The Hottest Places to Dine in Kauai

The Top 10 Restaurants Everyone’s Talking About on OpenTable

You don’t have to take it from us, these spots were picked by diners like you. Every body likes to eat at the restaurants all a buzz so check these places out.

Top 10 Diners’ Choice Awards Winners in Kauai

Tidepools – Grand Hyatt Kauai – Exceptional Rating (2843) 92% Recommend – Seafood
The most romantic setting on Kauai. For the ultimate in ambiance, delectable food and stellar service, Tidepools is the place. This quintessential Hawaiian setting has a backdrop of waterfalls with thatched roof bungalows that seemingly float above tropical lagoons. Savor contemporary Hawaiian style cuisine in this distinctive open-air setting. Diners rave about the exceptional service and fresh fish and steak options with a unique island flair including macadamia nut crusted mahimahi, grilled opah or a succulent steak. Salads feature greens grown at our hydroponic farm on site and the desserts are luscious. Don’t miss this delightful experience. Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table

Keoke’s Paradise – Exceptional Rating (2679) 94% Recommend – Seafood
Keoki’s Paradise invites you to relax in a lush tropical paradise with delicious island style cooking, exotic drinks & live music. Cascading waterfalls, meandering streams and lush foliage make this open-air restaurant one of the Island’s most striking. Seafood is the main attraction at Keoki’s and guests are treated to a variety of fresh fish selections and preparations. In addition, the contemporary menu offers prime rib, prime steaks and lobster. Keoki’s tropical ambiance, moderate prices and family friendly service have made it one of the most popular restaurants on Kauai. The lively Bamboo Bar features more casual fare serving both lunch and dinner and is seated on a walk-in basis only. Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table.

Sam’s Ocean View – Exceptional Rating (777) 95% Recommend – Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Welcome to Sams Ocean View Bar and Restaurant located on the water on the East side of Kauai just at the edge of Kapaa town. One of the best views on Kauai, SOV restaurant and Bar is open for Sunday Brunch 9 am to 3 pm and 6 days for happy hour and dinner, and closed Tuesdays. The SOV menu is inventive and globally inspired featuring some Italian, Spanish, Hawaiian, Latin American and North American Favorites. The décor is eclectic and warmly inviting with a beach theme, and the Bar is top class using only the freshest ingredients and best mixers. The Mai Tai is superb! Sam’s Ocean View is fun, friendly and cozy, and of course beautiful! Come for the view and stay for the food and service. Moonlit evenings and beautiful brunch views, Sam’s Ocean View has it all! Read More, See Menu & Make Reservations on Open Table

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The 5 Must See Waterfalls in Kauai

The 5 Must See Waterfalls of Kauai

Known as the Garden Island for its lush tropical landscape, Kauai is also home to countless waterfalls that complement other spectacular sites around the island including Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. A few of these gorgeous falls are easy to get to, and others take a bit of effort to experience. Here is our top 5!

Waipoo Falls

Waipoo Falls is a glorious 800-foot waterfall in Waimea Canyon. You can see the falls from various lookout points along Highway 550, the road that takes you up to the museum and park. You can also snap magnificent pictures of the canyon from the Waipoo Falls Trail hike, a 3.2-mile roundtrip hike, which is located just off the highway between mile markers 14 and 15. While you will not see the falls up close in their splendor, this easy and popular hike will take you through rain forests and canyon rims ending at the top of the waterfall in a Awaawapuhi Ginger lined stream. The trail is considered easy/moderate, and is kid friendly for children that enjoy a great adventure outdoors and is part of the Waimea Canyon State Park.

Waipoo Falls in Kauai
Waipoo Falls Waimea Canyon

Hanakapiai Falls

By far the most difficult to get to, the Hanakapiai Falls hike is impressive. After driving to the end of the road on Highway 56, park in the lot fronting Kee Beach and head out on the 2-mile Hanakapiai Trail. This is a very popular trek on the island so we suggest going early in the morning. For the first 2 miles you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Na Pali Coast as you traverse on switchbacks along the coastline.

Once you arrive at Hanakapiai Beach, it is an additional 2 miles upstream to the falls. The trail can be rough in spots, but the 300+ foot waterfall at the end of the tramp is definitely worth the adventure. This experience is not recommended for small children due to the terrain and difficulty of the hike.

