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“Nice little find!”
Review of Wai'oli Tea Rooms

Wai'oli Tea Rooms
Blue Mountains NSW
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice little find!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

We stumbled upon this lovely spot on our way to Manoa Falls. After walking to the Falls & around the Lyon Arboretum for a few hours we really needed a substantial lunch and this place was just the ticket. Run by the Salvation Army, it is housed in an old building in tropical gardens with a large shady verandah & outdoor area. The service was friendly & efficient & the food tasty & filling. An interesting selection of non-alcoholic cocktails & other drinks & a variety of interesting teas are on offer. We tried the salmon cake & a pork dish & were too full to consider dessert.

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English first
Macomb, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2014

A very enjoyable experience. The food was delicious, the tea refreshing, and the atmosphere was so pleasurable. The Salvation Army runs the place - so you are also doing good for the community by eating here. You may want to bring a sweater with you, because there is a slight breeze, while you are looking at plush greenery, and shaded by covered lanai. I will be returning.

2950 Manoa Rd, Honolulu · (808) 988-5800

Visited January 2014
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Canberra, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Step back to another time!”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Wai’oli Tea House – Monoa Rd, Monoa, Honolulu.

Set in the hills up behind Waikiki (about 20 minute drive) is Wai’oli Tea House. A historic building and important part of Honolulu’s history. It was built in 1909 by the salvation Army as a children’s home. By the 20’s it was a home for unwed mothers who needed vocational education so a tea room was set up.
Now the tea rooms are leased out as a private business.

The building is an amazing old stone cottage set among the most magnificent jungle / forest / bushland. Worth the trip just for the trees. It’s a great step back in time and an escape from the tourist hustle of Waikiki.

The food was great and very well priced. The tea was amazing. Fine bone china, a huge trolley full of teas to select from.

I am sad that I didn’t know about the ‘High Tea’. You need to book in 24 hrs ahead for an amazing tea. Cakes and pastries made to order. $19 a head for a huge spread.

There is also the wishing well made famous by Elvis in the movie ‘Blue Hawaii”.

This is my MUST DO ACTIVITY FOR HONOLULU. Do yourself a favour – make the effort and get there.

NOTE – Don’t listen to the rumours that it is closing own. There will be a short closure in October 2012 but will then be open for business again.

Visited September 2013
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