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The Best of the Islands

With its timeless natural beauty, storied history and contemporary tastemakers, Hawai‘i truly has it all. We’ve curated the best of what’s new—and what’s next—in the islands.

Award-winning photographer Clark Little’s “Rainbow Shave Ice” captures Hawai‘i’s natural splendor.

Two Maui-based brands join forces for a sporty swimwear collection that perfectly marries form and function.

Luxury fitness and well-being company Meraki offers sessions with pro surf ski paddler Zsolt Szadovszki.

The new Hale Mahina Penthouses at Park Lane Ala Moana offer up a world of luxe appeal.

Bar Leather Apron’s award-winning mixologist is your new spirit guide.


Wow! Factor 
Since its inception in 2010, POW! WOW! Hawai‘i has brought its unique arts and music festival to cities and communities around the world. The festival has long been at the heart of Hawai‘i’s art scene, not to mention one of the original catalysts for the revitalization of the Kaka‘ako neighborhood. The weeklong event has since grown into an international network of artists and an organization that creates gallery shows, lecture series, mural projects, concerts and live art installations, both internationally and locally. From Hawai‘i to Taiwan, Tokyo and SXSW in Austin, Texas, the festival has been a thriving platform for emerging and established artists. Founder Jasper Wong’s original vision was to celebrate and highlight the act of simply creating for the love of art. It’s something he feels we have as children, yet sometimes lose as adults—the sense of joy and wonder when we create something. With Europe and other international locales on the horizon for the new year, as well as continued work with POW! WOW!’s arts and music program for children, what started as a celebration of the arts has turned into a worldwide phenomena, reminding people of what happens through the shared act of creating something bigger than ourselves.

Museum Roundup
Honolulu Museum of Art The museum presents an array of over 100 cultural relics in Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks From Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries, April 28 to Aug. 21. The recently unearthed archeological discoveries on view include items that have never before been displayed outside of China—a rare treat for Hawai‘i museumgoers. Admission $10, 900 S. Beretania St., Maikiki/Ward, O‘ahu, 532.8700

Doris Duke Shangri La Heiress to the American Tobacco Company and Duke Energy fortunes, Doris Duke built Shangri La on 5 acres of land between 1936 and 1938. Filled with more than 2,500 objects she commissioned from Islamic artisans and collected on her travels, Shangri La is an artistic fixture in the islands. Open to the public, it offers a rare glimpse into treasures and inspiration from around the world. Tours $25, 900 S. Beretania St., Makiki/Ward, O‘ahu, 532.3853

Bishop Museum Rich in the cultural and natural history of Hawai‘i, Bishop Museum features some of the most prolific Hawaiian artifact collections in the world. This spring, after nearly two centuries on display in Scotland and at New Zealand’s Te Papa Museum, High Chief Kalani‘opu‘u’s cape and feather helmet are coming home to the islands. Admission $23, 1525 Bernice St., Kapalama, O‘ahu, 847.3511

High Culture
Opened in 1994, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center has proven itself to be a world-class gathering place for multidisciplinary arts through its entertainment, education and cultural programs. The 2016 season is certainly delivering even more appeal, with an excitingly diverse lineup seguing from classical, rock, pop and country music, to contemporary Hawaiian legends, thought-provoking exhibitions, fashion shows and groundbreaking modern dance. Save a seat for a serenade from Santana (March 5) in the 5,000-seat outdoor Alexander & Baldwin Amphitheater; indulge in a leisurely afternoon of brew tastings at the eighth Annual Maui Brewer’s Festival (May 14); or enjoy an evening of laughter and comedy with Tracy Morgan (April 8) at the state-of-the-art Castle Theater. Then there’s MAMo on Maui: Wearable Art Show (June 20), which returns to the stunning Yokouchi Pavilion this season. These MACC offerings join other performances, exhibitions and educational experiences for a culturally rich extravaganza, offering something for everyone on the Valley Isle. Ticket prices vary, 1 Cameron Way, Kahului, Maui, 242.7469

From Hawai'i With Love
Island photographers are making waves online sharing Hawai‘i’s natural beauty with people around the world. Leading the way is natural-born surfer and award-winning photographer Clark Little, who grew up on the North Shore of O‘ahu. Following his love of the ocean, in 2007, he decided to catch a wave, waterproof camera in hand. Unlike photographers who stay safely on shore, his unique and often dangerous views have resulted in breathtaking images. Little’s work is currently on display in the Nature’s Best Photography: Best of the Best exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., through August 2016 and is featured in Nikon’s I Am Different campaign. In addition to his books, such as Shorebreak, Little continues to partner with Hurley (Nike) on his collections and produce his own clothing line featuring uniquely printed photographic apparel, with new additions launching each season. The Clark Little Gallery in Hale‘iwa offers his art prints and creations, just a stone’s throw from where many of his iconic images were shot.

