A Few of my favorite things

House without a key
Grays Beach
Halekulani Waikiki
Grays Beach Waikiki

We have been living in a 90 degree, and rising, hot, humid paradise this summer in the 96815. The weather has me feeling like not doing much of anything, except trying to keep cool and avoid melting into the steamy Waikiki sidewalk. A few days back, I mustered up the courage to leave my spot in front of the fan and head to one of my favorite places, the Halekulani, during my favorite, cooler time of day: sunset. On the open air lanai of House Without a Key, swaying hula dancers, live Hawaiian music and the setting sun grace the stage nightly. I left home in the simplest breathable outfit I could think of - a cotton tank dress. By the time I made it to Kalakaua Avenue, I was feeling a little bare and bland. Passing Duke's Marketplace, the alleyway lined with overstocked carts selling typical souvenirs and trinkets, I decided to pop in to quickly accessorize. For $15, a few strands of coral and turquoise paid the perfect compliment to my favorite Ki-ele 96815 necklace and pearl. love. bracelets. Finally, off the sweltering streets, I'm enjoying a late afternoon sea breeze gently rolling in from Gray's beach and drifting over the Halekulani's poolside oasis. I don't even need to look at the menu; I'm having my favorite - the Mai Tai. Fresh lime juice, a rum trio and hints of orange over crushed ice perfectly swirl with the accompanying sugar cane stick in my glass. These are just a few of my favorite things...

Photography by Jessica Tronoski and The 96815



Aloha L'Aperitif


Tucked away within the prestigious Halekulani Hotel resides the french inspired bar, L'Aperitif. Each cocktail has been artfully arranged by Colin Field, the Chef du Bar of the legendary Hemingway Bar at The Ritz Hotel Paris. Elegant in both appearance and taste, a red rose and petite size pairing arrive at the table as the perfect compliment to each designer cocktail. Our personal favorite is the Hemingway Old Fashioned, Makers Mark Bourbon married with lemon and orange over ice, paired with a parmesan phyllo crisp in a pool of balsamic syrup. If you dare, our in house whiskey lover recommends the Mach 2, Laphroaig and Green Chartreuse, coupled with the salmon cornet. Their engagement is perfectly sweet and smoky.

Colin Field will be guest bartending the week of September 22nd at L'Aperitif. Mark your calendar; rumor has it he's been known to share a few secrets from his cocktail shaker. A votre sante!