Under the Bodhi Tree

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68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr Ste116 (at /on Big Island), Kamuela, Hawaii, USA, 96743

Open June 2014, call ahead. Casual dining vegetarian, vegan, and raw food restaurant. Chef/owner is a raw vegan who sources produce from local small farms and co-ops. Located in the Mauna Lani Shops north of the airport. Free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, International, Organic, Raw, Juice bar, Take-out

24 Reviews

First Review by LaRenKristen

INCREDIBLE - Edit

so so so many options!! veggie juices, books, desserts & a bunch of dishes. the banana nice cream is super good (add cacao nibs;) it’s a great vibe & they even have little scrubs for sale

Pros: so many options , amazing food, great products

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good option for the area - Edit

The only veggie restaurant in the vicinity. They do use eggs in some items unfortunately so that’s a 1 Star penalty in my book. And the hours are limited— staff likes to close kitchen at 645pm and couldn’t be bothered to accommodate late comers. The food is decent, a tad pricey, and a tad on the bland side. Lots of vegan and veggie options, be certain to ask if you have specific restrictions like eggs or gluten.

Pros: location , fresh ingredients

Cons: pricey, closes early

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Great lunch spot - Edit

We were driving down from Hawi and stopped here for lunch. Ordered one of the bowls which was delicious and filling. There were plenty of vegan options but some items that were vegetarian seemed that they could have been vegan.
Nice atmosphere. Plenty of parking and seats.

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-12

Pros: good food, nice atmosphere, plenty of parking

Cons: not all options were vegan

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Good food if you're nearby - Edit

It's fantastic to have this place in its location. If you're at the beaches or resorts on this part of the Big Island, you must stop by. It may not be worth a long drive (based upon our one meal which was fine but not lifechanging).

The Reuben was delicious but the tofu could use more texture to have it stand up to the rest of the sandwich. But the sauces on it were delicious.

The noodle bowl was a simple and a bit bland - but healthy and tasty nonetheless.

Nice outdoor and indoor seating and lots of amenities at their restaurant. And fantastic to have the owner right there.

The banana cream "ice cream" was fine but can't hold a candle to Banan in Honolulu.

Pros: Solid food

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Perfect and healty - Edit

My Raw Thai plate at Under the Bodhi Tree was exactly what I needed after a week-long conference in Waikiloa. Everything was fresh, delicious, and fabulously healthy. The sprouts on the dish were grown in house. I got a detox juice to go with my lunch, and it was also tasty and fresh. The atmosphere was casual, and everyone was friendly. I definitely recommend visiting this place, and I wish I lived in the area so I could return!

Pros: fresh ingredients, extensive menu (so hard to decide what to get!), friendly staff

Cons: None!

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An oasis in paradise - Edit

Despite being an island paradise, vegan food is not the easiest to come by on the big island in Hawaii, particularly outside of the tourist Mecca of Kona-Kailua. That's where this awesome restaurant comes in. For the first two times I went here, I honestly could only get their vegan burger. This burger is amazing. It's both clean, natural, filling and satisfying. I'd recommend getting it with their awesome coconut bacon and vegan cheese (slightly briney, almost like a vegan goat cheese). It was so good I scarfed it down before even getting a picture! I also got their Vegan Coconut French toast and was blown away. So great. Paired with the Goji berry mango Pineapple smoothie I was transported to the rings of Saturn! Tip: make sure you ask for vegan butter, they might give you dairy butter instead.

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Great Breakfast and Lunch/Dinner Selections - Edit

We enjoyed dining at Under the Bodhi Tree on three occasions, including breakfast and lunch/dinner, while staying at a nearby resort. The food was consistently excellent, and we felt very fortunate to have access to great vegan food during our stay in the area.

The breakfast scrambles, pancakes, French toast, and green juices were delicious and welcome comfort foods that are often hard to find while travelling. Likewise, we enjoyed Reuben and V-BLT sandwiches (they offer avocado in place of cow's cheese), black bean brownies, and kombucha on tap. Everything we ate was delicious.
We sat at tables just outside the restaurant.

Be prepared to pay a high price for the high quality food. We did so, gratefully.

Pros: Premium food, Excellent selection of vegan foods

Cons: Premium price

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Great! - Edit

My wife and I were staying in a condo in the resort and were thankful to find the place. We ate breakfast and dinner there a handful times during our stay and always enjoyed our meals. Owner and his staff were excellent. Highly recommend.

Pros: food, staff

Cons: location (really only convenient if you are stayin

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Under The Bodhi Tree - Edit

Located in The Shops of Mauna Lani, Under The Bodhi Tree is tucked between Tommy Bahama restaurant and Ruth's Chris. Plenty of customer parking available.

