Mahina & Suns
Superstar chef Ed Kenney tucked his fourth restaurant inside the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, a funky Waikīkī outpost that pays homage to the area's 1960s scene. The eatery sits beside the pool, where period films screen, sometimes against a background of live music or a DJ spinning albums. The scene could easily be too much, but deftly hits all the right notes, from the Hawaii Potters' Guild bowls to the custom Tori Richards-print banquette cushions. Kenney—a four-time James Beard semifinalist—serves elevated home cooking that draws upon the best of local farms and sustainably caught seafood. Fan favorites include a tangle of bright veggies topped by perfectly charred he'e (octopus) and deep-fried avocado on tacos with smoked yogurt, shishito peppers, and pickled red onion.
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412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA