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Hula Grill to pair Maui onions and beer

April 28, 2011 - Carla Tracy

What goes together better than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a cold glass of milk? Why, Maui onions and beer, of course!

Diners may enjoy ono Maui onion creations paired with handcrafted beers at Hula Grill in Kaanapali, starting at 6 p.m. May 6. The dinner is the kick off to the 22nd Maui Onion Festival, which will be held the following day, May 7 at Whalers Village Fine Shops & Restaurants.

Last year’s Maui Onion Festival recipe contest winner, Chef James McDonald of I'o Restaurant, O'o Farm, Pacific ‘o restaurants, will create the first of five courses featuring Maui Onions. Then Hula Grill’s expert culinary team under the guidance of Corporate Chef Scott McGill will prepare the remaining four courses. Each course will be paired with specialty beers from Maui Brewing Co., along with Hula Grill’s own Barefoot Brew.

Chef James McDonald’s surprise first course will be followed by kampachi tartare, ahi and fiddlehead fern salad; champagne poached Tristan lobster & kiawe roasted beef; and creme brew-lei with macadamia nut brittle. The five-course dinner and beer pairings is $69.95 per person. Feel free to wear aloha attire. Take note this is a popular affair and seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended.

“The annual Maui Onion Festival is dedicated to the cultivation and promotion of the world-famous Maui Kula Onion, believed to be the sweetest onion in the all the world. The festival has been a Maui tradition since 1990, and is attended by thousands of residents and visitors each year,” says Lisa Donlon, festival organizer.

Hula Grill’s beachside bistro is located in Whalers Village in Kaanapali and features award-winning oceanfront dining at its best with Hawaii regional seafood. The open-air dining rooms serve dinner daily from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Also, the Barefoot Bar offers an all-day menu from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and cocktails from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For reservations, call the restaurant at (808) 667-6636 or visit


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