• Maui’s Best Authentic Mexican Gourmet Cuisine

    Infused with Local Island Flavors

    840 Wainee St. Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

  • Now providing take-out and delivery via Uber Eats, Door Dash & Hopper!

    Click to order

  • We're Open for Dinner 5:00-8:15 pm or so…(Tuesday to Saturday)

    Live Music! Huge, Free parking lot!  Kama’aina always! Reservations highly recommended. Scroll above to reserve your spot. 

    Taco Tuesdays 4-6 Happy Hour; 5-8 pm dinner and Loud Aloha Shirt Night Contest & Discounts!

    Wednesday Celebration meal 5-7 pm comes with Dessert for 2!

    Thirsty Thursdays enjoy Chef specials & live music!

    Saturdays 4-6 Happy Hour specials; 5-8 pm dinner

    Every night is BYOB (bring tequilla-we mix w fresh tropical Aqua Fresca) and enjoy live music!

  • About Us

    We are family run and family operated & We’re dedicated to serving others!

    Our food is locally sourced, thoughtfully created with Love and Care for those we serve!

    Steak Sous Vide con local Upcountry Veggies and Seasoned Rice with a Chimichurri Sauce🌺

    Our mascot the “Hungry Coyote”!

    Our mission is to serve our community by offering health-conscious, homemade Gourmet Mexican comfort food!

    Inspired by tradition and created with local flavors at affordable prices!

  • Menu Selections

    New Items available daily for Chef's Special Dinner menu. Kama’aina all day!!!

    Aina (Land)

    *All taco plates served with Spanish rice and seasoned beans, plus homemade blue corn tortillas!-
    * Burritos served with chips and house tropical salsa
    Single Tacos 8.99 / Plates (3) tacos  / Burrito Plate /Enchilada Plate

    Chile Verde (Pork)

    Pork slow cooked with traditional and local flavors, local grown fresh seasonal garnish

    CARNE Birria Coyote Style (Beef)

    Beef braised with local and traditional flavors, fresh pickled garnish

    POLLO VERDE (Chicken)

    Chicken slow cooked with local traditional seasonings, fresh pickled garnish

  • Kai (Sea)


    Shrimp seared with local fresh flavors, Chef’s jalapeño slaw, tropical salsa.

    Taco 9.99/ Burrito Plate 19.99/ Tacos (3) Plate


    Catch of the day seared w/ local seasoning and flavors, Chef’s slaw, tropical salsa.

    Taco 9.99/Burrito Plate 19.99/ Taco Plate (3)

  • Tacos plates and Quesadillas

    Seafood- Kai Tacos Plate

    Three Kai tacos, Chef's Jalapeno/Avocado slaw, beans, seasoned rice
    Choices: Fish or Shrimp. $26.99

    Veggie Taco Plate

    Three Local Mixed Veggie Tacos, beans and seasoned rice. $21.99

    Quesadilla Meal

    Large cheese Quesadilla, chips & house salsa
    $11.99. Add meat 5 Add seafood 7

  • Sides

    • Beans $4.99 vegetarian
    • Seasoned Rice $4.99 vegetarian
    • Chef’s Jalapeño Slaw $5.99
    • Sweet Jalapeño Corn Fritters (4) $5.99
    • Handmade Corn Tortillas (3) $5.99
    • Daily Dessert Specials $8.99
    • Ceviche (Fresh local Mahi, tomato, onion, limes) and Chips $14.99 (When avail)
    • Fresh Guacamole and Chips $13.99
  • Authentic Enchiladas

    Served with rice, beans and choice of chicken, beef, pork or sample one of each…

    Seafood selection choice of local fish or shrimp



    Hungry Coyote Bowl: Seasoned rice, beans, daily vegetables or choice of protein or seafood and local grown garnish, and hot/mild sauce

    $15veggie $17meat $19 seafood

    Vegetarian Selection

    Single Taco: Homemade Corn Tortilla with Mixed Seasonal Veggie and Bean Puree, Local Seasonal Garnish 6.99


    Delicious Vegetarian Medley Plate: 3 tacos, beans, seasoned rice 21.99


    Grilled Veggie Wrap (New!) XL Tortilla with Grilled Upcountry Veggie Medley, Blended Cheeses, Romaine & Tomato, Avocado Jalapeno Lime Aioli! Served with Chips & Tropical Salsa. Delicious! 14.99

    Add protein 5 seafood 7


    Veggie Burrito: Beans, seasoned rice, cheese and grilled local veggie medley! You may add sauces, sour cream, avocado, extra cheese, etc for nominal charge. 17.99

    Ensalada = Salad Bowls

    Chef’s Special: Local greens, black beans, Nopales, local garnish, corn and choice of protein/seafood, House Avocado Jalapeño dressing.


