Kolea was a dinner restaurant that opened in February 2017 and closed just three months later. It was in the former Roy’s location, upstairs in the Kahana Gateway center, north of Kaanapali and Lahaina, on the west side of Maui, at 4405 Honoapiilani Highway, phone 808-985-5568.
Kolea had wonderful preparations of Southeast Asian, Malaysian and Pacific Rim foods that you won’t find anywhere else in Maui. They featured small plates, so you can try several of these unique dishes at one dinner. The restaurant used locally sourced ingredients such as Kauai-grown prawns and Maui-raised beef. The Kolea menu included saucy curries, spicy noodles and fresh salads. Although the atmosphere was fine dining, the prices were between inexpensive and low-moderate for Maui, so local residents as well as visitors enjoyed eating here.
The Kolea menu is divided into six sections: Pupus (appetizers), Salads, Soups & Noodles, Plates, Sides, and Desserts. (Details of each section are below.) My two favorite appetizers are the crispy chicken wings and the steak satay. My favorite main dish is the chicken potato coconut curry, and my wife’s is the chow fun mushroom & noodle soup. But there are plenty of other yummy things to try here. I suggest you and your dining companion try at least one item from each of the six sections of the menu.
The owners who manage Kolea are Alison Isabelle and Adam Fuderer, the sister and brother team who own and run Slappy Cakes, a fun breakfast restaurant that is also on the west side of Maui. Adam got ideas for the great foods at Kolea when he was traveling in Asia franchising Slappy Cakes.
Kolea had some of Maui’s tastiest food.
See below for Kolea menu list and food photos.
For reviews, menus, photos of other restaurants on this side of Maui see West Maui restaurants.
Kolea Maui menu (subject to change) $$ Moderate
Wok Fried Prawns
Prawns, green sambal, red chili oil, fried garlic
Crispy chicken wings, garlic chili sauce
Spiced chicken and potato curry puff
Steak, chicken, or tako (octopus)
Kula greens, curried pickles, mint, fried shallot, lime
Maui cucumber, shallots, spicy sambal dressing, cilantro
Pickled green mango, cabbage, carrot, cilantro, crushed peanut, nuoc cham
Coconut Pandan Rice
Green or Red Sambal
Kolea menu continued
Soup & Noodles
Bak Kut Teh
Duroc pork ribs, fragrant pork broth, enoki mushrooms, napa cabbage, tofu puffs, dark soy chilies
Spicy coconut broth, rice noodles, Kauai prawns, chicken, fried shallot, poached egg
Charred tomato-lemongrass broth, gai lan, big island hamkua mushroom, fried garlic, thai basil, cilantro
Prawn & pineapple curry
Chicken, potato, coconut curry
Spicy Thai basil pork, poached egg
Crispy soft-shell crab, spicy dan dan sauce
Spicy hanger steak curry
Kolea Maui photos
Laksa (see ingredients in menu list above):
Karipap (see ingredients in menu list above):
Wok fried prawns:
Bak Kut Teh (see ingredients in menu list above):
Chicken and steak satays: