Continuing a Local LegacyInside Feature
October 10, 2017
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Anthony Consillio
Surrounded by koi ponds, lush gardens and cascading waterfalls, Pagoda Floating Restaurant offers up a wide range of local-style comfort food featuring Asian, American and Hawaiian influences within a tranquil, inviting setting.
For more than five decades of serving the local community and visitors alike, Pagoda represents a local icon known for its fusion of stellar cuisine and unforgettable oasis-like ambiance nestled within the bustling Keeaumoku dining hub. Pagoda Floating Restaurant emphasizes flavors of Hawaii from the present and the past throughout its buffet selections and entree offerings, available from breakfast to dinner.
Under the guidance of executive chef Michael Arita, the familiar restaurant’s menu features local ingredients and fresh flavors to attract first-time diners, while also keeping regulars coming back for more. The Pagoda Floating Restaurant & Catering team takes pride in seeing customers in the family-friendly environment, where diners of all ages can enjoy their favorite meals while also taking time to feed the giant koi.
“We continue to welcome lots of families that enjoy our home-style cooking and fusion cuisine,” says restaurant manager Tracy Yadao. “We continue to offer reasonable prices and our local diners appreciate that.”
Arita and his heart-of-the-house team have put together a popular array of entrees to accompany the breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet options. Sunshine Breakfast ($5.99) is one of Pagoda’s “Early Riser” specials available daily from 7 to 8:30 a.m. This local favorite features a hearty portion of Portuguese sausage, homemade fried rice and two eggs prepared to the diner’s liking.
Pagoda is also becoming a popular happy hour destination, as guests can take advantage of superb specials from 5 to 6 p.m. As a special inside scoop for Dining Out readers, enjoy 12 pieces of succulent Garlic Shrimp, which are sauteed with garlic, butter and white wine, for just $9 during happy hour, and $15 from 6 p.m. to closing.
Seafood enthusiasts will also clamor for Fresh Goose Point Oysters served with a choice of spicy cocktail sauce or ponzu for just $1.50 apiece during happy hour, or $3 each from 6 to 8 p.m. at the bar.
In anticipation of the holiday season, Pagoda is offering a Holiday Gift Card Special now through the end of the year. Simply purchase a $100 gift card and receive a complimentary 8-ounce prime rib and 1-pound platter of Alaskan snow crab (valued at $30), redeemable upon the next visit.
Make reservations today for the upcoming Hawaiian 105 Live Broadcast Brunch ($45 per person, all inclusive) slated for Saturday, Oct. 28 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in Pagoda Hotel’s C’est Si Bon Ballroom. Hosts Shannon Scott and Mele Apana will be joined by popular local music groups Kapena and Keauhou, and guests will enjoy everything from an omelet station to a waffle station, snow crab and more popular local selections on the buffet. Call Risa or Darlene at 948-8370 to make reservations today, as this event is sure to fill up quickly.