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Sept./Oct.: Farmer’s Dinner and more…

Farmer’s Dinner: Celebrating the Aina!

Join us on Thursday, October 13th, for our next Farmer’s Dinner! As we celebrate the aina, we will be featuring one of our favorite farmers, october_2016_farmers_dinner_thumbWendy Gady of Poamoho Farms. She is opening the gates at Poamoho Farm to bring you in for a rare guided tour on October 9th, the Sunday before the dinner. You’ll learn about the process of organic farming as you walk through the picturesque 8 acres located in Wailua and even pick some of the produce that will be used for your dinner on Thursday. We can’t wait to share this experience with you!

Tour confirmations, please e-mail our manager, Kristen:  kristena@cactusbistro.com

Reservations on Thursday, October 13th, 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. View the menu. All courses and wines will be available a la carte, as well.  Thanks to Johnson Brothers of Hawaii for their help with the wine parings for the farmer’s dinner. Call us at 808-261-1000 or reserve online.

Dia de los Muertos!

day-of-the-dead-ad-2016Day of the Dead is just around the corner!  Come celebrate with us on Wednesday, November 2nd,  from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

Live Music from El Mariachi Loco!  We’ll be featuring Dinner specials from Chef Thomas, and Avion and Tattoo Tequilas will top it off with drink specials!

Reservations are recommended.

Raising the Dead!

Lady of Death_tmedThe Hawaii Watercolor Society has been enthusiastically anticipating our next art installation! We’ll be “Raising the Dead!” to honor Dia de los Muertos. New art will be arriving mid-month, after our Farmer’s dinner on Thursday, October 13th. For more information about the Hawaii Watercolor Society, visit website.

Tiempo Mucho Gusto!

happy-hour_sIt’s fall…the kids are back to school, some have gone off to college, vacations have come to an end and everyone is back to work.  Cactus has the solution to the end of summer blues…Happy Hour!  Join us every day from 3:30-5:30pmfor $2 off Dos XX, frozen margaritas, frozen sangrias, wines by the glass, and all bar menu pinchos!


Art of the Land!


The Hawaii Watercolor society has joined us in the celebration of the Aina!  Enjoy their work as you dine with us; and remember, if you love it, their art is available for purchase!  For more information about the Hawaii Watercolor Society and their artists, visit http://www.hawaiiwatercolorsociety.org/.

CACTUS News for July

4th july beachClosed for July 4th!

This year, we will be closed for Monday, the 4th of July. We’re giving our employees a much needed mid-summer break! We will be open for regular business hours on Sunday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 5th. Please celebrate responsibly and we look forward to see you soon!


Green Drinks HNLGreen Drinks!

Wednesday, July 27, CACTUS will be hosting Green Drinks, a pau hana networking event for individuals interested in sustainability, by Green Magazine.  The event will take place from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in our main dining room.  Cost to attend is $15 and includes one cocktail and light ponchos.  Click to register. Visit Green Magazine for more information.


It Ain’t Easy Being Green!

recycle-symbolHere at CACTUS, we make every effort to be as green as possible.  We use bio-degradable trash bags, to-go bags, to-go boxes, to-go silverware, recyclable to-go containers, coreless toilet paper, recycled paper hand towels, eco-friendly degreasers, and even bamboo picks for cocktail garnishes.  We have our waste cooking oil picked up for use in bio-diesel production.  Our bottles and cans picked up for recycling.  Even our cardboard boxes have a separate dumpster for recycling pick up.  Our employees make a conscious effort to bring their own water bottles, or we have employee reusable cups for them to use.  It’s never easy, but it’s worth it!  If you have any suggestions for products we can use, never hesitate to tell us about them!  We may be a small business, but every decision counts.



June was an amazing month at CACTUS!  We welcomed our new neighbors, The Bike Shop and NoaNoa, into the Davis Building.  We had a great day with all the dads on Father’s Day.  We were honored to participate in two wonderful charity events for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii at Mid-Pac Country Club, and Ke Kani O Ke Kai concert for the Friends of the Waikiki Aquarium.  Mahalo to everyone!


In The Works…

We are planning another special Farmer’s Dinner with an August date to be determined.  Please let us know if you would be interested in doing a tour of Poamoho Organic Farm on the North Shore.  You get to pick the food on a Sunday, then Chef Thomas will prepare it for dinner that Thursday following.  Please email Kristen (you can use the Contact Us form) to express interest.

Also, the artists at the Hawaii Watercolor Society are already busy working on the next installment at CACTUS.  Their theme of “The Aina” will tie together our upcoming Green Drinks event, farm tour, and Farmer’s Dinner.

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!