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Hau Tree at Mauna Kea, Kamuela, HI

Hau Tree at Mauna Kea

4.1
4.1
160 Reviews
$30 and under
American
We're reopening Friday October 9! Please note that we are accepting maximum party sizes of nine persons. In the interest of safety and in line with county mandates, we are not able to split larger groups into multiple tables at this time. A temperature check will be conducted upon entry to the restaurant. Approved masks or face coverings are mandatory.

For a fun tropical drink, ice-cold beer, refreshing smoothie, or our signature Fredrico, Hau Tree is the perfect place to watch the waves, savor fresh-made salads, sandwiches or enjoy a Mauna Kea Ovaltine froth. Open for Lunch and Dinner, 11:00am-7:00pm.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 882-5707

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

What 160 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseQuiet

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Late Night Find

  • Hawaii

    Scenic View

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Ambiance

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Great for Lunch

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food! Waitress never checked on us.
  2. TM

    TraceyM

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great ocean atmosphere - food was ok ..a bit expensive
  3. P

    Perfect

    Richmond

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful sunset. Food was average - price was very high.
  4. c

    cwhetden

    Denver

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Based on the prices, I was expecting some good food. Nothing gourmet, but good. And I was hoping for a normal amount of service. They were likely very understaffed and so we really do understand that is hard for everyone. The food was low quality and nearly flavorless. I love both expensive and inexpensive food so I’m not too demanding, but I do want something more than cafeteria quality at the prices we paid. It was not a good experience.
  5. FK

    FrancesK

    Mobile

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I tried to get a reservation 4 days before on OpenTable between 6 and 8:30 at any restaurant in the Mauna Kea Resort. It was our first night staying at the Resort, We were only able to get this 5:30 reservation at the Hau Tree. It was not our preference to eat that early. It was hot and bright with the sun’s rays in our eyes. The food is ok. It was expensive for the quality. It is a great beachside location with a nice sunset and convenient if you are staying in the hotel. The issue with reservation times is with OpenTable. We ate there two more times and we were able to get time slots we preferred. We also got better reservations at Copper Bar when we booked in person.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful sunset
  7. LF

    LarryF

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Went for dinner. Understaffed. One, maybe 2 wait staff. $17 salad with some lettuce, few hearts of palm, a tomato. Small piece of overcooks fish for entree. Thought I was eating in a strip mall in Kona. Overpriced. Might be ok for lunch but disappointing for a 5 star hotel!!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful beach setting. We watched the sunset during dinner with Hawaiian music playing in the distance at another nearby restaurant. Food was very good. Service wasn’t great perhaps due to short staffing. No one checked in on us after we were served our meals so no second round of drinks. We hardly noticed because the food and atmosphere were both lovely. We lingered on the beach afterward enjoying the stars and quiet. We were not hotel guests (it is a hotel restaurant). Free valet parking at hotel entrance by the kindest gentlemen who treated us as true guests. Impressive! A wonderful Thursday evening while on vacation in late April on the big island of Hawaii.
  9. ES

    EcwSr

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Seems like they have raised their game with regards to food. Had the catch of the day… Opah with a Thai Curry sauce …. Excellent. Prices are pretty good considering where you are. Server was friendly and efficient and let’s face it the beach at Mauna Kea is a terrific place to catch sunset ! Nice job
  10. Q

    Qqque

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brandon and Jacque were outstanding as always. Fish tacos out of this world. The reception at the gate is less than welcoming but once I confirmed my reservation outlet and time the demeanor and tone changed 😃. Valet team out of site.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Doesn't get much better than enjoying a sunset meal on the beach!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Menu didn’t match what is listed on Open Table. Poor service. Good portion size for money
  13. HC

    HeatherC

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ocean sunset views from our outdoor table and property. Right on the beach. Valet parking with reservation. Small but great food menu choices and kids menu offerings. Reasonable prices. Kids could play on the beach while you enjoy your drinks. Sunset was amazing. We stayed to watch the manta rays come to the lighted point at 8 pm.
  14. d

    dinerdd

    Kansas City

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Perfect place to watch the sunset. Food very good, service was not great. People are absolutely lovely!
  15. CS

    CharlesS

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great fish tacos, ahi tuna & mahi. Perfect view of sunset.
  16. B

    Boston25

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    There were a few items not available. The chicken was dry and not a lot of flavor. The appetizer came out after the meals. Service was Ok. For these reasons we could not rate at a 5
  17. DB

