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5 Oceanside Dining Delights

The finest interior decorators in the world can’t compete with Mother Nature. Sunsets, sea breezes, swaying palms—there are a multitude of reasons to dine alfresco in the islands. These restaurants have taken the concept of outdoor dining to new heights of perfection. 

5 Oceanside Dining Delights in Hawaii

Morimoto Maui, at the Andaz Maui at Wailea, is a delightful mix of flawless Japanese cuisine, impeccable service and laid-back island style. Life has never been so good.  

1. Beachhouse at the Moana
This year, the Moana Surfrider, which was the first hotel in Waikīkī, turns 115 years old. The iconic hotel is an Italian Renaissance structure with Victorian charm to spare. Best spot to enjoy the oceanfront? The Veranda for breakfast, lunch or tea, but for dinner, it's the Beachhouse at the Moana, with picture-perfect views of the sunset and a private label cabernet sauvignon. Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, 2365 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, O‘ahu, 922.3111

2. Morimoto Maui
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto compulsion for artistry and reinvention extends to the design of his Valley Isle outpost, which is rooted in Japanese minimalism and thoroughly timeless. Natural materials grace the furniture and interior, which seamlessly flow into the lānai. Satiate your eyes with appetizing details like the swirling, Mobius strip-inspired beach pendant lights and wooden sculptures. Andaz Maui at Wailea, 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, Maui, 243.4766

3. Tidepools
If the location weren’t enough—just footsteps from Shipwreck Beach, where Harrison Ford filmed Six Days Seven Nights—the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa’s restaurant sweeps diners off their feet with its unique ambience. In fact, this eatery consists of a series of thatched-roof bungalows built above a lagoon inhabited by koi fish. The final touch is a waterfall cascading in the background. It’s the perfect mental cleanse before trying Maui-born Chef de Cuisine Eric Bartolome’s tempting menu. 1571 Po‘ipu Road, Poi‘pu, Kaua‘i, 240.6456

4. Nobu Lana‘i
Blurring the lines between the interior and the outside world, Nobu Lanaʻi features simple, Japanese-inspired architecture. Its design, which centers around teak timbers and wood detailing, was conceived by Malibu design firm Studio PCH and Santa Monica-based Montalba Architects. The space allows diners to gaze out onto the waters of Hulopoʻe Bay, even from inside. Towering ceilings and glass panel-covered awnings add to the sense of openness. Order the multicourse omakase ($125 or $195) to complete the Nobu vision. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, 1 Manele Bay Road, Lana‘i City, Lana‘i, 565.2832

5. ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge
The signature oceanfront restaurant at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Hualālai wows guests with its lavish haute cuisine, focusing on sustainably grown local ingredients prepared to perfection. But before fork reaches mouth, it’s the sexy, magical ambience that overwhelms the senses. The last of the day’s shimmering sunlight filters throughout the open-air restaurant and bounces off ocean swells just yards away. 100 Ka‘upulehu Drive, Kona-Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island, 325.8000