Kelley O’Neil’s, Lewers St, Waikiki
Kelley O’Neil’s is an Irish Pub in Waikiki on Lewers Street. This street is the heart of Waikiki's noightlife district, but most places these days are upscale dining establishments; this pub breaks the mold by offering a dark, noisy, smoky locals bar in the middle of it all.
We arrived around 9pm, and the bar was already pretty full, with just some standing room at the end of the bug U-shaped bar. We ordered a few drinks and listened to the live music for maybe an hour. The locals were friendly, but the smoke was a bit overwhelming. I'm surprised people can still smoke indoors in this state.
Kelley O’Neil’s is one pub in a small chain of Honolulu Irish Pubs; the others are The Irish Rose, O’Toole’s Irish Pub, and Anna O’Briens.
Irish Rose Saloon, Ena Rd, Waikiki
The Irish Rose Saloon is located in Waikiki, but is a ways off the beaten path, so not your tourist hangout. In fact, the night I visited, I was certainly the only tourist in the place (well, I was there on business, so not technically a tourist). I arrived on a quiet Monday to find a local band jamming on old 80s hits, a few locals occupying seats at the bar, and a few of the band's groupies at the end of the bar. I had a Longboard or two, then continued on my way.
The Irish Rose was founded in 1985 on busy Lewers Street, but it moved, probably when Lewers was redeveloped. The present location is upstairs next to a 7-11, so it doesn't look like much from the street, but they have big bar and a massive dance floor next to the stage. The stage is the site of their live music every night of the week (even on quiet Mondays).
Like other locations on Waikiki, free parking will be very difficult to find, but there are pay lots nearby.
The Irish Rose is one pub in a small chain of Honolulu Irish Pubs; the others are Kelley O’Neil’s, O’Toole’s Irish Pub, and Anna O’Briens.
Yard House - Waikiki
Yard House is a casual, but clean and modern restaurant that is famous for its wide variety of beer, over 100 varieties on tap. They also have decent food and good music, along with a huge interior and ample outdoor seating. Their food and beer menus are both impressive, offering a variety of appetizers, salads, burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and entrees, along with a massive beer list that includes just about everything except Yuengling.
We stopped in for a round of drinks after dinner and enjoyed a number of their beers. We tried beers from all over their menu; I had the Maui Bikini Blonde ale. We were served our beers quickly, then the waiter forgot about us, and we had to beg for our bill.
Yard House began in 1996, and it has about 40 locations, centered mainly in California, but slowly expanding across the US to include restaurants in Florida, Massachusetts, New York and Colorado. In 2012, Darden Restaurant Group, the owners of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze and Capital Grille, purchased the Yard House Restaurants and plans to rapidly expand to over 200 units.
The Yard House: 130 beers on tap
The Yard House is an American restaurant chain that is known for having a huge selection of draught beers, apparently the world's largest. The location in Waikiki has over 130 beers on tap to choose from, from domestic American beers to German beers to totally obscure beers that I had never heard of. I was a little bit disappointed that they didn't even have one Canadian beer, considering that Canada is pretty well known for it's beers. The Yard House is also a restaurant. The food looked quite good, and during happy hour select appetizers and pizzas were half off. Beers were also discounted during happy hour. I believe domestics were $4 off a pint and others were $3 off. Quite a good deal, especially if you want to try a few new beers and have a late night nibble. I don't know a lot about beer, so I asked the guy working behind the bar for some advice and he picked a couple of good beers for me. There are TV's all around the place playing sports and they play rock music, maybe a little too loud for a place that doesn't have any dancing. My husband and I quite liked The Yard House and went there twice for drinks.
Germaine's Luau: Hawaiian Nights...
This is a night activity that you can spend with your family. Is to good to miss. It is an a private beach at 40 minutes from W.aikiki. You will experience the hawaiian luau, call of the shells, and a perfect sunset. Also, great food ( buffet ) and dances. A great show.
Dress Code: Just casual, and comfort shoes...forget about high heels!!Related to:
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WAIKIKI: TAIHITIAN DANCING
A FABULOUS THING TO SEE IN HAWAII IS OF COURSE HULA DANCING. BUT WHEN THE DANCE GROUPS HERE ARE DOING TAIHITIAN DANCING..THAT TOO IS FABULOUSLY WONDERFUL!!!!
tHESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN ONE WEEKDAY EVENING AT THE WAIKIKI SHOPPING PLAZA ON THE STREET LEVEL ...THE PERFORMANCE WAS ABOUT 20 MINUTES OR SO.. TOTALLY FUN TO WATCH..EVEN THOUGH I HAVE SEEN MANY DANCE TROUPS..
