Dining around the islands

House of Hong closing after 40-year run

House of Hong will shut its doors next week after 40 years of upscale Chinese service.

Until then the restaurant is offering a seven-course dinner for 10 at a 20-year-old price.

For $235 the menu includes Scallop of Seafood Soup with a choice of six items from a list that includes Mochi Duck, Crispy Oyster Roll, Mapo Tofu, Pork Chop with Peking Sauce, Taro Kau Yuk, Cuttlefish Ginger Onion and more.

Raymond Hong opened the restaurant at 260 Lewers St. in 1964, appointing it in Chinese artworks and rosewood furnishings. Many of those items, as well as dishes, will be sold at an auction May 22.

House of Hong provided old-style, special-occasion Cantonese dining, complete with a bottle of scotch on each table. Owners say today's customers don't have the time or interest in such leisurely dining. That, coupled with plans to redevelop Lewers Street for the Outrigger Waikiki's Beach Walk Project, led to the decision to close.

The restaurant's Red Chamber Bar & Lounge will remain open, although it will shut down for the month of May.

House of Hong is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call 923-0202.

For information on the auction, call 596-3900.

Outrigger Hotels founder Roy Kelley, left, House of Hong founder Raymond Hong and the Rev. Abraham Akaka attended the blessing of the restaurant in 1963.

Dinner specials

Winemaker's Dinner: Zaca Mesa Winery will be featured at a four-course dinner, 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bay Club, Kapalua Bay Hotel on Maui. The menu includes Pan-Roasted Monchong (with Viognier 2001), Rare Seared Ahi Tuna (Cuvee Z 2000), Prime Angus Pepper-Seared Beef Tenderloin (Black Bear Block Syrah 2000) and Poha Berry Bread Pudding (Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto 1977). Cost is $90, with part of the proceeds benefiting the Hawaii Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Call 808-669-8008.

Oldies Night with Elroy: Deejay Elroy Chong plays the music of the '50s and '60s during a dinner buffet, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 30 at 3660 on the Rise. The menu includes Pan-Seared Salmon, Stir-Fried Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, Asian Style Pot Roast of Beef and Penne Pasta with Assorted Vegetables. Cost is $25. Call 737-1177.

L'Uraku: A new four-course dinner tasting has been added to the menu. The lineup: Agedashi of Fresh Mozzarella; Pepper-Seared Ahi & Foie Gras "Sandwich"; entree choice of Pan-Seared Ocean Raised Moi, Pan-Roasted Pork Chop or Catch of the Day; and dessert choice of Frozen Yuzu Mousse or Flourless Chocolate Cake. Cost is $38, $52 with three wines paired to the dishes. Call 955-0552.

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