This place was recommended to us by a staff member at the Fairmont Orchid Resort and I called the resort to find out his name to give a big MAHALO!

Orders are made at the counter. Indoor and outdoor self-seating available. Th food is brought to you. There is no restroom located in the actual establishment, however, there are mall restrooms, which are just out the door, and down a few stores.

We ordered the Coconut French Toast $13.00 - Hint: Please specify "vegan" as we were asked if we wanted it prepared vegan by the cooks (I apologized and said that since it had a "V" indicating vegan on the menu, I didn't know that I needed to reiterate that we wished for it to be prepared as vegan) and they replied, yes. We also ordered the Loaded Scrambles - $12.00 (vegan version) and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade - $6.00 ea. The food was very flavorful, however, the lemonade was just lemon water with not a lot of lemon taste - we requested sugar which helped just a little, but definitely not worth the $6.00.

We were very thankful for the recommendation and we plan to visit Under The Bodhi Tree again soon!

Pros: Vegan Options, Flavorful Dishes, Clean and Chill Vibe

Cons: Lemonade was lemon water

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Awesome! - Edit

Great spot, really nice staff. Filling burger and full of great reading material too.

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Amazing food at reasonable prices - Edit

I am so thankful for this little restaurant, I was staying at the Mauna Lani resort for a conference and was delighted that such excellent, healthy food was available for decent prices (for Hawaii) right on the resort. Even if you aren't staying at the resort I would recommend coming here, the fruit and veggies, I think pretty much every ingredient actually, is organic and local. The breakfast and lunch/dinner menus are both fantastic and all vegetarian, mostly vegan. Food is cooked right in front of you. They also serve local tea and kombucha (on tap) that are both excellent.

Pros: great food, good prices, local ingredients/ beverages

Cons: a bit slow at peak hours

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Holy yum - Edit

Too much to choose from indeed! I wanted everything! I settled on the Mega Veggie Noodle soup, the Green Flash salad, and my partner had the Nahkon Noodles. All were to die for, I can't wait to go back and try more. The owners and servers were great, and the ambiance was perfect.

Pros: Delicious nutritious food, Ginormous menu , Vegan-oriented establishment

Cons: I wanted it all!!!

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Awesome! - Edit

A dream for all vegans on the island. Too much to pick from! Healthy food, clean environment, delicious.

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Excellent breakfast! - Edit

Had the great pleasure to eat here on our last morning. Vegan french toast, tofu scramble, potatoes, bread w/ jam, brownies, smoothies, etc etc.

Really great experience for the non-vegans with us as well. Everyone enjoyed their breakfast and agreed that we would have been just as happy having lunch or dinner here too.

Prices weren't bad considering the surrounding luxury, we all felt like we got our monies worth.

Pros: Very good good, Lots of options

Cons: One of the associates wasn't friendly

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Tasty vegan and vegetarian food in luxury mall - Edit

I ve tried few things here during my stay and it was all very tasty. I stayed in Kailua, but kept coming back every second day, even it was a bit far for me. They have vegetarian and vegan options. U can make vegetarian meal vegan if u wish. They have omellets, pancakes, smothies, juices etc for breakfast and sandwiches, soups, salads and original meals for other time while they r opened. Its located in a luxury mall, i think its s part of lux resort. Take turn to mauna lani drive from hwy 19 at thr roundabout straight and its on ur right. Nice place to sit outside.

Pros: original meals

Cons: there is not big choise of desserts.

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Awesome Vegan Food! - Edit

Love this place, ate here multiple times, well worth the money! Best local food by far! We also ate down the way at Tommy Bahsucky, they said the had veggie options $25 for veggies grilled next to steak and fish, nothing Vegan! Under The Bodhi Tree thanks for being there, love your food!

Pros: Best Food!, Great Price!

Cons: closed by 7 pm

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Mind the hummus - Edit

The food was good, but not great. The hummus had so much garlic it might melt your face. I guess some people might like that. Prices are high for what you get.

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BEST in KONA - Edit

Under the Bodhi Tree near Mauna Lani Resort, all vegetarian and vegan restaurant with clearly marked vegan, raw and gluten free.
I was greeted by chef and owner Stephen, who is raw vegan (which is also gluten free by default).
I had an amazing vegan reuben, with homemade thousand island dressing, homemade sauerkraut my salad had papaya seed dressing. I also had the Avocado Curry Salad and that dressing was incredible.
The best fresh pineapple juice EVER.
Raw vegan frozen lilikoi mango pie for dessert. Flavor BANG off the hook.
All the customers couldn’t leave. The ladies in there before me for breakfast were recovering from their Banana Bread French Toast inside and then outside.
A couple left and came back to order new food.
One lady flew in from Honolulu looking for “dairy free and gluten free”. All the offerings are vegetarian or vegan so Honolulu lady had tons to choose from. Everyone was in and out to order more or to add a to-go order.
I’ll be back there. They had white pineapple which was the best plain pineapple I’ve ever had (yes it merited mentioning twice). They know their produce at Under the Bodhi Tree. I’ll return for raw pad thai, homemade soup, vegan mac nut pancakes, and whatever
Chef Stephen recommends!

