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On the ocean side of Kauai Shores hotel, Lava Lava Beach Club has the island’s only “toes-in-the-sand” dining area, on comfy wicker sofas facing Wailua Bay. It also offers plenty of other oceanview indoor and outdoor seating, a full bar with zippy tropical cocktails and a dozen beers (seven local), and an attentive staff serving American and island-flavored specialties, including a burger made from local beef and Portuguese sausage ($17), from 7am to 10pm. Prices border on the expensive ($22 for a lunch salad with five shrimp) and food quality can vary, but otherwise this is a beachy-keen hideaway, with live music nightly.