Pineapple Grill Maui to Celebrate Anniversary with Tasty Benefit

Pineapple Grill Maui to Celebrate Anniversary with Tasty Benefit

One of our favorite locales—statewide—is the charming Pineapple Grill at Kapalua. Chef Ryan Luckey’s food is innovative and island-harvested; managing partner Chris Kaiwi’s wine knowledge (and selection) is only topped by his style of managing an efficient and pleasant staff (his penchant for lesser-known cheese imports is also impressive) and the list goes on. Yet, like any restaurant that stands out, it’s always been the delicate balance (or dance, a friend likes to say) of all these things and more that make Pineapple Grill such a standout.
On Saturday, May 28, 2011, Pineapple Grill celebrates its 6th Anniversary with a fete worthy of any foodie that finds themselves on the Garden Isle—and it’s got a “good cause” attached. Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Hale Makua Health Services.

Before we delve into the impressive menu; Kaiwi has made sure those who wish to have a good time can hunker down in West Maui without getting behind the wheel of an automobile.They’ve negotiated a $99 per night room rate at the nearby Kaanapali Beach Resort. Certainly other nearby properties would likely offer a respectable kama’aina rate (the stumbling distance Kapalua Villas run by Outrigger would be another top choice, as would the kamaaina friendly Royal Lahaina Resort). In addition, the Grill has arranged for bus transport from Central Maui, departing at 5:00 p.m. (Reservations requested.)

A sample of the goods include (yet is hardly limited to): lobster and shiitake mushroom spring rolls; hot smoked british salmon with dill and fennel créme fraiche and a macadamia blini; and ahi poke with tobiko over a lotus chip as passed appetizers.

A seafood station will serve the likes of pistachio and wasabi pea-crusted ahi sashimi with coconut black rice; and a miso-glazed Hawaiian day boat catch.

Asian braised short ribs with truffle mashed potatoes and Kaua‘i coffee-rubbed prime rib with Maui onion pancetta are just examples of things that will be found at the meat station.
Luckey insists on a “Chinatown Noodle Station” that will offer both his take on a Japanese-style udon as well as a Vietnamese chile-peanut shrimp noodle dish.

A Thai BBQ Satay station will feature Maui Cattle Co. flatiron kalbi skewers, cilantro-chile shrimp satay, yellow curry chicken and lemongrass pork satay.

In the “Bubble Lounge,” you can expect to come across Thai basil rock shrimp shooters, warm brie with pecans and Maui Gold pineapple, Surfing Goat cheese on flatbreads and more.

There’s an oyster and sushi station, as well as a salad station (think local Maui beets and an imported Mediterranean olive bar).

The coups de gras will be a “Three Chocolate Sauces” melting pot station where your inner child can dip Oreo cookie marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats, Maui Gold pineapple, pound cake and Kula strawberries into a variety of chocolates.


There will be no shortage of beverages—sponsored martini bar, bubbles, saké, premium wines and Maui Brewing Co. will keep you satiated.
Finally, a fusion jazz band will keep the air filled with sounds—aside from the clinking of forks and the gentle trade winds  as they rustle through the surrounding Norfolk Pines.

Tickets are $150 per person ($100 are tax deductable) and can be purchased at Halemakua.org.
Guests wishing to reserve the special $99 rate at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel can do so by calling (808) 871-9271.

The coups de gras will be a “Three Chocolate Sauces” melting pot station where your inner child can dip Oreo cookie marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats, Maui Gold pineapple, pound cake and Kula strawberries into a variety of chocolates.