Author: Rebecca Pang

Maui gets a new saimin and smash burger spot

This is saimin for the soul: Havens, a new takeout noodle and burger joint in Kihei, is winning locals' hearts after opening just over a week ago.  Chef-owner Zach Sato's menu showcases favorite dishes he ate growing up on Maui,…

Lineage Maui reopens with a new post-Sheldon Simeon menu

With dine-in options limited on Maui, I was especially excited for one of my favorite restaurants to reopen. Lineage, which closed for dine-in in March, is back with a new menu by chef de cuisine MiJin Kang Toride. Toride took…

Gourmet fusion food truck opens on Maui

It's tough enough to start your own business, but during a pandemic? For Cole Hinueber, furloughed from his job as executive pastry chef at Spago Maui, the timing proved just right. After years of dreaming of opening his own bakery, Hinueber launched…

Global, Filipino-inspired brunch all day is worth a drive to Napili

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Happy hour for happy oceans

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New chef, new pies at Leoda's Pie Shop

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop in Olowalu, Maui has a cult following. They use local and sustainable ingredients, and keep the family-style menu affordable at the same time. Their droolworthy pies and sandwiches are so delicious, people will stand in line for their…

Eating is believing: Stripsteak's $40 Sunset Supper

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Vivian Howard of 'Chef's Life' cooking a luau-style benefit 3/18

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Scared witless: Halloween haunted houses across Oahu

Halloween is fast approaching. Aside from trick-or-treating, eating kid’s candy, and the costume parties, there are haunted houses all across Oahu ready to induce nightmares. To get in the spirit of Halloween, we've rounded up our picks from around the…

Our Top 5: New wave townie brunches

For a busy professional, weekends can’t come fast enough. Although I often dream of making grand weekend plans, sometimes my biggest weekend joy is very simple. It’s going to brunch. What makes a good brunch? To make my Top 5, there must…

Kaimuki’s new vegan hotspot: Vegan Hills

I always say, “I could never become vegan.” But after dining at Vegan Hills, I might have to change my omnivore tune … at least once a week. Vegan Hills is located along the Waialae strip near Happy Days, Top…

Here’s a $30 food festival: Maui Ag Fest on April 1

Foodie alert: There is a food festival on Maui that’s plenty affordable. On Saturday, April 1, the 10th annual Maui Ag Fest transforms Maui Tropical Plantation into an impressive showcase for local agriculture. The all-day festival brings chefs, farmers and the community together…

Attention, adults: Maui has boozy shave ice

Happy hour. Shave ice. Maui. Don’t these five words just make you smile? If so, you’ll be intrigued by the sweet new deal at Breakwall Shave Ice Co. in Lahaina. From 2 to 6 p.m. daily, Breakwall offers an “adult” shave ice…

Love clean oceans? These restaurants do, too

On a recent trip to the beach, I stumbled across more plastic debris than I’m used to seeing. It got me thinking, what can I do to help fight the amount of plastic and pollution that’s out there? I started volunteering with…

Frolic picks: Holiday gift ideas for foodies

From cooking classes to booze-barrel coffee to, umm, piggy poop, when we asked Frolickers for their best foodie gift picks, suggestions flowed as fast as bubbly on New Year’s Eve. Last-minute shoppers, take note – there’s something here for every…

Hidden gem: Maui’s Poi by the Pound

Hawaiian food can be surprisingly hard to find. On Maui? Even more difficult. But I had a mad craving for squid luau, and it needed to be taken care of, pronto. Enter Poi by the Pound, a hole-in-the-wall that Maui locals rave about.…

Something new: Auntie’s Kitchen on Maui

Driving through Maui’s west side, the last place I’d look for Hawaiian food and local kine grinds would be in one of the glamorous resorts. Which is exactly why I was excited about Auntie’s Kitchen, a new poolside restaurant at…

Maui’s yummy hidden gems

Editor's note: While these spots are still among Rebecca Pang's favorites, time and COVID may have shifted things. Call for latest menus, hours and prices before you go. Heading to Maui? While I love eating at the island’s posh resorts,…