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Maui at Christmas

We'll be in Kihei for two weeks, from 12/14-12/28. We do almost all of our cooking in our condo, but are wondering what cool holiday events are going on that we shouldn't miss. We did see the Grand Wailea's Christmas Dinner Buffet, but at $75 a head, we think we'll give that a miss. As my husband says, you can do one kick ass barbecue and a lot of alcohol for the $500 it would cost our extended family :)

Any suggestions? Meals? Santa sitings? (We'll have small children with us). Holiday craft fairs?

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    1. re: girlwonder88

      Cook you favorite Costco Delicacies @ your Condo. It will be a lot better and Cheaper. Costco also has Hawaiian Cook Books if you feel like Island Menu's.

      1. re: russkar

        you sure didnt get alot of responses to your posting.. We are looking for xmas 2011. We are just going to cook in our condo as well and have it at sunset on the beach.. bliss!

        1. re: palmtree38

          Almost all of the resorts and restaraunts, if not all, have some elaborate Christmas buffett or are closed. We usually just go up to the Napili Market (open Christmas Day) and pick us some roast chicken.

          1. re: mander

            Thanks for the tip on the market in Napili Mander as some posters on TA were saying to make sure you get your christmas food items at least a day or two before christmas as its a zoo!!!

            1. re: palmtree38

              It is indeed a zoo just before Christmas. Some of the grocery stores will run out of some of the higher end stuff and then it won't get restocked until after Christmas or even New Years. But as long as you are just half-way flexible you will be fine.

              1. re: mander

                3 weeks until chowdown!!!

                We are going to pick up items for xmas dinner along with some bubbly wine for a sunset dinner at the beach.

                Does costco carry bubbly as well or just wine/beer

                1. re: palmtree38

                  airlwonder.. are you getting excited??? whoohooo.. 3 weeks...

                  anyone else going? for a chowdown meet up?

    2. Check out www.mauimapp.com for Dec events. Suggest you celebrate the day with some "hawaiian" variation of your favorite dishes, for example, portuguese sausage and pancakes or french toast with coconut, passion fruit or guava syrup for breakfast. If you're into eating out on Christmas day, a different approach could be to call (before Christmas) Star Noodle in Lahaina and ask them to prepare a Christmas party meal for however many there are of you. If you want to splurge ask them to prepare a whole fish.

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      1. re: honu2

        honu2 .. great webiste.. lots of info there...

        I have star noodle on my list to try but not for xmas..

        great idaes french toast with coconut yumm.. where do you get guava syrup? is this sold with coconut syrup?? if so great souveneirs to bring home as we love bringing back marinades. hot sauces. spices etc from different vacations

        would like to pick up a hawaiian desert for xmas.. hula pie sounds good but its a hula grill speciality item on their menu..

        1. re: palmtree38

          The coconut and guava syrups are usually beside the maple syrup but are sometimes placed by the souvenir food items like Kona coffee.

          For dessert, the Roselani brand of ice cream is made in Maui and comes in these local flavors: haupia (coconut, my favorite); mango and cream, and macadamia nut. It's carried by most supermarkets and would taste great with hot chocolate sauce and a sprinkling of macadamia nuts.

          I suggested Star Noodle because except for Chinese restaurants and hotel restaurants, not many restaurants are going to be open on Christmas and New Years.
          Also, by going to a party menu, one can avoid the mundane stuff like sweet-sour pork and fried rice and can go to things like garlic noodles, a steamed whole fish, and salt-and-pepper shrimp/prawns served family style. In Hawaii, Chinese restaurants are used to serving large groups for celebrations like graduation, birthday parties, etc.
          pepper shrimp,