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There’s always something cookin’ in the islands. So, get the buzz on these hot spots and make your reservations.

Ka‘ana Kitchen at the brand-new Andaz Maui at Wailea

Ka‘ana Kitchen
One of our favorite island chefs, Isaac Bancaco, is getting settled into his new digs at Andaz Maui at Wailea. One of the prime features of the sleek Ka‘ana Kitchen is the emphasis on ultrafresh ingredients, many of them from one Maui farm that the chef has partnered with. “There are lots of farm-to-table chefs and restaurants, but it’s different when you’re operating a restaurant in your hometown,” says Bancaco. “It’s closer to you heart and easier to build relationships with farmers.” 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 879.1234, maui.andaz.hyatt.com

12th Ave Grill
At last! 12th Ave Grill has opened its doors of its new location in the space formerly held by Victoria Inn. Owner Kevin Hanney has created an open, modern dining room that lends an urban atmosphere to the cuisine. (The renovations cost $1 million, by the way.) Despite the aesthetic changes, menu favorites like the famous macaroni and cheese remain the same. But don’t forget the other welcome change. The popular resto is now open on Sundays. 1120 12th Ave., Kaimukī, 732.9469, 12thavegrill.com

Panya Bistro & Bakery
It’s a new beginning for this beloved eatery, which moved from Ala Moana Center to a chic new space at the Hokua. Fear not—its offerings of breads and pastries, salads, sandwiches and popular laksa noodle soup remain intact. However, do enjoy its expansive open-air terrace. It’s the perfect spot for morning coffee or pau hana. Just don’t forget your shades for those afternoon rays! Hokua, 1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Kaka‘ako, 597.8880, panyagroup.com

Kan Zaman
Chefs Youssef Dakroub and Kamal Jemmari have created a culinary mecca in Chinatown, thanks to their approachable and flavorful takes on the cuisines of the Levant and North Africa. The tagines and couscous are perfect, along with the colorfully directed walls and spacious outdoor seating. And did we mention it’s BYOB? Another definite plus in our books. 1028 Nu‘uanu Ave., Chinatown, 554.3847, kanzamanhawaii.com

The Dolphin Restaurant & Sushi Lounge
Local residents will attest that The Dolphin, now with two locations, is one of the island’s hottest restaurants for being seen and dining in. As its name suggests, the specialties are fresh seafood and killer sushi. 5-5016 Kūhiō Highway, Hanalei, 826.6113; The Shops at Kukui‘ula, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka, Po‘ipū, 742.1414, hanaleidolphin.com