Have you seen "Family Guy," when the cartoon's patriarch Peter Griffith sings, "The Bird is the Word"? It's just hysterical.
On Thanksgiving, bird will certainly be the word. While Maui chefs will have fun with their creative efforts, they are taking the turkey preparation very seriously. Let's bone up on where to dine.
Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes will pull out all of the stops with the help of banquet chef Arnel Abellon (left) and morning manager Fe Buregag.
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Pumpkin-crusted onaga at Mama’s Fish House
New Andaz Maui will put on quite the spread
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Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Executive Chef Greg Gaspar slices a turkey as Restaurant & Bar Manager Marissa Solomita sips bubbly.
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Pumpkin pie at Westin will be icing on the cake
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As usual, Cafe O'Lei at the Dunes will present its all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Day buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Owner-chef Mike Pastula's says it's his favorite holiday, and this year, he and wife Dana Pastula will generously give a portion of proceeds to the Philippines for typhoon and earthquake victims. Come support the cause, and savor roast tom turkey with giblet gravy, carved roast prime rib with au jus and creamy horseradish, honey-mac-nut roast glazed pork, sauteed mahimahi with ginger butter, jumbo shrimp linguine, candied yams, brussels sprouts, and desserts, such as classic Bananas Foster, apple-mango cobber and pumpkin pie. Cost is $34 for adults and $17 for children ages 4 to 12. Call 877-0073.
Having Thanksgiving at home or going to someone's house?
Takamiya Market is the "little giant of Happy Valley." It will open its doors from 7 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving Day and you may pick up sliced turkey and Farmer John ham, gravy and stuffing, along with ahi and tako poke by the pound.
"We'll offer turkey bentos for one, and you may order sashimi and poke platters ahead for large parties and pick up smaller sushi and poke to go," says Lance Takamiya. Call 244-3404.
Tante's Island Cuisine at Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului will entice diners with its four-course holiday feast for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during dinner hours from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The meal features clam chowder, garlic bread, Caesar salad, entree, pumpkin pie or ice cream, and coffee or tea. The turkey plate with gravy, stuffing, corn on the cob, sweet potato and mashed potatoes costs $19.95 per person; while the prime rib plate with veggies, baked potato or steamed rice and cornbread will be $29.95 per person. Call Tante's at 877-0300.
All the siblings will be busy as bees at Four Sisters Kitchen on Vineyard Street in Wailuku.
The Thanksgiving Day buffet will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with prime rib, turkey, Filipino and local foods, salads, pies and other desserts. You may BYOB and wine only. Cost is $16.95 for adults and $10.95 children 6 to 11. Those who prefer to feast at home may order a 10- to-15 pound turkey with mashed potatoes, mac salad, gravy and stuffing for $69.95; 10- to-12 pound ham in pineapple glaze with sides for $84.95; and 6- to-8 pound prime rib with au jus, horseradish and sides for $139.95. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. Having a big party? Order a whole roast pig, or "lechon," with 72 hours notice. Call Four Sisters at 242-1135.
In Waikapu, Maui Tropical Plantation dishes up floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the West Maui Mountains and lagoon with its Taste of Paradise Buffet.
On ice will be ahi poke, seafood-quinoa cocktail, lomi lomi salmon, tropical fruits and potato-mac salad. Tureens of miso soup and corn chowder will be tempting; and hot entrees will include oven-roasted tom turkey with giblet gravy, boneless ham with brown sugar and pineapple along with herb-crusted mahi, Bruddah Willy's sticky ribs, sweet taro bread stuffing, sauteed watercress and Kula vegetables.
You'll also find a breakfast station and desserts galore. Cost is $34.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors and $17.95 for keiki 7 to 13. Call 243-7788.
Say "bye-bye birdie" to a traditional meal at Marco's Grill & Deli in Kahului, which will entice with Italian fare, breakfast items, sandwiches and more.
Fresh mahimahi is broiled then served piccata style with capers, onions, butter, lemon juice and an unusual twist with clam juice, tomato and fresh garlic over a bed of linguine. Crab mac 'n cheese is savory, and you may crunch crisp salads. Marco's opens for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and runs lunch and dinner items from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sip some red wine, kick back in cushy booths or at tables, and enjoy. Call 877-4446.
Cash & Carry Warehouse at 90 Amala Place in Kahului is getting more recognition as the place to find great wines at reasonable prices, along with fresh produce and super- fun prepared foods.
"Wines are my passion," says owner Steve "Smitty" Smith. "Lucia chardonnay is fabulous, and pinot noirs pair perfectly with turkey. I think Duckhorn's Golden Eye and Meiomi are tops."
