Maile Sengoura

Maile's Thai Bistro - Honolulu, HI

Maile Sengoura, the proprietor of Maile’s Thai Bistro, has a deep-rooted connection to the culinary world, a tradition passed down through her family. Growing up, Maile immersed herself in the art of cooking, learning alongside her mother in their kitchen. The Thai and Laotian cultures, with their emphasis on vibrant flavors, bold spices, and fresh ingredients, captivated her from a young age, sparking her curiosity and passion for the culinary arts.
Her culinary journey began as a prep cook at Thai Chef in Lahaina, Maui, where she spent her summers honing her skills and dedication to the craft. While most children spent their summers playing, Maile dedicated hers to the kitchen, gaining invaluable experience and knowledge. Transitioning to a role as a server at the now-closed
Mekong Thai Restaurant in Honolulu from ages 16 to 18 further solidified her foundation in the restaurant industry.
Building on her experiences, Maile ventured into the realm of restaurant management, starting at her Uncle Billy’s establishment, Paesano Ristorante Italiano in
Manoa. Her journey continued as she assumed the role of operating partner at her Aunt Siri’s restaurant, Assaggio Ristorante Italiano in Hawaii Kai, showcasing her expertise and passion for the culinary arts.
Having spent much of her formative years immersed in the restaurant business and inheriting the entrepreneurial spirit and family traditions of restaurant ownership, it was only natural for Maile to aspire to have her own establishment. Driven by a desire for creative freedom and a vision to craft food in her own unique style, Maile’s dream materialized with the opening of Maile’s Thai Bistro in Hawaii Kai Towne Center in 2008 followed by her second location, Maile’s Thai at Ward Center in 2017.
Maile’s menu showcases her innovative and distinctive fusion of Thai, Laotian, and Hawaiian local flavors, creating a culinary experience that highlights the beauty of these cuisines through vibrant tastes, bold spices, and fresh ingredients.
In her dual roles as owner and executive chef, Maile is dedicated to refining her culinary vision, delivering exceptional dishes, and ensuring a memorable dining experience for her guests. She also prioritizes fostering a positive and rewarding team environment for her staff.
Beyond the confines of the restaurant, Maile enjoys spending quality time with her family, hiking in nature, collaborating with select non-profit organizations, and indulging in playtime with her beloved family dog,Matcha.


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