Hale ‘Aina Happenings: What’s New With Hawai‘i Restaurants in July 2017

Peruvian cuisine at Hōkū’s, Roy’s Hawai’i Kai offers a sunset menu, Brew’d serves brunch at night.
Sample the agricole rum from Kō Hana on July 4 at mahina & Sun’s.
Photo: Courtesy of Mahina & Sun’s


Celebrate RumDependence Day at Mahina & Sun’s

Try the agricole rum of Kō Hana and talk story with brand manager and master bartender Kyle Reutner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on July 4 in the Tasting Room at chef Ed Kenney’s Mahina & Sun’s at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. The room is located in the hotel’s cabana area. Reutner will be pouring complimentary samples of the various types of Kunia-made rum, as well as other local bitters and spirits. (Kenney and Reutner have both won Hale ‘Aina Awards for their other ventures.)


SEE ALSO: The Job That Lured Top Bartender Kyle Reutner to Leave His Night Job


To celebrate the Fourth of July, the restaurant is also featuring a special barbecue lunch menu served poolside, with ribs, brisket, cornbread, coleslaw and collard greens.


The Tasting Room hosts complimentary events like this every Tuesday, where guests can sample craft beers, wines or spirits curated by bar lead Robert Bidigare.


(And, if you’re not doing anything tonight—June 30—the Surfjack is hosting a talk-story session with noted surfing filmmaker Taylor Steele at 6 p.m. His film, Proximity, will premiere on July 1 at the Honolulu Surf Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre.)


412 Lewers St., mahinaandsuns.com


Bread & Butter Hosting a Beer Pairing Dinner

Five courses, five beers. That’s the menu for Bread & Butter’s beer pairing dinner on Thursday, July 6.


The menu, which was created by chef Jared Astrinos with pairings by Southern Wine & Spirits cicerone Bill Carl, will feature beet terrine, Tabasco-smoked charred Spanish octopus, fresh sous vide halibut and pan-seared duck breast, all paired with craft beers of all varieties. There’s even a dessert pairing: house-made pistachio-and-lemon ice cream with Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino coffee porter. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $65 per person.


1585 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 949-3430, alohabreadandbutter.com


Taste the Flavors of Peru at a Special Dinner at Hōkū’s

Novo-Andean dishes by chef Dustin Koerner of Portland’s celebrated Andina Restaurant will be on the menu in various forms from July 14 to 31 at the The Kāhala Hotel & Resort.


Koerner will host a private five-course dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14, with special wine pairings by the hotel’s master sommelier-in-residence Roberto Viernes, and South American cocktails crafted by beverage artist Julie Reiner. The menu includes ceviche de mango verde, trio de causa (Peruvian layered potato dish) and lomo saltado (Peruvian stir fry). Cost is $135 per person.


The Maile Room will host a ceviche and poke challenge between Koerner and Hōkū’s executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi, with paired cocktails, on Saturday, July 15. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes an educational seminar, food tasting and cocktails. Cost is $50.


From July 15 to 31, Hōkū’s will offer a special four-course menu by Koerner, with his take on Peruvian culinary traditions. Cost is $75.


5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 739-8760, kahalaresort.com/dining/dining-offers-favorites


Roy’s Hawai‘i Kai Offers Sunset Menu

This ‘ahi tataki is on the new sunset menu at Roy’s Hawai‘i Kai.
Photo: Courtesy of Roy’s Hawai‘i


Take advantage of the longer days this summer at Roy’s Hawai‘i Kai, which is now offering a three-course prix fixe sunset pau hana menu.


Offered from 5 to 7 p.m., the menu features furikake-crusted big-eye ‘ahi tataki on Waimānalo greens, flame-grilled petite filet mignon and garlic shrimp Kaua‘i prawns, and the restaurant’s signature pineapple upside-down cake with vanilla ice cream. Cost is $45. Add $12.50 for a glass of Roy’s cabernet sauvignon or chardonnay.


6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, (808) 396-7697, royshawaii.com


Brew’d Serving Brunch at Night

Who says brunch has to be during the day?


Not the folks at Brew’d. The gastropub in Kaimukī is serving brunch from 5 to 11 p.m. on Tuesdays. The menu features house-made doughnuts with a craft-beer glaze ($8), biscuits with local pork sausage gravy ($10), a local pork sausage waffle sandwich ($12), and breakfast poutine with sausage, cheddar cheese, lamb gravy, bacon, eggs and tater tots ($12). There are also special brunchy cocktails, including Grapefruit Wheaties (grapefruit juice, Waikīkī Brewing Co. Hana Hou Hefe) and StrawBEERy Mosa (German Berliner Weisse, orange juice, strawberry syrup).


3441 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 732-2337, brewdcraftpub.com


Two New Dinner Dishes at M.A.C. 24/7

New on the menu at M.A.C. 24/7 is this pork chop with mushroom and onion gravy.
Photo: Courtesy of M.A.C. 24/7


The 24-hour Waikīkī eatery has recently unveiled two new dishes for dinner: a pan-seared boneless pork chop with mushroom and onion gravy and garlic mashed potatoes ($19) and a giant tempura fish sandwich with Sriracha tartar sauce and sidewinder fries ($18).


2500 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 921-5564, mac247waikiki.com


TS Restaurants Turns 40

TS Restaurants celebrates 40 years. Have a Hula Pie!
Photo: Courtesy of TS Restaurants


The Maui-based restaurant chain with 13 eateries in Hawai‘i and California celebrates 40 years.


TS Restaurants has grown from its first location—Kimo’s in Lahaina in 1977—to restaurants spanning the state and California, most notably Duke’s Waikīkī and Hula Grill Waikīkī. Kimo’s is still open, too, and has become a landmark on Front Street with its harbor views, fresh fish and the chain’s famous Hula Pie.




The 2018 Hale ‘Aina Awards ballot is now online! Vote for your favorite restaurants now through June 30 for a chance to win dining certificates from our Hale ‘Aina winners. Click here to vote now. Winners will be announced at the Hale ‘Aina Awards Ceremony on Sept. 17. Stay tuned to this page for updates.