Will be visiting Oahu and Kauai in late July and since the vacation is virtually free (Starwood points and frequent flyer miles), we'll be up for at least one or two blow-out, cost-be-damed meals (and some other good ones). We're very adventurous diners from Chicago and our standards are really high, but we enjoy good food no matter how grungy/cheap or elegant/expensive. I know Alan Wong's is very good; I've been there before and wouldn't hesitate to return, but am also considering La Mer, Hoku's, 3660 or Chef Mavro (or other suggestions). I have a number of friends that live on Oahu (but who don't do fine-dining), so I have a good handle on the cheap eats places.
I've been checking guidebooks, websites, etc., and--as usual--there are lots of dissenting reviews (especially regarding La Mer: "best meal ever," "horrible--never again"). Food and service are my top prioroties: a view or opulent surroundings are much less important. We also prefer multiple small courses and not one massive entree...a la carte or prix fixe.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.