Hawaii Mom Blog: Dinner at Halekulani's Redesigned House Without A Key




May 20, 2022

Dinner at Halekulani's Redesigned House Without A Key

My in-laws are big fans of House Without A Key so I am always kept up to date on the latest happenings of their favorite restaurant at the Halekulani.  I learned from them that the restaurant had reopened for lunch last month after being completely transformed with a new shaded outdoor bar and viewing kitchen.  The seating in front of the Halekulani's historic Kiawe tree has been updated with comfortable and contemporary furnishings so you can enjoy the nightly live entertainment while taking in the sweeping ocean views and Diamond Head.  

Nightly from 5pm to 8:30pm, you can enjoy dinner and sunset cocktails with live Hawaiian music and the dancing of former Miss Hawaii and Miss Hawaii-USA winners from 5:30pm.  It's an especially great place to share with out-of-town guests as House Without A Key is one of Waikiki's most iconic restaurants.  When you do visit, make sure to order House Without A Key's signature mai tai.

Mai Tai

I had dinner with Halekulani and Halepuna Waikiki's wonderful PR Manager, Bonnie, and she shared with me some of the highlights of the dinner menu by House Without A Key's Chef de Cuisine, Jarrin Otake.  Ingredients used at the restaurant are sourced from across the Hawaiian islands.  We started with two of Halekulani's classic cocktails - the signature Mai Tai and the Hale Passion, a nice concoction of rum, passion fruit, almond, coconut, and light cream. Drinking this feels like vacation.  For appetizers, we had the Kapakahi Fries, Shoyu Ahi Poke, and the Edamame Hummus Dip.  The fries are especially addicting!

Kapakahi Fries

Shoyu Ahi Poke

Edamame Hummus Dip

For our meal, we had to try the House Without A Key Laulau.  The laulau dish is 5 oz. braised pork and 3 oz. misoyaki butterfish served on a bed of coconut stewed luau leaves, topped with a crispy pork rind and pickled onions, and served with lomi tomato and a side of fresh poi from Kako'o Oiwi farm.  We also shared the furikake and bubu arare crusted monchong that was on special.  I really enjoyed the monchong, but the laulau was so interesting and full of complementing flavors.  It's a very colorful dish and a treat for one's palate.  We ended the night with the very yummy Lilikoi Key Lime Cheesecake and I took home a slice of Halekulani's famous Coconut cake for my kids because I'd be in serious trouble if I didn't.

House Without A Key Laulau

Evening Special: Monchong

Lilikoi Key Lime Cheesecake

It was such a nice evening to be outside enjoying good food, drink and company while other guests were also enjoying their meals and the live entertainment.  It's no wonder this restaurant is such a favorite of many locals and visitors alike.  

House Without A Key
Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815

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