Not surprisingly, Keauhou island's way of life is reflected in the local dining scene. Tropical cooking, including barbecue and fruity desserts, has a definite presence here. The island experience isn't complete without the Hawaiian plate lunch, a traditional combination of meat or fish, a scoop of macaroni salad and two scoops of white rice. The plate lunch is deliciously comforting but definitely carb-loaded, while poke offers a healthier approach to classic Hawaiian eating. This raw fish salad is a fresh blend of marinated flavors. Much of the island's cooking involves the fusion of Hawaiian with Japanese, Thai and other Asian influences here. In this beachy area, outdoor dining is commonplace and often made better with live musical performances.