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A Kauai Tasting Tour

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If you drive the 30 miles from Lihue, where the aiport is, to Hanalei in less than an hour, you’re doing it wrong. The coastal route around Kauai’s northeast corner is made for snack stops. Here’s how to take it slow and eat well, starting in Lihue.
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2956 Kress St, Lihue, HI 96766, USA
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The local answer to ramen, saimin is a broth noodle bowl uniquely Hawaiian in its melding of Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Korean immigrant cuisines. Hamura is a likably divey lunch-counter kind of place. Don’t miss the lilikoi...
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4-1384 Kuhio Hwy B1, Kapaa, HI 96746, USA
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This colorful old hippie spot has a happy vibe and a terrific ahi nori wrap—a sushi burrito, essentially. Pair it with the hibiscus lemonade. 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa, 808-821-2026 This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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Let it be Wednesday. The 3 p.m. market at Kapaa features gobs of farmers, and all the dragon fruit,cherimoya, and Japanese eggplant you require. Kapaa New Town Park, Kahau Rd., Kapaa, 808-822-5887 This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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6011 Koolau Rd, Anahola, HI 96703, USA
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Locals just call it the fruit stand, and the giant acai bowl is a highlight: locally made granola plus apple, banana, and other fruit from the island. 6011 Koolau Rd., Anahola, 808-822-1441 This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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5-5080 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
Chopped extra fine and addressed with the right syrup, a good heap of shave ice highlights all that’s wrong with a mainlander’s snow cone. Served out of an old truck tucked prettily into the trees, Wishing Well Shave Ice might just be the island’s...
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5-5088 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714, USA
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When a sunny day on Hanalei Bay calls out for fish tacos, this little spot does the trick. Island prices but also island freshness. 5-5088 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei, 808-827-8226 This appeared in the May 2015 issue.
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5520 Ka Haku Rd, Princeville, HI 96722, USA
Tucked among the pristine rain forests of Kauai’s remote North Shore, St. Regis Princeville’s lush 9,000 acres feel like they’re straight out of South Pacific. In fact, the classic musical used neighboring Mount Makana as a...