Kauai, HI – 74F
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Vacation resources / activities

Walk to the best beaches in the USA! from Ohana Kauai vacation rental home to Poipu Beach, Brennecke’s Beach and Shipwreck Beach and to spectacular golf course, Poipu Bay golf, the home of PGA grand slam.

Sunny South Shore Best (from the Ultimate Kauai guidebook)

Best Strolling Beach at Maha’ulepu Beach
Best Short Cliff Stroll – To the left of Shipwreck Beach near Hyatt
Best Snorkelling – Around the tombolo at Poipu Beach Park
Best Sunset View – At Spouting Horn
Best Fast Food – Taqueria Nortenos
Best Treat – Baked Chocolate Souffle at Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill (Poipu Shopping Village)
Best Place to Watch Fools Jump Off A Cliff – Shipwreck Beach in front of the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Poipu 
Best Secluded Beach – Ha’ula Beach 
Best Swimming – Poipu Beach Park 
Best Pizza – Brick Oven Pizza
Best Beachcombing – Kawailoa Bay 
Best Golf – Poipu Bay Golf 
Best Chance of Seeing a Beached Monk Seal – Poipu Beach Park 
Best Lasagna – Pomodoro 
Best Romantic Restaurant – Tidepools at Hyatt or Beach House at Sunset 
Best Place for a Sunset Cocktail – The Point at the Sheraton
Best Accommodation – Ohana Kauai at Poipu Beach  ☺

Beaches: The Bird of Paradise Home is midway between Shipwreck Beach, Brennecke’s beach and Poipu Beach Park.  If you walk to the west from Bird of Paradise Home, you will reach Poipu Beach Park and Brennecke’ Beach. If you walk towards east, you will reach Shipwreck Beach.  

  • Shipwreck Beach and Brennecke’s beach is great for boogie boarding and body surfing. 
  • Poipu Beach Park  rated the best beach in the USA, is adjacent to the Brennecke’s Beach is great for snorkeling, protected swimming, and has a swim and snorkel area for children as well as a playground. Read more about Poipu Beach Park.  It is not unusual to see an endangered  monk sealenjoying the beach among the sun tanners. View the photo gallery of Poipu Beach Park
  • Mahaulepu Beach, Local’s favorite, beautiful and uncrowded, is three miles away.

Hiking from Shipwreck Beach to the lithified sand dune bluff of Makawehi Point and Kawailoa Bay and much more..

There is a few surf shops near by offering rental and for sale equipment are just a short walk through the landscaped green belts of the Poipu Kai Resort.

Poipu Restaurants

  • Poipu Beach Broiler: (742-6433) –American You can walk from Bird of Paradise home to this restaurant.  Good steak and seafood.
  • The Beach House Restaurant: (808-742-1424) – American food Steak and Seafood with great Ocean views.  Need reservation in advance. 
  • Paco’s Tacos: (808-744-2550) – Authentic Maxican foods.
  • Little Fish Coffee Poipu (808-742-2113) – Good breakfast
  • Koloa Fish Market: (808-742-6799) – Local  ($6-7) Take out only. Located in Old Koloa Town across from the Post Office.  Simple plates lunch like Lau lau, Kalua (pig), etc.
  • Kalapaki Joe’s Kauai: https://kalapakijoes.com Daily Happy Hour 3pm-6pm
  • Brennecke’s Beach Broiler: (808-742-7588) – American ($20-$35) Awesome view over look at Poipu Beach Park. Serving can be slow…
  • Keoki’s Paradise: (808-742-7534) – American ($20-$35) Keoki’s Paradise in Poipu Village Shopping Village. Enjoy local live entertainment in the lounge Thursday and Friday evening, and Sunday afternoon. 
  • Lappert’s Ice Cream: (808-742-1272 ) – Old Koloa Town. Super-premium ice-creams, Hawaiian coffees and delicious homemade pastries. 
  • Food Truck in Koloa: Thai and Sushi
  • Pizzetta (808 742-8881) – Italian ( $10-$15) Old Koloa Town. Free delivery in Po’ipu.  Mostly pizza and pasta for lunch and dinner.
  • Dim’N’Den Sum: (808-477-0377) Asian Street food and then some! Order to go or plate
  • Grand Hyatt hotel (within walking distance from the Orchid house):


Catering / Private dinners

  • Dim’N’Den Sum : (808-477-0377) Asian Street food and catering!
  • Yonemura sushi: Catering services / Home private dinners/ Sushi classes/ Sushi party/ Grocery shopping

Many restaurants at the shop at Kukuiula (2 miles away): 

Farmer market with local music : Every Wednesday 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Local music: Every Friday 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Many restaurants at Poipu Shopping Village (~1.5 miles away):


Free Hula dance show every Mon and Thu 5-6pm

Farmers Market on Kauai

Kauai farmers gather for an open market in different communities throughout the week.

  • In Koloa – Every Monday at noon:  On Mondays, at noon it is in Koloa in the parking lot of the Koloa Ball Park on the way to the Tunnel of Trees.
  • Every Wednesday from 3:30 to 6 pm: the Kauai Culinary Market is hosted at The Shops at Kukuiula with Live island music


Poipu Shopping
Poipu Shopping Village:  Offering a variety of shops, restaurants and retail stores. A great place to find gifts, art, clothing or groceries. **Do not forget to ask about Hawaiian and Tahiti dance show by local Hawaiian every Tuesday and Thursday.  Phone (808) 742-2831. Here is the drivng direction from Bird of Paradise to Poipu shopping village

Other Attractions and ActivitiesSpouting Horn and National Botanical Gardens, site of the old Fantasy Island show are three miles away. Koloa Landing, the launching area for scuba divers going to Sheraton Caves, is on the way to the Spouting Horn. Horseback Riding stables are a mile away on the road to Mahaulepu Beach just past Poipu Bay Golf Course; plus a whole host of Kauai Activities are available on the island. 

Groceries, gasoline, etc
Old Koloa Town has two supermarkets, Sueoka’s and Big Save. There is also a Texaco gas station at the cornor of the Poipu road.

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Note: ** there are the activities close by Ohana Kauai Vacation Rental home

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