Lewis has been working as a bartender at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk since it opened in 2006. You can catch him at Pakini Bar mixing drinks and answering questions from guests about where to go, what to see and what to eat and drink.

Hawaii is known for tropical cocktails, but if you’re a beer lover then you’re in luck because you can find a quality selection of brews made right here on Oahu. According to Lewis, these are the locally produced beers you have to try:

My favorite is Wailua Wheat by Kona Brewing Co. The first time I tried it was at the resort’s poolside Pakini Bar. It has a lilikoi (passion) finish, which makes it so flavorful and smooth. Yet it’s light and refreshing, perfect for when you’re hanging out by the pool. You’ll also find a handful of microbreweries just outside Waikiki in the urban neighborhood of Kakaako. Check out Aloha Beer Co or Beer Labs, where you can go on a beer tour and sample some really unique beers. On the windward (east) side, Inu Island Ales has an interesting line-up of craft beers too.

I grew up in Honolulu and spent a lot of time at the beach fishing. It’s a great time to just relax and enjoy the fresh air. That’s what I recommend to visitors – to take it slow and easy. Enjoy the outdoors, delicious food and kind people. That is the Hawaii life and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.


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