Hanakapaiai Falls in Kauai
Hanakapaiai Falls

Wailua Falls

You can leave your hiking boots behind for this breathtaking display of Mother Nature. Wailua Falls, a double-tiered waterfall, is located just north of Lihue and is the most easily accessible on Kauai. Head north from Lihue on Highway 56 and take a left on Maalo Road in Hanamaulu. After traveling uphill for approximately 3 miles, the road ends at the parking lot of the falls.

You may recognize the prestige of these falls as they were used in the opening credits of the 80’s hit show, Fantasy Island. This adventure is definitely recommended for families with small children as there is no hiking involved. The views are just a short walk from the parking lot. Believe it or not you’re going to still run into a Rooster or two way up here! But where are you not going to find one, even going to see Kauai Waterfalls.

Wailua Falls Kauai
Wailua Falls

Kauai Secret Falls

Named Uluwehi Falls, but known to locals and visitors as Secret Falls, are an extremely popular adventure on the east side of the Garden Island. The trailhead to the falls is located up the Wailua River and requires water transport to get there. You can travel via kayak or canoe and there are several companies in the area that you can rent from, or you can always book a guided adventure.

Once you land your boat at the entrance to the trailhead, you hike up to the falls on a trail that can be extremely muddy and slippery. Hiking boots are not recommended. We suggest either going barefoot, using sport sandals or tabis. If you travel at a relaxed pace, it takes about 45 minutes each way. The is a great family friendly adventure for children that don’t mind paddling up the river and getting a little dirty on the trail.

Secret Falls Wailua Kauai
Secret Falls Wailua

Opaekaa Falls

Opaekaa means, “rolling shrimp” Supposedly the stream was full of shrimp and so they aptly named the dazzling waterfalls after them. Like Wailua Falls, this majestic site is easily accessible and requires no hiking. Simply turn up Kuamoo Road (580) from highway 56 and travel up the hill to the lookout that is located adjacent to the parking lot on the right hand side. There are many photo ops from this location, as well as from across the street where you are treated with views of the Wailua River Valley. Families with children all ages would enjoy Opaekaa Falls as the views can be seen from a brief walk from the parking area.

Opaekaa Falls in Kauai
Opaekaa Falls

So pack up the car, choose your destination and you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Garden Island.

Interested in a hiking tour to see these and other great hikes around Kauai?  Check out http://hikingtourskauai.com/ Looking for more activities? Check out our Blog / Articles on Things to Do.

Don’t forget that our Poipu Vacation Rental is located on the most southern part of the Island but is relatively centrally located when you are going to do a tour of the Kauai Water Falls.

Waimea Canyon State Park

“The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”

Waimea Canyon Kauai Canyon of the Pacific– The nickname of the Waimea Canyon. It is a large canyon, about ten miles long and up to 3,600 feet deep. It is located on the western side of Kauaʻi in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States. Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water”, a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil.[1] The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale, among the wettest places on earth.

The State Park encompasses 1,866 acres (7.5 km2) and is a popular tourist attraction on the island. It provides a wilderness area with numerous hiking trails. It can be accessed from Waimea on Hawaiʻi state road 550, which is 18 miles long and leads up to Koke’e State Park. The island of Niihau, only a short distance west of Kauai at that point, can be clearly seen from the highway.

There are challenging hiking and hunting trails wind through the canyon. Two lookouts, the Puu ka Pele and Puu hinahina, have parking and provide breathtaking views.

There are two trails that go through the area one is; Iliau Nature Loop and the other is; Kukui Trail. The Iliau Nature Loop is located at the start of the Kukui Trail, this is a short roadside loop trail on the western edge of Waimea Canyon. Native upland scrub vegetation plants are identified. The trail also affords excellent vistas of Waimea and Waialae Canyons. It is an excellent nature trail. The Kkuui Trail starts along Highway 550, about 0.75 miles beyond the 8-Mile Marker. Kukui Trail is a scenic trail down the west side of Waimea Canyon. It makes a 2,000 ft. elevation drop to the canyon floor ending at the Wiliwili Camp site administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Park Activities: Fishing, Hunting, Hiking

Park Amenities: ADA Accessible, Picnic Pavilion, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Walking Path No Drinking Water is available.
Prohibited Activities: No Motorized Vehicles / ATV Riding, No Alcoholic Beverages, No Rock Climbing, No Commercial Activities, No Animals or Pets, No Camping, No Smoking.

Location: Waimea Canyon Dr., Uninc, Kauai County, Hawaii.

For additional information & activities that serve Waimea Canyon State Park visit:
https://hawaiistateparks.org/parks/kauai/waimea-canyon-state-park/