Cash & Carry also sells seafood, such as shrimps, scallops and lobster. Broken king crab segments go for less than $10 a pound. Call 877-1138.
In Kahului, Maui Beach Hotel will offer two seatings on Thanksgiving Day from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Locals just love the all-you-can-eat buffet with salad bar, shrimp cocktail, seafood poke, maki and California roll sushi, and carving station with turkey and roast prime rib.
Other hot entrees are shrimp Canton, white fish in mushroom cream, vegetable tempura, ginger chicken, seafood stir fry, corn, sweet potatoes, steamed rice and mashed potatoes. The dessert display will be packed with cheesecakes, pies, puddings and much more. Cost is $35.99 for adults and $17 for children 6 to 11. Call Maui Beach Hotel at 877-0051.
Kahili Restaurant in Waikapu will offer its brunch buffet starting at 9 a.m. with last seating at 1 p.m. and its dinner buffet from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Executive Chef Eddie Munoz will tempt you with seafood on ice; salads such as fresh Upcountry greens, and watercress and tofu; and roast prime rib carved to order with creamy horseradish and au jus.
Hot entrees are turkey, of course, along with Cajun-crusted fresh catch, grilled pork medallions in Marsala sauce, Molokai sweet mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Dig into pies, cakes, cookies, fruit and beverages such as coffee and juice.
Cost of brunch is $32.95, kids 6 to 12, $16; and dinner buffet is $34.95, kids 6 to 12, $17.50. Call 242-6000.
King Kamehameha Golf Club will open its doors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a stellar brunch buffet. Highlights are Caesar salad, grilled vegetables, steamed Manila clams, poached tiger shrimp, roast tom turkey, prime rib, tempura shrimp, grilled Italian sausage, desserts, coffee and juice. Cost is $36.95 for adults and $18.50 for children 6 to 2. Call 243-1024.
Home Maid Bakery is the place to order pies such as pumpkin, custard, apple and French apple in Wailuku and Kahului. Rolls and breads, too. Wailuku Thanksgiving hours are 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. For orders or more details, call 244-7015.
Dine oceanfront on pumpkin-crusted onaga with mango chutney, taro gratin and Kula kale at Mama's Fish House in Kuau. Crunch a seasonal Kula greens salad of dried cranberries, mac nuts, applewood smoked bacon, hearts of palm and goat cheese. It's looking pretty good for a seat at lunch, and Mama's will add kalua turkey, baked in an authentic imu (underground oven), to its traditional Hawaiian plate and serve it with fresh poi, squid luau, ahi poke, lomi lomi salmon, Molokai sweet potato and grilled mahimahi. Kalua turkey will be available as a side, too. Try Kula Molokai sweet potato pie for dessert. Call 579-8488.
The new Andaz Maui in Wailea will impress diners at Ka'ana Kitchen with pumpkin gnocchi topped with spinach and parmesan, lobster-and-fish cakes on fennel slaw, bruschetta seared ahi, Berkshire ham with Maui onion mustard, Kobe beef poke, turkey and giblet gravy, chocolate biscotti with pineapple curd, pumpkin malasadas and pumpkin pie in a jar with cinnamon streusel from 3 to last seating at 8 p.m. The gourmet all-you-can-eat affair costs $98 per adult and $49 for children ages 6 to 12. The price does not include tax and gratuity. For more details, call 573-1234.
Award-winning Seascape Ma'alaea Restaurant will serve a Thanksgiving lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring two entrees at $15.95 each. Overlooking the harbor at Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea, Seascape does not require reservations or aquarium admission to dine there. Savor roast turkey, sausage-sage stuffing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, maple-honey-butter squash and cranberry sauce. Or treat yourself to the grilled herb salmon with lobster pumpkin beurre blanc, sundried tomato couscous and sauteed asparagus.
Or crunch lemon-garlic shrimp on hearts of Romaine salad with papaya-raspberry vinaigrette for $13.95. End the meal on a sweet note with caramel pumpkin cheesecake topped with whipped cream and cranberry-strawberry coulis for $3.95. Prices do not include tax and tip. Call 270-7068.
Grand Wailea will sway you with its Grand Luau at Honua'ula from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at its oceanfront Molokini Gardens.
The event includes show; hosted bar with mai tais, pina coladas, wine, beer and soft drinks; and an array of appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. One highlight is the seafood boil station with clams, mussels and ono with garlic-and-herb melted butter, grilled sourdough bread, buttermilk mashed potatoes and succotash of vegetables. Kalua turkeys will come straight out of the imu. Cost is $101 for standard seats and $54 for children ages 6 to 12. Premium seats for adults and keiki are slightly higher. Call the Grand at 875-1234, ext. 51.
