La Mariana Sailing Club

Bar & Restaurant
50 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Ph: (808) 848-2800
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Sun-Thu 11am-9pm
Fri & Sat 11am-12am
Opened in 1955
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Bishop Museum, Honolulu 1.8 mi
2.8 km
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki 4.3 mi
6.9 km
Tiki's Grill & Bar, Honolulu 5.5 mi
8.8 km
Mai Tai Lounge, Lahaina 83.9 mi
135.1 km
Beach Bumz, Kihei 101.4 mi
163.2 km
Corner booths at La Mariana Sailing Club in Honolulu
December 2006, photo by Gilligan
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Humuhumu’s description:
La Mariana Sailing Club is the last remaining bastion of true original Polynesian Pop in Hawaii. It opened in 1955, and over the years, it has become a sort of museum of Waikiki's tiki past: the tikis here came out of the Kon-Tiki in the Sheraton-Waikiki, lamps came from the Trader Vic's, and tables and chairs came from Don the Beachcomber. Original owner Annette La Mariana Nahinu still runs the operation today. La Mariana features a lively piano bar, and guests can join in on the singing.

La Mariana's original location was 50 yards from its current location; it moved in 1973. There is an 80-boat slip attached to the restaurant which sits on Ke'ehi Lagoon. La Mariana is a bit tricky to find -- while on Sand Island Road, keep your eyes peeled for a white sign with "50" spray-painted "50" in black: that's your turn. Follow that road to La Mariana.

In September 2006 comes word that Annette Nahinu, who is turning 92, would like La Mariana to continue after she is gone. With that in mind, she is looking to sell La Mariana (she has no children, and needs to ensure that when she passes, its ownership is undisputed). Her asking price is $3 million.

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October 8, 2009, 2:35 PM
Visited La Mariana in October 2009. An early visit (before 9:00 PM) on Thursday nights will provide you with a special treat. A group of locals gather every Thursday for an open mic night and they sing non-stop till 9:00 PM. The song variety is wide, and the talent is quite good!

Also, the Zombies are quite tasty!

February 6, 2010, 11:20 PM
I try to make it there every once in awhile. Visitors to hawaii definitely need to check it out for the decor. The drinks are good, but the menu is not polynesian. Last time I was there I had lasagna! Call ahead, so see if there will be entertainment. My first time there I had a wonderful time because of the pianoman. He had a lot of talent.
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June 14, 2010, 5:00 PM
Every August, my college buddy & I make our annual pilgrammage to Oahu for 10 days; La Mariana is the 1st place we go immediately upon landing, and the last place we visit before leaving. It's hard to locate (it's in a small industrial area near the airport bordering the canals, with not very clear directions or signs), but it's well worth finding; it's the last original non-ironic Tiki bar left in the Hawaiian Islands, and it's my kind of place. Haven't tried the food, but the drinks are great. Have gotten to know one of the bartenders, Waylan, who's a great guy. The one drink downside is, they no longer serve drinks in Tiki heads; I guess too many people were stealing them, or they're too expensive to replace. Regardless, if you like Tiki bars, this place is ground zero...
TikiJohn is a semi-regular at La Mariana Sailing Club.

June 16, 2010, 2:37 PM
Last year, I visited La Mariana to find that Annette Nahinu had passed away. There was a rumor that, just prior to her passing, she had been convinced to sign away the ownership to a realtor/developer, who was now considering knocking it down to build condos. I'm hoping this is all rumor; if you know anything different or have updated news, please post. La Mariana is a treaure, and it would be really sad if we lost another great Tiki bar...
TikiJohn is a semi-regular at La Mariana Sailing Club.

August 13, 2010, 2:36 AM
The one downside of La Mariana in the past was the food. However, earlier this year, they've ramped up the kitchen and now have a full blown polynesian/tiki menu with appetizers, salads & entrees. Food is MUCH improved now; they've also added a widescreen TV at the bar...
TikiJohn is a semi-regular at La Mariana Sailing Club.

August 16, 2010, 11:55 AM
Found out La Mariana sits on leased land, and the lease is up in 5 years. Don't know who owns the land (I think it might be the state of Hawaii), but I hope they chose to write a new lease for the place. It's not a good space for pretty much anything else, as it's irregular.

Also found out the rumor about the realtor developer was false; apparently, La Mariana is in a trust and the employees have an ownership interest in it. What a wonderful way to perpetuate the giving spirit of Annette Nahinu...
TikiJohn is a semi-regular at La Mariana Sailing Club.

March 11, 2011, 9:04 AM
La Mariana is gone! My husband and I were entertaining a friend from Guam there just last night. Little did we know when we ordered shots of Patron for last call that it would be our last call at LMSC ever.
Our condolences and prayers for Coburn and the rest of the LMSC crew. You will be missed. :(

March 11, 2011, 10:24 AM
Current reports are that the marina is gone, but that the restaurant is not actually damaged. I would imagine that the financial impact could be significant, though. Hold a good thought...

March 16, 2011, 6:53 AM
Restaurant is OK.

For the latest updates see their Facebook page

April 14, 2011, 8:06 PM
The 3 docks were thrashed in the tsunami; restaurant & bar were totally undamaged. They've had a supreme volunteer effort, and have put the docks back together as best as possible; their latest facebook pic shows boats moored there, so I'm thinking the financial impact is not that significant. Lucky...
TikiJohn is a semi-regular at La Mariana Sailing Club.

April 20, 2011, 4:20 PM
I went here again in January for my birthday, and they once again had mugs for sale. It was pretty expensive for a restaraunt tiki mug (nearly $30) but it seems very well amde and it does say La Marianna on the bottom. I agree with an above poster that the menu is improved, but it is still not polynesian. I had a greens salad (very good) and some cream cheese poppers. Not a bad way to spend a birthday, although I wish the drink menu was more exotic.
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August 4, 2011, 10:15 PM
OK just got back from Hawaii August 2011
So got on the bus at Waikiki and walked down from Nimitz Hwy - Very industrial type Road. Go to this oases at 3:00 pm just in time for lunch, cheese burger ( was very good ) Taxi would be a good option. Anyway it's fantastic, picked up a mug and tee shirt.


LaPlaya has visited La Mariana Sailing Club.

January 27, 2012, 12:25 PM
Amazing!!!!!!!
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June 7, 2012, 12:59 PM
We visited La Mariana Sailing Club in 2009 during an Oahu vacation. The club is difficult to find, but once there, settle in and enjoy this gem. The decor is marvelous. Everything you want it to be.

We loved this place! I still keep my temporary membership card in my wallet, and the mug we purchased with our umbrella drink is now holding our toothbrushes. Such happy reminders ...


September 7, 2012, 6:44 PM
After 23 years of living on the islands I FINALLY made it to La Mariana! It was worth the wait, loved every minute there, the staf was friendly, the bar was Beautiful, Food was good and had a great selection of mugs and shirts to purchase.. This is an authentic Tiki bar that has been around since it all started, How could you go wrong!!
Enjoy!
Aloha!!

July 24, 2013, 7:10 AM
Visited May 2103,on a tuesday. Incredible. Is a bit hard to find, but be persitent - well worth it. Food, drinks etc great. The Hawaiian Piano music just added to the experience. Go early.
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