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Waikiki's Moana Surfrider celebrates 110 years with wine and food gala, March 11


An historic view of the Moana Surfrider, the "first lady of Waikiki," who turns 110 this week.

Courtesy Starwood

The Moana Surfrider, the first lady of Waikiki, celebrates 11 decades this Friday.  Of course, there's a party.

The whole hotel has gone 11-crazy.  On March 11, from 6:11 to 9:11 p.m., the hotel's Diamond Lawn will host a food and wine gala birthday party, featuring 11 food stations, one for each decade.

  • 1900 – Veal cheeks with applewood bacon polenta and Nalo micro greens.
  • 1910 – Risotto station with chicken and asparagus, and lobster with Kahuku corn and Hamakua mushrooms.
  • 1920 - Kurobuta pork sliders with Thai chili mango relish and candied apples topped with Maui pineapple jus.
  • 1930 – Pan seared onaga, saffron basmati rice pilaf with Figaro sauce and ikura.
  • 1940 – Duck Breast a l’orange with gingered Goji berries and taro scallion pancakes.
  • 1950 – Filet Steak Diane flambé with fine herbs buttered gnocchi.
  • 1960 – Filet of mahimahi on Okinawan sweet potato salad topped with jade caviar cream.
  • 1970 – Rack of lamb with tomato apricot chutney.
  • 1980 – Shrimp and scallops “Newburg” vol au vent, North Shore prawns.
  • 1990 – Minted cantaloupe, and honeydew and watermelon pearls in a green-tea essence.  Beggars purse with pipikaula, smoked salmon, crabmeat on mushroom caps, and Thai ahi tartar on cucumber.
  • 2000 – Ahi nicoise tasting with ahi, olives, and fingerling potatoes with wasabi aioli.
  • 2011 – Desserts including crepe Suzettes, cherries jubilee, cheesecakes, macaroons, tiramisu, coconut and chocolate cake, éclairs, cream puffs, chocolate operas and raspberry mousse cake.

Let me set aside my skepticism a moment here. (People in the Islands ate veal cheeks and polenta in 1900? sliders with Thai chili in 1920?)

Whipped up by Moana chef Rodney Uyehara, Royal Hawaiian chef Jon Matsubara and Sheraton Waikiki chef Ryan Loo, these "contemporary interpretations of historic dishes," as the hotel is calling them, at least sound good. 

And people really did eat duck a l'orange  in the ’40s (though probably not with Gogi berries) and steak Diane in the ’50s (probably without gnocchi).

Wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, and music by Amy Hanaialii Gilliom and Jeff Peterson.   The cost per person?  You guessed it, $110.  For tickets or VIP table pricing, (808) 923-2861.

Of course, that's not all.  You may wish to round up three friends and take tea (above) on March 11 at 12:11 p.m.  The anniversary edition of hotel's famed afternoon tea will allow you and your friends to while away the afternoon in neocolonial splendor with finger sandwiches, scones and Devonshire cream, $110 for four.  We're guessing there will be champagne as well as tea.

If champagne's not enough, the Banyan Court bar will be offering tropical drinks at half price from 11:11 a.m.-11:11 p.m.

And Rodney Uyehara has whipped up a special four-course, $110 dinner for the hotel's Beachhouse Restaurant which runs through March 31, from 5:11 to 9:11 p.m.  We've been bugging Rodney to get us in for an early preview, so stay tuned.

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, 2365 Kalakaua Ave., (808) 922-3111, moana-surfrider.com

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