HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Aug. 16, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Located opposite Tân Định Pink church, Ola Hale – Restaurant & Bar, is ready to open its doors and serve guests on August 20, 2023. Beyond a culinary destination, Ola Hale offers a space that immerses customers in the unique experience of Hawaiian-inspired cuisine and warm-island hospitality, all skillfully blending the vibrant Vietnamese and Hawaiian culture and interior design. “Ola” means alive or a good wish of health and well-being, and “Hale” means Home. In Hawaiian, Ola Hale means a well-being home. Ola Hale Restaurant and Bar is more than a place to eat and drink, it’s a welcoming home to everyone who visits. It’s where you feel good to stay and even better to return. Whether you’re a businessperson, a family, Gen Z, or a group of tourists visiting Ho Chi Minh city, Ola Hale will be there as a warm and familiar home.
Inspired by Hawaii yet made in Vietnam
The journey of Ola began with Christina – a Vietnamese born in Vietnam but raised in Hawaii. With deep-rooted traditions connecting nature and people, Hawaiians embrace warmth, love, openness, determination, and pride in their homeland. And that’s why Christina’s bond with her heritage remains strong throughout her journey.
Having explored the world and establishing F&B and lifestyle concepts Internationally, Vietnam is a place that felt like coming back home. At Ola Hale, guests are not just served food and drinks, they witness the hearts and souls, and warm welcoming into the Ola “Ohana” (family).
Coming back to Vietnam is like coming home, Vietnam is Ola Hale founder’s Motherland. And that’s why this restaurant was called Ola Hale, which means a “well-being home” in Hawaiian. To celebrate both culture and pay a tribute to the beauty of nature, Ola Hale represents a space that shares the warmth, the hospitality, and spirit of “ohana” to guests in Vietnam.
Experience for everyone!
Ola Hale’s building used to be a modern-style house in Saigon in the 90s, during it’s long life, the remaining value is immeasurable. To honor its history, the owner decided to retain as much of the old house as possible, while creating new spaces and adding details that celebrate Vietnam as well as evoke the essence of Hawaii. Ola Hale hopes that all its valued guests can feel the blended breaths of the past and present, as well as the vibrant Vietnamese and Hawaiian culture in its home.
With the concepts of “Hale” meaning Home and “Ohana” meaning family, Ola Hale Restaurant & Bar boasts a four-story design, offering a diverse and emotionally rich experience, mirroring Hawaii’s waves that grow wilder and higher as the night depends. Each floor carries a distinct character. At the ground floor entrance of Ola Hale, you can enjoy a refreshing cup of Hawaiian Plantation tea – reminiscent of how Vietnamese people often welcome guests into their homes while immersing in a garden full of activities for families and children. The second floor is a dining-focused space, suitable for organizing parties or gatherings for families and businesses. A perfectly mixed cocktail in the refreshing evening air, on the third floor is an excellent choice for people from all ages to enjoy Happy Hour together after a long day. As the city gradually transitions into the night, the Rooftop – a private space reserved for intimate gatherings with your special ones – lit by candles, accompanied by sweet cocktails and romantic melodies, creates for shared moments and lingering memories.
Great stories begin with delicious food and drinks.
While Hawaiian cuisine famous for the combination of many ingredients from protein to veggies, like the Hawaiian personalities, Vietnamese food is famous for the variety of herbal and seasoning ingredients from nature. That’s the same concept in combining these two culinary traditions together beautifully and without any boundaries.
The foods showcase Ola Hale’s chef’s hospitality and open-mindedness to different ingredients, from every nation and every culture. With a good blend of real Hawaiian flavors and Vietnamese spices, you are recommended to try them with craft beers, promising a cross-culture experience that will satisfy your palate.
At Ola Hale, the dishes perfectly reflect the open and multicultural spirit of Hawaii through the traditional Hawaiian dishes such as Poke, Loco Moco, Kalua Pork, and Huli Huli burger to uniquely curated cocktails on the restaurant’s menu. The distinctive aspect of Ola Hale is the localization of these dishes using fresh ingredients and a touch of Vietnamese spices. Ola Hale is confident that each dish can give the customer a sense of familiarity while preserving the essence and soul of Hawaiian cuisine, promising to be a culinary journey of exceptional experiences, evoking emotions from each bite.
Information of Ola Hale – Restaurant & Bar:
Address: 270 – 272 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Open time: Monday – Sunday, from 10:00 – 23:00