No matter your budget, one evening in Waikiki should be enjoyed at House Without A Key. It is unencumbered, peaceful, delicious and simple Hawaiian elegance.

Waikiki can be a concrete jungle.
It can be super crowded, and overwhelming. Sometimes it can be anywhere else in the world. If you want to capture a little bit of old Hawaii, some true history, a respite of soothing melody, a view, soft ocean breezes and a full palate of sunset hues – drop by House Without A Key around 5:30 or 6pm.

Go through the elegant Halekulani hotel lobby, past the restaurant line up, all the way till you see water, and ask for a table for drinks under the Kiawe tree. That tree has seen it all, over one hundred years of change, and wave after wave, it’s still there. Sit down, order one of the best mai tai’s you’ll ever have, and enjoy the sounds of hawaiian music.

Sunset cocktails & Hawaiian music – It transforms.
Sunset cocktails & Hawaiian music – It transforms.

It is something I do every time I visit, sometimes the first thing I do after I drop my bags off at the hotel. It transforms.

If you just have one mai tai, in fact, don’t bother with the $4 cheap tiki bar versions, have it here. Be warned, it will spoil you for the others. And they are pretty strong, so one is usually enough, sipped over an hour, in the warm breeze.

This is the best Mai Tai. Pure quality.
This is the best Mai Tai. Pure quality.

The cost is about $12-$18 for a mai tais. Pure quality ingredients!
I notice some people come for desserts ($10) and drinks.

Sean, our server was especially nice and friendly, even though there was a big crowd and rain was threatening. Thanks!

If you’re feeling landlocked you can even try their Mai Tai recipe for yourself.

House Without A Key at the Halekulani
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 923-2311
Fax: (808) 926-8004
Toll Free Reservations: 1 (800) 367-2343