Issue 13.3: June/July 2010

Musical Chai's

Story by Sheila Sarhangi

Photo by Charles E. Freeman


It’s a Tuesday night, and as the sun sets behind Aloha Tower, Robert Cazimero is at the piano crooning “My Sweet Pikake Lei.” Someone at nearly every table has a camera in hand, snapping away at the music legend. The impromptu paparazzi might suggest otherwise, but no, it’s just a regular night at Chai’s Island Bistro, where seven days a week the biggest names in Hawaiian music perform: Jerry Santos, Willie K., Sista Robi, Danny Couch, Melveen Leed, Makaha Sons. There’s no cover charge, just the cost of some of the most acclaimed Pacific Rim cuisine in the city. Among the favorites at Chai’s are the Chilean sea bass with lobster cream sauce and the grilled Mongolian lamb chops. “I want people to come and eat good food,” says owner, chef and impresario Chai Chaowasaree, “but also to experience a bit of the culture.”


Chai’s Island Bistro