It takes imagination to create a tropical drink that qualifies for the liquor more than it does through decoration.
Pau Hana Bar and Grill came up with the “Kauai Stubby,” a potent but tasty drink with vodka, peach schnapps, mango and orange juice. They serve it in a plain rocks glass to stay true to its modesty.
“One of our customers came up with it and so we put it on our menu,” said Pau Hana owner Tony Torres.
It’s a favorite in the little bar that seems to have what everyone wants. It’s a local bar with simple beers for the old-timers, but also carries 35 different varieties to ensure that the more particular of patrons feel at home.
You wouldn’t think that a bar in the Safeway Shopping Center could feel like it’s in your neighborhood, but it’s cozy decor include four paintings by local mural artist and bar patron, Wyland, who created many of the public art projects in the Kapaa area. His works in progress are sketches on the wall drawings and the subject of conversation.
Ricky Pa, another local artist who is known for his paintings on wood, treated Torres to works that feature his joy of motorcycles and hot rod automobiles. The two original works on the wall include a recreation of Torres’ own hot rod and an aloha shirt.
The four flat screens on the wall are usually turned off until there is a good reason to turn them on. It’s a place to watch the games but the bar is about conversation and music.
“We have the only jukebox on the island,” Torres said.
The Wurlitzer jukebox is a big draw and Torres said it’s the only one still operating in a Kauai bar. He bought it in Germany in 2000 and it’s filled with CDs from patrons and provides a good blend of Hawaiian and country music.