    Vegetarian 14.99

    Aina -Meat 16.99

    Kai -Seafood 18.99

    Keiki - Children Menu

    Comes with rice, beans and surprise

    (ages 0-10)

    Cheese Quesadilla Meal 7.99

    Chicken Taco Meal 7.99

    Bean and Cheese Burrito 7.99

    Abuelita's Dessert of the Day!

    Could be a delicious homemade pineapple cake, chocolate explosion or something else delicious she has dreamed up!

    $8.99 serves 2

  • Sunset Dinner Romance Box (x2)!

    Choice of Big Burrito, Coyote Bowls, Tasty Tacos or Salad Bowls.

    Choice of Veggies or Chicken/ Beef / Pork / Fish/Shrimp.

    Sides include Blue Corn Chips and Tropical Salsa and Homemade Dessert. BYOB -


    Includes utensils, drinks for 2 and a local map of Public Picnic Tables for Ultimate Sunset Viewing!


    $49.99 serves 2 call for take-out 808-793-0909

  • Contact Us

    We're Open Tues - Sat 5-8:30 pm dinner and 4-6 Tues & Sat Happy Hour specials. BYOB!!! 
    We have fresh, tropical mixers. 
    Available for Catering and Special Events!

    840 Wainee St, Lahaina, HI 96761



    Nezahualcoyotl (translates to: Hungry Coyote) was a great king and noble leader of the Aztec Empire. Known as the Poet King, he filled his court with philosophers, engineers, artists and musicians; established the rule of law, scholarship and artistry; designed some of the most famous Aztec achievements; and led his people through a golden age of peace and prosperity. It is in this spirit - one that embraces human potential, the importance of community and the celebration of vibrant culture - that we bring you Hungry Coyote. Welcome and enjoy!


    P.S. ask Chef his middle name ???😬

  • We have a teen recruitment program from our local shelter. We train, pay, teach job skills and build resumes, in order to provide a brighter future. We recruited teens 15+ to learn everything from sanitation to Sous Chef and help with job skills, resume building, references, bank accounts and teach that living in shelter is not their choice nor their path. We’ve had 3 successful recruits and 2 successful homeless persons gain employment.

    “Non Nobis Solum Nati Sumus”
    "Alone we are not born unto ourselves”

  • Our Story

    "It is in this spirit, one that embraces human potential, the importance of community, and the celebration of a vibrant culture that we bring you Hungry Coyote."

    Angela and Marcos Ruiz are often asked, “Why ‘Hungry Coyote’?” The Lāhainā couple explains the meaning behind the name of their new Hawaiian-Mexican restaurant. “Well, Marcos’s middle name is ‘Netzahualcoyolt’, which translates to ‘Hungry Coyote’, hence the naming of the restaurant,” explains Angela, before revealing the name’s deeper historical significance. “In particular, Marco’s namesake, Nezahualcoyotl, was a great king and noble leader of the Aztec Empire. Known as the Poet King, he filled his court with philosophers, engineers, artists, and musicians; established the rule of law, scholarship, and artistry; designed some of the most famous Aztec achievements, and led his people through a golden age of peace and prosperity.”

    “It is in this spirit,” Angela continues, “one that embraces human potential, the importance of community, and the celebration of a vibrant culture that we bring you Hungry Coyote.” Proud smiles all around, and mouth-watering scents wafting from the kitchen = a typical day in the Hungry Coyote world.

    The large Ruiz ‘ohana, while spread far and wide, stays tight-knit through timeless connections like love, heritage, and... the love of food, of course! Angela and Marco are the proud parents of four adult children (all married), foster son Cliffton (17), and four grandchildren between the ages of 3 and 12.
    Their adult children and grandchildren live on the mainland and abroad in places like Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, and Italy. Cliffton attends Lahainaluna and works at Maui Animal Farm. Rounding out the local Ruiz ‘ohana in Wahikuli are Angela’s mother Colleen, a retired ICU Nurse from UCLA, and two sweet rescue cats.

