Ethnic and Local Dining

 

HAMURA'S SAIMIN. Old time local establishment. Very unfancy, but a Kaua'i tradition. In Lihu'e. From Koloa take 520 to Hwy 50. Turn rite towards Lihu'e. Turn rite at 6th lite onto Rice St. Turn rite at 2nd lite onto Kress St. Go one block, and look for Hamura's on left. 245-3271.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS. Draw on Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and other influences. Food is tasty and affordable, and portions generous. Settings are basic. Here are some we enjoy.


HAMURA'S SAIMIN. See listing above.


KIM CHEE #9. In Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihu'e. From Koloa take 520 to Hwy 50. Turn rite towards Lihu'e. Turn rite at 5th lite onto Hwy 58, then rite at first lite into Kukui Grove. Look for Kim Chee #9 next to Sport's Authority. 246-0106.


LIHUE BARBECUE INN. 2982 Kress St, Lihu'e. From Koloa take 520 to Hwy 50. Turn rite towards Lihu'e. Turn rite at 6th lite onto Rice St. Turn rite at 2nd lite onto Kress St, and look for Lihue Barbecue Inn on left. 245-2921.


TIP TOP. 3173 Akahi St, Lihu'e. From Koloa take 520 to Hwy 50. Turn rite towards Lihu'e. Bear left at 6th lite onto Hwy 56. Then take next rite onto Hardy St, and first left onto Akahi St. Tip Top is down the street on the left. 245-2333.


WONG'S CHINESE. Hwy 50, Hanapepe. From Koloa, take 530 (Koloa Rd) west to Hwy 50, turn left, and stay on hwy about 8 mi into Hanapepe. Wong's is on left, just past Hanapepe River bridge. 335-5066. www.wongsomoide.com.

Kaua'i Tip. When it's rainy or overcast on the north or east side of the island, drive to the west side or Poipu on the south shore. It's often sunny there when it's rainy everywhere else.

MEMA. Thai and Chinese cuisine. Flavorful dishes. Comfortable setting, affordable prices. BYO enjoyable wine/drinks. In Lihu'e. From Koloa take Hwy 520 to Hwy 50. Turn rite. At 6th lite, Hwy 50 becomes 56. Continue on 56 for one block, and note commercial and then old Lihue Theatre on rite. Mema is just passed theatre. Parking just before restaurant. 823-0899.

SHIVALIK. Savory Indian cuisine in a complimentary setting. In Waipouli on east side. From Lihu'e airport take 51 N which becomes 56 N. Continue on 56 N for 3 - 4 mi to Wailua River. Turn left into Waipouli Town Center at 3rd lite after river. Shivalik is in the rear rite section. 822-2333. www.shivalikindiancuisine.com.
TORTILLA REPUBLIC. Hip gourmet Mexican. Lotsa stars! Res's needed for upstairs seating. At the Shops at Kukui'ula in Poipu. From Koloa Chevron take Poipu Rd south to roundabout. Take first exit, then quickly first left into Kukui'ula. Tortilla Republic is ahead on left. 742-8884. www.tortillarepublic.com.
Kaua'i Tip. Directions in Hawai'i are often given as "mauka" or towards the mountain, and "maka'i" or towards the ocean.

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