Best Sunset Drink and Dinner: SWIM and SHOR at Hyatt Regency Waikiki
Every afternoon about 5:30 PM, islanders and connoisseurs of sunsets arrange themselves at their favorite beach side vantage point on the west and south shores of Oahu for a chance to see the legendary “green flash”.
In all of my years of living in Hawaii, I have only seen it twice, but sometimes I think it was a result of a very strong Mai Tai and staring at the sun too long. If you'd like to try for a glimpse of this phenomenon, you might as well be sitting in a comfortable spot with a great drink in hand.
SWIM is a poolside bar with views over the statue of Duke Kahanamoku out to Waikiki beach. On an upper deck of The Hyatt Regency Waikiki, you are above street level so nice treetop and beach views are yours. I recommend the Lychee Martini ( pictured). The pupus are really good here too and if you plan it right, might serve as dinner. If not, hop over to SHOR American Seafood Grill. Visible across the pool with indoor or outdoor seating, start with amazing Baby Kona Abalone with garlic herbed butter, the tremendous seafood tower or the catch of the day you pair with a sauce you select from the list like Pineapple Shiso Relish, Hamakua Mushroom, Soy Radish etc. Insider Tip : Valet your car gratis with purchase – so get your ticket stamped and tip your valet.
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High-rise Hotel on the Beach
A stay at the Hyatt in Waikiki puts guests in a perfect place to enjoy everything in Waikiki. The beach is just across Kalakaua Avenue, dozens of restaurants are within a short walk from the hotel, and shops are open late to accommodate tourist's timeless schedules.
The hotel has its own charm with second floor swimming, open air bar, and shops that could keep guests on the property if they choose.
The mountain (mauka) and ocean (makai) views are beautiful from the hotel's two towers and the property has their own parking garage with valet available.