Hard Rock Cafe Happy Hour Entertains and Tempts the Palate
By Ruth and Michael Furman
Informer Media Group
Looking for a rocking happy hour while in Honolulu?
Waikiki’s new Hard Rock Cafe is impressive, featuring live music daily and fantastic happy hour cocktail specials. Locals receive a discount on food items.
We stopped by for Happy Hour and enjoyed a Bahama Mama and local beers. We decided to stay for dinner and the many choices of the dining options surprised us, featuring a terrific local flair. There’s fresh island fish on the delicious fish tacos and a truly extraordinary burger, the surf burger, featuring pineapple, bacon, caramelized onion and barbecue sauce, served with furikake-seasoned French fries. The slightly spicy twisted mac and cheese is not to be missed.
Jill Gilboy, senior sales and marketing manager for Hard Rock Honolulu, urged us to save room for dessert, which is made in house and includes regular chef’s choice specials. We’re all about pineapple and coconut when in Hawaii, and we tried the layered pineapple coconut rum cake that was unlike anything we’ve tried on the mainland. We were immediately grateful we had broccoli with our burger.
But we digress. Back to happy hour.
What sets the Hard Rock’s happy hour apart from many on the island is daily live music coupled with terrific drink specials. After listening to Hawaiian music, we had a yen for some rock music. The Hard Rock delivered. The beautiful open air restaurant is stunning and Diamond LEED-certified, with bamboo floors, recycled glass and admirable green operating procedures. The Hard Rock’s commitment to the community is as impressive as its consideration of the environment.
As Gilboy said, “Our staff enjoys the feeling of personal fulfillment and social responsibility. We believe that when a community is doing well as a whole, its individuals are better off, too. It also gives our staff members a chance to learn new skills and further their community involvement and their understanding of community infrastructure here on the islands.”
Not only does the venue support many local charities and community organizations year-round (including the Waikiki Aquarium), but the Hard Rock offers an amazing opportunity for local kids to perform with its Youth On Stage program on weekends.
For more information, visit Hard Rock Honolulu
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
At the corner of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki
Click here for the website
An upcoming event includes: Oct. 6, 1 to 4 p.m. Pinktober Party with Haley Michele and Crimson Apple to benefit Kapiolani Breast Center. $5 suggested cover