While dinner at the hotel's formal restaurant is expensive, we discovered the House Without a Key - the more casual, less expensive, outdoor/indoor eating area at the Halekulani. We had delicious food at very reasonable prices there with fantastic service and live music/hula overlooking the ocean. The only snag is that they don't take reservations but if you go early it is not difficult to get a table. There are some chairs and cocktails tables right in the front, some larger tables under umbrellas a bit further back, or you can sit under a open air house. We preferred the middle option both nights we had dinner there. Thursday nights, they put on a bbq, which was really nice. We enjoyed the chicken wings and coconut shrimp appetizers too. The coconut cake made in-house and the kona coffee especially made just for the hotel are incredible. We also appreciated the kids menu and the lovely linen bags that were given to us for our leftovers. Drinks were divine as well. Whether you are a guest at the exclusive Halekulani or just there for dinner/drinks, the food and service are fabulous! Although we did not go ourselves, we heard that the brunch and daily high tea are lovely. The tea at around $35 per person seemed quite reasonable to us. Again, no reservations and first come/first serve for the high tea.
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