In a setting that overlooks the spectacular Mount Makana, the ‘Auinala Ki Afternoon Tea is an occasion not-to-be-missed at The St. Regis Princeville Resort. The delectable menu combines the diverse exotic ingredients and delicacies of Kauaÿi with traditional fare, truly making it an experience like no other.
It was Caroline Astor, mother of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV, who elevated afternoon tea to a new level by introducing the ritual at digniﬁed gatherings at her house in Manhattan in the late 19th century. It’s a tradition that The St. Regis celebrates worldwide, however in Hawai’i, it’s given its own unique island-inspired twist.
The ‘Auinala Ki menu ranges from the more familiar terrain with the ÿOhana Ki (family tea) to epic fusions in the Ali’i Ki menu, inclusive of a glass of sommelier selected Champagne or The St. Regis Princeville Resort’s signature Aloha Mary, notable for its inclusion of exotic sea asparagus, which adds a salty punch. The option for a private Champagne sabrage (uncorking by saber) is available upon request, adding to sense of occasion.
The delightful Scones Collection is elevated with the choice of guava, pineapple, and coconut macadamia varieties served with liliko’i (passion fruit) curd, along with the traditional favorite, Devonshire Double cream.
The innovative Sandwiches Collection is the perfect way to enjoy a sampling of fresh island fare, such as Kamuela Tomatoes from Hawaiÿi Island, Maui Onions, garden fresh arugula, basil, seasonal vegetables and goat cheese from Kaua’i’s own Kunana Dairy. Local preparations inspire the sandwich selection from huli (rotated in a ﬂame) chicken to delectable lomi-lomi (literally massage) where sea salt is massaged into raw salmon with tomatoes and onions.
The eye-popping and stomach-pleasing Pastry Collection honors local fruits, nuts, seeds, and, the local staple poi (taro), distinct to Hawai’i in the form of granola bars. Decadent coconut and guava macaroons, mango, lime, and pineapple tartlets and Hawaiian chocolate cake complete the authentic spread of Paciﬁc regional desserts.
Superior tea, unlike any in the world, is the crown jewel. Kauai Farmacy has created a special blend for The St. Regis Princeville Resort. The signature Guava Kai is “a mildly tart and fruity blend of invigorating and alkalizing herbs.” Owner of Kauai Farmacy Doug Wolkon says, “Nothing is more powerful than the ‘aina of the Garden Island to produce our teas.” Calming, energizing, medicinal or detoxifying—whatever your pleasure, you will ﬁnd a tea that satisﬁes your desire in a setting like no other.
‘Auinala Ki Afternoon Tea is served daily from 3pm to 5pm. Reservations are required at least one day in advance.
-By Mary Troy Johnston