5-5161 Kuhio Hwy. (808-826-7081) restaurantbaracuda.com With cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean regions of Europe, including Southern France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, this tapas bar is one of Kaua‘i’s coolest places to relax with friends and sip some wine.
GAYLORD’S AT KILOHANA
3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy. (808-245-9593) gaylordskauai.com Using foods found in its backyard garden and from farmers around the island, this farm-totable restaurant pays careful attention to the seasons, tweaking menus each week.
5-5161 Kuhio Hwy. (808-826-2524) A quick and easy spot for lunch, this casual eatery serves sandwiches made on fresh baked bread, alongside classic American, gourmet eats.
2956 Kress St. (808-245-3271) Soft, slight chewy saimin noodles make this nofrills mom-and-pop joint a favorite among locals. Don’t leave without trying the barbecue teriyaki sticks and lilikoi pie.
520 Aleka Lp. (808-822-0600) hukilaukauai.com Enjoy handcrafted, scratch-made cuisine utilizing products from the bounty that Kaua‘i has to offer alongside nightly entertainment
JOSSELIN’S TAPAS BAR AND GRILL
Kukui‘ula Shopping Center, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St. (808-742-7117) josselins.com This tapas bar features dishes inspired by all parts of the world, using as many locally grown ingredients as possible.
The St. Regis Princeville Resort, 5520 Ka Haku Rd. (808-826-9644) kauaigrill.com Sweeping views of Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai only heighten the dining experience at this St. Regis restaurant boasting a curated selection of artful appetizers and entrées from famed chef JeanGeorge Vongerichten.
KOLOA RUM CO.
3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy. (808-246-8900) koloarum.com At Hawai‘i’s first and only rum tasting room, located on the beautiful grounds of the historic Kilohana Plantation, learn about the history of Kaua‘i’s sugarcane from which Koloa’s rums are made, and enjoy complimentary samples the award-winning rum.
LAVA LAVA BEACH CLUB
420 Papaloa Rd. (808-769-5282) lavalavabeachclub.com Opening in August 2015 at the newly renovated Kauai Shores Hotel in Kapa‘a, Lava Lava Beach Club will offer the island’s only Toes in the Sand dining experience.
LIVING FOODS MARKET & CAFE
Kukui‘ulaVillage, 2829 Ala Kalanikauamaka (808-742-2323) livingfoodskauai.com Shop at the island’s largest selection of organic, sustainable, and locally grown produce and don’t forget to grab lunch in the market’s cafe-style restaurant, which serves a simple European-style menu.
MERRIMAN’S FISH HOUSE
Kukui‘ula Shopping Center, 2829 Ala Kanaikaumaka St. (808-742-8385) merrimanshawaii.com One of the pioneering restaurants of the farm-totable concept, Merriman’s serves only the freshest products, at least 90 percent of which are locally grown or caught using sustainable methods.
OASIS ON THE BEACH
4-820 Kuhio Hwy. (808-833-9332) oasiskauai.com A breathtaking oceanfront location right on the beach, Oasis utilizes local sustainable sources for 90 percent of their ingredients.
5-5075 Kuhio Hwy. (808-826-1191) postcardscafe.com Set in a charming setting, Postcards is known for freshly prepared seafood and gourmet vegetarian cuisine using no refined sugar or chemical additives.
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort, 2251 Poipu Rd. (808742-4288) koakea.com/dining-at-red-salt At this restaurant, beautiful oceanfront dining and contemporary upscale cuisine celebrate the fresh seafood and produce available in Hawai‘i.
RUMFIRE POIPU BEACH
2440 Hoonani Rd. (808-742-1661) rumfirekauai.com One of Kaua‘i’s favorite hot spots, this festive lounge offers a 180-degree view of the ocean and an innovative menu that artfully blends Hawaiian-rooted cuisine with global influences.
ST. REGIS BAR
5520 Ka Haku Rd. (808-826-9644) Take in one of the most spectacular sunset views in all of Hawai‘i at this upscale bar while enjoying live music and an innovative small-plate selection by the chefs of Kauai Grill.
1571 Poipu Rd. (808-240-6456) kauai.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining.html Embrace the tempting combination of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine served in a unique Hawai‘i setting right on the water.
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St. (808-742-8884) At this modern Mexican grill and margarita bar, enjoy unexpected flavors utilizing all-natural meats and organic, locally grown produce in a contemporary, chic setting.
Located at the entrance of Nawiliwili Harbor Kalapaki Beach is located in Kaua‘i’s main town of Lihu‘e. A stand on the beach offers surfing lessons, catamaran cruises, and sailboat rentals. The beach is also popular among volleyball players, with several courts located along the beach.
4428 Rice St. (808-245-6931) kauaimuseum.org There are two floors of permanent exhibits pertaining to the history of Kaua‘i, from the birth of the island up through the territorial period. Guided public tours are free with paid admission, and the first Saturday of every month is “Family Free Saturday” free admission.
KAUAPEA (SECRET BEACH)
Turn toward the ocean on Kalihiwai Rd.; take second dirt road to the end Known for its size, seclusion, and beauty, this gay beach, which is only accessible after a 15-minute hike, stuns its visitors with its broad white sand beach, turquoise waters, arresting cliff views, and nude sunbathers.
Located literally at the end of the road (Highway 560), Ke‘e Beach’s calm serene lagoon is teaming with fish, making for one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. A short walk towards Haena provides stunning views of the Na Pali Coast.
3-2087 Kaumuali‘i Hwy. (808-245-5608) kilohanakauai.com Ride a historic train, hike through a rainforest, taste island-made rum, and enjoy one of the island’s best luaus at Kilohana Plantation, located within the historic Gaylord Wilcox Mansion.
5 Kuhio Hwy. (808-826-1053) ntbg.org/gardens/limahuli.php Extending across 1,000 acres of verdant tropical valley that span three distinct ecological zones, Limahuli Garden and Preserve (also known as Bali Hai) was named best natural botanical garden in the United States by the American Horticultural Society.
LYDGATE STATE PARK BEACH
Off Hwy. 56, five miles north of Lihu‘e With its calm waters and with lifeguards present, this state park remains popular with families, as well as with gays, located on the south side between Wailua Golf Course and the condos.
POIPU BEACH PARK
2250 Kuai Rd. On Kaua‘i’s sunny south shore is one of the island’s most popular beaches. Named best beach by the Travel Channel and Dr. Beach, Poipu accommodates nearly every type of beach activity.