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La Mariana Sailing Club, Honolulu, HI (restaurant)
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Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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From: honolulu, hawaii & boston, ma
Posted: 2007-03-15 10:15 pm   Permalink

I hung out here for the first time with Kit Ebersbach (of Don Tiki), Sherry Shaoling, and a couple of other folks. Here are the pics from my visit. We played a tune - Girl from Ipanema - and had a grand ol' time.

A view of the lounge floor

L to R: Perry Como (Kit Ebersbach), me (PHF of Waitiki), Sherry Shaoling, Desmond

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Joined: Jul 16, 2006
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2007-05-21 4:51 pm   Permalink

We made our second trip ever to the Sailing Club last week on our trip to Oahu. Still as fun as ever. Drinks seemed slightly off - my Zombies arrived in a Steinlager pint glass and were not as strong as expected. Otherwise, everything was perfect.

Definite highlight of the evening was the blind piano players taking up a request for "Quiet Village" and dedicating the song to the bird in the cage up near the entrance, then making great bird sqauk noises during the whole song.

Also, our waitress had no clue what I was talking about when I asked about the Kava bowl. I had to use other means to get ahold of the special "blue hawaiian" version of the bowl during the trip.

Went back two nights later, and a completely different blind piano player was behind the keys. Awesome.

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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 839
From: Arlingtron Virginia
Posted: 2007-07-13 10:51 pm   Permalink


I was there several times last week, and I got to meet Annette! She signed my copy of Tiki Roadtrip!

The Mai Tais and Pu pu are still excellent.


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Joined: Feb 12, 2007
Posts: 177
From: No Cal
Posted: 2007-07-22 2:32 pm   Permalink

And you got a pic of Bombay, Annette's dog too!

We were there in January this year (07)...
Great Mai Tais!!

Walking up the entrance La Mariana's

Steven, the blind piano player

Annette the owner with friend and Bombay her dog

After a few Mai Tais, TikiMookie is incognito

This was our last full night, we went early due to our having to drive way up north by the Polynesian Cultural Center where we stayed nearby. At La Mariana we read the back of the dinner menu, information about the tsunami way back when that demolished the area. As we drove back up north, there was a tsunami warning on the radio! it was soon downgraded to a "tsunami watch" but rather a strange coincidence I think... Hawaii weather in January is unpredictable...

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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2008-08-18 10:53 pm   Permalink

I need to go to La Mariana sometime...oh Inky, how about Wednesday evening Sept 3rd, 2008? Sounds zazz!
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Posted: 2008-08-19 12:16 pm   Permalink

Sounds good, say 6pm????

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Primo Kimo
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
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From: Vermont
Posted: 2008-08-20 06:50 am   Permalink

What a great place. We went there three times during our week in Oahu. It was really one of the best experiences (and Zombies) on oahu. The SOS show was fun too. Here are some pics of our visit...

La Mariana - Primo Kimo's World in Pictures

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Joined: Sep 29, 2008
Posts: 14
Posted: 2008-10-19 10:14 pm   Permalink

Whenever friends visit from the mainland, La Mariana is always the first place I take them. And if it's someone I've taken there before, they want it as their first stop again. I've even taken lots of locals there who weren't aware of it. Amazing.
But I haven't seen any posts here with the latest news. Those of you on Oahu surely know, but the rest of you better sit down for this.
I'm very sad to say that Annette passed away recently.
La Mariana is still open, and allegedly there are no plans to close it. But of course there are no guarantees. Go while you still can! And go to support them and help keep it open.

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Joined: May 17, 2006
Posts: 646
From: Taboo Island, USA
Posted: 2009-01-07 10:26 pm   Permalink

Here's an interesting and odd update for you:

It sounds like the state or county is making La Mariana abide by some outdated rules/laws that they are supposed to be a private sailing club. Don't know the whole story - I'll find out more next time I'm there. We had to rush to get people to the airport. Has something to do with being attached to the marina.

Anyway, I was just there yesterday, and they had signs up saying that La Mariana is a private club and is for members only. No need to worry though, they now offer a "social membership" which is free, you just need to fill out a form when you get there and you get your own little membership card. They also offer a $50 associate and $100 full membership. Both get you 10% off on drinks, and the full adds food and lots of other benefits.

Just a great example of how the state makes it difficult to run a business out here!

So, who out there has their Official La Mariana Membership Card? I do!

One great thing to note. They have hired back their old maintenance guy who had some "disagreements" with Annette, and he is really cleaning up the place. Everything from cleaning the dead bugs out of the float lights, to putting new coats of varnish on the tikis and bamboo railings. The place is looking its best in years.


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Joined: Sep 15, 2002
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2009-01-08 10:44 pm   Permalink

That's great to hear! I loved that place when I was out there last! It would be great to bring my band of haolies (sp?) out there and play a show at La Mariana!

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Joined: Sep 23, 2006
Posts: 323
From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-01-24 10:33 pm   Permalink

I'll agree that La Mariana looks as good as I've ever seen it - I never tire of seeing those old cannibal tiki poles (capture - eat - full belly) from the old Waikiki Kon Tiki - they put modern tiki carving to shame.

In another thread it was noted that La Mariana has new, logo'd tiki mugs made by one of the waitresses. I've pinched the following images from eBay - there's a Boy mug, a Girl mug, and shot glasses. I purchased the Boy Mug - I think it cost $20, as the total for the mug and a Zombie was $30.

The Boy Mug:

The Girl Mug:

Shot Glasses:

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Joined: Sep 23, 2006
Posts: 323
From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-02-01 11:38 pm   Permalink

We went to La Mariana again last Thursday night - the place was very busy; all the tables were taken - only a few booths remained open. Very good to see - I didn't expect a big crowd on a Thursday night. The piano player was playing standards and some exotica - he even did the bird calls while playing Quiet Village.

Friends who hadn't been there in a while were impressed - they all said "It looks much cleaner". That's a big deal - the place was getting pretty run down and grubby. Everybody I've sent there recently has had a good experience.

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Joined: May 07, 2008
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From: Santa Cruz, CA. norcal
Posted: 2009-02-02 1:27 pm   Permalink

I'm so excited I'll get to see it next week, can't wait...

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Joined: Sep 23, 2006
Posts: 323
From: Oahu, Hawaii
Posted: 2009-02-08 10:34 pm   Permalink

There was an odd mention of La Mariana in an AP news story today - the Navy cruiser Port Royale ran aground near the entrance of Pearl Harbor a couple of days ago. Today's update on efforts to free the ship included this paragraph:

The vessel is currently lodged just off Honolulu International Airport, visible to all those flying in and out of Oahu. It's also in clear view of a nearby public beach park and a famous local bar, La Mariana Sailing Club.

The mention is odd because the ship is visible from so many other places.

I wonder if this has anything to do with where reporter has elected to spend much of his time watching the story unfold.

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Johnny Dollar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2003
Posts: 3074
From: Columbus, Ohiya
Posted: 2009-07-08 06:35 am   Permalink

i have some friends who are going to HI in two weeks... i want to send them to la mariana... everything still up and running? hours still the same?

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