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Best things to do in Kauai County

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Lounge
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“Neighborhood bar and restaurant. Live Music from 6-9PM. Open air . with scenic view. ”
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Beach
“If you can find a parking spot the hike down the trail and across the tide pools is well worth the destination!”
28local recommendations
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“Good Happy Hour menu and drink specials. Lunches are also good with a great beach front location. We particularly like their fish tacos served at lunch and their daily grilled cheese special is worth a try. ”
18local recommendations
Bar
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“Open since 1963 this family owned bar and restaurant is a fun stop with good local live music nightly from 6 to 9 pm. We like to eat at AMA or BarAcuda and walk across the street after dinner for a drink and some music.”
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Park
“It's the Grand Canyon of the Pacific! Our favorite hike there is to Waipoo Falls, along the Canyon Trail, where you are in the canyon, with amazing views, and can swim in a small waterfall pond, and stand at the top of Waipoo Falls, a cascading 800 foot waterfall.”
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Tapas Restaurant
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“Bar Acuda is Kaua‘i’s coolest place to relax with friends, share tapas and sip some wine.  E' Komo Mai - "come inside" and experience the warm glow of restaurant Bar Acuda, just steps away from the inspiring mountains and waterfalls of Hanalei. Reservations highly recommended. http://www.restaurantbaracuda.com/”
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Natural Feature
“Beautiful, crescent shaped bay. Ideal for walking the beach, playing in the water, swimming in the bay, surfing, paddling and enjoying”
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Lodging
“The Princeville Resort has a beautiful outdoor lanai. Nice place for evening festivities and sunset”
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Coffee Shop
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“Java Kai has great coffee to start your early morning! Many different sorts of drinks, desserts to choose from. A very easy location to have a great relaxing time.”
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Natural Feature
“Anini beach is a narrow reef protected beach that stretches for over 2 miles. The reef off of Anini is said to be the largest in Hawaii and as a result Anini Beach has the calmest ocean conditions on the North Shore and is one of the few beaches that can offer swimming during large winter waves. Always be aware that channels in the reef may have strong rip currents so try to snorkel and swim in the inside sections of the reef close to the shore. Facilities are available but there is no Lifeguard.”
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Pier
“Hanalei Pier is located at the mouth of the Hanalei River. This section of beach fronts Black Pot Beach Park, a popular camping area for local families. There is a small boat ramp where you can launch kayaks to paddle the Hanalei River. Hanalei Pier has been used in numerous films including Bird of Paradise (1950) and The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960). The beach on either side of the pier was the principal filming location for most of the beach scenes in South Pacific (1957). The Hanalei Pier was originally built of wood in 1892 and used to unload goods that arrived in Hanalei Bay by ship. In 1921 the wooden deck was replaced with concrete and the pier was extended. A shed roof was first built at the end of Hanalei Pier in the 1940s. Today Hanalei Pier is a popular gathering place for local fisherman. Tourists and locals gather to watch the surf and the sunset and the keiki "children" take great pleasure using the pier as a launching pad into Hanalei. ”
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Shopping Mall
“At Princeville Center you will find a collection of shopping, dining and business services to meet your every need. Princeville Center is a comfortable rest stop while on the North Shore of Kaua’i. ”
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Scenic Lookout
“Gorgeous Canyon with beautiful scenery, views and colors. Lots of hiking options for all abilities”
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Grocery or Supermarket
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“Safeway a great grocery store for those who need a great late night Ice cream, or pickup a movie from the local red box. Has a local deli- bakery & more.”
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Cafe
“Natural Health Food Store in Kapaa, about a 10 minute drive from the Resort.”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“KEOKI'S PARADISE in the Poipu Shopping Village serves Pupus in the Bamboo Bar and dinner in the Dining Room. The Bamboo Bar is fun for Tacos on Tuesday and offers $3 Tacos with either shredded Kalua Pork or Beer Battered Mahi Mahi and $6.50 House Margaritas. Aloha Hour is from 3 - 5 PM every night with Live Music & Dancing on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights from 8:30-10:30 PM. Also located in the Poipu Shopping Village is PAPALANI GELATO Along with their famous Hawaiian Gelato and coffees, they feature a light breakfast menu, Papalani dessert and Gelato Waffles!”
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