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Let's Toast to National Piña Colada Day!

Piña Colada, Hawaiian Style
Piña Colada, Hawaiian Style
Camilla Carboni

The world’s favourite holiday…at least I don’t see why it wouldn’t be!...

Here in Hawai’i, National Piña Colada Day gives you an excellent excuse to sip on an ice-cold, rum infused, coconut delight while gazing out at the azure ocean…what’s not to like?!

Piña Coladas are thought to have originated in Puerto Rico, where they have remained the official drink for the past 32 years; though there are many people who claim to have invented this specialty mix with many interesting accompanying tales. Just be glad somebody did, and drink up!

Hawai’i has taken on the Piña Colada as one of their signature tropical drinks. Together with the Lava Flow, Tropical Itch and Mai Tai, the Hawaiian Piña Colada is consumed daily by the masses, in massive quantities.

The “original” recipe is 1 part rum, 2 parts pineapple juice and 2 parts coconut cream, blended with ice and served with a pineapple wedge or maraschino cherry; but being creative is all part of the bartenders game, and every bar serves up a Piña Colada slightly different from the next, making bar hopping all the more interesting and justified!

At the Moana Surfrider, the Piña Colada comes topped with pineapple, a cherry and a decorative umbrella and is large, full bodied and rich in coconut flavor.

At Duke's on Sunday ( your Piña Colada will be presented with quite possibly the island's juiciest pineapple, (and if you flirt with the bartender you could land an orchid too), but it’s served in a flimsy plastic cup. Just don’t mistake the lightness of the container with the inner contents – Duke’s Piña Coladas are subtle in flavor but potent in punch.

At The Shorebird (, dreamy is the word – melt in your mouth mixed with brain freeze – this Piña Colada is definitely full fat and creamy.

At the Barefoot Beach Bar at the Hale Koa Hotel (now open to non-military public as well), the Lava Flow is too good to go with just the regular Piña Colada. Strawberry puree syrup mix, decadently drizzled over and around your Piña Colada blend, this version of our favorite is sultry, sweet and addictive.

And at Twist (, the ‘mangolada’ is another adaptation not to be passed up. A delectable blend of sweet and tart, this coconut-mango mix is simply heavenly (as is the view).

No matter which beach bar you choose to toast this year’s National Piña Colada Day, you’re in for a wonderful experience and a rich, creamy, fruity, fresh, frozen delight…


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