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.
In her one-woman show, Lani Misalucha mixes the fast-paced spectacle and costumes of a Las Vegas showroom with the musical elegance of a New York opera house. With the support of a live band and backup singers, Lani shows off her five-octave range while singing selections from a songbook with pages plucked from Broadway show tunes, rock ‘n’ roll anthems, and bluesy Missing Pet posters. As light trickles across the hall and Lani belts out hits from Andrea Bocelli and Whitney Houston, she prowls the stage in shimmering dresses and elaborate headwear. She also draws on a natural comedic charm while mimicking both the acoustic power and on-stage persona of stars such as Tina Turner and Celine Dion.
The culinary sorcerers at The Shack conjure up a menu of Hawaiian-inspired pub grub to occupy vacant plates and empty stomachs. Oil rusty jaw-hinges and distract mouths from shouting out social security numbers with five varieties of poke, a traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad ($10.95), or with pub snacks such as jalapeño poppers full of cream cheese ($8.25). The Shack Monster cheeseburger bridges the gap between bun halves with a quarter-pound hot link and allows diners to choose from a trio of cheeses including american, swiss, and jack-cheddar ($8). Meanwhile, the 14-ounce grilled rib eye, glazed with garlic, soy, and ginger, then topped with smoked shiitake mushrooms ($23.50) is great for sating carnivorous cravings and warming up throats for draft beers, microbrews, and long conversations about renaming the moon.
At the boutique wine shop Waikiki Wine Closet, owned and operated by a father and son who hail from the vineyard-speckled land of California, varietals from around the world line the shelves. Coolers are filled with large bottles of craft beers such as Chimay and Duvel, as well as six-packs from the likes of Lagunitas and Hoegaarden. Waikiki Wine Shop also stocks fine spirits, including whiskey and the ghost of Humphrey Bogart.
Menus and pricing may vary slightly between Chuck's Restaurants's three locations—Ko 'Olina, Waikiki, and Waikiki Beach—but all three meld upscale cuts and catches with a casual atmosphere, obviating the awkward sight of a tuxedo jacket thrown over a Garfield-print aloha shirt. Open lava-rock grills send meaty aromas to gallantly guide diners to the all-you-can-eat salad bar offered with every entree. On any given night, an array of veggies might be escorted by soupy sidekicks such as seafood chowder, french onion, or tomato vegetable. A herd of aged USDA Prime–grade steaks graze with the teriyaki sirloin, which soaks for 48 hours in a house-made marinade before reaching your plate. Chuck's fish-finaglers hook the catch of the day from local waters, presenting a line of island fish such as hebi, opah, or ahi, served grilled or sautéed (market value). Several variations on surf 'n' turf unite feuding sectors of the culinary kingdom by wedding prime rib (starting at $28.75) to lobster tail (market value), and sirloin (starting at $24.50) to scallops ($28.50). Most meals range $20–$40.
The Hawaii Perks card supports Hawaii two ways?by promoting its businesses and by giving back to the local community through partnerships with some of Hawaii's largest non-profit organizations, including Hawaii Foodbank, YWCA of Honolulu, and the Komen Foundation. Cardholders get discounts and perks at both local businesses and national chains, from the Gap and Sam's Club to legendary hole-in-the-wall Ethel's Grill. Hawaii Perks donates at least 25% of revenues from the sale of each card to a non-profit organization, including Hawaii Food Bank and Hawaiian Humane Society.