Hawaiian Cultural Events on Oahu in May
The Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts welcome guests to experience “Seasons and the Sea.”
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
2777 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Awards luncheon honoring music industry pioneers held at the Ala Moana Hotel.
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Ala Moana Hotel
410 Atkinson Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Hawaiian Mission Houses
553 S King St
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
The Lei Day Celebration events began in 1927. The annual Lei Day Celebration provides a venue, where one day of the year is set aside to celebrate the lei and the skill and artistry of Hawaii’s lei makers. This event honors Hawaii’s people and their rich heritage.
Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Queen Kapiolani Park and Bandstand
2806 Monsarrat Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Inaugural May Day event in Waikiki on Thursday, May 1 at 3-5 p.m. The free event includes a concert by Hawaiian music trio, Na Leo Pilimehana and will be broadcast live on the radio on Hawaiian 105.1 KINE.
The closing ceremony for the annual Lei Day Celebration is at Mauna Ala (The Royal Mausoleum) and Kawaiahao Church.
FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHT IN MAY CELEBRATES BASQUE FOOD AND WINES – THE VERANDA Friday, May 2, 2014; 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm in The Veranda $50.00 per person (not including tax and gratuity) Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Basque cuisine is influenced by the abundance of produce from the sea on one side and the fertile Ebro valley on the other. The mountainous nature of the Basque Country has led to a difference between coastal cuisine dominated by fish and seafood, and inland cuisine with fresh and cured meats, many vegetables and legumes. The French and Spanish influence is strong also. Olive oil is more commonly used than butter in Basque cuisine.
THE VERANDA – JAZZ MONDAYS HONOLULU JAZZ QUARTET – Monday, May 5 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; No Cover Charge Featuring The Honolulu Jazz Quartet Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail email@example.com On Monday, May 5th enjoy the sounds of the Honolulu Jazz Quartet. The Honolulu Jazz Quartet, now in its 13th year together, was founded in 2001 by local bassist John Kolivas with the intent of bringing four like-minded musicians together to create a consistent, indelible sound. The group, including Kolivas on bass, Tim Tsukiyama on sax, Dan Del Negro on piano and von Baron on drums, is looking forward to performing its original compositions and jazz standards at the Kahala Hotel & Resort’s Veranda Lounge on the first Monday of each month. The Veranda showcases Hawaii’s collection of talented jazz musicians. Perfect for easy listening or taking a twirl on the dance floor, the music on Jazz Mondays is meant to be enjoyed any way you like it. The Veranda’s globally-inspired menu features small plates and appetizers, salads, main entrees, and desserts. Cocktails are creatively inspired with the finest and freshest ingredients. It’s a great vibe you won’t want to miss. Relax and kick back on the comfy new Tommy Bahama furnishings. Both indoor and al fresco outdoor seating with ocean and dolphin lagoon views are available. Parking is validated for up to 4 hours with a $25 purchase.
HOKU’S MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH Sunday, May 11; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $85 Adults; $42.50 Children (6-12) Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Celebrate Mothers with an unparalleled Sunday brunch that promises to be a sumptuous affair. Guests of Hoku’s restaurant will enjoy bespoke brunch stations, featuring distinctive sushi and seafood station, a signature carving station, and a delectable dessert table. Complete the celebration by selecting from the festive list of champagnes, wines and libations.
PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE MOTHER’S SUNDAY BRUNCH Sunday, May 11; 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $75 Adults; $37.50 Children (6-12) Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail email@example.com The Kahala Resort pays tribute to all Mothers and invites them to indulge in a dazzling brunch buffet featuring Executive Sous Chef Daniel Uyejo’s specialties. Our buffet includes a variety of culinary delights including a heavenly chocolate dessert selection. Complete the celebration by selecting from the festive list of champagnes, wines and libations.
THE VERANDA – SUNDAY SCENE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING – Abe Lagrimas, Jr with Gary Fukushima, Dean Taba and Robert Shinoda Sunday, May 25 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; No Cover Charge A Mix of Fusion, Blues, Latin-influenced and Contemporary Hawaiian Artists Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The Sunday Scene at The Kahala’s Veranda lounge begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a versatile multi-instrumentalist who begun his musical journey when he first sat behind the drums at the age of four. As he learned more about drums and music, Abe gained an interest in other instruments as his career progressed. Predominantly known as a drummer, Abe is highly proficient on the vibraphone and the `ukulele and continues to perform throughout the world on all three instruments and in many different musical performances. The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) has repeatedly nominated Abe in the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for his albums Dimensions, A Pass Out Records Christmas, and Ukulele Vibes. His latest album entitled Solo Ukulele – The King of Pop, pays tribute to Michael Jackson by showcasing unique solo ukulele arrangements of Jackson’s music. It was recognized by HARA in the 2011 awards as the EP Release of the Year, making it Abe's first Hoku win. The Veranda’s new global cuisine-inspired menu is new and different and creates great companions to the mixologist’s creative cocktails. The Veranda is beautifully decorated in Tommy Bahama furnishings with cocktail tables or casual conversation pits both indoor, and outdoor on the lanai overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the dolphin lagoon. Parking is validated for up to 4 hours with a $25 purchase.
