The tiki scene has seen a major resurgence of late, and where better to bask in its glory than here on Oahu? Of course, some of you are looking to get into the spirit of things from the moment you arrive at HNL, seeking a great place to enjoy a cocktail or two before getting settled at your resort or rental, but appreciate convenience to boot. Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice “tiki-authenticity” to make this happen, as the best tiki bars on the island are located near Honolulu International Airport. As HNL’s premier private flat rate (up to a party of four) shuttle we will usher you directly from baggage claim to the destination of your choice. The only hard part is deciding which establishment to go first, which is why we’ve listed the top three below.
Top 3 Tiki Bars Near Honolulu International Airport and How to Get There
La Mariana Sailing Club – 10 Minutes from HNL
50 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu
Open Daily 11 AM to 9 PM
The iconic La Mariana Sailing Club (pictured above) houses one of the best collections of tiki bar memorabilia on the island, boasts a delectable yet affordable food and beverage menu, and has a gift shop packed with goodies along with tiki mugs from Gecko’z South Sea Arts, a tiki master-craftsman and artisan on Oahu. Better yet, the six decades’ old institution is just 10-minutes away from the airport, and is open early at 11 AM. Within minutes of your late AM or afternoon arrival you can find yourself at one of the world’s most authentic tiki bars and sipping on a Mai Tai from your very own souvenir mug while enjoying the marina view. Don’t waste a minute getting here.
Skull & Crown Trading Company – 15 Minutes from HNL
62 N Hotel St, Honolulu
Sunday-Thursday 6 PM to 10 PM / Friday and Saturday 6 PM to 12 PM
This is the newest edition to the legitimate tiki scene on Oahu. Conveniently located in Chinatown, the latest hotbed of modern eateries and waterholes, Skull & Crown Trading Company has committed every attention to detail to deliver one the most unique and refreshing takes on the tiki bar concept. It’s part pirate, part tiki, and part something else we can’t quite place our finger on which makes it all the more cool. The dark and stormy decor is on point, with custom works and those curated from around the island – including South Sea Arts – the authority on tiki on this side of the world. The bar opens at 6PM so is more suitable to late day arrivals and departures, depending on whether you are coming from or going to the airport.
Tikis Bar & Grill – 25 to 30 Minutes from HNL
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
Open Daily 7 AM to 12 AM
While this Waikiki Beach bar and grill may feel more “tiki pop” than authentic for purists, there is no denying its importance in the scene. For one, like the other two topping this list, Tikis Bar & Grill boasts a great collection of tiki-themed art and carvings, including those from (again) South Sea Arts. There is plenty of seating space at this expansive establishment which is located on the second floor of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, making it extremely convenient for those of you staying in the resort district. The drink menu is fun and fanciful, from their 1944 Mai Tai to the “Five-O” Lava Flow. Tikis will also serve your cocktail in a memento mug or coconut for a few extra bucks, which is great if you want to take a souvenir back to the hotel (and home) without taking “tiki mug authenticity” too seriously. If you’re staying in Waikiki Beach, hit the hotel to drop your bags off with the concierge (if you can’t yet check-in) and walk over to Tikis to get started on your island libations right away.
Have any additional questions about getting from HNL to the tiki bars above? Contact us directly by calling toll-free to 1-800-929-1219, anytime.
~ ALOHA ~