What's New at Cactus

Oct. 30-Nov2: Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los MuertosCelebrate Day of the Dead at Cactus, starting Friday, October 30th, through Monday, November 2nd! Live music from El Mariachi Loco on Saturday, October 31st from 6pm-8pm!

Chef Thomas is cooking up some amazing comida specials for Day of the Dead this year that will delight the souls!

Pinchos will include: Oyster Shooters, house made Tamales with fresh ground masa from GoFarms with chilies and eggplant confit, Bone LugeChile Rellenos with chorizo and mushrooms, and a Bone Luge (photo at right) with Kah Tequila.

Dia de los Muertos 2015 menuEntrées will include: Puerco Tenderloin wrapped with Argentine fry bread with house smoked mushrooms, Kobocha Squash Enchilada with a kukui nut mole, and Cordero Roasted Leg of Lamb with a date and fig mole. Chef’s Carne Mixtos and Local Seafood Inspirations will definitely be show stoppers! View the menu….

In true Cactus fashion, Kah and Tattoo Tequilas along with Chronic Cellars Wines will awaken the spirits! We’ll also have pumpkins for the keiki to paint.

Costumes are encouraged! Make your reservations today!

Local Artists: New watercolors featuring Dia de los Muertos theme

“Lady of Death” by Rochelle Weidner, HWS

“Lady of Death” by Rochelle Weidner, HWS

Hawaii Watercolor Society has been showcasing this month’s theme, Dia de los Muertos!

Join us and enjoy their amazing artwork as you dine!

July 30—Brewer’s Dinner with Honolulu Beerworks

Honolulu Beerworks logoJoin us this Thursday, July 30th for a unique six-course, prix fixe dinner featuring Geoff Seideman of Honolulu Beerworks. Items from the special tasting menu will also be available a la carte.  Our regular dinner menu will not be available for this evening.  Our first seating will start at 5:30 pm and last seating will be 7:30 pm.

Chef Thomas has created the following extraordinary menu for this event:


Mexican beer onion soup with Manchego cheese fritter.
Soup made with Cooke Street ESB
Goose point oyster ceviche shooter with Point Panic Pale Ale leche de tigre.
With pickled watermelon rind and corn shoots
Mexican chocolate baby back ribs with fresh corn grits and Niihau Ranch Eland chorizo.
With Sheltered Bay IPA BBQ sauce
Surf Session Single Hop IPA risotto with fresh Hamakua mushrooms, Peruvian tear drop peppers and pan-seared day boat fish
Mar y Terra – Australian grass fed petite filet with crab cake hash, Nalo braised greens with Hau’ula tomatoes & Niihau Ranch lamb chorizo.
Hop Island green peppercorn and coriander butter sauce
South Shore Stout bread pudding with Makakilo Brown Ale marshmallow, served with stout float

Seats will be limited. Call (808) 261-1000 to reserve your spot!

Celebrating July with Bar-B-Ques, Beer, Wine and Art!

4th-of-july-clipartJuly 4th – Pick up orders for your 4th of July celebration

Planning on a BBQ or maybe catching the fireworks at Kailua Beach?  Save some time getting ready by picking up some chips, guacamole and salsas or maybe a few side items from CACTUS!

Pre-order by Wednesday July 1st, then stop by before 3:30pm on July 4th!   (Note:  July 4th, CACTUS will only be open for Lunch and close at 3:30pm.)

Special July 4th Takeout Menu

Chips and Salsa
– 12 oz. for $8.00 (1 bag chips), 24 oz. for $16.00 (2 bags chips)

Choose one:
Salsa Verde • Salsa Mexicana • Salsa Borracha

Guacamole and Chips
– 12 oz. for $10.00 (1 bag chips), 24 oz. for $20.00 (2 bags chips)

Guacamole, Chips and Salsas
–  $36.00 includes: 24 oz. of guacamole, 12 oz. of Salsa Mexicana, 12 oz. of Salsa Verde, 12 oz. of Salsa Borracha and 2 bags of chips.

–  available 12 oz. for $8.00 and 24 oz. for $16.00

  • Smokey black beans with bacon
  • Vegan pinto beans
  • Local vegetable slaw
  • Quinoa with jalapeño and huacatay
  • Black bean risotto

*Prices do not include Hawaii GET of 4.712%
**Since everything is made fresh in house, we cannot accept any orders after end of business day on 7/1/15.

lamer pnCelebrating America with “La Merika”!

There is a legend of the star “La Merika” that guided many notable sailors across the Atlantic to lands in the West.  It could possibly be how America got its name!

Starting July 1st, we’ll be pouring La Merika Pinot Noir as a toast to our beautiful country…we only brought in a case and we expect it to go fast!

More on La Merika Pinot Noir may be found at lamerika.com.


Honolulu Beerworks logoBrewer’s Dinner in the “Works”!

