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. Relax and play a little. Be inspired to try something new. 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, calling it her "Bacon Hale" (House of Bacon). Indeed, the signature house made, thick cut strips also carry her name.

Join us for breakfast or Sunday brunch over looking the Waikoloa Beach Resort's Kings' Golf Course. Enjoy a family meal inside the club house. Catch the game, gossip or news with a round of drinks at the bar. We welcome you and yours to play a little, have the Mai Grille experience.

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

Experienced Chef/ Owner Allen Hess has fun plating his passion at Mai Grille.

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.”  Click to the About US section above for more about Chef.

chef allen

Schedule and Reservations

BREAKFAST - Daily Monday-Saturday 8 am - 10:30 am

BRUNCH - Sunday only, 7:30 am - 2:30 pm

LUNCH & KEIKI (Kid's) - Daily Monday-Saturday 11 am - 3 pm

HAPPY HOUR - Daily 2 pm - 5 pm

DINNER - Thursday, Friday & Saturday 5 pm - 9 pm

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

Dinner & Brunch Reservations Recommended. Contact us for Groups over 7, Special Event options available.

Dinner for 3 or 10?