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Kauaʻi Cuisine

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Kauaʻi Restaurants

As with every Hawaiian island, Kauaʻi’s cuisine is defined by fresh ingredients, global-inspired flavors and colors so vivid they’re usually reserved for rainbows. Whether it’s fine dining, local plate lunches or just-picked fruit from a roadside stand, fresh is always in season on the island of Kauaʻi

Hawaiʻi Regional Cuisine—a decades-old cooking movement that focuses on island-grown ingredients—can be sampled at restaurants like Merriman’s Fish House and Roy’s Poʻipū Bar & Grill, where you’ll dine on freshly caught mahimahi, wahoo and other fruits of the sea. In Kōloa, Red Salt is another acclaimed, upscale option. 

Reserve a night during your trip to feast on kālua pig and taro at an authentic Hawaiian lūʻau, which you can do at several venues from Kapaʻa to Poʻipū

Shave Ice is a distinctly Hawaiian dessert that can be found at stands around the island, while Kaua`i-based Lappert’s Hawaiʻi ice cream shop is among the island’s favorite ways to stay cool. And be sure to sample fresh produce and locally made food products at Kauaʻi’s Sunshine Markets (the local name for farmers markets), held throughout the island in towns like Līhuʻe and Hanapēpē.


Balance in a Bowl Video

Balance in a Bowl Video
Brandon Baptiste uses his culinary training to put a new spin on shave ice at Wailua Shave Ice on the island of Kauaʻi.

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