Top things to do in Waimea

Top Choice Museum in Waimea

West Kauaʻi Technology & Visitor Center

Orient yourself historically to the Westside with modest exhibits on Hawaiian culture, Captain Cook, sugar plantations and the US military. The gift shop sells locally made artisan crafts, including rare Niʻihau she…
Top Choice Supermarket in Waimea

Ishihara Market

It’s an ad-hoc lesson in local cuisine shopping at this historic market (c 1934) with deli. Trusty take-out meals (get here before the lunch rush) include sushi, spicy ahi poke and smoked marlin. Daily specials and …
Top Choice Cultural in Waimea

Waimea Town Celebration

Free fun includes a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) rodeo; storytelling; canoe, SUP and surf-skiing races; local food vendors; carnival games; an arts-and-crafts fair; and lei-making and ukulele-playing contests.
Historic Site in Waimea

Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park

A Russian fort in Hawaii? Yes, it’s true. Constructed in 1817 and named after the Empress of Russia, Fort Elizabeth commanded the entrance to Waimea River. The octagonal design ranges from 350ft to 450ft across. In …
Church in Waimea

Waimea Hawaiian Church

This simple low-slung replica of an original missionary church hosts a Sunday Hawaiian-language mass that can be a fun and interesting way to connect with local culture. History buffs will be interested to know that…
Diner in Waimea


'Friendly, filling and reasonably priced' sums up this local institution, where you can get a plate lunch with some chicken katsu or teriyaki beef, a burger, a mini loco moco or a special bowl of saimin. Be sure to …
Health Food in Waimea

G's Juicebar

You quest for Kauaʻi's top acai bowl might reach the finish line inside this Rastafarian stronghold. A Marley bowl comes with kale and bee pollen; the Kauai Bowl is with mango juice and shaved coconut. Fresh tropica…
Park in Waimea

Lucy Wright Park

At this small municipal park next to the Waimea River, you'll find picnic tables, restrooms and outdoor showers. Camping is permitted on the flat grassy area, but the site doesn’t hold much appeal. A plaque commemor…
Ice Cream in Waimea

Super Duper Two

Across the street from Captain Cook’s statue, this place lives up to its moniker. Stop in for tropically flavored shakes, sundaes, floats or old-fashioned scoops of Roselani ice cream (made on Maui) in crispy handma…
Desserts in Waimea

Jo-Jo's Anuenue Shave Ice & Treats

This shack delivers icy flavor: all syrups are homemade without additives and won't knock you out with sweetness. The superstar item is the halo halo (Filipino-style mixed fruit) with coconut.