Tucked away behind the Waipouli Resort in Kapaa is Oasis on the Beach. Walking through the elaborate hotel, a koi pond embellishes the entrance to the courtyard. Your senses come alive as you follow along a winding path lined with hibiscus and indigenous vegetation toward the ocean. Sounds of birds chirping and ocean waves mix with the melody of children laughing and playing in the pool, a serpentine like river switchbacking throughout the courtyard. Adults relax with a book and order snack foods from the pool side cafe.
Walking into Oasis is like walking into an idyllic beachfront bar with a touch of sophistication. Inside, the floor to ceiling windows are wide open inviting the ocean breeze to sweep through and cool you off. A solid wood, hand-carved Outrigger canoe serves as the bar and seating spills outside onto the lanai.
Oasis proudly serves locally sourced specialties with appetizers, lunch, dinner and tropical drinks, including the house made Mai Tai. Appetizers such as Kauai Shrimp Cakes with a Chili and Black Bean Glaze and entrees like Rosemary Crusted Pork Chop and Pan Seared “Catch of the Minute” are featured on the small, well thought out menu. Working closely with Kauaiʼs farmers, ranchers and fishermen, ninety percent of their food is local.
On a typical evening, Hawaiian music serenades you into a tropical stupor but occasionally, bands with a youth driven edge play. This past Saturday my husband and I went to see The Throwdowns, a ska band, playing to benefit Surfrider Kauai. Whenever you come, youʼre sure to enjoy the local music commingling in a seductive dance with the sounds of the ocean.
This is where I go to have a drink and relax, celebrate a special occasion or bring friends and family visiting from the mainland. With its beautiful ocean view, tasteful tropical decor and fresh local food, Oasis is pure and elegant Kauai.
(photograph by Sam Mitzel).
We are happy to bring a new voice to the Hawaii Aloha Travel blog this week with a contribution by Marta Lane. Marta lives on Kauai and is a personal chef, so you’ll probably encounter island cuisine in her posts, as well as notes from The Garden Isle. If you live in Hawaii and would like to contribute a post, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by: Bruce Fisher on Jun 30, 2010