The best places to grab a bite to eat in Kilauea, Kaua‘i range from local markets with staggering varieties of fruit and snacks, food stands with amazing eats betraying their humble locations, plenty of natural choices, and lunch and dinner spots with a refreshing take on the usual fare.
Natural Foods and Farmers Markets
At the Healthy Hut (Kilauea Plantation Center, 4270 Kilauea Rd., 808/828-6626, 8:30am-9pm daily) you will find local produce, wine and beer, health and beauty supplies, and other natural groceries. A very small wine and beer selection is also available. They don’t offer any pre-made meals; the only ready-to-eat food is fruit and snacks.
Sunshine Farmers Market at the Kilauea Neighborhood Center (4:30pm Thurs.) offers fresh produce and fruits. You can also find an abundance of locally made crafts, some ready-to-eat food, and other locally made food. Bring your own shopping bag.
Pizza and Quick Bites
Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza (2484 Keneke St., 808/828-2020, 6:30am-9pm daily, $15-33) in the Kong Lung Historic Market Square serves up satisfying breakfasts and coffee along with tasty pizzas. Mornings usually bring a line of loyal locals coming in for the sweet and savory breakfast pastries. Pizza starts being served at 10:30am and comes with a heap of toppings.
Banana Joe’s fruit stand (5-2719 Kuhio Hwy., 808/828-1092, 9am-6pm Mon.-Sat., until 5pm Sun.) is a family- and friend-run small yellow shop that sells smoothies, fresh fruit, baked goods, and local honey. The variety of fruit here makes Carmen Miranda’s hat look boring. It’s a perfect place for a pre-beach snack stop, a gift run, or an after-scenic-route stop.
Thai 2 Go (Kauai Pacific School parking lot, 4480 Ho‘okui Rd., 808/652-3699, 11am-8pm Mon.-Sat., $9-10) serves up Thai food quickly out of a lunch wagon. The chefs from Thailand are health conscious. The food is MSG- and GMO-free, and the chicken they use is hormone- and antibiotic-free. Try the green papaya salad and take your meal on the road or enjoy it at the on-site picnic table.
The roadside Moloa‘a Sunrise Fruit Stand (right after mile marker 16 on Kuhio Hwy., 808/822-1441, 7:30am-5pm Mon.-Sat., Sun. 10am-5pm) is a tasty and easily accessible place to pick up smoothies, juices, a variety of coffee drinks, and sandwiches. Although it’s a roadside stand, it sits on a well-kept piece of property with a grassy lawn and coconut trees. There are seats on the porch or you can take your food to go.
Seafood and Hawaiian
“There’s a whole lot more than fish in store” is the self-described motto of the Kilauea Fish Market (Kilauea Plantation Center, 4270 Kilauea Road # F, 808/828-6244, 11am-8pm Mon.-Sat., $10-30), and it’s true. Free-range beef, salads, and plate lunches are also available, along with vegetarian specials. Take the food to eat at home or on the beach, or enjoy it in the outdoor seating area.
Lighthouse Bistro (Kong Lung Historic Market Square, 2484 Keneke St., 808/828-0480, noon-2:30pm and 5:30-9pm, happy hour 5:30-6pm daily, lunch $7-10, dinner $15-30) is near the lighthouse, not right by it. This is the closest to fine dining for the immediate area, but it isn’t entirely formal; you can dress up for fun or go low-key. Lunch includes garden and fish tacos, garden and beef burgers, fish sandwiches, soups, and salads. Dinner includes ginger-crusted fresh catch, shrimp parmesan, coconut-crusted pork, ribs, and a lot more, including an all-you-can-eat pasta bar. Vegetarians will have plenty of options here. Wine, beer, and cocktails are available.