Nani Mau reopening with reservation-only buffet on Feb. 3

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Tables are separated more than six feet in preparation for the buffet reopening at Paʻina at Nani Mau Gardens on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The buffet is ready to be used at Paʻina at Nani Mau Gardens on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Paina at Nani Mau Gardens will open for buffet reservations on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

After almost one year of closure, Nani Mau Restaurant and Garden will open a buffet beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The restaurant, which is normally used for banquet and private events, will use its dining room and outdoor seating for the buffet.


“When push came to shove, we realized we had to recreate what we’re known for in a way that is COVID-19 safe,” said general manager Mark Mattos. “This is a new concept for us. We have a new chef on board, and we’re excited to see how it goes.”

To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, Nani Mau will allow patrons to go up to the buffet from one table at a time. Masks will be required each time a person leaves their table, and some tables have been removed to accommodate social distancing standards.

“I think we have a great environment that can service indoor and outdoor dining, which sets us apart,” Mattos said. “We received approval from the Department of Health and have a safe plan in place.”

The Paina Buffet at Nani Mau will offer options in Asian fusion, Mediterranean grill, paniolo barbecue and island flavors. There also will be a carving station in the buffet line, as well as beverage service and desserts brought to the table.

Nani Mau also is offering add-on grilled seafood options, which will be an extra cost.

People interested in dining at the Paina Buffet at Nani Mau are required to make a reservation beforehand. The restaurant will operate Wednesdays to Saturdays.

The restaurant will be open on Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Sunday.


“We have ambitious ideas, like a Sunday brunch, but we want to see how it goes first,” Mattos said. “We have nothing but space here.”

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