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“Hula Honeys and good food,whats not to like?”
Review of Hana Hou Cafe - CLOSED

Hana Hou Cafe
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kokomo & Haiku Rd
Transit: Tour buses, Maui Shuttle bus, Taxi
Reviewed December 18, 2013

It's a MUST do on Maui,a trip to Haiku and dine at Hana Hou on monday nights listening to the Hula Honey's,great ambiance,tropical motif and good food and service! If you want a 5 star experience,this is not the place,but a great value and a wonderful evening experience in paradise!

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Thank Opunohu Bay M
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Oh my! Truly outstanding food,and warm, friendly service, with beautiful music to enjoy it all by! We heard the food was very good and so we dropped in to check it out since it was literally down the street from our inn in Haiku, Maui. We were delighted to find a perfect spot with an lovely outdoor patio surrounded by lush tropical foliage, which belied the fact that it was smack in the middle of a rather nondescript strip mall sort of place. First, the pumpkin curry coconut soup was to die for! Then, the steak with chimichurri sauce was over the top, prepared exact,y to our request! Exquisite! We were thoroughly entertained by the delightful and talented Meaghan Owens and her able accompanist on the mandolin and violin! Another perfect and memorable Maui night for us in 'upcountry'!

1  Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

This is a place we have tried hard to like.It does have a certain charm but a number of things have let it down. We have been there twice over the past couple of weeks. On the first occasion the food was not good. I ordered a chicken curry which arrived hardly warm and more like a coconut chicken soup. It did not have much spice or flavor. The Monday night entertainment was fun.
We also went to the noveau Beaujolais event, a fixed price, limited menu of special dishes. Ours took forever to arrive which made little sense because the kitchen presumably had the dishes prepared. I has rack of lamb and my wife had coq au vin. It was not bad, but again served barely warm. The desserts however were excellent, the crepe Normandie was very good but the enjoyment was reduced by having to wait so long, having the entertainment quit and the place clear out around us.
The service was attentive but could not make up for the other problems.
We will not be going back on future trips.

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Thank rl2896
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

We lunched on the semi-enclosed outdoor terrace during intermittent rain and never felt more tropical. Th bananas on the trees next to us just added atmosphere. Laurent the owner was personable and funny. We had a Hawaiian pork plate ($13) fish tacos ($12) and Chicken curry ($12) which came with mac salad and rice. The food was very good, spiced perfectly to order. Service great but then again, there were only 2-4 tables in use on a rainy weekday. Desserts of hot apple tart and Lilikoi cheesecake were ample, fresh and tasty. We took our time and were never rushed. The check of about $20 each (no drinks, two coffees) seemed a little high for lunch at an off-beach downtown location, but not a deal breaker. Evenings with a wide assortment of live music might be very cool. Laurent suggested reservations if going for dinner. There's no breakfast or lunch on Tuesday and music is every eve except Sun. and Tues. We'll go back with our local friends as an alternative to the wonderful, but very pricey, General Store in nearby Hali'imaile.

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Thank notpassive
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We expected more of this local café, based on reviews and local advice, and it didn't measure up. First, we waited a long time to get our drinks, which were just wine and we were next to the bar. Then, our appetizers took 30 minutes--in fact, the second one, a beet salad, never came and we just canceled it. Then the special fish mahi mahi came less than luke warm--the cream sauce was good but the fish was just so so. For $28.95 this was not worth it. The Hawaiian plate was basic and ok, but some of the pork in the Lau Lau was overcooked. The steak a la plancha was good--local Hawaiian beef. The French press coffee and the cheesecake were excellent.

We were seated inside and couldn't see the musicians but could still hear them. We were expecting some hula dancing--there was just one, done by one of the musicians and not even in Hawaiian dress.

So was I disappointed? Yes.

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Thank cfuller603
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