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Best things to do in Kauai

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Beach
“You can go to Ke'e beach or hike to Hanakapi'ai beach and falls. You will need to make arrangements for a parking permit or shuttle from Princeville. ”
23 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Gorgeous! Also called “the end of the road!” You can reserve parking spots ahead or reserve a shuttle ride in. ”
22 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Not one to miss! Go directly before sunset to enjoy the beautiful scenery and…a large flock of parrots that fly to the palm trees surrounding the restaurant. Early risers can also watch the parrots leave at dawn. You do not have to eat at the restaurant. Just need to be in the vicinity. It is a bit pricey but the food, view, parrots and service make it worthwhile. ”
29 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Everything on the menu is excellent complemented by great service. The pizza is amazing too! Reservations are recommended for a party of six or more.”
16 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Slightly more challenging beginning surf lessons. See the Kauai Beach Boys”
3 locals recommend
Bar
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“On property restaurant which is fantastic. Great food and drinks, barefoot bar but fancy enough for a nice dinner too. ”
13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great local plates of fresh fish or teriyaki chicken or pork. Outdoor seating in a courtyard surrounded by local shops.”
24 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“More upscale food as well as prices. Has a small bar area and outdoor space. ”
12 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Best snorkeling!! Epic views!!! You can go online to reserve parking spots many days in advance...or you can book rides into the area on the new shuttles. ”
29 locals recommend
Tiki Bar
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“Tiki Aniki is a moderate walk or short drive away in Princeville center. Great place to enjoy live music and drinks in a casual setting. This is a local favorite and you can stroll over to Piazza for dinner afterwards. ”
11 locals recommend
Health
“Great Health Food Store sharing food that's Organic, non GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian and more.”
18 locals recommend
Bar
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“The quintessential beachfront diner. Overlook the beach from the second story, and make sure to try the pupu platter.”
18 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Kilauea light house is located up north in a very picturesque location. There are hundreds of white tailed birds on ridges surrounding the light house. Tours of the light house are offered but it is based on availability in the sign up sheet. Even if you are not able to get on a tour you will still still enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. There is a 5$ per person entrance fee and the place closes at 4 pm. There is a small gift store and a visitor center with information on the history of the light house. Very neatly maintained grounds. ”
17 locals recommend
Museum
“"History" isn't a word that necessarily exudes excitement, more-so drawn-out speeches and grainy, black-and-white photos. Can it be boring? Well, sure, but that's just me and my hours of lecture classes talking. Besides, not many people care to put effort into learning about what has already happened hundreds of years ago; people want to focus on the "now" and what's to come ahead. Except, eventually you realize everything, both present and future, is the result of the precedence. Take a look at Kauai; you see the towns, the people, and the culture mix, they’re all a result of historic events. Imagine if Hawaii's monarchy weren't overthrown in 1893, can you picture the islands not being a part of the U.S and still being ruled by kings and queens? Crazy, right? There's one place on Kauai to learn about this and so much more. The Kauai Museum is located on Rice Street, just a few minutes away from the Lihue Airport. The dated, but timeless, architecture make it instantly recognizable for passersby. The museum is open everyday, except Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm. Inside you will discover various artifacts, exhibits, and murals, ranging from the ancient Hawaiian times, early sugar plantation life, and World War II. There is a gift shop for special keepsakes to take home. History can be a fun experience by being just that, an experience. Visualize traveling to Machu Picchu, the Pyramids of Giza, or Stonehenge, they create wonder and interest because it's all right there in front of you. That's what museums look to accomplish, to give the perception of physically stepping back in time.”
20 locals recommend
Café
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“Great sandwiches and salads for lunch, add some special appetizers and entrees for an informal dinner. ”
16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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3 locals recommend