Hukilau Lanai
Hukilau Lanai

Hukilau Lanai

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://hukilaukauai.com/
  • Phone: 8088220600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ron Miller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Visit our website for information on our private dining space.
  • Entertainment: Tuesday-Sunday from 6-9pm enjoy live music in the bar and dining room.

Getting there

  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Guest parking in the parking lot surrounding the Kauai Coast Resort.
A word from Hukilau Lanai
Beautiful views of the romantic torchlit landscaped grounds of the Kauai Coast Resort and the blue Pacific Ocean are yours at Hukilau Lanai. Hukilau Lanai has indoor and outdoor seating, Kauai Fresh Cuisine, a special wine list of "20 wines for $20-something", a full bar, seating in the bar as well as on the lanai with gentle tropical breezes. Hukilau is known for its fine food and service. Fresh Island produce, fish fresh from the Pacific and Hawaiian chocolate are signatures that define the menu along with old favorites. Everybody loves the Hukilau...
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Hukilau Lanai reviews from OpenTable diners
207 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (159)special occasion (137)fit for foodies (125)romantic (121)scenic view (111)neighborhood gem (70)notable wine list (48)good for groups (35)kid-friendly (26)hot spot (23)great for brunch (9)late-night find (9)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Birthday Celebration
    mrflowers
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food, as always, was delicious. We started with Adams Poke Nachos and each had a different entre. Adam gave us a complimentary slice of peanut butter Pie. OMG! wonderful. We also had the Petite Sarah wine by the glass. and cosmopolitans made with mandarin vodka. Wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • One of Kauai's Finest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been dining here for quite a few years, and are never disappointed. The food is always fresh and beautifully prepared and presented. The staff is attentive. There is not a bad table, although we prefer the lower terrace. The restaurant faces out onto a very large courtyard lined with tiki torches, with the Pacific at the far distant end. It is a wonderful area for strolling along the beach walkway following dinner. The fried calamari makes a great starter; the Wally salad is our favorite, and any entree is a good choice. It is a quiet, romantic spot, and also a good choice for families celebrating a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place, highly recommend
    Magical10
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had a recommendation for a friend to visit this restaurant while we were vacationing on the island. While on the trip we had numerous people tell us it was a great place to go. We shared the filet mignon and the seafood mixed grill. They did not disappoint. The food was great and our server was very attentive. We highly recommend the Hukilau Lanai to anyone who is on the island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food on Kauai
    JamieE
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We went to Hukilau Lanai based on Trip Advisor reviews. It was for our anniversary dinner while vacationing on the island. It was by far the best meal that we had during our 10 days on Oahu and Kauai. The lobster bisque was exquisite, wally & caesar salads both yummy, Hukilau fish dish was amazing and the chocolate cake was heaven. Server (Ryan) was outstanding. Money well spent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated
    Virginie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Overal bad experience. The restaurant is dated. The main dishes were tasteless, the fishes were all overcooked. Service is ok. I would'nt recommend it and it's hard to understand why this restaurant is so well rated.
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  • ok
    HORRIBLE
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    it was ok. the mac nut chicken was the best. it was hot and there is no ac so go prepared. the desert was horrible. we got 2 appetizers 5 entrees and 3 desserts. the poke nachos and squash raviolis were great. had mac nut chicken, prime rib, 2 ahi dinners and a maui maui dinner. the mac nut was the best the others were pretty bland. had the lava cake, chocolate mousse, creme brûlée and all were horrible. the lava cake was not sweet at all. definitely could work on there desserts.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great anniversary place
    factastic4dine
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I had dinner with my wife here for our 1st anniversary. The food was fantastic and the server's recommendation on drink was also great. My wife really enjoyed it. Also, they didn't forget my comment that I made when I reserve via this opentable, and gave us special gift when we leave after dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Lanai Dining
    Oregondiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our dinner here and appreciated the attentive service! It's nice that the dinners all come with a choice of one of their 4 salads or soup. We requested lanai seating via Open Table and they had our table waiting. Must order one of their specialty drinks! There was a sudden downpour and 4-5 waiters immediately brought down the awning flaps to keep diners dry (it looked quite orchestrated)! Anyway, fabulous food and nice atmosphere. We ended our meal with dessert and coffee and the total bill was $87! A nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded, but excellent location
    EdCo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Very popular with locals, so expect 90-min wait if no reservations (but free WiFi). For max awesome, ask for makai-side table around time of full moon.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great setting;so-so food
    SharonS
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Service was a bit uneven with soup and salad arriving half way through our appetizer. Waitress took our wine order and disappeared for 10 min..Food just OK. My 'mixed grill' - shrimp with two grilled seafood choices was 2/3 good - one piece of fish was very dry and sauce was overly sweet.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Fish
    hawaiianheaven
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The fish was prepared in a custom way just as I requested. Tasted fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just wow!