HOKU’S SUNDAY BRUNCH Every Sunday, May 4, 18, & 25; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $65 Adults; $32.50 children (6-12); $12 additional for sparkling wine (21 & over) Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail email@example.com Consistently ranked as one of the best dining rooms in Hawaii, Hoku’s Sunday Brunch is always an extraordinary culinary affair. Enjoy the fabulous array of specialty dishes prepared just the way you like them at Hoku’s Sunday Brunch. Ahi Musubi, omelets made to order, fresh sushi and bakery goods make this brunch an award-winning favorite with local residents and visitors alike. Hoku’s breathtaking beachside setting offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from every table in the multi-level dining room. Al fresco seating overlooking the dolphin lagoon is now available on The Veranda lanai.
PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE WEEKEND BREAKFAST BUFFET Saturdays & Sundays; , May 3, 4,10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25; 6:30 a.m. – noon $38 Adults; $19 Children (6-12); (Tax and gratuity not included) Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org A breakfast buffet served by the sea always tastes better! Enjoy all your favorites—thin Kahala pancakes, ready-made omelets, and salads and savories galore. You won’t go home hungry! Plumeria Beach House’s indoor and outdoor terraces offer spectacular ocean views and al fresco dining. OpenTable voted it one of America’s best outdoor restaurants and in the Top 100 for best brunch!
PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE BOUNTY OF THE SEVEN SEAS BUFFET Friday & Saturday; May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, & 31; 5:30 – 10 p.m. $55 Adults; $27.50 Children (6-12); (Tax and gratuity not included) Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail email@example.com This weekend seafood buffet is truly one of Hawaii’s best. Enjoy an abundant selection of fresh seafood, sushi, salads, savories, and desserts at this all-you-can-eat affair. Chef Wayne Hirabayashi changes the port of call weekly to add excitement to the menu offerings each and every buffet. There’s always something seasonal and new being served whether it’s at the carving stations or the sushi bar.
HOKU’S 50th ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN JUBILEE PRIX FIXE MENU Wednesday– Sunday; July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 $196.40 for two (not including tax and gratuity) Reservations: (808) 739-8760 or firstname.lastname@example.org Chef Jeremy Shigekane has created a special prix fixe dining experience in Hoku’s in celebration of The Kahala’s 50th anniversary. The 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Menu in Hoku’s will be featured at dinner nightly, Wednesday through Sunday, July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The year long gourmet offer is specially priced at $196.40 for two persons (not including tax and gratuity) to celebrate the hotel’s anniversary grand opening year, 1964. The menu begins with an amuse bouche of the chef’s choice followed by a first course of Oysters “Rockefeller” Tempura served with creamed baby spinach, crisp Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, and anise. The second course follows and includes Beef Short Rib Consommé with Aji Amarillo short rib ravioli and baby bok choi. For a third course, gourmands will enjoy the poached fresh island catch served with cucumber noodles, house made potato chips, and three-caviar beurre blanc. The main course prepared fresh by the chef will feature Tournedos Rossini—a pan roasted filet mignon perfectly cooked to the guest’s preference and garnished with foie gras, roasted potatoes, and truffled red wine jus. For dessert, splurge on the Fresh Seasonal Berry Jubilee topped with Grand Marnier and served with ice cream. The prix fixe menu is available every night to celebrate the hotel’s auspicious 50th anniversary party and may also be prepared for private parties of ten or more as a Chef’s Table Grand Experience for a birthday party, anniversary or other special occasion with advance reservations.
THE VERANDA TEA Served daily 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in The Veranda lounge Classic Tea Service: $28; Royal Tea Service: $42 (tax and gratuity not included) Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail email@example.com Tea in The Veranda lounge or on the lanai overlooking the dolphin lagoon, swimming pool, and the beautiful bay is truly a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Enjoy cozy, living-room seating on new Tommy Bahama furnishings and Wedgwood tea service. It’s a lovely excuse to get your girlfriends together for an afternoon of catching up. Great idea for baby or wedding showers and birthdays, too. Call (808) 739-8760 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
50th ANNIVERSARY GOLDEN JUBILEE TEA AT THE VERANDA Daily, 2:00-5:30 p.m.; July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 $19.64 per person (not including tax and gratuity) Reservations: (808) 739-8760 or email@example.com Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea party in the newly remodeled Veranda lounge or out on the lanai overlooking the dolphin lagoons and Pacific waters. This specially priced 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Tea experience commemorates the year of the hotel’s grand opening—1964. Priced at just $19.64 per person (plus tax and gratuity), the Golden Jubilee tea party experience is available daily from 2 until 5:30 p.m. in The Veranda. It includes your choice of coffee or personal selection of specialty tea, and an hors d’oeuvre tray with a delicious and delectable selection of sweets including a Blue Hawaii Macaroon, Wili Wili Bar, Mai Tai Tart, and the Kahala Coconut Cake. Pinkies out—Every day’s a tea party at The Kahala! There’s no better way to while away an afternoon with friends than with a perfect cup of tea with treats. This special menu is also available for tea parties of ten or more with advance reservations.
