Tahiti Nui

Hanalei, HI
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5-5134 Kuhio Highway
Hanalei, HI
Opened in 1964
Daily 11am-10pm
(808) 826-6277

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Tahiti Nui



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Decor 6.1
Drink Quality 6.2
Drink Selection 5.7
Food Quality 6.9
Food Selection 6.7
Mood 6.3
Music 5.5
Product Quality 5.8
Product Selection 5.3
Service 7.4
Tikiness 6.4
Tilt 6.5
Vibe 6.3

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Humuhumu’s description

Bruce T. Marston was a Californian serving in Tahiti as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. There, he met Louise, who was from Tubuai, just south of Tahiti. They fell in love, and moved to the town of Hanalei on the north side of the island of Kauai in Hawaii. There, in the summer of 1964, they opened Tahiti Nui.
Tahiti Nui became the go-to gathering place for Kauai's north shore, with musicians, hula dancing, and occasional singing from "Auntie Louise" Marston herself. Louise passed away in 2003, and Tahiti Nui is now run by Bruce and Louise's son, Christian. Tahiti Nui makes an appearance in the 2011 film The Descendants.
The restaurant serves a mix of Hawaiian seafood standards and Italian food. The drink menu is limited, but they do have their own Mai Tai recipe, which they've been serving since they first opened. They still have live music and hula dancing.
The walls are lined with lauhala matting and bamboo, with Oceanic art pieces hanging here and there. The small round tabletops are painted with Polynesian designs, and the barstools are carved tikis. There is a small curio shop attached to the restaurant.


ScubaRoberta has visited Tahiti Nui.
May 24, 2021, 12:11 PM
I wouldnít classify this as a tiki bar. Itís a resistant with a small bar that has a tiki carving outside. Drinks arenít very Tiki, decor is not very Tiki.
NWTiki has visited Tahiti Nui.
January 11, 2020, 6:53 AM
I loved Tahiti Nui, but itís not really a tiki bar. The stools are tiki, thereís a medium size tiki out front, and the walls are bamboo thatched. They have their own unique Mai Tai and I liked it. The food is great and the pizzas are fantastic. I went a few times while staying in Princeville in 2015. Iím looking forward to going back this October.
Jthepburn76 has visited Tahiti Nui.
September 28, 2016, 7:58 PM
Totally old school. Loved it. Not particularly "tiki" but still had an awesome vibe to the building and thephotos on the walls. Very authentic and vintage feel. Loco Moco was delicious and so was the Mai Tai.
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