If you’re ever planning a trip to the Hawaiian islands I would suggest going to Kauai. They call Kauai the Garden Island and when you get there you can see why they call it that. There’s flowers growing on plants everywhere there, they have tropical rain forests, mountains, and beaches. It was kind of sad coming home because Minnesota scenery is nothing compared to Kauai scenery. Whenever we had to go somewhere we would travel by car and it was amazing to see all the different parts of the island.
The scenery was amazing and so was the food! My favorite place to eat at was a town called Hanalei which is located right next to Princeville. Every restaurant there is good and my favorite was Kalypso.
Coconut Shrimp at Kalypso restaurant.
Crab quesadilla at Kalypso. We also tried their nachos and they were delicious. Drinks are also fabulous.
If you’re looking for a good Mai Tai in Hawaii try Tahiti Nui in Hanalei. I believe I might have had about 8 Mai Tai’s while staying in Kauai but hey your on vacation right? Tahiti Nui was also at the Taste of Hawaii which you can find a post about all the food we ate there two posts down from this one.
Right across the street from Tahiti Nui is Federico’s. Their Mexican food is delicious and if you’re looking for seafood they have lots of it on their menu. These were the best fish tacos I ate in Kauai.
You got to try some shaved ice while you’re in Hawaii and those type of places are located everywhere on the island. You can get snow cones the size of your head.
One of the things I really wanted to try in Hawaii was a pineapple drink. They hallow out the pineapple and serve alcohol in it. Not a lot of places in Kauai had them and the only place we found them at were Duke’s. You got to check their happy hour which is from 4 – 6! On my birthday we ate there and I had their Ice Cream Pie which had macadamia nut ice cream. It was so delicious!
Ice cream pie at Duke’s.
If you love ice cream like I do, you have to check out Lappert’s in Princeville. That is the town we stayed at and we ended up going there for ice cream quite a few times!
I saved the best place for last! On our last day there went to Waimea canyon which is a must see in Kauai. After we were done we were looking for a place to eat at and my brother’s wife found Porkys on tripadvisor. They were rated one of the best places to eat at on the island and it was a food truck. Porky’s only had 3 items on their menu and it was all pork. The hot dog was my favorite. I’ve never had hot dogs with pulled pork, pineapple, and onions on top. We were all so impressed by this place.
I had a great time here and it was sad to go home. I ate a lot and drank way too many Mai Tai’s and lava flows!