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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.

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.