Moana Bakery & Cafe

★★★☆☆

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I too made the mistake of going to this place. Ask anyone in town (I have now that I have been there) these people are awful and their food is worse. My friends played a show there- even they don't want to go back. Check out Flatbread or the fish house on the corner for much better food and infinitely better service (all I can think is that the people who work there eat the food too much- how about a smile someone? or at least just don't be rude- everyone serving here acts like their daddy owns the place).

Good heads up on the peanut oil (see review below) by the way- its amazing they do that- its like they are trying to make people sick- or they just don't care.

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★☆☆☆☆

I too made the mistake of going to this place. Ask anyone in town (I have now that I have been there) these people are awful and their food is worse. My friends played a show there- even they don't want to go back. Check out Flatbread or the fish house on the corner for much better food and infinitely better service (all I can think is that the people who work there eat the food too much- how about a smile someone? or at least just don't be rude- everyone serving here acts like their daddy owns the place).

Good heads up on the peanut oil (see review below) by the way- its amazing they do that- its like they are trying to make people sick- or they just don't care.

Pros: Plenty of room to move around- no one eats here

Cons: the food, service and ambience are all terrible

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I went to Moana a few days ago for "happy" hour and had the worst restaurant experience- ever!!

The staff was rude and knew almost nothing about their menu (which is interesting since the chef/owner said my waitress was "one of his best").

The food is dangerous- I mean who cooks in peanut oil especially without telling anyone? We are in Hawaii- use coconut oil (best and healthiest) or canola oil for cooking. Peanut oil is so toxic manufacturers of packaged goods are actually required to state if their products are processed in facilities that process peanuts. This "international" chef (who makes a very "fishy" tasting piece of fish by the way) really should be aware of this and change his practices immediately.

The baked goods are more expensive and made with inferior ingredients compared to Manna foods right down the street. The decor is ok but you are better off eating outside at Milagros or at the Flatbread restaurant. The fish house on the corner tastes so much better, uses far superior ingredients and gives much MUCH better portions. Why would anyone ever go to Moana?

I agree with the last review. The only resason to Patronize this horrendous establishment is if your friend is playing there.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to Moana a few days ago for "happy" hour and had the worst restaurant experience- ever!!

The staff was rude and knew almost nothing about their menu (which is interesting since the chef/owner said my waitress was "one of his best").

The food is dangerous- I mean who cooks in peanut oil especially without telling anyone? We are in Hawaii- use coconut oil (best and healthiest) or canola oil for cooking. Peanut oil is so toxic manufacturers of packaged goods are actually required to state if their products are processed in facilities that process peanuts. This "international" chef (who makes a very "fishy" tasting piece of fish by the way) really should be aware of this and change his practices immediately.

The baked goods are more expensive and made with inferior ingredients compared to Manna foods right down the street. The decor is ok but you are better off eating outside at Milagros or at the Flatbread restaurant. The fish house on the corner tastes so much better, uses far superior ingredients and gives much MUCH better portions. Why would anyone ever go to Moana?

I agree with the last review. The only resason to Patronize this horrendous establishment is if your friend is playing there.

Pros: You don't have to eat there

Cons: You may accidentally end up here

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I am amazed anyone could write a good review of this place. I live in Paia and I have never seen a crowd there and now I know why. The food quality is inferior at best and the staff is extremely lethargic (probably from eating the baked goods).
Anyone visiting Paia looking for baked goods is much better off going down the street to Mana foods where everything is made with superior, natural or organic ingrediants and is cheaper than the chemical and conventional dairy garbage they peddle at Moana.

People should also be very careful eating at Moana as they use toxic (and cheap) peanut oil in all of their dishes (yes even the "steamed fish"). It is really unbelievable that they do not even state this on the menu as such a large portion of the population is allergic to peanut (all packaged goods sold in this country must reveal if they are even processed in the same facility as peanuts).

The staff is uninformed and uncaring about their products. My wife asked the woman behind the counter if the coffe is organic to which she replied "it probably is" (it isn't by the way) and our waitress was not informed and completely unhelpful on the lunch menu as "she normally works nights". Either person could be forgiven if they had at least had a positive or friendly attitude but they most certainly did not.

We had walked by the cafe so many times and never felt attracted to go inside. When we finally did, we realized- our instincts were right. There is a reason this nice room is so underutilized and almost never crowded. If your friend is performing there stop by and have a listen but drink and eat at your own risk.

Have a happy and healthy day (somewhere besides Moana cafe : ).

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★☆☆☆☆

I am amazed anyone could write a good review of this place. I live in Paia and I have never seen a crowd there and now I know why. The food quality is inferior at best and the staff is extremely lethargic (probably from eating the baked goods).
Anyone visiting Paia looking for baked goods is much better off going down the street to Mana foods where everything is made with superior, natural or organic ingrediants and is cheaper than the chemical and conventional dairy garbage they peddle at Moana.

People should also be very careful eating at Moana as they use toxic (and cheap) peanut oil in all of their dishes (yes even the "steamed fish"). It is really unbelievable that they do not even state this on the menu as such a large portion of the population is allergic to peanut (all packaged goods sold in this country must reveal if they are even processed in the same facility as peanuts).

The staff is uninformed and uncaring about their products. My wife asked the woman behind the counter if the coffe is organic to which she replied "it probably is" (it isn't by the way) and our waitress was not informed and completely unhelpful on the lunch menu as "she normally works nights". Either person could be forgiven if they had at least had a positive or friendly attitude but they most certainly did not.

We had walked by the cafe so many times and never felt attracted to go inside. When we finally did, we realized- our instincts were right. There is a reason this nice room is so underutilized and almost never crowded. If your friend is performing there stop by and have a listen but drink and eat at your own risk.

Have a happy and healthy day (somewhere besides Moana cafe : ).

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It helps to know that this restaurant was opened by Don Ritchey, formerly a chef at Bev Gannon's Haliimaile General Store. The atmosphere is simple yet pleasing, and having enjoyed food here many times I know that any food served at a reception held here would have guests begging for doggie bags. This also is a great location, and at this part of Baldwin Avenue you can find on the street parking.

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★★★★☆

It helps to know that this restaurant was opened by Don Ritchey, formerly a chef at Bev Gannon's Haliimaile General Store. The atmosphere is simple yet pleasing, and having enjoyed food here many times I know that any food served at a reception held here would have guests begging for doggie bags. This also is a great location, and at this part of Baldwin Avenue you can find on the street parking.

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On the opposite side of the street from the post office, the Moana is best known for unusually good dinners and live music on the weekends. They also have a small bakery with a limited supply of fresh treats, so check them out at lunchtime before everything is gone.

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★★★★☆

On the opposite side of the street from the post office, the Moana is best known for unusually good dinners and live music on the weekends. They also have a small bakery with a limited supply of fresh treats, so check them out at lunchtime before everything is gone.

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The Moana Bakery and Cafe has a good selection of tasty baked goods, and dinners that can compete with those served at hotel restaurants. With a good chef and baker, this location is ideal for receptions.

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The Moana Bakery and Cafe has a good selection of tasty baked goods, and dinners that can compete with those served at hotel restaurants. With a good chef and baker, this location is ideal for receptions.

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Moana Bakery & cafe is Paia's best-kept secret when it comes to sizable portions of quality food at reasonable prices. We can't steer away from the freshly baked apple strudel or crab cakes Benedict for breakfast. And the lunch menu is…

 

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