Whether you spend Easter Sunday on Maui in a church pew, watching sunrise at Haleakala Crater, or just sleeping in, you’ll probably get hungry at some point in the day. There are plenty of places on Maui with special menus for the day, but we recommend the following Easter Brunches for a nearly spiritual food experience. Make your reservations now, because they go fast. Come hungry!
Easter is Sunday, April 4, 2010. For information on local church services, please check the Maui News for up-to-date listings.
If You’re In South Maui for Easter
Makena Resort Maui’s Molokini Bar & Grille has a lovely view and one of the most popular brunches on the island. On any given Sunday you’ll find their buffet tables positively groaning with local favorites and traditional brunch items, and your champagne flute overflowing (the refills come unless you stop them). The Easter Sunday brunch will feature an “extended” menu. We simply can’t imagine what else they could include, but we think it will be worth the $52 charge for adults ($27 for kids 12 and under). First seating: 9:30am; last seating: 12pm. Reservations a must, call 808-874-1111.
Five Palms Restaurant does a fabulous Easter Brunch which starts quite early (in past years at 8am) and lasts all the way through until 3pm. Champagne is included, and the buffet is very good. We love the view from this restaurant, with its glass walls and wide-open windows that offer unobstructed views of Keawakapu Beach, Molokini, and beyond. A very special place to spend Easter with friends and/or family. Call for times, fixed price, and reservations: 808-879-2607.
Grand Wailea Resort’s Grand Dining Room features a crazy-good champagne brunch every Sunday of the year, but they really extend themselves for Easter Sunday. This graceful open-air restaurant has breathtaking views of the grounds below, the pools, the beach and the ocean. The food is excellent, and our favorite malasadas on the island (Portuguese donuts with optional fillings) are made fresh in front of you. Champagne is included in Easter Brunch, which is served 9am – 2:30pm. $72 for adults, $36 for children; call 808-875-1234 for reservations.
Duo at the Four Seasons makes one of our favorite brunches on the island. The lack of champagne notwithstanding, we love their extensive carving station, omelet station, pancake and waffle station, and seafood bar are excellent. Service is impeccable, and we always drink too much of their delicious coffee. Some of the best artists on Maui show their work in the lobby just outside the restaurant, and few things put us in a better mood than having a morning meal here followed by a stroll on the beachwalk. Brunch is served from 11am-2pm, $87 for adults, $39 children 6-12. Call 808-874-8000 for reservations.
If You’re In Central Maui for Easter
Cafe O’Lei at the Dunes offers an affordable-yet-decadent Easter Brunch that we heartily recommend. The location at the Dunes at Maui Lani gives a fantastic view of the golf club with the massive West Maui Mountains in the distance. You’ll see a carving station, omelet station, and plenty of the Cafe O’Lei entrees that make our tummies happy. Service is friendly and efficient, and you can’t ask for better hours: 8:30am-2:30pm. $32 for adults, half price for children. Call 808-877-0073 for reservations.
If You’re In West Maui for Easter
You will definitely want to walk the labyrinth below the resort after you have Easter Brunch at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua’s Terrace Restaurant. We predict you’ll be too full to do anything else. Pardon the clumsy pun, but the resort knows how to “put on the ritz” for holiday brunches. You’ll find their incredible seafood bar, carving stations, breakfast items, salads, and omelet stations. The view can be a little obstructed by the thick glass windows, but the food makes it worth it. Brunch is served from 10am-3pm; $75 for adults, $37.50 children 5-12. Call 808-669-6200 for reservations.
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is known for its extensive Sunday Champagne Brunches featuring a very wide selection of Hawaiian and traditional favorites. This is definitely the best “local” brunch on the West Side. On Easter Sunday they add a church service and Easter Egg Hunt for the kids; call for details. Easter Brunch is served from 8:00am to 1:00pm; Call 808-667-0124 for reservations.
The Plantation House and Sea House Restaurant do not have special brunch plans for Easter Sunday, but if you’re looking for a good breakfast/brunch and outstanding views, we like their breakfast items very much. Plantation House: 808-669-629; Sea House Restaurant: 808-669-1500.