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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 part of our ohana and develop a connection to 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

Thalia is an active member of the arts community in Kona and across the Big Island. She served on the board of Donkey Mill Arts Center in Holualoa for 7 years, 6 of those as board president. She is also an avid gardener and active in supporting local education and environmental programs. Thalia co-founded the school garden program at Innovations Public Charter School and served as Co-Chair on the local school board. Her passion for art, food, and gardening is reflected here at Magics as well; from the landscaping she collaboratively designed with Scott Seymour, to connecting our chefs and staff to local farmers and artisan food makers, to the local artists she and Mattson feature in the restaurant.

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.

Maggie Stith
Maggie Stith
General Manager

Maggie Stith

Born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin, Maggie had dreams of warmer weather. At the age of 21 She moved to LA and met her husband, Jason.  Together they moved to Big Island in 2010 and had their 2 children, Coast and Jett. Maggie started managing independent restaurants in 2006 in LA and continued in Kona at Daylight Mind and Lava Java. In 2016 Maggie moved on to gain resort experience at Four Seasons Hualalai as Banquet and ‘ULU Ocean Grill as manager. In 2019 she joined the opening staff at Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts where she developed The Market and managed In-Room Dining. She joined Magics Beach Grill in July of 2020 as the General Manager.

Joe Brudzynski
Joe Brudzynski
Restaurant Manager

Joe Brudzynski

Joe grew up in Detroit Michigan & soon after college knew winter wasn’t his style anymore. He left to Hawaii to work for Norwegian Cruise Line on their interisland cruise ship for multiple years. In 2009, After tiring of being at sea, he decided to move to Oahu and worked for Buca Di Beppo and Rum Fire. In 2012, he took an opportunity to jump over to the island of Lana’i where he quickly became the GM of Nobu Lana’i at the Four Seasons Manele Bay Beach Resort. After 5 years, Joe moved to Miami Beach and then back to Hawaii in 2019 to open the Mauna Lani Auberge Resorts. Joe’s life decisions can be traced back to a simple question “Are you going to regret doing it… or are you going to regret not doing it?”

Gabriela Markova
Gabriela Markova
Operations Administrator

Gabriela Markova

Born in Prague Czech Republic, Gabriela opened its first Marriot Hotel in 1996. She moved to San Diego at the age of 21 to pursue her hotel career at Rancho Bernardo Inn – starting as cashier/host in the restaurant and moving up to Front Office and Catering Manager. Through the associates she met in the hotel industry, Gabriela seized the opportunity to move to Big Island in 2012 and work at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel as Catering and Front Office Manager for 5 years. Her dream was always to work/own her own coffee shop so she became the Manger of Kona Coffee and Tea, our local coffee shop, for 3 years. She quickly realized that she enjoys small family business and epecially local business. After her coffee shop experiences, she joined the Magics team in the spring of 2020 as Operations Administrator.

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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