Top things to do in Poʻipu

Top Choice Beach in Poʻipu

Haʻula Beach

Haʻula is an isolated bay and pocket beach nestled into the shoreline. You’ll feel like Robinson Crusoe here, particularly when swinging in a hammock made from a washed-up fishing net. If you’re lucky, you might see…
Top Choice Bar in Poʻipu

Seaview Terrace

Don't miss Poʻipu's grandest and most memorable ocean view. In the morning, this stepped terrace is an espresso and pastry cafe. Later in the day, a torch-lighting ceremony announces sunset, with live music and occa…
Top Choice Cultural in Poʻipu

Prince Kuhio Celebration of the Arts

The South Shore hosts this two-week celebration in mid- to late March. Events include hula dancing and slack key guitar music, a rodeo, canoe racing, 'talk story' time, an artisan fair, Hawaiian cultural presentatio…
Top Choice Market in Poʻipu

Kauaʻi Culinary Market

An upscale take on the traditional island farmers market features not only a couple dozen local farmers and food vendors, but also free live music, cooking demonstrations by South Shore chefs and pau hana (happy hou…
Top Choice Beach in Poʻipu

Mahaʻulepu Beach

You feel like you're sitting on the reef in this secluded spot, so it’s no surprise that there’s excellent snorkeling. To get here, hike the Mahaʻulepu Heritage Trail from Shipwreck Beach or drive 1.5 miles on the d…
Gardens in Poʻipu

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 beau…
Beach in Poʻipu

Poʻipu Beach Park

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

Makai Sushi

Inside the Kukuiʻula Market, this sushi kiosk keeps it simple with just six choices on the menu. Go with the Gorilla Poke Bowl – ahi, ono, salmon, avocado, cucumber and a bunch of other textures and flavors. The rol…
Beach in Poʻipu

Poʻipu Beach

Although it's nicknamed Sheraton Beach or Kiahuna Beach, this long swath of sand is not private. It merely fronts these hotels and the condo complexes, both of which scored big time with their location here, lying w…