Much of the working world holds the concept of "happy hour" inviolate. In Hawai'i, it's called pau hana (literally, "work finished" in Hawaiian) and whether the hana is the everyday grind of local residents, a leisurely vacation spent sunbathing and shopping, or world-class competitive sports in the ocean and on the land, the perfect cocktail well ends any day in these islands of Aloha. The bars, lounges, and restaurants on each island are as diverse as in any great city, and even the venerable mai tai can have hundreds of different recipes (many establishments even specialize in more than one). Whether you're in Hawai'i, planning a trip soon, or merely dreaming of her breathtaking beauty, there are five standout cocktails we've encountered that make a fine master class of island imbibing.
Do you have a favorite cocktail in Hawai'i? Comment on your find below!