Out of 51 votes
5031 Hana Hwy
Hana, HI 96713
Ka'uiki is the restaurant at Travaasa Hana Resort ran by Executive Chef Barry Villiarimo serving "Hana Fusion." This new-twist on a popular cuisine is a blend of classic American and Asian Pacific flavors. They concentrate on Farm to Table dining as well as focusing on local Hawaiian ingredients.
When we visited Travaasa Resort, they were serving breakfast and dinner at Ka'uiki and lunch at the Paniolo Lounge next door. We believe it's all coming out of the same kitchen, which explains the same high level of food.
I always judge a restaurant that serves breakfast by its Eggs Benedict. ka'uiki passed the test. The eggs were poached perfectly, the bread was fluffy and crisp, and the hollandaise was perfect. They serve lox, ham, and lobster. I've had a better Benedict, but I've also had it hundreds of times across the world. This was a top 5 Benedict in my book. My wife enjoyed an amazing sausage and goat cheese omelette. There's something about having a really high-quality breakfast while watching the ocean from a high-end restaurant that makes me glad to be alive.
LUNCH - Paniolo Lounge
Next door to Ka'uiki, the Paniolo Lounge has a nice bar and the same view. The food is affordable and delicious! We enjoyed many meals here (as well as delivered by room service.) The cobb salad and corn tortilla club sandwich were regular favorites. The other item that impressed us more than once was the steak sandwich with melted mozzarella cheese and pickled red onions. A perfectly balanced sandwich.
First off, when you enter the dining room, the live music will blow you away. Local musicians are playing Hawaiian music with Han flare. We loved watching the hula dancer perform some beautiful dances for us too.
The bacon-wrapped filet mignon melted in our mouths (both times we ordered it.) The roasted chicken was superb as well. We tried the seafood risotto as room-service once, and it was also incredible. They do it right here.
Put this building anywhere in the world with the same ocean view, and you've got a winner. Keep it on this unmatched, gorgeous property, and you've got a hidden-gem that keeps guests coming back year after year (and staying as quiet as they can about it.) Sorry, but we're sharing this one.
The restaurant shares the same ambiance as does the resort. Warm, serene, inviting, and comfortable. Very few places in our State give you the feeling of being in Hawaii like Ka'uiki does. Enough said.
Not much to say, other than they were always friendly and professional. Everyone seems to genuinely smile here. It's nice. We never had a worry with anything we needed or wanted. Signs of a great staff.
We didn't do much drinking, but we did manage to indulge in some breakfast bloody marys. They had just the right amount of spice and flavor (and booze!) It makes my top ten list for best bloody. Though not as good as my own, but I make the best bloody mary in the world (and, yes, I'm slightly biased.)
On this last visit to Hana, we stayed at the Travaasa Resort and Spa. Seeing as we had our new baby with us, room service became an obvious choice on many occasions. They were quick, professional, friendly, and everything came the way we wanted it. They add a $5 delivery fee, and gratuity is included. It's worth it when you want to enjoy a 5 star meal in the comfort of your bed.
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