Photo by Amanda Castleman
La Mariana Sailing Club
Honolulu's last great tiki bar lies tucked behind a row of warehouses, six miles northwest of Waikīkī. Set on the edge of Keehi Lagoon, it shelters under plumeria and coconut trees—and will be familiar to fans of Hawaii Five-0. La Mariana defies the kitsch label: all those shell chandeliers, pufferfish lights, and fishing floats suspended in nets are the real deal, most items dating back to 1955. Carved tikis abound, alongside high-gloss tables of koa, the stunning, rich-hued wood from endemic acacias: the source of weapons and voyaging canoes for ancient Hawaiians. Go for the ambience and strong mai tais: the menu's straight-up, old-school surf and turf, perfectly tasty but uninspiring.
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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50 Sand Island Access Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA