Category Archives: History

Tiki’s New Belgium Beer Dinner

Posted on April 07, 2016 by admin
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After our first Tiki’s beer dinner in January was such a success we were looking for an excuse to do it again. Back in January we featured six of Kona Brewing Company’s best brews with pairings like New England style clam bake with Lemongrass Luau and spumoni fritta with Pipeline Porter. After such a fun and flavorful event it was just a matter of time before we came up with some more inspired food and beer parings. We didn’t have to wait long as New Belgium Brewing Company’s arrival in Hawaii last month gave us a whole new selection of beers to try. Our New Belgium Beer Dinner last month (March 26) was an amazing success with some mouthwatering pairings.  My Beer and Food Pairing Manifesto I believe anything you eat with beer should not be subtle. Beer is something you can quaff. It’s a hearty drink with bold flavors and any food pairings need to stand up to that. When planning for a beer dinner I am thinking salty, spicy, smoky, crispy, rich and creamy. The same kinds of flavor you find with popular beer foods like nachos and cheese and Buf... Read more

Last Minute Valentine’s Plans

Posted on February 14, 2016 by admin
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With Valentine's Day upon us, it is still not too late to enjoy a fantastic evening with us at Tiki's! We have a delicious 4 course dinner lined up. Visit the Tiki's Grill & Bar website to make your reservations. It was a privilege to recently be featured on KHON2 News Living808 Hawaii’s Kitchen, making a couple of dishes of the Valentine's day menu: the Surf & Turk entree and Watermelon Heart Salad!  Come join us tonight for an evening of romance or just relaxing and fun.    ... Read more

Tiki’s “Kona Brewing” Beer Dinner

Posted on January 08, 2016 by admin
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  Join me on Monday, January 11th at 6pm at Tiki's Grill & Bar for the "Kona Brewing Company Beer Dinner".  I will pair the dinner menu with a lineup of Brew Master Ryan McVeigh's Kona Brewing Company beers.  See full line up at and get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tikis-grill-bar-presents-kona-brewing-company-beer-dinner-tickets-19894467889  Brewmastser Ryan McVeigh began his professional brewing career in Colorado in the year 2000; he then moved to Boise, Idaho and brewed for Big Horn Brewing Co. Finding that the "big city life" was not for him, he searched for a larger brewery in a small town environment. When Kona Brewing Co brought him to the islands in 2005, it turned out to be exactly what he was looking for. He has since worked in every capacity of the brewing process at Kona Brew, from cleaning kegs to lab work, filtration operations to sales. He currently holds the title of Brewery Manager and Brewmaster. To give you a sneak peek... the second course will feature a Lemongrass Luau Ale. Lemongrass Luau is a cr... Read more

Chocolate Lovers Enjoyed the 5th Annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival

Posted on October 22, 2015 by admin
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The 5th annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival just finished and Tiki’s Grill and Bar was there. The festival was part of the Pacific Expos’ Fall Food & New Products show at the Blaisdell Convention Center, on October 16-18. The chocolate festival highlighted the growing local cacao industry with some delicious chocolate creations using locally produced cacao. This year Tiki’s served Crunchy Manoa White and Dark Chocolate Ravioli. Passport to Chocolate Heaven For $20, visitors to the show got a tasting passport that let them sample at least 10 specialty chocolate creations. If all that amazing chocolaty goodness wasn’t enough, a passport also got attendees into the Food and New Products show for free where they could check out another 200 booths with many offering samples of their products to try. The Inside Scoop The filling for the chocolate ravioli has a few surprises that I know chocolate connoisseurs are going to love. Along with the house made ricotta will be dark chocolate, mac nuts and candied Buddha’s hand. Each ravioli is t... Read more

Kama’aina Kids make it Two in a Row

Posted on October 22, 2015 by admin
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September 26, Tiki’s was once again on the shores of Kaneohe Bay to support the 2nd annual Kama’aina Kids’ Flavors by the Bay fundraiser. While the Big Island braced for possible flash flooding from passing tropical storm Niala we were treated to a beautiful and rain free, if somewhat muggy, evening overlooking Kaneohe Bay at He’eia State Park. A Fresh Start Two years ago Kama’aina Kids, who have been operating kayak tours and programs for school children and visitors at He’eia Park for nearly 20 years, was awarded a 25 year lease to manage the park for the community. One of the first projects they wanted to undertake as the new stewards of the park was to rebuild the pavilion near the entrance. The pavilion had to be demolished after it was severely damaged during a wind storm in 2013. The new structure is being designed by a team led by Dr. Fran Palama, principle of Maunakai & Associates, a native Hawaiian design and architecture consultancy. I had a chance to meet Dr. Palama and Flavors by the Bay chairperson Kathy Hew earlier in th... Read more

Wine Dinner with Sir George Fistonich

Posted on October 09, 2015 by admin
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Tiki’s was very pleased to welcome Sir George Fistonich, owner and founder of New Zealand’s Villa Maria Winery. As New Zealand’s most awarded winery, Sir George has been a major player in putting New Zealand on the wine making map. He brought his more than 50 years of award winning wine making expertise to a very special winemaker’s dinner at Tiki’s Grill & Bar on September 15. Wine Dinner Dreams Planning and preparation for this evening began about 3 months before when Michelle Gonzales, our maître d', Randy Linville, our assistant general manager, Michael Miller, our director of operations and myself sat down with the representative from Villa Maria for a tasting. We drank, we chatted and dreamed about what would go well with the wines we planned to feature. It started with the wine at a wine dinner and the food to match at the end. We trick ‘em out as much as we can but always trying to showcase the wine. First the First Course Our wine list for the night was jam packed with some of the best offerings from Villa Maria and their ... Read more