We ventured across the street from Aulani for dinner at Monkeypod Kitchen. Their Mai Tai has honey-lilikoi foam, as well as Kula silver and dark rums, Macadamia Nut Orgeat, and Bots Orange Curacao. When I tried this in 2019 I didn’t love it, but I have to say that this time it was a better experience. The foam overlowed everywhere, like lava from a Hawaiian volcano, but once we mixed the foam and rum float together with everything then this was a pretty good cocktail.
Even better for me was the Fifty-Foot Pole, with Ko Hana Kea Hawaiian rum, Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, Joto Yuzu, Mango Shrub, and Ango. One of the best cocktails I’ve had in a while. Meanwhile, Mrs. Mai Tai loved Gin/coconut cocktail White Walker again, and then tried Ai’ono with Bourbon, pineapple, and cinnamon syrup. It was a good cocktail night.
And dinner was even better, since the Mahi fish sandwich I had was probably the best fish sandwich I’ve ever had. Julie’s Macadamia crusted Mai Tai was also excellent. The Strawberry Cream Pie was delightful. We had a slight issue with the meal, but our server went overboard to address it, with our appreciation. We really had a great time.