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Nov 27, 2006 11:15 PM

Kauai bound for the Holidays - need suggestions please

We're headed out to Kauai for the Xmas holiday with the family.
We have my sister's two young kids traveling with - so I don't think we'll be too welcome at any fancy joints - so we'd like to keep it both reasonable and also family friendly. Open to suggestions for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

I know that avoiding spam may be futile - but I'd like to try.


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  1. Hamura's Saimin in Lihue. World famous for saimin and their lilikoi chiffon pie.
    Expect a line-favorite for locals and tourists.

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    1. re: monku

      Definitely save room for the lilikoi chiffon pie!

    2. Try Aussie Tim's. Their Burnt Ends Chili is to die for!

      Aussie Tim's Texas Barbeque
      4-361 Kuhio Highway
      Kapaa, HI 96746
      (808) 822-0300

      And here is a link to many other spots for you to try.

      1. Omoide Deli and Bakery (connected to Wong's Chinese Restaurant) in Hanapepe has some great local and chinese food. They have a great bakery as well. I think the Lilikoi Chiffon pie is better at Omoide than at Hamura saimin.
        It's not a fancy place at all and locals travel from far to have the Chinese Roast pork.

        If you're up for ice cream and cookies head across the street from Omoide and go for the original Lappert's Ice cream and then to Kauai Kookie for some of their great cookies and jams.

        1. We went to Kauai in July this year. I second the recommendation on Hamura's Saimin. The udon, saimin and chicken teriyaki sticks were all incredible. The place, well frankly, it's a dump. A dump with character mind you. It was packed so we got ours to go, took it to the beach and had a great and memorable meal.

          The other really blow away (and inexpensive) meal was Mermaid Cafe. It's a walk-up window at 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy near 581. The ahi wrap was to die for -- spring for the extra couple of bucks that the fresh ahi costs. It's so worth it.

          Lastly, do not eat at Poipu Burgers, it's not worth your while.

          1. Breakfast: Ono Family Restaurant in Kapaa. Macadamia nut pancakes...mmmmmm...