Address: 120 Hana Hwy., Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8844 Man, I hate ties! What's up with that? I'm not sure if I trust it. We need a winner. Since both Casanova and Jacques are indisputably great places to get your groove on, I propose a dance-off! Heck, let's really spice it up and make it a break-dancing competition or maybe ballroom? What would you guys rather see? On second thought, let's just make them jan ken po for the title. Congrats to both Casanova and Jacques.
Address: 120 Hana Hwy., Paia, HI 96779 Phone: 808-579-8844 If you’ve ever tasted the food at Jacques, you’ll agree that owner and executive Chef Pauvert is among the best on-island. To be Maui’s number one, a chef must be able to do more than just cook a good fish. Pauvert, a resident of Maui for more than 15 years and personal chef to the rich and famous, blends international and local cuisine with a deft hand and incorporates new, innovative flavors inspired by the diversity found on Maui’s windswept shores. He’s a lover of fresh local ingredients and big North Shore waves. And he not only cooks for Maui’s hardbodied windsurfer crowd, he surfs with them, too (and probably looks great with his shirt off!). 120 Hana Hwy., Paia, 808-579-8844. JA
Address: 120 Hana Hwy., Paia, HI 96779 Phone: (808) 579-8844 Aww... You miss Jacques (and so do we), but c’est la vie, right? All good things come to an end—sometimes when you least expect it. Just last year, Chef Jacques Pauvert was voted Best Chef for his mastery of menu fare as eclectic as the North Shore demographic. And of those Pa’ia peeps, it was a magnet for the hottest beach bodies and hippest hippies. It’s losses like these that remind us that no matter how good you are, the restaurant game is a tough biz. That said, I have a feeling this isn’t the last we’ll hear from the minds behind Jacuqes, though its previous incarnation will have to be resigned to our scrapbooks and fond recollections.