Da Kitchen’s first location was established in November of 1998 in Kihei, on the Island of Maui. In 2000 we ventured into opening our Kahului location, where we took the typical plate lunch, which is traditionally served in a take out container, to the next level and opened our first full service restaurant. The name Da Kitchen translates from Hawaiian slang/pidgin to “The Kitchen”.
Da Kitchen is well known for its creative diverse cuisine with an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian food. The menu incorporates both traditional classic Local and Hawaiian favorites, which is inspired by the different ethnic groups established in the islands of Hawaii. The owners founded the restaurant with no previous restaurant or culinary experience.
Da Kitchen was honored to cook at the Inaugural Luau in Washington D.C. during the Election of President Obama and has been featured on The Food Network Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and the Travel Channel Bizarre Food Show and Man v. Food. Da Kitchen was also acknowledged as Restaurant Award Winner of the prestigious Ilima Award, Hale Aina Award and Aipono Awards.
Da Kitchen is committed to building and maintaining a strong, people-focused culture. We are more than a group of restaurants dedicated to quality food and exemplary service. We are a group of individuals committed to the common goal of providing an experience for our guests and ourselves, elevating the standards and expectations of the restaurant industry and developing a secure and ideal work environment. We strive to be more than another plate lunch place. Our core values have been forged over a 20 plus-year history. We look to these values as we endeavor to deliver on Da Kitchen’s core purpose – To not only feed, but satisfy everyone we serve.