Hukilau Lanai
Hukilau Lanai

Hukilau Lanai

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://hukilaukauai.com/
  • Phone: (808) 822-0600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ron Miller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Visit our website for information on our private dining space.
  • Entertainment: Tuesday-Sunday from 6-9pm enjoy live music in the bar and dining room.

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Guest parking in the parking lot surrounding the Kauai Coast Resort.
A word from Hukilau Lanai
Beautiful views of the romantic torchlit landscaped grounds of the Kauai Coast Resort and the blue Pacific Ocean are yours at Hukilau Lanai. Hukilau Lanai has indoor and outdoor seating, Kauai Fresh Cuisine, a special wine list of "20 wines for $20-something", a full bar, seating in the bar as well as on the lanai with gentle tropical breezes. Hukilau is known for its fine food and service. Fresh Island produce, fish fresh from the Pacific and Hawaiian chocolate are signatures that define the menu along with old favorites. Everybody loves the Hukilau...
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Hukilau Lanai reviews from OpenTable diners
182 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (132)special occasion (119)fit for foodies (113)romantic (98)scenic view (87)neighborhood gem (62)notable wine list (43)good for groups (35)hot spot (17)kid-friendly (16)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)Show More
  • A Must on Kauai
    sunflowerVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    If you are going to dine out only once while on Kauau, you must go to Hukulau Lanai. The food, service, atmosphere are all wonderful and the prices are reasonable. Local fresh seafood and other products are all delicious . Bypu can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Halmer
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Enjoyed our experience with them! Reservations recommended as a very busy restaurant. We were seated on time and had a great waiter who assisted with questions about the menu and explained things very well. Food well presented and delicious!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and server was awesome!!!
    Mmh18
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This was my first time going to hukilau and I was very impressed. Food was awesome and our server was very attentive and very patient with our party! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary HIT!!!
    kiwai05
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Celebrated my one year marriage anniversary at the Hukilau and man was it good! We ordered 4 different kinds of appetizers and prime rib for our main coarse. Everything tasted delicious. We topped it of with the warm chocolate cake that was divine. Our waitress was awesome so kind and food was quick. I recommend to make a reservation if dining because they are very busy even on a Sunday night which we went on. Looking forward to my next trip to the hukilau lanai.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best restaurants on Kauai
    TravellingDutchie
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This was our second visit to the restaurant, and it didn't disappoint again. It's a great place for food and atmosphere, and you better make a reservation to get in with their short opening hours. Will definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    Jean
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    the Hukilau Lani is consistently delicious. The staff is friendly and our favorite waiter is like seeing an old friend. Its' difficult to try new things on the menu because our favorites are so ingrained. Everything is special from the focaccia bread, the assortment of salads, the entree' and amazing desserts. Also, the best martini on the Island. Nestled in the beautiful surrounding gardens it is our favorite restaurant on the entire island!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still our favorite on Kaua'i!
    emtorg
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Hukilau is still our favorite restaurant on Kaua'i. Best service, food, atmosphere and location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ono
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I love to eat fish and really love Ono however if a restaurant over cooks Ono it dries out and is not very enjoyable. This restaurant has the best Ono dish I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten-free? Yessiree.
    GoodEats
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We love Hukilau Lanai and this time got to experience it through the eyes (palate?) of a foodie friend who eats a 100% gluten-free diet. She found lots of choices to fit her dietary needs and the wait staff were well versed in what did and didn't contain gluten. I loved the seafood chowder, and am delighted that candied ahi has become a regular offering on the appetizer menu. The BBQ ribs and pork tenderloin were also big hits at our table. Already looking forward to next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we came here!
