Maui Chefs Mike and Dana of Cafe O’lei

Maui Chefs Mike and Dana of Cafe O’lei 

The most popular restaurants serving Maui’s local community and those return visitors in the know are part of the Cafe O’Lei family, owned and operated by two dedicated chefs Dana and Michael Pastula. Cafe O’Lei restaurants are located in Kihei, Kahului and also Makawao.

After many years working as a chef for Hyatt and Sheraton hotels, Chef Mike moved his family to Hawaii and began to work for local companies such as The Lodge at Koele in Lanai, Aston Resorts and Outrigger Resorts Hawaii then finally joining Dana to open their own restaurants. Dana brought her food and beverage experience from Hyatt, Manele Bay Resort and Wailea Four Seasons Resort. Their collaboration has proved to be the magic touch in cooking and welcoming guests from Maui and all over the world!

As the newest restaurant of the Cafe O’Lei family ‘ami ‘ami is an open air restaurant featuring contemporary design. Here you will find delicious breakfast and dinners served daily to both locals and Maui visitors. Some of the most popular breakfast items include Banana’s Foster Pancakes, Kalua Pork Hash and Eggs and a local style Loco Moco! Dinner features creative comfort food, Jidori Chicken, Braised Shortribs, Steaks and Seafood. The bar offers great martinis and original cocktails.

Next door is the casual Kamaole Poolside Cafe, a secret locals keep to themselves! Serving a great lunch and dinner with a popular happy hour and live local music nightly. After a hot afternoon in the sun, Kamaole Poolside offers a perfect end to your day. Enjoy the fun atmosphere while sipping on a local brew and soaking good music and the aloha spirit.

Be sure to visit all of the Cafe O’Lei Restaurants while on Maui. You can catch them in Kihei and Kahului at Cafe O’Lei or while driving through beautiful upcountry at Makawao Steak House. For more information see them online at or call 808.875.7522.