Join 5 Palms oceanfront at Mana Kai in Kihei for stellar views from its perch on Keawakapu Beach for a three-course turkey dinner and limited a la carte menu from 3 to 9 p.m.
Begin with either kabocha pumpkin bisque or Kula greens, followed by an entree of rosemary-scented turkey with chestnut-sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, Molokai sweet potatoes, fresh cranberry relish, seasonal vegetables and pumpkin dessert duo. Cost is $42.95. Or opt for just the turkey plate for $34.95; $21.95 for keiki ages 7 or younger. Wine suggestions include Robert Sinskey Aries pinot noir, Raymond reserve chardonnay and Concha Y Toro sauvignon blanc. Call 879-2607.
Mala Wailea will tempt you with its Thanksgiving dinner buffet, with seatings from 3 to 9:30 p.m., in its oceanfront spot on the lobby level of Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
Dive into cold-bar sashimi, assorted poke, chilled shrimp and snow crab legs, crunch salads, pile your plate at the carving station with prime rib, and savor ginger-shiitake mahi, roast pork in mushroom demi, guava-glazed baked ham with Maui Gold pineapple and herb-roasted turkey. Assorted desserts and fruits are included. Cost is $59.95 for adults and $27.95 for children 12 and younger. Call 875-9394.
At Azeka Mauka in Kihei, Stella Blues Cafe will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and a special holiday dinner from 1 to 8 p.m. Crunch salads such as Caesars or Upcountry greens with cranberries, Asian pear and blue cheese; share appetizers such as shrimp cocktails, artichoke-jalapeno dips and housemade hummus with pita chips.
Stella Blues will feature traditional turkey plates, prime rib, mac-nut encrusted fresh fish and stir fries with all of the trimmings. Entrees range from $16 to $32. Keiki plates are $6 to $14. Desserts are extra. Call 874-3779.
DUO at Four Seasons Resort Maui will present an elaborate spread on its Thanksgiving Day buffet from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. Begin with flavors from the sea, such as oysters on the half shell, Alaskan king crab legs, sushi and sashimi. The Local Fair station will dish up farm-fresh butter lettuce wedges drizzled with Green Goddess dressing; juicy Haiku vine-ripened tomatoes; and much more.
Other highlights are soups, imported and domestic cheeses and charcuterie meats, artisan breads, small plates like miso marinated sea bass, farmers-market heirloom vegetables, and a carving station with oven roasted turkey, whole-roasted Hawaiian catch and pork with morel mushrooms. Gourmet desserts will take it over the top. Cost is $98 per adult, $46 per child ages 6 to 12. Add $20 per adult for the fall-inspired cocktail and mimosa station. For reservations, call Four Seasons at 874-8000.
From its treetop perch at Kihei Kalama Village, the new Rita's dishes up open-air views of the ocean. It will serve a special Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and all entrees include house salad, freshly baked rolls and dessert.
Choose from traditional roasted turkey, filet mignon of the prime kind, mac-nut crusted mahimahi, baby back ribs or live Maine lobster with all of the proper accompaniments. Prices range from $28.95 to market price. Call 214-5788.
Sarento's on the Beach at Keawakapu, 2980 S. Kihei Road, will be open for breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. and a la carte dinner from 4 to last seating at 9 p.m. The Thanksgiving special is a three-course feast with lump crab and applewood-smoked bacon chowder, followed by a plate with slow-roasted fresh turkey, housemade Italian-sausage stuffing, creme fraiche mashed potatoes, glazed local carrots, giblet gravy and li-hing-mui cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie with chianti caramel and pumpkin gelato is included in the price of $49, plus tax and tip. Sarento's will also grill spiny lobster, and do Osso Buco, rack of lamb and more. Call 875-7555.
Three's Bar & Grill is showing football games in its Surf Lounge from 11 a.m.. to 6 p.m. with happy hour menu only. Starting at 5 p.m., it will present a special Thanksgiving menu, $29.95 for adults and half price for keiki.
It features roasted turkey with giblet gravy, roasted island ham with guava jelly, Portuguese sausage stuffing, whipped garlic potatoes, Upcountry greens, corn on the cob, grilled island veggies, taro rolls and fun desserts. Call 879-3133.
Ruth's Chris Steak House boasts prime spots in both The Shops at Wailea and in Lahaina Center in West Maui. A special three-course holiday feast will include choice of corn-and-crab chowder or steak house salad, followed by oven-roasted turkey with giblet gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet island corn, sweet potatoes, green beans, cornbread stuffiing with Andouille sausage, and fresh cranberry sauce. Save room for pumpkin or New Orleans-style pecan pies. Cost is $46 per person and $19 for keiki 12 and younger. Call 874-8880.