There are a number of dances ..but here is one...-The aparima, thanks to a smoother rythm, is an expressive dance that tells a story gracefully with the help of slow hand movements and gestures.
To illustrate every day life scene, the aparima vava is performed seated and not sung.
Dress Code: BE PREPARED TO WEAR A GRASS SKIRT IF YOU ARE THE ONE DANCING... IF NOT ..ANYTHING IS OK...
Tantalus Drive: Tantalus at Night
Tantalus, in Greek mythology was a son of Zeus known for his misdeeds. He was, for this, condemned to Tartarus (the underworld) up to his chin in water that receded whenever he bent to drink and under some branches of fruit that also were unreachable. From his name comes the word tantalize meaning to tease or torment with that which is desired.
Just outside of Honolulu a much more pleasant attraction bears this same name. I believe Tantalus in this case could be used to suggest that only the beautiful distant views can be achieved. Pictures do not do this place justice at all. In the evening it is also a great place to see the stars.
When flowers are in bloom the smells add yet another pleasantry to the drive. When I went the smells of lavender and something like oranges were very strong. There are also many recreational activities to do during the day. Many trailheads start around the summit of Mount Tantalus.
Dress Code: It can get fairly chilly up there so you may want to bring some warmer clothes. This may not be a "dress code" but I would recommend going up there with a convertible car so you can get the full affect and views of the stars.Related to:
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MAGIC OF POLYNESIA: SHOW CHOICES
I would think that the Magic of Polynesia would be a little more received by the boys..
Society of Seven is GREAT but maybe a little more Adult oriented. And the Other is OK..???
Dress Code: CASUAL
JAZZ FESTIVAL...FIRST OF JULY: JAZZ AT TURTLE BAY
FOR THE LAST ..MAYBE FIVE YEARS ..THERE HAVE BEEN SOME GOOD JAZZ CONCERTS CALLED "GUITARS UNDER THE STARS " AT TURTLE BAY RESORT ON THE NORTH SHORE OF OAHU...AND THEY HAVE BEEN SUPER.......THIS LAST EVENING..JULY FIRST ...I SAW EARL KLUGH..AND ALSO THERE WERE LOCAL JAZZ PERFORMES TO START THE SHOW.. BUT THE EVENING WAS SUPERB..THE WEATHER AND LOCATION WERE IDEAL FOR A RELAXED SOOTHING EVEING OF SOME GOOD TUNES!!!!
Dress Code: COME AS YOU ARE... BUT ONE THING ..IT DOES START TO GET A LITTLE COOLER THAN IN HONOLULU IN THE EVENING TIME..SO IT IS GOOD TO TAKE SOMETHING TO KEEP WARM......
HIGH AUDITORIUM: POINT OF GRACE CONCERT
^ SATURDAY NIGHT WAS A FUN TIME TO CHECK OUT A FEW OF THE NEW SONGS THAT POINT OF GRACE ( Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones, Shelley Phillips, Terry Lang, Heather Floyd ) RECORDED NOT TOO LONG AGO.
SOME NICE HARMONIES AND GREAT SOUNDING SONGS..
Denise Jones, Heather Floyd and Terry Lang began singing as the Oauchitones in Norman, OK, but added Shelley Phillips in 1991 to form Say So (later Point of Grace) at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. The CCM vocal group began touring, and a first-place finish in the group competition at the Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, CO caught the eye of the Word label, which signed the quartet, releasing a self-titled debut album in 1993.
Dress Code: CASUAL
SKIES ANYTIME: BEAUTIFUL HAWAIIAN SKIES
YOU KNOW IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT TIME OF DAY YOU CHECK OUT THE SKY IN HAWAII ..IT USUALLY IS VERY BEAUTIFUL... OH,YES THERE IS RAIN AND CLOUDY DAYS..BUT EVEN AFTER THAT A RAINBOW APPEARS TO REMIND US OF PROMISES FROM LONG AGO...
IT IS FUN SEEING THE CLEARNESS OF A SKY RATHER THAN SMOG..
Dress Code: VIEWS FROM HERE TO THERE AND A FEW PLACES IN BETWEEN
Mai Tai Bar: Famous Hotspots in Ala Moana Center
The secret of winning best bar time and again is: live music, an easy-to-get-to location with lots of parking, an open-air setting, quick service and world-class people-watching (as they flow by between Macy's and the rest of the mall). And don't forget those easy-to-relax-in couches.
