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Outer Island Dinner rec (Not Oahu!) Need you rec for da bestest!

Every year at Christmas time I stay in Honolulu and fly to another island to spend only the day and have dinner. I have been to every island but this time will choose the island based solely on where we can find an outstanding meal w one caveat-we don't want to get fussy dressed up. Thanks in advance. Money is no object.

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  1. My first thought was The Dining Room at The Lodge on Lanai. We've stayed at the Lodge twice and prefer it to Manele. And the big roaring fireplace would be very Christmasy.

    However since Elison took over the two resorts no longer share full access amenities. We loved spending mornings in Lanai city, having breakfast and talking story with locals, and then going down to Manele in the afternoon for some snorkling and pool time. Unless they've gone back to the old ways, Lodge guests are no longer given access to Manele's Pool. But for one night, I think the Lodge would be magical.

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    1. re: Bellachefa

      Oops, I was thinking you would do a night on an island. Flying to an island for dinner and then flying back to Oahu after dinner? Flights would be very limiting. I really don't get it. If money is no object, why not spend the night?

      Maybe Mama's on Maui if they are open?

      1. re: Bellachefa

        Spending the whole day on one of the islands-something we do every year-money no object for meal. Not to sound like a prude but nice peaceful and quiet not for me! That's why I fly back to Waikiki after dinner-to continue the action at night!! I'm a youngster -60 years but feel 18!!

        1. re: UES Mayor

          Prude is certainly not the word that comes to mind.

          1. re: UES Mayor

            But by mandating an evening flight back home like you did on your Kauai trip, you cut out a bunch of options just because the logistics didn't work. So you can't actually get THE absolute best.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/926827

            1. re: UES Mayor

              !! surprised you are 60yrs !! based on some of your other posts, you're pretty feisty for an older guy.

              i have limited experience w/the outer islands, but i did enjoy merriman's on the big island and it was comfortable and casual.

              i'm not sure of your exact interests, but i had fun visiting the ocean rider seahorse farm at the kona airport, i mentioned this in several other posts. got to look at diff stages of development and actually play with a seahorse. you'd fly into this airport if you choose merriman's.

               
               
                1. re: UES Mayor

                  yeah, my parents just turned 60 and 61 and they're not old at all. (i'm gonna be 34 this year.) when you're a kid, though, 60 sounds old.

                2. re: indelibledotink

                  Merriman's on the Big Island sounds nice, especially since there's no Merriman's on Oahu (only Monkeypod at Ko Olina).

                  What time do you aim for your flight back? 9-10pm?

          2. Four Seasons Hualalai on the Kona coast..
            Dinner under the stars.
            Aloha bruddha!
            www.fourseasons.com/hualalai/

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            1. re: Beach Chick

              If you're speaking about Ulu, I've heard on other food boards that the hotel greatly restricts ability of non-guests to book a table during the holidays.

              On a different forum, I read from someone who was there recently that during busy periods, they are "removed from OpenTable and if you're not staying at the resort, you can only book up to a week in advance."

              1. re: kathryn

                I've read that somewhere too, that 4S BI and other resorts limit non staying guests during Christmas and New Years.

            2. Since money is no object, Nihoa might be fun...

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                1. re: indelibledotink

                  Hi, Indelible:

                  A/k/a (Moku Manu) at 23°03′38″N 161°55′19″W

                  Or French Frigate Shoals (a/k/a Kānemilohaʻi) at 23°52.134′N 166°17.16′W

                  I was tweaking the OP, who said he's been to every outer island.

                  Aloha,
                  Kaleo

                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    ah, dinner would be endangered birds and their eggs, then.

                    ty for explaining!

                    1. re: indelibledotink

                      and opihi! yumm.

                      Or they could always go back to Kaho'olawe and grill their recently culled axis deer on a reactivated abandoned land mine while making feral goat cheese for apps. And of course witness the tnt green flash at sunset.

              1. How about Mama's Fish House in Paia? Paia is pretty laid back, plus it's not that far from the airport, if you're intending to take the last flight back to Oahu.

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                1. re: honu2

                  Did mama's last year-loved it!!! May go again.

                2. I say go to Kauai and have dinner at Josselins.

                  If money is no object. Fly to Kauai, then get a personal chef to cater dinner on the beach at Niihau. All it takes is the chef and to charter a help. If you don't want to f**k around going to Niihau, just get dropped in at Milolii...you'll be the only ones there.

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                  1. re: wabi

                    That's sounds so boring!! And snarky

                  2. My top three on Maui would be DUO and Spago at the Four Seasons and Merriman's at Kapalua.

                    Kauai I'd consider Kauai Grill at St. Regis Princeville and Merriman's Poipu.