Enjoy an epicurean experience

A La Carte

March 3, 2024

Story By: Stephanie Lopes | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo

(From left) Queens Gambit ($28), Mr. Brightside ($10), Kahiko ($16)

For afternoons and evenings filled with unique experiences, look no further than Mahina & Sun’s in Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club.

“The texture of mid-century décor, intertwined with Hawaiian music, combined with elevated home cooking and mixed with the magical cocktails by our bar czar gives everyone poolside at Mahina & Sun’s a sense of Waikiki’s past with a vintage modern twist,” explains chef Erik Leong.

Whether stopping by for happy hour (noon-5:30 p.m.) or dinner (5:30-10 p.m.), the restaurant’s dishes and drinks are sure to please the palate.

Off the Hook ($35) features fresh fish alongside ulu purée and asparagus. The dish is garnished with lemon, salsa verde and jicama to add to the fusion of local-inspired flavors.

Pork ($36) displays coconut pork shoulder luau, tomato and onion for a new take on the iconic laulau. For a sweet treat, try the Uala Cheesecake ($10), which is crafted with locally grown sweet potatoes, whipped cream and candied pecans.

A visit to Mahina & Sun’s isn’t complete without trying its craft cocktails while listening to contemporary Hawaiian musicians during Mahina Lounge Live (6:30-9 p.m. daily).

Kahiko ($16) is bar czar Christian Taibi’s tiki cocktail spin on the classic old fashioned with Kupu whisky and coconut water ice cubes, and Mr. Brightside ($10) is a nonalcoholic thirst-quenching lemonade created with homemade turmeric shrub and fresh mint. The Queens Gambit ($28) pairs a cold martini with a medley of olive caviar.

Validated parking is available at the Hyatt Centric garage.

412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

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