Hawai’i: House Without a Key

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 6comments No tags Permalink 0

Tuesday, sunset cocktails at the Halekulani Hotel with Noelle.

They’re all decked out for the holiday this month, wreaths and Christmas tree twirls…

…all festive, sophisticated cheer. I can’t quite translate in words the gentle breeze and plush couches. The high ceilings that open to the palm tree-lined garden and beach, lazy wooden fans and easy sense of peace. You’ll have to come see for yourself.

Walk closer to the ocean and turn left. That’s the House Without a Key, a dreamy spot to relax with good cocktails and watch the sun go down. With a bit of luck you’ll catch that bare flash of green just before it disappears into the ocean.

The best seats are outside, facing the water, but everyone was moved inside because of the rain. No worries, we’ll be back another night to catch perfect ocean views.

Here we are, a table for two. Just in time for live Hawaiian music and dancing. Tonight it was Brook Lee, a local girl and former Miss Universe.

Drinks? Yes, please. A Mai Tai each – Halekulani’s signature cocktail topped with sugar cane, an orchid and fresh mint. You can even download their recipe here.

The sun went down and it was time for Coconut Cake. Fluffy with cool custard tucked between layers, and shredded coconut flakes rolled over the whole cake. Entirely successful in setting off coconut cake cravings…such things can only be satisfied in Hawaii (with twothree exceptions!) I better work fast while I’m here ;)

  • Cassaendra
    November 30, -0001

    Hi Kathy, That cake looks delicious! Hope you have time to stop by Bernini and have their crepe cake dessert. I believe it was a special, but I am sure you would enjoy it…along with their shaved Alba truffle over tagliatelle and cream sauce. (Went for a visit a couple of weeks ago.)

  • K and S
    December 21, 2011

    love house w/o a key!

  • anonymous
    December 21, 2011

    I absolutely love love love this place!

  • anonymous
    December 21, 2011

    What a lovely hotel and bar! I love visiting upscale hotel lobbies. Have you seen the movie the Descendants? I would be curious to hear your thoughts on it because I think of you as Hawaii's unofficial ambassador. I thought the movie was a bit of a downer, but the scenery was beautiful.

  • anonymous
    December 21, 2011

    Oh man, that all looks fantastic! I really, really want to go to Hawaii now.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 23, 2011

    Hi Kat! Me too!!! ^_^Hi Shane! Yes! Agreed that the movie was downer (spent most of it in this strange state between crying and laughing!) I didn't think the movie plot was that great, but the Hawai'i aspect was fairly accurate!! Will do a post on this later on, thanks for bringing it up!Hi Cassaendra! Ooo that sounds good!! My mom mentioned Bernini just the other day, hope to make it there this trip! Shaved truffles sound sooo decadent ^_^

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