The food in Koloa, southern Kaua‘i, at first glance seems fairly basic fare, but it covers a satisfying range of tastes and moods; there’s delicious sit-down meals, plate lunch to go, fiercely-local ice cream and shave ice, and of course a farmers market for fresh goods, some tasty ready-to-eat options, and handmade crafts.

A long stretch of yellow sand beach in Koloa, Kauai.

Po‘ipu beach in Koloa, Kaua‘i. Photo © Robert Lindsell, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Italian

Head over to Pizzetta (5408 Koloa Rd., 808/742-8881, 11am-9pm Mon.-Fri., 11am-10pm Sat. and Sun., $11-25) for great pizza and other wonderful Italian dishes, such as calzones and chicken parmigiana. A custom beer, named Rooster Brew in honor of the Kaua‘i’s free-range chickens, nicely complements the dishes. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual. Nestled in a historic clapboard building, the restaurant is in central Koloa town. Vegetarians will have a sufficient array of options here.

Local Cuisine

[Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee] pride themselves on serving only Hawaiian-made foods.Koloa Fish Market (5482 Koloa Rd., 808/742-6199, 10am-6pm Mon.-Fri., till 5pm on Sat., $8-11) offers fish, of course, as well as plate lunches and other local dishes like laulau and poke. The selection is rather limited, but it’s really popular with locals. It’s order at the counter and take out—but what could be better than a plate lunch on the beach?

Ice Cream and Shave Ice

Koloa Mill Ice Cream and Coffee (5424 Koloa Rd., 808/742-6544, 7am-9pm daily) serves up items to satisfy the sweet tooth and provide a caffeine fix. They pride themselves on serving only Hawaiian-made foods, such as Kaua‘i coffee and Maui-made ice cream with local flavors.

Farmers Market

Sunshine Farmers Market in the Koloa Ball Park (noon Mon.) 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.


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.