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Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge

Kailua-Kona, HI
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75-5799 Alii Drive, #A6
Kailua-Kona, HI
Opened in 2010
Closed in 2012
No longer in operation.

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Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge

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Humuhumu’s description

Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge opened in November 2010, and closed in September 2012. (Okole maluna is Hawaiian for "bottoms up"; the Hawaiian "cheers".) Owners Brice and Lisa Ginardi put the focus solidly on the quality of the cocktails, serving classic tiki recipes made with locally-sourced fresh ingredients. As any cocktail lover who has visited Hawaii can tell you, this was a huge boon, a respite from the over-sweet, over-chemical drinks found everywhere in the islands. Okolemaluna's menu had about twenty cocktails, a mix of historic tiki cocktails from the great Polynesian palaces, and some new creations. The menu also had a small selection of pupus.
If you finished the entire drink menu, you could join the Okolemaluna Mug Club: you got your own custom mug kept on a special shelf behind the bar.
Beyond the drinks, Okolemaluna also sought to set a historic tone with the environment. The music was a mix of vintage and modern Exotica, and the space was filled with bamboo and lauhala matting. There was a lava rock waterfall, and some decor from defunct tiki bars.

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Tikikahuna
Tikikahuna has visited Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge.
November 30, 2012, 4:11 PM
Sorry to hear this place closed. I enjoyed my last visit there last summer.
October 4, 2012, 2:28 PM
Closed Permanently - as of September 25th :-(
Wiki Tiki
Wiki Tiki has visited Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge.
July 28, 2012, 12:29 PM
We visited the Kona coast in December and made sure to find this place in the back of a strip mall. The drinks were fantastic, and the pupus were also good (especially enjoyed the bacon-wrapped pineapple and the teriyaki sliders). The tiki-kitschy decor is a lot of fun. The owner is obviously a true afficianado of tiki culture. I'm surprised this place isn't on the top 25 list, with such a high average critiki. I've been to four of your top 25, and Okolemaluna Tiki Lounge is superior to any of them (with Frankie's Tiki Room a very close second).
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