    chas
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was one of the best dining places I have ever been + over looking the grounds over a glass of wine was especially nice. Service was great, albeit slow at times, but who cared with setting. We both had fish dishes cooked superbly. Finished off with crème brulee, hmmmm.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    808dining
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was great! Service was excellent. The menu selections was excellent. There was menu items for everyone. Everything was great other then finding parking. Did I mention the food was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful location
    gopack4
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Beautiful location in Kapaa. Service, food, and prices all 5**.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Dinner In Paradise
    Pwsj
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were leaving Kauai in the morning so we had one last good meal out. This was well worth it. Two peole had the Macadamia Nut Chicken and raved about it for a day. I had the Mixed seafood grill and the it was awesome, especially the pineapple sauce. We return to Kauai once a year and we will come earlier in our visit next time. Well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    jessluvsfood
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was the fancy dinner we were most excited about and it turned out to be our least favorite. Even sitting on the lanai felt very much like dining at a standard hotel. The fish was good but not great. The service was informative but not fantastic. The mixed drinks were mediocre.
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    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We had the five course food and wine paints and it was very good. Prices were moderate. Service was friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    foodmonster
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Ocean view and Filet Mignon are a perfect match. Friendly staff. A+
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu was good!
    Table42
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Gazpacho was bright and flavorful, vegetable tart buttery and savory, and the fish course was mahi mahi, but deliciously and perfectly prepared. The lamb however was a bit disappointing - chunks buried in uninspired floppy pasta dish. Likewise the dessert course. Still, we enjoyed the meal overall, the service was very attentive, and the environment was pleasant. Would return again, and also recommend the place to others.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Calamari
    rdcs
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Really great meal for our last night on the island. We started with Calamari which was really good then all tried a different fish. All were prepared great and although it sounded like they might have to much sauce/spices, all were really tasty. My son finished the night with the chocolate lava cake and it was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pop1
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Best dining experience on Kauai. Food was superb. Staff was prompt, efficient, and courteous. Mai Tai was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Incredible food!
    JeanneVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Hukilau Lanai is my favorite restaurant to go to celebrate or impress. We started off with the candied ahi poke and that was just amazing. I tried the filet mignon last night for the first time and my taste buds felt like they had died and gone to heaven! It was so tender and cooked to perfection. Service was quick, only way it could have been better is if the server was a little perkier but that's a minor detail.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    They are always busy but you never feel rushed. Excellent food and drink!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    frequentdinerouter
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Reservations were hard to get, but it was worth the effort to get our reservation. The food was really great and the view of the outdoor setting was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheesy & predictable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I went here on our honeymoon because his company gave us a gift certificate. Our food was OK - nothing special. I had the Ono which was a bit salty for my liking and overpowered with coconut milk. My husband's macadamia nut chicken tasted like a frozen chicken breast patty. It was dark outside by the time we had our reservation but it looked like it looked out onto a golf course or courtyard. Wouldn't recommend going here with high expectations.
