Kā‘anapali, Makaīwa, Maui
The idea behind this renovation was to not only pay homage to the existing structure, and the physical character of the restaurant, but also to tie the story back to the land. Local patrons saw this as Aunty Leilani’s home.
Built from heavy timbers, the post-and-beam structure had been added onto many times over the years to increase seating and enlarge their back of house operations. By 2017, the once simple beach side restaurant, was now split among five different levels, two different kitchens, a bar at the beach level, fine dining on the top floor, and a myriad of different private dining rooms.
The extensive renovation sought to not only clean up the layout but open the restaurant to the view. The levels were consolidated to three main elevations – the beach bar, the entry level, and the dining level. The beach bar was left mostly untouched, but the entry level, which contained the main kitchen, was enlarged internally to consolidate back-of-house spaces and create better circulation. The entrance was also extensively reworked, as previous additions had made it cramped and uninviting. The mural wall is a pixelated depiction of the West Maui mountains, rendered in teak tiles.