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Don't-Miss Dishes on Kauai

Don't-Miss Dishes on Kauai

Thanks to its unhurried mentality and focus on farm-to-table produce, Kauai is a prime Hawaiian destination to slow down and enjoy fresh, simple food. Flavors from Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cuisine converge for a unique island palate showcased in walk-up windows and award-winning restaurants alike. Don’t miss these Kauai specialties.

Kauai Coffee

Since Kauai is home to the largest coffee plantation in the US, steaming cups of Kauai Coffee Company brew are ubiquitous across the island. Start your morning off right with blends such as Kauai Blue Mountain, Poipu Estate, or chocolate macadamia nut. Sip a cup straight from the source on a free walking tour of the heritage plantation itself.

Tropical Fruit

Mineral-rich volcanic soil and some of the heaviest rainfall on Earth give the Garden Isle an ideal growing climate. Roadside fruit stands abound, serving up locally grown bounty such as pineapple, sunrise papaya, dragon fruit, guava, and lilikoi (passion fruit). For a refreshing island-style snack, pick up a fresh coconut hacked open with a machete before your eyes. Sip the sweet water and scoop the meat out with a spoon.

Fresh Fish

Hauled in daily from the Pacific, fresh fish plays a starring role on most Kauai restaurant menus. Look for grilled mahi mahi with mango salsa, or pick up an ahi tuna poke bowl topped with cucumber, avocado, and a sweet sesame dressing at the popular Koloa Fish Market.

Kalua Pig

A specialty at Hawaiian luaus, this succulent pork dish is the hard-earned result of roasting a whole pig in a traditional underground oven called an imu. Try it with mashed poi—a popular side dish of starchy, mashed taro root with a distinctive purple color.

Shave Ice

Cool off with Kauai's favorite sweet treat, a simple but oh-so-delicious combination of finely shaved ice topped with sugary syrup in a variety of flavors. Try it topped with shredded coconut, condensed milk, azuki beans, mochi, or li hing mui —a tart powder made from dried Chinese plums.

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Private Waimea Canyon Tour
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Private Waimea Canyon Tour

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Experience the best of Kauai on a full-day private tour through the island’s scenic landscape, highlights and historic landmarks. Sample locally-grown beans at the Kauai Coffee Company, and visit old-fashioned Hanapepe; see the last Russian outpost on Hawaii, follow the footsteps of Captain Cook and take in stunning views of Waimea Canyon. Feel the mist off Waipo’o Falls, watch the Spouting Horn lava tube erupt with towering surf and watch for sea turtles in a sheltered cove before finishing your tour with a visit to stunning Wailua Falls. *Price displayed is based on a party of four to six passengers
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Skip the Line: Princeville Botanical Gardens Tour and Chocolate Tasting Ticket

Skip the Line: Princeville Botanical Gardens Tour and Chocolate Tasting Ticket

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Indulge a passion for both nature and chocolate on this tropical tasting tour of Princeville Botanical Gardens in Kauai. Explore the plants and flowers that thrive at different elevations of the island on a guided tour of the garden’s terraces, creek beds, and valley floor, stopping along the way to taste fresh Hawaiian fruit and honey. Rest your feet in a shady outdoor tasting area as you sample single-origin gourmet chocolates from around the world and learn how cocoa beans are transformed into delicious chocolate products.
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  • 3 hours
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