New Year's Celebrations

To celebrate the New Year, a number of Hale ‘Aina Award-winning restaurants have special celebrations and menus planned for both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Here’s a run-down of what’s happening:

The original Roy’s in Hawaii Kai celebrates wih a delicious five course prix fixe menu. On Thursday, December 31, 2009, from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. this delicious menu will be available to help you ring in the New Year.

Photo: courtesy of
Roy’s Restaurants.

First course
Ahi Yukke & Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon
Quail egg, Sesame Tuile

Second course
Big Island Abalone & Kamuela Tomato Gazpacho
Sautéed Abalone, Garlic Crostini

Third course
Scallops in their Shells
Lobster Coral Butter Gratin, Domestic Osetra Caviar

Fourth course
(Your Choice of Entrée)

  • Jade Pesto Steamed Island Opakapaka Sizzling Peanut Soy ($74)
  • Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahimahi with Truffled King Crab Potato Purée, Lobster Butter Sauce ($69)
  • Pancetta Sea Scallops with Okinawan Potato Latkes, Preserved Meyer Lemon Brown Butter Vinaigrette ($73)
  • Hot Iron Seared Misoyaki Butterfish with Forbidden Rice, Sweet Ginger Wasabi Sauce ($74)
  • Giant Nigerian Prawns with Caramelized Shallot, Buttermilk Pancetta Risotto, Moi Fumé ($65)
  • Crispy Whole Ocean Farmed Moi with Golden Tomato Saffron Chili Pepper Water ($73)
  • Pan Roasted Breast of Goose with Apple, Chestnut, & Quinoa Crepes, Island Honey Horseradish Drizzle ($74)
  • Pan Roasted Veal Chop with Beet Purée, Nalo Watercress, Marsala Reduction ($75)
  • Tarragon Cervena Venison Rack Chop with Chevre & Currant Cream Cheese, Hazelnut Porcini Sauce ($74)
  • Grilled 8 oz. Filet Mignon with Wasabi Sour Cream Potato Purée, Port Pepper Sauce ($75)

Or enjoy one of the Duets:

  • Surf ‘n’ Turf of Wood Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb with Lilikoi Mint Demi Glace & Steamed Lobster Tail Yuzu Butter ($89)
  • Beef ‘n’ Reef Special of Grilled Filet Mignon & Nigerian Prawn with Wasabi Sour Cream Potato Purée, Port Pepper Sauce ($87)

Fifth course
Seasonal Dessert Creation by Pastry Chef

Menu and Prices are subject to product availabilty. Price per person is based on Entree Selection.

Reservations recommended. Reserve your table today! Call (808) 396-7697.

New Year’s never tasted so good at Alan Wong’s Honolulu. Chef de Cuisine Wade Ueoka and pastry chef Michelle Karr have put together a special  set course menu from 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. (no a la carte menu will be available)

The menu includes:


Photos: courtesy of Alan Wong’s Restaurants

A Tasting of Five Appetizers

  • Wagyu Beef Skewer with Hatcho Miso Vinaigrette
  • Day Boat Scallop with Ume Shiso Avocado Salsa
  • Seared Ahi with Curry Stuffed Tomato
  • Three Crab Meatball in Garlic Black Pepper Gravy
  • Kona Lobster "Caesar Salad" Crostini

Choice of:

  • Butter Poached Lobster "Bread Pudding"
    Nozawa Farms Creamed Corn
  • Steamed Moi
    Shrimp and Pork Hash, Truffle Nage

Choice of:

  • Ginger Crusted Onaga
    Organically Grown Mushrooms, Kahuku Corn, Miso Sesame Vinaigrette
  • "Surf N Turf"
    Maui Cattle Company Beef "Sukiyaki" & Alaskan King Crab with Wasabi Black Pepper Hollandaise
  • Colorado Lamb Wellington
    Spicy Lamb Sausage, Coconut Curry Sauce with Hamakua Springs Tomato Chutney

"Kula Strawberries and Champagne"
Plantation Style Strawberry Hibiscus Ice Cream Bombe, Carbonated Yuzu Curd, Crispy Meringue, Champagne Caviar

The menu is available for $105.00 per person.

For reservations, call (808) 949-2526.

New Year’s Celebrations continues…

Welcome 2010 with the remarkable cuisine of chef Jon Matsubara at Azure Restaurant. The restaurant and hotel host a huge celebration and have two exciting opportunities to put a nice decadent end to 2009, welcoming 2010 in delectible style.

Executive Chef Jon Matsubara has created a special menu for New Year’s Eve, proudly presenting an exceptional five-course dinner including appetizers, a choice of entree and desserts. This dinner is offered on December 31 and seating will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. (last seating is at 9 p.m.).

New Year’s Even Menu

Executive chef Jon Matsubara.
Photo: courtesy of Azure.

