SKY Waikiki sets opening lineup
Months of waiting will come to an end in just a few weeks as SKY Waikiki makes its highly anticipated debut above Kalakaua Avenue.
The rooftop bistro, lounge and nightclub was originally expected to open in 2013, but multiple delays pushed its grand opening back nearly two years.
Boasting 7,000 square-feet of space on the 19th floor of the Waikiki Business Plaza, SKY Waikiki is described as a "fully interactive space" with a wrap-around, cantilevered lanai and 30-foot video wall to go with three full bars, custom lighting and a Martin Audio sound system. An outdoor SKY Deck will feature a custom fire pit to go with a panoramic view of Waikiki.
SKY Waikiki will be able to accommodate 400 guests when it opens later this month. The total amount of money spent to create the space was not disclosed.
"There has never been anything like this in Waikiki," managing partner Jovan Andow said in a press release. "It's upscale, yet an affordable night out. ... If the view doesn't take your breath away, nothing will!"
SKY Waikiki's official grand opening weekend kicks off Aug. 28 with an invite-only event that will feature a traditional Hawaiian blessing and the unveiling of all-new cocktails by Jennifer Ackrill and a "unique menu of social cuisine" by executive chef Lance Kosaka.
Guests will get to try SKY Waikiki's signature drink, the 'Iolani Spritz, made with hibiscus-infused organic cucumber vodka with lime juice and a splash of soda. Kosaka will introduce a full lineup of gourmet pizzas to go with his take on popcorn shrimp and "The Perfect Cheeseburger."
Following the VIP party on Aug. 28, SKY Waikiki will open to the general public on Aug. 29 with reality television star Brody Jenner as the featured guest host. Hawaii's own The Green will headline the night on Aug. 30.
SKY Waikiki is located at 2270 Kalakaua Avenue and will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting in September. Visit www.skywaikiki.com or follow the club on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter and Google+.