Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe 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 tossed…
Top Choice Deli 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 Hawaiian…
Top Choice Music 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 resp…
Top Choice Clothing in Kapaʻa

Shipwrecked

Adjacent to Java Kai, 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 Arro…
Top Choice Food in Kapaʻa

Coconut Festival

Celebrate all things coconut at this free two-day festival at Kapaʻa Beach Park. Held the first weekend in early October, it brings coconut-pie-eating contests, a coconut cook-off, cooking demonstrations, live music…
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 and lengua (beef tongue) tacos, garlic shrimp, and vegetarian burritos stuff…
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 canvasses, and Tim…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Kapaʻa

Kiko

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 for…
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.
Thai in Kapaʻa

Sukothai

A classic Thai joint with some dishes you don't always see on American menus. Such as pla prig prow (fish stir-fried with chili paste and cashews), Massaman curry and a larb tofu.There are no less than 10 vegetarian…