Two celebrated chefs in Hawaii, Anthony Rush and Chris Kajioka, have announced the details behind their new restaurant at Hotel Wailea.
Ondine, which will be the pair’s second location in Hawaii, is slated to open in 2018. Rush and Kajioka opened Senia, their first Honolulu restaurant, in December 2016 to international acclaim, garnering James Beard Award nominations and the title "Hawaii's hottest new restaurant" from Food & Wine Magazine.
Ondine, the new restaurant concept, will spotlight three distinct features: a private yet interactive chef's kitchen with a tasting counter for small groups of six to 20 people; a garden terrace with a view overlooking the kitchen; and a treehouse private dining experience for intimate groups of eight.
Along with Hotel Wailea's Maui-born chef de cuisine Zach Sato, executive chefs Chris and Anthony will be searching for new culinary talent for the project, drawing from the island of Maui and kitchens across the country. Their new menu will focus on Maui regional ingredients with exclusive farming relationships to their kitchen.
"This exciting collaboration is part of Hotel Wailea's ongoing strategy to join forces with renowned chefs who embody Relais & Châteaux's commitment to culinary excellence and unwavering attention to detail, delivered in a comfortable dining setting overlooking three Hawaiian Islands," said Jonathan McManus, owner of Hotel Wailea.
Hotel Wailea's existing restaurant will undergo a complete redesign in the spring 2018 to give way to Ondine, which is projected to open in the fall of next year.
Hotel Wailea just finished a $15 million renovation in January of 2015, redesigning 72 suites and adding a new resort pool with residential-style cabanas and an apothecary style pool bar.