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Jan 16, 2014 09:07 AM

Fancy brunch and maple garden

We're returning to Oahu in a few weeks and I have two questions.
1) what's the best fancy brunch? Halekulani, Hoku's at the Kahala or somewhere else?
2) Maple Garden - does it still exist and is any good? My husband grew up on Oahu and he has such fond memories of the place. I'm sure he'll want to return but I don't want to waste a meal if it's not good.


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  1. 1. We did Sunday brunch at Orchids at the Halekulani about a year ago on our vacation and we weren't super impressed for the $57pp price tag (possibly higher now) on a brunch buffet that had more than a few misses. I mean, it was OK, maybe the food is better when it is a la carte and cooked to order and not drying out under heat lamps?

    Collared shirts required for men. No tank tops, t-shirts or beachwear.

    2. See this thread here:

    Looks like it went downhill after the the former Maple Garden owner passed away.

    1. 1) Halekulani will probably require advance reservations for their buffet, which is only on Sundays. What time of day were you thinking for brunch? I like a late breakfast at the Hau Tree Lanai, or an early lunch at Duke's.

      2) Sadly the quality at Maple Garden has gone sharply downhill. Consider Happy Days or Little Village Noodle House perhaps?

      In general Brunch is not a big deal here, especially for visitors. If you are from the US mainland the time difference means you are likely to wake up early, even if your body clock is telling you that you slept in late. And most local people work either 8-5 (normal business hours) or 7-4 (many city,state, and federal workers) Hawaii is an early to bed/early to rise place.