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Though not actually on the sand, the open-air, oceanfront setting at the Waipouli Beach Resort is still memorable, as are the daily fresh-catch (grilled or pan-seared) and curry specials, the grilled kale salad with whipped Brie, and braised short ribs with bacon-truffle fried rice. Chef de cuisine Sean Smull proudly notes that 90% of ingredients come from Kauai. Luckily, half portions of many dinner entrees make sharing a breeze; save room for the apple banana spring roll with gelato. The handsome canoe bar and sounds of ocean surf make the occasional wait worthwhile. Wednesdays are an ideal time to discover this culinary oasis, with live music and a special “chef’s choice” menu from 4 to 6pm. Note: Breakfast entrees are tasty but petite by local standards.