Hawaiian luxury beachfront property, the Halekulani, has reopened one of Waikiki’s most popular spots, House Without A Key, after a complete revitalization and expansion.
Halekulani’s House Without A Key has long been celebrated as a premier beachfront destination for live Hawaiian entertainment, traditional hula shows, and sunset cocktails.
The indoor-outdoor restaurant was completely transformed by the owners of Halekulani Corporation to complement the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Diamond Head and the hotel’s 135-year-old Kiawe Tree, while paying homage to the age gold from the trip to Hawaii.
“House Without A Key’s meticulous renovations will ensure and preserve our iconic traditions and relevance as we enter our second century of gracious hospitality, continuing to deliver legendary experiences to all who walk through our doors,” said the COO of Halekulani Corporation, Peter Shaindlin.
He said that with a dramatic new entrance experience next to the sea, House Without A Key will include a new shaded outdoor bar, EARL’S, named for acclaimed 20th-century novelist Earl Derr Biggers, author of “House Without a Key”.
A rare first edition of the 1925 novel will be on display to welcome guests to one of the world’s most famous and sought-after venues, while additional upgrades include a state-of-the-art exhibition-style glass kitchen and a personalized Marra Forni brick. oven created in Italy exclusively for Halekulani.
Halekulani Executive Chef Christian Testa and House Without A Key Chef Jarrin Otake will oversee a completely revamped menu reminiscent of Hawaii’s golden age of travel, with new dishes such as the House Without A Key Laulau , a deconstructed version of the traditional laulau with the flavors of pork and butterflyfish, served on a bed of coconut luau leaves and a side of local fresh poi.
Other menu items, both prepared using the new brick oven, include Char Siu Coconut Baby Back Ribs with Hoisin Honey and Chinese Five Spice Glaze, and Country Comfort “Skizza” flatbread, a new take on the classic Margherita pizza, island style.
Newly designed cocktails that join the hotel’s Mai Tai signature include the Yellow Umbrella, with fresh Lilikoi juice, coconut matcha syrup, tequila, and mezcal; Coconut Cake Martini, an ode to Halekulani’s famous coconut cake; and Sweet Persea, an avocado-based mocktail.
The recently reopened venue also offers a nod to the legendary Ernest Hemingway, who honeymooned at Halekulani in 1940 with his wife, famed journalist Marsha Gellhorn. Hemingway – one of the many luminaries who frequented the restaurant – preferred a specific table near the ocean with a direct view of Diamond Head.
This table will now be distinguished as “Table 97”, available only by prior reservation. House Without A Key will also reintroduce the classic Daiquiri to the menu, Hemingway’s favorite tropical libation.
Contemporary furnishings complete the setting from which to view Hawaii’s most spectacular seascapes and sunsets.
Notable additions include new large-scale living room furniture and a custom Charles Loomis branch sculpture crafted using the hotel’s iconic Kiawe tree.
The newly refreshed landscaping incorporates bright, colorful hues of flowering plants and foliage as well as native and local Hawaiian species, including the King Kalakaua spider lily and the very rare dwarf rainbow Plumeria.
The legendary musical entertainment of House Without A Key will continue each evening from 5:30 p.m. featuring live Hawaiian music paired with hula dancing by past Miss Hawaii and Miss Hawaii USA winners.
House Without A Key is accepting reservations for daily breakfast (7am-10:30am), lunch (11:30am-5pm), sunset cocktails and dinner (5pm-8:30pm). For reservations, visit www.halekulani.com
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