Tommy Bahama Tropical Café. This breezy, open-air restaurant, located upstairs at the Shops at Mauna Lani, offers an excellent roster of appetizers, including seared-scallop sliders and coconut-crusted crab cakes. The chef here has freedom to cook up his own daily specials, and the miso-marinated kampachi is a standout. Other entrées include rustic chicken pasta and crab-stuffed shrimp. Homemade breads and creamy butters set the stage for a nice meal, which most
definitely should include one of Tommy's outstanding martinis, the tastiest and strongest anywhere on the island. Desserts are decadent and meant for sharing. There's live music every evening. The Shops at Mauna Lani, 68-1330 Mauna Lani Dr., No. 102, Kohala Coast, HI, 96743. 808/881–8686. www.tommybahama.com.