Thursday, July 30th, we will welcome Geoff Seideman of Honolulu Beerworks for a extraordinary Brewer’s Dinner!  Honolulu Beerworks not only makes a variety of great local brews, but they also like to age some in old bourbon, wine…and yes, even tequila barrels.  Geoff’s traditional, yet forward thinking, concepts in brewing delight the taste buds.  We can’t wait to see the mouth-watering menu that Chef Thomas will create!

Visit Honolulu Beerworks for more information.

Hawaii Watercolor Society loglNew Art on the Horizon!

The theme of Food was popular in our last installment of art from the Hawaii Watercolor Society.  A few of you enjoyed them so much, you bought them and gave them new homes.

The Human Element will be their next theme.  We already have some beautiful works arriving and can’t wait to see the rest!  Want to know more about our local artists?  Visit hawaiiwatercolorsociety.org.

May Events at Cactus

Cinco de Mayo!

El Mariachi LocoCome celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Cactus!  El Mariachi Loco is joining us for two nights of live music: Saturday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 5 from 6 pm to 8 pm.  Chef Thomas is putting together some awesome specials, including tamales, tacos, and more!  El Jimador and Cazadorez tequilas are the stars of the cocktails!  It’s a Fiesta!

Dia de La Madre!

Sunday May 10 is Mother’s Day!  Don’t forget, Cactus offers breakfast from 10 am to 2 pm. Come relax with your Madre and try a Bloody Maria and Huevos Ranceros, or maybe a Paloma and a Latin Elvis!

4/23—Farmer’s Dinner with GoFarm Hawai’i

Join us for our next Farmer’s Dinner Series featuring GoFarm Hawai’i and Grape Northwest Wines!

GoFarm_menu_thumbThursday night, April 23rd, Cactus will be featuring a six course prix fixe menu, available with or without wine pairings.  Prix Fixe dinner will be $115 and Wine Pairing will be an additional $20.  Items from our tasting menu will also be available a la carte.  Our regular dinner menu will not be available for this evening.  Our first seating will start at 5:30 pm and last seating will be 7:30 pm.

The mission of GoFarm Hawai’i is to enhance Hawaii’s food security and economy by increasing the number of local agricultural producers by offering those with an interest in agriculture a combination of knowledge, experience and support designed to assist in becoming viable production growers, and accomplish this in a manner that encourages sustainability.

April is for Farmers, Art, Wine, and I Love Kailua!

4/23—Farmer’s Dinner

jay bost on farmJoin us on April 23rd for our next Farmer’s dinner with GoFarm Hawai’i.  Enjoy a six-course, prix fixe dinner with wine pairings.  All items will be available a la carte as well.  Reserve now for one of two seatings: 5:00pm and 7:30pm. More details to come….

GoFarm Hawai’i’s mission is to enhance Hawaii’s food security and economy by increasing the number of local agricultural producers; by offering those with an interest in agriculture a combination of knowledge, experience, and support designed to assist them in becoming viable production growers; and accomplishing this in a manner that encourages sustainability.

Ancient Hawaii Exhibit

Ancient Hawaii FlyerCACTUS is participating in this new art exhibit at the Honolulu Art Museum. Join us for the opening this Thursday, April 2 from 5 PM to 9 PM. This limited-time exhibit will be on display through the end of April. Learn more on the Ancient Hawaii Facebook page.


Hawaii Watercolor Society

Hawaii Watercolor SocietyAs many of you may or may not know, the art work at CACTUS is provided to us by the Hawaii Watercolor Society.  We are fortunate to have their artwork grace our walls as a continually changing display of color, technique, and pure artistry.  The most recent display is our favorite subject – FOOD!  Stop by for a bite to eat and enjoy these latest works of local art!

World Malbec Day

Argentina Wine MapApril 17th, Friday, is World Malbec Day.  We will be celebrating by bringing in a few Malbec wines that we normally do not carry and running wine specials all weekend.

From Wikipedia:

“Malbec World Day is celebrated on April 17, to commemorate the day when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento of Argentina officially made it his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry.  On that day, back in 1853, he tasked Michel Aimé Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines.  Amongst his selection, was Malbec.  Pouget continued experimenting with the adaptation of French varietals to Argentina’s diverse terroirs.  A decade later, France underwent a Phylloxera Plague that affected the Rhône region.  In the meantime, Malbec flourished in Argentina creating wines widely superior than those of its country of origin.  Many decades later, in 1956, France faced another obstacle: a freeze wiped out the majority of Malbec vineyards.”

 “I Love Kailua” Town Party

Jarritos-Logo-3D-v1April 26th, Sunday, is the I Love Kailua Town Party, 11am to 4pm on Kailua Rd.

We’ll be featuring South American Street Tacos, Farmer’s Market Salad, Chef Thomas’ Bread Pudding and Jarritos Naturally Flavored Sodas.

lanikailua outdoor circleWe look forward to another year of supporting the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle and their endeavors in the beautification of Kailua and environmental education.



