Successful Maui restaurateur Chris Kaiwi has never been one to just sit back and do the same old thing. He loves to share what’s new, shake things up, get people excited—and with the opening of his new restaurant Taverna, he’s created another winner.
Let’s just say Chris knows Kapalua pretty well. He’s the former longtime managing partner for Pineapple Grill, and general manager/managing partner for Plantation House. With more than 30 years of restaurant management experience behind him, he tends to bring success wherever he goes. During his 10 years at Pineapple Grill, the restaurant won multiple awards including “Restaurant of the Year” from Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine, and “Best Wine List” from Wine Spectator Magazine for seven years running. His understanding of the Kapalua Resort clientele and his ability to respond to trends in the industry led to the development and acclaim of these popular venues, and serves Taverna well.
Prior to his years at Kapalua Resort, Chris spent more than a decade with TS and Chart House Restaurants, managing multiple restaurants in both Hawai‘i and California. No matter the location, Chris understands the value of assembling a top-notch team that truly loves to make customers happy.
Born and raised in Kailua, O‘ahu, Chris brings plenty of aloha to his hands-on management style, and this positive vibe is reflected in the dedication and work ethic of his Taverna staff.
In his work and travels around the world, Chef Roger Stettler has excelled in many types of cuisine, from Korean to Caribbean. But to create the menu for Taverna Italian Eatery, he’s thrilled to return to his European heritage. Born in Bern, Switzerland, Chef Roger was inspired by his Italian mother and classically trained in French cooking. He earned a chef degree after completing the apprenticeship program at Switzerland’s prestigious Hotel Kulm Arosa and went on to serve as Executive Chef in five-star hotels in Thailand, Singapore and the Virgin Islands.
In 2004, the same year he was given his Certified Master Chef degree by the Swiss government, Chef Roger arrived on Maui. At the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea, he launched a 10-year career as Executive Chef that brought him well-deserved recognition. In 2012, he was named “Chef of the Year” by Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine and given Maui Culinary Academy’s highest honor as a “Culinary Arts Ambassador” for his tireless work with students.
Chef Roger’s dedication to the community includes his goal to source local ingredients whenever possible. His homey Italian menu is a big part of why Taverna provides such a warm and welcoming environment for both Maui residents and visitors.
Opened in March 2016, Taverna Italian Eatery was created to be a gathering place. A place where longtime residents, returning guests and first-time visitors could come together and relax and enjoy the beauty of Maui’s mountains and sea, and feed their bodies and spirits with Italian cuisine created from fresh ingredients by an innovative and renowned Chef.
Pleasing to the eye and the palate; comfortable for the body and yes, the pocketbook; heartening to the soul. Join us for fresh house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and other favorite Italian dishes in our lovely and rustic open air restaurant. Or enjoy a meal outside on the spacious patio with views extending across the greens to the ocean, and up into Mauna Kahalawai, the West Maui Mountains.
At night, flickering tiki torches lend a tropical glow to the warm darkness as you linger over a favorite beverage…maybe a refreshing craft cocktail, one of our locally brewed cold beers on tap, or a glass of Italian wine from our popular Wines by the Glass program. Our sleek, concrete-top bar offers 32 bar chairs and is the perfect place to meet a friend or watch the game.
Welcoming, delicious and comfortable any time of day—from the heart of Kapalua, we invite you to join us at Taverna…
Taverna is open daily for dinner from 5:30 pm to close.
The restaurant is located at 2000 Village Road in Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii
Please call us for reservation of more then 5 people at (808) 667-CIAO (2426).