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The Plaza Club’s breathtaking views and flawless service make it the ultimate destination for business meetings, special events and downtown pau hana gatherings. The Plaza Club serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers and accommodates all of Honolulu’s business, entertaining, and social celebration needs.

As a quiet and private place in the heart of downtown Honolulu, the Club is the ideal location to exchange ideas, build connections or close important deals. Business leaders statewide turn to The Plaza Club as their outside office or place to unwind. Meanwhile, The Plaza Club’s impeccable service, delectable menus and breathtaking views nourish and sustain business relationships in Hawaii.

Whether enjoying a casual pau hana drink with a few associates or planning a 250-person conference, The Plaza Club offers an unbeatable view, award-winning chef and unmatched audio visual offerings. Let The Plaza Club host your dream wedding and reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal shower, where our skilled team will handle all the details so you can focus on the excitement of your nuptials. The Plaza Club can help you celebrate life milestones such as:

  • Weddings, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers
  • Birthdays,
  • Baby luaus,
  • Graduations,
  • Class reunions,
  • Yakudoshis,
  • Anniversaries or
  • Holiday parties.

Non-member event inquires are welcomed.

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Club History

The Plaza Club has been servicing the city’s business and cultural elite since 1979.  The original “Pagoda” building, a gathering place for Hawaiian merchants, businessmen and international travelers, was a two story house purchased by Chinese merchants Hung & Tai of Canton in 1838 for only $5,000. In 1858, liquor merchant W.E. Cutrell received the Pagoda the “Merchants Exchange.” By 1864 the Merchant’s Exchange’s hotel license read “Union Hotel” in 1866 and sold nightly rooms for an amazing $1.50. Emanuel Cunha bought the 8,000-square food hotel at a public auction in 1874 for $7,000. The hotel’s saloon became more and more popular as a gathering place for Honolulu business persons.

By 1893, the Saloon had become known as the Union Art Gallery with plush carpeting, marble-topped tables, antique furniture and walls hung with gilt-framed paintings of Hawaiian royalty. Cunha was established as Hawaii's premier saloonkeeper, even providing hospitality to King Kalakaua and his guests.

A complete library of mainland newspapers was always available. Good manners were demanded and off-the-street rowdies were dealt with promptly. A group of elite Union Saloon patrons formed the "Commercial Club" around 1912, and then moved to the 4th and 5th floors of the McCanless Building at Bethel and King. The Commercial Club carried on many of the traditions started by the Union Saloon, including hosting the Island elite. Emanuel Cunha died in 1918, and the advent of Prohibition brought about the end of his famous saloon.

The building that housed the Union Saloon was torn down in 1972 to make way for the new Pioneer Plaza office tower and was refurbished in 2009 by new owners MW Group. The Plaza Club, which was part of the new development, was planned to occupy the same location as Cunha's famous Saloon. The Plaza Club was founded in 1979 and officially opened on July 30, 1979 featuring food, service and amenities that would have made Emanuel Cunha proud. The Plaza Club's high standards have created traditions of its own. For more than 35 years it has become a proud successor to the elegant Union Saloon where King Kalakaua entertained friends and visiting diplomats at the turn of the last century.

The Plaza Club is steeped in rich tradition and remains dedicated to delivering an un-parallel experience for both members and guests.