The best time to visit House Without a Key at the Halekulani Hotel is right at sunset. Live hula (often performed by Brook Lee, a former Miss Universe) and local music all set against the backdrop of Waikiki beach. There’s little more to ask for.
Except to cross your fingers, because without fail, every single time I visit, so does the rain. Along with thunderstorms.
But still. Even with the music and dancing moved indoors, I always leave in a dreamy state of utter relaxation. The Mai Tais alone are worth a visit…
…though it would be a shame if you didn’t follow it up with another cocktail. Maybe the Hawaiian Sunset?
And some pupus to go with! Housemade lavosh and a smear of soft, salted butter.
Ahi Sashimi to share…
…and Summer Rolls with lobster in place the traditional shrimp preparation.
Should you happen to make friends with the table next to yours, stay a little longer. A Ginger Lychee Caipirissima before a proper dinner.
And the Chi Chi just because you’re in Hawai’i. Seriously, why not?
But whatever you do, save room for the sweets. Peanut Butter Cream tucked between layers of chocolate cake (practically a ganache), and strawberry jelly is both decadent and refined…
…and the Coconut Cake is an absolute must. Fluffy individual rounds layered with a whipped coconut custard, a shade of vanilla and fresh raspberries. You only need to remember two things about House Without a Key: <a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/51895797e4b07dc9727307ce/518957d3e4b04dec96da1667/51895811e4b04dec96da1e25/1390795127798/#img. Halekulani is also home to one of my favorite afternoon tea spots in Honolulu.
House Without a Key (at the Halekulani Hotel)
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815