Top things to do

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 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 Historic Site in Kalaheo

Lawaʻi International Center

Spiritual. Stirring. Enchanting. Such words are often used to describe this quiet place. Originally this was the site of a Hawaiian heiau, but in 1904 Japanese immigrants placed 88 miniature Shingon Buddhist shrines…
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 Hanapepe

Salt Pond Beach Park

Named for its saltwater flats, where seawater is still drained and harvested for reddish-pink sodium crystals, this crescent-shaped beach is great for lounging. With a shallow (but not too shallow) swimming area acc…
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 Farm in Waimea Canyon & the Westside

Kauai Coffee Company

A short drive east of town on Hwy 540, the island's biggest coffee estate is planted with more than 4 million trees, producing about 60% of the state's entire crop. Around the back of the plantation store and visito…
Top Choice Art in Hanapepe

Art Night

On any given Friday night, Hanapepe comes to life and gives everyone an extended peek into its art world. Galleries stay open later and the town's main drag is transformed by musicians and street vendors. Visitors a…
Top Choice Waterfall in Kauaʻi

Wailua Falls

Made famous in the opening credits of Fantasy Island, these falls appear at a distance. When they are in full flow and misting the surrounding tropical foliage, it’s a fantastic photo op. While officially listed as …
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,…