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About Us

Magics is dynamic, vibrant, and community oriented. Walking into the restaurant is like being transported into the ocean itself, beautiful and invigorating, with a priceless view. We’re more than just a restaurant, our passion for our island, fresh flavorful food, and craft drinks, coupled with strong community ties and our relationships with our farmers, fishermen, and producers all combine at Magics.

Our Crew

Mattson Davis
Mattson Davis
Proprietor

Mattson Davis

Having called the Big Island home since March 1997, Mattson purchased the future location of Magics Beach Grill in 2017 to create an energizing gathering place for the North Kona community. Mattson has decades of experience in the restaurant and beverage industry, including serving as the former President and CEO of Kona Brewing Company. He believes personal relationships are the foundation of any great establishment. “When someone comes to Magics, whether they’re local or visiting, we want them to feel a part of our ohana and the culture,” says Mattson. Mattson lives fulltime in North Kona with his wife Thalia and son Lincoln- his son Thane attends Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

Thalia Davis
Thalia Davis
Proprietor

Thalia Davis

Proprietor

John Kujundzich
John Kujundzich
General Manager

John Kujundzich

An experienced and natural leader, John is the ideal person to captain the Magics Beach Grill restaurant and beach shack. He is always taking our staff into the garden or out to meet local fishermen, and his genuine personality charges our restaurant with energy. “There is so much history behind Magics,” says John. “We want to keep telling that story for decades.” John got his start when he enlisted as a cook in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he went on to graduate from the California School of Culinary Arts. Over the past 20 years, he’s helped to open several restaurants, including the revolutionary Wicked Spoon in Las Vegas. In his downtime, John loves to go diving, improve his golf game, and spend time with his two dogs, Jean Louis and Sparky.

Dan Robayo
Dan Robayo
Executive Chef

Dan Robayo

A lifelong chef, Dan Robayo builds relationships through the inherent wisdom of food. Early on, his cooking was influenced by his father’s Venezuelan heritage and his mother’s Southern upbringing. Over his career, he has served as the executive chef of the highly awarded Millie’s Diner in Richmond, Virginia, and, more recently, the farm-centric restaurant 3 Sheets at the Harbor in Portland, Oregon. At Magics, Chef Dan works with what may be the country’s most diverse agriculture to both defy expectations and to hone Big Island classics. “I truly believe what comes from the earth brings people together,” says Chef Dan. “Community can be found in something as simple as sharing a table.”

Joe Fougere
Joe Fougere
Sous Chef

Joe Fougere

Joe has been Chef Dan’s right-hand man for years. Born in Portland, Oregon, Joe credits Dan with teaching him how to cook intuitively by preparing dishes with the day’s best and freshest ingredients. Joe went on to train beneath Chef Instructor Daniel Brophy at the Oregon Culinary Institute where he graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts Management in 2016. Most recently, Joe worked at 3 Sheets at the Harbor and Shanahan’s Bar & Grill in the Pacific Northwest. “When you cook with love, people can taste it,” Joe says.

Dion Neth Jr.
Dion Neth Jr.
Restaurant Manager

Dion Neth Jr.

Dion was born in the island of Pohnpei and raised in the island of Saipan. After graduating from high school, he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2002. He attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue and acquire a Bachelor’s Degree in Travel Industry Management. In 2012, Dion relocated to the Big Island Kona Brewing Co. He has recently joined the Magic’s Beach Grill team. Dion has worked in the hospitality industry for a long time and has a natural passion for it. The Spirit of Aloha comes natural to him.

Sage Leonard
Sage Leonard
Restaurant Manager

Sage Leonard

Sage grew up in small artist town on Whidbey Island, Washington. After graduation she moved to San Francisco to attend the Academy of Art. Sage has worked her way up the ladder in the restaurant industry, offering her the experience of multiple positions in the industry. She was Creative Director for the Kitchen for a yoga retreat center in Costa Rica while simultaneously earning her yoga teaching certification. Sage returned to restaurant management in Portland, Oregon working for a Peruvian restaurant where she had been for a number of years until she moved to Hawaii to join the Magics team. She is excited to share her knowledge with others and cultivate Ohana with everyone that enters Magics doors.

Jean Thompsom
Jean Thompsom
Office Manager

Jean Thompsom

Jean has been in the hospitality business in Kona since arriving in 1999.  Her first job was at the Kona Surf where she discovered a love for the fast paced environment of the Food and Beverage office.  Since then she has worked at Hualalai Resort as administrative support for multiple departments and outlets, and Paradise Gourmet Catering where she spent 11 years planning corporate, wedding and dinner events. Jean has devoted the past three years to her organizing business and local restaurant management.

“As a ‘Libran’ I need to be balanced (body and mind). I spend my early mornings taking classes at the gym or on the water paddling with Kai’opua Canoe Club before taking on the challenges of a busy office job.  My free time is spent taking advantage of what the Big Island has to offer – perfect weather, great hikes and  beautiful beaches.”

A Bit of History

  • Magics History
  • The Kipapa ‘Ohana
  • Kipapa Wahi Pana - Community Liaison and Curatorship Efforts
  • Pōhaku Kū’ula o Keoneohuihui - Restoration and Ceremony of Fishing Stone
  • The Oral History of North Kona

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