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A La Carte Columns

April 24, 2016

Story By: Lynsey Beth Futa |

Beach House Salad ($18). Missy Romero photo

Beach House Salad ($18). Missy Romero photo

Entering The Kahala Hotel & Resort is like stepping into another world, separate from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. Everything is bright and whimsical, including Plumeria Beach House, one of the hotel’s most revered restaurants.

Opening up to a panorama of the ocean, Plumeria Beach House offers more than just picturesque views. Executive chef Wayne Hirabayashi brings to the table delicious, innovative recipes using Hawaii’s finest produce.

For Mother’s Day (May 8), Hirabayashi has created a dinner buffet to remember, featuring various salads, sushi, prime rib, seafood and a long list of decadent desserts. The buffet is $75 for adults and $37.50 for children under 12 years old, plus Mom will receive a $50 Kahala Spa treatment gift certificate for coming in to celebrate that day.


Beach House Salad ($18) perfectly represents the colorful and fresh essence of Hawaii. With produce from the best local resources, including Sumida Farms watercress, ‘Nalo Greens, Ho Farms tomatoes and grilled Kahuku corn, this salad is an instant favorite. To complete the salad, add quinoa, roasted kobocha, grapefruit, Kurobuta pork belly, grilled jumbo shrimp and caper mustard-seed vinaigrette.

Hirabayashi’s Fresh Island Catch Bouillabaisse ($32) is another must-have. Kauai Prawns, snow crab, New Zealand mussels, Manila clams and supreme white fish (Monchong pictured) are cooked in lobster stock with fennel and saffron for a light, swoon-worthy taste.

Plumeria Beach House

A la carte: breakfast, 6:30-11 a.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner, 5:30-10 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday for dinner; buffets also offered during the week)

Honolulu, HI 96816

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