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From beneath Ola's open-air beachside dining room, it's not too hard to see where the restaurant sources its ingredients. In many cases, all you have to do is turn your head. It's located right on the sandy beaches of Kuilima Bay, giving parents a chance to enjoy a special keiki menu while their kids play in the sand.
Ola translates to "life" or "healthy," and for Executive chef Fred DeAngelo that means partnering with local farmers to source ingredients for his original grass-fed Moloka'i beef, fresh island fish, and goat cheese nachos, in addition to a bounty of fruit and vegetables grown on Oahu's North Shore. His flavor profiles have also garnered ample accolades, including recommendations from Fodor's and Frommer's.
The magic here doesn't end with the food or the view, though. Bartenders mix tropical drinks like the signature pomegranate cocktail and serve an impressive variety of wines (58 by the bottle; 42 by the glass). Ola's on-beach location also hosts the occasional jam session on weekends from 2–5 p.m., and at sunset tiki torches are lit, giving meals an extra romantic kick with private, candle-lit tables near the ocean. Considering the setting, it's no surprise that the restaurant has seen its fair share of marriage proposals since opening in 2005. It has also been the setting for numerous television shows, including the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.