The Art of Cinema
Hawai‘i’s film industry has long thrived on the island’s unique and stunning environment, yet the art of cinema has also been supported through Hawai‘i’s very own film festival. While Cannes, Berlin, Shanghai and Sundance all ring a bell with moviegoers everywhere, right here in the middle of the Pacific, the Hawaii International Film Festival has actually grown to be larger than Sundance—showcasing 222 international films and 379 screenings, and with 53,000-plus attendees last year. Since 1981, HIFF has brought film, culture and education to the islands and nourished an abundance of local talent by providing creative labs for writers and student filmmakers with hands-on mentoring by industry leaders from across the globe. These students often go on to receive international recognition for their work. This year, the esteemed cinema aficionados celebrate motion pictures with their 19th Annual Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani (April 1 to 10) and the 36th Annual Fall Festival presented by Halekulani (Nov. 3 to 13). The well-curated festival is truly diverse and has something for everyone!

Talk It Out
Guest curator Steven Chiang kicks off TEDxHonolulu 2016 March 15 with a discussion on Hawai‘i’s agricultural economy. July 9 bestselling author and social theorist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi delves into the unrestricted exploration of “FLOW.”


A Jeweled Legacy
At just 26 years old, with an already lucrative career as the owner of a boutique advertising agency and co-founder of a global surf-culture magazine, Chance Carpenter gave it all up to join his family’s fine jewelry business. He packed his bags, said goodbye to Honolulu and hello (again) to Kailua-Kona, where he was born and raised, to become a goldsmith apprentice for Big Island Jewelers, helmed by his father, Gale Carpenter, and uncle Flint Carpenter. Flint—co-owner, president and designer at Big Island Jewelers—has taken Chance under his wing, sharing secrets of the craft he’s been mastering for more than two decades. Chance’s creative side is arguably put to use more than ever before—on top of studying jewelry and goldsmithing, he’s also spearheading the company’s branding and marketing. Though Chance has already proven himself worthy, he has big shoes to fill. Big Island Jewelers has been producing one-of-a-kind pieces for more than 30 years and handcrafts everything in-house, catering to local, national and international customers. And as the official jeweler of the IRONMAN World Championship since 1996, we can expect Big Island Jewelers to continue to produce world-class pieces for international athletes and style seekers. Prices upon request

Sporty Chic
In a place where an active lifestyle and pristine beaches reign supreme, it’s imperative to have a healthy workout wardrobe and a drawer full of swimwear. Longtime friends and designers Kaili Lickle of Olympia Activewear and Naomi Newirth and Lyndie Irons of Acacia Swimwear have collaborated on a sport-meets-swim collection that satisfies the need for fashion and function. The two Maui-based brands have garnered global recognition in some of the most style-savvy areas of the world, including Dubai, Milan, St. Barth and Sydney. Both brands keep the modern woman in mind: strong and active, but still feminine and stylish. Expect Acacia’s sleek and sexy silhouettes enhanced by Olympia’s custom athletic-inspired elastic details. From $110

In Full Bloom
With a leading national retailer’s anticipated entrance into the islands, so come buzzed-about brands and statewide exclusives that bring fashion into full bloom. From accessories to womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and home decor, Bloomingdale’s is the new island hot spot for formerly hard-to-find-in-Hawai‘i favorites: Think the first-ever Vince handbag shop, Burberry Beauty, as well as Parisian-chic labels Sandro and Maje. Swim fans flock to two Hawai‘i-based brands­—Letarte, and Cami and Jax—while the gentlemen can find dapper duds from Billy Reid and Marni, and weekend favorites from Saturdays Surf NYC and Orlebar Brown. The exclusive selection extends into the home department, where discerning decorators delight in Donna Karan Home Collections, Kelly Wearstler, Pratesi and John Robshaw. With countless coveted designers, this 165,000-square-foot retail haven, replete with a multilingual welcome center and VIP lounge, is truly a luxurious shopping experience. Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, O‘ahu, 664.7511

