Ka Makana Aliʻi welcomes newest restaurant Moani Island Bistro & Bar

Enjoy live music every night

Sponsored by Ka Makana Aliʻi

Need a new hangout on Oahu’s west side? Head to Moani Island Bistro & Bar, the newest restaurant at Ka Makana Aliʻi and one of the few places you can catch live music on that side of the island! HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is checking out the family-owned restaurant where it’s a backyard jam every night.

For owners and brothers Caleb and Micah G. Keolanui, Moani has been a dream that’s finally coming to fruition. Inspired by backyard family parties, Moani opened in June 2019 with local comfort food, a full-service bar, live local music, happy hour specials and a mural by POW! WOW! artist Kamea Hadar.

The menu is filled with dishes that pay homage to the Keolanui family. With 20 years of restaurant experience, Chef Michael Leslie was able to take the Keolanui’s famous family recipes and adapt each to fit into the restaurant with his own unique spin. For example, the oxtail luau stew is based on a recipe adapted from their grandmother, while another menu item highlights their Uncle Tom’s smoked meat.


Music is a huge part of the Keolanui family and they plan to fill Moani Island Bistro & Bar with live music every day by friends and through their relationships with local musicians. Growing up in a large, close-knit and musically driven family, the Keolanui’s got their start in the local music industry in 2002 when they started The Next Generation with cousin JP Kennedy and help from Uncle Danny Kennedy of The Mana’o Company. Since then, Micah G. pursued a solo career while Caleb and JP formed The Green.

Moani Island Bistro & Bar will be open on weekdays until midnight and on weekends until 2 a.m.

Dine out during the month of July and check out more Dine Happy specials at Ka Makana Aliʻi! Other participating restaurants include: Aloha Cookie Connection, Applebee’s, Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Da Cove, Kickin Kajun, Limon Rotisserie, Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats, Papa John’s, Rock ‘N Fun, and Xtreme Snack Shack.

For more information: themoanihawaii.com, Instagram: @themoanihawaii, kamakanaalii.com