After much anticipation, the premiere of “Hawaii Five-0” is well underway! This season, like seasons past, McGarrett and the crime-fighting gang need a cocktail after a long day fighting crime. And, they deserve it! Here are five of the Pau Hana (Happy-Hour) venues featured in the hit T.V. show, courtesy of the Honolulu Star Advertiser:
1. Tropics Bar and Grill (Hilton Hawaiian Village): It’s hard work fighting crime in paradise. So, you can imagine why McGarrett and the gang need to unwind with a cocktail. A hot spot during seasons 1 through 4, the full-service restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tropics also offers nightly music and a torch-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. On Fridays, you can enjoy the fireworks show over the super pool next to the restaurant. The bar also serves up pupus and cocktails—including the signature Blue Hawaii that Danny (Scott Caan) ordered the first time he and Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) visited the bar in the season 1 episode, “Koolauloa.” The outside lanai became the place where the gang would come to unwind after a tough case.
2. RumFire (Sheraton Waikiki): The new Pau Hana spot for the Five-0 crew seems to be RumFire lounge. The menu focuses on small plates and Pacific Rim dishes, and a daily fire drill (also known as Happy- Hour) from 4 to 5 p.m. offers drink and pupu specials. While you may not get a chance to be in a scene from “Ua Helele’i ka Hoku” (“Fallen Star)” and see Jerry (Jorge Garcia) croon an Elvis tune or have McGarrett raise his beer in salute when you walk through the doors, the outside lounge offers stellar views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach.
3. Mai Tai Bar (Royal Hawaiian Hotel): If you’ve ever daydreamed about being in an episode of Hawaii Five-0, you might imagine the scene unfolding at the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Be like Danny and bring your girl here after work to spring a romantic getaway on her, as he did in “Nanahu.” You will be the hero of her heart. If nothing else, it really is a must to have a handcrafted mai tai in the cool shadow of the famous pink hotel.
4. Na Lani Sky Lounge (Hokulani Waikiki): If you’re looking for an evening of relaxation, look no further than the Na Lani Sky Lounge at the Hokulani Waikiki. A relatively new spot along Waikiki Beach Walk, the Na Lani Sky Lounge is only open from 2 to 8 p.m. daily. But that’s enough time to have a pupu and a drink and enjoy the amazing sunset view from this rooftop oasis. Get your friends to join you around the pool, as the team did in season 4’s “Na Hala a ka Makua” after closing a big case.
5. La Mariana Tiki Bar and Restaurant: Located at Keehi Lagoon, this classic bar may be off the beaten path, but if you want your umbrella drink served in a tiki glass, this is where you should go. For “Hawaii Five-0” fans, La Mariana is where the team’s friend Nicky the Kid, played by recurring cast member Larry Manetti of “Magnum, P.I.” fame, tickles the ivories. It’s also where the entire cast gathered to watch McGarrett’s Aunt Deb, the incomparable Carol Burnett, sing for her ohana during the 2013 Thanksgiving episode, “Hau’oli La Ho’omaika’i.”
We can’t promise you’ll actually bump into McGarrett and the gang at any of these Pau Hana venues, but if they’re good enough for the characters in “Hawaii Five-0,” they’re good enough for me! And, remember to ask your knowledgable tour guide about these venues when you book your “Hawaii Five-0” tour through Jeep Tours Hawaii!