Maile Sengoura is the owner of Maile's Thai Bistro. She was practically raised in the kitchen since she always spent time watching and helping her mother cook the family's meals. Since the Thai and Laotian cultures are all about food, its beautiful flavors, strong spices, and fresh taste, Maile was very intrigued and began to learn at a very early age. She worked her first job as a prep cook at Thai Chef, in Lahaina, Maui. Unlike most children, Maile spent her summers cooking instead of playing.
During the ages of 16-18, she worked as a server at the now defunct Mekong Thai Restaurant on Beretania Street in Honolulu. By now, Maile had learnt the ropes of the restaurant business and was soon working at her Uncle Boun's restaurant, Paesano Ristorante Italiano in Manoa. After that, she quickly moved on to becoming an operating partner at her Aunt’s restaurant, Assaggio Ristorante Italiano in Hawaii Kai.
Having spent much of her time growing up in the restaurant business and inheriting the entrepreneurial spirit and family traditions of owning restaurants, it wasn’t long before Maile wanted to have a restaurant of her own. She wanted the freedom to create food the way she envisioned. This gave birth to Maile’s Thai Bistro in Hawaii Kai Towne Center. With the success of her first venture, she has opened Bellini Bistro and Bar in Ward Village in 2015.