5 must-try local dishes at Mahiai Table

At Foodland Farms' first in-store restaurant, you'll find a variety of locally sourced dishes on the menu


It’s easy to support local farms when you shop and dine at Foodland Farms Ka Makana Alii. Located at The Grove at Ka Makana Alii, this newest Foodland Farms store boasts a large range of Hawaii-grown, Hawaii-raised and Hawaii-made products and ingredients. Just walk through the store’s produce department and you’ll see a wide variety of locally grown produce from MAO Organic Farms, Ho Farms, Sumida Watercress Farm, Mari’s Gardens, Kahanu Aina Greens and more.

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You’ll also notice a smorgasbord of locally sourced dishes at Mahiai Table, Foodland Farms’ first in-store, full-service restaurant and bar. Mahiai means “farmer” or “farming” in Hawaiian, and the restaurant celebrates Hawaii’s farmers by featuring a mouthwatering menu of farm-to-table dishes. Many of these dishes boast unique flavor combinations and twists on local favorites. For instance: Mahiai Table’s beef luau appetizer features slow-braised short ribs, luau leaf, Ho Farms lomi tomato and tomato water, while the restaurant’s grilled local fish entrée is served on a bed of flavorful, refreshing Ewa corn succotash.

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“Drawing inspiration from Hawaii’s sugar plantation days, which were rooted in deep connections to the land through generations of farming and agriculture, Mahiai Table pays homage to our state’s extraordinary local farmers, researchers, purveyors and food producers,” says Foodland chief food officer Keoni Chang. “Our Mahiai Table team is fortunate to be able to source the bounty of fresh ingredients we serve to our guests right here in our backyard.”

For a limited time, Mahiai Table is offering an exclusive discount to Frolic readers: One free dessert with purchase of any entrée. Yes, those malassada cruellers and ube pie are calling your name! This offer is valid from July 29 thru Aug. 9, 2020. Limit one dessert per order; you must show this post to redeem the offer.

Scroll below for a taste of Mahiai Table’s menu and the dishes that feature local farmers.

Hawaii Meats Beef Burger

MAO Farms sassy mix, Sweet Land Farm gouda, onion and cremini mushroom marmalade, La Tour Bakehouse potato bun, whole grain mustard aioli
  • Beef — Hawaii Meats
  • Sassy mix greens — MAO Farms
  • Cheese — Sweet Land Farms
  • Potato bun — La Tour Bakehouse
  • Available during brunch, lunch and dinner

Grilled Kauai Prawns

Served with soba noodles and Kaffir lime broth
  • Prawns — Kauai Prawns
  • Lemongrass — Ho Farms
  • Micro greens — Ululoa Nursery
  • Available during lunch only

Hamakua Farms Alii Mushroom Pizza

Arugula, broccolini, garlic confit, Sweet Land Farm gouda, preserved lemon rind 
  • Alii Mushroom — Hamakua Heritage Farm
  • Cheese — Sweet Land Farms
  • Spigarello — Ho Farms
  • Available during brunch, lunch and dinner

Pono Pork Chop

Served with twice-fried potatoes, brussels sprouts and Maui Gold pineapple mostarda
  • Pork — Pono Pork
  • Pineapple — Maui Gold
  • Available during dinner only

Avocado Mash

  • Pea sprouts — Mari’s Gardens
  • Radishes — MAO Farms
  • Tomatoes — Ho Farms
  • Sprouted wheat berry toast — La Tour Bakehouse
  • Available during brunch only

Foodland Farms Ka Makana Alii
91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy.
Daily 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; last restaurant seating at 8 p.m.