Nothing makes a vacation more enjoyable than partaking in the area’s unique cuisine. When you’re in Hawaii, make like a local and enjoy a few delicious drinks popular among the islands. Here are some options to consider the next time you’re at happy hour or visiting a new bar.

Don’t Leave Hawaii Without Trying These Drinks

1. Hawaiian Margarita

Haleiwa, HI barThe Hawaiian version of the beloved cocktail is fresh, bright, and tropical! The drink begins with the standard 1.5 ounces of tequila. But instead of finishing with lime and simple syrup, this refreshing alternative goes the sweeter route with an ounce of passion fruit concentrate and a handful of pineapple wedges. The glass is then rimmed with li hing mui powder made from salted, dried plums.

2. Lava Flow

If you have a bit of a sweet tooth and you’re craving something rich, partake in a Lava Flow! This mouthwatering drink marries coconut and light rums, and dresses both up with coconut cream, fresh banana, pineapple juice, and frozen strawberries. The result is a highly flavorful and indulgent treat reminiscent of dessert.

3. Blue Hawaii

This delightful cocktail originated in the 1950s in Honolulu. It’s not only easy on the eyes with its vibrant hue, but also something to savor if you love the idea of a tropical drink that’s sweet yet not overpowering. It blends ¾ of an ounce of white rum, blue Curaçao, and vodka, plus three ounces of pineapple juice and an ounce of fresh sour mix to balance the sweetness. A little shake, and it’s ready to enjoy!


Try these enticing cocktails when you visit Kawailoa Tavern in Haleiwa, HI. This is no ordinary restaurant and bar. The Hawaiian food establishment makes fun a priority: they’re the only spot in the area to offer happy hour with live music, plus drink and app specials. Plus, they have a variety of enticing and creative Asian-inspired cocktails to whet your palate. Visit them online to browse their food and drinks menu, or call (808) 744-3754 to find out about their upcoming events.