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dongstadden Nov 19, 2006 07:33 AM

my wife and i are leaving in a couple days for maui and i was thinking of doing a good thanksgiving buffet on thursday. does anyone have any suggestions? we'll be staying at the mahana in kaanapali, but we'll have a car. i looked at the sheraton menu and that looked great. the grand wailea and westin also looked good. does anyone have any firsthand experience with any of these? or have any better recommendations? i also thought about the feast at lele but that is way too expensive, and based on the reviews here, not worth it. btw, we are not tied to having turkey, just interested in having good food. and if there is poke on the menu, that's always a plus!

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    torta basilica RE: dongstadden Nov 20, 2006 04:53 AM

    Don't drive all that way just for the food at the Grand Wailea - definitely not worth it no matter which restaurant & their standard brunches are pretty awful & have been for years - can't believe they've never done anything about the food quality there. Unfortunately, most who stay there don't seem to notice. I haven't had Thanksgiving there, but the Ritz Carlton would be a whole lot closer & should be good. I have had an excellent brunch there. I'm assuming the Kapalua Bay Hotel will still be closed - they used to do a decent seafood buffet. Westin also gets pretty good reviews for their Swan Court.

    If you don't mind driving, have you thought of the Hailemaile General Store or Mama's?

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      Lahar Goldberg RE: torta basilica Nov 22, 2006 08:24 AM

      Swan Court (now called Sonz at Swan Court) is at the Hyatt Regency Maui, not at he Westin.

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      dongstadden RE: dongstadden Nov 20, 2006 09:39 PM

      thanks for the info, torta. what about the sheraton maui resort. i checked their thanksgiving buffet menu online and it looked pretty good. and its close to where we'll be in kaanapali. have you tried their food?

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        giantjoe RE: dongstadden Nov 22, 2006 09:22 PM

        I did attend a luau at the Sheraton. It was good-but the cuisine wasn't very memorable. I'm not even sure that would be a reflection on the hotel's regular menu or not. Otherwise, we ate mostly at the Westin.

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        torta basilica RE: dongstadden Nov 21, 2006 05:05 PM

        Sorry, no idea - we always stay at the Kea Lani in Wailea, except for one trip to Kapalua Bay villas. Happy Thanksgiving wherever you go - hope it's delicious!

        1. tracyk RE: dongstadden Nov 22, 2006 09:16 PM

          Pretty much everyone on Maui is doing a Thanksgiving buffet, or at least a fixed price.
          I am trying to find a place that is offering their normal menu to no avail.
          I thought I was escaping turkey and gravy this year, but even Hailemaile (where I made a reservation w/o asking about a special menu) is full on buffet.

          If anyone has suggestions otherwise, I would great appreciate them! Thursday is our last full day on the island and would love to have a memorable dinner.

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            giantjoe RE: dongstadden Nov 22, 2006 09:17 PM

            By now you probably made your plans, but, since you mentioned the Westin-I stayed there a couple of years ago and had a wonderful time. My wife and I split two weeks there and the Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island.

            The Westin website is advertising a Thanksgiving buffet at On'O, for $52 (in case $$ was an issue). I do remember the restaurant as being very good.

            Enjoy, Happy Thanksgiving...and I am very jealous.

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