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Wet Your Whistle: Hula Grill

This is quite a short blog. School has just started so getting back in the swing of that, along with getting over this cold has made it difficult for me to concentrate. Readers gonna read, ain’ters gonna ain’t.

Welcome!
Welcome!

Hula Grill, located in Outrigger Waikiki Hotel on the second floor, has a great happy hour. Your required to sit in the bar and lounge area so your chances of getting an ocean view aren’t as great but there are a handful of tables that do provide the ocean view. The lanai area is predominately where the dining area is, so if your wallet is not on a budget, take a seat.

Amazing view
Amazing view

The happy hour food menu starts at $5-$12, beer $4, wine $5, tropical drinks $6, and their specialty Mai Tai (which comes in a tiki faced glass) $7. When you take into consideration their location, these prices are great and the food will fill you up. My favourite food item is the fish and chips. The fish isn’t pathetic in size. About 3-4 pieces of thick, moist, perfectly battered pieces and chips too! The burgers are yummy if fish isn’t your protein of choice. If you go on Sunday you’ll hear the live music coming up from Duke’s just below Hula Grill.

The Bar
The Bar

I think what I enjoyed most about this place was the convenience of its location. Any time I was down wandering about Waikiki or just relaxing on the beach, Hula Grill is in easy walking distance. Everything is in easy walking distance when your enjoying yourself. This is a fail safe restaurant, so if I wanted to grab a bite to eat and couldn’t think of any new places I was purposely seeking, Hula Grill would be my choice. Bon Appetit!

Tiki Men for the Mai Tai's
Tiki Faces for the Mai Tai’s
Delicious fish and chips!
Delicious fish and chips!
Just Photoshop yourself there... imagine.
Just Photoshop yourself there… imagine.

http://www.hulagrillwaikiki.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HulaGrillWaikiki

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My Watering Hole

Back when I was living in Honolulu, Hawaii I would regularly check online for the best happy hours available in Waikiki. I was a student on a budget that still wanted to enjoy myself to the fullest with great company and drinks. I can’t quiet recollect what made me click on “Cha Cha Cha 2 Waikiki,” maybe I was feeling up to tequila for the night or just a Mexican themed place. It was off the main road parallel to Waikiki beach, right across from Ross, attached to a hotel. Wasn’t the biggest place, but enough space for a few outdoor patio tables to enjoy the evening breeze that everyone sings for by the end of a hot day on the beach, best of all? $12 pitchers!! beer, margarita, or sangria. Take your pick or get more than one or $4 just for an individual which was just as amazing. My first trip there was with my roommate and one of the best people you can ask for for a day of exploring doing everything and nothing as the same time, I’ll call her Sasha* in case she doesn’t want her name known.

Back to the story!

We approached the place unsure because of the umbrella’s covering the restaurant’s name plaque. When we saw that it was indeed our destination, we grabbed the best patio seats available (which isn’t much of a brag considering location wise) and were promptly served by our soon to be regular server Nicole*. We did start with individual drinks as we weren’t sure right away of what the drinks were going to taste like or the size of the glasses, which were a normal size not undersized. I got sangria, fruit pieces included (that was a big deal for us) and Sasha ordered a margarita. We were in heaven! We felt like such sophisticated well-traveled women for finding such a lovely place snacking on nachos and salsa, sipping on our drinks…our next drink came in a pitcher and I’ll proceed with that wonderful  cliché “the rest was history.” I felt so pleased to have found this establishment that would meet the needs for me and my friends. That year I’m pretty sure we went as least once a month and Nicole noticed as well because they’re would be those nights where you know she put a good word in to the bartender to make our drinks stronger than usual. We were sedated with complete consent! Did I mention Taco Tuesday had $1 beef tacos?? And a ridiculous list of 30+ type of tequilas?

These were the good times. Life was good. However I finished school, moved back to my hometown and Cha Cha Cha stayed in Hawaii. In the spring I returned to Hawaii to visit friends and enjoy a relaxing vacation on the beach and return to my watering hole… wait…. where’s Cha Cha Cha?!?! Where’s my delicious sangria?!? Closed? This can’t be happening?!?!….

Turns out their lease on the space was coming to an end and negotiations ended when a new lease contract couldn’t be agreed upon. I’m sorry such a great place had to go. I’ll treasure those nights and memories at Cha Cha Cha. I ❤ U

p.s. I do have a new watering hole, want to know?

Cheers!
Yummy Drinks!
My usual kinda meal at Cha Cha Cha 2 Waikiki
My usual kinda meal at Cha Cha Cha 2 Waikiki
Not enough Tequila?
Not enough Tequila?
Cheers!
Cheers!
not the most noticeable, but once you knew...
not the most noticeable, but once you knew…

I should make a disclaimer: Apart from the first photo, the others I just searched online as I never did well to remember to bring a camera. Just wanted to help give a nice visual of what I was talking about. Link of their fb page https://www.facebook.com/ChaChaChaWaikiki