The Halekulani Hotel is one of the best resort hotels not just in Hawaii, but the world. It is often ranked at or near the top of the annual "best of" travel lists. So it's not surprising that one of the best oceanfront lounges, House Without a Key, would be located at the Halekulani Hotel.
I visited the House Without a Key last night and it featured classic Hawaiian music played outside by a three piece combo and accompanied by former Miss Hawaii's Kanoe Millera an excellent hula dancer. This is a must do / see spot. As we have many times over the years we visited this Waikiki landmark last night to enjoy the sunset, one that was sadly cloud covered, but the entertainment made up for the absent sunset. This experience is not unlike the sunset rituals that occur worldwide, like in Key West FL.
The guest can sit at low cocktail tables, great for drinks and pu-pus (appetizers) or standard tables better suited for enjoying the light dinner menu.
If your planning a visit arrive early, it fills up fast. Call for times, right now the entertainment runs from 5:30-8:30. Dress is toward the higher end of resort casual. Drinks and food are a bit expensive, but it is worth it to enjoy this one-of-a kind experience known worldwide as Sunset At The House Without A Key.
Note: The Halekulani also is home to two award winning restaurants, Orchids and LaMer. I've dined at both and they are excellent.
Inside Tip: If your considering a desert toward the end of the evening at House Without A Key you may want to consider something that is not on the menu... Ask your server if they could get you the manager. Ask the manager if it would be at all possible for you to have a souffle delivered from the nearby LeMer kitchen. This is very much outside the norm, sometimes the kitchen can't accommodate, but most times they can. Nothing beats soft music, gentle Hawaiian breezes, and a warm souffle.