Stylish Destination
Hawai‘i has quickly become a top destination for global fashion, so it’s only fitting that the world’s largest open-air shopping center would expand to keep the savviest shoppers satisfied. Adding to its already stellar lineup, Ala Moana Center has unveiled a myriad of posh boutiques since November 2015 and is rolling out new retailers throughout the new year. Along with the islands’ first ever Bloomingdale’s, new stand-alone shops include Agent Provocateur, AllSaints, Cynthia Rowley, David Yurman, Ted Baker London and Aesop. Expect even more lustworthy luxury with the addition of Céline and Kiehl’s by summer; and OMEGA, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino by late 2016. So whether you’re looking for that French je ne sais quoi, or something with a little more rock ’n’ roll British edge, the Center has you chicly covered. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, O‘ahu, 955.9517

Elemental Style
Inspired by the sacred beauty of Hawai‘i and wisdom of the Hawaiian culture, Sig Zane creates illustrations that mirror the movement of the ocean, strength of the forest or repetition and poetry of hula. Together with his son, Kuha‘o, who brings an innovative design eye to Sig Zane Designs, the family-run business offers a collection of womenswear and menswear that’s the perfect blend of ancient and modern expression. With illustrations that evoke the natural beauty of the islands and feature symbols rich with meaning, Sig Zane is helping to bring Hawai‘i’s artistic expression into the future by injecting new life and vitality with contemporary design and innovation. The limited-edition Forest Cloud Collection at Neiman Marcus features the brand’s signature modern aloha print designs—a work of art in themselves—with modern cuts and European-like tailoring. The result? Exquisite shirts and jackets that could have as easily been seen on a Paris runway as here in the heart of Honolulu. Truly blazing a trail for the next generation, Sig Zane tells the story of Hawai‘i through a medium that people can wear and be inspired by, no matter where they live. 122 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo, Hawai‘i Island, 935.7077


The Luxury of Fitness
O‘ahu-based Meraki is a luxury fitness and well-being company that creates inspired experiences, living up to its name, which means “to do something with soul, creativity or love.” Founders Melissa Lum and Randy Morris thoughtfully curate exceptional fitness instructors, nutritionists and well-being experts to provide personalized sessions and services. The entire team is equally passionate about transforming the experience of fitness and health to one that’s enjoyable, fun and ultimately becomes a part of a client’s everyday life. Offering exclusive services based on individual client needs—whether it’s surf ski lessons with World Champion Surf Ski Paddler Zsolt Szadovszki, aerial and SUP yoga classes, a private beach volleyball session or personalized advice from a nutritionist—Meraki’s high level of service takes care of the details so clients can simply show up and enjoy training tailored to their specific needs. From world-class instructors to beautiful, luxury locales, it’s the passion and love that Meraki puts into each and every client that turns a session into an experience that elevates mind, body and soul.

Relaxing in Paradise
Hawai‘i offers a vast array of spa experiences sure to pamper and delight, helping guests enjoy their own piece of paradise.

Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa With more than 150 treatments ($155 to $325), Laniwai Spa is home to O‘ahu’s only outdoor hydrotherapy garden, Kula Wai. At the Pulu Bar, guests can create their own body polish from exfoliating cane sugar, Hawaiian herbs and moisturizing base oils. 92-1185 Ali‘inui Drive, Ko Olina, O‘ahu, 674.6300

Spa at The Four Seasons Resort Maui For the ultimate in relaxation, experience Lomi Aumoa, a four-handed lomilomi massage ($490 for 80 minutes). Two therapists synchronize their movements, while blissful sounds of ocean waves sway you into tranquility. 3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 874.8000 

Spa without Walls The Fairmont Orchid’s Bamboo Massage ($159 to $259) utilizes bamboo to deliver an array of pressure for a full-body stress-relieving experience. Indulge oceanside, by a cascading waterfall or in a private room. 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 877.7540

The Spa at the Trump The Spa at the Trump introduces two new luxuriating experiences—the Diamond Rose Exfoliation & Massage ($260 for 90 minutes) and Oxygen Body Perfection Treatment ($165 for 60 minutes)—that do not disappoint. 223 Saratoga Road, Waikiki, 683.7466