    DoctorB

    Charlotte

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The view and location are great. But that’s about it. The service is friendly but very very slow. And while Catch of the Day was delicious, the Shrimp entree was over cooked and tough. Not worth the price.
  18. a

    anthoyo

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Imagine great food, friendly and efficient service right on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world-that is the Hau tree !
  19. K

    Keoni

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The setting and service are highly rated for sunset, the menu is limited and the fresh catch was not local, but farmed salmon. The featured dessert was disappointing. Overall, we would probably return.
  20. SO

    SOSH

    St. Louis

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service was adequate but not outstanding. Brought a shared appetizer and no plates. Food ok but not outstanding. Not many choices.
  21. O

    Okgal

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff were terrific. Mixed drinks were disappointing.
  22. MT

    MTfoodie

    Denver

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beach location was perfect for sunset! Staff were great. Food is good, not great. But when you are on a sandy beach, watching a Hawaii Sunset, food is not the highest priority! We were happy we chose this dining option.
  23. ET

    ElaineT

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant cancelled our reservation.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beachside setting was really nice. Chicken a tad dry, food was nice. Some beverages seemed flat and adult beverages a tad watery The setting and staff are very nice. As most places are they are understaffed. They make it work
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Great view of the beach and sunset. Food was okay, nothing out of the ordinary. Our server was very matter of fact and literally took our order and gave us our check. I don’t think she should be in the serving business at a tourist destination. Just our opinion. Drinks were watered down for the price you paid. The view made up for the just meh food drinks and service.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Nice location with attentive staff.
  27. HD

    HelenD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, serving sizes large, joyful staff, right on the ocean, lovely live music. Definitely a repeat.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Came here last night, reservations for 7:30pm, celebrating our 35th Anniversary. After seating it was a full 15 minutes before a server came by to welcome us, offer water, take a drink order, or anything. When a waitress finally did come, we asked for a beer and house cocktail off the menu and an order of gyoza to start. The waitress informed us that “the gyoza tonight is spring rolls.” What the heck? She left to get our drinks and shortly thereafter returned to tell us they didn’t have one of the liqueurs for the cocktail. Classy. We ordered entrées and when the food came arrived it was “ok.” This is a cafe at an expensive, five star hotel, and the meals are not cheap. Nice beachfront table though.
  29. p

    pcjr

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Menu was somewhat limited. The kuala pork fries and short ribs were good. View is spectacular.
  30. SC

    StuartC

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great sunset and beachfront dinner. Food was great and best Mai Tai on the island.
  31. r

    rabmsn

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great outdoor setting with quite good food.
  32. r

    rabmsn

    Denver

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great poke bowl.
  33. S

    Suenose

    San Diego

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    We ate here several years ago and it was so great we wanted to revisit. The setting is wonderful, right on the beach with nice low key live music. Unfortunately the table of 20 right next to us drowned out the music. We waited 20 minutes before we saw any staff. Food was not very good especially considering the cost and our server didn’t come back until everyone was done, never asked if we wanted more drinks or even to fill the water. I realize they are probably short on staff and they did have a huge table but otherwise it wasn’t crowded. All in all it was a very disappointing dinner.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    My husband and I went on a kid free date night where we hoped to relax and enjoy dinner over a couple of hours. Our reservation was at 6:30 and even though we ordered 3 appetizers and 2 mains we were out of there in 40 mins. We were so rushed and we were only offered one drink. Our mains arrived as we were still only half way through our appetizers. I’m so disappointed with how the service went… the food was good but not amazing … hard to enjoy when you are rushing. Was hoping for a different experience. BUT the view was incredible and our table was amazing.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Had a 5:30 pm reservation and the kitchen was out of some items on the menu already. Food was not hot when brought out and needed to ask sever a few times for some items.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting on the beach at sunset. Great fish tacos and seared shrimp!
  37. DG

    DianeG

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Beach side restaurant, limited menu. Very good for families. Live entertainment adds to the atmosphere.
  38. ML

    MaeLin

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    The best thing was the View, Sunset was amazing.... then appetizers came, the fries was different but good, the cocktail shrimp was ok (and I love shrimp), the drinks was not worth the price. Entrees was 50/50. The fish special was "good" and the Pork had a burnt taste, altogether for the price we paid for 2 entrees, 2 appetizers and 2 drinks, it was not worth it.
  39. LI

    LINDAM

    Salt Lake City

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent meal. Only problem was appetizer arrived with the entrees
  40. MS

    ManfromSeattle

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    33 years aniversary

FAQs

Hau Tree at Mauna Kea is rated 4.1 stars by 160 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Hau Tree at Mauna Kea

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr Kamuela, HI 96743-9706

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kohala Coast

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 882-5707

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