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Party on in Waikiki for Mardi Gras

A La Carte

February 11, 2024

Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

The Bourbon Street Seafood Boil ($100, serves two) is available only on Valentine’s Day.

Whether relaxing with friends, enjoying a first date or celebrating a special occasion, the team at Mahina & Sun’s has created a distinct vibe where guests enjoy local-style comfort food and delicious beverages that are available during daily happy hour and dinner service.

With Mardi Gras coming up on Feb. 13, Mahina & Sun’s welcomes guests to the go-to party spot featuring popular dishes and spirits to mark the occasion. Situated in Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki on Lewers Street, Mahina & Sun’s is an alluring oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle that continues to forge a genuine connection and experience for guests.

Executive chef Erik Leong encourages diners to try some of the menu’s “heavy hitters” in honor of Mardi Gras, including Fresh Oysters ($18 for six, $30 for 12). Then, Feb. 12-17, he recommends specialties crafted for the occasion such as Boudin Fritters ($15) with malt vinegar aioli, as well as Bananas Foster ($12) with vanilla gelato.

“Taking center stage is the pièce de resistance: our Val entine’s Day-only Bourbon Street Seafood Boil ($100, serves two),” Leong says. “It offers traditional flavors of New Orleans with some local touches and techniques. This is our chance to test the waters to see if this is something people would dig, or if we are swimming up the wrong stream.”

Executive bar czar Christian Taibi continues to impress guests with awesome hand-crafted cocktails as he brings experience in the New York nightlife scene to the restaurant’s expansive bar, that serves as the poolside restaurant’s centerpiece.

Absinthe Frappe ($16) kicks off the Mardi Gras-inspired cocktail specials as this refreshing palate cleanser infuses anise, cucumber and citrus notes in an “incredible introduction to the world of absinthe.” Sazerac ($16) is a classic French Quarter old fashioned, while The Hurricane ($16) is a New Orleans staple featuring a collaboration of rums and fruits that includes Taibi’s unique fassionola syrup with notes of strawberry, lilikoi, hibiscus and vanilla.

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