Eat Local, Shop Local
Whether you’re a visitor or a resident, supporting local small businesses on Kauaʻi can be hugely beneficial to the community as a whole. And while the concept of shopping local may seem like an obvious one, it doesn’t hurt to take a moment to think about how you can help stimulate the local economy here on the Garden Isle. Need some ideas?
Get a taste of exotic, locally grown tropical fruits like pitaya and apple-bananas at an affordable price at one of the island’s many farmers’ markets or sunshine markets. Head to a historic town like Kapaʻa or Hanapēpē where you can experience an art night, complete with music, crafts, art, and local food. Or check out one of the many small, curated shops around Hanalei, Kilāuea, Kapaʻa, Kalāheo, and Hanapēpē, where you’ll find everything from zero-waste shampoo and conditioner bars to reef-safe sunscreen and locally made swimwear.
With its natural bounty and diversity of cultural influences, it’s no surprise that Kauaʻi is home to a vibrant and exciting food scene, whether you’re dining out at one of the island’s top-rated restaurants to enjoying street food at a night market. Some of our favorites include the roving Pineapple in Paradise food truck (check instagram for daily location updates) or Wailua Shave Ice in Kapaʻa town for a sweet treat!