Maui Brewing Company opened its second brewpub location in the heart of Waikiki this past January 2017. The 435 seat capacity, 18,000 square foot establishment replaces what was formerly Jimmy Buffett’s, on the second floor of the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort on Kalakaua Avenue. Prior to Jimmy Buffett’s, the space was the showroom of the late and great Don Ho.
MBC also has a tasting room in Kihei, Maui where their brewery is, as well as its first brewpub on the west side of Maui in Lahaina. They’re planning to open a third brewpub in Kailua on the island of Oahu some time next year.
Maui Brewing Company is owned and operated by CEO Chris Thibaut, along with veteran restaurateur Bill Terry, with Terry Lynch as Executive Chef at the Waikiki restaurant.
While I live literally within minutes and steps away, several weeks ago was my first time walking into MBC.W, and I was FLOORED at how AWESOME it is! So much so, I actually returned a few times since!
They really were able to bring the outside of Waikiki and its ambiance in, with a decor theme that’s a perfect blend of laid back island style and rustic-meets-industrial repurposed warehouse design; the latter of which typical for many modern brewpubs, such as, say Honolulu Beerworks in Kaka’ako.
My first impressions of MBC.W are it’s as much a great restaurant as it is a great brewpub, with a creative menu that truly reflects Hawaii’s diverse culture. Along with the few bites I’ve already tried, response from guests I’ve had conversations with who’ve ordered food mostly raved about it; a few noting they’d return just to have lunch or dinner here. Ditto!
Of course craft beer is the focal point, and they’ve got something for everyone. Along with every variety MBC produces, they’ve also got a few to offer from other fellow local breweries as well, including Lanikai and Honolulu Beerworks. It must be noted that this is actually a “tap house”, meaning they don’t brew the beer on premises; the MBC styles are all brewed back on Maui.
MBC.W also has a fantastic daily Happy Hour from 3:30 to 5:30pm, with MBC flagship draft beers just $4.75 each, MBC limited draft beers $6.00, 50% off all pupu menu items and $10 each for all pizzas on the menu. The Happy Hour recurs again later from 10:30pm until closing at 12am daily. Them Happy Hour deals really are great prices, especially for Waikiki! 50% off pupus? Sweet!
What also struck me from the several visits I’ve made since, are the folks who work there. GREAT TEAM! Everyone is super friendly and accommodating, while it appears there’s good morale and operational synchronicity. In other words, it’s a well-oiled machine. As important as that, the patrons I’ve met there are wonderful. A nice mix of both locals and visitors, all of whom I’ve had nothing but fun and intelligent conversations with. Not to mention the local musicians who play there are also fantastic, both in talent and Aloha spirit.
All in all, I’m VERY IMPRESSED with Maui Brewing Company’s new home in Waikiki. They totally nailed this one.
Following is a photographic tour of MBC.W. Enjoy. ;-)
Maui Brewing Company is located on the second floor of the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort
MBC employs a variety of glassware to optimize the formation of the “head” (foam at the top), aroma and taste of each style of beer (left to right): 16 oz. Shaker Pint, 16 oz. Nonick Pint, 16 oz. Pilsner Pint, 16 oz. Heffeweizen Pint, 12 oz. Goblet and 4 oz. Fluted Taster’s Glass
The Brewmaster slice
Not to go off topic, however after meeting and having some pleasant wala’au (talk story) time with Marsha Kapu, wife of Sam Kapu, famous radio DJ and local personality, it dawned on me how cool it would be to do a spin-off titled “Six Degrees of Don Ho“, a spin on the famous parlor game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon“.
The premise in the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” being, somehow within six or less ways, any given person in Hollywood is connected with Kevin Bacon. Either they’ve worked directly with Kevin Bacon, or someone who’s worked with or knows Kevin works with them. Da’ kine, “Your moddah’s aunty’s uncle’s nephew’s best friend’s cousin’s wife’s son”, laddat. Oh wait, that’s seven degrees. lol
Six Degrees of Don Ho:
• Marsha (Kalima) Kapu is married to Sam Kapu. Sam Kapu was a close friend of and entertained with Don Ho. Thus, Marsha Kapu has a Don Ho factor of 2.
• Pomai’s Godmother is Nalani Kele. Nalani Kele once dated and remained close friends with Jimmy Borges. Jimmy Borges was a close friend of and entertained with Don Ho. Thus, Pomai has a Don Ho factor of 3.
If so, how do you fit within the “Six Degrees of Don Ho”? Fun stuff!
Anyways, back to Maui Brewing Company Waikiki, here’s the handcrafted beers menu:
Download MBC Waikiki’s complete lunch and dinner menu PDF here. (current as of 4/2017)
Maui Brewing Company
2300 Kalakaua Avenue (2nd floor of the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort)
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Tel. (808) 843-2739
www.MauiBrewingCo.com (<—full menu available there)
• Maui Brewing Co. opens first brewpub in Waikiki – Pacific Business News
• Maui Brewing Company (Waikiki) – Yelp user reviews
• Waikiki Brewing Company – Tasty Island
• Honolulu Beerworks – Tasty Island