    Nomnomtravel
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Let me start out with that we are tourists and came to visit Kauai for our anniversary. We stayed on the north shore and everything was so expensive, small, and the service was flat. We wanted to check out the other side of the island, and this place had great reviewed and man did it live up to them!! The food was AMAZING. We had the poke (pronounced poke-eh) nachos, chilled tomato and pinnacle gazpacho, mixed seafood grill, and the royal medallions. So freaking good!!! We also ordered the warm chocolate cake (a lava cake) and they warn you it takes 20 minutes but it was more like 12, and it is worth the wait. Do yourself a favor and stop by here during your trip! Make it your last night and end the trip on a high note!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    Michael
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Probably one of the best seafood meals I've ever had. Appetizers were creative and delicious, and the mixed seafood grill was sensational. Terrific service too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab dinner
    Yohanne
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My second time here. Prime Rib and curried lobster bisque to die for.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hukilau Lanai dinner
    eagereater
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The staff was very attentive and accommodating. We reserved for 3 people and when one more wanted to join us it was not a problem. We have eaten there before and this was the first time we ordered lamb. unfortunately it was not tender. Everything else was delicious Next time we will stick with fish or steak which has always been outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing special
    MeredithVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This restaurant was just ok. Our service was great! The food was just average though. I had ordered the Mahi but it tasted like it was just boiled or steamed, there was no sauce or anything on it. It was really bland. The pasta it came with was good. I like that the entrees come with a soup or salad and the arugula salad was ok, nothing special again. I do have to say that our server did a great job and the view was nice and relaxing. Not really of the ocean but the outside was nice.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Every time I come to Hukilau, I have a good experience. The seasoned servers are always spot on with their knowledge and timing and the cuisine is perfectly flavored as well as presented. The only thing that I'd change is with the atmosphere. It sits on a covered lanai outdoors and most times, it's a beautiful setting. On this particular evening, the trade winds were blowing and although there were 'tent walls' that were helping protect us, it ended up being a bit chilly. I would enclose the restaurant and have the option to open the doors/windows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    guzTXVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Every time we are in Kauai we try to include Hukilau Lanai and it didn't disappoint again. Seafood is excellent,but don't count out the meat entrees. I had the pork Marsala and it was excellent. Consistently one of the best restaurants on Kauai. Do try it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hungrycat
    hungrycatVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    After a pleasant experience during our last trip to Kauai we decided to see if we could repeat our great dinner. Boy are we glad we did. My wife, who is not easily pleased, said her Opah was the best fish dish she has ever had. She was still commenting about how good it was the next day. My Ono was equally satisfying. The The fine dinner was matched by friendly and attentive service. Truly a memorable evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Need to fine tune their reservation process. Although they did make it up to us in the end.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit & Miss.....missed this time
    Ruthie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Celebrated a birthday. Macadamia Nut crusted chicken delicious and very tender with just right hint of curry. Kids pasta very dry. Alfredo cheese not melted and creamy, so my son returned a full plate & waiter didn't take notice. Choc cake dry, usually done perfectly. Didn't see the waiter after order was taken & bill was brought to table. Very disappointed this visit. Nice touch of truffles for the Birthday Girl.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    NorCal
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great food, Greareat service, Great time!! We were here two years ago for Birthday celebrations and came back for the same great experience nad one again we were not disappointed. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Erin
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Overall, the restaurant was good. We enjoyed our drinks, appetizer, and meal. It was nice that the waiter was attentive, but at times it seemed like we were being hurried through the dinner. I would visit Hukilau Lanai again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    mrflowers
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food, as always, was delicious. We started with Adams Poke Nachos and each had a different entre. Adam gave us a complimentary slice of peanut butter Pie. OMG! wonderful. We also had the Petite Sarah wine by the glass. and cosmopolitans made with mandarin vodka. Wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Seafood
    Traveler
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Visited the Hukilau twice during our trip and both times both the food and the service were great. I had the mixed grill and my wife had the special. Both were delicious. The sauces are flavorful and pair well with the fish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Kauai's Finest
    Pancho
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been dining here for quite a few years, and are never disappointed. The food is always fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. The staff is attentive. There is not a bad table, although we prefer the lower terrace. The restaurant faces out onto a very large courtyard lined with tiki torches, with the Pacific at the far distant end. It is a wonderful area for strolling along the beach walkway following dinner. The fried calamari makes a great starter; the Wally salad is our favorite, and any entree is a good choice. It is a quiet, romantic spot, and also a good choice for families celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place, highly recommend
    Magical10
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had a recommendation for a friend to visit this restaurant while we were vacationing on the island. While on the trip we had numerous people tell us it was a great place to go. We shared the filet mignon and the seafood mixed grill. They did not disappoint. The food was great and our server was very attentive. We highly recommend the Hukilau Lanai to anyone who is on the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food on Kauai
    JamieE
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We went to Hukilau Lanai based on Trip Advisor reviews. It was for our anniversary dinner while vacationing on the island. It was by far the best meal that we had during our 10 days on Oahu and Kauai. The lobster bisque was exquisite, wally & caesar salads both yummy, Hukilau fish dish was amazing and the chocolate cake was heaven. Server (Ryan) was outstanding. Money well spent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    Virginie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Overal bad experience. The restaurant is dated. The main dishes were tasteless, the fishes were all overcooked. Service is ok. I would'nt recommend it and it's hard to understand why this restaurant is so well rated.
