A warm Waikiki welcomeCover Story
October 2, 2022
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: ANTHONY CONSILLIO
With cuisine inspired by local fishermen, farmers and ohana, Hula Grill offers a memorable dining experience overlooking iconic Waikiki Beach from Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, as guests are immersed in the authentic flavors of Hawaii.
For the past two decades, Hula Grill has served up its distinct brand of chef-inspired Hawaiian Regional Cuisine.
Hula Grill general manager Michelle Whitton explains that diners can look forward to “a relaxing evening above the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Enjoy attentive service, genuine hospitality with delicious food and creative cocktails along with beautiful views.”
Strawberry Mochi Waffle ($18) is a must-try breakfast favorite at Hula Grill, as Maui-grown strawberries, whipped mascarpone and Manoa honey top the delicious waffle to forge a unique flavor combination featuring plenty of sweet notes. Loco Moco ($23) is another breakfast mainstay at Hula Grill. This classic local dish is elevated with two eggs that are coupled with pork fried rice, braised short rib, kalua pork, Portuguese sausage and a savory shiitake mushroom gravy.
Crab Topped Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi ($45) is one of the show-stopping fresh Hawaiian fish entrées available to try. The flavorful local fish is accented with Maui Gold Pineapple beurre blanc and served with hapa rice. Coconut Seafood Chowder ($35) is another Hula Grill seafood sensation in which lobster, shrimp, scallops, Hawaiian fish, roasted kabocha, long beans and sesame chile oil are united in a zesty coconut cilantro broth.
Filet Steak Kiana ($47) is Hula Grill’s take on steak Diane, a pan-fried steak with a sauce crafted from the seasoned pan juices. The perfectly cooked steak is accompanied by Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, shiitake mushroom cream and Naked Cow Dairy butter.
In addition to offering stel lar cuisine and service, the Hula Grill team also takes pride in its commitment to the local community and Native Hawaiian culture. The restaurant recently held its annual E Ola Mau Ka Hula event, which honored kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine for her dedication to perpetuating the art of hula within the local community and abroad.
Hula Grill is open daily for breakfast (7-11 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), dinner (4:45-10 p.m.) and “early Eeats” (3-6 p.m. at the bar only), as well as for brunch (7 a.m.-3 p.m.) on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit hulagrillwaikiki.com to view the full menu and make reservations.
“We have been celebrating hospitality and the culture of the Hawaiian Islands with locally inspired cuisine for 18 years,” Whitton says. “Guests look forward to enjoying our great food, attentive service, beautiful view and great atmosphere.”