The Halekulani is probably the nicest hotel in the whole state of Hawaii. It has a prime spot the beach, right in the center of Waikiki, yet has the feel of a much large secluded resort. The hotel has several terrific bars and restaurants that feature awesomely crafted island specialties. Pictured is my Mai Tai from the restaurant Orchid’s at sunset. It was delicious. We also experienced once of the best ever tuna poke’s at the beach side bar.
The famed Lewars Lounge in the hotel was recently restored to it’s former glory as the premiere lounge in Waikiki. THey pulled out all the stops, bringing in the “King of Cocktails” Dale DeGroff, formerly of the Rainbow Room, to design a unique cocktail menu for the Halekulani. The following is an excerpt from Hawaiirama, run by our new friend Alex, on his trip to Lewars Lounge:
“Fortuitously, I ran into Lesa Griffith, an assistant features editor at the Honolulu Advertiser and heavy foodie like myself. She used to edit my work at TimeOut New York. We both love Lewers.”