Top 16 Things To Do and Eat in HAWAII: KAUAI TRAVEL GUIDE from a Hawaiian: Travel & Eat Like a Local

Aloha 🤙 today we are adventuring to the Hawaiian island of Kauai (Known as the Garden Isle). We’ll visit top attractions. The Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Wailua Falls, and a few beaches bring someone’s dream of Hawaii to life. We also share some local gems and eat like a local. Did I mention the old towns that are nostalgic too? There’s just a lot to do and eat here in Kauai. So without further ado, we start with the most stunning waterfall in Hawaii. Are you ready? (Nod yes please) Then let’s get started🌈😋!

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Here are all the places and eats from this video (in order of this Kauai’s Food and Guided Tour)

1) Wailua Falls
Address: Wailua River State Park. Kapa’a, Hi 96746.
Hours: Every day from 7am to 6:45pm.
Admission is free. Parking is free but limited.

2) Wailua Shave Ice
Address: Kauai Village Shopping Center. 4-831 Kuhio Hwy, Kapa’a, Hi 96746.
Hours: Every day from 11am to 8:30pm
Lava Flow with Snow Cap $8.50
Ube $7.50
Dragons’ Blood with Snow Cap, Haupia Foam, and Li Hing Powder- $10.00, Frozen Hot Chocolate with Snow Cap $8.50
Instagram: @wailuashaveice Website:

3) Waimea Canyon State Park
Address: Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, Hi 96796.
Hours: Every day. No actual hours but be safe if you come here before sunset and after sunrise.

MENTION: Kauai Kookie Bakery and Kitchen
Address: 2-2436 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo Hi 96741.
Hours: Every day from 6:30am-8pm
Ube Mochi $4.50
Peanut Butter Cookies $4.95

4) Kalalau Lookout
Address: Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, Hi 96796.
The lookout is at the very top of Waimea Canyon State Park. Approximately an 8-mile drive uphill from the Waimea Canyon Lookout. Hours: Every day. No actual hours but be safe if you come here before sunrise and sunset.

5) Hamura Saimin
Address: 2956 Kress St, Lihue, Hi 96766. Hours: Sunday and Monday 10am to 9:30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday- 10am to 10:30pm, and Friday and Saturday- 10am to 11pm. Phone Number: 808-245-3271 No website or Instagram.

6) The Kilauea Lighthouse
Address: 3580 Kilauea, Hi 96754. Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. The Lookout over the cliff is open every day. Parking is free but limited.

7) Tip Top Motel Café and Bakery
Address: 3173 Akahi St, Lihue, Hi 96766. Hours: Every day from 7am to 1:30pm except for Monday (closed). Small Order Oxtail Soup $17.44, Double Pancakes $8.99 and add Bananas $0.99 and Macadamia Nuts- $1.99. Fried Rice Loco Moco- $13.99. Website:

8) Ha’ena State Park
Address: 6CC9+8R Wainiha, Hawaii, Kapa’a, Hi 96746. Hours: Every day from 6:30am to 5:30pm with Ke’e Beach. The Kalalau Trail- Every day from 7am to 6:30pm. 2 miles from the entrance of the Kalalau Trail is Hanakapiai Beach. Hawaii residents park and get in free with a Hawaii State or Driver’s License. For non-residents, please visit for updated and accurate information.

9 Hanalei Town
Address: Ching Young Village Shopping Center. Jojo’s Shave Ice. Every day from 11am to 7pm. Tropical Breeze (Large)- $8.45 and Lilo and Stitch- $5.70.

10) Hanapepe Town
Home of Lilo and Stitch!:)

11) Poipu Beach
The best beach on Kauai’s southern coast!

12) Da Crack and the Puka Dog
Food from Da Crack
Pork Tacos- $11.96 and Guacamole- $2.95.
Instagram: @dacrackkauai.

Hawaiian Puka Hot Dog- $9.00
Instagram: @pukadogkauai.

13) Queen’s Bath
Hours: Every day and no set hours but to be more on the safe side, please only go during daylight hours. Please know your physical limitations and wear proper hiking shoes.

14) Wishing Well Shave Ice
Every day from 10am to 5pm except for Tuesday (closed). The Works Acai Bowl- $15.00. Instagram:

Holey Grail Donuts
Monday (Closed) Miso Honey Donut- $4.00 and Ube Donut- $4.00 Instagram: @holeygraildonuts

Hanalei Valley Lookout
Address: Kuhio Hwy, Princeville, Hi 96722. Parking is free and limited.

Garden Island Barbeque and Chinese Restaurant
Address:4252 Rice St. Lihue, Hi 96766. Hours: Every day from 10am to 9pm except Sunday, 11am to 9pm. Gau Gee- $7.75, Fried Chicken and Roasted Duck- $16.95, Beef Chow Fun- $15.95, and Roast Pork- $17.95

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