In 2012, we were asked to transform a gloomy, cave-like restaurant accessible only by elevator, into a light, bright space for premier chef Alan Wong. We did, and Amasia was born.
At the restaurant, located at Maui’s Grand Wailea Resort, we aimed for the look of a traditional Japanese fishing village. To open up views, we removed the existing partitions. It allows the diner to look out across the restaurant’s Japanese gardens to the sun setting on the horizon. We believe the spirit of a space is evoked right at the entrance, so we created a new journey into the restaurant. Entering off the lobby, guests walk through the gardens, beautifully accented by brilliant flora and fauna, striking granite rocks and a new ohia bridge straddling the original koi ponds, to the entrance.