Tommy Bahama Opens 8th Location in Hawaii with Three-Level Flagship Store, Restaurant and Rooftop Lounge in Waikiki
Tommy Bahama opened Oahu’s first Tommy Bahama Restaurant Bar & Store in Waikiki this past Friday, October 30, 2015. The impressive three-level, 19,200-square-foot flagship houses a ground-floor retail space, a second story restaurant, as well as a rooftop lounge featuring a fire-lit sand box patio deck. The new location at 298 Beachwalk Drive and Kalakaua Avenue, seeks to “embrace the soul of the Hawaiian Islands”, with this latest project joining seven other Tommy Bahama stores in Hawai‘i, including two with restaurants – The Shops at Mauna Lani on the Big Island, and The Shops at Wailea on the “Gold Coast” of East Maui.
“Tommy Bahama has a rich history in Hawaii and we’re so excited to be able to share our story with our loyal fans in Waikiki,” said Rob Goldberg, executive vice president of marketing for Tommy Bahama. “This will be the most elaborate location we’ve ever built, which is an indication of what Waikiki and Oahu mean to Tommy Bahama. The spirit of aloha has been foundational to everything we do as a company, so to be able to offer a complete Tommy Bahama experience in the heart of the Islands allows us to share that spirit in the perfect setting. The opening of this location is truly a historic day for Tommy Bahama.”
Expressing “a passion for refined taste and the pursuit of paradise”, Tommy Bahama celebrates the rich heritage of Hawaii and the essence of aloha embracing peace and all things positive. It’s been more than 20 years since the brand first introduced its fresh take on the classic aloha shirt, its signature island-inspired camp shirt, featuring graphic floral prints and a squared off bottom to be worn un-tucked.
The three-level design features a bright, open, airy space warmed with a traditional indoor/outdoor feeling. An open circular staircase to the right of the front entrance transcends all three levels – store, restaurant and rooftop lounge. A dramatic living wall hangs in the restaurant and spans 14 feet tall and 55 feet wide featuring native Hawaiian tropical plants. A smaller herb wall planted with USDA organic rosemary, sage, thyme, lemon balm and other fine herbs hangs in the rooftop lounge for readily accessible harvest by the chef.
With that, let’s take a walk around the place and have a better look.
Uniquely Hawaiian details demonstrate authenticity throughout the space. North Shore based furniture artisans Jen Homcy and Laurent Pool of Foundwood & Monkeypod Creations utilized reclaimed monkeypod, mango and mahogany trees to produce all of the outdoor dining tables, a 14 foot table for the private dining room elegantly constructed from a single slab, along with benches in the elevator lobbies and stools in the fitting rooms. Scaffold plank beam ceiling contrast nicely with natural oak wide plank floor boards. Three vintage, custom designed surfboards from legendary Hawaiian surfer and waterman Tom “Pohaku” Stone are on display – two in the restaurant and one against a column in the store. The rooftop lounge features a large sand floor area with fire pits and oversized seating to enjoy the outdoors and take in the view.
Seeking innovative ways to relate to its followers, Tommy Bahama has since cultivated a well-curated coastal inspired mix of men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, home décor, cookbooks and specialty goods with the spirit of aloha organically becoming part of the Tommy Bahama experience. Demonstrating the brand’s commitment to its philosophy, “Make Life One Long Weekend™”, Tommy Bahama proudly shares its connection to Hawaii’s cultural traditions and affinity for fun and luxurious living by infusing aloha into its latest endeavors.
We’ll get more to the shopping part later.
Featuring an array of island-inspired dishes, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar Waikiki is sure to inspire and excite the palate. From the signature Coconut Shrimp to Tuna Tacos and Pineapple Crème Brûlée, guests are sure to find the perfect dish to satisfy any island craving. Whether it be daily trips to the Honolulu Fish Auction or Kamuela Tomatoes, Tommy Bahama recognizes the importance of supporting local farmers and vendors, making it a priority to use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
Tommy Bahama encourages its guests to “relax in style” and join together in the spirit of aloha, representing the rich customs of the Hawaiian Islands embodied in Tommy Bahama’s trademark style.
Press Preview Dinner
Last Wednesday evening, on behalf of The Tasty Island, Yours Truly was invited for a press preview dinner, along with other notable media guests, including Nadine Kam of the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Melissa Chang of Frolic Hawaii, Sean Morris of Advertising Associates International, and Ritsuko Kukonu of PoohKoHawaii.com, a popular Hawaii travel blog site in Japan.
Tommy Bahama Waikiki’s Malted Chocolate Pie (dessert): Chocolate Cookie Crust, Mocha Mousse, English Toffee Crumble. $12.50/$8.50
Sean Morris (Advertising Associates International), Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star Advertiser) and Pomai Souza (The Tasty Island) attend Tommy Bahama Waikiki’s press preview dinner on Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Melissa Chang (Frolic Hawaii), Andrea Oka and Krislyn Hashimoto (Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.), Ritsuko Kukonu (PoohKoHawaii.com), Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star Advertiser), Sean Morris (Advertising Associates International) and Pomai Souza (The Tasty Island)
Krislyn Hashimoto, Vice President at Stryker Weiner & Yokota PR, with Pomai Souza of The Tasty Island
Tommy Bahama Waikiki’s Store
Rounding up this pictorial review, let’s take a walk through Tommy Bahama’s new flagship Waikiki store. Happy virtual window shopping!
The Tommy Bahama Waikiki store opens daily at 10:00 am. Tommy Bahama Waikiki restaurant opens daily 11:00am for lunch and dinner, with Island Time Happy Hour 4-6pm.