Three Happy Hours: One Property: Wailea, Maui


I am looking forward to spending time at the The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui this weekend with friends! We will be heading to three awesome ‪#‎happyhours‬ on property! #ko #luanalounge and ‪#‎nicksfishmarket‬ ! Check out a few of my favorite #pauhana items below, and view their FULL #happyhour ‪#‎menus‬ and ‪#‎photos‬ on‪ #‎happyhourpal‬!


Ko Items: Our Picks

Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl: Seasoned Sashimi Grade Ahi on Sushi Rice with Spicy Aioli, Orange Tobiko, Kaiware Sprouts and Nori ($10)

Specialty Cocktails: Double Pineapple Fusion, South Maui Sweet Tea, Caipiroska, Kea Lani Kicker, Classic Mai Tai ($8)


Luana Lounge Items: Our Picks

Flat Bread: Volcano Spiced Tiger Prawns: Spinach, Red Pepper Pesto, Garlic and Mozzarella ($9.50)

Local Micro Brew: Longboard Lager ($5)


Nick’s Fish Market: Our Picks

Fresh Hawaiian Ceviche: Opah, Ahi, & Snapper, Meyer Lemon, Lime, Yuzu, Cilantro Avocado, Mango, Papaya, Won Ton & Sweet Potato Cups ($8)

Specialty Drinks: Nick’s Mai Tai, Mangotini, Hawaiian Punch, Ginger Martini, Specialty Cocktail of the Evening ($6)


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Happy Hour at thirtyninehotel in Chinatown: Honolulu, HI

FUUD: Happy hour at thirtyninehotel in Chinatown

by  on JUNE 7, 2013 in FOOD


When Carey Bennett of Happy Hour Pal wanted to meet for drinks, it was a no brainer.

The girl knows her happy hours!

So she suggested thirtyninehotel, a mixed-use venue-slash-bar in Chinatown that I hadn’t been to in years. Last week it launched a new happy hour menu — it’s got a new kitchen, too — that’s complete with a nightly specialty cocktail. (Last night’s cocktail was a tasty concoction with fresh watermelons.)

“I love the vibe of this place,” Bennett says. “It’s really all about the community, art and fashion, which I really appreciate. And Christian (Self) is one of the best bartenders in Hawaii.”

I’d have to agree.

This bar/venue on North Hotel Street oozes cool, with artwork on the walls — and yes, sometimes painted directly on the walls — outdoor seating, free WiFi, live music and other events that keep patrons interested and coming back.

So we went to check out the new happy hour menu last night. Here’s what our meal — and yes, it was a meal! — looked like:


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Last week thirtyninehotel launched a new happy hour menu that sounded so good, I just had to try it. Every night there’s a new specialty cocktail, too.

thirtyninehotel, 39 N. Hotel St. in Chinatown. Happy hour, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Phone: (808) 599-2552.

Amenities: Free Wifi, Live Entertainment, Private Meeting Space, Scenic Views, Outdoor Seating

Congratulations Class of 2013!


It is graduation season, which means it is time to celebrate!  So whether you are hosting a party, BBQ, or just saluting yourself on a job well done, here are some drinks to help you along the way.

To me, champagne and celebration go together like peanut butter and jelly, but for such a momentous occasion it should be kicked up a notch.  For inspiration, who better to turn to than the French?  They have been making white wine cocktails for centuries. The most infamous is the Kir, a blend of white wine and cassis, named after the mayor of Burgundy who made this cocktail popular after World War II  (  It has several known variations, including the champagne based Royal Kir, and now I have added a new version to the repertoire.

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Festive Kir

½ oz ginger infused grand marnier

½ oz cassis

Top with sparkling wine

Orange twist

Soak peeled, sliced, raw ginger in the grand marnier for at least 24 hours.  The longer you leave the ginger in the cognac the stronger the ginger flavor will be.  I recommend storing the mixture in a sealed container and not stuffing the ginger down the neck of the bottle.  Once the ginger infused grand marnier is ready, add it and the cassis into a shaker with ice.  After it is chilled, strain into a champagne flute and top with a sparkling wine.  I personally like a sparkling wine with crisp, citrus flavors to enhance the orange in the grand marnier like a sparkling pinot grigio or prosecco.  The orange twist will also bring out the flavors of the grand marnier and add a beautiful pop of color to this celebratory cocktail.

If your graduate is not of the legal drinking age yet, you can easily turn this cocktail into a non-alcoholic beverage.  Just replace the sparkling wine with sparkling cider and the cassis with black currant juice.  You can choose to add a touch of ginger beer, no more than ½ oz, if you would like the same spiced effect.  This mock-tail can be made directly in the glass if all the ingredients are already chilled.

Enjoy and congratulations to all the graduates of 2013!

By Krystle Turkington

#CatChat: Your favorite happy hour


Thanks Cat! Article by @thedailydish

Photo: Catherine Toth, Carey Bennett, Melissa Chang

Who doesn’t like to save money?

Well, that was the motivation behind Happy Hour Hawaii, an app and website that lists the happy hours of more than 200 different restaurants and eateries around the state. It’s got a detailed search function that’s helpful in finding exactly what you want, where you want it — and even how much it’s going to cost.

This month, founders (and married couple) Carey and Brandon Bennett have taken the successful app to another level: they’ve rebranded it and gone national.

Happy Hour Pal Food Menu Screen copy

It’s now called Happy Hour Pal and it’s entering new markets like Portland, Long Island and Milwaukee. It’s essentially the same — only better.

With this mobile app and website, you can:

• Search for happy hour specials by food, drink, time or location
• Access happy hour menus and daily specials for each business
• Share information easily with friends via text or email and invite them for meet-ups
• Earn rewards by checking into a location

But that’s not what my video (below) is all about.

I met up with Carey and my travel pal Melissa Chang (@melissa808) to talk about their favorite happy hours. But if you want to learn more about Happy Hour Pal, watch Melissa’s video at Nonstop Honolulu.

In the meantime, here’s our chat about Oahu’s happy hours. If you’ve got a favorite, post ‘em here! -Catherine Toth

Special thanks to Russ Sumida (@parkrat) for, uh, something. I know he did something…

Stone Fruit and Strawberry Sangria


Hmmmm….I think it’s time to make Sangria! Are you a fan of Sangria? If so, do you prefer White or Red wine?

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brandy
1 cup pitted Rainier cherries
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup sliced peaches
1 1/2 bottles white wine, chilled (I used a Sauv Blanc)
1 cup chilled club soda
10 pieces basil

Add the sugar and brandy to a large pitcher and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
Add the fresh fruit, wine and club soda and stir to combine. Add the basil.
Refrigerate the sangria for at least 6 hours before serving.
Serve over ice.