Tiki Central / Locating Tiki / Tahiti Nui, Hanalei, HI (restaurant)
Post #808014 by bamalamalu on Sat, Feb 18, 2023 2:50 PM
Looks like it's time to add some updated pictures. Surprised I haven't done that the past few trips.
This place keeps getting brighter and more open. Disappointing, but what can ya do? We noticed in Nov 2021 that they had removed the iconic carved Tiki barstools. They put in new flooring, and the Tikis got the boot; still makes me cringe every time we walk in. They've also cut through the wall / back bar making it all one big open room. There's even a window cut from the stage into the back room, so you're looking straight through to a big 7-up branded cooler and white walls. The float lights have visible LED style bulbs, and there are some newer Pier-1 Imports looking woven hanging lamps over the bar.
But still, we go. The Mai Tai remains unchanged - island-style/passionfruity, but good. And they'll actually cook your pizza properly. Service varies a bit by staff member, but is generally good and friendly. Be sure to check their hours before planning a stop, they vary quite a bit (Open at 9 Sunday, 11 Tuesday & Friday, not til 3 Mon Wed Thurs, Closed Saturday....)
(Side note, be sure to wander through the Havaiki store across the street while you're in the area.)