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Following the recent announcement of the US$80 million investment of its flagship Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Outrigger Hospitality Group have revealed that Monkeypod Kitchen<> by Merriman, led by culinary pioneer and a Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine founder – Chef Peter Merriman, will have a new home as the signature beachfront restaurant at the transformed property.

Monkeypod Kitchen is a modern, casual, chef-driven concept founded on a passion for the art of craft. Each item on the menu demonstrates a commitment to high-quality local fare, creative preparations and impeccable execution. The menu highlights Hawai‘i’s bounty with socially conscious ingredients and distinctive parings of upmarket items with upcountry favourites.
Complementing the contemporary design of the new Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, the architecture of Monkeypod Kitchen will evoke an island sense of place to honor and connect guests to the local community. The restaurant will partner with local artists and craftsmen and use local materials to bring the space to life and celebrate its island home.

“The opportunity to partner with Outrigger for a restaurant on this iconic stretch of sand is nothing short of a dream come true,” said Peter Merriman, chairman and owner at Handcrafted Restaurants. “Dining at Monkeypod Kitchen is a culinary exploration rich in culture, quality and fun. We look forward to sharing the bounty of Hawai‘i’s ranchers, farmers and fishers on the beach in Waikīkī and providing a sublime space for kama‘āina and visitors alike to reconnect with friends and family while celebrating the craft of food, drink and merrimaking, with aloha.”

The resort will re-open in late May with sophisticated property enhancements, including upscale residential-style rooms and suites, chic poolside experiences and a fully reimagined Kani Ka Pila Grille and stage. Monkeypod Kitchen is now building its brand-new restaurant in the 12,000 square-foot beachfront space, which is anticipated to be finished by the end of 2021.

“The synergy between Outrigger and Monkeypod Kitchen stems from our shared Hawai‘i roots and heartfelt desire to foster authentic guest experiences with world-class hospitality,” said Jeff Wagoner, president and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group. “Having Monkeypod Kitchen anchor the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort will complete the transformation and make it a must-visit destination.”

With breakfast, lunch, an all-day bar menu, plus a dining room menu – Waikīkī’s visitors and hotel guests alike have ample opportunity to visit Monkeypod Kitchen multiple times during their trip. Whether one is seeking a quick bite before a day of adventuring, a barstool with a view at sunset, a live music hot spot, or a special place to celebrate, Monkeypod Kitchen will accommodate with grace.

For more information about Monkeypod Kitchen, visit To book a stay in the all-new rooms and suites at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, visit<> or contact your preferred travel advisor.

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