Follow Your Bliss
Life coach Tiare Thomas has always dreamt large—as a model, stylist and former professional surfer, she thrives on aligning herself with her passions and following what she values in order to create the best life possible. Yet her greatest passion is the work she does as founder of Aloha Dreamboard, the life and business development company she created in 2009. Aloha Dreamboard offers clients practical tools and resources that strengthen their focus around building their dream life through a blend of intentional exercises. Thomas’ own unique system blends the concept of feng shui, the art of defining space that connects to specific areas of your life, with the creation of a vision or dream board. Thomas asks pointed questions related to each area of a person’s life—from health to family and career—to help clients focus on what’s really important to them, which opens up new perspectives to long-standing challenges or dreams. Through retreats such as the Liberation Retreat at the luxuriously beautiful Dillingham Ranch on the North Shore of O‘ahu to the Life & Business Empowerment retreat recently held on Maui, Thomas continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible for herself and her clients.

Natural Glow
One of Maui’s best kept secrets is the new Zenziva skincare line, inspired by founder Andrea Berset’s personal experience with the healing power of natural ingredients. The Gold Dust powder gently lifts impurities, while the U‘i Oil Radiant Youth Serum nourishes with ingredients like kukui nut oil. The popular Chocolate Scrub features such island ingredients as black Hawaiian lava salt, Hawaiian sandalwood oil, chocolate and coffee for a luxurious body scrub—offering a truly decadent and nourishing beauty ritual.

Salon Sanctuary
Dada Salon Richie Miao, salon owner, started at a young age, when his grandmother, wanting to save money, gave him a set of scissors and told him to cut his and his brother’s hair. From there, he would watch the barbers in Chinatown through the windows and then go home and practice on his family. Now he’s started a hair movement—Dada Salon, which opened in August 2015. Indulging in the Headspa ($35) and Kerastase Fusio Dose with Nanomist Treatment (from $40) before your haircut and style (from $65) will leave you feeling beautiful inside and out! 808 Sheridan St., Ste. 309, Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, O‘ahu, 683.8015

J Salon Always on trend, Joe Randazzo and his team of experts specialize in cutting-edge and stylistic cuts ($65 to $140) and luxurious treatments. As the former artistic director for Vidal Sassoon in New York City, Randazzo pays close attention to education and training at his Ward Plaza J Salon. The sleek salon is a luxurious place to spend the afternoon getting pampered by the highly skilled stylists. 210 Ward Ave., Ste. 201, Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu, 550.4441

The Foundry Mahina Boersma, known for her gorgeous balayage /ombre techniques, has many fans and followers seeking out a spot at this beauty sanctuary. Famously skilled, she can give you sun-kissed, beachy looking hair without you ever having to venture out into the sun. Balayage/ombre from $150, 418A Ku‘ulei Road, Ste. C, Kailua, O‘ahu, 600.7539


Haute Seat
Looking to add some panache to your pad? Look no further than Neiman Marcus at Ala Moana Center. Though this specialty store is known for its reputable ready-to-wear collections, beauty counter and accessory offerings, the home and gift department is brimming with new coveted home items such as Baccarat fine crystal, Christian Lacroix curiosities and fabulous furniture from Jonathan Adler. Our latest object of desire is the new Maxime lounge chair ($1,750 to $2,250). Featuring a delicately curved base and sculptural back over a crisscrossed burnished brass frame, the chair is not only elegant, but comfortable too. Choose tropical teal velvet or chic shearling upholstery for a perfect addition to a grand boudoir or luxe living room. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, O‘ahu, 951.8887

At Home in the Clouds
Park Lane Ala Moana, one of Hawai‘i’s hottest developments, just got hotter—or shall we say hauter. With all the conveniences of condo living and all the spoils of a single-family beachside home, the Hale Mahina Penthouses are well worth their hefty $26-$28 million price tag. Each 5,668-6,273-square-foot, four-bed, 4 ½-bath home features no fewer than three expansive lanais and floor-to-ceiling, panoramic ocean views from Waikikiīto the Wai‘anae Mountains. But what truly sets this residential development apart is its unique surroundings. Not only do residents get a private elevator leading straight to Ala Moana Center, but there’s also an expansive elevated park, inspired by New York’s Highline, spanning the entire backside of the seven-building development. Aside from its verdure, this elaborate project is also green in the environmental sense—all buildings are engineered for LEED certification, and that means efficient energy use (capitalizing on Hawai‘i’s naturally cooling trade winds) and features, such as engineered wood floors and electrical car-charging docks in garages. Rounding out the luxe perks are an expansive spa and fitness center, a private screening room and a private wine cellar—positively splendid! Available early 2017, from $1.8 million, penthouses from $26 million, 1388 Ala Moana Blvd., Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, O‘ahu, 380.1226

