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Kauai’s Top 5

Whether you want to be sure to hit all the most photographed spots on the island or you’d prefer to slip away to discover some hidden gems, these Kauai Top 5 lists will get you moving in the right direction. On an island like Kauai where beauty is found in the simple things and much of the island remains untouched, there is still much to be discovered within its bounds.


Spend the day hiking through a bamboo forest and exploring a thundering waterfall. Afterward, grab some fresh fish from the local fish market before heading to one of the island’s best spots to take in a Hawaii sunset. It’s all in a day on Kauai!


Kauai is a destination where some of the very best shops and restaurants are small, locally owned entities that can easily be missed. Be sure to browse our top Kauai restaurants and shops to not only support local businesses, but also to have the inside scoop on the island’s best eats! Experience all the best this island has to offer, beginning with these Kauai Top 5 lists.

Top 5 Local Only Hawaii Restaurants on Kauai

On the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, the food ranges from upscale meals in restaurants situated along the waterfront to easy-to-miss buildings offering takeout only. In fact, many of the best eateries on the island are located in unpretentious buildings and serve up no-frills local comfort food. And for the places that offer takeout only, no problem – you’re never far from a beautiful beach on which to enjoy your meal...
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Top 5 Local Only Hawaii Shops on Kauai

Kauai offers a range of shopping experiences, from upscale resort wear to small boutiques and a handful of big box stores. It doesn’t take long to quickly discover that Kauai’s residents favor a casual style when it comes to clothing, usually touting beach-inspired casual wear made by popular surf brands. So, if you want to shop like a local, you’ll need to exchange the fancy sandals for slippers (flip-flops), and...
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Top 5 Spots for a Gorgeous Hawaii View on Kauai

Known as the Garden Island for its lush tropical foliage and home to miles of postcard-perfect white sand beaches, the Hawaiian Island of Kauai boasts some pretty amazing scenery. Whether you’re soaking in the views from a lookout point after conquering a rugged trail or lounging along a world class beach with a stunning backdrop, Kauai has something new to offer everywhere you turn. Be sure to bring along your...
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Top 5 Tourist Attractions on Kauai

On the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, where the entire island’s population just exceeds 70,000, it’s not difficult to get off the tourist track and explore some of the island’s hidden gems. But before you do that too quickly, there are some must-see sights that shouldn’t be overlooked. In a land where the terrain ranges from stunning white sand beaches to sheer mountains and lush waterfalls, it’s probably no surprise that...
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Top 5 Under the Radar Attractions on Kauai

After hitting the popular beaches of Poipu and Hanalei and exploring some of the other well-known Kauai attractions, it’s time to step off the beaten path to experience some lesser-known gems. And on an island where beautiful beaches and meandering trails seem innumerable, it’s easy to find new things to add to the itinerary. To experience more of the island’s beauty beyond the tourist hot spots, be sure to add...
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