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banquet 100-150 honolulu =)

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any ideas for a banquet for 100-150 people??? i was looking at hotels in the waikiki area because most of my guests are coming from the mainland....

i saw that e&o has a restaurant buyout... i'm not familiar with that term... but i assume it's called that 'cause you buy out the restaurant.. hahaha

i'm looking for dinner... buffet style, no more than $50 per head...

something delicious =) hilton hawaiian village is booked...

oh yeah, ambiance is also everything... ;P

much mahalos =)

ps i'll also be posting about cake bakeries soon too... =)

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  1. How about Mariposa in Neiman Marcus? My friend did a wedding there and it was just a great event,menu planning was easy and everyone enjoyed it. Or you could try Roy's in Waikiki, they have a private dining room that I've seen parties in that looked really fun!

    1. the willows has a couple of banquet rooms..... hawaiian buffet. its good, not fantastic, hawaiian food, great ambience, close to waikiki.

      1. thanks for the recs =)

        i checked out mariposa's menu but i think i have to check out the venue. i do like the food at roy's, and i guess they opened a new one over at beachwalk? i checked out willows, but i think the location could be more towards the beach... =)

        has anyone been to an event at the moana surfrider? or the kahala? or the marriot waikiki???

        i like these locations for convenience for the guests. i check ko olina and well, you can only reserve 6 months prior and if you are booking as a group through the sales dept., you have to block out 50 sleeping rooms. i don't think we'll be needing 50 sleeping rooms...

        anyway, since my family from the mainland like to eat a lot of good food.. but it has to be affordable for me and my H-to-be =) yup yup yup! i'm so excited! =)

        so i guess i'll be checking out venues during my upcoming visit =)

        sooo.. if anyone has any thoughts about the food at these places, i would appreciate it A LOT =)

        also, please keep the recs coming if anything comes to mind... our focus is good food and beach view =)

        MUCH MAHALOS =)

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        1. re: kinipela

          The Roy's that I mentioned earlier is the new one on Beachwalk.

          1. re: kinipela

            the moana is wonderful. triple your budget. my sister had her wedding reception there, when my folks showed me what it cost .... well, nuff said on that. If you want a beach view you are really limited to a few hotels along the beach in Waikiki, and it is going to cost you.

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              my fiancee (hahah not used to saying that hahaha) and i stayed up late doing the calculations and made our budget... if the place is worth it, then i think we wouldn't mind spending that much.... we were also thinking kailua, and the windward side, but then we would have to have it earlier 'cause of the mountains yeah?

              do you remember if the food was good over at the moana for your sister's wedding? 'cause usually banquet style isn't as good as the individual restaurants yeah? did your sister have buffet or sit down?

              hear anything about the hyatt???

              his cuzin and her friend are actually scoping out places this week for the friend's wedding.. so hopefully i'll have more recs...

              much mahalos!!! =)

              1. re: kinipela

                the food at the Moana was good, my stepmom HATED everyone that she had to deal with there. without exception they were rude and gave her the impression they were doing her a favor by allowing her to have her daughter's reception there. I can't remember if it was buffet or served....I'm thinking buffet, but part of my brain says no.... damn...don't tell my sitster....LOL

                As long as you are checking out the hotels, what does the Halekulani look like?

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  you know i didn't even bother checking because i thought that it would be even way outside of my budget. i spoke to a banquet person today and she was actually a bit snippish. that's good to know about their attitude there....

                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                    the ballroom is just a straight ballroom. no windows or anything... and i think my mainland guests will say, why come out here for a wedding if we're just in a ballroom. the outside areas don't allow amplified music... ack...

            2. I've been to a couple of wedding receptions at the Kahala (back when it WAS the Kahala), but I think both times it was heavy pupus and drinks and outdoors. I know I've been to several events at the Waialae Country Club and the food was pretty good. And there was a 70th birthday party at the HHVH and the food was good.

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              1. re: MobyRichard

                i called waialae.. you have to have a sponsor.... i don't feel comfortable asking my fam and friends to sponsor us... and i don't think they even belong to there... hahhah

                and the kahala seemed ok, but then i had them send me the banquet info and it's even more expensive than the moana....

              2. if you want to stay in waikiki you might also check what the cost for the banquet room at the New Otani are. it is the same view of waikiki as from the Hau Tree Lanai, just on the upper lobby level. Food is OK, but view is spectacular. On the other end of things, you have a hard time beating the view from John Dominis, although it is outside of Waikiki. The food there gets varying reviews, I haven't been there in at least a decade, but they do have a second floor banquet room.

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                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  new otani is BEAUTIFUL and would be perfect for the ocassion! BUT before we left for vacay, they called and said that they do not have any facilities that can accomodate that number... =(