On the Vanguard
Expect to start hearing the words “creative genius” bandied about with the opening of The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Waikīkī’s newest boutique hotel. The design gurus who had a hand in this buzzed about project? One of Honolulu’s best-kept secrets­—The Vanguard Theory. Seeing a gap in the design market, the company’s co-founders, Michelle Jaime and Judy Andrade, felt a fresh approach was long overdue. “The design community is pretty small here, so we decided to contribute to the landscape by using a collaborative approach,” Jaime recalls. Since its inception in 2010, The Vanguard Theory has put its creative moxie behind projects like Turtle Bay Resort; Laniwai, a Disney Spa at the Aulani; Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka‘anapali; as well as other projects. In addition to The Surfjack, look for the firm’s artistic touch at Hope Lodge, a joint effort between the firm, Architects of Hawai‘i and the American Cancer Society that accommodates cancer patients that come to O‘ahu for treatment. “One thing we’re really passionate about is providing a platform for Hawai‘i’s talent; that’s why we love the collaborative approach so much,” says Jaime. Spoken like a true vanguard!

Island Living
Savvy house hunters enlist the help of real-estate rock star Matthew Beall to make their island dreams a reality. In 2013, his efforts went global, as HGTV began airing Hawaii Life, a travel/reality show, where Beall’s agents take potential homebuyers to visit fabulous, high-end properties. “Viewers get to see the beauty and nature of the Hawaiian Islands through the activities and lives of the people on the show,” notes Beall, adding that Hawaii Life was just picked up for its eighth season. As principal broker and owner of the agency, the Kaua‘i resident oversees more than 200 agents in 12 offices across the state. All his employees share his understanding of the marketplace and clients’ needs, as well as his passion for, as he puts it, “selling homes clients will be happy in for a long time to come.” Beall’s team, along with the company’s groundbreaking website, hawaiilife.‌com, are his keys to success. Entirely created and managed in-house, Hawai‘i’s most-trafficked real estate website, according to Beall, is user-friendly and easy to navigate, featuring detailed listings of homes and condos, as well as a powerful search tool that allows users to save searches, create alerts and have live chats with support staff. Ultimately, he says, making homeowners happy is “fulfilling, rewarding, inspiring and exhilarating.” 800.370.3848


High Spirits
You may never have had a cocktail like one from award-winning mixologist Justin Park—fourth-place finisher at the 2014 World Cocktail Championship (he was the sole United States’ representative). Park and his business partner, Tom Park, of high-end men’s shoe store Leather Soul fame, opened Bar Leather Apron at Topa Financial Center in Downtown Honolulu this past January. Expect a wooden bar made from monkeypod wood featuring solid black walnut accents and bartenders sporting bowler hats and leather aprons! The cozy, dimly lit lounge offers the added touch of hot towels to set an elegant spa-like mood. Here, a finely curated selection of upscale spirits, curated from the owners’ world travels, transports you to another place and time. With more than 150 whiskeys, the growing and thoughtfully crafted cocktail list offers drinks ranging from $12 to $20, with a handful of particularly special spirits, from $170 a glass. A private room beckons with a secret pocket door. “The original concept was a speakeasy-style bar, and Leather Apron Club was the idea,” explains Park. “That evolved by dropping the ‘club’ and adding ‘bar’ as a tribute to all the amazing cocktail bars in Japan we visited.” Bar Leather Apron is far more than a cocktail spot—it’s an experience. 745 Fort St., Ste. 127a, Downtown Honolulu, O‘ahu, 524.0808

