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Dec 26, 2008 12:00 PM

Question... Oahu?

I'm sure this is a pretty vague question, but I'm looking into getting gift certificates for 2 couples that will be vacationing in the Waikiki, Honolulu, Ko'Olina area. How much should I expect to spend on each certificate roughly? Any help w/ some restaurant names would be greatly appreciated and I will do the additional research myself. TIA

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  1. Hi KC,

    We were fortunately to vacation in Ko Olina for a month two years ago. If they are staying in KO then I would see if you can get a Marriott gift cert since the two big resorts are Marriotts. The amount can be any range since you can just get drinks or dinner.

    For more fast food Hawaiian, there is the big chain L&L which has locations in the Bay Area so you can pick up a gift cert. It is nothing fancy but there are locations everywhere in Oahu. Another Hawaiian food chain in Oahu is Zippy's which is a step above L&L.

    Duke's is an institution but the food is not great. Also you can look into Roy's for upscale.

    Hope this helps.

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    1. re: janeyoc

      Thanks for the reply Janey.

      There are L&L's where we are from. I'm also looking for something on the nicer side.

      Marriotts offers GCs?

    2. You will never go wrong with Roy's. He has a restaurant in the club house at Ko'Olina and he opened a new one in Waikiki. I live close to the original in Hawaii Kai and I find the menu refreshed regularly and his favorites still there as well.

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      1. re: Pat B

        Thanks, there's a Roy's in our home area. Since I cannot see the online menus for any of the Hawaii locations currently, I wonder how different the dining experience would be.

        1. re: kc72

          IIRC, the US Roy's are part of the Outback Group, while those in Hawai`i and Asia are through a different management group (Roy's?). I believe that is why the HI menus might not show up. As for the certificates, I would check.

          In most Roy's (Mainland and other), the exec. chef has some latitude with regards to many dishes. Some are sacred. The menus should be similar. Lately, it's been awhile, since we dined at a non-Mainland Roy's, so memory and knowledge should be questioned. I think they will be similar.

          One thing that I have observed is the general tone of the various Mainland vs the Hawai`i locations - noise levels. Maybe it's just been the particular Mainland restaurants, but they *seem* to be much quieter. Maybe it was also the exact times that we dined in Hawai`i.


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            All of the restaurants are listed on the Roy's site -- it just says Hawaii, NY and Pebble Beach menus are not available at the moment.

            1. re: kc72

              Mahaloe for that info. The Roy's site that I visited, only listed the Mainland locations.


      2. In Ko`Olina, there are basically two nice restaurants to choose from, and both are located in the Marriott. I think that the idea of a Marriott card would be a good one, as the more up-scale, Azure (have not dined there, but there have been some nice reports on this board) is part of the Marriott. I also think that the other, Roy’s might fall under that umbrella. If not, I know that they do gift certificates.

        Honolulu/Waikiki Area, I’d highly recommend Alan Wong’s (King Street), and know that they do gift certificates.

        Also, there is Chef Mavro’s, but I do not know about gift cards. Same for La Mer, Halekulani, but I’d wager that the Halekulani Hotel does offer a gift card, and it should be good at both La Mer and Orchids, which is great for Sunday Brunch.


        As for the amount, well that's totally up to you.


        Alan Wong's Restaurant
        1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

        Chef Mavro restaurant
        1969 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

        La Mer
        2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Bill, it's Azul. They have a really fabulous brunch with unlimited wine and champagne and it is the entire dinner menu offerings in miniature platings it is AWESOME. I have enjoyed this and
          would suggest anyone to check it out.

          1. re: manomin

            Thanks for the responses Bill and Manomin. I've seen those places mentioned in some of my web browsing. At some of these upscale/fine dining places, is a jacket required or would a collared shirt or nice polo and khakis work (business casual)? Having been to those places -- what would you say the avg tab for a couple is? Also, where would I obtain a Marriott GC that's been mentioned?

            1. re: kc72

              Found out where to get the GCs and Dinner for Two cards. The Dinner for Two card does not work at Azul.

              1. re: kc72

                Oops! It was purely speculation on my part. Good info to know though. How about their Roy's location? Does that count with Marriott? Just curious.


                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  I dont think I saw Roy's Ko'Olina listed in the small print. There were a few restaurants listed, I just know Azul was mentioned for sure.

              2. re: kc72

                I don't know of anyplace on Oahu that requires a coat. Even La Mer at the Halekulani says "Long-sleeved collared shirt or jacket required for gentlemen." Several of the upscale restaurants discourage "jeans" (anything with patch pockets), but discourage and prohibit are two different words.

                1. re: KaimukiMan

                  For "fine-dining" restaurants on O`ahu, I always don a blazer. Looking around, I see that I am in about the 60% group there. There are often some suites (mostly at La Mer and Orchid's Sunday Brunch), but a lot of "aloha shirts," as well. Even if I am the only jacket in the room, I'm much more comfortable being overdressed, rather than underdresssed.


              3. re: manomin

                Thank you, thank you. No wonder I could not find a Link to a Place for "Azure... "

                I believe that the OP will appreciate your comments on the particular restaurant. I've only heard good things about it, but have not dined there. When lookin over the venue and the menu, it had a very good "look" to it.