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Best things to do in Wailua

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

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.”
20local recommendations
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“The food was very good, yet it was the atmosphere that put this restaurant on the hot list. Reserve a “toes in the sand” table out on the beach and enjoy live music, tiki drinks, and perfect waterfront view.”
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American Restaurant
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“Fine dining at it's greatest. Wonderful food and atmosphere. On the resort property.”
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Restaurant
“great burgers, great selection of beers, another short walk from the Lime House”
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Grocery or Supermarket
“This small Hawaiian chain is quite well stocked with whatever and Aloha. It has a small-town local feel with really friendly people. Employees are easy to find for help and will often walk you to the item. Customer Service Counter is always maned. They have a deli and hot food take-out which is fresh and tasty as well as full line of groceries, produce, personal items, a pharmacy and Red Box. The bathrooms are to the right at the front door. Bakery items are good except the donuts. (go to Safeway for these). ”
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Restaurant
“Kintaro's Japanese Restaurant is my favorite restaurant on the island, with the best sushi and sashimi i've ever had. Please make a reservation, days in advance is advisable! ”
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American Restaurant
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“Has live music and dancing! Great place if you want to have a chill time with friends. Great appetizers and food. ”
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Bar
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“The original Kauai Mexican restaurant! Everything is delicious, my favorite are the fish taquitos though. Same as all my other recommandations the fish is super fresh, never fishy! They serve great cocktails too!”
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Park
“Hike to the top of Sleeping Giant Mountain, where you'll have great views of the eastern side of the island out to sea. Moderate difficulty.”
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Natural Feature
“There are a few trails to access the peak (aka, the "face") of the Sleeping Giant. The favorite trail is the Eastern Trail. This is a moderate hike depending on your hiking experience and fitness level, however, it can be dangerously muddy and slippery in wet weather. The Eastern Trail offers beautiful ocean views all the way up the 2-mile ascent. You will overlook the Wailua River and enjoy a panoramic view of Kauai's east side. Strawberry Guava trees are highly invasive and have taken over much of the trail's dense vegetation. When the fruit is ripe and a deep purple color, harvest these little guavas for a tasty treat. A good time to take a snack break and enjoy the scenic views is when you reach a small plateau with a few picnic tables. After a well-deserved rest, and if you are ambitious, then continue up the Giant's neck to experience the 360 degree view from the Giant's face. Be very careful on this steep stretch of the trail as there are points where there are 100 foot drops on both sides! On a clear day, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the top of Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest places in the world and Kauai's second highest peak. A little known secret is the "hole" that is just below the highest point of the Giant's face. If you walk to the left, just before the peak of the trail, you will discover a path that wraps around to an awesome little cave that offers the best view of the east side. When you have finished enjoying the spectacular views, it's time to head back down the trail the same way you came up - on the bright side, most of it's down hill! ”
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Restaurant
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Shopping Mall
“This outdoor "mall" has a brand new ABC Store with coffee shop and deli! There is a farmers market in this marketplace Tues and Thurs!”
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Restaurant
“Beautiful views at the top. I took my kids who were 10 years old at the time and they did this trail, no problem. Again if it is wet the mud makes it much trickier. Pick a dry day to hike.”
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Natural Feature
“Rent a kayak or stand up paddle board from shops next to the river. You can take a tour or do it independently. Families, be advised that it take roughly 2 hours to paddle up the river to the grotto. So fun and beautiful!”
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Cafe
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Pharmacy
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