An insight to the story behind Kirra’s Tupe-Aloha makes the vibe and setting of this hopping little joint all the sweeter. Gregarious and spirited co owner, Tipalowe Oberman is a walking art gallery of her late father Rodney’s vibrant artwork—she gets a new piece tattooed each year on his birthday. Early 2014 the young local owners made thoughtful use of their grandmother’s inheritance to create a fun and welcoming space that represents their bright and eccentric personalities, while honouring their family. To bring the atmospheric tiki style bar to life, they cleared out the Oberman living rooms of its quirky décor and father Rodney’s colourful artwork, which now takes pride of place on the walls of Tupe-Aloha. The cheerful crew describe Tupe-Aloha as a Mexican restaurant trapped on a Hawaiian Island, with poke, burritos, tacos, mini cocktail umbrellas and pineapple everything. We love these guys so... go on, and get down there.
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