Where to take Mom for Mother's Day, Part II


It's not too late to get a great Mother's Day reservation. Here: Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Photo: Courtesy of Hilton Hawaiian Village

Time is ticking. Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 8. Still haven't decided where to take Mom?


We've already brought you some Honolulu Mothers Day options in Part I of this post. Here's Part II.


  • The Honolulu Academy of Arts has moved its Family Sunday this month to Mother's Day. That means admission is free, and for the first time, the Academy's stylish Pavilion Café is doing $30 prix-fixe brunch, including a traditional San Francisco breakfast,  Joe’s Special. Champagne is not included but available. The Academy is pulling out all the stops: free gifts for Mom, activities for kids, a Whole Foods tent selling kid-friendly food, and a "Great Women in Art Tour." Brunch reservations, 532-8734. It will sell out fast.


  • The Willows has both brunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and dinner (4 to 8 p.m.) buffets Mother's Day, $39.95. Vast menus with more breakfast items at brunch, more seafood at dinner, with prime rib and lamb chops at both meals.  952-9200


  • Il Lupino at the Royal Hawaiian Center has a Mother's Day Menu Brunch, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. From what I can decipher from chef Nick Sayada's handwritten menu, it sounds good: tomato panna cotta with microgreens, wild salmon benedict on crumpets, and, of course, Sayada's signature black and blue ahi.  All mothers receive a gift of Ivoire Chocolat. 922-3400


  • The Hilton Hawaiian Village would prefer you spoil Mom. Champagne brunch at the Rainbow Lanai with everything from sushi to salt-roasted prime rib and molasses baked ham, plus a whole table of desserts. $56 includes two glasses of champagne or mimosas, $24 for children under 12. Of course, the Hilton is suggesting you make a weekend of it, with a $149 kamaaina rate, one night parking credit  and 10 percent off at the Mandara Spa.


  • There's seating available at three major brunches. The Royal Hawaiian features a $92 ($65 for children) brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Monarch Room, with more food than even Biting Commentary can eat: waffle, omelet, pastries, seafood and salad station, plus a carving station with suckling pig, prime rib and even hulihuli chicken. Among the desserts, a chocolate fountain.


  • The Beachhouse at the Moana, not to be outdone, has a brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with 10 salads, 2 soups, 8 cold entrees, 9 hot entrees, 18 desserts and its own flowing river of chocolate. $92 with champagne, $80 without, $40 for children 12 and under,  921-4600.


  • Kai Market at the Sheraton Waikiki has brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with everything from Chinatown roast duck to Lehua rum raisin honey and Dole Plantation pineapple rubbed country style ham, plus pancakes to order, vast numbers of salads and entrees, and, you guessed it, a chocolate fountain.  Adults $59, Children $25, with four hours of free parking.  921-4600.


  • Morton's The Steakhouse has a special Mother's Day menu, $59, that lets Mom choose between five entrees, though Biting Commentary suggests the filet mignon Osker, with lump crabmeat, asparagus and Bearnaise sauce. Double chocolate mousse for dessert. 949-1300.


  • Wolfgang's Steakhouse has a Mother's Day Special as well: $45.95 for mixed greens, Caesar salad, or soup of the day, petit filet mignon, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach plus, for Mom, a free chocolate cream puff and Bavarian "gold" coins. 922-3600





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