Hawaii is a dream destination for many people. This Polynesian beauty, situated midways in the Pacific Ocean between Asia and the Americas, is characterized by volcanically formed mountains (some still active!), relaxing palms that sway in the breeze, and beaches that consistently rank among the best in the world.
After a long day sightseeing, exploring tall mountains such as Mauna Kea, or simply lounging on legendary beaches such as Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, the perfect way to end a dream day in paradise is to grab an alcoholic drink of one’s choosing, and honour the sun as it passes into the depths of the Western horizon. What follows is a selection of places in the Hawaiian Islands that provide the ideal surroundings for a romantic sundowner drink that both of you will remember for a long time to come!
1) Mai Tais at Mai Tai Bar, Royal Hawaiian, Honolulu, Oahu – Get the famous Hawaiian cocktail, the Mai Tai at the bar that invented it, which also bears its name. Located on the grounds of the Royal Hawaiian hotel, the dress code here is smart, so it enables this spot to retain a touch of class. The upshot of that is that prices are a bit higher than in other spots on Waikiki Beach, but you’re here to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, so don’t let it detract you from enjoying a gulp of tasty history, while you watch the South Pacific sun slip into the ocean.
2) Uncle George’s Lounge, Volcano House, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island – Located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii, this bar is perched on the rim of the Halema‘uma‘u Volcano. This grants guests an unbelievable show come sunset, as not only can you watch the sun sink into the clouds (if the weather happens to be like that), but dependent on the activity of the volcano, you may also be able to see the glow of magma in the crater below. Be sure to order the house specialty, Pele’s Fire, a hot mix of amaretto and coffee.
3) Merriman’s, Kapalua, Maui – Is wine your drink? If you are staying on Maui, be sure to check out Merriman’s, located in the resort town of Kapalua on the West coast, is the perfect spot to swirl a quality red or white wine while you watch the sun slide towards its primary destination of the day. Merriman’s is also highly regarded for its food. When the sun has finished its final act, be sure to try their sliders, truffle fries, as well as the “surfing goat cheese” appetizer, all of which come recommended by former customers.
If you can’t make it to any of these destinations, or if you are on a different Hawaiian island than what is shown here, all you have to do is head down to the water, and search for a beach bar, preferably with tiki torches and with some old-style Hawaiian music playing in the background. Buy a simple rum cocktail, and watch the sun slip into its nightly slumber, surrounded by the rustic charm that Hawaii has gotten down to an art form.