Maui Meets the Amalfi Coast at Olivine, Grand Wailea’s New Dining Gem
Welcome to Grand Wailea’s newest dining experience at Olivine—our new oceanfront culinary destination where the natural bounty of Maui is perfectly paired with the art of coastal Italian cuisine. Named for the green mineral that produces the gemstone known as the “Hawaiian diamond,” Olivine’s rustic open-air interior incorporates the striking hues of this mineral, which is formed by the steady flow of lava and can be found widely in Maui. Designed by the acclaimed team at New York-based Tihany Design and featuring the studio’s visionary integrated design approach, Olivine has a visual identity all its own.
At Olivine’s heart is a showcase square-shaped bar, where mixologists serve a selection of craft cocktails alongside imported Italian wines. Orbiting the bar are green-tiled tables in an array of formats, each surrounded by chairs and banquettes upholstered in an earthy palette of lava-like reds and olivine greens, bringing to mind the restaurant’s namesake mineral, as well as the process of geological creation and metamorphosis that defines Maui and the Hawaiian Islands.
This sense of natural harmony and metamorphosis also guides the ethos of Olivine, where diners can gather and connect in an al fresco setting. The restaurant’s large open windows offer sweeping sightlines in all directions of wide-open sky, the resort’s lush gardens, and the ocean beyond. Just as these views of heaven, earth, and sea transform in time with the natural rhythm of the day, so too does the atmosphere within Olivine, which gradually transitions from a vibrant eatery during the day into a sultry dining spot in the evening.
Olivine’s expert culinary team, led by Executive Chef Ryan Urig, has created distinct lunch and dinner menus that are tailored to the time of day, with lighter fare such as fresh ʻahi salad by day, and robust seafood dishes and fresh pasta at night. Similarly, Olivine’s drinks menu also evolves throughout the course of the day, beginning with a spritz- and light wine-focused selection before transitioning in the evening hours to an expansive sommelier-curated wine list and a cocktail selection revolving around Italian spirits, liqueurs, aperitifs, and digestifs.
In the vein of fusing local Hawaiian ingredients with authentic Italian flavors, Olivine serves pastas freshly made in Maui by Chef Michele Di Bari, the co-owner of Sale Pepe, an island institution where the traditions and tastes of Milan and Southern Italy come to life. In addition, Olivine’s menu features authentic dishes incorporating Hawaiian produce as well as local seafood sourced from Blue Ocean Mariculture, a Big Island-based company that has been sustainably farming indigenous Hawaiian fish since 2009. Even closer to home, the menu includes a seasonal initiative that infuses herbs grown in our on-resort gardens into selected dishes, olive oils, cocktails, and more to showcase our natural bounty and promote Grand Wailea’s farm-to-table focus.
The opening of Olivine marks another step in our property-wide refresh here at Grand Wailea, and we’re excited to see our creative vision blossoming to reality. Our newly reimagined resort epitomizes a retreat that exists in perfect harmony with the natural and cultural bounty of our island home. Everything that Olivine represents reflects this approach, and we look forward to welcoming you to our slice of Italy in the heart of paradise.
Mangiare insieme (let’s eat together)!