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The Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant is located in the New Otani Kamana Beach Hotel on the south end of Waikiki. Many visitors to Oahu don’t make it down to this end of Waikiki, which is a shame because it is such a beautiful contrast to the hustle and bustle of Kalakaua and Kuhio streets. There is a relaxed hush at this end of Waikiki. It sits in the shade of Diamond Head, is surrounded by the grass and flowering trees of Kapiolani Park, and there is a slow flow of surfers and beach goers, mixed with the many local residents of this neighborhood.
The New Otani Hotel is a small hotel, first built in 1963, on the property of the McInerny Family’s residence. It is a nine story high rise, with 156 rooms – small for Waikiki standards. Which is what makes it feel so special. The Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant was built around the ancient hau trees which are the canopy for the open seating and sits at the very edge of Sans Souci beach, known as “Kaimanas” by locals. Honolulu Magazine has named it “Honolulu’s best restaurant for outdoor dining”, giving it the Gold Award at the 25th annual Hale Aina awards. The setting is stunning day or night, but sitting at a table, sipping a mimosa for brunch is something not to be missed.
The breakfast menu offers local favorites along with traditional continental items. While their “Loco Moco” is a spectacular, over the top version of the local favorite adding a corned beef patty to their ground chuck, pork and sausage patty, served over rice with a perfectly cooked egg and killer mushroom gravy, their most popular item is one of their many versions of eggs benedict. Choose from Eggs Benedict Kaimana (traditional preparation), Salmon Benedict Florentine, Crab Benedict or the Garden Benedict.
Whether you choose to stay at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel or just stroll down for brunch, be prepared to be washed over by the sounds of the waves, the breathtaking ocean view and the soft shade of the Hau Trees.
2863 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815