La Mariana Sailing Club
Bar & Restaurant
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Fri & Sat 11am-12am
Opened in 1955
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
Sep 7, 2006
Corner booths at La Mariana Sailing Club in Honolulu
December 2006, photo by Gilligan
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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.