Top ChoiceCafe in Kapaʻa

Java Kai

Always busy, this Kauaʻi-based micro-roastery is best for grabbing a cup of joe or a fruit smoothie to go. The muffins, scones, banana bread and coconut-macnut sticky rolls are baked fresh, and the salads are...

Top ChoiceDeli in Kapaʻa

Pono Market

Line up for local grinds (food) at this longtime hole-in-the-wall serving generous plate lunches, homemade sushi rolls, spicy ahi poke bowls, savory seafood delicacies such as smoked marlin, and traditional...

Top ChoiceGastropub in Kapaʻa

The Local

A farm-to-table gastropub with imaginative dishes like beer-battered tuna belly, spicy buttermilk-fried chicken, starfruit Caprese and lamb empanadas. It does wood-fired pizzas and muddled and mixed cocktails....

Top ChoiceMusical Instruments in Kapaʻa

Larry's Music

This high-quality uke dealer offers starters for less than $100 and vintage and high-end ukes costing $1000 to $5000. All come with the manufacturer’s warranty. Ask about ukuleles and expect a warm and thorough...

Top ChoiceFood & Drink in Kapaʻa

Coconut Festival

Celebrate all things coconut at this free two-day festival at Kapaʻa Beach Park. Held the first weekend in October, it brings coconut-pie-eating contests, a coconut cook-off, cooking demonstrations, live music,...

Cafe in Kapaʻa

Kai Bar

This oft-overlooked espresso bar in the Java Kai roastery is a nice place to belly up for a shot of morning life.

Mexican in Kapaʻa

Al Pastor

The most popular food truck of the bunch, this is a real-deal, authentic taco truck with fresh fish tacos and burritos, terrific al pastor (spit-roasted pork) and lengua (beef tongue) tacos, garlic shrimp, and...

Clothing in Kapaʻa

Hula Girl

This family-run shop is a standout for contemporary Hawaiian clothing and gifts – shirts, dresses, jewelry, souvenirs and more, but also for fabulous reproductions of popular Aloha prints from the 1940s and...

Art in Kapaʻa

Aloha Images

The oldest art gallery on the island is arguably its best, especially when it comes to highly regarded fine artists – folks such as Steven Valiere, who is local and traffics in fanciful large-format canvases, and...

Gifts & Souvenirs in Kapaʻa


It deals in 'simple goods' including beach and shoulder bags crafted from upcycled rice sacks, saris and plastic bags; a carefully curated book table; some beautiful driftwood fish sculptures; and toys and books...

Clothing in Kapaʻa


The best clothing shop on the Eastside offers stylish casual and beachwear from mainland-, Australian- and London-based designers like Passenger and Vuori for men, and Joa Brown, Boys and Arrows, and One Teaspoon...

Cultural in Kapaʻa

Kapaʻa Art Walk

Old Town businesses open their doors in celebration, showcasing island artists, live music and food. Locals and visitors alike come together in high spirits, and after-parties often keep going past 9pm. Parking...

Mexican in Kapaʻa


A family-owned island chain started by a Mexican-American family who serve real-deal street tacos and burritos featuring carne asada, carnitas, chile verde and more. It does breakfast all day and serves menudo on...

Pizza in Kapaʻa


A permanently parked food truck, firing individually sized, thin-crust pizza pies from local ingredients. Keep it simple with an authentic margherita, or get adventurous with the fig and pig, featuring smoked...

Dance in Kapaʻa

Heiva I Kauaʻi Ia Orana Tahiti

For two days in early August, dance troupes from as far away as Tahiti, Japan and the US mainland join groups from around Hawaii at Kapaʻa Beach Park for this traditional Tahitian dancing and drumming competition.

Market in Kapaʻa

Kapaʻa Farmers Market

One of the island's biggest and best-attended farmers markets, this weekly outdoor gathering is the spot to pick up local produce such as mangoes, star fruit, ginger and even fresh coconuts. Many of the vendors...

Juice Bar in Kapaʻa

Kauai Juice Co

Another foothold in the benevolent Kauai Juice Co empire which pushes addictive green and fruit juices, freshly pressed nut milks and coconut mana. 'You must to try the mana!' But everything here is good.

Burgers in Kapaʻa

Bubba's Burgers

The Kapaʻa edition of the famed Kauaʻi burger depot. This one is set in an attractive barn-like building with a wide porch ideal for people-watching to a classic-rock soundtrack. There's plenty of parking too.

Beach in Kapaʻa

Kapaʻa Beach Park

From the highway, you’d think that Kapaʻa is beachless. But along the coast is a low-key, mile-long ribbon of golden sand. While the whole area is officially a county park called Kapaʻa Beach Park, that name is...

Arts & Crafts in Kapaʻa

Vicky's Fabrics

Established in the early 1980s by Vicky Masuoka, this simple storefront stocks a wide selection of Hawaiian, Japanese and batik-print fabrics for quilters and crafters. Vicky's daughter Maile Bloxom now runs the...