My Point of Heu
How does an Iron Chef/TV Star/avid golfer/cooking pioneer celebrate his birthday in Hawaii? With a lovely, exciting, entertaining birthday celebration at his Waikiki restaurant with his closest friends, VIPs, special diners, celebrities, media and of course lots of music and dancing!
Since coming to Hawaii to open his first restaurant in the pacific in 2010, Chef Masaharu Morimoto has really elevated the food scene in the islands. His dishes are thoroughly developed, presentation is outstanding, the service is extremely attentive, yet approachable, and staff are all very well educated on the dishes, ingredients and delivery. Each eagerly serve with a smile and enthusiasm from a fine dining perspective, but with local charm and sincere aloha!. With that said, what does the man known by millions for his cuisine which reigns supreme do to celebrate his 60th? He throws a hell of a party!
Located in the heart of Waikiki, I heard about this fun place that serves up fresh, fruity items with lots of color and pizzaz last summer. Located on Kaiolu Street in Waikiki street parking can be a pain, but they have stalls nearby that don't have meters so at least you don't have to pay for it. Known for their acai bowls and waffles topped with gorgeous fruits, nuts and fresh whipped cream, I am glad I finally got to try this place.
Also, known as Tilia Aloha Cafe, this place is a cute cafe within a retail store that clearly caters to the Japanese clientele. Specialty items include taro, or mochi waffles, salads, bagels, fruit bowls with acai, kona red or pitaya and papaya served with ice cream. I went with two other friends so I could try a variety of items and it was tasty, full of freshness and skillfully plated. The service was a bit slow and the waiter didn't know too much about the place, like how it got its name and etc. But it was efficient enough. Here's a look at what we had to try:
The Original Taro Waffle: with seasonal fruits and whipped cream was delightful. It comes in 3 sizes (s, m and l). I ordered the small which was $5, it was good but only a quarter of the waffle, so it was pretty small. Nice flavor, great fresh fruits and a good ratio of chocolate sauce, whipped cream and I added a touch of maple syrup.
For more information visit http://tilia-aloha.com
Overall, this was a nice spot for a light brunch. The freshness was refreshing and perfect if you want something healthy with good flavors. I would go back for a nice peaceful lunch or a brunch date.
The saying... "Going to Hana Maui..." makes everyone smile! If you haven't taken the journey to one of the most remote spots in the world, you HAVE to one day! I have been to this charming, tropical piece of paradise before, but never had the chance to stay at the Travaasa Hana. I honestly didn't think I could afford it and hadn't considered it an option when staying overnight until recently. If you do a quick search, rooms typically start at $350-400 a night, add to that the fact that there are no additional resort charges, free WiFi, bottled water and coffee. In fact, as kama'aina, I would recommend checking to see what kind of rates they offer for the Hawaii resident who wants a sweet stay cation in a breathtakingly beautiful oasis from the rest of the world.
Thankfully, for me, I stumbled upon this spot while on a short girl's trip. A close friend called her cousin and we managed to score the last Sea Ranch Cottage available on a sold-out weekend. I had no idea what to expect. I thought we would be in a cozy room with a nice garden view, but to our amazement we had a stunning, spacious cottage with two beds, bathtub, shower, lanai with jacuzzi and dining room with bar, refrigerator and ocean views. Most of all, the privacy is unparalleled as this part of the resort is for adults only and the accommodations luxurious and refined. *Currently, some of these cottages are under a rejuvenation and all are expected to all open at the end of July 2015.
Here's an inside look at the Travaasa Hana Experiential Resort - http://www.travaasa.com/hana/
This property is really Hana's shangri-la, the colorful gardens, serene ambience, breathtaking views and service create a 5-star experience. From the moment you step on property you are greeted with a warm smile, moist refreshing toilette, chilled juice, golf-cart shuttle service, complimentary valet and free parking.
Travaasa Hana also offers all-inclusive packages which include daily resort credit for spa services and meals as part of the nightly charge, or you can go ala carte which means you pay for the accommodations/room without the added spa services/private classes and meals. Take a look at the different packages, rates and availability of suites, cottages and glorious family suites too.
5031 Hana Hwy
Hana, Hi 96713
Tel: (888) 820-1043