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 and a round of drinks at the bar. We welcome you and yours to play a little, have the Mai Grille experience.

In The News

Mai Grille Participates in the Annual Localicious Campaign. Help support Agricultural Education in Hawaii Schools, select the Localicious dish this March. Eat & Give Back -Frolic Hawaii

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

Localicious Launch Party- Pacific Business News, Launch - Star Advertiser

Allen Hess Showcases Authenic Hawaiian Flavors with a Bit of Bacon and a Twist of Ingenuity "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

Chef/ Owner Allen Hess has fun plating his passion at Mai Grille. He brings skill and values built cooking with legendary Big Island chefs and in legendary Big Island  kitchens. These include Four Seasons Hualalai Grille, Mauna Lani's Canoe House, and Merriman's Waimea. He leaves his mark with a bold and progressive take on regional cuisine.

Allen values local farmers, fishermen, and ranchers. Many are friends. After all, their passions support the slow food dishes for which Allen is best known. "I’m inspired by good food, food that’s fun, really flavorful, and visually appealing.”

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.” Join Us.

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Schedule and Reservations

BREAKFAST - Daily 8 am - 10:30 am

BRUNCH - Sunday only 7:30 am - 2 pm

ALL DAY & KEIKI (Kid's) - Daily 10:30 am - 6 pm

HAPPY HOUR - Daily 2 pm - 4 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. RESERVE A TABLE NOW

Contact us for Groups over 7, Special Event options available.