Hawai’i: Afternoon Tea @ Moana Surfrider

Once a year, usually during the “winter,” Kristen, Monica, and I gather together for a meal. Kristen lives in San Francisco, and Monica lives in DC…so it’s very nice to “re-ground” at home in Honolulu during the month of December.

This time around we did afternoon tea at Monana Surfrider, our favourite spot on the island. (with The Kahala Resort coming in second, and Halekulani third for afternoon tea). We started coming to tea here around middle school, and I remember it used to cost just over $20 in the late 1990s. Now it’s somewhere in the mid $30s!

White glove tea service, a selection from eight different teas, and gorgeous tables looking onto Waikiki beach. It’s scenery like this that sometimes, really makes you wonder why you left the islands ;)

Start off with a trio of tea sandwiches. Smoked salmon on rye, curried chicken on croissant, and Virginia ham on focaccia…

…so pretty, just one more shot!

Then out comes the sweets: cakes and tarts on the bottom, scones in the middle, and cookies on top. That’s Monica in the photo :)

Fruit Tarts and Lilikoi Cakes.

Warm Currant Scones, Lemon Curd, and Devonshire Cream.

Salted Chocolate Macadamia Nut Shortbread and Cream Puffs.

And finally, a finish of Lemongrass-Matcha Sorbet. The sandwiches and sweets selection change from time to time, but this lemongrass-matcha sorbet has stayed consistent since my first visit in 1998.

Moana Surfrider

afternoon tea

2365 Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96815

(808) 922-3111

  • Darien
    January 19, 2010

    aww.. i love getting tea there too. glad to hear it's still nice (albeit more expensive).you three look so beautiful :)

  • Diandra
    January 19, 2010

    aww that looks so good. Too bad I won't be travelling to Hawai'i anytime soon…

  • Cleone
    January 20, 2010

    what a nice tradition! i haven't been to the Moana Surfrider for afternoon tea but i have been there for sunday brunch. and what an amazing spread they have for brunch! by the way, nice pics!

  • K and S
    January 21, 2010

    I have to try the afternoon tea here!

  • butang
    January 21, 2010

    Come back to nyc already

  • anonymous
    March 11, 2010

    I took my mom here before she passed away, and she absolutely loved it.

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