Ekolu Kitchen 1279 – Kihei, Maui, HI

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Ekolu Kitchen Happy Hour Kihei Maui HI

Happy Hour at Ekolu Kitchen 1279 – Kihei, Maui, HI

Published 4/9/2024 by the Maui Happy Hours team

Happy Hour at Ekolu Kitchen Maui 3pm-5pm Daily (Closed Tuesdays)

  • All Craft Cocktails $2 Off
  • All Draft Beers $5
  • 50% Off Select Wines
  • Gnocchi $7
  • Calamari Katsu $8
  • Mini Arugula Salad $6
  • Chefs Happy Hour Special (Prices Varies)

Iwa Bird Special at Ekolu Kitchen 1279 5pm-5:30pm

  • Our version of the early bird special features 50% off select items from the dinner menu from 5pm-5:30pm daily (closed Tuesdays).

Live Music at Ekolu Kitchen Maui

  • Enjoy live music by local Maui musicians nightly at 7pm

Ekolu Kitchen 1279 Address, Phone, Hours, and Website

Address: 1279 S Kihei Rd #201, Kihei, HI 96753, United States

Phone: (808) 793-3333

Hours: Lunch 11am – 3pm, Happy Hour 3pm – 5pm, Dinner 5pm – 9:30pm, Closed on Tuesdays


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Culinary Delights at Ekolu Kitchen 1279: A Taste of Kihei’s Finest

Tucked away in the heart of Kihei, HI, Ekolu Kitchen 1279 has quickly become a must-visit dining destination for both locals and tourists alike. Situated at 1279 S Kihei Rd #201, within the Azeka Shopping Center (Mauka), this restaurant offers a unique culinary experience that draws from the rich tapestry of local and seasonal ingredients to create a menu that’s both innovative and comforting.

Ekolu Kitchen 1279 specializes in a fusion of flavors that cater to a wide range of palates, with a particular emphasis on contemporary Hawaiian and American cuisine. The menu is a testament to the kitchen’s creativity and commitment to quality, featuring a variety of dishes that range from hot sandwiches and homemade desserts to an expansive dinner selection including starters, island-farmed greens, brick oven roasted flatbreads, pastas, fish, and meats.

The atmosphere at Ekolu Kitchen 1279 is designed to complement the food, offering diners an intimate, romantic, and upscale dining experience. The decor is carefully curated to create a warm and welcoming environment, making it an ideal spot for both casual dinners and special occasions. Despite its elegance, the restaurant maintains a moderate noise level, ensuring that it remains a place where conversation can flow freely.

Customer reviews highlight the exceptional service, with guests praising the attentive and engaging staff. The Reuben sandwich and the fries, as well as the grilled Caesar Salad, are frequently mentioned as favorites, alongside the Hunter Style Beef Stew and the Margherita Flatbread Pizza. These glowing testimonials underscore the restaurant’s ability to deliver both on the culinary front and in creating a memorable dining experience.

In summary, Ekolu Kitchen 1279 stands out as a beacon of culinary excellence in Kihei, HI. Its blend of innovative dishes, a welcoming atmosphere, and stellar service make it a top choice for anyone looking to enjoy a memorable meal in Maui. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the island, Ekolu Kitchen 1279 promises an experience that’s both delightful and distinctly Hawaiian.

Happy Hour at Ekolu Kitchen 1279 is from 3pm-5pm daily and features discounted food and drinks.

Reviews from Ekolu Kitchen Maui Happy Hour Patrons

“You MUST eat here at least once while in Kihei! A great atmosphere and warm welcome starts off the experience. Followed by excellent, attentive service from Hoku and the team. House made bread and butter and plenty of ice water with lemon arrive immediately. Then comes the incredible food. You can taste the love in every bite! Inspired dishes with fresh ingredients and amazing flavors. We ate it all up before I took any pictures but it was the best dinner we’ve had on Maui during our stay.

We started with the fire roasted Brussels sprouts and then shared the chicken adobo. It was heaven on a plate. It arrived on 2 plates already split without us having to ask which was great for me because my husband eats faster so I still got my share! Happy Hour is from 3-5 and they also have an “Early Iwa Bird special” from 5-5:30 with dinner options at 50% off. Cant wait to come back to try more dishes.
BONUS points for LIVE music EVERY night from 7-9pm. So happy, so full and filled with Aloha spirit.”

Nancy M., April 2024

“Loved everything especially the food. Items I’d never eat makes me want to go back.”

Terilee K., February 2024

“Ducked in off the main road for a quick lunch at Ekolu Kitchen and boy were we surprised! Our drinks were amazing, and food delicious! For drinks we ordered the Aphrodite Elixir for my partner and Iwa Bird for me. Both were incredible, but I ordered a second Elixir for me. We’re going to try our damnedest to recreate that drink when we get home. I can’t think of a better way to make use of Hendrix Gin.

As for the meals, we ordered the Quinoa Chopped Salad with additional Seared Ahi Tuna, and the Raging Pig consisting of barbecue ribs, fries and salad. The salad was delicious and fresh, and ahi tuna seared to perfection. As for the ribs of the Raging Pig, the meat fell off the bone and melted in your mouth, and I am absolutely serious. Probably… no CERTAINLY… the best ribs I ever had.

The staff was really friendly, and our outside dining was very relaxing and comfortable. This was the perfect place to stop for a bite at the end of our Maui excursion. We would definitely go out of our way to eat here again. We’re going to be talking about those drinks for years to come. Paradise in a glass!”

Allan A., February 2024

“An amazing location with wonderful food, dog friendly (patio), great drinks and friendly staff. Try the brussel sprouts. It’s the only place I’ve ever liked them.”

Josh B., February 2024

“SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!! This is by far the BEST gnocchi I have ever had, and I lived in Italy for 5 years!!! It is also the best carbonara sauce ever… period!!!! The Kula Mist is a very good cocktail with a little fun added in… trust me! Order it! The free bread is also amazing!

Crispy on the outside and super soft inside! Just like me!! 🙂 Service was amazing from the bar staff to the wait staff and the manager who stopped by to see how everything was! It’s the only restaurant in Maui that we doubled back for in the 2 weeks we were here! I wish I could leave a higher star review! Try it!! You will love it!!!”

Michelle M., February 2024

“Wow…this place was off the hook. Got there and seated. Drink orders taken while we browsed the menu. We ended up ordering a couple apps and main dishes to share family style. My wife loved her ratatouille pizza with the roasted veggies and greens. My faves was the gnocchi and rigatoncini.

The crispy gnocchi came out and we got directed to break the perfectly cooked soft egg and mix everything. Oh…my…it was so ono! Best part of the meal was the rigatoncini. It had great flavor and the pasta was cooked to a perfect chew. To top it all off…half off all wines at 5:30p. Can’t go wrong with this place! Stop by…you won’t be disappointed.”

Shane A., January 2024

“Excellent service from the moment we set for inside until the last aloha on the way out. The hostess oriented us very well and took our order, there was water at our table immediately, and drinks were there in minutes. The food, oh my. My wife and I both think the Rueben was the best we’ve ever had and the fries were perfect. We shared that and the grilled Cesar Salad which was excellent as well. Wish we lived here, it would be a regular for us.”

Peter E., January 2024

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