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Event Ballrooms Cater to All Occasions

By Kyle Galdeira Photos By ANTHONY CONSILLIO
August 21, 2016

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Pomaikai Ballrooms offers an array of menu options with elegant bites, such as Blackened Ahi with Wasabi Cream Sauce.

Pomaikai Ballrooms offers an array of menu options with elegant bites, such as Blackened Ahi with Wasabi Cream Sauce.

Pomaikai Ballrooms serves as an ideal locale for any gathering, and offers an enhanced level of quality and value via delectable dining options and impeccable customer service.

Situated conveniently on the second floor of Dole Cannery in Iwilei, Pomaikai Ballrooms serves up elegance and style along with a warm, inviting atmosphere — and without the stress involved with fighting traffic into and out of Waikiki.

Business leaders and their employees, as well as local families and community groups, continue to enjoy the hospitality and convenience provided by Pomaikai Ballrooms, which opened three years ago. The venue features state-of-the-art amenities and exquisite cuisine — all just minutes away from downtown Honolulu. Guests are encouraged to book their special events now in anticipation of the bustling holiday season.

Chicken with Grilled Vegetables and Yellow Thai Curry

Chicken with Grilled Vegetables and Yellow Thai Curry

Pomaikai Ballrooms serves up a host of menu options that pair perfectly with every event, including the Buffet Medley for lunch or dinner.

The lunch buffet options range from $31 per person for four salads, two entrees, one hot vegetable choice and a starch, to $41 per person including prime rib, four salads, three entrees, one hot vegetable selection and a starch. These prices are based on a 50-person minimum, and additional salads or starches can be added for $1.50 each per person.

For dinner, the buffet options start from $41 per person for five salads, one soup, two entrees, a hot vegetable choice and two starches, to $51 per person including prime rib, five salads, a soup, three entrees, one hot vegetable option and two starches. These dinner buffet prices are based on a 75-person minimum. Various desserts and beverages also are available as part of the buffet selections.

Miso Salmon with Roasted Baby Vegetables

Miso Salmon with Roasted Baby Vegetables

The stellar menu is accented with local flavors and influences from Pomaikai Ballrooms’ heart-of-the-house team led by executive chef Freddie Billena and sous chef Eddy Ayau. Some of the popular entree selections are: Furikake Crusted Ahi with Wasabi Aioli; Baked Chicken with Grilled Vegetables and Yellow Thai Curry; and Miso Salmon with Roasted Baby Vegetables.

“One of the highlights of our facility is its convenient downtown Honolulu location, and customers remark that when they’re here, it feels like an elegant hotel setting,” says Jeff Marcello, general manager of Pomaikai Ballrooms. “We strive to provide a high-quality destination experience at an affordable price. The time is right to start planning your holiday parties and gatherings in anticipation of the busy season.”

South Western Salad with Black Beans, Corn, Bell Peppers and Avocado topped with Tortilla Chips

South Western Salad with Black Beans, Corn, Bell Peppers and Avocado topped with Tortilla Chips

Guests also are encouraged to utilize Pomaikai Ballrooms for an array of year-round events, including business functions, weddings, baby luaus and graduation celebrations.

The spacious facilities include Hokulei Ballroom (11,194 square feet) and Piilani Ballroom (7,399 square feet), which can be subdivided to accommodate 700 and 400 people based on stage set up, and well over 1,000 and 600 when arranged reception-style. Pomaikai Ballrooms also features a 6,000-square-foot foyer, which can accommodate various events from receptions to expos with booths and product showcases.

Mini Double Fudge Chocolate Brownies, Mini Lemon Meringue Tart and Mini Chantilly Cream Puffs

Mini Double Fudge Chocolate Brownies, Mini Lemon Meringue Tart and Mini Chantilly Cream Puffs

Guests are encouraged to log on to PomaikaiBallrooms.com to view additional menu options, learn about the venue’s accommodations and even take a virtual photo tour of the facilities. Pomaikai Ballrooms accepts cash, checks and credit card payments, and its skilled staff is standing by to assist with arranging the ideal event. The venue features approximately 1,200 parking stalls, a revamped air conditioning system, WiFi Internet throughout (available for a nominal charge), enhanced stages, and accompanying sound and lighting systems that serve as key amenities available for virtually any gathering.

Pomaikai Ballrooms

Dole Cannery, second floor
735 Iwilei Road
369-8600
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