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Elevated Farm to Table dining with a majestic view - Mauka to Makai: A Local Eatery at Manadina Farm, Naalehu, HI

Mauka to Makai: A Local Eatery at Manadina Farm

4.8
4.8
23 Reviews
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Nestled in the hills of Ka'u, enjoy an unrivaled dining experience that combines breathtaking panoramic views with an exceptional culinary journey. Being a truly Mauka to Makai experience (meaning from the mountain to the sea in Hawaiian), you can view the top of Mauna Loa and the Ka'u coastline while enjoying locally sourced ingredients from Mauka to Makai.

Embracing the spirit of the islands, we take pride in highlighting the Canoe Crop ingredients - native plants cultivated by the early Polynesian settlers who arrived in Hawaii by canoe. These ingredients, deeply rooted in Hawaiian history, add a unique and authentic touch to our dishes. We work closely with nearby farmers and fishermen to ensure that most ingredients used in our dishes are locally grown or sustainably foraged from the surrounding lands and ocean. This supports the local community and allows us to create dishes that are incredibly fresh, bursting with flavor, and in harmony with the natural rhythms of the island.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–6:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 756-2065
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private multi-course dinner events for parties of 10-25 people at a base rate of $1,000 plus $125 per person.
  • Neighborhood
    Naalehu
  • Cross street
    From Naalehu: drive up Kaalaiki Rd. 3.6 miles and you will see our sign.<br
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Chef's Table, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

23 Reviews
  1. FoodieMom

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a delightful experience! When I told the local winery I had a booking here, they said I was really lucky as it’s a special event that has an excellent reputation, and they were right! The drive up had beautiful views, only fully appreciated from the top where the dining area is. I am amazed that the farm-to-table experience was so well-crafted with respect to local utilization. Every dish was beautifully plated and offered a balanced palette. I love that everything I ate not only tasted complex and delicious, but it also nourished my body. What a skill to be high-end in craft and true to the farm life! The staff is knowledgeable and kind and eager to share their love of the land. If you worry about driving at night and don’t mind a camping experience, you can stay the night. So glad I found this gem and will tell all my friends about it. I can’t wait to go back!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous experience at the Sat Tasting menu dinner. The food was stellar. 6 courses, all made with local ingredients. So fresh and innovative. Every bite was a delight. The prime rib (not your typical) was maybe the best I have ever eaten. We were seated with another couple who were long time residents, so it was great to learn more about the Big Island from them. The owners are lovely people and their passion for food and farming really comes through. You can bring your own wine (they charge a corking fee). Not an inexpensive meal, but worth every penny for such a wonderful dining experience. Mahalo!

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  3. SheriS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food in a unique environment. We loved it and will return

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  4. KennethN

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasty food. Smaller portions of the sides. Friendly people.

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  5. Sadly

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We had reservations to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Excited to try a burger and they were all out when we arrived! Had fish sandwich, soup and fries. They forgot our meals! After we asked about it and showed our receipt. They brought us cold food. Sadly, it was a cloudy & rainy day so we did not have a scenic ocean view.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It looks like a very unassuming food truck, but everyone there clearly takes pride in the food they serve, and it shows in the quality and flavor. The location is great too, and the views are beautiful from the outdoor patio seating area.

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  7. CaseyS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great burgers with a great view!! Would definitely recommend

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  8. RodneyD

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing views and great food. One of the best places to eat in the area.

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  9. JohnnyGastronomique

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, panoramic ocean view. Highly recommend.

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  10. JoshP

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place with a steep road to get there. Tricky driveway, but it’s well marked. Really enjoyed the food, the beautiful view, the live-edge tables. It’s really just a food truck with some outdoor seating. The 3 walls have glass and help to cut the wind, yet still give you a good view. Paper plates and plasticware. Nothing impressive in that. Trash can was by the truck rather than by the tables. The food was expertly prepared and very good. Ketchup was a large communal bottle. Wasn’t sure if we were supposed to sit first and be served or order at the truck. few drink options, all straight from the can. (Would have preferred a glass with ice to go with it). Limited menu, but I can’t imagine anyone not finding something delicious on it. Cooks were very friendly and helpful, taking great pride in their work. They made their own burger patties from grass fed beef, but very well prepared so it tasted as good as grain-fed.

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  11. MicheleS

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious hamburgers with a fabulous view. Glad we made the trip here for lunch.

