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November 2008 Archive

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Cane & Taro, a new restaurant from Sansei Seafood & Sushi Restaurant's D.K. Kodama, is scheduled to open in June at the old location of Rusty Harpoon at the Whaler's Village in Ka'anapali. The new restaurant will have a plantation-era theme, and will dish up home-style island favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fare such as fresh fish, sandwiches, burgers and more. Cane & Taro, 2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy., Lahaina, HI 96761, no phone.
Kihei's Oceans Beach Bar & Grill, located in the former Tony Roma's in Kukui Mall, has morphed into a popular nightspot. Hang out on the dance floor on the weekends or stop by for some eats in the 275-seat dining room. Kihei's Oceans Beach Bar & Grill, 1819 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, HI 96753, no phone.
Ba-Le Sandwich Shop, a popular Vietnamese chain eatery known for their fast and delicious takeout fare, opened a Wailuku branch. The restaurant, located in the former Treats and Sweets building near the Main Street bridge, is the third Maui location. Popular dishes at Ba-Le include their Vietnamese sandwiches, pho, and various plate lunches. Ba-Le Sandwich Shop, 1824 Oihana St., Wailuku, HI 96793, no phone.
Taqueria Cruz has opened in the former Enriques spot in Dolphin Plaza in Kihei. This tiny taco stand offers fresh and authentic Mexican food at affordable prices, great for a quick bite before or after the beach. Owner Jorge Velez, formerly of the Café O'Lei restaurants, makes everything from scratch, including the salsa and the beans. Prices start at $2.95 for tacos, and they also offer burritos, quesadillas and combination plates. Taqueria Cruz, Dolphin Plaza, 2395 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, HI 96753, 808-875-2910.
Ramen Ya, a Japanese-style noodle house, is now open in Queen Ka'ahumanu Center in Kahului. The 50-seat eatery is hugely popular, with lines waiting to get in for the authentic noodle soups and tasty rice plates. The ramen and udon noodles are locally made on O'ahu and shipped in, and the broth is made from scratch. Ramen Ya, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, 275 West Ka'ahumanu Ave., Kahului, HI 96372, 808-873-9688.
Those traveling to and from the Kahului Airport can now dine at Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill, which opened in the former Tropical Landing bar space. The airport restaurant will serve lunch and dinner, including "kicked up" versions of bar and grill fare utilizing local ingredients. The restaurant is named after part-time Huelo, Maui resident and rock n' roll star Sammy Hagar, and a percentage of the proceeds will go to the Hagar Family Foundation. The restaurant, located on the center concourse, is operated by HMSHost. Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill, Kahului Airport, 1 Kahului Airport Rd., Kahului, HI 96372, no phone.


News Bytes

Ka’anapali Restaurant On the Move
The landmark Jerome E. Metcalfe's Rusty Harpoon Restaurant & Tavern restaurant moved from the Whaler's Village into a new and larger location in Ka'anapali---overlooking the 18th hole of the Ka'anapali Golf Resort clubhouse. Chef-owner Suzzette Metcalfe is keeping the same surf and turf menu that her father made famous, but also plans to add new items. In addition to the great food, the location offers other reasons to linger---14 high definition TVs, pool tables and shuffleboard are also available.
Hawai‘i Superferry Aids Local Farmers
Hawai‘i Superferry teamed up with the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau Federation and Maui County Farm Bureau to offer a 30 percent discount to qualified farmers and merchants when shipping locally grown and produced goods on Hawai‘i Superferry. The partnership will provide another mode of food transportation inter-island, and allow farmers and merchants to expand to new markets.
Surfing Goat Dairy Certified Humane
Upcountry Maui's Surfing Goat Dairy is the first farm in Hawai‘i to receive the Certified Humane Raised & Handled label. The award-winning goat cheese producer, run by Thomas and Eva Kafsack, was awarded the certification after complying with a number of standards in ethical farm animal treatment. Surfing Goat Dairy produces a variety of fresh and aged goat cheeses.

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John Paul Fine Foods, a gourmet food shop in Pukalani, recently closed. No news yet on what will take its place in the Pukalani Square location. John Paul Fine Foods, 81 Makawao Ave., Pukalani, HI 96768, 808-572-7100.
Auntie Pasto's, an Italian eatery in the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center---which was about to celebrate its one year anniversary---recently closed. Two other Auntie Pasto's locations are still open in Hawai`i---in Honolulu and Waipahu. Auntie Pasto's, Queen Kaahumanu Ctr., 275 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului, HI 96732, no phone.
Tin Ying Chinese Restaurant, long a mainstay on Lower Main Street in Wailuku, has closed. The new owner, Kevin Johnson, plans to open a sports bar in its place later this fall. Tin Ying Chinese Restaurant, 1088 Lower Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793, no phone.

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