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Jun 27, 2013 09:05 PM

Nice Kid Friendly Dining

Celebrating my sons 8th birthday whilst in Hawaii in August. Looking for a nice kid friendly restaurant that will help with supplying a cake/ice cream cake. Thanks

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  1. Which island? What part of that island?

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    1. re: cookie monster

      Staying at Moana Surfrider, Oahu. My kids love Japanese Teppanyaki so happy for recommendations on any cuisine.

      1. re: LAG68

        benihana, tanaka's of Tokyo, kobe steak house

        been to all three, they seem comparable. garlic fried rice is a great choice at any of em.

        maybe there are other teppanyaki places, yelp it.

        1. re: indelibledotink

          Try the Fried Garlic Rice at Restaurant SUNTORY. Best we've had in Honolulu- Waikiki

    2. In addition to cookie monsters question, maybe you also should clarify what you mean by " supplying a cake/ice cream cake." Are you asking for a restaurant that will provide for free a birthday cake or ice cream cake? Are you asking for a restaurant that will serve a special birthday cake that you will be providing? Are you asking for a restaurant that is used a lot for kids birthday parties, like Chuck E. Cheese?

      Many restaurants will, if you tell them ahead of time that a birthday will be celebrated, provide a free slice of cake with a lighted candle to the birthday boys. The presentation may or may not be accompanied by singing waiters.

      Your best bet would be to talk to the concierge of your hotel.

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      1. re: honu2

        Hi, thanks sorry didn't clarify. I'm on holiday from Australia so not familiar how it works in Hawaii. I'm staying at Moana Surfrider Oahu, so near there would be great. Not sure what options are available with regards to cakes. I could order either a cake or ice cream cake and take it to the restaurant. Maybe you could recommend somewhere I can pre order a cake or ice cream cake near accommodation. Happy to do whatever it takes. I'll contact the concierge too. Thanks

        1. re: LAG68

          there are several baskin robbins, I think the closest would be on king street in the mccully/kaheka area. they can make an icecream cake with a photo quality image on it. you should call for details, i'm sure it takes awhile to make. they also have lots of themed designs. check the website.

          I always wanted an icecream cake, but never had. something to keep in mind for next time.

          1. re: indelibledotink

            looks like there's a baskin-robbins in waikiki

            coldstone creamery has several locations in or near waikiki
            zoom in to view

            1. re: indelibledotink

              Thanks for the tip... My boys love their ice cream...

            2. re: LAG68

              Next door from.the Moana is Hula Grill and for any birthday, they give out a slice of their famous Hula pie which is a huge ice cream pie and you could either work a deal with them.
              They have the best everyday happy hour that allow kids.
              Mai Tais for $4, calamari $6, pork.sliders..
              Outrigger hotel..go to Leonards for their famous malasadas too.
              Google Hula can do lunch or dinner.
              Dukes for lunch, is in the same oceanfront hotel.
              Moana has the Beach House which is ok.

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Thanks for the tips... That Hula pie sounds like the go... I'll look them up...

                1. re: LAG68

                  note the difference between hula grill and hula's bar and lei stand.

                  1. re: indelibledotink

                    yes, hula's bar and lei stand would be an interesting birthday, but you would have a few questions to answer afterwards

                    1. re: macsak

                      Oh... I haven't looked up Hula's Bar, however, by the way your'e talking it's not appropriate for an 8 year old birthday......

                      1. re: LAG68

                        LOL, no it isn't, but occasionally tourists wander in thinking they are somewhere else. Hula's is Hawaii's oldest and best known gay bar. Now i suppose if your 8 year old is particularly precocious . . .

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          and it's not the fact that it's gay, it's the raunch factor, lol.

                          1. re: indelibledotink

                            I always wanted to go to their old original location, never got the opportunity. I think I've heard their food isn't bad.

                            1. re: manomin

                              interesting, since they don't really serve food manomin. but they do pour a good happy hour mai tai. It may not be as good as a 'scratch mai tai from mai tai's at the royal hawaiian, but it kicks a punch. and indel, there isn't anything raunchy about Hulas, nor was there at the old location either. I know, I know, I've heard stories too, dont know where those people were but it wasn't hulas. Now if you want to see a raunchy gay bar i know a couple of places down on hotel st . . .

                              1. re: KaimukiMan

                                I had all 3 mai tai's at the Royal out of nostalgia for my husband's grandmother who would come over on the Lurline or the other ship and stay 3 months there or the Moana or the Halekulani. I was not impressed with any of the 3. Gee, why I thought folks have told me about the food......maybe from the old days under the banyan tree. I have heard nothing but nice things from my friends who frequent Hula's and someday I'll go. I just hate going "over the hill" Bon Appetit! The ribs are being served! A Second meal in honor of our 31st anniversary!

                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                  they totally whistle and scream at passing males!

                                  are there even gay bars on hotel st now? (chinatown/downtown at night, particularly hotel st, was the red light district since ships used to let their crew take shore leave here) the place has become so trendy (bad) and hip (very good) over ;the past five or six years with good restaurants, upscale bars, clubs, art galleries, chic clothing stores.

