Tahiti Nui / Restaurant & Bar Price: $7 to $20 Scoping it out: This Hanalei old-timer looks like a South Pacific dive (tatamis stapled to the walls, carved-tiki bar stools, a faint smell of humid air when you walk inside) but it is a longtime local favorite. Tahiti native Auntie Louise Marston opened the restaurant/bar nearly half a century ago; since her death six years ago, her son Christian has been running the place. There is live Hawaiian music nightly, so drop by, try the sear-crusted ono or smoked ribs, and pretend you have just dropped anchor in Papeete, Tahiti.
Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
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