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“Twice Blessed”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Moana Bakery & Cafe - CLOSED

Moana Bakery & Cafe
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hana Highway
Transit: Bus - 35 - Haiku Islander. Get off in Paia and walk up Baldwin Avenue.
The Dalles, Oregon
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Twice Blessed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

When we made the loop Drive to Hana we started with breakfast at the Moana Café and ended with dinner there--blessing us twice in one day! Everything was very fresh and well prepared. The restaurant proudly creates entrees that feature locally grown or raised ingredients, and they have an excellent chef.
I had ribs done with a cinnamon/tamarind sauce that melted off the bone. The unique sauce was the perfect complement to the meat and didn't overpower it.
The next time we are in Maui, we will definitely eat here again.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Diane W
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Seoul, South Korea
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Delicious, Innovative food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

I've eaten here a few times now and it's my favorite place to eat in Paia. Their dinner meals kick butt! Fun appetizers and side dishes like seaweed salad. Killer local dish called Ulu luau which is like a mild coconut curry with breadfruit and taro leaves served with taro chips. Went for lunch and had bibimbap! Breakfast was lilikoi cream french toast! Yeah, it's pretty much the only place I eat out at in Paia. Almost forgot, the bartender gave me and my friend free second cocktails :)

Visited May 2013
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Thank wayguk
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Simi Valley, California
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Beautiful Presentation .... but ....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Stopped in to pick up some pastries for breakfast on our way back from Mama's fish House dinner around 7:30 p.m.. Restaurant is under new ownership (big banner out front). Not too many people inside dining and I had heard this place used to be very busy. Choose a raspberry chocolate pastry, a chocolate croissant, and a coconut filled pastry. The Pastries LOOKED delicious ..... but, when we had them in the morning with coffee, the chocolate croissant turned out to be a plain croissant with chocolate glaze on top. The coconut pastry (which I was really looking forward to) was dry with not very much filling - basically shredded coconut. The raspberry chocolate was the best of the bunch - what seemed like raspberry jam with small shreds of chocolate. Disappointing when the flavor does not live up to the presentation. Did not eat a meal here so can not comment of dining IN. Another night we ate at Paia Fish Market - which was packed - standing room only. Moana had 2 tables of people eating. We decided all those people must know something we don't. Would be interested to hear how dining here is with new owners. Pastry case was a disappointment.

  • Visited June 2013
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Pacifica, California, United States
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3 reviews
“Best Restaurant for Us on Maui”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

We are of moderate means and saying that this was our best meal while spending 14 days on Maui. Our breakfast, before starting our drive to Hana was superb but our dinner after returning was even better......candlelight, quiet, romantic and the food was sumptuously delicious. I am vegan and my wife is not, so we are pretty hard to please. But, we had a difficult time choosing our meal from the menu because there was so much we thought we would like, especially after seeing what was being served to tables nearby.

We tried to get back later in the week, but didn't time it right because they were closed for dinner on Sunday and Monday......boohoo!

We spent 2-3X more at other restaurants but nothing came close to the culinary delights we experienced at Moana Bakery and Cafe.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Norman S
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North Pole, AK
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85 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Beautiful Wedding Cake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

I worked with Yulie and Marnel at the bakery for a wedding cake to be delivered at Makawao Union Church. The cake tasted as good as it was beautiful. The rest of the staff couldn't have been nicer. When my husband and I went to the cafe to arrange final payment of the cake, the pastry cooler had amazing items on display and heard some patrons talking about which ones they were going to try this time.

Visited June 2013
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