It’s easy to feel drawn to The Grove or Passageway at THE MODERN HONOLULU. Arbors, bougainvillea and hibiscus create a garden allure among the al fresco seating of The Grove; lush banquettes and overstuffed wicker chairs beckon you to lounge in Passageway, an alcove fringed with ferns and palm fronds. Rays of sun and ocean breezes touch the spaces, each with a view to THE MODERN HONOLULU’s Sunrise Pool and yacht harbor just beyond.
To slow things down – anytime – alone or with friends old and new. It’s also one of the best places to eat among Waikiki restaurants. To start, command a table and request Kona coffee roasted locally by Hawaiian Coffee Company. When you’re ready, move onto a fresh, organic breakfast featuring the best of the local bounty and THE MODERN HONOLULU’s house-made ingredients (specialties of Executive Chef Scott Toner, who takes an uncommon approach to Waikiki dining). Selections include Corned Beef Hash served with Two Poached Eggs, Home Fries and Whole-Grain Mustard Hollandaise; THE MODERN HONOLULU Kalua Pork Breakfast Burrito; Molokai Sweet Bread French Toast with Toasted Coconut and Maple Syrup and our Banana-Macadamia Nut Waffle topped with Caramelized Bananas and Chantilly Cream.
Mid-day into evening, stop in for organic salads, sandwiches served on our fresh-baked breads and light and sustaining plates showcasing Chef Toner’s finesse with global tastes and island-grown goodness. (Try the Dungeness Crab Cake with Cucumber-Radish Namasu and Spicy Soy Aioli or the Ahi Tostada – with Grilled Ahi, Crispy Wontons, Napa Cabbage, Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives and Feta that we special-order from Greece.)
As aperitifs, accompaniments or all on their own, drinks at The Grove and Passageway are as stylish as the surrounds. Choose from our expertly-curated wine list, island microbrews including Kona Brewing Co.’s Big Wave Golden Ale and signature cocktails like the Asian-inspired Green Hai, an artisanal mingling of soju, shiso, cucumber and ginger beer. Many afternoons and evenings, live music by local artists drifts in from the Sunrise Deck. It’s perfectly acceptable to pop in casually at The Grove and Passageway. Then the open air envelops you. You find the buzz of guests flowing to and from the pool entrancing; the vignettes as inviting for solitary relaxation as they are for gathering a group. And you decide to stay a while – even if just to reflect on this uncommon experience in Honolulu dining.