Bask in the ‘Sun’ of wonderful cuisine at gem in WaikikiA La Carte
November 3, 2019
Story By: Caroline Wright | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
Opened in the hip new Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in April 2016, Mahina & Sun’s made a huge splash immediately upon its arrival here.
This eatery is a gem in the bustle of Waikiki. Dishes are made with organic ingredients and advanced techniques. The restaurant’s name, bestowed by original owner Sean Williams, reflects its focus on sustainability, with a nod toward “the sun and moon on the ocean,” and its treasures of seafood, explains general manager Lynette Eastman.
“Mahina & Sun’s follows the Town philosophies of sustainability and fresh, local seafood, produce, and ingredients blended together for a wonderful culinary experience,” Eastman says.
Directed by Town hospitality’s chef Ed Kenney (founder of Town, Mud Hen Water and Kaimuki Superette), Mahina & Sun’s offers a fresh experience that kamaaina will find delightful and fun. Every day, all day long, Mahina & Sun’s offers Happy Hour menu pricing to guests with ID who work in hospitality and food service. The restaurant’s live music program begins at 7 p.m. each evening and features local legends like Kelly Boy DeLima, Jeff Rasmussen and Weldon Kekauoha.
And the food is magnificent. Executive chef (and local girl) Nani Kuloloia and a team that includes chef de cuisine Elvia Villatoro continue offering beloved dishes like Town’s Ahi Tartar and Mahina’s Family Feast (featuring whole deep sea snapper, mochiko-fried or steamed), while developing new favorites and instant classics.
“Our Taste of Mahina is the best way to experience Mahina & Sun’s,” says Eastman. “We decided to offer a prix fixe menu to help guests get a taste of our favorites. Every dish is different but very satisfying.” The tasting menu is priced at $65, with wine pairings for an additional $35.