Pros: BEST food, BEST fruit, Start your trip here

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Worth the Detour - Edit

Under the Bodhi Tree offers the elements you wish all vegan-friendly restaurants did: delicious, nutrient-dense food with a focus on quality, a clean relaxing environment to enjoy it in and friendly and efficient service. I recommend the Reuben's Garden if it's your first time, along with a cup of the Kombucha they have on tap. You will not be disappointed.

Pros: Nutrient-dense food, Delicious taste, Efficient Service

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Delicious, excellent value - Edit

We visited this restaurant at least 3 times during our trip to Hawaii, and it was just lovely! Fresh, raw ingredients, everything made in front of you, and the kombucha and fresh juices were amazing. The prices are quite good for the quality of food and service!

Pros: Quality, Price, Service

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Best breakfast in Hawaii - Edit

We found this little gem of a restaurant tucked away in the Mauna Laui resort area. I'm vegan, and my husband is primarily plant-based as well. We had the tofu scramble, mine with fresh fruit and his with the home fries, and he also ordered the multi-grain pancakes. We shared the coffee, which arrives in a french press and is enough for the two of us to share. First, the coffee is the best coffee I have ever had. I usually have to add quite a bit of coconut milk creamer and sugar to get my coffee the way I like it, and to tame the bitter taste, but not this coffee. It is freshly ground Kona coffee, and the taste is just amazing. The food is also fresh, and made to order right there where you can watch if you wish. The tofu scrambles were delicious, the fresh fruit was full of flavor, the home fries are tasty and not greasy at all. The pancakes were huge and fluffy and delicious. The strawberry jelly is organic and so good on the multi-grain toast. It was so good, we have decided that this is our breakfast spot while we are here in Waikoloa. The 2nd day we tried the vegan french toast, which did not let us down at all. I am excited to try the lunch and dinner offerings as well. The restaurant has a few tables inside, as well as a couple of tables outside. High chairs and booster seats are available for the little ones. The staff is friendly and the service is great. I can see if they were busy that it could take a few extra minutes to get your food since everything is prepared fresh and made to order. I wish I could take this place home with me!

Pros: Excellent food, Excellent service, Excellent coffee

Cons: There's only one location

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Fresh food, nice cafe - Edit

It is always nice with a strictly vegetarian/vegan place and this is one of the few on this island. They have an okay menu with a medium selection of different courses. We had a thai course which was very spicy(to spicy for our taste) and a burger. The burger was made by black beans and vegetable in a combination I had not tried before and it tasted fresh but besides that to little taste for my taste. The bun was typical american white bread and nothing special. We did not try their breakfast but it sounded interesting. There are outdoor seating though not with ocean view.
Nice fresh food which is worth a visit.

Pros: Fresh food

Cons: A little off my taste

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GREAT FOOD - ATMOSPHERE - STAFF - Edit

We were quite pleased to see there is a raw vegan option on the island once again. The food was top quality, simple, and healthful. We will definitely be back! We had the seaweed salad, the pumpkin curry avocado salad (my fave), the raw gazpacho (super yummy), raw Pad Thai, fresh sauerkraut and the raw lilikoi cheesecake. All awesome!

Pros: EXCELLENT FOOD, FRIENDLY STAFF, NICE ENVIRONMENT

Cons: LIMITED RAW OPTIONS

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A Vegan paradise in an omnivore world - Edit

Staying at a nearby resort, we searchedHappyCow, found Under the Bodhi Tree nestled in a nearby cluster of shops, and had a fabulous breakfast, instead of resort food we had to dissect find an edible meal. Wonderful owner, great food and atmosphere. We will be returning often during our stay, and the trip will end far too soon!
Tofu scramble, fruit platter, granola with fruit & yogurt was our first round. We'll return to try lunch and dinner.
I only wish it were waterside dining; there's nothing else that could have made our experience any more wonderful!
We are vegan, vegetarian and omnivore in our dining party. There were plenty of delicious offerings to satisfy everyone.

Pros: Good vibes, Excellent quality, taste, An V-oasis in an omnivore paradise

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