When Mo offered me Spam Musubi and apple crisp with whipped cream for my brunch, and Justin started talking about mixing up some Navy Grogs, I knew it was going to be a good day.
When you set foot in Justin and Mo Bird’s house, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the early 1960s. Think mid-mod oranges, olive, aqua. It’s stunning. But when Justin invites you to follow him downstairs to the Hale Manu, you’re gonna need a few minutes to take it in. The Hale Manu is phenomenal. As Justin tends to do when he visits a tiki bar, you’re gonna get a little “giddy” when you see this space.
Justin’s passion for all things tiki is evidenced with an amazing collection of Papau New Guinea art, tiki mugs, vintage exotica LPs, Witco, and more. But equally exciting is the evidence of his craftsmanship. He’s built doors and structures that rival movie sets. He’s constructed hidden doors with tiki levers, painted black velvet works of art, and stenciled tapa patterns on the walls.
Justin’s advice? When we were admiring his lighting over the bar, he asked me to note that there were no wires to be seen. A simple tip he offers is that bar owners can use roped wires – the kind used to wire pendants – to wire tiki lamps. Who doesn’t love some nautical rope additions?
Apparently, the Hale Manu also serves as an emergency shelter. Mo and Justin’s liquor storage shelves, right behind the bar, are the best spot structurally to be in the house when there’s a tornado.
So, when the emergency notifications go off, head for the Hale Manu. Just don’t forget the limes.