Top ChoiceGardens in Poʻipu

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Two superb gardens in lush Lawa‘i Valley, run by the National Tropical Botanical Garden, are open to visitors. Allerton Garden, spreading back from a ravishing beach, once belonged to Hawaii’s Queen Emma. From...

Top ChoiceCave in Poʻipu

Makauwahi Cave Reserve

This amazing natural site is also a paleontological treasure house. Seen from above, it’s a deep, circular sinkhole, possibly formed by the collapse of an oceanfront blowhole. Scramble through the three-foot-high...

Top ChoiceBarbecue in Poʻipu

Kiawe Roots

Exceptionally good value by local standards, this popular barbecue restaurant occupies an attractive upstairs dining room adorned with carved doors from Guadalajara. Whether you go for pork, wasabi pea-crusted...

Top ChoiceLounge in Poʻipu

Seaview Terrace

Don’t miss Po‘ipu’s most memorable ocean view at the makai (seaward) end of the Hyatt’s vast open atrium. In early evening, a torch-lighting ceremony announces sunset, and there’s live Hawaiian music and hula...

Top ChoiceJuice Bar in Poʻipu

Anake’s Juice Bar

The island’s most creative juice bar is tucked at the back of the Kukui‘ula Market grocery store. As well as great-value, piled-high acai bowls, you can pick from a mouthwatering array of fruit and/or veggie...

Top ChoiceSushi in Poʻipu

Makai Sushi

This grocery store sushi counter keeps its menu simple with just six choices. Its poke bowls – like the Gorilla with ahi, ono and salmon, or the Godzilla with added crab meat – are wonderful, but then so are the...

Top ChoiceBeach in Poʻipu

Mahaʻulepu Beach

Mahaʻulepu Beach

This secluded sandy beach feels as though it’s sitting on the reef, so it’s no surprise that there’s excellent snorkeling. To get here, hike the Maha‘ulepu Heritage Trail or drive the dirt road that starts...

Gardens in Poʻipu

Allerton Garden

Allerton Garden

An extraordinary tour of this garden, part of the multisite National Tropical Botanical Garden, wanders deep into Lawaʻi Valley. Robert Allerton, a wealthy Chicago transplant, spent three decades modifying this...

Beach in Poʻipu

Poʻipu Beach Park

There are no monster waves or idyllic solitude at the South Shore's most popular beach, but it's a go-to spot with something for everyone. Patrolled by resident honu (sea turtles) in the shallows, the beach is...

Gardens in Poʻipu

McBryde Garden

Part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, this gorgeous garden showcases palms, flowering and spice trees, orchids and rare endemic species, plus a pretty stream and a waterfall. For budget travelers, the...

Beach in Poʻipu

Poʻipu Beach

This long swath of prime sand west of Po‘ipu Beach Park is open to all, even if it does stretch right in front of the hotel and condo complexes from which it gets its alternative nicknames, Sheraton Beach and...

Beach in Poʻipu

Brennecke's Beach

With a sandbar bottom and a notch of sand and sea wedged between two lava rock outcrops, this little beach flanks the eastern edge of Po‘ipu Beach Park. Check with lifeguards there before venturing out. No...

Mall in Poʻipu

Shops at Kukuiʻula

A cluster of plantation-style wooden buildings, this upscale shopping mall is conveniently located at the Po‘ipu roundabout. As well as a dozen generally high-end restaurants and food outlets, it holds a handful...

Mexican in Poʻipu

Tortilla Republic

In a plantation-style building with two levels, you'll find a buzzing margarita bar and taqueria downstairs, and a dining room upstairs that's intriguingly decorated with an onyx bar top, metalwork sculpture and...

Hawaiian in Poʻipu

Eating House 1849

In his Kaua‘i showcase, legendary restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi offers an island-appropriate menu of ‘plantation cuisine,’ with six appetizers and six entrees. Signature dishes like blackened ahi with soba noodles,...

Hawaii Regional in Poʻipu

Beach House Restaurant

A sublime oceanfront location makes Kaua‘i’s favorite special-occasion restaurant perfect for a romantic sunset dinner; book well in advance. Reinvigorated following a takeover by top chef Peter Merriman, its...

Hawaii Regional in Poʻipu

Merriman's Fish House

Celebrated chef Peter Merriman runs two very different but equally good restaurants in the same plantation-style building. Upstairs the Fish House offers fine dining with long-range views, concentrating on fusion...

Cafe in Poʻipu

Little Fish Coffee

Standing alone in lush green lawns peppered with well-shaded tables on the mauka (inland) side of the highway, this little shack makes a great place to kickstart the day. Early-morning java fiends wait in line...

Beach in Poʻipu

Haʻula Beach

At the far eastern end of the Maha‘ulepu Heritage Trail, Ha‘ula is an isolated bay and pocket beach nestled into the shoreline. You’ll feel like Robinson Crusoe here, especially if you’re swinging in a hammock...

Supermarket in Poʻipu

Kukuiʻula Market

This old-style grocery store has much more local flavor than its big-mall rivals; stock up your condo kitchen here to sample some genuine Kauaian foods. On top of that, it’s home to the superb Makai Sushi and the...