Located at one of the best known shopping malls in the world—the Ala Moana Center—the Mai Tai Bar has become a popular destination for people who love live entertainment. The lanai bar is perched comfortably above the retail madness that goes on below. Plush tropical furniture and the sweet sounds of island music surround guests in this casually elegant environment. Mai Tai Bar is one of the favorite hotspots for local trendsetters to gather on any given night to enjoy the bar’s delightful array of pau hana specials and cool tropical beverages.
The Mai Tai Bar also offers daily, live entertainment from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and again from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. These performances provide shoppers and bargoers live, pulsating music and soothing local tunes, in a low-key, open-air setting. The menu offers a substantial list of quality beers and wines as well as martinis, mai tais and other delicious island cocktails. Also be sure to check out their food menu including salads, fresh fish and appetizers. HOUSE
PECIALTIES Can be served in a souvenir take-home glass for an additional $5.00 Like the:
TRADITIONAL MAI TAI
This classic blend of Bacardi Amber, Myers's Dark and Lemon Heart 151 rum with fresh squeezed orange and pineapple juices.
THE ICY MAI TAI
Made in the Hawaiian style of shaved ice…only better. We feature premium platinum and dark rums with tropical fruit juices.
Mai Tai Bar is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
Happy Hour is every day from 4 to 7 p.m. and 8 to 11 p.m.
Dress Code: Smart Casual, Hawaiian Casual Wear!
If you're longing for authentic Hawaiian ambience, there's no better way to satisfy the craving than at this charming bar. Its beach locale, terrific panorama of Diamond Head, and relaxed clientele all contribute to an ideal experience, and the fantastic tropical drinks – especially the lush mai tai's – ensure that your mood remains upbeat. A host of other beverages can also be found besides the assorted Mai Tai, along with food offerings.Related to:
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
Various spots in Chinatown: First Friday Gallery Walk
Gallery openings abound on the first Friday of each month in the up and coming art and restaurant scene in Chinatown. This once seedy part of town is slowly becoming a hip spot with various art galleries and restaurants opening in recent years. The galleries highlight local artists and often provide free refreshments. Everyone is very friendly and there are many interesting folks to talk to. It really is a great people watching event. There are also live bands playing everything from jazz to Hawaiian and a small arts and crafts mart on Nuuanu south of Beretania.
The main concentration of galleries is in the area bordered by Smith on the west, King on the south, Nuuanu on the east, and Beretania on the north. A gallery walk/restaurant guide brochure is available at most galleries and stores. This is a great way to get a taste of a part of local life in Hawaii.
Dress Code: Casual....hey, it's Hawaii!Related to:
- Arts and Culture
DOWNTOWN HONOLULU STREET PARTY: DOWNTOWN HONOLULU STREET PARTY
ONE THING THAT CAN HAPPEN DOWNTOWN HONOLULU IS A STREET PARTY..ONE DESIGNED WITH THE FOOD AND MUSIC OF HONOLULU AND THE PACIFIC ISLANDS EVEN..THIS IS A REAL FESTIVAL THAT DRAWS SOME BIG CROWDS... .THIS PARTICULAR ONE I GOT THERE EARLY AND LEFT EARLY TO AVOID THE HUGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT CAN SHOW UP AT ONE OF THESE..THERE ARE A FEW BLOCKS THAT ARE ACTUALLY PART OF CHINATOWN THAT ARE BLOCKED OFF FROM THE AUTO TRAFFIC AND BELONGS JUST TO FOOT TRAFFIC OF THE PARTYERS....
THIS ONE STARTED AT 7PM AND WILL GO TILL MAYBE 10 PM???THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO NOT COOK AND HEAD DOWNTOWN AND ALSO ENJOY THE MUSIC .......
STREET PARTYS ARE USUALLY HELD IN WAIKIKI AND/OR CHINA TOWN........
Dress Code: CASUAL...VERY CASUAL.....................
Sunset on the Beach: Watch a Movie on the Beach!
Sunset on the Beach is a community program that was started by Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris in 2001. In the early years it was every Saturday and Sunday but eventually city funding was pulled and when movies are shown is dependent on securing corporate sponsors. However, you can expect them to show movies at least a couple of weekends a month. The movies start at dusk and are shown on a 30'x30' screen on Queen's Beach on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. A more than adequate audio system is also installed for your listening pleasure. Local restaurants also provide food in booths set up to the left of the screen area and there is also live music starting around 4pm.
The live music and movie are FREE! Just bring a lawn chair or a beach blanket!
Dress Code: Shorts, bikini, maybe a light sweater or jacket if it's windyRelated to:
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
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