All I can say is bravo to the new owners of the previously named Da' Kitchen, which has been featured on numerous travel shows in the past. The name has changed to The Blue Lagoon but more importantly, the food has had an very good upgrade. This spot has been a local favorite for years due to it's traditional hawaiian foods. And we loved it cause we grew up with it. But I can honestly admit that the new owners have done it WAY better, where I once went out of tradition I now go cause I crave the food. So if you are wanting a taste of traditional Hawaiian food you gotta check it out. Everything tastes fresh and vibrant instead of heavy, greasy and old fashion, like much of the traditional food found on the island.
The retaurant is located in the heart of Lahina on Front St, right across from the world renowned Banyan tree. Still, I will admit it's sort of in a weird spot as it's lower than street level on the first floor of an open air shopping center so no great views. But you are just steps away from Front st so somehow you still feel like you're in the mix and it works. It's a perfect spot to grab lunch, dinner, or a cocktail at their very friendly and inviting bar, while shopping and strolling through Lahaina. The staff were friendly and attentive too, which I must say is also a change from the previous owners and employees. And you probably will get to see the new owners, there as well, either cooking in the kitchen or bartending, which is kind of cool I think. It just shows they really care about their restaurant and are serious about it's success. And it shows in the food.
So while eating at the old Da'Kitchen use to be a tradition for me every time I returned home to Maui, now I just gotta eat at the Blue Lagoon at least once, if not more that once, on every visit home.
Oh and my favorite thing on the menu is the Lau Lau. I get the traditional Luau meal with all the side dishes. My hubby loves the Kalua Pork and I mean he craves the stuff. So Thanks to the new owners for making a good thing so much better. :)