For Sunday brunch at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, guests need to call on multiple skills. First, hawk-like vision is needed to focus on your targets among the cornucopia of options. Next, engineering and design skills are required to fit your selected items (and there will be many) onto a plate. Finally, superior balance and agility is needed to navigate the bustling dining area (while carrying multiple dishes of course), particularly after one or two make-your-own mimosas.
The "Brunch for All Seasons" hosted at La Hiki Kitchen captures guests' attention in every way, with eye-catching displays and colorful details, enticing aromas from a wide variety of cuisines, and exciting, creative fare. The Sunday brunch was originally offered out of the Fish House restaurant, but was revamped and moved to La Hiki in June.
The buffet highlights local products and the range of culinary influences that make up Hawaiian cuisine. There is a dim sum section, omelet station, loco moco, yogurt bowls, salads and an array of fruit, with tropical varieties not frequently found on the U.S. mainland like dragonfruit.
Lines formed at the grilled seafood station, where they served up grilled lobsters and shrimp, and the cold seafood station with freshly shucked oysters and cracked crab legs. Other highlights included loaded sweet potato fries with short rib, a prime rib and pork belly carving station, and a sashimi and sushi stand where diners could also pick their poke combo served in a mug.
The restaurant overlooks the circular main resort pool and lagoon below, and if not for the picturesque oceanside views and laid-back live music, the decadence, selection and size of the buffet would easily be at home in a luxury Las Vegas Strip resort.
While every diner will have their own approach and must-try dishes, strategy is key. Piling up any one item, or not exploring every nook and corner of the buffet area will result in missed opportunities like the kalua pork buns or soba noodle station with toppings bar.
The Sunday brunch held at La Hiki Kitchen at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina offers indulgent touches like a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar.
Adults can mix their own mimosas with a selection of juices including guava, passion fruit, orange and pineapple, or head to the do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar featuring a range of mix-ins. Kids flocked to the decorate-your-own cupcake station, with chocolate candies, sprinkles and gummies, and the bread pudding with sweet cream topping is hard to resist.
During a recent visit to the resort for brunch sponsored by the Oahu Visitors Bureau, the buffet was busy. Reservations book well in advance and the property is considering expanding the brunch to Saturdays, according to director of public relations Yvonne Hunter.
The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina Sunday brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $65 for adults, $25 for ages 4 to 11 and $15 for children under 4.