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  12. ChopstickSalad

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very weather dependent. A bit of a drive no matter where you are at. Food truck with an enclosed eating area. But the view on the coast is quite nice.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A great outdoor Hawaiian experience. The trip alone is an adventure! We enjoyed the uniqueness of the menu and the setting. The staff was wonderfully warm and friendly.

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  14. JosieC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, wonderful staff and beautiful view. I look forward to coming again!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were very impressed with the quality of the food, it’s truly farm to table. Knowledgeable and friendly people, and beautiful views. This is a must for anyone looking for a unique dining experience.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was phenomenal. We came from a day of hiking the National Patk and worried that we weren’t dressed well enough but it was not an issue. There isn’t a bad view. The service was outstanding and the meal was easily one of the best we have ever had. Ever. This couple is going places and if we weren’t staying so far away - we would be back a couple of times more. Cannot recommend enough. You will Have the most charming and intimate night.

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  17. ErinS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second time coming here and it’s been an amazing experience! Food is amazing and the views are awesome! It’s definitely not our last time coming here!

    1 person found this helpful

  18. Hilary

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a beautiful experience! I took my parents to Mauka to Makai for a 5-course farm-to-table dinner while they were visiting the island. It was truly magical to sit and watch the sunset over a couple of hours, while trying a wide range of locally-sourced dishes, in a small, intimate setting. The food was AMAZING and the owners, Jasmine and Justin, and their visiting chef Josh, are great people. Highly recommended!

    1 person found this helpful

  19. Sullivan

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a treat. The experience surpassed our expectations of a date night on a farm. The food was beautifully presented and completely delicious with novel flavors bringing out the best of Ka’u meat and produce. Service was excellent, Jasmine was very attentive and engaged with all diners. Chef Justin and guest Chef Josh both were full of knowledge about the resources available in our community and shared similar visions for cuisine. Plus you can’t beat diner over-looking my favorite coastline. Mahalo and keep up the great work. Tip- Ka’u residence take advantage of this opportunity of fine dining without having to travel far. You won’t be disappointed.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. Gabi

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aloha ❤️ having plant based food is what interest me🥰 OMG the food was delicious, very flavorful and local organic. The service is excellent, friendly and accommodating 🤩 The view is everything 🤩 spectacular 💝 Our new favorite place 😎

    1 person found this helpful

  21. MarilynC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful evening we had. Beautiful setting perched on a hill in Ka'u with ocean, forest, meadows, ancient volcano all around. The dinner was just totally delicious. Quite fun to hear about all the ingredients and preparations. The creativity, hard work, and magic that went into providing this special experience is truly appreciated.

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  22. JustinC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh, locally sourced and thoughtfully put together in a delicious prix fixe menu.

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  23. KatrinaZ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Manadina Mauka to Makai Local Eatery was a great experience!! Classy with incredible views of the ocean and mountains, and foods sourced from the area - really rang true for the name of the restaurant.  My friends I brought said it was one of the best meals in their life, and we all really appreciated the experience on their honeymoon. I love the innovation and dedication to sourcing locally from Mauka to Makai! It was great to hear the story of gathering the sea salt by hand from the source of the Ahupa'a Ocean area, which made the connection to the food that much more enjoyable and meaningful, and educational. Thank you for doing what you do! Looking forward to experiencing this again and again! Worthwhile experience! Oh My stars - the food was incredible! Soup ☆☆☆☆☆ divinely delicious   the seasonal squash was blended perfectly with spices that truly made this a divine experience with every bite! Creme Brule ☆☆☆☆☆ - soooo much yumm. The apple banana was divine as well, a nice addition to a gourmet dessert.  Beef Bourguignon  ☆☆☆☆☆ the flavors melted together so well! Tacos ☆☆☆☆☆ the cheese really made it pop! The shell was so cool and innovative using chia seeds in it! unique! Ka'u Coffee ☆☆☆☆☆ wonderful and flavorful coffee, and way to end the meal before the drive home. Ka'u Coffee really is the best!!

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Mauka to Makai: A Local Eatery at Manadina Farm is rated 4.8 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

10:00 PM


Google Map for Mauka to Makai: A Local Eatery at Manadina Farm

95-1910 Kaalaiki Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772

Additional information

  • Cross street
    From Naalehu: drive up Kaalaiki Rd. 3.6 miles and you will see our sign.<br
  • Neighborhood
    Naalehu
  • Hours of operation
    Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Thu, Fri 4:00 pm–6:15 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Chef's Table, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View
  • Phone number
    (808) 756-2065
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private multi-course dinner events for parties of 10-25 people at a base rate of $1,000 plus $125 per person.
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