A musician strums a ukulele onstage as hips sway around him in a hula dance. Laughing heartily with his friends at a nearby table, one man pinches seaweed-wrapped squares of sushi rice—authentic Hawaiian musubi—from shared plates as he talks up his latest adventures. At another table, the diners sing along with the ukulele player, eyes twinkling as the melody calls up memories of home.
This feeling of camaraderie, the spirit of aloha, is what owner Peter Be and his wife, Rena, wanted to capture when they opened Da Kine Cafe in 2010. When Rena, who was born in the Kalihi Valley on the island of Oahu, craved true Hawaiian eats, her choices were limited to lackluster mainland-style interpretations, such as lau lau wrapped in a tortilla instead of taro leaves. She put together a menu of authentic Hawaiian cuisine, with 10 variations of the hot noodle soup called saimin and 10 types of poke, which the head chef of the mainland's most famous Hawaiian restaurant dubbed the best in town. Classics such as the gravy-soaked beef patty of the loco moco fill the menu, waiting to be washed down with fresh-fruit smoothies and on-tap ales from the islands or local microbreweries. Gluten-free options are also available.
The décor reproduces the laid-back Hawaiian feel that Rena and Peter remember, so that even the restaurant’s stage wears a grass skirt. On Ohana Saturdays, visiting musicians take the stage, many of them winners of the Hawaiian islands' most prestigious music accolades, the Na Hoku Hanohano awards. Performers include slack-key-guitar player LT Smooth as well as the singer Mailani, accompanied by esteemed ukulele player Dr. Trey. Starting in the springtime, weekly festivals celebrate Hawaii's music, its dance styles, and its excessive number of festivals.
Want something more than just a weekend out at the bars? Sunnyvale's Sunnyvale Summer Rep Box Office offers the perfect theater to shake your weekend up.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
You won't want to miss the best in Mountain View theater at Bridge School Benefit Concert.
No matter what you're hungry for, the menu at this club promises the perfect dish for you.
Got kids? No problem at Bridge School Benefit Concert! This club is a fantastic spot for families to hang together.
The bar is stocked with TVs, so you can watch the next big game.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Bridge School Benefit Concert, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Feel the beat on the club dance floor and groove to live music.
A tad noisy, the club is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
Weekend customers may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Take a trip to Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View and make your next meal a good one.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at this restaurant.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Shoreline Amphitheatre's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Dance the night away to Shoreline Amphitheatre's live music.
The noise level can sometimes reach near deafening levels, so save your conversations for another night.
Those hoping to avoid the weekend rush will do best visiting the restaurant during the week.
Driving to the restaurant is easy as pie, and parking surrounds the area.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Shoreline Amphitheatre is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Peninsula Youth Theatre extends the heartiest of welcomes to you for their ongoing season of theater in Mountain View.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This theater has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
Bring the whole clan to this theater — kids and parents will love the ambience here.
Peninsula Youth Theatre provides easy access to an adjacent lot.