Seated for dinner in a restaurant, you are able to look at an aquarium large enough for human pers along with the fish. As if that weren’t enough, the same Hawaii hotel is hosting a summer festival with traditional Japanese dancing and local musical talent.

Summer Festival – Natsu Matsuri

Beginning this weekend, the Pacific Beach Hotel is featuring a Japanese-style Summer Festival every Friday and Saturday through the end of August. The festival includes food booths with traditional delicacies such as: dumplings with cooked octopus, grilled squid, curry with rice, noodles, Japanese sweets, and a Hawaiian touch: shave ice. There are also game booths. Each evening there is a Japanese Bon Dance at 6:30 and again at 8 pm. In between inpidual performers take the stage. On Fridays, ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro entertains and on Saturdays Dazz Toguchi performs Japanese dance.

This festival is an easy way to experience a traditional Japanese celebration in Hawaii. You can experience pers at dinner year-round, as Hawaii Aloha Travel agent Kalei Javellana did recently.

Oceanarium Restaurant

If you’re in Waikiki and looking for that perfect restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, 
look no further than the Oceanarium Restaurant in The Pacific Beach Hotel. 
This hotel is located on Kalakaua Avenue, directly across the street from Waikiki Beach. 
It is the home of the famous 250,000 gallon Oceanarium that spans three floors. 
With such a vast variety of tropical fish, manta’s a huge aquarium right before your eyes. 
We had 7:30pm reservations, which was perfect timing to catch the pe show at 8pm. 
We couldn’t have been seated in a better spot for incredible viewing! 
It was Richard’s birthday and what a pleasant surprise when the per came down with a sign 
saying “Happy Birthday Richard!” Very nice & impressionable touch! 
The dinner is an all you can eat buffet with incredible eats. 
Prime rib, yummy salmon, crab legs, excellent salads, seafood pasta, assorted sushi — and desserts, desserts and more desserts. 
We savored every bite and enjoyed every moment. 
..and then after being delighted in every possible way, food, ambiance, pe show, pe sign… 
the waiters presented Rich with a piece of birthday cake topped with a lit candle and sang Happy Birthday to our birthday boy.

Thanks to Nicole Cabral, Sales Manager at Pacific Beach Hotel and the Sales Team, we had a marvelous night with 
memories to cherish. Mahalo Nui!”





  1. This is my kid’s favorite place to eat. You can even get in the tank! I bet the staff at Hawaii Aloha Travel can help with that.

    Don’t forget the crab legs.

  2. My family stayed at the Pacific Beach Hotel and attended the Festival on July 29.  The food and dancing were excellent.  Due to my years in the service, I was able to spend a significant amount of time in Japan.  I loved the people and the culture.  I am back home in California now and hope to attend many more such festivals.

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