaiLea, Maui debuted its new restaurant, DUO, located at the former Pacific Grill. The paparazzi was there to snap shots of the celebrities who attended the grand opening, including Christina Applegate, Kate Bosworth, Amanda Bynes and Christian Slater. But we’d rather get whipped into a lather over the menu, which is winning raves for items like free-range veal chops, Keahole lobster and Kobe beef. Even skinny-minnie models can be persuaded to eat a good steak. 3900 Wailea Alanui, WaiLea, (808) 874-2244.

photo by istock

Island Boozes it Up

“We have a new bar menu,” says Mark Zigmond, owner of Pele’s Other Garden. “It may not seem like a big deal, but this is Lanai—it’s big news here!” he says. In fact, except for the hotels, Zigmond’s restaurant is the only place on Lanai that even has a liquor license. So once you’ve ordered up a cocktail or two, check out the new food that goes with it, such as fish and chips, sandwiches, onion rings and calamari. 811 Houston St., Lanai City. (808) 565-9628.


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