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Hukilau is a little bit of the islands transported to the mainland and planted between a sushi restaurant and a Japanese market in downtown San Jose's Japantown. Aloha Happy Hours that linger long into the night and Wahini Specials for the ladies prove that the intoxicated glory of Hawaiian drinks can be easily had when hanging out in San Jose, and an eclectic selection of Hawaii-inspired fare does a good job at arming the stomach for the addictive drinks. This is also the only place in town where you can get in on the great Hawaiian secret of Spam and how it's especially tasty musubi-style. Yes, yes - we all know that Spam seems a little scary; but could millions of Hawaiians really be wrong?
Hukilau oozes island mystique with a roster of addictive Hawaiian drinks and tasty island fare. One of the few local San Jose bars to offer musubi-style Spam (a Hawaiian classic don't you know?), Hukilau draws locals with a late-running Aloha Happy Hour and Wahini Specials for ladies. Tucked between a Japanese market and sushi restaurant in San Jose's Japantown, this San Jose bar seems like a tropical world away from the Silicon Valley.
Hukilau was founded by three guys from Hawaii who were homesick for the local-style food they grew up on and the relaxed and festive island feel of places back in Hawai'i. - dahukilau.com
Why get smashed on Bud when you get loaded on Hula Girls and Wicked Wahines? Sure, the hangover from these potent cocktails will hurt just as bad (maybe worse), but everything else about the experience will be decidedly sunnier. Hukilau is awash in Polynesian party spirit, from its intentionally cheesy beachside decor to the outdoor tiki bar. This friendly bar offers live Hawaiian music on Fridays and Saturdays.
2008 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Staff Pick and Reader Survey Winner First Place Best Hawaiian
2007 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Staff Pick and Reader Survey Winner First Place Best Hawaiian
What's not to like about this place? Teriyaki short ribs, tuna poke salad and roast pork served in a cool island setting.
-- Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper, September 26, 2007