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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.

Feb. 27: Next Farmers’ Dinner with Oahu Fresh

Oahu Fresh LogoCactus Kailua will host the next installment of its Farmers’ Dinner Series on Thursday February 27, 2013. The menu will feature ingredients from local Oahu farms provided by Oahu Fresh. Oahu Fresh is a collaborative that provides delivery or pick up services of farm fresh produce, meat, pork, cheese, butter, and coffee from farms on Oahu.

The five-course tasting menu is priced at $75, or $105 with wine and cocktail pairings for each course. The menu can be ordered prix fixe with or without drink pairings or ala carte.

Farmers' Dinner menu Oahu FreshHighlights of the evening will include “talk story” sessions with the proprietors of Oahu Fresh along with some of the many local farmers Oahu Fresh works with.

Come and enjoy a sumptuous meal and gain additional perspective on how important Hawaii’s agriculture is to our island’s future.

Two seatings will be available 5:30 and 7:30 by reservation only.

Join us February 14 (and all weekend) for “Cucina Amorio”

Valentine's Day Menu 2014Food plays a starring role in the most important, formative ceremonies of our lives. Thanksgiving, Communion, Ramadan, the Seven Feasts of Israel, weddings, you name it — we use food as a means to celebrate and mourn, welcome and bid farewell, from birth to death.

The food we eat has the ability to improve our health, change our emotions and has even been known to heat things up in the bedroom. In a single bite of a well-prepared meal, one can set the tone of the evening on a first date and may even be responsible for true love.

Cactus’ Valentine’s Day menu will explore the following along with using all the senses as you work your way through each course. We will also be featuring most of our special menu, all weekend long.

November 21: Farmer’s Dinner Featuring Shinsato Farms

CACTUS will be hosting the next installment in its Farmer’s Dinner series on Thursday, November 21, when we warmly welcome Glenn and Amy Shinsato of Shinsato Farms.

In the early 1940’s, Shigemichi Tomei started raising pigs on the windward side of Oahu, and today this farm is still in operation by daughter Amy and family. Shinsato Farm produces pork that is 100% local, their pigs are born and humanely raised right here on Oahu. They are raised on a commercial, corn-based feed; no slop is ever used. Also, no growth stimulants or antibiotics are ever used. Shinsato Farm pork is processed onsite in a USDA-approved facility and under USDA inspection.

Nov farmer's dinner thumbWe’ll be offering a six course tasting menu along with wine and cocktail pairings. The menu will feature lots of pork, of course. But also something new— the Shinsato’s are offering locally grown rabbit!

The six-course, prix fixe tasting menu is priced at $70, or $100 with wine and cocktail pairings for each course. Items on the  menu can also be ordered ala carte.

There are two seatings for the evening, one at 5:30 and 7:30; reservations are recommended.

Come and enjoy a sumptuous meal and gain additional perspective on how important Hawaii’s agriculture is to our island’s future.

Hale ‘Aina 2014: CACTUS Recognized in Best Mexican Restaurant Category

Hale 'Aina 2014 Award LogoWow, what a pleasant surprise!

We at CACTUS are pleased to be recognized by Honolulu Magazine’s readers in the 2014 Hale ‘Aina Best Restaurant Awards with the top write-in votes in the Best Mexican Restaurant category. Our thanks go out to those who shouted out CACTUS Restaurant as their favorite; we are honored!