SKY Waikiki Rises to the Top

As in pretty much literally to the top of Waikiki, with the Top of Waikiki revolving restaurant — Hawaii’s only one — perched right above it just one story higher, in what is surely the most unique and extravagant nightclub I myself have EVER seen this side of Las Vegas. I will say this first and foremost: you will be BLOWN AWAY at how incredible this nightclub’s design, layout, execution, and — pun intended — above all, LOCATION is.

Sky Waikki Rooftop Bistro • Lounge • Nightclub occupies 7,000 square feet of rooftop space on the 19th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza, with the Top of Waikiki revolving restaurant literally serving as part of its roof. There are two main areas, including an interior dance hall and full-service bar that isn’t warehouse huge, but having just enough size to fit a good crowd yet still remain intimate.

The other main area of course being the rooftop outer deck that wraps around the Ewa and Makai side of the club, with the Makai side made-up of a brand new deck that juts out and over Waikiki Business Plaza, where you look straight up and down Kalakaua Avenue. If you’ve ever been to the Top of Waikiki, it’s pretty much the same breathtaking view of the Waikiki skyline, from the foot of Daimond Head, all the way to the Ewa Plains. The outside deck and interior dance hall being split in two levels connected via short staircases.

There’s also an enclosed, very hip and even more intimate VIP room in the center that’s accessible from both inside and out.

The also new and very clean restrooms aren’t inside the club, but just outside, adjacent to the elevator lobby area.

While I didn’t get the technical specs of the audio/video system, it’s as good as you’ll find in any club, period. Bass like nobody’s business both inside and outside on the deck, with excellent stereophonic separation. Inside the dance hall, there’s a wall-sized video screen comprised “Jumbotron” style of multiple large HDTVs tiled and synced together, projecting “splash” video of scenic views around Hawaii, including beaches and mountain scenes.

That said, interestingly and incredibly, this club really has a “Hawaii vibe” going on, not just in the contemporary design, but also most importantly by the PEOPLE that work there, being it’s a nice mixture of locals and mainland transplants, and all VERY ATTRACTIVE, I might add. Same goes for the clientele, having a very nice mixture in both age and ethnicity.

Following are photos I shot from Friday night’s gala private VIP grand opening celebration, as well as Saturday night’s continued festivities of SKY Waikiki. Enjoy!


Sky Waikiki owner Alika Mau and Pomai Souza


Sky Waikiki PR Team Mitchell and Larry Fink


Larry Fink and Pomai Souza


Top of Waikiki/Sky Waikiki Executive Chef Lance Kosaka and Pomai Souza


Melissa Chang and Pomai Souza


Hawaii News Now Sunrise Anchor Grace Lee and Fresh Box Chef Wil Chen


Rob Rose and Pomai Souza


John Berger, Entertainment Columnist for the Honolulu Star Advertiser and Pomai Souza


Comfy sofas line the 17th floor Ewa-facing side deck from end-to-end


Tempura Chicken and Furikake Mac’ Salad Sliders


Tempura Chicken and Furikake Mac’ Salad Sliders


Crab Crostini


Spicy Oyster Shooters


Spicy Oyster Shooters


Spicy Ahi Pizza


Duck Confit Gyoza


Butterfish with Shiitake Aioli


Festive pupu (name TBD)


Popcorn pupu (name TBD)


Poke pupu (name TBD)

Exotic potato salad (name TBD)


SKY Waikiki’s prepared-to-order Taco Bar


Pizza 1 (name TBD)


Pizza 2 (name TBD)


Pizza 3 (name TBD)


Pizza 4 (name TBD)


SKY Waikiki’s thin-crust Pizza slices


Rack of Lamb “Lollipops”


Assorted Cupcakes


Cream Puffs


Key Lime Pie Shooters


Cream Puffs


Cream Puffs


Mousse


Haute French Toast with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


Pink cocktail  (name TBD)



Pink and orange cocktails (name TBD)


Sandy Cocktail (name TBD)


Stevie Brock and Mikalah Gordon immediately following the Hawaiian blessing ceremony on Friday’s evening’s VIP grand opening


Victoria Justice & boyfriend Pierson Fode


Renee Bragh of Extra interviews DJ Brody Jenner on Friday Night on the Sky Waikiki patio deck, with Sheraton Waikiki in the background (he spins on Saturday night with DJ Lucien)


Celebrity MCs Brody Jenner & Devin Lucien on the ones and twos on Saturday Night


Celebrity MCs Brody Jenner & Devin Lucien on the ones and twos on Saturday Night


Spotlights shine upon a moonlit Hawaiian night high above at Sky Waikiki


VIP Room


A wall-sized 16 HDTV panel “Jumbotron” TV showcases the mood of the day, whether it be scenic videos of Hawaii’s beautiful mountains and oceans, to live footage of the concert at hand… STUNNING VISUALS!


Kumu Hula Michael Pili Pang (farthest to the right) and his Halau Hula Ka No’eau (Punahou, Oahu), who performed the ancient Hawaiian chant (Kahiko) and Blessings Ceremony for Sky Waikiki on Friday, August 28, 2015

Chef Eberhard “Hardy” Kintscher of Michel’s at the Colony Surf with his lovely girlfriend


The beautiful people (continued to next set of photos)

Huge mahalos to Larry Fink, along with business partner Mitchell Fink for personally inviting Yours Truly,  c/o The Tasty Island to attend this AWESOME event! Also huge mahalos to all the awesome staff for the hard work and first class service you folks provided. You all ROCK! Here’s to great success of Sky Waikiki, making the most recognized tourism destination in the world that much more a hot spot among all hot spots!