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  • Wanda
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and atmosphere! Highly recommend for a special evening
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Beautiful and so good
    Good
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The was just amazing. We are foodies and always have our staples to try at new places. This was our first time to Kauai and to Hukilau Lanai. The Calamari is our staple and it was the best we've had; fresh, cooked perfectly, and the aoli was so good. We also ordered the Prime Rib, the Macadamia crusted chicken and the Fish Sampler. All were cooked perfectly and the chicken was exceptional and the fish sampler was with local fish we had never heard of but quickly read up on it after we got back to the hotel (Walu and Hebi...interesting read I must say; glad we ate less than a 3 ounce portion.) We also got the Lilikoi Coconut tart-Excellent. We highly recommend this place. There were 4 of us and we did not order alcohol and our bill was $160.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allergy Considerate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very accomodating about allergy restaints. I am allergic to lactose and gluten and they have been able to create a gourmet seafood meal every time we've visited Hukilau (8 times in the past e months). Excellent chef -- excellent wait stall
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    BillCVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have been by this place a number of times over the years and finally decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. We were there in time for their tasting menu and were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the wine parings were wonderful. We will make this a regular event every year on our visit.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded our expectations
    TravelLovers
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We thought this would be a casual family restaurant but it turned out to be a lovely "special occasion" restaurant - fabulous food, great service - definitely exceed our expectations and is now at the top of our list for favorite Kauai restaurants. We'll be back in April!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unearth Gem
    SbroadhogVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Who would have thought a wonderful restaurant could be found among a small older condo development. I kept seeing reviews for this wonderful find and had to give it a try myself. My wife and I had second thoughts upon arriving. The street entrance was very unassuming as was hostess stand, but once seated you felt all those there were keeping it a secret for themselves. The resort the restaurant is located is very well kept and seems the people all had been here on more than one occasion. The service was outstanding as was the menu. Great find in Kapa'a Kauai.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We were looking for a great place to eat on our Kauai vacation and sure found it at the Hukilau Lani! Great food, super service and an all around great evening! You must try Adams Poki Nachos!! They are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant on Kauai. Loved it
    Babsie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Five thumbs up. We had quite the experience on Tuesday night. We stayed here at the resort and had been told by guests at the pool that the food is awesome, we were not let down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tasting Menu
    Alicia
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We deliberately went between 5 and 5:45 for the tasting menu. It was delicious and was paired with wine for each course. We thought it was a great value with great food. We recommend it to everyone. It was our last meal on the island and the best!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • A Must
    VacationerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I visit Kauai every year and I always make it a necessity to dine at Hukilau Lanai. The food is amazing and the service is impeccable! We had the Surf & Turf (filet cooked perfectly with a beautiful sauce, the fish and the lemon sauce was very flavorful), the Opah and the Prime Rib were outstanding and just melted in our mouths. I also have to mention that the Arugula salad is "killer", what a great combination with the Chevre...add the cheese, it's worth it. All dishes are truly fabulous and we've always had wonderful meals. The bottle wine prices are great too!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Anniversary Dinner
    manpak
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    A very nice open air restaurant, located in the Kauai Coast Resort, overlooking tropical gardens and the ocean (setback, so not a beach view). The restaurant itself was not 'fancy', but very comfortable, with lots of seating room. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Try the Sweet Potato raviolis as an appetizer, different and excellent. My wife's Filet Mignon was "melt in her mouth" excellent. My fish plate was very good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect food and atmosphere
    5Stars
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent filet. Perfect. Very friendly staff. Great atmosphere .
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food. great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    the food was really, really good. the prices were on par with everywhere else in the neighborhood, even a little cheaper than some, but the food was head and shoulders above the rest. also, the staff were really knowledgeable and attentive without being obnoxious. really great experience overall. highly recommended.
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Special
    VVWDAWVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We eat here every year, and it never disappoints. The food is very good and so is the service. Our server, Sandra, was very friendly and efficient, and she even new all of the ingredients for the marinade on one of the entrees when we asked about it. All four of us had fish entrees that were superbly prepared. We also appreciate the fact that the dinners include a salad or soup and usually has a side item with it too. Even with an Open Table reservation, they sometimes run a little late, but you can enjoy the flowers on the grounds behind the restaurant or live music in the lounge while you are waiting.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Except for ...
    GandG
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Kind of a creepy waiter, we have no complaints. We had fish dishes perfectly prepared and our entrees came w/ salad or soup. With a $30 price tag, it can't be beat for a white tablecloth dinner here on Kauai. Now about the waiter, he was pleasant enough but would hover over our table before addressing us and then made our comments. Maybe he just had too much fun in the sun that day. Anyway, it was kind of a turn off. The restaurant has a well-chosen wine by the glass offering, which is great if you're coming from Princeville, Lihue or Poipu
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.