Fresh Island Fare Makes A Splash

A La Carte Columns

January 25, 2016

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |

Imagine sitting poolside with the Hawaiian sun warming your skin and a cold one in your hand. All that’s missing is good food to snack on. Well, Swim has you covered, especially with the eatery’s list of happy hour specialties.

Highlighting local and fresh ingredients, the happy hour menu is sure to please tourists and locals alike. A selection of beer can be purchased for $5 per can, including local-choice Maui Brewing Co.’s Bikini Blonde. Live music helps to bring your evenings to a perfect point of relaxation with nightly performances from 6 to 9 p.m. Expect to see and hear the musical stylings of The Kailua Brothers and Tai-mane Gardner on the lanai, overlooking the beach and the sunset.

Aside from easily accessible parking — either valet or self parking, and both can be validated at Swim — kamaaina also receive 15 percent off with valid ID.

The overall experience at Swim is one that can’t be beat. With friendly staff, gorgeous views and quality food to match, never again will you have to scratch your head about where to go for pau-hana food, drinks and entertainment.


Remember that image of lounging by the pool? Now, add a basket of the crunchiest, most mouthwatering item on Swim’s happy hour menu and you have Fried Crispy Chicken ($6) placed next to your lounge chair. This may sound lackluster, but the way that Swim does it truly is inspirational, as boneless pieces of juicy meat are deep fried to a golden crisp and tossed in a tasty shoyu and chili sauce.

You’ll also want to try Kalua Pig Quesadillas ($8), which showcases Hawaii’s produce with a heaping side of guacamole, made fresh with ‘Nalo Farms avocados.

The quesadillas are stuffed with a generous amount of roasted kalua pig and cheese, grilled and then served with spicy mango salsa and creme fraiche. Edamame Hummus ($5), on the other hand, offers a lighter pupu option and is influenced by Hawaii’s multi-cultural food scene. The dip is served with locally made taro and sweet potato chips.


Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort And Spa,
2424 Kalakaua Ave., Third Floor, Waikiki
Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Happy hour, Monday-Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96815

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