Historic Waioli Tea Room in Manoa to Re-open After Renovations

Waioli Tea Room
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Waioli Tea Room

HONOLULU – The Salvation Army today announced the agency’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Honolulu will operate the Waioli Tea Room.  The Waioli Tea Room, built in 1922, is closed briefly for renovations and will re-open on Nov. 11. Initial improvements will include facility painting and repaving of the entrance road and parking lot. Current Waioli Tea Room staff will become Salvation Army employees and will receive orientation and training during the brief renovations period.

 “We’re pleased to be able to continue the restaurant operations at this historic location,” said Maj. John Chamness, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army of Hawaii. “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience enjoyed by visitors and locals alike in beautiful Manoa Valley.”

“We anticipate a smooth transition and plan to offer the same menus for breakfast, lunch and tea,” said Rafael Escalera, Business Administrator for the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. “Revenue from the Tea Room operations will support programs benefiting our adult beneficiaries through their recovery process.”


The ARC serves men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The six-month residential program, located in Honolulu, is available at no cost to those in need and prepares its beneficiaries to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Frequently, those rehabilitated are reunited with their families, resolve outstanding legal issues, improve their physical and mental health, and resume a productive lifestyle.

For more information and reservations, contact the Waioli Tea Room at 808-988-5800 or visit www.thewaiolitearoom.net. Note that the reservations line will still be active during the brief renovation period.

The Salvation Army of Hawaii offers a wide variety of programs throughout the islands including: adult day health services; affordable senior housing; at-risk youth services and housing; camp & conference center; family stores; food distribution and feeding programs; homeless services; The Kroc Center – Hawaii’s largest community center; preschools & day care services; social services – emergency assistance; substance abuse treatment; and work therapy & rehabilitation services. For more information, call 808-998-2136, visit www/salvationarmyhawaii.org, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.