Feb. 14 Weekend—”Dia del Amor y la Amistad” Celebration

Chili heartIn Guatemala, they call it “Día del Cariño,” Day of Affection.  In Brazil, it is called “Dia dos Namorados,” Lovers’ Day. Most of Latin America refers to it as “Día del Amor y la Amistad,” Day of Love and Friendship.  Some Latin American countries celebrate it in June or September, but the majority follow the tradition of St. Valentine’s Day on February 14th.

Come celebrate love and friendship with Cactus this Dia del Amor y la Amistad.  We will have dinner specials, wine and cocktail pairings, and some special treats from Kokolani Chocolates.*

Valentines_Day_Specials_2015_0214_thumbDinner specials and wine/cocktail pairings will be offered all weekend (2/13, 2/14 and 2/15 based on availability), no prix fixe menu.  Lunch and Brunch specials will vary. Dinner on Saturday, 2/14 is by reservation only.

Reserve your spot now, a few openings remain. We hope you will join us for a very special celebration.

*Kokolani Chocolates is run by local Master Chocolatier Virginia Ann Douglas, located at 324 Kuulai Rd, Kailua.

Oct. 31-Nov 2: Second Annual Dia de los Muertos, Comida

day-of-the-dead-menu-2014-thumbJoin us all weekend for the 2nd annual “Day of the Dead” celebration. Dia de los Muertos is deeply rooted in the Pre-Columbian cultures of the Aztecs and the Mayans which inhabited what is now present day Mexico. Today it is celebrated throughout Central and South America.

We’ll be featuring a special menu (plus other items to be announced), Karma tequila in many of our hand crafted cocktails, and lots of tricks and treats all weekend long! While we’re on the subject of tequila, be sure to explore our greatly expanded tequila selections as we kick off our “tequilas passporte”!

Featuring Karma Tequila

Join us for live music both Saturday (Daniel Dickey) and Sunday (Mariachi el Loco) evenings.

This is a joyous celebration of loved ones lost, but more so a celebration of ohana, food and libations; hope you can join us!


May 2-5: Cactus’ 2nd Birthday & Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Update- May 2:

Cinco Breakfast and Lunch Menu now available!


Update- April 29:

Sunday night (May 4)– Live music! Come join us and enjoy El Mariachi Loco.


Photo Gallery


  • Center of photo: Pollo al carbón y Papas con Chorizo

    Beer-brined, Jidori half-fryer chicken grilled over Kiawe' wood. Crispy Ewa fingerling potatoes tossed with house-made turkey chorizo, roasted chiles & onions. CACTUS' guacamole & early-harvest island mango pico de gallo.

    Background (upper-left)-- Huarache, Ensalada: Corn masa flatbread topped with grilled Hele Street nopales, roasted chile Poblano, pepitas, queso Cotija, charred Kahuku corn, local Sharwill avocado & Hau'ula tomato all tossed in a chile Guajillo vinaigrette
  • Center of photo: Tikin Xic

    Day caught island fish, pan-roasted in local banana leaves with local sour orange, lime, achiote, roasted chile Habanero, & oregano. Ho Farm's micro-tomato salad, arroz Mexicano with crispy plantains.
  • In background of photo (clockwise): Queso Fundido & Enchilada

    Top Center-- Queso Fundido: 4 cheeses baked with Big Isle, wild boar picadillo, roasted chiles & Hau'ula tomatoes. Just made papas & tortilla chips, salsa borracho

    Top Right-- Enchilada:, Corn tortillas layered with Kiawe' smoked Hamakua mushrooms, roasted Hele Street nopales, Big Island goat cheese, Kahuku corn, Hau'ula tomatoes & a charred tomatillo, green chile salsa
  • Brisket


Cinco de Mayo CactusJoin us Friday May 2 through Monday May 5. Cactus will be hosting a very happy, second birthday party and a Cinco de Mayo celebration, featuring the sights, sounds and flavors of Mexico and it’s thirty-one sovereign states.

The celebration will include many of Mexico’s unique and delicious street foods, regional cuisine’s and specialties. We’ll be serving it up, all weekend long (and Monday, too!). View the dinner menu….

The three-day celebration will also feature hand crafted cocktails and unique tequila flights, developed by Manny Hinojosa, mixoligist for Tequilas Corzo and Cazadores from Jalisco, Mexico. Also enjoy our infamous sangrias, margaritas and a special selection of Cervezas. Auga Frescas, Horchata, Jarritos sodas, Coca Cola (hecho en México) and house-made paletas for the keiki.

Along with birthday wishes and celebrating Mexico’s independence (which actually occurs in September), Cactus will also be reveling in Mexican culture. The artists, authors, poets, and musicians of Mexican descent will all be part of the weekend’s events.
We will be serving up the best of the best, all that Mexico has to offer.

The celebration begins at 4 pm Friday May 2nd! We hope you will join us as our guest.