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Posted on Oct 29, 2013 | 4 comments

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Since 2002, Hukilau Lanai has been working continuously with Kauai and the neighboring islands to use local ingredients and products. Their handcrafted cuisine is made fresh from scratch in their kitchen located along Kauai’s Coconut Coast. With their ocean-view open-air dining and menu offering a wide selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts, this is one restaurant you will not want to miss on Kauai.

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Best seat in the house- the view from our table on the lanai.

Tasting Menu

The Hukilau Lanai offers a Food & Wine Tasting Menu featuring local products available daily from 5-5:45pm. You may get food only for $28 or food and wine for $40. On the mainland this meal would be an exceptional value. On Kauai, it was a steal.

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Focaccia with olive oil and balsamic vinegar served with all meals.

The Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu is one of the best ways to taste a variety of entrees while at Hukilau Lanai. Each plate is beautifully presented with quite generous portions. The evening we went the menu for the night featured Island Gazpacho, Candied Ahi, Sausage and Warabi, Fresh Catch of Mahi Mahi, and Big Island Vanilla Crème Bruelle. Instead of only being able to order one big entree, we got a full taste of Hawaii through the Tasting Menu.

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Island Orchid

Cocktails and Wine

Drew decided to have the full food and wine pairing while I opted to try one of their aromatic coktails. My selection, Island Orchid, mixed of vodka infused with Hawaiian Grown Vanilla Bean and finished with a splash of Macadamia Nut Liqueur was delicate and refreshing. Adorned with an orchid, it paired nicely with our plates of food throughout the night.

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Poke Nachoes

Poke Nachos

For a little extra before we got started on the Tasting Menu, we also shared a plate of Hukilau Lanai’s famous Poke Nachos. This dish quickly became a favorite; a dish we could see ordering every time we visit. Ahi poke, Kamuela tomato, avocado, tobiko, and inamona drizzled with wasabi cream and served on crisp wonton chips. Simply spectacular.

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Island Gazpacho

Island Gazpacho

Island Gazpacho with Koloa Rum Pineapple Basil Sorbet. An unexpected combination that pairs beautifully.

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Candied Ahi

Candied Ahi

Candied Ahi in a coconut chipotle sauce. Our favorite dish from the Tasting Menu.

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Sausage and Warabi

Sausage and Warabi

Char-grilled housemade longanisa sausage and Warabi fern and tomato salad. The ferns were a welcome addition to the bold flavored sausage.

Hukilau Lanai Tasting Menu

Fresh Catch of the Day- Mahi Mahi

Fresh catch of the Day

Fresh catch of Mahi Mahi on a bed of summer quinoa and topped with kale salad. The kale was perfectly prepared.


Dessert provided you with a choice of either the Artisan Cheese Duo or Big Island Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee of local vanilla bean custard and caramelized sugar.  We selected the crème brulee, but unfortunately do not have a picture to share. We can tell you it was light and creamy with just the right amount of sweet and vanilla.

We both completely enjoyed everything we had on Hukilau Lanai’s Tasting Menu. This is a meal you won’t want to miss while on Kauai. We know we will be back to visit Hukilau Lanai, again next time we are on the island.

Have you ever been to Hukilau Lanai?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. No… if we ever get back for a third trip, we’ll have to try that.

    Just read that Kauai has passed laws getting some control over DuPont and other companies testing their chemicals on the Kauaian land….

  2. Great photography! You captured their spirit and food really well. We love the Hukilau Lanai! Debra, the county passed the bill, but today the mayor vetoed it. The county council can vote to override the veto. We’ll keep working to make it pass though!

    • Oh my goodness; did they pay him off? Sorry, an outsider complaining here. But is no place safe? Kauai is too wonderful to be a chemical testing arena.
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