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Top Choice Hindu Temple in Wailua

Kauaʻi's Hindu Monastery

Serious pilgrims and curious sightseers are welcome at this Hindu monastery, set on 70 acres and surrounded by verdant forest above the Wailua River. The property was an old inn, until the monks bought it in 1966. N…
Top Choice Fusion in Waipouli

JO2

Flavors are subtle, fresh, familiar yet inventive at the latest kitchen launched by Wolfgang Puck contemporary, Jean Marie Josselin. His focus is all-natural cuisine crafted from the best seafood and vegetables avai…
Top Choice Beach in Kapaʻa & the Eastside

Kealia Beach Park

Blessed with a wild, near-pristine location, a laid-back vibe and easy access via car or the coastal path, scenic Kealia is the Eastside's best beach. Isolated from residential development, the beach begins at mile …
Top Choice Beach in Koʻolau Road

Moloaʻa Beach

This classically curved bay appeared in the pilot for Gilligan’s Island. There's a shallow protected swimming area good for families at the north end; to the south, the waters are rougher but there's more sand. When…
Top Choice Beach in Anahola

ʻAliomanu Beach

Secluded ʻAliomanu Beach is a spot frequented primarily by locals, who pole- and throw-net fish and gather limu (edible seaweed). It’s a mile-long stretch of beach, with grittier golden sand, a few rocks in the shal…
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 Arrow…
Top Choice Antiques in Wailua

Pagoda

A terrific antique treasure chest selling antique Japanese hand-blown glass fishing buoys that continually wash up on Kauai's shore, vintage Japanese kimonos and tea sets, rice sacks and all manner of furniture. The…