                                  1. re: indelibledotink

                                    ummm... there have been gay bars on hotel street since at least the late 50's, probably further back than that. more than that we will have to discuss in some other forum, LOL Were you offended cause they didn't whistle and scream at you?

                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                      I meant even as 'still there?' cause I haven't seen or recognized one for awhile....

                                      lol, yeah, let's get this thread back on track.

                                      or kind of on track... we have a waterpark here, not too close to Waikiki, but i'm sure many a kid has had a birthday here and icecream cake could be brought if in a cooler with dry ice... I dunno, maybe you have a waterpark at home, but i'm trying to think of stuff here that i'd enjoy if I were turning 8.

                                2. re: manomin


                                  i was mistaken. they do have a pupu menu from 3:30 to 9:30 M-F and around noon - 9:30 on weekends. never knew that.

                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                    Well now you know! Always nice to have a little bar food with a drink!

                  2. re: LAG68

                    In Hawaii, birthdays are occassions for the giving of lei to the honoree. For an 8 yr old, an appropriate lei could be one made of fresh flowers, or artificial flowers (better to take home to Australia); or kukui nuts; packs of gum; candy; even coins. ABC Stores, of which there are a gazillion in the vicinity of the Surfrider, will carry some or all of these types.

                    I venture that any 8 year old would have a memorable birthday celebration with lei, a slice of Hula pie with a candle on top (as suggested by Beach Chick) and a new Lego set.

                    1. re: honu2

                      Thanks for this, it sounds like he will have a memorable 8th birthday - keen to go with the local tradition... he is looking forward to choosing his Lego too...

                      1. re: LAG68

                        Along the lines of Honu2's suggestion, I would opt for the Kukui Nut lei for a gentleman. They are nice, and a tad more "masculine." They should also get past every country's Agricultural Control, and be something to treasure. Unlike flowers, however beautiful and fragrant, it will not wilt and die, or be confiscated somewhere.

                        Most of all, Happy Birthday!


                        1. re: Bill Hunt

                          dark green ti leaves braided into a 'rope' lei are often draped around the back of the neck for men. very masculine and good luck. I prefer the simple braid with a few leaves here and there, but there are several variations. google for pics (and the kukui nut leis too). there are quite a few places in Waikiki that have them both. if you plan to explore chinatown there are fresh lei shops galore. cindy's is the most famous and a good deal. possibility of green stains on light colored shirt. guys keep them even when they dry and are often laid on small picture frames or mantles or even above license plates on cars, usually the back plate.

                          1. re: indelibledotink

                            myself and lots of my friends have stopped wearing the ti leaf lei because of shirt staining
                            we leave them on long enough to be polite and then remove and place on the chair back (but then you have to worry about leaning back on them and staining your shirt that way)

                            1. re: macsak

                              mild itching can occur if you're sensitive, when I get a ti lei I make sure to wear it on the shirt collar, not the skin itself.

                            2. re: indelibledotink

                              The Ti Leaf leis (with constraint) are favorites of mine too.

                              I have had many dozen leis, and for different celebrations.

                              For my young wife, if we have the time, our first stop is usually Sweetheart's in Chinatown. However, as she so very often receives leis from so many, I have actually stopped getting her a couple.

                              However beautiful, in a week, one can ONLY wear so many, and I hate to see them going to waste.

                              Obviously, heading back to the Mainland, many leis will not pass muster - other than my kukui nut leis, and similar.

                              For the "kids," I think that there are many lei possibilities, and all should be greatly appreciated.


                  3. since i'm on an ol' skool roll right now
                    not fine dining, but it's fun in a throwback sort of way

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                      1. re: LAG68

                        farrell's is far from your hotel by hawaii standards
                        by mainland or australian standards it's not far at all
                        if you have a rental car, it's just past pearl harbor

                        best bet for ice cream cake is bubbies
                        it's just north of waikiki near the university of hawaii
                        try the mochi ice cream too (ice cream wrapped with japanese pounded rice cake


                        regular cakes are available at diamond head grill
                        it's located at the base of diamond head, so it's right near your hotel
                        great plate lunches/breakfasts available too
                        some people love their scones

                        1. re: macsak

                          I love bubbies icecream. the mochi wrapped ice cream is ok, the mochi is a little thick. the brownie sundae was expensive and tasted old, definitely nothing special, actually a thumbs down. stick with the icecream and you won't be disappointed.

                          1. re: macsak

                            Thanks, they all sound fantastic - look like a few birthday cakes are in order..

                      2. Many of the more casual restaurants will let you bring in an outside cake if that is what you want to do, just let them know in advance. Most people tend to just order desserts from the menu, and a candle is placed on one of the desserts, but if you want the full forest fire effect then prior arrangements are best.

                        In Waikiki things are going to tend to be pricey, I'd check with Chart House the Ilikai, Chucks @ the Moana, Dukes, Tiki's, Shore Bird, and see what any of them can do for you.

                        the recs by indelible and russ are good too.