Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit Halekulani Hotel’s House Without A Key restaurant for their Sunday lunch. Their team had asked me to come in during the Mele Mei festival, a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music, to enjoy live music and food and do a fun takeover of their Instagram account. Since my parents are in town, I asked Halekulani’s team if they could come too, and in true Hawaiian fashion — they said “the more, the merrier!” So, we headed off to Halekulani Hotel for delicious food, drinks and views. If you are debating eating at House Without A Key at the Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu, today’s post is for you 🙂
Eating At Halekulani’s House Without A Key
Dane and I had previously gone to Orchid’s at Halekulani for dinner and Lewer’s Lounge for cocktails, but we had never been to House Without A Key.
The views of Diamond Head from Halekulani are reason enough to make a reservation at the property and the hotel’s mai tais are world famous (enough for them to share the step-by-step process on their website!), but everything about our experience yesterday was so above-and-beyond that House Without A Key is getting their own blog post!
Each May, Halekulani hosts Mele Mei with a new performer each Sunday. This year, we were fortunate enough to attend with GRAMMY-nominee Amy Hānaialiʻi Gilliom performing. Let me just say — she was freaking amazing! She sang alongside Jeff Peterson, a guitarist, and together their music was truly incredible. Now, I’ll be honest — I didn’t know a single song, but there was something so beautiful and soulful about each and every song that I loved.
To be honest, I was so busy enjoying the music I only snapped this fun shot from the Halekulani Instagram page…whoops!
Of course, we began with a round of cocktails — a lilikoi daiquiri, mai tai, Hale tai, and Bloody Mary. I think we all sample each other’s and just…wow! Let’s just say they went down easy 😉
Now, let’s talk food, because I’m pretty sure between all 4 of us, we sampled one of everything on the menu. We started with ahi poké, Hamachi, calamari and coconut shrimp. I am not a huge raw fish person, but let me just say — if you’re going to try it anywhere, let it be Halekulani. I went back for seconds and thirds!
And that was just to start…! After we moved on to our main courses where we sampled Loco Moco, the fish sandwich (it was Mahi and SO tender), the Cobb salad and salmon plate. It’s safe to say we all cleaned our plates entirely. The Mahi sandwich was my favorite, but mostly because it was not overcooked like I’ve had it other places. You can’t really see it in the photos, but even though it was fried, it was just lightly crispy. I don’t know how they do it (an air fryer?) – I have no clue, but I’m drooling again thinking about it!
Our second round of cocktails included an off-the-menu drink that was an infusion of tequila and champagne, which sounds kind of weird, but trust me when I tell you — ORDER IT! Just ask for “The Lost Passion”!
And now – my favorite part…dessert! I have a total sweet tooth, so the dessert menu is always the real treat for me and Halekulani Hotel’s House Without A Key didn’t disappoint. We sampled Key Lime Pie, Coconut Cake (their signature!), a chocolate mousse cake (with gold flecks!), and a pineapple cheesecake. The Key Lime Pie was by far my favorite!
All in all, it was a delicious meal and experience and we will definitely be back to House Without A Key in the near future (those mai tais call to me like a dang beacon). Have you dined at Halekulani? What did you think?
Special thank you to the team at Halekulani Hotel for hosting us! While sponsored, all content, photography and opinions are mine alone.