Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui, Hawaii has revealed the reimagined signature dining concept, Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, as part of the revitalisation of five food and beverage venues to date. Fittingly named after the Hawaiʻi state fish, Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa opens to the public with a fully redesigned space and menu, brimming with the world’s finest seafood, innovative cocktails, and an artfully curated wine list, set amidst stunning ocean views.
“We’re thrilled to invite guests to experience the new look and feel of Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, as well as innovative dishes from our talented Executive Chef Ryan Urig,” says JP Oliver, Managing Director, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
“As our resort’s flagship dining venue, Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa embodies our focus on the harmony between nature, culture and contemporary luxury, which makes it perfect for Grand Wailea’s next era.”
Pairing classic Hawaiian charm with vintage Beaux-Arts style, the new Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa reflects the beauty of the island with eclectic touches. Recreated by Tihany Design, the studio leading Grand Wailea’s revitalised spaces to date, the immersive restaurant and lounge features an eye-catching circular aquarium that doubles as the bar top, a captivating fixture unlike any other in the Hawaiian Islands. The essence of the region’s majestic waters is captured through three new art installations, adding a layer of depth to the dining room, while a rich palette of vivid hues evokes the Maui sunset, complementing textured materials like bamboo, wicker and metal mesh, which blend traditional fishing elements with luxurious touches to create a refined bar setting.
“Reimagining an iconic dining venue like Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa is never an easy feat, which is why we were meticulous in our approach to every detail, from the decor, table settings and wine vessels, to each and every item on our menu,” says Ryan Urig, Executive Chef, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
“We’re incredibly excited to unveil the new Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa, and look forward to working with sustainable partners like Tropic Fish Maui’s Hawaiʻi Pelagic fisheries and Petrossian caviar as part of our ongoing sustainability program.”
Featured menu items at Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa include bone-in shitome, plated with beluga lentils and shiso curry chermoula, halibut cheek with kabocha squash and coconut mint chutney, and elevated à la carte bites such as half-shell oysters adorned with custom caviar and succulent razor clams.
Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa offers a tailored guest experience with signature services and rituals, such as a customisable “seacuterie” offering with a variety of vegetables, housemade seasonal jams, grilled bread, and local butter with Maui sea salt. Behind the expansive display case, an oyster sommelier provides recommendations to suit every taste, and orders of prawns are served tableside on hot lava rock.
The new concept is the next installment of ownership group Blackstone’s investment in the multi-phased revitalisation of Grand Wailea’s food and beverage offerings, including Botero Lounge at the heart of the resort, coastal Italian concept Olivine, ocean-view brunch destination ‘Ikena, and artisanal café-market Loulu, with additional venues slated to debut in 2025.
Humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa is available for dinner from 5 pm – 9 pm. Walk-ins are welcome; however, reservations are encouraged and can be made at grandwailea.com/dine/humuhumunukunukuapuaa.