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  • ok
    HORRIBLE
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    it was ok. the mac nut chicken was the best. it was hot and there is no ac so go prepared. the desert was horrible. we got 2 appetizers 5 entrees and 3 desserts. the poke nachos and squash raviolis were great. had mac nut chicken, prime rib, 2 ahi dinners and a maui maui dinner. the mac nut was the best the others were pretty bland. had the lava cake, chocolate mousse, creme brûlée and all were horrible. the lava cake was not sweet at all. definitely could work on there desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary place
    factastic4dine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I had dinner with my wife here for our 1st anniversary. The food was fantastic and the server's recommendation on drink was also great. My wife really enjoyed it. Also, they didn't forget my comment that I made when I reserve via this opentable, and gave us special gift when we leave after dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lanai Dining
    Oregondiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our dinner here and appreciated the attentive service! It's nice that the dinners all come with a choice of one of their 4 salads or soup. We requested lanai seating via Open Table and they had our table waiting. Must order one of their specialty drinks! There was a sudden downpour and 4-5 waiters immediately brought down the awning flaps to keep diners dry (it looked quite orchestrated)! Anyway, fabulous food and nice atmosphere. We ended our meal with dessert and coffee and the total bill was $87! A nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded, but excellent location
    EdCo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very popular with locals, so expect 90-min wait if no reservations (but free WiFi). For max awesome, ask for makai-side table around time of full moon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great setting;so-so food
    SharonS
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Service was a bit uneven with soup and salad arriving half way through our appetizer. Waitress took our wine order and disappeared for 10 min..Food just OK. My 'mixed grill' - shrimp with two grilled seafood choices was 2/3 good - one piece of fish was very dry and sauce was overly sweet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Fish
    hawaiianheaven
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The fish was prepared in a custom way just as I requested. Tasted fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wow!
    chas
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was one of the best dining places I have ever been + over looking the grounds over a glass of wine was especially nice. Service was great, albeit slow at times, but who cared with setting. We both had fish dishes cooked superbly. Finished off with crème brulee, hmmmm.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    808dining
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was great! Service was excellent. The menu selections was excellent. There was menu items for everyone. Everything was great other then finding parking. Did I mention the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful location
    gopack4
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Beautiful location in Kapaa. Service, food, and prices all 5**.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Dinner In Paradise
    Pwsj
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were leaving Kauai in the morning so we had one last good meal out. This was well worth it. Two peole had the Macadamia Nut Chicken and raved about it for a day. I had the Mixed seafood grill and the it was awesome, especially the pineapple sauce. We return to Kauai once a year and we will come earlier in our visit next time. Well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    jessluvsfood
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was the fancy dinner we were most excited about and it turned out to be our least favorite. Even sitting on the lanai felt very much like dining at a standard hotel. The fish was good but not great. The service was informative but not fantastic. The mixed drinks were mediocre.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had the five course food and wine paints and it was very good. Prices were moderate. Service was friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    foodmonster
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ocean view and Filet Mignon are a perfect match. Friendly staff. A+
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.