Restaurant Insider with Anne Lee: Hula Grill Waikiki
STORY BY: ANNE LEE | PHOTOS BY: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Hula Grill Waikiki is the sister restaurant of Duke’s Waikiki, located upstairs at the beautiful Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. This location has been around going on 17 years, and general manager Drew Crocker shares the similarities Hula Grill has with Duke’s Waikiki — both are owned by TS Restaurants — as well as what makes it unique.
Hula Grill incorporates handcrafted local products in a more intimate dining experience. You see a lot of different hula-themed figurines and artwork — even the social distancing signs reflect the dance. The hula culture is embraced in this restaurant, and recognizes all the legends with its annual E Ola Mau Ka Hula awards.
When Drew was in college at UH, he remembers being at Waioli Tea Room with his mom who was visiting, and Robert and Roland Cazimero were sitting at a table nearby.