Time for a tiki bar trip

  • Courtesy Zapwater Communications

    Outside seating is offered at Mamahune’s, the new, ocean-view bar at the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai at Wailua Bay.

  • Courtesy Zapwater Communications

    Colorful drinks await at Mamahune’s, a new, ocean-view bar at the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai at Wailua Bay.

  • Courtesy Zapwater Communications

    The bar at Mamahune’s at the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai at Wailua Bay is well stocked.

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai at Wailua Bay debuted Mamahune’s, a retro-inspired tiki bar and restaurant, on Sunday. Open daily from 11 a.m., Mamahune’s will offer contemporary Hawaiian cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and picturesque views of Wailua Bay.

The name Mamahune’s was inspired by a fictional character, Mama Menehune, whose children, the Menehune, ancient craftspeople of Hawaiian legend, built this tiki shack by the sea for her.

Mamahune’s encompasses classic tiki flair from the 50s, 60s, and 70s featuring a custom, hand-carved wooden bar, ample seating, and an erupting volcano in an inviting open-air space that welcomes visitors and locals alike to experience quintessential island vacation vibes year-round.

Mamahune’s menu highlights local ingredients prepared with a fresh vision. Guests can enjoy Ahi Poke and Avocado Nachos with Hawaiian yellowfin tuna and crispy wontons; Crispy Rice Sliders with marinated Spam, topped with grilled pineapple salsa with nori and sesame mayo; Steamed Bao with Char Siu pork and spicy chili slaw; Shave Ice with a choice of pureed strawberry, mango, lilikoi, guava, or POG; Dole Whip Kona Coffee Ice Cream; and more.

Signature tropical libations abound including Mamahune’s Ali’i Tai, a delicious spin on the classic Mai Tai infused with guava, nectar, pineapple juice, lime, and coconut water; Mamahune Grog, a refreshing grapefruit cocktail with China China liquor finished with lime juice; and Shipwrecked, a twist on an old fashioned with Koloa aged rum, pineapple simple syrup, and Peychaud’s all smoked with island flavors.

Or you can try something on fire, literally – Da Very Sneaky Tiki. As the name would suggest – the ingredients are secret, but the drink is made to be shared.

Guests can gather at Mamahune’s to indulge in small bites of the island and sip on paradise invoking cocktails that set the tone for an unforgettable afternoon or evening.

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay boasts a beachfront location. Guests can embrace the aloha spirit while strolling through the hotel’s Garden Isle, relax in guestrooms and suites equipped mountain or garden views, and listen to the sounds of the sea while lounging on lanais. On property, patrons can dine at the hotel’s casual restaurant, The Garden Grille. The hotel’s amenities include two outdoor pools, a whirlpool, and a fitness center.

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