Presented outdoors and oceanfront, Westin Maui Resort & Spa's Wailele Polynesian Luau features song and dance of Hawaii, complemented by a lavish buffet. Sip from the open bar, and dig into varied menu choices of Kula Farm's kale salad, butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, steamed fresh catch, pineapple-cider-brined pork loin, pumpkin crunch, tropical fruit tarts and more. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. The cost for attendees 13 years and older is $120 or $135 premium seats; and for keiki 6 to 12, cost is $65 or $80. Call 661-2992.
Westin's sister property, the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, will feature a four-course dinner at Pulehu, An Italian Grill from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The feast includes butternut-squash soup with crisp duck dumplings, orange-scented roast turkey and more. Cost is $56 for adults, add $30 for fine wine pairings, and $15 per child ages 4 to 12.
Westin KOR's Ocean Pool Bar & Grill will also set the stage for Thanksgiving with an all-you-can-eat buffet. Highlights include herb-roasted prime rib carved to order, seafood bar, turkey, salads, desserts and more from 3 to 8 p.m. Cost is $52 per adult and $26 per child 4 to 12. Call 667-3254.
Situated poolside in Kaanapali, Westin's Relish Burger Bistro will offer a three-course Thanksgiving menu with organic kale salad or sweet potato bisque; roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, wok-fried Brussels sprouts, cornbread, stuffing and cheesecake. Cost is $35 per person. Call 667-2525.
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali says to "propose a toast" at its Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet from 4 to 8 p.m. at Black Rock Steak & Seafood Restaurant. Delight in Waipoli mixed greens, fresh grilled asparagus, curry quinoa, green-tea smoked duck salad. Then head to the seafood display with snap-and-eat crab legs, ahi sashimi, oysters on the half shell and hand-rolled sushi.
Chefs will carve oven-roasted turkey and Farmer John ham, slow-baked with lilikoi and brown sugar. Other hot entrees are loin of pork stuffed with chicken apple sausage, pan-seared mahi, gilled leg of lamb, sauteed Brussels sprouts with pancetta, assorted dim sum and more. Desserts range from Kula berry mousse parfait to pumpkin-ginger cheesecake. Cost is $56 for adults and $27 for children ages 6 to 12. Call the reservation line at (808) 921-4600.
Oh-la-la. Some of us will want to taste French fare with an island twist. Gerard's at the Plantation Inn in Lahaina will do it justice on Thanksgiving Day from 6 to last seating at 8 p.m.
The masterful chef-owner Gerard Reversade will roast locally caught snapper and serve with fennel fondue, potato and carrot puree and emulsion of orange and ginger. He'll also make confit of duck, and glaze pork tenderloin with honey, and served with sweet potato cake with apple and banana. Entrees range from $39 to $42. Special dessert is rhubarb pie with ginger ice cream. Call 661-8939.
Pineapple Grill in Kapalua will serve a limited menu and a free-range turkey dinner from 4 to 9 p.m., with mashed potatoes, Molokai sweet potato, gravy, buttered haricot verts and orange-cranberry compote for $32.95 adults, $17.95 keiki. Call
Merriman's Kapalua will serve panoramic ocean views, as well as the Harvest Plate, in addition to some a la carte menu items, starting at 4 with last seating at 8:30 p.m.
The Harvest Plate includes roasted Diestel Farms organic turkey, earth-grown carrots, green beans, local sweet potatoes, pineapple-cranberry relish, whipped potatoes, sage sausage stuffing with homestyle gravy. Cost is $45 for adults and $22 for keiki. Traditional pumpkin pie with housemade whipped cream is $6. Call 669-6400.
Known as "Maui's most Hawaiian" property, the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel will go all out next Thursday with its all-you-can-eat feast.
Sink your teeth into the outdoor rotisserie-roasted turkey with corn-sausage-and-sage stuffing, along with kiawe-smoked prime rib of beef and rosemary roast leg of lamb. The cold seafood display will be piled high with oysters on the half shell, ahi poke, crab legs and more. Salads are extensive and feature many local favorites. You'll also find a keiki buffet for the knee-high set, and desserts.
The early-bird seating is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $43.95 for adults and $24 for children 6 to 12. The dinner buffet from 5 to 8 p.m. features a hula show and Hawaiian music. Cost is $48.95 for adults and $24 for children 6 to 12. Call 667-0124.
Maui Prime Fine Foods store in Emerald Plaza in Lahaina offers three types of turkeys this time of year, including air-chilled birds, the Heritage that's never been crossbred; and fresh, free-range turkeys without chemicals or hormones. You may also pick up wines, cheeses, oysters on the half shell, king crab and other gourmet accoutrements. Call 661-4912.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!