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Hula's Bar & Lei Stand, Honolulu, HI

Hula's Bar & Lei Stand

4.5
4.5
294 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Ages 21 and over welcome.

Hula's Bar & Lei Stand is celebrating 49 years this year. We are proud to be the most iconic gay restaurant and bar in Waikiki with roots deep in our LGBTQ+ community. Offering amazing bar food, handcrafted cocktails, a spectacular view of Diamond Head and Waikiki beach, free Wi-Fi and high definition music videos. Hula's is known world-wide for our diversity and Aloha. Come, experience why we are the Gathering Place for Explorers.

We are open for Lunch/Dinner daily.

Full Bar from open till 2am nightly. Last call at 1:35pm

Reservations are accepted daily from Opening till 9pm (8pm - Fri thru Sun) Kitchen closes at 9pm nightly

All beverages must be collected by 1:57am

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Asian, Tex-Mex
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon, Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 923-0669
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Michelle Nakaya
  • Catering
    Ginniberries has catering options available. Contact management for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us at https://hulas.com/private-parties/ to reserve a spot (after 9pm) for your special occasion.
  • Neighborhood
    Waikiki
  • Cross street
    Kapahulu Ave / Lemon Rd
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in the Honolulu Zoo Parking Lot right across the street for $1.50 / hr.Credit Card and Cash/Coin are accepted with the ability to add more time with your mobile number and a credit card payment.Do not let your time expire. This parking lot actively tows vehicles for expired parking 24/hrs a day
  • Public transit
    TheBus routes: E, 2, 8, 13, 14, 20, 23, 24, 42, W1, W2, W3
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 294 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

294 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked for Christmas dinner. Nowhere does it say that this is 21 and older. Wouldn’t serve us, which was ok as the place smelled like stale old cigarettes.
    Hula's Bar & Lei StandResponded on January 6, 2024
    This is what is stated "exactly" on our OpenTable listing: Ages 21 and over welcome. Hula's Bar & Lei Stand is celebrating 49 years this year. We are proud to be the most iconic gay restaurant and bar in Waikiki with roots deep in our LGBTQ+ community. Offering amazing bar food, handcrafted cocktails, a spectacular view of Diamond Head and Waikiki beach, free Wi-Fi and high definition music videos. Hula's is known world-wide for our diversity and Aloha. Come, experience why we are the Gathering Place for Explorers.

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  2. Headcheese

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Hulaʻs for lunch to celebrate my friendʻs graduation. We read the menu the day before and decided to try three interesting dishes. We announced to the server that we were prepared to "pig out" and ordered all three to share. The tastes were fabulous, the happy clientele close to us added to the ambiance. We were not able to finish all the food. It was nicely packed up for us to enjoy at dinner that night at home.

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  3. AlexanderP

    Palm Springs

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Still our favorite gay bar in Honolulu - good location and friendly staff

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  4. Feedie

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Hadn’t had a Rueben sandwich in a long time….was good!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun go-to spot for good drinks, nice atmosphere, and good times with locals and tourists. Definitely recommend getting the pitchers of drinks, very worth the value!

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  6. MauriceR

    New York City

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful bar food and drinks. Beautiful location

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  7. HeatherD

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lee was the absolute best! She was so great and told us about the cocktails you can get in a pitcher that are only $13 on sundays (and $15 every other day of the week) great deal, great service and great atmosphere!

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  8. ScottH

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience.

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  9. TruthBeTold

    Philadelphia

    509 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    509 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good pub food and Hawaiian drinks🍹are to be found at this nice complex, on the second floor of a hotel, practically across the street from The Honolulu Zoo. Good views and near the beach and Pacific Ocean. Live performances on selected early evenings. We do wish they would keep their kitchen open a bit later into the evening. Especially on Weekends when they close it too early to go to, if you've been to a nice show earlier, and want a bite, post - theatre .

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  10. TruthBeTold

    Philadelphia

    509 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    509 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good pub food and Hawaiian drinks🍹are to be found at this nice complex, on the second floor of a hotel, practically across the street from The Honolulu Zoo. Good views and near the beach and Pacific Ocean. Live performances on selected early evenings. We do wish they would keep their kitchen open a bit later into the evening. Especially on Weekends when they close it too early to go to, if you've been to a nice show earlier, and want a bite, post - theatre .

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  11. TruthBeTold

    Philadelphia

    509 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    509 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good pub food and Hawaiian drinks🍹are to be found at this nice complex, on the second floor of a hotel, practically across the street from The Honolulu Zoo. Good views and near the beach and Pacific Ocean. Live performances on selected early evenings. We do wish they would keep their kitchen open a bit later into the evening. Especially on Weekends when they close it too early to go to, if you've been to a nice show earlier, and want a bite, post - theatre .

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  12. TruthBeTold

    Philadelphia

    509 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    509 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good pub food and tropical 🏝 drinks🍹are to be found at this nice watering hole in beautiful downtown Waikiki Beach. Good location near the Pacific Ocean, and The Honolulu Zoo. Fun live entertainment on selected fine evenings too .

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  13. TruthBeTold

    Philadelphia

    509 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    509 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and drinks🍸are to be found at this nice watering - hole/dining room in beautiful downtown Waikiki Beach ! Varied menu and cocktails, though we had the Greek Saladbtopped with fresh shrimps and Duck Quesadillas. Good location .

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  14. Hambone

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a way to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. The entertainment was great. The food was delish. Plus we got fresh Lei's. Wonderful time!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Always fun place to un wind , love the patio area & nice view to the beach

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  16. Ryan

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing time. The nachos were incredible, the drinks were delicious, and the staff/environment was so welcoming and fun! This is a must go place!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, great music and affordable. Across from Honolulu Zoo and beach.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience! Our server (Lee) was awesome, the manager was warm, and the food was delicious!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vow renewal dinner

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  20. KimberlyB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great place in Waikiki! The drinks and service were AMAZING! The ambiance is great (I was there in the afternoon) open air, music videos playing all afternoon (remember how MTV was back in the day?). So much fun! I don't know if I would trust that breathalyzer machine, but it gave us good laughs anyways :) Definitely will go back on my next visit to Waikiki!

