Sunny Poipu, the Premiere Place for Shopping and Eating on Kauai

By Coco Zickos
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Malie Organics boutique in The Shops at Kukuiula at Poipu. Photo courtesy of Malie Organics.

Kaua‘i is known for its astounding natural beauty, but did you know the Garden Isle also has exceptional shopping and dining opportunities? Po‘ipū, located on the sunny south side of the island, is the premiere place to find everything you need, such as one-of-a-kind handmade products like fine art and soaps as well as eateries that will delight every finely tuned palate.

From Fine-Dining to Child-Friendly

The perpetually sunny South Shore is a stark contrast to the wetter, more rainforest-like North Shore. It’s also unique in the sense that it has such an eclectic mix of dining and shopping options. The Shops at Kuku‘iula is a perfect example of an all-encompassing center with restaurants that suit fine diners seeking romance as well as families looking for kid-friendly menus and a casual atmosphere. Happy hours abound and any sweet tooth is satisfied here—the perfect remedies after a “tough” day at the beach.

Handmade in Hawaii Treasures


Sand Kids, Poipu Shopping Village, Kiahuna Plantation Drv, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii, United States. Photo: Robert LInsdell.

This outdoor mall, with its plantation-style structure, is also home to several stores featuring Hawai‘i-made items perfect for keepsakes and gifts.

Don’t forget to also visit Po‘ipū Shopping Village and Kukui‘ula Store while you’re in town for even more shopping as well as food options including cold-pressed juice and shave ice served in coconut bowls.

Things to Do in Poipu


Poipu Beach, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii, United States. Photo courtesy of Robert Linsdell.

Those more inclined to enjoy the tranquility of this palm-treed-studded town can book services at Anara Spa located inside the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i. Spend the day in serenity with rock-walled showers, private Jacuzzis and massage therapists who know exactly how to help you relax. For the men who prefer to pass on pampering, a round of golf next door awaits at the Po‘ipū Bay Golf Corse that boasts outstanding views of the limestone-studded Māhā‘ulepū Coast.

Beachgoers can relax at Po‘ipū Beach Park, which was named #1 by Dr. Beach in 2001.

Sight-seeing is another favored activity on the South Shore and includes everything from admiring Spouting Horn and the National Tropical Botanical Garden to savoring sunsets that paint the sky gorgeous shades of gold and pink.

Take a Historical Glimpse at Old Koloa Town

old koloa

Photo: Steve Shupe.

Before leaving this up-and-coming shoreline, however, make sure to swing by Old Kōloa Town. This was the site of the first large-scale sugar mill operation in the state and its historical buildings are reminiscent of a once quaint plantation town. You’ll discover even more shopping and food here including authentic local grinds.

Don’t skip a visit to the bright, lovely town of Po‘ipū where the sun rarely forgets to shine.

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