Hawaii Mom Blog: Sugarcane by Chai’s Soft Opens at Ka Makana Ali‘i, with the Grand Opening Set for April 8th




March 29, 2021

Sugarcane by Chai’s Soft Opens at Ka Makana Ali‘i, with the Grand Opening Set for April 8th

Peter Maharaj, Owner, and Sean Tsai, President of Operations, have announced the soft opening of Sugarcane by Chai’s (“Sugarcane”) at Ka Makana Ali‘i - The Center for West O‘ahu. Sugarcane is a contemporary restaurant featuring Pacific Regional Cuisine, creative signature cocktails, and a state-of-the-art entertainment system to showcase nightly live music of all genres.

Maharaj and Tsai have assembled an all-star team to make Sugarcane the premier destination on West O‘ahu for dining and entertainment, including internationally-renowned, award-winning Chef Chai Chaowasaree, Sugarcaneʻs Executive Chef Rodhel Ibay - who was handpicked by Chef Chai, notable Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival mixologist Kenny Lum, and Director of Operations Calvin Yao.

For owner Maharaj, Sugarcane by Chai’s is more than just another business, so having the right people on his team was critical.

“Sugarcane is the fulfilment of a dream that my late wife Leslie and I had years ago,” said Maharaj. “I wanted to build it to honor her. Leslie and I love West O‘ahu. As an attorney, she volunteered with the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i and took great pride in representing families and children at the Hawai’i Family Court in Kapolei. My dad lives at Hoakalei and I have a residence at Ko Olina, so we all have so much aloha for the West side – itʻs home.”

Maharaj continued, “Leslie and I wanted to build a restaurant here that brought people together to savor delicious cuisine made with local ingredients, enjoy local performing artists, and just have a great time relaxing with friends and family - and we both agreed Chef Chai needed to be a big part of it.”

Chef Chai is recognized as one of Hawai‘i’s most popular chefs and the recipient of countless awards and honors. Known for fusing fresh local ingredients with the exotic flavors of Asia, he has created a culinary style that reflects our cultural diversity. As co-founder of Hawai‘i Island Chefs (“HIC”), a collaborative with local farmers and fishermen, Chef Chai has become one of the most influential forces in shaping todayʻs Pacific Regional cuisine.

“I am so excited to be working with Sugarcane and continuing my mission of using locally-sourced ingredients in our dishes,” said Chaowasaree. “Chef Rodhel and I look forward to serving the West O‘ahu community, as well those who come to visit from around the islands and the world, and hope everyone will enjoy our food!”

Choosing the name ʻSugarcaneʻ was also personal for Maharaj as his grandfather toiled in the sugarcane fields as an immigrant and provided a strong foundation for his family. There are design elements of sugarcane throughout the restaurant to reinforce the theme.

“Sugarcane also honors my grandfather. I learned so much from him and am extremely proud of the legacy he left me,” Maharaj added. “And I am truly thrilled to have Sugarcane right here at Ka Makana Ali‘i to serve West O‘ahu.”

“We are excited to welcome Sugarcane by Chai’s to the Center for West O‘ahu,” said Stephanie England, General Manager at Ka Makana Ali‘i. “Chef Chaiʻs unique, award-winning cuisine and live entertainment make Sugarcane by Chai’s the perfect destination for date night, girlsʻ night out, family celebrations, and any occasion!”

During the soft opening, March 26-April 7, Sugarcane will be open nightly from 5pm-midnight, with a limited dinner menu offered from 5-10pm, and cocktails only from 10pm-midnight. Live entertainment will be presented from 8pm to closing. Weekend Brunch will be added soon, and expanded hours will be announced at a later date. For reservations, please call Sugarcane at (808) 670-2744 or go to opentable.com.

Chef Chai and Chef Rodhel have created an inspired new menu utilizing locally-sourced ingredients from the land and sea. The soft opening menu is limited to two set dinner menus – including a Vegan menu. Please note that courses may also be purchased a la carte, but the set menu is a better value.


Sugarcane Soft Opening (March 26-April 7) Special Four Course Dinner ($60)
• Appetizer:  Ahi Carpaccio ($15) - Ahi, Maui Onion, Ho Farm Tomato, Grilled Asparagus, Ululoa Micro-Greens, Salsa Verde

• Salad:  Sugarcane Caesar Salad ($12) - Maris Garden Baby Romaine, Anchovies, Parmigiano Reggiano, Chicharron Dust, Parmigiano Vinaigrette

• Choice of Entree:
     •.Braised Short Ribs ($36) - Aloha Shoyu, Sake, Valencia Orange Glace, Mashed Potato, Vegetable Du Jour
     • Crab Fonduta Crusted Fresh Catch ($36) - Grilled Fresh Catch, Lump Crab, Mushroom, Spinach, Leeks, Garlic Orzo, Creole Sauce

• Dessert:  Molten Chocolate Lava Cake with Fresh Berries ($12)


Sugarcane Soft Opening (March 26-April 7) VEGAN Special Four Course Dinner ($50)
• Baked Vegan Lasagna ($12) - Vegan Bolognese, Vegan Mozzarella, Vegan Parmesan, Cauliflower Cake, Spinach Chips

• Vegan Spaghetti Alfredo ($18) - Best Vegan Dish - Must Try!!!

• Vegan Club ($30) – Plant-Based Burger, Portobello Mushroom, Roasted Bell Peppers, Maui Onions, Aioli, Garlic Fries

• Dessert:  Halo Halo with Strawberry Shave Ice ($8) - All Natural, Sugar Free, Gluten Free aAnd Dairy Free

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