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  21. AndrewD

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for happy hour. Our request for balcony seating when we booked was accommodated and we were not disappointed by our server’s recommendation to order the Mai Tai. We were not overly hungry so we shared a mezza plate. Great cheese, scrumptious hummus, tasty olives and delicious figs provided the perfect grazing as we watched the world go by and ordered a second Mai Tai. [Note: the table next to us ordered the Pork Nachos….. it looked gob smacking amazing]. Thanks to all the boys who took great care of us. It was a great Tiki Bar experience.

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  22. Bardo

    Palm Springs

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Mai Tai in Honolulu! Great ambiance and most beautiful views

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  23. DionneL

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The band was great! The owners were very diverse and inclusive

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  24. PeterG

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A good small selection of tasty appetizers and light entrees. Service was very good and the time from order to being served was prompt. We had a beautiful view of Waikiki from the second story restaurant.

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  25. DarlaB

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great happy hour!

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  26. JeffC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service along with the staff and drinks is ALWAYS excellent. The nights are fun and something you want to repeat in a good way. Justin and Matt were both working behind the bar on Tuesday so I knew was going to have a great time, that was guaranteed.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I reserved a table near the stage to watch the featured performers at this once month show. No one came to say hi to me at all. After 45 minutes I walked over to the cocktail waitress and asked if she could help me but she said that it wasn’t her section. Apparently, the asian guy that was assigned my section wanted to focus on the VIP tables a little closer to the stage. I had to leave my reserved table and face away from the show in to order from the bartenders. I was there to watch and tip the performers so it was frustrating to say the least. After I got drinks, the cocktail waiter in my section continued to ignore me for the entire duration that I was there Instead of checking to see if I had wanted to order more.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place!! Outstanding staff!! Mahalo

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  29. RichardS

    Palm Springs

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Open air full bar with food choices. Reuben sandwich & Cobb Salad were perfect to share. Happy hour drink prices until 6pm. Live music from 5pm.

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  30. Keera

    Edmonton

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Not good drinks. Very gross

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Kalua pork quesadilla was so good, definitely want that again.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband and i decided to go here on our 3rd night of our anniversary trip. When we got there, it was not busy at all. About half full at best. Most people were at the bar or on the other side of the restaurant. We were seated at a table near the stage. There were three tables occupied, 2 had food already, 1 had drinks. We sat and sat. For over 20 min, no one acknowledged us, said they would be right with us, nothing. We finally got up and went to the bar and ordered drinks & food. If it wasn’t 8:45 on a Saturday night, i would have just left. The bartender was so nice and obliged, even brought our food to us despite being busy. Our waitress caitlyn literally ignored us all night. Im talking no apology, and proceeded to wait on 2 tables that sat down after we got our food but walked past us many times. Deliberately not making eye contact. The Food was way below mediocre, bagged chicken in an undressed Caesar salad and tropical nachos that had a weird spaghetti sauce pineapple salsa. Very off putting! I am an easy going person but to be completely ignored by waitstaff is unacceptable! We are interracial couple and i would hate to think it had something to do with that. I do want to thank the bartender for picking up Caitlyn’s slack. He was the only redeeming thing there. We’ve had some amazing food and service all over the country and this is not even close to a 4.7 establishment. Save your money and go to a real Waikiki gem!

    1 person found this helpful

  33. ChrisF

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    May Day Lei Day!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    When we arrived we were told our reservation for 7:45 PM has been seated at 3:44 PM ? Not us? They found us a table for the Rupaul Drag Race Viewing Party, but due to a large party we could not hear half of the time or see any screens (besides there we 4 screens around us). We were here a week earlier for the viewing party and everything for this reservation was amazing (our reservation was canceled when we were seated, therefore unable to give a high rating for that) First time outstanding experience Second time fair to poor experience

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere & reasonable prices for Hawaii, had a great night

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  36. MauriceR

    New York City

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place and food was awesome.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All great. Table was ready as requested and in the location I requested. Perfect. Thank you!

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  38. TomK

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening. Straightforward bar food and we’ll made. Drinks by the pitcher are the way to go.

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  39. KaiY

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mahalo for a lovely Sunday funday The staff was amazing and the show was great ❤️

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  40. CamilleW

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a server then we didn't . I had to walk to the bar to get more drinks and he just closed my tab so we left. Heard great things about this place but didn't get it.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Hula's Bar & Lei Stand using the Order Online button. Hula's Bar & Lei Stand also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 923-0669.

Hula's Bar & Lei Stand is rated 4.5 stars by 294 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Hula's Bar & Lei Stand

134 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Kapahulu Ave / Lemon Rd
  • Neighborhood
    Waikiki
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon, Thu–Sat 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Bar Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 11:00 am–2:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Asian, Tex-Mex
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in the Honolulu Zoo Parking Lot right across the street for $1.50 / hr.Credit Card and Cash/Coin are accepted with the ability to add more time with your mobile number and a credit card payment.Do not let your time expire. This parking lot actively tows vehicles for expired parking 24/hrs a day
  • Public transit
    TheBus routes: E, 2, 8, 13, 14, 20, 23, 24, 42, W1, W2, W3
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+
  • Executive chef
    Michelle Nakaya
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 923-0669
  • Catering
    Ginniberries has catering options available. Contact management for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us at https://hulas.com/private-parties/ to reserve a spot (after 9pm) for your special occasion.
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