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Tahiti Nui Restaurant Review: The Nui, as it's known locally, has old-fashioned Polynesian charm. The funky building definitely has character written all over it, harkening back to a time when Hanalei was much more laid-back. From its broad, shady porch to its rattan bar, it's campy in the cool way that comes from being totally authentic, a trait that saw it featured in the movie “The Descendants.” The fare is mostly pub food: pizza, burgers and salads, with some pasta, fresh fish dishes and steak thrown in. Of these, the tequila lime shrimp are especially noteworthy. But the scene is better than the food. The bar, with its lethal mai tais and local clientele, is usually hopping. Live entertainment and karaoke keep things lively.