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Hau Tree at Mauna Kea, Kamuela, HI

Hau Tree at Mauna Kea

4.3
4.3
174 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

8:00 PM


Booked 9 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 174 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Best Ambiance

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hawaii / Big Island

    Scenic View

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  1. MP

    MichelleP

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The restaurant was severely understaffed. Our waitress was amazing at trying to keep everyone happy. The wait was too long and the food just mediocre
  2. e

    ecotodd

    Houston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food3service5ambience5
    2 martinis were $44 dollars and one of them was terrible. Beautiful place but what an outrageous price for two very average drinks.
  3. J

    Jude

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the venue. Right on beach. Staff was wonderful! Menu was broad with lots of choices. Food was delicious. A great spot to eat at Mauna Kea. A relaxed vibe after day at beach.
  4. BP

    BethP

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy food, friendly service (Jour was so sweet and took great care of us) Beautiful view.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oceanfront for gorgeous sunset! Short ribs are AMAZING
  6. FB

    FoodloverfromBalboaIs

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner with John Keawe playing slack key guitar. Our server was attentive, friendly and helpful. Had fresh catch of day, creative presentation, and fish tacos. Both delicious. Beautiful setting at sunset. Couldn’t ask for anything better except closer to Kona!
  7. KV

    KrisV

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Very nice beach side restaurant. Waitress was fantastic, not overly crowded with kids back in school. Blacked Ono with green beans was excellent but some of the rice was crunchy. Wifes tacos were great, as was kids burger. Shrimp cocktail was not what i expected. May have not read menu closely, but it was not chilled shrimp on ice. It was shrimp on a bed of guac covered in red spicy sauce. Would not recommend that. Prices were as expected, on high side.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Definitely not the aloha experience. Our server was rude and not nice at all . Never recognized my birthday. Didn’t offer ketchup for the hamburger had to beg her for refills and forced us to pay before we where ready to leave . She was down right mean
  9. T

    Tina

    Orange County

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We had the fish of the day. It actually was “tough.” My husband had the Korean BBQ ribs. No bones; just like tough stew meat. Battled flies throughout our meal. Last time we eat there. Not inexpensive either.
  10. RJ

    RobJon

    Los Angeles

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great setting at a classic hotel property. The service was great.
  11. MS

    MikeS

    Seattle

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, food and location. Great casual setting with beautiful view of the beach and sunset. A must stop for folks in the Hapuna area.
  12. JF

    JoeF

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the ambiance at the beach is tremendous. This is a good spot to relax and enjoy a well prepared meal. Staff was very helpful and friendly.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, music, food, and sunset!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Wow. Terrible terrible terrible food. An overcooked $24 burger. Awful!!! Stay away.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

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

    TraceyM

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

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

    Perfect

    Richmond

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful sunset. Food was average - price was very high.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful sunset
  21. 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!!
  22. 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.
  23. ES

    EcwSr

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 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
  24. Q

    Qqque

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 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.
  25. JA

    JAMESL

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Menu didn’t match what is listed on Open Table. Poor service. Good portion size for money
  27. 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.
  28. d

    dinerdd

    Kansas City

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Perfect place to watch the sunset. Food very good, service was not great. People are absolutely lovely!
  29. 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.
  30. 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
  31. DB

    DoctorB

    Charlotte

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 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.
  32. O

    goldenO

    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 !
  33. 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.
  34. SO

    SOSH

    St. Louis

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 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.
  35. O

    Okgal

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

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

    MTfoodie

    Denver

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 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.
  37. ET

    ElaineT

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant cancelled our reservation.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    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
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Nice location with attentive staff.

FAQs

Hau Tree at Mauna Kea is rated 4.3 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 9 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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