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Libations on the lanai

Cover Story

June 21, 2020

Story By: Nicole Monton | Photos by: The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Enjoy drinks and food from the Mahina & Sun’s lanai menu.

Nothing quite says “summer” like sippin’ on refreshing drinks and relaxing with some magnificently prepared morsels.

Now that bars around the state can reopen, those who stop in at Mahina & Sun’s at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club can expect their favorite libations and tasty small plates, as well as some specials that are social-distance friendly and a guaranteed good time.

“I truly want to thank the local community for supporting the hotel, and now the restaurant, as a local, independent business in Waikiki,” says general manager Lynette Eastman. “We were able to stay open, and are on the road to a brighter future. Mahalo!”

To say thank you, the restaurant has started up a special that kamaaina won’t be able to turn down: It’s happy hour all day, every day at Mahina & Sun’s, and everything on the lanai menu is discounted. From noon to 8 p.m. daily, diners can order from the bar, take a seat and indulge.

Kale Salad ($9) There’s a lot to love about this fresh dish, from its crispy texture to savory flavor.

“It’s very spacious,” says Eastman. “You can sit anywhere in the bar and the lanai, or the bar itself, and we’ll bring your food to you.”

The hotel has been utilizing its outdoor c o o k i n g area to whip up all the lanai menu favorites, and there’s a little bit of everything for everyone, including the vegan-friendly Avocado Tacos ($9) that come with shishito, picked red onions and smoked yogurt, as well as the Kale Salad ($9) that’s topped with cured egg yolk, Parmesan and an anchovy dressing.

“We also have the best french fries ($4) in the West,” adds Eastman, with a laugh.

Pair those with the Local Beef Sliders ($9) or locally sourced Grilled Opah Sandwich ($9) to round out a complete meal.

The Margherita Pizza ($15) or bacon-loaded Naked Pig Pizza ($15) are perfect for those looking to share — or to enjoy alone, no judgment here.

Margherita Pizza ($15) Enjoy this light, classic favorite that’s perfect for sharing.

Party on!

Avocado Tacos ($9)

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club keeps the party going with some exciting ways to be social, yet safe. It’s still hosting its Pau Hana Fridays, both in-person for guests and online for anyone who’d like to tune in. Then, next month, The Big Chill returns every first Saturday, as well as Old School By the Pool on the third Saturday and special silent discos by the pool. While guests can physically join in, the events will continue to be streamed online.

“We discovered through this pandemic that we can share with the world and our own country about this wonderful experience,” says general manager Lynette Eastman. “Surfjack is all about the experience.” And, don’t forget, it’s still happy hour all day, every day from the lanai menu. Get full details at online at surfjack.com/offers.

Get Shacked @ The Jack

˛ e Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club o˚ ers kamaaina a promotion that includes a special room rate, no amenity fees, waived dog fees, free parking and more. Need more incentive? ˛ e iconic “Wish

You Were Here!” pool is only available for hotel guests. Learn more online at surfjack.com/offers.

Drink up!

Mahina & Sun’s has happy hour all day, every day, which is good news for those who enjoy a refreshing libation to stave o~ the hot summer sun and warm nights.

Cra˚ cocktails are $7 — or supersize the portion (20 ounces) for $14, you deserve it — and feature all of the lanai menu favorites. ˛ e Maui Mule is a classic that highlights Pau vodka, while the Lewers Lemonade is the perfect blend of sweet and tart. General manager Lynette Eastman weighs in with her favorite: the Moon Dance, which comes with Prairie Organic gin, lime and rosemary-infused simple.

“It’s very fresh and light,” she shares. Beer drinkers can look forward to cans of Maui-brand brews, like Bikini Blonde and Big Swell IPA — $4 each. Or, opt for a Bucket of Beers ($20) that comes with six cans.

Find the full lanai drinks menu online at mahinaandsuns.com/menu.

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