The Hawaiian Island Land Trust (HILT) invites you to a rollicking evening under the stars on Saturday for its 11th annual Buy Back the Beach benefit.
Hosted by the Old Lahaina Lu'au at its oceanfront site on Front Street in Lahaina, the event will feature island cuisine by four chefs, live music by HAPA, dancers, and laughs under the stars.
Mistresses of ceremony Joni DeMello and Liz Morales of Ahumanu will guide guests through the evening celebration. Check-in is at 5 p.m.
Hoaloha Na Eha chefs Nacho Perez (from left), Sheldon Simeon and CraigMasuda take center stage at the 11th annual Buy Back the Beach Benefit Saturday with a special tasting menu from Star Noodle, Old Lahaina Lu‘au, Aloha Mixed Plate and Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop.
Old Lahaina Lu‘au photo
Partygoers will feast on the culinary tour de force of four Maui restaurants, which are under the umbrella of the parent company, Hoaloha Na 'Eha.
The special tasting menus were created by the chefs of Star Noodle, Old Lahaina Lu'au, Aloha Mixed Plate and the new Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop.
Each of the chefs will serve two to four of their dishes. You may dine at conventional tables with chairs, or closer to the stage on low mats with low tables in the traditional Hawaiian style.
Executive Chef Sheldon Simeon of Star Noodle, voted "Best Chef on Maui" in the most recent "Best of Maui" contest in this newspaper, will wow the crowds with his hot-and-sour ramen with poached Molokai prawns and sambal-and-lime dashi, scallop shots with lemon-pressed olive oil, kalbi ribs with pickled mustard seed and pear, and faux pho - his own take on Vietnamese soup with filet mignon.
Simeon will also serve Reuben lumpia, beef pot pies, and fried mac 'n' cheese from Leoda's.
Old Lahaina Lu'au Chef Nacho Perez and Corporate Chef Craig Masuda will do fun little mini luau plates, salad bar and dessert platters. While Aloha Mixed Plate Chef Norm Williams will make mochiko chicken, and seafood cakes.
Barry Flanagan and Ron Kuala'au of HAPA will headline the benefit with a 20th anniversary performance commemorating their premiere release, "HAPA,"?which is, according to Sara Smith of HILT, "certainly one of Hawaii's most beloved recordings of all time." The Adventures of the 'Aina live auction will return, offering items including a private afternoon with former U.S. Poet Laureate William S. Merwin, an exclusive chef dinner in the old jail at Ulupalakua Ranch and a guided Kaupo hunt and private dinner by Chef Brian Etheredge of Capische?
The event is $150 per person and $1,200 for a table of eight. Call 244-5263.