Hale ‘Aina Happenings: What’s New With Hawai‘i Restaurants in September 2019
A pastry pop-up with liliko‘i brioche, a new place for taco Tuesday and where you can dine on four Hale ‘Aina-award winning chefs’ dishes in one place.
Halekūlani Bakery & Restaurant Pop-Up
Photo: Courtesy of Halekūlani
Something new is popping up in Waikīkī and you can get a sneak taste. The Halekūlani Bakery & Restaurant is opening a small shop three more times offering fresh baked bread, pastries and sweets to take home. The menu this weekend includes cheese, edamame, and fig and nut bread; banana coconut kouign amann, liliko‘i brioche and pan au chocolat; and Kona coffee malt balls, jasmine sable cookies, and macadamia nut or liliko‘i macadamia nut pearls. The pop-up is a preview of what the new restaurant will offer once it opens in its permanent spot, the Halepuna Waikīkī which is slated to open this fall in the site of the former Waikīkī Parc Hotel. Our sister site Frolic Hawai‘i already went shopping, and discovered a few favorite finds.
Prices range from $3.50 to $19.50. Sundays, Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and 13, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Halekūlani Gatehouse, 2199 Kālia Road, (800) 367-2343, halekulani.com
Taco and Tequila Tuesdays at 12th Ave Grill
Photo: Courtesy of 12th Ave Grill
There’s just one more chance to sip tequila and mezcal cocktails for 40% off at this consistent Kaimukī Hale ‘Aina winner. No reservations are allowed, just slide into the bar before the seats fill up. This week’s taco menu included shrimp and lobster, ground beef and fried potato options starting at $3 each along with other craft bar specials that usually start as low as $4. Get there early!
Cocktails at Rangoon Burmese Kitchen
Our 2019 Editor’s pick for Best New Restaurant has its liquor license, and although it means you’ll need to leave those bottles at home, there’s a new list of a dozen cocktails to choose from to pair with your tea leaf salad, curries and prawns with Burmese sour leaf. Options range from the Gin Bramble (fresh basil and cucumbers, lemon and gin) to the Pagoda Passion (vodka, liliko‘i, lime, orange bitters and egg white) and G-Fortune (tequila, mango, lychee and lemon). Prices range from $10 to $12.
Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Saturday. 1131 Nu‘uanu Ave., (808) 367-0645
Pai Summer Oktoberfest Dinner
chef kevin lee’s spin in spaetzle is part of pai honolulu’s special oktoberfest prix fixe menu.
Photo: Courtesy of Pai Honolulu
Warm potato and bierwurst salad, schnitzel and spaetzle are the specials at Pai’s version of Germany’s beer-centric celebration. The six-course prix fixe menu starts with pretzel rolls and beer cheese sauce and ends with dark chocolate fudge cake with black cherry compote. Dinner is available with or without pairings of German wines and beer. Prost!
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 5:45—10 p.m. $81.06, $118.48 with pairings. 55 Merchant St. (808) 744-2531, hnltix.com
First Sunday Brunch at Michel’s
Photo: Courtesy of Michelʻs at the colony surf
Brunch just got a little more romantic. Michel’s at the Colony Surf has launched a monthly brunch so you can sip a special mimosa and sit by the shore. For $56 (tax and gratuity not included) diners start with house-made yogurt, berries, Mānoa honey and a croissant. Then, select an appetizer, main dish and dessert. The menu for October includes curried seafood crepes with shrimp, local fish, scallops and blue crab; Scottish smoked salmon served with a German potato pancake and a dill cucumber salad; chef Toni’s Punalu‘u Sweet Bread French Toast with vanilla coconut custard and applewood bacon; prime rib-eye with garlic mashed potatoes and baked tomatoes; eggs Benedict à la Michel’s; a duo of mango and coconut sorbet; and macadamia nut and peach cobbler with cinnamon gelato. Add $10 for your choice of one of five special mimosas.
On Sale Now
HONOLULU Magazine’s Rosé Soirée presented by Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Photo: Gregory Yamamoto
It’s hot. Let’s rosé. Our celebration of these refreshing wines welcomes four Hale ‘Aina-award winning chefs, a tasty newcomer and gorgeous (and clearly Instagrammable) nonalcoholic sips from Best of HONOLULU winning local business Gazoz in the IBM Courtyard at Ward Village. Join us for dishes from Pai, Feast by chef Jon Matsubara, La Vie and 12th Ave Grill after a refreshing stop at Heaven on Earth Salon and Day Spa’s pampering station. Upgrade to VIP for early entry, a seat in the chic lounge and service by Senia.
$65, $95 for VIP. Saturday, Oct. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. VIP entrance at 5:30 p.m. IBM Building at Ward Village, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd., hnltix.com
Upcoming Hale ‘Aina Events:
Sept. 24—Stage Restaurant Wine Ovation Dinner
Sept. 28—Bevy’s Six-Year Anniversary party
Sept. 28—Vino serves at Festa Italiana
Sept. 30—Moon Night at Vegan Hills
HONOLULU Magazine established the Hale ‘Aina Awards in 1984, becoming the first local restaurant awards program. The first event was a potluck celebration in a HONOLULU Magazine conference room and over the years it’s grown into a glamorous gala. Now, it’s Hawai‘i’s longest-running and most distinguished culinary awards program, voted on by the savvy readers of HONOLULU Magazine for the best restaurants in Hawai‘i in 38 categories.