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Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber Opens at the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber

By March 3, 2009

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At a time when restaurants across the islands are closing as victims of the recession, Jimmy Buffett opened his new Waikiki restaurant by telling the crowd "I refuse to participate in this recession."

On February 26, 2009, Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber, opened its doors at the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber in the same space the Hawaii legend, the late Don Ho, performed for many years.

The $15 million restaurant is Hawaii's first and only Jimmy Buffett Restaurant. A part of the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber's $21 million revitalization, the restaurant occupies more than 22,000 square feet with customer seating of 400 and Jimmy Buffet's own surf museum located next to the second-floor entrance.

Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber occupies a prominent location on Kalakaua Avenue above Macy's in the OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber hotel's lobby level, formerly the Hibiscus Café and Don Ho and Blue Hawaii showrooms. The restaurant is a festive celebration of Jimmy's adventurous lifestyle and the natural wonders of Hawaii. Guests are be able to choose to dine or enjoy their favorite beverage in open air lanais or within one of the extraordinary island atmospheres created throughout the facility.

Unique technology allows for beautiful sunsets, crashing waves and majestic mountains to blend seamlessly with the "Hot Spot Bar" (dramatically honoring the molten lava formation of the islands), the Ocean Waves Dining Booths (inspired by the towering waves found on Oahu's North Shore) and the music of Jimmy Buffett and the Islands.

The island inspired colors, graphics and finish materials provide just that touch of casualness and "laid back relaxation" to ensure that the guests enjoy every moment of their visit to Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber.

"From the first time I rode a wave at Canoes on Waikiki I began to figure out how I could get back to Hawaii on a more regular basis to that One Particular Harbour," said Jimmy Buffett. "I'm not the first nor will I be the last traveler to do so, but now with the partnership of the great folks at Outrigger Hotels, I have realized my dream and we will soon be open in Waikiki. I have had a long love affair with Hawaii and her people. Mark Twain called these 'the loveliest fleet of islands anchored in any ocean' and I couldn't agree more. I have written many stories and songs inspired by my time in Hawaii and can't wait to see what the future holds in the land that is so far but yet so near. Mahalo."

Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber provides a great Waikiki location where guests can enjoy live nightly entertainment. The restaurant will be an ideal venue for up-and-coming entertainers to showcase their talents. Committed to enhancing Waikiki's future, and through the partnership with Outrigger, Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber provides more of what visitors and residents want - a great venue for music and entertainment.

Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber is open for breakfast from 7-10:30 a.m. and dinner from 11 a.m. to midnight daily.

Photos Courtesy of the Wagner Junker Agency for Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber:
  • Jimmy Buffett and Friends at the Opening of Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber
  • Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber Wave Booths
  • Jimmy Buffett's at the Beachcomber Main Dining Room
September 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm
(1) Barbara Lamb says:

This looks beautiful! What a great location.
Looking forward to the entertainment.
Is there space for dancing?

October 9, 2011 at 5:12 am
(2) dave says:

Terrible service…definitely would not recommend!

December 1, 2011 at 11:04 pm
(3) Jacquie says:

I was here Nov 27th 2011 with my husband, who just happens to be a huge fan of Mr B.
We thought the whole set up was spectacular …from the lava floor to the surf caves to the huge screens to watch the sport …to the whale and shark that hangout in the bar ..to the view , the ambience, to the waiters …and the food and drink ;-) Not to mention the shop downstairs.
After spending 6 days on our 1st ever visit to the Big Island,our last night in the country was in Honolulu. So finding and experiencing this was pure magic .
NB: Mr Buffett , we truly wish you would return to New Zealand.

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