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Kennidy Hassell

October 7, 2022

Kauai just might be my new favorite Hawaiian Island. Here’s a collective recommendations list we got from friends and family.

North Side—

Food:

  • Holey Grail Donuts Food Truck (weekends only)*
  • Fresh Bite 
  • The Spot*
  • Kilauea Pizza & Bakery
  • AMA ramen (get the Brussels sprouts)
  • Hanalei bread co.*
  • JoJo’s Shave Ice
  • The Dolphin
  • Kalypso
  • Trilogy (coffee)
  • Kilauea fish market
  • Sushi girl 
  • Wishing Well shave ice

Things to do: 

  • Hanalei Bay*
  • Hike down to Secret Beach 
  • Snorkel at Anini*
  • Snorkel at Tunnels Beach**
  • Hike down/snorkel at Hideaways Beach
  • Kayak or paddle Hanalei river 
  • Hanakapia Falls or Hanakapia Beach (need permit) 
  • Ke’e beach (at the very end of the road and it’s a cool drive. They say you need a permit but I’ve been fine going at sunset time without one)
  • Queen’s Bath*
  • Kauapea beach
  • Kayak rentals by The Dolphin restaurant in hanalei (you can kayak to a cool little beach from there…if you’re interested I can find where it is exactly)

East Side—

  • Kalalea Juice Hale**
  • Saimin
  • Beach House Restaurant
  • Kimchee #9
  • No. 1
  • Duke’s
  • Tip Top
  • Kalena’s
  • Kalapaki Joe’s
  • Garden Island BBQ✅
  • Fish Express 
  • Tiki tacos
  • Hukilau Lanai
  • Coconuts Fish Cafe
  • Scorpaccitos
  • Java Kai 
  • Kountry Kitchen
  • Fillos Tacos
  • Aloha Aina Juice 
  • Kauai bakery (malasadas)
  • Anattas thai 
  • Rob’s Good Time
  • Hee Fat’s shaved ice with homemade macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom 

Things to do:

  • Secret falls kayak/ hike
  • Bike on kapaa bike path 
  • Sleeping giant hike 
  • Wailua falls
  • Kayak wailua river 
  • Walk around Hokuala Golf Course/timbers resort
  • Puhi farmers market – Saturday 9am  
  • Kapa’a waterfall hike

South Side—

Food:

  • Puka Dogs****
  • Keoki’s
  • Eating House 1849
  • Stevenson’s Library 
  • Kickshaws 
  • Koloa Fish Co. 
  • Kauai Poke Truck
  • La Spezia 
  • Kauai Juice Co. 
  • Lapperts
  • Red salt sushi
  • Kenji burger (ahi tuna sandwich trust)
  • Dukes

Things to do: 

  • Mahalapu hike
  • Allertons beach 
  • Sheraton beach 
  • Shops at Kukuiula – wednesday farmers market @ 3:30
  • Baby beach 
  • Warehouse 3540 shops
  • Shipwreck beach
  • LULULEMON

West Side

Food:

  • Shrimp Station 
  • Island Taco
  • Gina’s
  • Porky’s (food truck)*
  • Hoku’s (food truck) 
  • Wrangler’s
  • Booze Shop
  • Ishihara*
  • Omoide (closed on Mondays)
  • Port Allen Sunset Grill and Bar
  • Brick Oven 
  • Japanese grandmas 
  • Midnight bear 

Things to do:

  • Waimea Canyon
  • Hike up kokee
  • Kalepa ridge hike 
  • Awawapuhi hike
  • Kalalau lookout 
  • Waipoo falls hike 
  • Kekaha beach 
  • Na Pali Coast raft Tour – blue ocean adventures

KAUAI RECOMMENDATIONS