The afternoon tea scene in Hawai’i is good. Really good.
It’s so different from all the other afternoon tea services in the US. Afternoon tea in Hawai’i has a distinct Asian influence and instead of glamorous tea parlors we have tea on breezy verandas. Tea just steps from the Pacific Ocean, with palms trees to your left, someone playing the ukulele to the right. And always excellent service. Idyllic, yes. And totally true. I’ve been going to afternoon tea for the better part of my life, and finally put together this Serious Eats post on the Top 5 Places for Afternoon Tea in Hawai’i. Four of the five spots are on Oahu and one is on Lana’i. Wish Maui and the Big Island would get to work on afternoon tea services…there’s so much potential!
The Top 5 (in no particular order):
The Veranda at Moana Surfrider ($32.50)
Tea at 1024 ($20)