Hawaii Hilton celebrates Tropics Bar & Grill reopening By Shane Nelson / July 03, 2009 Share 1 -- The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa celebrated the reopening of its redesigned Tropics Bar & Grill with a private party for more than 400 guests on June 29. Best remembered amongst Waikiki aficionados for its popular run as a venue for flamenco guitarist and singer Charo, the 15,700-square-foot beachfront location recently underwent an $11 million, eight-month renovation. Seeking a "tropical modern" vibe, designers made use of natural materials such as lava rock, bamboo, shells, ipe wood and coral stone. "Tropics is all about food, fun and ambience," said Brian Keys, the Hilton Hawaiian Village's director of food and beverage. "The menu is authentic beach cuisine in a friendly, upbeat atmosphere." Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant makes use of as many local ingredients as possible, and local businesses supply products such as Kahua Ranch beef, fish, Hamakua mushrooms, Kona coffee and an array of locally grown produce. "The diversity of Hawaii's agriculture is incredible," said Hilton Hawaiian Village Executive Chef Jeffrey Vigilla. "And this means we are providing our diners the farm-to-table freshness and intensity that only local products can offer." Open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for lunch, dinner and cocktails, the venue features a variety of live music acts and extraordinary views of the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Friday night fireworks. Visit www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com/dining for details.