Show 528, June 3, 2023: Napua Restaurant at Mauna Lani Beach Club, Waikoloa Village, The Big Island of Hawaii

Brandon Lee of Napua Restaurant

Hidden away inches from the sand, overlooking the gorgeous Makaiwa Bay and historic Kalahuipuaʻa fishponds you will find Napua Restaurant (open daily for Lunch and Dinner) at the Mauna Lani Beach Club. “Owners Brandon and Chef Keoni (Brothers-in Law) strive to bring back the nostalgia of old Hawaii with new techniques and a fresh twists on the classics. With a true farm-to-table concept the restaurant offers dishes sourced directly from Kaunamano Farms (owned and operated by Brandon and Chef Keoni) and other small local farmers in order to perpetuate a more sustainable Hawaii.” Think farm-raised pork from pampered Berkshire pigs. Experience their Hawaii which is a memorable contrast to dining at the exclusive, high-end restaurants at the nearby Kohala Coast destination resorts.

“At one time, Napua was a private club for homeowners within the Mauna Lani Resort, and exclusive access was provided as a benefit to them. Now, the resort security gate is open to the public at 5 p.m. when the restaurant is open, and beach and restaurant parking is limited to homeowners during the day.”

“For Lunch, daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. parking is at the Kalahuipuaa Historic Park on Pauoa Rd. across from the Mauna Lani Spa & Fitness Center. The restaurant is a short walk away along the beachfront and historic fishponds of Kalahuipuaa, and it’s the perfect way to whet your appetite as this area was once used to cultivate fish for the alii, or the rulers of the land. Sunset cocktails and dinner are served from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is accessible by car from the end of South Kaniku Drive with complimentary parking and a breathtaking ocean view.”

Joining us from Napua is Co-owner (and Farmer) Brandon Lee.