- Sunset Lanai Lounge, at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel (Oahu; tel. 808/923-1555): The hau tree here shaded Robert Louis Stevenson as he wrote poems to Princess Kaiulani; today it frames the ocean view from the Sunset Lanai Lounge. This lounge is the favorite watering hole of Diamond Head-area beachgoers, who love Sans Souci Beach, the ocean view, the mai tais, and the live music during weekend sunset hours.
- Jameson's by the Sea (Oahu; tel. 808/637-6272): The mai tais here are dubbed the best in surf city, and the view, though not perfect, doesn't hurt, either. Across the street from the harbor, this open-air roadside oasis is a happy stop for North Shore wave-watchers and sunset-savvy sightseers.
- Mai Tai Bar, at the Royal Hawaiian (Oahu; tel. 808/923-7311): This bar without walls is perched a few feet from the sand, with pleasing views of the south shore and the Waianae Mountains. Surfers and paddlers ride the waves while Diamond Head acquires a golden sunset halo. Sip a mighty mai tai, watch the sun sink into the Pacific, and be grateful that you are in Hawaii.
- House Without a Key, at the Halekulani (Oahu; tel. 808/923-2311): Oahu's quintessential sunset oasis offers a view of Diamond Head, great hula and steel-guitar music, and the best mai tais on the island -- all under a century-old kiawe tree. Even jaded locals are unable to resist the lure.
- Duke's Waikiki, at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach (Oahu; tel. 808/922-2268): It's crowded in the evening, but who can resist Hawaiian music with Waikiki sand still on your feet? Come in from the beach or the street -- it's always a party at Duke's. Entertainment here is tops, reaching a crescendo at sunset.
- Beach Tree Bar & Grill, at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Big Island; tel. 808/325-8000): The bar on the beach seats only a handful, but the restaurant will accept the overflow. This is the finest sunset perch in North Kona, with consummate people-watching, tasty drinks, and the gorgeous ocean. The open-air restaurant, with Hawaiian music at sunset, also serves excellent fare.
- Huggo's on the Rocks (Big Island; tel. 808/329-1493): Here's a thatched-bar fantasy that's really on the rocks. This mound of thatch, rock, and grassy-sandy ground right next to Huggo's restaurant is a sunset-lover's nirvana. Sip a tropical drink while reclining on a chaise and nosh on Island-style appetizers while the ocean laps at your feet.
- Kimo's (Maui; tel. 808/661-4811): An oceanfront dining room and deck, upstairs dining, and happy-hour drinks draw a fun-loving Lahaina crowd. Nibble on sashimi or nachos and take in the views of Lanai and Molokai.
- Mala Ocean Tavern (Maui; tel. 808/667-9394): If you were any closer to the water, you'd be in the ocean. Sit outdoors on the lanai and sample the liquid libations from the exotic martini menu and marvel at the wonders of West Maui, where the sun sets slowly and Lanai looks like a giant whale offshore. It's simply magical.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.