|2365 Kalakua Ave. Honolulu 96815
Tel. 808 922 3111
With its grand colonade, archway windows, and colonial banisters, the white
victorian building known as the Moana Surfrider will make you think you are in
another place, like England. This beachfront resort has been in Waikiki for
more than one hundred years, earning the title, "The First Lady of Waikiki".
The act of taking afternoon tea here was an early century tradition. The host
who served us was wearing a baby pink and white uniform, accompanied with
white gloves. With more than two dozen house blends of teas - including the
Singbuilli Estate Darjeeling, Russian Caravan, Poha Berry, and decaffeinated
blends - the possiblity of choices is remarkable. I decided to drink the Moana
Royal, which is the signature blend. This was later accompanied by an
assortment of light repasts - scones with demonshire cream and fresh fruit
preserves, finger sandwiches, and sweet pastries.
Of all the locations I have taken afternoon tea, I would have to say that the
Moana Surfrider is a definite favorite. While sipping tea in this beautiful
setting, one cannot help but admire the Banyan tree, where Louis Stevenson
wrote some of his poetry almost a century ago. Looking past the tree, one
also cannot help but to enjoy the view of the Waikiki Beach. I wish I could
return to the Moana Surfrider once again in order to take afternoon tea. The
service was excellent, the food was wonderful, and the feeling of simply
relaxing amongst the luxury made it hard for me to leave the place. I did not
expect to find this kind of venue for tea in Hawaii, considering one would think
that all this beauty is reserved for such places like Europe.