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Top Choice Beach in Kilauea

Kauapea (Secrets) Beach

Obviously a 'secret' no longer, these powdery white sands extend along massive cliffs for more than a mile, wrapping around two rock reefs, all the way to Kilauea Point. There's a sandy ocean floor and seashells gal…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Hanalei

BarAcuda Tapas & Wine

This is the most chef-driven spot in Hanalei and its best kitchen. The wine list is expertly curated with a blend of new- and old-world vintners, and the tapas-style plates, featuring local beef, fish, pork and veg,…
Top Choice Bar in Hanalei

Tahiti Nui

The legendary Nui (which made a cameo appearance in The Descendants) is a tiki dive bar with heart and history, and a rather tasty dinner menu. It's usually crowded from mid-afternoon onward, and can get rollicking …
Top Choice Beach in Haʻena State Park

Keʻe Beach

Memorable North Shore sunsets happen at this spiritual spot, where ancient Hawaiians came to practice hula. In summer, the beach offers a refreshing dip to hikers of the nearby Kalalau Trail. But beware that Keʻe Be…
Top Choice Gardens in Haʻena

Limahuli Garden

As beautiful as it gets for living education, this garden offers a pleasant overview of endemic botany and ancient Hawaiʻi's ahupuaʻa (land division) system of management. Self-guided tours take about 1½ hours, allo…
Top Choice Homewares in Kilauea

Hunter Gatherer

The most unique shop on the island, this gift shop and gallery is the home base for a local interior designer who sells a range of personally hand-selected goods. The result is an eclectic blend of clothing, books, …
Top Choice Juice Bar in Kilauea

Kauai Juice Co

A link in a healthy, happy chain that reaches across the island, Kauai Juice Co offers 17 types of juice combinations, hand-pressed nut milks, protein shakes, kombucha on tap, kimchi, and a coconut mana butter that …
Top Choice Vintage in Hanalei

Yellowfish Trading Company

A wonderfully cheery gallery offering a mix of true vintage and vintage-inspired art, handicrafts, books and much more. The vintage stuff is the true gold here: think midcentury glassware, 1950s-era Hawaiian guidebo…
Top Choice Lounge in Princeville

St Regis Bar

Don’t let the elegance or the enormous crystal raindrop chandelier intimidate you. The lobby bar is for any and all wanting to take a load off. The vibe is a step more welcoming than the chichi surroundings, so rela…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Princeville

Kauaʻi Grill

Kauaʻi Grill is where the cuisine is sophisticated and the views extend for miles. Pan-seared black cod with Malaysian chili sauce and sautéed Kona lobster are the stars, while tarragon-braised octopus and kampachi …