We were staying in nearby Waikoloa and was looking for a place to have a light dinner and listen to live music. The Beach Bar seemed to fit the bill. Walking into the hotel, it was a little overwhelming as this is a large hotel with many different levels, all visible as you walk into the lobby. We asked the front desk how to get to the Beach Bar and she gave us directions on how to get there. We walked across the lobby and took an elevator down to level 4 (the lobby was level 8 which gives you an idea of how many levels this hotel has!). We walked out the elevator and came to a series of walkways with signs directing you to different areas. We followed the signs to the pool and Beach Bar. It was a series of walkways and short stairways to get to the Beach Bar. I'm sure there was an easier way to get there, but for the way we went, it's not recommended for anyone with physical issues handling stairs and angled walkways.
Once we reached the Beach Bar, I ordered a Lava Flow drink, which was good, but not very much rum in it. We also ordered the calamari, which was good--tender and crisp the way it should be. It came with a sriracha mayo and salsa. For dinner, my husband had the Loco Moco, a local favorite--rice with a hamburger patty, topped with a fried egg and covered in brown gravy, while I had the Hapuna Burger, an angus beef burger with Swiss cheese, bacon, and avocado. Portions were generous and the food was good. Service was a little slow, but it was busy that evening for dinner and we were in no hurry.
According to the online entertainment calendar, the music was supposed to start at 5:30 and we arrived at 6:15 but there was no music. We asked our server about the music and she said he was running late that evening. About 30 minutes later, a musician arrived and started setting up but it was not the scheduled performer. We didn't mind and once she started singing, she had a beautiful voice. Her partner was running a little behind and came along a few minutes later. The performers were Tani and Duane and they performed a variety of old and new Hawaiian music, and my husband and I knew most of the songs and were able to sing along. After the first set, during the break, we were able to chat with Tani and Duane and found that they were filling in and normally play on another night, but we were happy they were there because they were so much fun! We enjoyed their music so much that we stayed till the end.
Since the Beach Bar is located by the pool, we had a nice view of the beach. Sunset was beautiful and with the live music, the whole experience was wonderful! Food was good, servers were nice, and the live music was the perfect end to our day!
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