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Chinese Restaurant Kirin finds new home at Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Kirin, the iconic Chinese restaurant cherished by locals and Japanese visitors, recently moved from its home of 30 years in Moilili to the former Seafood Village space in the lower level of the Ewa Tower in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. Now under new ownership, Kirin continues to offer the stately ambiance and celebrated Cantonese style signature dishes that helped to build its fine reputation as a gathering spot for friends and family.

In preserving the exceptional experience, five staff members from the previous location are continuing their tenure, including Kirin’s executive chef, maître d’, and three servers. Patrons may also expect to savor the specialty seafood presentations, such as live Dungeness crab, Maine lobster, shrimp, and Big Island abalone in a variety of preparations. Besides salads and appetizers, over a half-dozen soup selections start the dining expedition that then transitions to a variety of seafood, poultry, beef, pork, vegetable, tofu, noodle and rice dishes, as well as the theatrics of several sizzling beef and shellfish platters. Although dim sum is still available only at lunch, other dishes from the regular menu that propelled the eatery to local fame—deep fried bacon roll with scallop and shrimp, tea smoked duck, fried saucy spare ribs “Wu Xi” style, and the house special “Tai Shan” style crab—are available throughout the day.

The ambiance incorporates many borrowed elements from the original location, including tables, the forest green tablecloths, cherry wood-finished wall art and fixtures, sculptures, vases, and plants that help to recreate a virtually identical feel in the new space.

“Kirin truly adds so much to our destination, as it has such a strong following among locals and visitors alike,” says Bonnie Kiyabu, Director of Retail Operations. “They have amazingly replicated the look of the original location and brought the reputed dishes and beloved staff as they start a new chapter on our property.”


Dungeness Crab Tai Shan Style


Tea Smoked Duck


Braised Whole Abalone in Oyster Sauce


Deep Fried Bacon Roll with Scallop & Shrimp

About Kirin Restaurant
Kirin opened its doors in 1985 in Moilili. The restaurant quickly became known for its fine Cantonese cuisine, serving up dim sum, popular regional dishes, and late night porridge and sides, gaining a strong reputation among locals and visitors alike. The restaurant was sold in 2017 to business magnate Alan Ho, and continues its legacy, now located at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. Kirin is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch and from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. for dinner, seven days a week. For more information on Kirin, call (808) 971-1818, or visit www.KirinRestaurantHawaii.com.

About Pualeilani Atrium Shops
Pualeilani Atrium Shops, located on the first three floors of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, boasts over 60 shops and restaurants surrounding an open-air atrium and lush tropical waterfall. The destination in the heart of Waikiki offers superb world-class shopping including one-of-a-kind boutiques, specialty stores and familiar national and international brands, alongside a variety of dining options. Activities on-property include a weekly Farmers Market on Thursdays from 4:00 to 8:00 pm offering a selection of local produce, prepared foods and other culinary delights, and weekly Aloha Friday festivities featuring interactive entertainment including lei making and hula dance lessons, as well as a Polynesian show, complete with song and dance and an exciting Samoan fire knife dance performance. 

About Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Balanced between the idyllic beauty of the legendary Waikiki Beach and the dynamic city center, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is a vibrant destination combining relaxation and adventure with true Hawaiian hospitality. Each of the 1,230 guestrooms, including 19 suites, offers Hawaiian elegance and private lanai with panoramic beach, mountain, and city views. With an unrivaled location just steps from world-famous waves, the resort affords effortless exploration of the island’s attractions, from Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium, to world-class shopping, sophisticated dining and expert surfing lessons. Offering endless amenities including luxurious treatments at the 10,000 square foot Na Ho’ola Spa, StayFit Fitness Center, swimming pool overlooking Waikiki Beach, one of Waikiki’s biggest breakfast buffets at SHOR, steak and island seafood at Japengo, tropical cocktails at SWIM, and more than 60 boutiques on site. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach promises Hawaiian-style excitement paired with the warmth of authentic Aloha spirit.

Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.

For more information regarding Pualeilani Atrium Shops and Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, call (808) 923-1234, or visit the resort website at: waikiki.hyatt.com.

Kirin Restaurant
Pualeilani Atrium Shops in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa
2424 Kalakaua Avenue Suite 103
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Tel. (808) 971-1818
Web: www.KirinRestaurantHawaii.com (view full menu there)

Related links:
Kirin Restaurant – Yelp user reviews
Kirin Restaurant (the original Mo’ili’ili location) – Yelp user reviews

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