Named one of the Best Bars For Any Occasion in 2010 by Honolulu magazine, Harbor Pub and Pizza earns its status with house-made pizza dough, a friendly crew, and nightly happy hours that keep patrons coming back for martinis, mai tais, and weekly firework shows. Locals, tourists, and even captains from the Deadliest Catch television show dock at the nautically themed restaurant, which is closed for a mere five hours a day and features wood-planked ceilings and floors. Sixteen varieties of gourmet pizzas fill the space with appetizing smells, including the fresh tomato and basil pie with garden-grown basil and the meat-packed Harbor Combo with ham, salami, pepperoni, and italian sausage. Angus beef burgers are dressed up with toppings such as barbecue sauce, fresh guacamole, and blue cheese, and breakfast dishes such as the 8-ounce new york steak and eggs offer a hearty meal after a long night of trying to lasso an albatross.
Featured in Pacific Edge and Go Kailua Magazine for their trailblazing approach to crafting wine, Oeno Winemaking owners Marshall Zeigler and Bryon Crowther offer an eclectic variety of wines made with European techniques, and have recently added beers to their repertoire. The winery hosts wine-sampling sessions, which educate sippers on the nuances of aroma and body while imparting the skills of proper swirling, sniffing, and tasting. Patrons choose their favorite wine or beer, which is handmade and aged for six to eight weeks in a temperature-controlled cellar-type crypt. Customers purchasing barrels return with friends and family for a two-hour bottling event. Amidst their cache of bottles and corks, Oeno also stocks beer-making kits, which include materials for up to five gallons of homebrews.
Hawaiian performer Chief Sielu is on a lifelong quest to educate and entertain the world about Polynesian traditions, a passion that has taken him to appearances on the BBC, MTV, and the Late Show with David Letterman. Dubbed the "coconut man," the chief immerses all comers in island culture at spectacular luaus. On stage, he and his tribe balance revelry and education with high-energy ritual and knife-dancing performances, participatory dances and art making, and a large supper of Hawaiian staples such as poi and braised surfboard fillets. If you can catch his ear, Sielu might have a lot of stories to share: in the course of his ambassadorial travels, he's lit the Olympic torch in Salt Lake City by throwing a flaming spear and been the subject of the documentary film Chief, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
Paradise Pedals Hawaii offers fun, pedal-propelled tours through the streets of Oahu on a 15-person ?bike caf?.? These Waikiki Tours on wheels are led by a guide and protected from the elements by the vehicle?s attached roof. Depending on the route, captains steer the road-ship to various bars, restaurants, and scenic beer gardens in the city.
Once a month at Formaggio Grill, guests indulge in four-course meals paired with fine wines. It sounds like a typical dinner party, save one difference: no one can see a thing. The monthly event is called Dining in the Dark, and Formaggio Grill hopes that it will encourage guests to slow down, savor their dinners, and even reconsider their approaches to fine dining.
Even without the blindfolds, Formaggio Grill touts that mission with careful preparation of Mediterranean-style cuisine in a warm, welcoming space. Chefs smoke prime rib over kiawe wood and toss pastas with housemade sausage. Servers are happy to help pair entrees with selections from a list of more than 50 wines from around the world.
The restaurant envelops diners in warm reds and golds, and low light casts plush red stools and a wooden bar in a warm glow. The artwork of Ron Genta adds splashes of color to the walls, and local musicians take to the stage on the weekends to entertain patrons with smooth guitar sounds or the dulcet tones of a whale’s song.