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“A must try!”
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Maukamakai.me
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

We stopped here with Nui Pohaku Adventure trips at the end of our amazing Sunset Lava Walk day before heading to Kilauea that evening. We pre ordered our food earlier in the day for the 5 of us and our guide, Shawn. We were greeted by a lovely young lady that told us our tables were ready as we arrived. She sat us in the former KFC that was decorated with local Hawaiian photos and items. The ladies were very busy as the restaurant was full (it was Valentine’s Day!) and they were cooking up some very aromatic dishes! Though its a former fast food restaurants, they had recycled and mismatched china and silverware that fit well with the overall atmosphere making it quaint and well placed. We were given our silverware in Valentine’s napkins and the entire restaurant was outfitted for the holiday! It was a surprise inside and though we were tired from a long day, it brought out many smiles from our group when we entered! My husband and I both chose the beef tips and they were meaty, juice and had very little fat; in a lovely citrus tasting bbq sauce (which I don’t usually like) but it was yummy, all served on rice. Our entire group thoroughly enjoyed our meals and before we left, they treated us to a Valentine’s treat of a caramel spice cake pop! The friendliness of the ladies and young girls who worked was the magic of this place. They treated us like we were long time friends, not a tour group of people they’d never see again. Their smiles, winks and laughter will long be remembered. Their dedication to helping the community was evident in the building. Using local farmers to create healthy meals and providing sources of where the food comes from can be found on line.
This new restaurant I hope has a long a fruitful life in the Pahoa community! All the best!

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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We’ve heard through the grapevine that this new restaurant in Pahoa is a must try, so we did and WOW! Chef owner Thomas Aiu dishes up some of the most tantalizing and visually intriguing fare - using the freshest ingredients (he’s a strong supporter of the local Farm to Table Dinning movement). We ate here a few times already. At a recent dinner, we tried the ‘Hilo’ dish with grilled steak and shrimp combo, served with pan roasted veggies and rice ($13.45) and the ‘Pahoa’ dish with pan roasted organic chicken, penne pasta, fire roasted tomatoes, in a white wine/rosemary/olive oil sauce ($13.95). The grass-fed beef was perfectly done, tender and juicy. Chicken pasta dish was sumptuous, excellent flavors! We also loved the curry squash soup ($2), served with fresh-baked aromatic herbed bread. For dessert, Chef Thomas whipped up a surprise for us (as he often does for guests since desserts are not listed on menu): pumpkin spice shortbread, topped with cinnamon infused crème fraiche, garnished with fresh poha berry and plum slices ($3). Elegantly presented and simply delicious - perfect example of Chef Thomas’ unique passion and creativity in making food looks good and tastes good. We heartily recommend this restaurant to everyone.
Tips:
-If the restaurant’s interior looks interesting to you, hint: it’s a former Kentucky Fried Chicken - with recycle tables, chairs, and all!
-There are two different restaurants sharing this same location, be sure to ask for maukamakai menu when order.
-Must try the burger-of-the-month on Lunch menu! It’s gourmet burger at its finest.

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Thank punacoast
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