Some of the Best Things to Eat at Da Kitchen in Kahului

For great eats, hearty portions, and a relaxed, low-key atmosphere, look no further than Da Kitchen Cafe in Kahului, HI. This local go-to has become famous for its diverse, creative cuisine with an emphasis on traditional Hawaiian fare. It was even featured on Travel Channel’s The Bizarre Food Show and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on the Food Network! Whether you’re craving a grilled steak or fresh fish and seafood, Da Kitchen offers a unique dining experience you won’t want to miss. Here are some of their specialties.

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Indulge at Da Kitchen in Kahului, Maui

Loco Moco

No trip to the Rainbow State is complete without some loco moco! This contemporary Hawaiian dish consists of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. It’s one of the most popular meals in Hawaii and is on the menu at many Hawaiian restaurants on the mainland.

At Da Kitchen, guests can try some truly funky loco moco. We love Pele’s Chili Moco which adds a heaping portion of chili to the classic dish. Or try the Notorious B.I.G. Moco with chili, mushrooms, onions, spam, cheese, bacon, and Portuguese sausage. The Polynesian Paralysis Moco is another favorite, bursting with crispy fish tempura and scrumptious kalua pork. 

Plate Lunches

Da Kitchen is a great place to try the quintessential Hawaiian plate lunch. A standard plate lunch consists of two scoops of white rice, macaroni salad, and a protein such as teriyaki chicken, kalua pork, kalbi ribs, or Lau Lau. Choose your favorite and you’ll leave full and satisfied.

From the Sea

If you’re in the mood for something light, we recommend ordering one of the Cafe’s scrumptious seafood entrées. The Shoyu Ginger Opakapaka, or Hawaiian pink snapper, is always a hit. It’s drizzled with Ponzu sauce and served with mashed potatoes and a refreshing green salad. Or, try the Tempura Mahi Mahi, golden fried in zero trans fat oil with tartar sauce, rice, and salad. Yum!


Da Kitchen Cafe in Kahului is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can even visit Da Kitchen Express in Kihei, which serves breakfast from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch and dinner until 9 p.m. Feel free to dine in or call for takeout.

Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

After you’ve had your fill of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, take a short 10-minute drive back to our bed and breakfast. With luxurious amenities and beautiful views, our inn is the perfect place to relax and restore. We even offer a scrumptious homemade breakfast each morning! Let us know what you’re craving and we’ll tell you about the best must-visit restaurants on the island. We can’t wait to hear about your culinary adventures!

Looking for more local hotspots? Check out our ultimate Maui dining guide.