Debbie Hall


Do you feel it?  The end of the holiday season with its inevitable let-down after a month of parties, gifts, decedent food, bright lights, happy music and just all that is part of this time of year.  Here in Las Vegas, while there have been some sunny days (unlike from the Rockies to New England with its snow), there have been those overcast days and it has been cold.  So here is a


way to continue the boisterous party, fun food and loud music by going to Kahunaville located in the TI (Treasure Island). 


Their cuisine has been called Caribbean, Asian Fusion, American (Traditional), and Hawaiian.  Kahunaville is also known for their animated Caribbean party bar decked out in island decor with tropical trees, vines, light and water shows. Flair bartenders spin, toss and twirl liquor bottles as they prepare drinks, dance on the bar, pour alcohol into open mouths and engage everyone in the restaurant. There are “Dueling Pianos” shows every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. At 11 pm on Thursday, bartenders “compete” in the weekly Flair bartending contest. On Friday and Saturday, Polynesian dancers bring Tiki to Las Vegas.  Kahunaville also has a heart, selling Leis flown in daily from Hawaii and hand-painted Kukui Hawaiian nut necklaces and bracelets (thought to bring good luck) to benefit the American Cancer Society for cancer research.  This charity was selected due to their record of low administrative costs and

researching all types of cancer with many of the employees participating in other fund-raising events for the American Cancer Society.   There’s even an oxygen bar in Kahunaville in case you want to experience breathing flavors instead of drinking something fruity. 


Now be aware that the main dining room is noisy with music, laughter and cheers of everyone having fun while the second room is much quieter.  But for a great time with wonderful food, this is the place to go.


Speaking of food, how’s about this meal for breakfast?  Take two pieces of Texas-style toast, soak in custard, add a filling of cream cheese and strawberries and then deep-fry in a coconut-cinnamon panko coating.  Of course, “traditional” breakfast is offered, but this specialty breakfast dish sounds like a wonderful way to start the day. 



For starters, there is the Paradise Sampler of deep-fried mozzarella triangles, baked pit ribs, firecracker wings, coconut macadamia chicken, and Tahitian coconut shrimp served on a mound of Kahuna nachos.  These starters can be ordered individually along with Calypso Calamari, Luau Shrimp and Scallops Kabobs. 


Hawaiian Sliders is a hamburger patty combined with chorizo sausage prepared in a meat loaf style, cut into fourths, with each triangle put on a Hawaiian sweet roll with a house-made bacon-ranch dressing, purple onion and cheddar jack cheese.  These sliders are unbelievable and it should be illegal to taste this good!


For entrees, there are so many choices from Teriyaki-Ginger Flank Steak, Pina Colada Chicken, Crab Smothered Filet, Polynesian Mahi Mahi, and Stir Fry with Hibachi of ginger, sesame, Korean garlic and Hoisin, Firecracker Cashew with garlic, spice and heat in a Szechwan style and Shrimp and Scallop Pasta.


As for fun drinks, there is the Pain Killer, made with Captain Morgan rum, Cream of Coconut, pineapple juice and orange juice.  Kahunarita is a blend of Salsa Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, sours and fresh lime and Bahama Mama is coconut, banana rum, dark rum, grenadine, pineapple juice and orange juice.


For dessert, try the Stairway to Heaven which is two Belgium waffles deep-fried in a cinnamon sugar panko, cut in half and placed like stairs with vanilla bean ice cream with a little bit of caramel, whipped cream and cherries on top and I can tell you from personal experience, this is awesome and worth every calorie (so you work out a little longer the next day). 


Another factor to Kahunaville’s success is the owner, Mark Green.  According to one of his employees, “[Mark Green] is the most dedicated man. The reason his business is so successful is because he is always here and he is a really big part of his business.”  One can experience the devotion everyone has towards Kahunaville and Green from the servers to the bartenders to those who prepare the food in the kitchen.


There is Entertainment nightly with Flair Bartender Showcases, spinning DJ and Indoor Water Show. Dueling Pianos are every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night. Thursday nights at 11 p.m. Kahunaville bartenders go head to head during the weekly flair bartending competition. Friday and Saturday are Polynesian dancers. Kahunaville keeps the party going all year long.


Restaurant Hours:  

Breakfast: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.,   Daily

Lunch: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.,   Daily

Dinner: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.,   Mon. – Thurs.  

4 p.m. – 11 p.m.,   Fri. – Sun.


Bar Hours:

8 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sun. – Thurs.

8 a.m. – 3 a.m., Fri. & Sat.



At Treasure Island

3300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

(702) 894-7390


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