Denise Laitinen

Correspondent

  • Big Island, Hawaii, USA

Denise Laitinen is a correspondent who lives on the Big Island and covers Hawaii for Forbes Travel Guide. The freelance writer specializes in luxury real estate, pets and the unique history, culture and lifestyle that make Hawaii so special. A state-certified tour guide, Laitinen has worked extensively on all the main Hawaiian Islands. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Ke Ola, Island Dog, and Maui Time. She is the editor of Big Island Business, a blog focused on the Big Island.

  • On January 16, 2014
    Denise Laitinen answered the question: Denise Laitinen

    What is the dress code at ʻUlu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge?

    There’s no official dress code for Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s ’Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge, however, as the resort’s signature restaurant, the atmosphere is more stylish than beachwear. Casual resort attire is fine for breakfast, but you’ll want to don something a bit dressier for dinner. And while life in Hawaii is relaxed, footwear is required for breakfast and dinner. Just steps from the shore, more than half the restaurant’s tables are on the lanai (patio) to take advantage of the mesmerizing ocean views and sunsets. Tropical weather means it’s typically balmy year round in Hualalai, but there are the rare occasions during the winter months when it can be windy and you may need a light sweater or jacket.
  • On January 16, 2014
    Denise Laitinen answered the question: Denise Laitinen

    When is ʻUlu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge open?

    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s oceanfront ’Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge offers a sumptuous à la carte breakfast daily from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Come during the winter months and you could see whales playing while enjoying your morning coffee. Almost as famous as the swimming guests is ’Ulu’s regional cuisine, which is offered daily from 5:30 through 9:30 p.m. and at its Sushi Lounge from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Hawaii’s sunsets are legendary and you’ll want to arrive about a half hour before it to enjoy one of ’Ulu’s signature libations while watching the sun dip over the ocean and seeing the elusive green flash (the last rays of the sunset). The Big Island restaurant was designed so that nearly every seat in the establishment has an ocean view.
  • On January 16, 2014
    Denise Laitinen answered the question: Denise Laitinen

    What is the scene like at ʻUlu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge?

    Much everywhere else on the property, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers relaxed elegance amid a luxurious tropical oceanfront setting at its signature restaurant, ’Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge. ’Ulu’s cuisine is upscale but without the stuffiness normally associated with a formal fine-dining establishment. The ambience at ’Ulu is stylish and modern yet unapologetically informal. The focus is on fun here, enjoying exceptional food while sitting around the rock fire pit and watching the sunset. Savor one of the Big Island restaurant’s many boutique wines while listening to the waves break along the shore under a tropical full moon. Spotlights even shine along the shoreline so you can watch the dancing waves even when the moon is hiding. The natural beauty of Hawaii’s Kohala Coast is drawn indoors by the use of sand-colored tile throughout the restaurant while glass bubble partitions and the mother of pearl ceiling add ethereal touches.
  • On January 16, 2014
    Denise Laitinen answered the question: Denise Laitinen

    What is the scene like at ʻUlu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge?

    Much everywhere else on the property, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai offers relaxed elegance amid a luxurious tropical oceanfront setting at its signature restaurant, ’Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge. ’Ulu’s cuisine is upscale but without the stuffiness normally associated with a formal fine-dining establishment. The ambience at ’Ulu is stylish and modern yet unapologetically informal. The focus is on fun here, enjoying exceptional food while sitting around the rock fire pit and watching the sunset. Savor one of the Big Island restaurant’s many boutique wines while listening to the waves break along the shore under a tropical full moon. Spotlights even shine along the shoreline so you can watch the dancing waves even when the moon is hiding. The natural beauty of Hawaii’s Kohala Coast is drawn indoors by the use of sand-colored tile throughout the restaurant while glass bubble partitions and the mother of pearl ceiling add ethereal touches.
  • On January 16, 2014
    Denise Laitinen answered the question: Denise Laitinen

    Where is ʻUlu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge located?

    Tucked into the lush tropical landscaping of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, ’Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge lies along the resort’s half-mile stretch of beach on the Kona Coast that was once the site of an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. Located just seven miles north of the Kona airport, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel on Hawaii Island. Like the rest of the resort, ’Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge was designed to maximize its ocean views. Modern in design, the indoor/outdoor oceanfront restaurant has a casual yet stylish vibe that permeates the elegant tropical setting. Hawaii Island, lovingly called the Big Island, is known as the breadbasket of Hawaii. That said, the chefs at ’Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge take full advantage of the vast abundance of fresh ingredients from local ranches and fishermen, working with 160 different farms to create the menu.
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