We are a few days into our trip here. My husband is off at a conference so I have the baby and her big sister during the day. I thought I would post a review of where we have been so far. Normally I would be pretty adventurous about eating, but we do not have a car and the co-eaters have limited attention span. So far, we've been to the Shorebird Restaurant, Roy's, Chibo Okonomiyaki, Kani Ka Pila Grille, and Tai Pan. I will post each review as replies
Staying at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel, we are eating breakfast here at the Shorebird every morning (though after reading Bill Hunt's review of Wailana Coffee Shop, we definitely have to venture over there). Perusing the Tripadvisor reviews, I was not expecting much and have been pleasantly surprised by the buffet. I never though I would appreciate a canned fruit array, but it works for the two year old, especially the lychees. High points: carved ham and turkey, lots of pineapple and papaya, vegetable fried rice (surprisingly good), mahi mahi (this has varied in quality, some mornings it is tender, others tough), chocolate macadamia nut muffins. The view is lovely though one has to be ready to leap to grab an available table.
Lunch buffet at the Shorebird: Decent. I liked the salmon lomi lomi and the cucumber salad. The Hawaiian food was otherwise uninspired.
Bar Menu at the Shorebird: Excellent fried fish in the fish and chips and a giant portion to boot. My husband likes the Ahi tacos quite a bit, but I thought the wasabi sauce was a bit strong. When we ordered a grilled cheese of the children's menu, they graciously substituted fruit for the fries.
Very friendly service.