Enjoy ono food and live music every dayA La Carte
July 8, 2018
Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
It’s Tuesday evening at Kani Ka Pila Grille, which is located at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. Overhead, stars twinkle in a clear night sky as palm tree leaves sway lazily with the trade winds.
On a small stage, Hawaiian music legend Weldon Kekauoha and his trio launch into Queen’s Jubilee, a melody written by Queen Liliuokalani more than 125 years ago.
A charming server brings a tray of cocktails to the table and invites you to order dinner from a selection of American classics and delectable local-style favorites.
Could life get any sweeter?
Kani Ka Pila Grille is known as one of the tastiest, most tuneful venues in town. The entertainment calendar at this casual pool-side restaurant regularly features Hawaii’s finest musicians, and the menu includes dishes designed to please the most discerning kamaaina palates.
A dish sure to satisfy any diner is Sticky Ribs ($18), which features a half rack of pork ribs smothered in Thai chili sauce, served with fries and house-made pickled vegetables.
“The ribs are one of our top sellers!” says Delia Romano, executive sous chef for the eatery. “Our runner-up is our KKPG Cheeseburger and Fries ($24), two 4-ounce patties of Angus beef with aged yellow cheddar cheese, topped with bacon, lettuce, a fried onion ring, heirloom tomato, and smoked and spicy ketchup.”
For guests who crave surf more than turf, Romano recommends Seafood Platter ($32).
“That’s one of our best deals,” notes Romano. “It comes with the grilled fish of the day, usually mahi, plus three big baked shrimps, fried calamari and a crab cake. It’s big enough to share!”
The music is ono, too. Regular performers include Kawika Kahiapo and Hookena. Special guests this month include Maunalua, Kenneth Makuakane, and Ei Nei, winners of the Kani Ka Pila Grille 9th Annual Talent Search.
Kani Ka Pila Grille is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.