An ancient Japanese tradition, Girl's Day is celebrated on the third day of the third month. Hugely popular on Maui, the event will be marked by two different hotels with food and fun.
Celebrate Girls Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel's Champagne Brunch. Bring your girls to see Hinamatsuri dolls, enjoy a menu of traditional and local favorites, and participate in cultural activities from origami to mini ikebana.
The brunch menu, with more than 85 items, is highlighted by Japanese specialties including yakitori and teriyaki beef skewers, misoyaki salmon, karaage chicken, assorted sushi and a teppanyaki station.
Maui’s Japanese Cultural Society will present Odori dancing at the Girl’s Day champagne brunch Sunday at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel.
Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel photo
Other local favorites include sweet-and-sour shumai, a saimin stand with all the trimmings, pork nishime, sekihan rice, grilled fresh ahi with ginger and shiitake cream sauce, pickled vegetables and miso soup.
Japanese desserts include chi-chi mochi (pink and white sweet rice cake), kinako mochi, and coconut, as well as red bean manju.
The brunch will also include house-made bread pudding, made-to-order waffles, omelets, an iced seafood bar, keiki buffet and American desserts.
Between bites, enjoy calligraphy, miniature ikebana flower arranging and taiko drum performances by Maui Taiko. Cost is $36.95 for adults, $22 for children 6 to 12, and free for keiki 5 and younger (one per paid adult). For more details or reservations, call 667-0124.
Raku Japanese Restaurant at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort will also celebrate Hina Matsuri Japanese Girl's Day today from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with a special food menu as well as a Makena Fling Cocktail drink special.
Offered at $38 per person, the special three-course menu will feature traditional Japanese offerings of appetizer trio, entree and dessert.
The appetizer trio features araimo and ebi tsutsumi age (small potato wrapped in shrimp and fried to a delicate crisp), vegetable kinchaku (scallop and vegetable wrapped in thin egg sheet pouch) and chawan mushi (egg custard with chicken, shrimp, and vegetable).
The entree is chirashi zushi of unagi, tamago, snow peas, kampyo, shiitake mushroom, and snow crab, followed by clear soup with tai snapper, pickled vegetables and dessert of mochi and hina arare. Call 875-5888.