Amuse Bouche
“Champagne & Caviar”

First Course
Hawaiian Yellowfin Ahi & Diver Scallop Cru
Italian Black Truffle, Kappou, Shallot, Olive Oil Crisp

Second Course
Chilled Kona Lobster Salad
Shaved Fennel Bulb, Pepitas, Opal Shiso, Marinated Citrus

Third Course
Big Island Abalone
Escargot Butter, Parmesan, Japanese Citrus

Fourth Course
(Select One of Entrées)

  • Grilled Prime Rib Steak & Veal Cheek
    Crispy Fingerling Potatoes, Green Garlic Crème Fraiche, Abalone Mushroom Bordelaise
  • Venison “En Sous Vide” & Foie Gras
    Taro Brandy Puree, Cape Cod Cranberry Puree, Hamakua Mushroom Daube
  • Azure Cioppino
    Big Island Moi, Diver Scallop, Shrimp, Clam & Dungeness Crab Tarragon & Basil, Grilled Bread

Dessert/Fifth Course
White and Dark Chocolate Mousse on Salted Caramel Crispy Base, Port Reduction and Saffron Ice Cream

The cost of this extraordinary New Year’s Eve menu will be $150 per adult and $40 per child ages 5 – 12.

Hot Club of Hulaville

The price includes entry to The Royal Hawaiian’s New Year’s Eve party at the Monarch Terrace, Ocean Lawn and Mai Tai Bar featuring the energetic swing band Hot Club of Hulaville.

Or Celebrate in Royal Style at the Royal Beach Club

The private cabana setting at Azure. Photo: courtesy of Azure.

Celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve with your closest friends in a private beachfront cabana of the Royal Beach Club and the remarkable five-course dinner by Executive Chef Jon Matsubara of Azure Restaurant.  This extraordinary occasion is available for a cabana rental fee of $500 plus $150 per person for the five-course dinner.

Seating at Royal Beach Club cabanas begin at 8:30 p.m. that allows exclusive use for the remainder of the evening until 1 a.m. Cabanas include a bottle of Louis Roederer “Cristal” Champagne and entry to the NYE@TRH celebration at Mai Tai Bar and Ocean Lawn. These exclusive Royal Beach Club cabanas are in limited supply and reservations are required.

For reservations or more information, please visit or contact the Starwood dining desk at 921-4600. All applicable taxes will be applied and a 17 percent gratuity will be applied for parties of seven or more. A credit card will be required to secure a reservation.

The fireworks are on your plate over at Top of Waikiki. Grab a great view of the fireworks and a great meal at the same time.

For New Year’s, Top of Waikiki has created a special 5-course prix-fixe menu made up of their award-winning dishes. There will be three seatings: at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Award-winning highlights include:

    American Style Kobe Beef on a Hot Rock. Photo: courtesy of Top of Waikiki

  • Catfish Taco with "Mock" Guac – Taste of Honolulu: Best Seafood
    Thai spice-marinated fried catfish with coconut shrimp remoulade & coconut shrimp salsa & sweet potato-mango guacamole.
  • Lobster-Crab Salad with Hawaiian Papaya & Crispy Plantains – 2007 Flavors of Honolulu: Best Salad
    Crispy lobster-crab cake "croutons" with organic greens, Maui onions & local baby tomatoes with citronette-avocado aioli & papaya vinaigrette.
  • Hawaiian sliders – 2007 Taste of Kapolei:  Best Appetizer
    3 mini burgers of foie gras, duck pistachio, cognac pate, blended with our house ground beef, pear-pineapple relish camembert cheese on a profiterole
  • American Style Kobe Beef on a Hot Rock – 2006 Taste of Honolulu: Best Beef
    Rare filet mignon seared on a hot river stone with a merlot-red miso glaze
  • 16 oz. Grilled Garlic Ribeye with Maple-Togarashi Bacon – 2007 Honolulu Advertiser Best of the Best: Best Steak
    soy balsamic glaze, patatas bravas & wasabi aioli
  • Surf & Turf – 2006 Taste of Honolulu: Best Seafood
    Shrimp & Grits and Kalani’s Kalbi Short Ribs

See the official menu with all of the details. (click "What’s New")

The five-course menu is available for $75 for the first two seatings and for $95 for the last seating at 9 p.m.

For reservations, please call (808) 237-3443. Or check out for menu info.

New Year’s Celebrations continues…

Over at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, both Hoku’s and Plumeria Beach House host New Year’s Eve celebrations.


Photo: courtesy of The Kahala.

Hoku’s will feature a special 5-course set menu on Thursday, December 31st from 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

First course
Kumamoto Oyster and Caviar
Tsar Nicoulai Osetra Caviar, Mini Mojito

Second course
Duet of Suckling Pig
Pork Chop, Pork Belly, Asian Apple Relish, Heirloom Lomi Tomato

Third course
Maine Lobster and Chantrelle Risotto
Crispy Mushrooms, Uni Pomelo Sauce

Fourth course
Milk Fed Veal Chop
Pan Seared Frenched Veal Chop, Salsify, Natural Jus

Dessert course
Chef’s New Year’s Dessert Special

The menu Includes a glass of Taittinger Champagne for adults for $90 per person; a la carte menu also available.


