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June Special Events at CACTUS

Fish, Friends, Food and a Concert Under the Stars!

We are excited to be a part of the Friends of the Waikiki Aquarium Concert Series “Ke Kani O Ke Kai” this year!

We’ll be at the June 23rd concert featuring local artists Streetlight Cadence and HAPA!  Come explore the aquarium, enjoy some ono grinds from CACTUS and take in a concert!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Waikiki Aquarium website.

A Summer Stroll Under the Ko’olau Stars!

On Saturday, June 18th, we will be at Mid-Pacific Country Club for the annual Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Fundraiser, and Henry Kapono will be providing the best entertainment on island for the evening!  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii website.

Día del Padre!

Join us on Father’s Day, Sunday June 19th, to celebrate with your dad!  Chef Thomas will have plenty of carne to cook for dad and the bar will be stocked with plenty of cervezas to him to choose from!  Call us or go online to make your reservation.

Aloha and Bienvenidos to the Neighborhood!

We are excited to have new neighbors here at the Davis building!  Join us as we welcome The Bike Shop and Noa Noa!

The Bike Shop is having their grand opening party on Saturday June 4th.  Noa Noa will celebrate their opening on Saturday June 11th.

For more information about our neighbors, visit The Bike Shop and Noa Noa.


Upcoming May Events

May 5th-7th: Cinco de Mayo, Cervecas and Celebrating 4 years!

El Mariachi LocoThis year we are celebrating our 4th anniversary! Starting on Thursday, May 5th, Chef Thomas’s specials will include Chile Rellenos, Cordero and Churros! Of course, we’ll be feature ing drink specials and featuring Tecate and Dos XX. For the grand finale, El Mariachi Loco will serenade us all on Saturday, May 7th from 6pm-8pm!


May 8th: Dia De Las Madres!Hibiscus, Arlene Woo

Sunday, May 8th, we’ll have food and cocktail specials that will make any mother proud! The mimosas will be cold and the food will be caliente! Call us or make your brunch or dinner reservations online.



Spring Has Sprung!

Hawaii Watercolor Society loglThe Hawaii Watercolor Society has adorned our walls with their new theme…Spring! Come by to enjoy the new art, or visit our gallery online to see what’s new.

Upcoming Events for April

Honolulu Beer Week! …and beer tasting!

Honolulu Beer Week 2016April 17th through April 23rd is Beer week here in Hawaii!  CACTUS will be featuring $1.00 off regular price on all our beers to celebrate the week!

We’re also bringing in Dos XX Amber, Tecate and Tecate Light!

Mark your calendars for April 28th, Tiempo Mucho Gusto (Happy Hour) 3:30-5:00.  We’ll have representatives from Dos XX and Tecate here doing beer tastings!

“I Love Kailua” Town Party!

lanikailua outdoor circleSunday, April 24th is the 24th annual “I Love Kailua” Town Party from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm!  We can’t wait for you to try what Chef Thomas is putting on the menu this year!

Join us and other neighborhood businesses for a day of food, shopping and entertainment! This event raises money for the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle which works to beautify our local public spaces and educate our community in preserving and maintaining a greener Kailua. For more event information, please visit Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle.

Cinco de Mayo!

El Mariachi LocoJoin us from 6pm-8pm on Saturday, May 7th for live music by the best Mariachi band in Hawaii, El Mariachi Loco!  Dinner specials from Chef Thomas will start on May 5th and run through Saturday, May 7th.  (We decided to save the grande finale for the weekend, so you won’t have to call into work on Friday morning!  But, we are definitely cranking up the mariachi music on the speakers for Cinco!)

Upcoming events for March

Farmer’s Dinner—March 24 (Thu)

Join us for our next Farmer’s Dinner featuring Doug McKanna and Wendy Gady of Oahu North Shore Farms and Poamoho Organic Produce in Haleiwa. They’re growing some amazing produce! Danny Cravahlo of Puna Greens will also be on hand to talk about his Big Island farm where we have been sourcing some of our lettuce. Moody Keliihoomalu, Certified Sommelier and Wine Specialist at Young’s Market, will also join us to discuss the new South American wines we are adding to our wine list.

Reservations on March 24th will be available for two seatings, 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Prix Fixe, 6 course dinner at $115, wine parings for an additional $20. All courses and wines will be available a la carte, as well.


“I Love Kailua” Town Party!

lanikailua outdoor circleIt’s almost that time of year, again. The 24th annual “I Love Kailua” Town Party is being held on Sunday, April 24th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Join us and other neighborhood businesses for a day of food, shopping and entertainment! This event raises money for the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle which works to beautify our local public spaces and educate our community in preserving and maintaining a greener Kailua. For more event information, please visit Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle.


CACTUS Breakfast!

cactus-breakfastChef Thomas has been working on spicing up our breakfast menu and has decided to a some new items, including a CACTUS Eggs Benedict—poached local eggs, house made béarnaise with a choice of roasted pork or daily fresh fish. We’re also adding a couple of new cocktails to start your weekend off right!


Love Is In the Air

Cactus HeartDia del Amor


Feb 12-14: Día del Amor Weekend

Join us this Valentine’s Day weekend and make your celebration of love a special one.

Stop back soon for the dinner specials menu.

For the Love of Local Art

“Edge of Temptation,” by Arlene Woo.

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the Hawaii Watercolor Society has been feverishly painting from the heart.

The latest theme is love, of course, and they are a sight to see!  If you love it, you can buy it to enjoy or to give to your sweetheart.



Upcoming December Events

Tequila and Farmer’s Dinner December 10th

combined_logosWe have special holiday Farmer’s Dinner planned for you!  We are bringing Karma Tequila and Hawaiian Fresh Farms together to create a memorable evening at CACTUS.  Jessica McIntosh of Karma Tequila, Tristian Reynolds of Hawaiian Fresh Farms in Haleiwa, along with guest Chef Bob McGee of Link Handcrafted Meats will be joining Chef Thomas Borges for a night that will delight the senses!
Seatings will be at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday December 10th.  Six course dinner is $115, drink pairing is $25, and all courses will be available à la carte.

Reservations can be made online at or call 808-261-1000.

View the draft menu…


It’s That Time of Year…Let’s Celebrate the Season!

cactus xmas treeOffice party? Family gathering? Celebration with your friends? Looking for a place to have your holiday party? Need someone else to cook? Look no further! CACTUS can host parties up to 30 or can provide pick up catering to ease the holiday stress. Contact us for details at (808) 261-1000 or email Kristen.

The Gift of Giving

cactus presentCACTUS has gift cards for stocking stuffers or a last minute gift idea. Stop by CATUS in the Davis Building at 767 Kailua Rd, Suite 106, to purchase cards or contact Kristen if you need to have one mailed to your loved ones!

Art and the Expression of the Holidays

Hawaii Watercolor Society loglWe always say we are fortunate to have some of the best artwork from local artists grace our walls, and we’ll say it again. Our last installment celebrating Dia de los Muertos was a success and our next one looks amazing! Our artists from the Hawaii Watercolor Society are showing their holiday spirit with their theme of celebration. Enjoy their works as you dine with us; and if you like it, you can buy it for yourself or as a gift for a special someone. For more information about the artists visit the Hawaii Watercolor Society web site.

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.