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Open-Air Appeal

The summer heat’s on, so bring the outside in at these island eateries with alfresco appeal. Here, five spots on our short list.

The chic, open-air dining room at Nobu Lana‘i

Nobu Lana‘i
Famed celebri-chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s second Hawai‘i resto offers island ambience with stunning ocean views. Yet what is consistent is the high-caliber Japanese-fusion cuisine. Kick things off with a chilled lobster ceviche; then work your way to the exquisite sushi rolls, paired with a cocktail or sake. Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, 1 Mānele Bay Road, Lāna‘i City, Lāna‘i, 565.2832, noburestaurants.com/lanai

Lava Lava Beach Club
The summer anthem at Lava Lava Beach Club beats strong year-long with their off-the-grill burgers. Savor island-influenced specialties such as the Hapa burger made of Hawai‘i Island beef and Portuguese sausage, or the kālua pig sandwich crafted with house-smoked pork and guava hoisin barbeque sauce. Also to be enjoyed is the property’s prime location on 10 beautiful acres at Anaeho’omalu Bay. 69-1081 Ku‘uali‘i Place, Waikoloa, Hawai‘i Island, 769.5282, lavalavabeachclub.com

Rays on the Bay
Dive into an oceanside dining experience at this hotspot perched above Keauhou Bay. During the evening, fire pits and the warm sunset create a priceless glow. Later on in the night, manta rays swim gracefully just a few feet below. As the menu goes, seafood is the star. So, opt for Rays’ kiawe-grilled fish with your choice of five different preparations. Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, 78-128 ‘Ehukai St., Keauhou, Hawai‘i Island, 930.4949, raysonthebay.com

Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a
This popular mainstay at the Grand Wailea is a romantic and exotic get-away restaurant set afloat a million-gallon saltwater lagoon filled with tropical fish. With chef Mike Lofaro at the helm, we suggest the Mai Ke Kai I Ke Kula surf and turf, which features a grilled lobster tail and savory filet mignon. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 875.1234, wailearesortdining.com/restaurants/humuhumu

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
Known for its wide selection of premium beers on tap, Monkeypod Kitchen entices the adventurous foodie crowd out to O‘ahu’s West Side. Pair one of the fine brews with a kiawe grilled ‘ahi steak paired with jalapeño mashed potatoes, or indulge in one of the scrumptious pizzas. 92-1046 ‘Olani St., Ko Olina, 380.4086, monkeypodkitchen.com/ko-olina