Serving Up a Modern, Elegant Dining ExperienceFeatures Order of the Day
April 28, 2013
Story By: Michelle Lee | Photos by: Leah Friel
Perhaps the only thing better than a great meal is having a beautiful place to enjoy it with family and friends. Nowhere else is such a belief so strongly agreed upon than among the beautiful islands of Hawaii. So it comes as no surprise that the unveiling of the new Pomaika’i Ballrooms, with its state-of-the-art facilities and tasty Pacific Rim-style menu, would be cause for much excitement in the community.
Located on the second floor of Dole Cannery, the Pomaika’i Ballrooms is the most recent venture of FCH Enterprises, the powerhouse that manages Zippy’s Restaurants, Napoleon’s Bakery and A Catered Experience. After undergoing an extensive six-month renovation, the facility now boasts more than 18,000 square feet, making it the ideal venue for everything from small, intimate gatherings to large-scale events.
Fully staffed with seasoned veterans from the hotel industry, the ballrooms offer a warm and elegant ambiance with catering and entertainment capabilities.
“We tailor our services accordingly to the client’s needs and offer special packages for almost any public event from weddings to graduation parties to corporate meetings,” says Jeff Marcello, general manager of Pomaika’i Ballrooms. “Our downtown location and affordable prices make the ballrooms the perfect venue for any occasion.”
Under the oversight of executive chef Freddie Billena, the Pomaika’i Ballrooms offers an impressive menu complete with breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The Buffet Medley Lunch (starting at $26 per person) allows customers to choose four salads, two entrees, one hot vegetable and one starch dish.
Popular items within the buffet menu include the Crab Crusted Salmon with Chili Cream Sauce, as well as the Braised Short Ribs with Cabernet Sauce. The venue also boasts an appetizing Carving Station, which includes numerous meat entrees, like the celebrated Whole Roast Pig with Bao Buns and Plum Sauce (starting at $10 per person).
Diners may also choose a menu centered toward a specific type of cuisine. The Hawaiian Favorites Lunch Buffet (starting at $27 per person) includes a variety of local dishes such as Lau Lau with Pork and Fish, Chicken Long Rice and Charbroiled Teriyaki Beef. The venue also has a variety of Japanese-style and Chinese-style buffet packages as well.
“We finally have a place downtown where people can enjoy an extremely modern and refined dining experience for a comparably lower price than what most Waikiki hotel restaurants charge,” says Marcello. “Whether your budget is high or low, our event coordinators will work with you.”
The venue is currently accepting reservations and has already filled up much of its event calendar with those who have heard about the ballrooms via word-of-mouth. Next month, on Sunday, May 12, the venue in conjunction with Island 98.5 radio will be hosting a Mother’s Day brunch with live entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase now.
Those interested in planning a function are welcome to look at the Pomaika’i Ballrooms calendar of events online at www.pomaikaiballrooms.com.
Dole Cannery, second floor
735 Iwilei Road, Honolulu
Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.