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Tea Time

Tea-time nibbles

A delicious array of food and drink on a beautiful backdrop.

Afternoon tea service is hard to come by in Waikiki Beach, where luaus and mai tais are more de rigueur than petit fours and finger sandwiches. But after the Moana Surfrider’s renovation
finished in 2007, afternoon tea was reintroduced—a throwback to earlier decades when pots of tea were poured like clockwork each afternoon at this Victorian-style resort, built in 1901.

Seating is at The Veranda, a restaurant that wraps around the resort’s famous banyan tree steps from the beach. The $32.50 tea includes a tiered platter of petit fours, scones with lemon curd, cream puffs and Viennese tortes, along with finger sandwiches such as smoked salmon on croissant halves. And, of course, there’s the tea itself, which includes a selection of blends exclusive to the resort, such as the Moana Royal tea with notes of papaya, passion fruit and poha berry. The meal wraps up
with kaffir lime-lemongrass green tea sorbet, the perfect palate cleanser before returning to the beach. If you’re feeling particularly decadent, there’s also a tea and champagne option for $42.50.

Afternoon tea is available 1–4 p.m. daily. 2365 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii. 808-921-4600, or visit the Moana Surfrider site.

This article has been adapted from the original, which was published by MSP Communications.

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