    Angela explains how her partner, Marcos, became a first-class chef. “Marcos was raised in the Guadalajara area of Mexico, the youngest of a family with six children. His mother and grandfather (a chef of local resorts) taught him how to properly cook authentic Mexican dishes. Marcos loved cooking from an early age and began working in commercial kitchens over 21 years ago in Maui.”

    Angela lists some of the biggest restaurant names on Maui Marco has worked in with an affectionate smile. “He started with Bubba Gumps and went on to learn from top chefs at Hard Rock Café, Pacific O’s, Leilani’s, Cantina, Pineapple Grill, Sea House, Fond, and Taverna. Marco eventually became a leader in training younger staff the basics from preparing foods to line cooking, to creating authentic sauces, mole, and signature dishes. Marcos enjoyed assisting his friends in the industry to open their own restaurants and learned the process in doing so. His style is authentic with a lovely Hawaiian infusion.”

    Angela and Marcos want to expand their brand and open another restaurant with the goal of becoming a Maui household name. “We want to become a place where communities can come meet, eat, and enjoy each other’s company,” she says excitedly. Their emphasis is always on service and helping others: “We have incorporated a training program empowering those in need of job skills, who have no experience and watch them grow and flourish with endless possibilities, whether within our organization or moving them on to the dream job of their choosing,” she shares.

    Angela invites you to pop down for a visit. “We’re open from Tuesday to Saturday; you can either enjoy Taco Tuesday with a Loud Aloha Shirt Contest, Wednesdays with family night and complimentary family dessert, or Thursday to Saturday we host local musicians from 6pm to 8pm. We are open for Brunch on Friday and Saturday from 11am–2pm with a delicious breakfast/brunch menu. BYOB and kama’aina... if you can say kama’aina!” she jokes.
    Away from the restaurant side of her life, Angela has a background in public service as a program manager and director of a District Attorney Crime Victims’ Unit. “I’ve spent my whole life dealing with domestic violence, child abuse, assaults, elder abuse, and homicide cases,” she explains quietly, “...my past positions included grant writing and creating empowerment programs for women and children, establishing Camp Hope in Northern California for children exposed to abuse and fundraising to aid families in need.”

    She now uses her experience and human skills to help children start their careers and turn around difficult childhood situations. “I’ve taken these transferrable skills and we now empower Westside families by recruiting teens ages 15+ from our local shelter for paid restaurant intern positions,” she says with obvious joy. “We start teens off learning sanitation and move through each area of the restaurant to include preparation cooking, pastry creation, and back of the house duties, with the goal of promoting them to front-of-house learning: food running, bussing, set-up, serving, cash register utilization and end of the night report running.”
    And that’s not all either, the business helps them move on if the restaurant industry is not for them.
    “Once they have completed this training, we assist with resume building and placement in long-term positions of their choosing. We have had 3 successful graduates in the few months that we have been open and are currently training one young man, who wants to become a stockbroker!”
    When they get the chance to take a break, the Ruiz family endeavor to do spontaneous and adventurous activities. If it involves the lovely outdoors, travel, cultural delights, or delicious food - the Ruiz ‘ohana is interested. “Our hobbies include a love for traveling and visiting family on the mainland, as often as possible. We go to museums, nature reserves, see Broadway shows and enjoy swimming with manta rays at night, diving or finding zip lines in the areas we visit,” Angela says. “Being in the restaurant business, we often search for local establishments offering different types of regional cuisines, seeking new recipes and ideas to bring back home to Maui.”
    Angela is happy to share a few final words about their restaurant, their mission, purpose, and style of food. It’s her passion. “Our mission is to serve our community by offering health-conscious, homemade gourmet Mexican comfort food,” she explains warmly, “inspired by tradition and created with local flavor: it’s authentic and unique.” The restaurant stands out from the crowd in her eyes (and ours, too). “We believe that our authentic recipes, lovingly brought from thousands of miles away and infused with locally sourced products create a niche unlike any other,” she adds. If the local patrons have anything to add to this opinion, it’s that the talented kitchen crew is constantly improving and creating new ideas and flavors - and they’re loving it.
    “We are family-run and family-operated, and we’re dedicated to serving others! ‘Non Nobis Solum Nati Sumus’ (‘Not for alone ourselves we are born’), is our motto.”


    From the crew of Hungry Coyote, we look forward to meeting and serving you soon! Mahalo.”