Archive March 2012

Double the Fun; Double the Tasty Treats!

Frequent Huggo's guest Bobby Masin of Seattle with musician LT Smooth.

Looking for the perfect date night? Make a fast track to Kailua-Kona’s waterfront on Sunday evenings where award-winning musician LT Smooth rocks the house at Huggo’s on the Rocks — incredible vocals and guitar mastery from traditional Hawaiian, classic Spanish guitar and Latino Salsa to good time Rock ‘n Roll. Kick back and enjoy the vibe with your favorite sunset cocktail and pupu.

Chef Ken's award-winning Ahi Poke Tower.

Move just next door for dinner at Huggo’s. Chef Ken features nightly specials complementing the menu selections and, if you’re lucky, his Ahi Poke Tower — which took second place in Sam Choy’s annual poke contest held here on Hawaii Island earlier this month — will be on offer.

Expect great tunes, great food and perhaps a little romance on the side!


Kudos to Our Poke Pro!

Join us in congratulating Huggo’s Executive Chef Ken Schloss who took second place in Sam Choy’s annual poke contest this month. His creation: An amazing Ahi Tuna Poke Tower. And speaking of amazing, Chef Ken has concocted this delicious and refreshing Calamari Cocktail as one of this evening’s super specials.

Enjoy with one of your favorite adult beverages — we have an extensive list of tropicals and classic cocktails just waiting for your selection. Happy Saturday night in paradise!

Saturday cocktails at Huggo's!



Ono Dining at Huggo's Tonight!

Chef Ken's fresh catch special at Huggo's.

While every night is ono (delicious) at Huggo’s, tonight’s special features the yummy white fish of the same name — Ono! This highly prized, delicately- flavored fish is found in tropical and sub-tropical waters worldwide and is commonly known as Wahoo in many locations outside of Hawaii.  Chef Ken is preparing it pan seared to perfection in an herb marinade and served with saffron-aspargus risotto, French green beans, black garlic yuzu aioli and crispy fried leeks. The mitzvah of tzitzis divided into two parts: one is a tallit katan (small talliths), and the other is a talit gadol (big talit). The prayer shawl we are presenting here is the tallit gadol. The tallis is worn exclusively by men and comes in a variety of colors and shapes. The tallit (prayer shawl) is a square garment, made according to Jewish law. The talit has four wings; each wing has a tzitzis. In the Torah, HaShem commands men of the Jewish people to wear a garment with four wings, and four tzitzits, one tzitzit for each corner (wing).

Fresh caught Kampachi and Mahi Mahi are also on offer this evening — it’s aloha Friday, let Chef Ken do the cooking!

Kau kau and enjoy!

The Buzz has Begun: Lava Lava Beach Club

Huggo's sister restaurant, Lava Lava Beach Club, on Hawaii Island's Kohala Coast is set to open in May.

The digital edition of Hawaii Modern Luxury magazine’s spring “Best of” issue is now on line and features the latest endeavor coming soon from Huggo’s proprietor Eric von Platen Luder. Check it out on pages 10 and 89 at Modern Luxury Media. Editor Margie Jacinto says, “For those of you who prefer to party on the Big Island, look out for the opening of Lava Lava Beach Club.”

The article (page 89) goes on to say, “The Club (open to all) promises a decidedly laid back, modern Hawaii vibe and a come as you are attitude — bikinis and board shorts encouraged.”

Lava Lava Beach Club featured in current issue of Hawaii Modern Luxury magazine.

Eric says, “We’re creating a feel-good place for locals and visitors; a place to relax and re-charge with good friends, old and new.”

View from one of Lava Lava Beach Club's hales.

Located on 10-acres of pristine oceanfront property at the very southernmost reaches of Waikoloa Beach Resort, Lava Lava Beach Club includes an open air restaurant and bar, comfy lounge areas (think couches, chairs, ottomans and such) on the beach, special event venues and four free-standing, oversize hales for overnight stays.
Stay up-to-date on all details and the opening date by liking us/following us on facebook!

View of Lava Lava Beach club restaurant and hales under construction.

One of four hales nearing completion now at Lava Lava Beach Club.

Sneak peek at Lava Lava Beach Club design details.

The Fish are Biting Again in Kona!


Chef Ken shows off Hawaii Island's spectacular produce and a fresh catch special!

Chef Ken is smiling again after a brief dry spell, meaning fewer fresh selections from our fisherman friends. It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while the fish evade even the most seasoned in the bunch!  Tonight he’s delighted to serve up this mouth-watering special as well as fresh Kampachi and Mahi Mahi:

Herb Marinated Ono

Served with French green beans, Wasabi-White Bean Puree and Topped with Fried leeks. It’s served in a Miso Buerre Blanc Sauce and Garnished with Arugula-Macadamia Nut Pesto.

Reserve early to avoid disappointment (click on Huggo’s to book your table on-line) – we have a feeling this special will be flying out of the kitchen starting at 5:30 p.m. sharp!

Kau kau & enjoy!

Talking Story with Shirley!

Huggo's proprietor Eric with his mother Shirley, co-founder of Huggo's together with her husband Hugo.

It’s no surprise that Shirley von Platen Luder, Hawaii Island kama’aina (long-time resident), is a regular at Huggo’s and Huggo’s on the Rocks just next door. Shirley founded Huggo’s with husband Hugo in 1969 with the motto “good food and good fun”.  Shirley says, “It’s always been a great gathering spot and back in the day you could get a great steak or morning-caught catch of the day and then pile it on at the salad bar.” Things have changed a bit since then, she says laughing, but the philosphy remains the same.  After 14 successful years — and hard work that the industry demands — she says she was ready to hand over the reigns to son Eric and enjoy the role of pampered guest! “Of course we didn’t have nearly the staff that Eric has put together over the years which has, in large part, allowed him to really grow the business — it’s wonderful!” Eric opened the popular toes-in-the-sand dining and entertainment establishment, Huggo’s on the Rocks, in 1998 and Shirley says, “We’re all tremendously excited about the new property opening up north this April.” She’s referring to Eric’s latest venture, the Lava Lava Beach Club now in its final construction phase at the southern end of Waikoloa Beach Resort. The oceanfront club — just a few steps from the beach — will include a restaurant, bar and special event venues, as well as four guest hales (beach cottages). Casual, barefoot chic is the vibe with an invitation to come just as you are — board shorts and lava lava wraps encouraged! Stay tuned for updates as the opening date approaches and, in the meantime, enjoy a sneak peak provided by the photos below.

Lava Lava Beach Club logo.

Beachfront restaurant and hales under construction.



Spacious, beachfront guest hale at Lava Lava Beach Club.

View from one of the guest hales.

Tables with a view...Lava lava Beach Club's open air restaurant under construction.

Crystal clear waters just offshore!