THE VERANDA – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Tuesday- Saturday 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Live Entertainment with David Swanson on Piano Enjoy piano jazzman David Swanson playing contemporary and classic tunes with a jazz infusion nightly, Tuesday through Saturday in The Veranda lounge from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Take your date on a twirl around the dance floor or enjoy the night air and ocean views on the lanai. This comfortable lounge overlooks the Dolphin Lagoon with a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. Large, upholstered chairs are perfect and extra comfy for lingering over a cocktail or late night, after dinner snacks. Cocktails, assorted pupu selections, and casual dessert fare are offered on the menu from The Kahala kitchens.
THE VERANDA – JAZZ MONDAYS LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – Every Monday 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; No Cover Charge Featuring Honolulu’s Top Jazz Artists: Enjoy an ever-changing music scene with live jazz musicians performing from 7:30 until 10 p.m. on Monday nights. The Veranda showcases Hawaii’s collection of talented jazz musicians with a new group weekly. Perfect for easy listening or taking a twirl on the dance floor, the music on Jazz Mondays is meant to be enjoyed any way you like it. The Veranda’s globally-inspired menu features small plates and appetizers, salads, main entrees, and desserts. Graze to your hearts content! Cocktails are creatively inspired with the finest and freshest ingredients. It’s a great vibe you won’t want to miss. Relax and kick back on the comfy new Tommy Bahama furnishings and let the good times roll. Both indoor and al fresco outdoor seating with ocean and dolphin lagoon views are available. Parking is validated for up to 3 hours with a $25 purchase.
THE VERANDA – SUNDAY SCENE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT – Every Sunday Nights 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.; No Cover Charge A Mix of Fusion, Blues, Latin-influenced and Contemporary Hawaiian Artists The Sunday Scene at The Kahala’s Veranda lounge begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. This weekly live music event celebrates and showcases the best of Hawaii’s musicians performing many genres of contemporary music, from Hawaiian contemporary to blues to reggae to soft jazz. The musicians change weekly, but the venue is always the same—comfy, cozy, and serving cuisine and cocktails that are creative and delicious. Enjoy assorted appetizer selections such as flat bread pizzas and “ducked” Brussels sprouts, small plates, salads, entrees, and casual dessert fare. The Veranda’s new global cuisine-inspired menu is new and different and creates unusually good companions to the mixologist’s creative cocktails. The Veranda is beautifully decorated in Tommy Bahama furnishings with cocktail tables or casual conversation pits both indoor, and outdoor on the lanai overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the dolphin lagoon. Parking is validated for up to 4 hours with a $25 purchase.
WEDNESDAY CURRY BUFFET LUNCH Every Wednesday, May 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2014 11:45 a.m – 2 p.m.; Plumeria Beach House; A la carte menu also available $30 per person; (Tax and gratuity not included) Reservations: Call (808) 739-8760; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Try a variety of delicious curries from around the world served with all the condiments every Wednesday at lunchtime at the ocean front Plumeria Beach House. Enjoy salads and dessert selections too—it’s all you can eat. A la carte menu selections are also available including the popular and near-famous Kahala Burger, Chinese Hoisin Roasted Chicken Salad, and the Pipikaula Reuben Sandwich. Ocean views and al fresco dining make every lunch a special occasion. Large tables may be reserved for showers, birthdays, and business lunches. * Please note…Tax and gratuity is not included in quoted prices. Validated parking is provided for free for up to three hours for diners in The Kahala restaurants. Valet parking also available. Prices are also subject to change.
Restaurant Hours: Hoku’s: Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Wednesday through Sunday Dinner: 5:30-10 p.m.; Closed Mondays & Tuesdays Plumeria Beach House: Daily Breakfast (A La Carte & Full Buffet): 6:30 – 11 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday (A La Carte): 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday (Full Breakfast Buffet): 6:30 a.m. – noon; Daily Lunch: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Wednesday Curry Buffet: 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday through Saturday Dinner 5:30 – 10 p.m.; (Closed for Dinner on Sundays and Wednesdays); Friday and Saturday Bounty of the Seven Seas Seafood Buffet: 5:30 – 10 p.m. Seaside Grill: Daily Lunch: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Daily Cocktails: 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Veranda: Daily Afternoon Tea: 2 – 5:30 p.m.; Daily Cocktails: 2 p.m. – Midnight; Pupus and Small Plates: 5:30pm – 10:00pm Tuesday through Saturday Live Entertainment with David Swanson on Piano: 7:30 – 11 p.m. The Sunday Scene Live Entertainment: 7:30pm – 10:00pm; Jazz Mondays Live Entertainment: 7:30pm – 10:00pm. Kahala Hotel & Resort Dining Reservations: (808) 739-8760 or E-mail: email@example.com