Mariah always knew she wanted a life extraordinary. Little did she know her curiosity for food would launch a whirlwind adventure. With no restaurant experience, Mariah would up and move to Maui and open the first of what would become a trio of multi-award winning destination restaurants.
Da Kitchen was established in 1998 in Kihei, Maui. The name hails from the Hawaiian
pidgin/slang as a tribute to the multitude of cultures that founded the tiny Polynesian archipelago. “Da Kitchen is for the people,” and the people received it with open arms.
In just two short years, she and her partner opened their second location in Kahului. Here they
would take the typical plate lunch, traditionally served as take-out, to the next level giving the humble,
pedestrian fare the full-service, dine-in treatment.
Mariah couldn’t be happier with the success and growth of her brainchild. And with a third,
newly opened, location on the island of Oahu, Da Kitchen’s base of raving fans grows by the day. Having achieved worldwide fame from such hit television shows as Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive in’s and Dives; Travel Channels Bizarre Food Show with Andrew Zimmern, Trip Testers and Man v. Food; and Brew Dogs on Esquire Network, Mariah was just about floored when Da Kitchen was tasked with honor to cater the Inaugural Luau in Washington D.C. for the election of President Barack Obama.
Having racked up over 60 restaurant honors and awards, including the prestigious Ilima Award
from Star Advertiser, Da Kitchen tops lists annually as Best Restaurant and Locals’ Fave from the most esteemed publications, including Honolulu Magazine, MauiTime and Maui Magazine.
All of this notoriety has earned Mariah a slew of personal accolades. Not least of which includes
being named Hawaii Business Magazine’s Small Business Person of Year, Pacific Business News‘ Forty Under 40, and Businesswoman of the Year by the same publication.
In addition to co-founding Da Kitchen restaurants, Mariah is a licensed realtor with Kokua
Realty, where she is a multi-million-dollar producer and recognized with Prudential’s Rookie of the Year, President’s Circle, and Chairman’s Circle awards.
Mariah is passionately dedicated to contributing to humanity and helping to heal the world. As
an ambassador for the Free A Girl organization and advisor for Ho’ Ola Na Pua – a non-profit program focusing on the rehabilitation of rescued