What Is Mai?

A simple beginning. The best things in life have this, which is why Mai Grille smart-sources all local ingredients. They are infused with the same bold passion and fortitude as the techniques Chef uses to prepare them. For good reason, he is known as a “chef’s Chef”. Relax and play a little because we’re chill like that. Be inspired to try something new at Hawai’i’s Original Bacon Hale (aka House of Bacon). Have our signature house made Mai bacon, with a side of bacon. We triple dare you!

So, what is Mai? The better question is “who?”. She is the daughter of Chef/ Owner Allen Hess. Who better to represent this playful, down-to-earth, progressive concept than a child? She loves the bacon business too. This is Hawai’i’s 1st Bacon business and the signature house made, hand cut, thick strips also carry her name.

Join us for breakfast or Sunday brunch over looking the Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Kings’ Golf Course green. Enjoy a family meal inside the Waikoloa Beach Golf Clubhouse. Catch the game, gossip or news with a round of drinks at the bar (or, wander the grounds). Special events can party late into the night exclusively at this Waikoloa Resort location.

We welcome you and yours to play a little, have the #MaiGrilleExperience.

Exclusive Special Event. Call to purchase tickets & reserve your seat.

In The News: Highlights

A collective of Hawai‘i’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants have committed to bring local ingredients to the center of the plate. Hawaii News Now

Allen Hess is one of the Great Hawaii Chefs directing Mai Grille, one of the most forward-thinking restaurants on the Big Island… His kitchen is at once experimental and unassuming, homegrown and full of finesse.Best Chefs America 

Our goal has always been to share the best of what our Island has to offer …Allen gets that — he expresses exactly the same idea with his food. – Pacific Business News

Chef Allen Hess

A Chef’s Chef, Allen Hess enjoys plating his passion at Mai Grille. He worked hard in legendary Big Island kitchens among legendary chefs Peter Merriman, Alan Wong, and Roy Yamaguchi. After a stand out role as Head Chef at Merriman’s in Kamuela, Chef opened his first restaurant, Allen’s Table, in Kamuela. To much acclaim, Chef Allen then applied his “slow food” vision as Chef de Cuisine for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s esteemed Canoe House. Mai Grille is his latest (and greatest?) kitchen.


Look for a modern and sophisticated spin on some local classics. “We are excited to take a familiar dish, and try new things with it.” Set in a light-filled, open & modern clubhouse, Allen feels good food shouldn’t be stuffy, “We’re inviting people to eat the way chefs like to eat, the way we eat in the industry, with lots of options to choose from.”  For more about Chef Click Here or check out the About Us section.

Mai Grille is Open Every Day

  • BREAKFAST – Daily Monday-Saturday 8 am – 10:30 am
  • BRUNCH – Sunday only, 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • LUNCH & KEIKI (Kid’s) – Monday-Saturday 11 am – 3 pm
  • HAPPY HOUR – M/T/W 2:30 pm- 5:30 pm, Th/F/S 2:30 pm- 4:30 pm

Enjoy a pour of our Artisan Cocktails, Local Beer, or curated Wine List all day

Supper Club & Brunch Reservations Recommended (see below for Online Reservations). Contact us for Groups over 7, Special Event options available.

Dinner for 3 or 10?