World-Class Cuisine
Scheduled to open in spring 2016, Senia Restaurant is one of the most buzzed about new restaurants arriving on the island scene. Helmed by chef Chris Kajioka, of Vintage Cave fame; chef Anthony Rush, from Fera at Claridge’s in London; and General Manager Katherine Rush, the terrific trio brings their world-class talent to a highly anticipated dining experience in the heart of Chinatown. Both chefs are trained in the elegant techniques of French cuisine with Rush’s European flair blending perfectly with partner Kajioka’s local, Japanese influence for a dining experience that promises to be second to none. Senia will present a modern setting where guests can dine on fare crafted from local produce and artisanal ingredients, revealing a multicultural spectrum of flavor. The team’s international savoir-faire pays homage to island cuisine and is perfectly complemented by a delectable dessert menu created by Pastry Chef Eddie Lopez, formerly with Vintage Cave and The French Laundry. 75 N. King St., Chinatown, O‘ahu

Up on the Roof
Chef Sheldon Simeon leads the way among a new generation of Hawai‘i chefs, blending an elevated and modern culinary palate with the undeniable satisfaction of truly local food. Born and raised in Hilo, Simeon grew up listening to the comforting sounds of rain hitting the tin roofs of houses­—island style—and the stories of plantation days when kau kau tins were used to store and share lunches between plantation workers. This rich cultural legacy and culinary heritage, combined with the vanishing art of local mom-and-pop eateries, inspired Simeon to create Tin Roof restaurant in Kahului, Maui. As a true labor of love, the intimate restaurant will feature a counter space and communal table in a modular construction that allows for intimate gatherings and a chef’s table. Even the restaurant’s sliding door was designed by Simeon’s wife, Janice; and Kuha‘o Zane of Sig Zane lent his artistic flair to the small and beautiful space. As the former Top Chef contestant continues to perfect his craft at Migrant Restaurant at The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa as well, he is sure to delight guests at Tin Roof with an exciting and delicious menu featuring locally sourced organic fare and old favorites like his beloved noodle dishes and bowls. Truly a culinary treasure! 360 Papa Place, Ste. Y, Kahului, Maui

Made in Hawai'i
The selection of culinary delights being produced and created in Hawai‘i has greatly expanded in recent years to include a plethora of premium and artisanal treats. One of the most buzzworthy is homegrown, artisanal cacao. Hawai‘i is the only U.S. state where commercial chocolate is grown, and O‘ahu’s Madre Chocolate produces such luxe edibles as organic and fair-trade chocolate ($9 to $11). Their Root to Fruit Cacao Cafe & Chocolate Shop opening in Chinatown later this year will serve award-winning drinks like Aztec- inspired hot chocolate with cinnamon and allspice—proving that paradise just keeps getting sweeter!

Perfect Night Out
Hawai‘i is home to a wide array of culinary delights, but the effervescent joy of the perfect cocktail takes center stage as the islands’ bevy of bars and talented mixologists stand ready to pour you an evening elixir. Whether you’re seeking the perfect libation to enjoy as the sun sets or to sip solo, these local gems are sure to make a delightful impression.

Luana Lounge at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Have a sip from the skilled mixologists at the Luana Lounge around sunset (luana literally means to relax in Hawaiian). Nestled on the terrace overlooking the courtyard and croquet lawn, it’s the perfect place to enjoy the fire dancers and torch-lighting ceremony. Listen to live music by local performers and celebrate pau hana, island style. 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 885.2000

L’Aperitif at La Mer Award-winning Colin Peter Field, chef du bar at the legendary Hemingway Bar at the Ritz in Paris traveled to the Halekulani to collaborate with executive chef, Vikram Garg. The result? A delectable haute couture cocktail and amuse-bouche menu. For the ladies try, Miss Bonde, ($20), described as “a maceration of fresh raspberries in vodka necessary to extract the soul of the fruit, offering its pure essence to then be caressed with Champagne.” Cheers to that! Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Road, Waikiki, O‘ahu, 923.2311

The Safehouse at the Republik The Safehouse is a cozy, sensual lounge with offering a sophisticated retreat from the adjoining concert hall known as The Republik. A hip place to hang, the venue offers something new every night. We suggest trying the 007 ($12), a mixture of Ciroc, Hendrick’s, Lilliet, agave lime sour, muddled cucumber and basil served up in a Bond-worthy martini glass. 1349 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Ste. 30, Ala Moana/Kapi‘olani, O‘ahu, 941.7469