What is Mai? The better question is “who?” She is the daughter of Chef Allen and Eden Hess. Who better to represent the restaurant’s down to earth atmosphere and playful dishes? She loves the bacon business. Don’t forget to try the Ka’u coffee cured, homemade bacon which also carries her name.
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.” Bring your crew and see you at the clubhouse!
Chef Allen Hess
Chef and Restauranteur Allen Hess is renowned for his commitment to Hawaii Regional flavors and local ingredients. A chef’s Chef, Allen Hess is respected by peers, celebrities and industry legends alike for his signature mark, a bold and progressive take on Hawaii 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. One story goes the idea for a “buttery beef” was born amidst friends and some beers in his Waimea backyard. He paid a buddy, who owned an orchard, to drop a truck full of “butter” avocados for the cows. The results were imaginably good, we are told. Never afraid to be creative, “I’m inspired by good food, food that’s fun, really flavorful, and visually appealing.”
Mahalo Nui Loa to our Friends,
The Late, Great, Richard Nakano – Nakana Farms
Marie Nakano – Nakano Farms II
Jill Andrade – Hawaii Beef Producers
Dick Threlfall – Hawaii Island Goat Dairy
Joe & Phil Wilson – Kona Cold Lobster
Bob Barrett – Maluhia Farms
Maureen & Tanne Datta – Adaptations
Thank you for your passion.