Honolulu, Hawaii | A New Afternoon Tea at Halekulani Hotel

Remember the afternoon tea service at Halekulani?

It was served in the Veranda complete with white glove service and a rolling dessert trolley. 

They recently revamped the entire tea service. Some new changes:

  • afternoon tea presented in three-tiers instead of course by course
  • the option to have tea in the Veranda (secluded, quiet) or Orchids (open air, ocean view)
  • no more dessert trolley…but the desserts are still just as delicious
  • new teaware, looking good
  • housemade kula strawberry preserves (they previously used Bonne Maman) 




Ok, let’s get started! First bite, strawberries and cream…

…while you look at the tea selection. Halekulani might be the only afternoon tea service in Hawaii that offers more straight/single estate teas than blends…super exciting. 

I was in a Silver Needle mood – they use Fuding Da Hao from Fujian and Mangku Da Yeh from Yunnan.

Compare these new tea sets with the older versions…a change for the better.  

Savory first…

…smoked salmon with dill and capers on rye, and cucumber with cream cheese and chives on caraway seed bread. 

Ham, watercress, and grain mustard rolled on poppyseed bread, and chicken with horseradish on whole grain. 

Currant scones and almond-lemon financiers…both warm from the oven.

Two of each, love the golden, crunchy exterior of the financier. 

Scones are served with devonshire cream, housemade lemon curd and Kula (on Maui) strawberry preserves. 

A little bit (or a lot ;) of each.  

I prefer to tea in the late afternoon so you can see musicians setting up at House Without a Key (mentioned here, here, and here). Hang around till 5:30pm to catch some of the live music and dancing. 

A little break, another pot of tea, and then it’s time for sweets.  

A vanilla roll cake filled with chocolate-hazelnut mousse, strawberry cream puffs…

…and a crêpe filled with coconut cake and haupia!



Not hard to see why this is one of my favorite hotels in Hawaii ^_^


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