On New Year’s Eve, Plumeria Beach House has a special dinner buffet from 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Click to see the menu

Enjoy live entertainment: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Hawaiian music; 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Son Caribe Band. The New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet is available for $80 per person and includes a glass of Taittinger Champagne for adults.

On New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1st, Plumeria Beach House hosts both a brunch and dinner buffet.

The Brunch Buffet takes place from11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and includes ozoni and ochasuke action stations

The Dinner Buffet  takes place from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  and also will feature ozoni and ochasuke action stations.

Click the links to see the featured menus(Brunch/Dinner).

Both buffets are available for $60 Adults; $45 Children (ages 4-12) each.

Event prices listed above do not include tax and gratuity. For dining reservations, call The Kahala at (808) 739-8760 or e-mail

Photo: courtesy of The Beachhouse at the Moana.

On Thursday, December 31st, from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m., Beachhouse at the Moana will present a special Ala Carte New Year’s Eve Dinner. Available for $150 per adult, $50 per keiki 12 and under.

Then early New Year’s morning, from 5:30 – 11 a.m.,  the Veranda will host a special Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. Choose between 20 different premium vodkas, gins and tequilas and over 30 ingredients to create your own perfect Bloody Mary or try one of our hand-crafted ultra-premium Bloody Marys from a master mixologists!

If Bloody Marys aren’t for you, you can choose between 10 different sparkling wines and champagnes and a selection of local hand squeezed organic juices and mixes to create the ultimate Mimosa!

For reservations or more information on menu details, please contact the Starwood dining desk at 808-921-4600 or e-mail All applicable taxes will be applied and a 17 percent gratuity will automatically be applied for parties of seven or more. Complimentary valet parking is available at the Moana Surfrider as well as validated self parking at the Sheraton Princess Ka‘iulani.

New Year’s Celebrations continues…

New Year’s Eve at Nobu Waikiki offers a chance to enjoy an exclusive Omakase menu.

    Photo: by Barbara Kraft;
    courtesy of Nobu Waikiki

    Raw Oysters with Maui onion & Nobu Salsa; Abalone with Yuzu Dressing & Okra
    Salmon marinated with tomato, red onion, cucumber and cilantro oil
    Oh toro sashimi “pastrami”-style with tosazu dressing and fresh Hawaiian Ogo
    Oven-roasted Maine Lobster topped with Uni butter
    Sweet potato, chestnut and chocolate

Available for $150 per person (not inclusive of tax or tip).

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (808) 237-6999.


Photo: courtesy of VINO

Ring in the New Year at VINO! New Year’s Eve . Starting at 9 p.m., VINO will host a tasting of 5 wines –2 ounces each. The list includes a few of VINO’s favorite producers & vineyards.

Click here to see the wines.

Following the tasting, VINO will have a dinner by chef Keith Endo. The menu will be free and Keith will just create whatever he wants, so take a leap of faith and trust in this Hale ‘Aina Award-winning chef. It is a way to get some good food in your stomach after the tasting & before you head out.

The event is $50 per person for the tasting & $50 per person for the dinner (not including tax & gratuity).

Limited seating by reservations only.

Call (808) 533-4476 or e-mail Nicole at for reservations.

Formaggio Grill in Kailua will also be hosting a special New Year’s Eve dinner.

Photo: courtesy of Formaggio.

The menu includes:

Choice of Appetizers

  • Flaming Rockefeller
  • Ocean Pearls & Tartar Trio
  • Rolled Tenderloin Carpaccio

Soup or Salad

  • Lobster Bisque to Live For
  • Champagne Poached Pear Salad

Choice of Entree

  • Butter Poached Shellfish Trio
    King Crab, Prawns & Half Lobster Tail
  • Prosciutto Wrapped Pacific Tuna
    Cherry Tomato Confit & Wilted Spinach
  • Petit Beef Fillet "Rossini"
    Seared Foie Gras,Celery Root Mousse & Broccolini

Resolution Desserts Selection

  • Golden Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Champagne & Strawberries
  • Pistachio Pefiteroles

The dinner is available for $69 per person (plus Tax and Gratuity)

Call (808) 263-2633 for reservations.

Photo: courtesy of The Willows

The Willows has announced their New Years holiday menu special. New Years Eve and New Years Day at the restaurant will feature a delicious line-up from chef Jay Matsukawa.

The menu will include a variety of Hawaiian/ American favorites such as a chilled seafood station with Kim Chee Tako Poke, Island Style Ahi Poke and King & Snow Crab Legs. A carving station will include Rosemary crusted Prime Rib and a Herb Spiced Rack of Lamb with Mint Infused Demi-Glace.

This special menu will also include many holiday favorites such as Apple Bacon & Corn Chowder, Herb Crusted Roast Turkey, Misoyaki Butterfish, Peppered Roast Pork with Caramelized Onion Jus, and a Crab Crusted Salmon with Lemon Dill Sauce.

A variety of desserts that includes Pumpkin Pie, Red Velvet Cake, Custard Pie, Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding, Strawberry Cheesecake and a Creamy Eggnog Panna Cotta will also be available.

The cost for the buffet is $39.95 for lunch or dinner.

For more information, please visit or call (808) 952-9200 for reservations