You are relaxing and looking at the Pacific Ocean, Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head--all is one vista. More than likely you are hearing the waves splashing on the shoreline. A light zephyr makes it delightful to be outdoors. In front of you is this beautiful Kiawe tree, a century old--just awesome to look at. Through its leaves, the last of the sun rays give way to a balmy night. A live band plays traditional Hawaiian music and there is usually someone performing the Hula. In essence, you really do feel like you are living the Hawaiian Aloha. You have to pinch yourself to believe it. You are at the Halekulani's famous Happy Hour.
Either by word of mouth or through an article, we found the Happy Hour at the Halekulani hotel restaurant known as the "House Without a Key." You can actually walk though the restaurant to get to the patio area. The Happy Hour has an assortment of drinks, delicious appetizers known in Hawaiian as "pupus" and music. The drinks and various "pupus" are a tad pricy, but well worth this wonderful experience.
My mom always wanted to come to Hawaii. She never made it, but she gave me the dream. The ambiance here is what my mom would have loved to have experienced. For many years, Arthur Frommer wrote that the Halekulani was his favorite deluxe hotel in Waikiki.
You may even miss the hotel's entrance as the Halekulani hotel is nonchalant among other high-rises and resorts. A large sculpture of an Hawaiian feather helmet (1983 by Chalres W. Watson) is in front of the Halekulani. Then too, the Cattleya orchid is a major symbol for the Halekulani. There is a beautiful design of this Cattleya orchid in the pool--makes a very nice picture when no one is swimming. The entire setting and experience is magical.
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