Best of Kauai’s East Side

Top Ideas for Kauai Giving

Right now Kauai’s highest priority is for its residents, helping out-of-work families make ends meet, feeding the hungry and providing resources to keep everyone safe (and fed) until Kauai can welcome visitors back. If you’re a Kauai fan and want to help support our kama‘aina (local residents) face their challenges, here are two key organizations working continually to serve Kauai folks. Donations are highly appreciated.

The Kauai Independent Food Bank is contributing food to countless community meal distribution projects during this time of COVID-19 restrictions. Kauai’s Food Bank is committed to providing emergency food to vulnerable members of the community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those already facing hunger every day. Currently many of Kauai’s residents are laid off or their hours are severely cut back. Learn more about the measures being taken and how you can help. or contact Kevin Moniz, Executive Director,, 808-846-3809.


Aloha Later: Kauai’s hotels and condominium resorts have laid off almost all of their staff until Kauai is considered safe enough to welcome visitors.  The Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation is raising funds to go towards relief for furloughed hospitality workers and their families, and also support  initiatives that benefit first responders, as well as other community nonprofits providing critical services during this pandemic.  Purchasing the Aloha Later Ribbon for $20 provides  1 redemption code, which will be sent by mail. The code can be used during a future Hawaii vacation to redeem 1 discount per participating vendor, based on the offer from participating businesses.  Check out Where to Redeem.  Almost 75 resorts, restaurants, activities, car rentals and others are honoring credits, once it’s considered safe to return. Buy your Aloha Later Ribbon by calling 808-234-7245 to speak with a friendly Aloha Later volunteer, receive an immediate coupon code, and confirm your mailing address. They will quickly mail you your ribbon and coupon.

Future Booking Policies at Kauai’s East Side Resorts

Now is not the time to travel to Hawaii,  though a number of top properties  on the Royal Coconut Coast have revised their cancellation policies for future bookings after COVID-19 is gone. Many are offering 24 hours advance notice for cancellation or refund of advance payment. Check out the cancellation policies linked at each property, and make plans for later this year, with flexibility. First check, however, with Kauai’s latest COVID-19 advisories and regulations.


•  Aqua Aston Islander on the Beach,

• Fern Grotto Inn,

• Hilton Garden Inn at Wailua Bay

• Hotel Coral Reef (email,

• Kaha Lani Resort,

Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy, call 808-822-3441

• Kauai Kailani

• Kauai Shores Hotel, call (808) 822-4951

• Plantation Hale Suites

• Pono Kai Resort

* Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort

• The ISO Hotel





Best Family Friendly Ideas

Ride the Ke Ala Hele Makalae Bike trail: Great for all ages, The Ke Ala Hele Makalae bike path starts at Lihi Park in Kapaa and follows shoreline for 3.8 miles ending at Ahihi Point, just past Donkey Beach. There is also a 2.5 mile section at Lydgate Beach Park. This incredible path is available to walkers, joggers, roller bladders, bikers, and is safe for families and strollers. Rentals, including small children trailers are available at Coconut Coasters and Hele On Kauai Bike Rentals.

Take a cruise aboard Smith’s Riverboat Cruises This is a fun and informative excursion for all ages on Kauai’s gorgeous Wailua River. See this amazing river’s scenery, take the short walk up to the famed Fern Grotto, learn legends, lore, dance and song.

Go for a hike: Enjoy mild easy walks at the Keahua Arboretum, the easier ascent at Nounou Mountain, or walking our shoreline trails. These provide wonderful ways for families of all ages to experience Kauai’s extraordinary scenery by foot. Check out the east side trails here.

Snorkel at Lydgate Beach Park: Protected swimming and snorkeling is found and enjoyed by residents and visitors at this extensive park. There is a lifeguard on duty 7 days a week, picnic pavilions and restrooms.  The swimmming/snorkeling lagoon is surrounded by rock barriers. Perfect for families of all ages.

Hang out at a couple of awesome playgrounds: Kauai’s largest children’s playground, Kamalani, spreads out among lawn and shade trees at Lydgate Park. This wooden structure was built by the community and is maintained by community volunteers. Further west is the Kamalani Kai play structure at the end of the multi-use path. This is fun series of wooden walkways and alcoves designed for your kids entertainment.

Try new kid’s foods: Many eateries on the Royal Coconut Coast include something with local style on their kid’s menus, including teriyaki chicken at The Bull Shed, grilled mahimahi at Coconuts Fish Cafe or the “Catch This” at Hukilau Lanai. Bring a set of training chopsticks for your little ones for a fun meal.

Best Ahi (Tuna) Recipe from Hukilau Lanai

Try this popular and ono-licious (delicious) dish called Candied Ahi for seared ahi (tuna) prepared at the Hukilau Lanai. It’s made by combining high quality ahi (tuna) with ground coffee, chili, sugar, salt, paprika, garlic, pepper, lime, coconut milk, and chiplote. Yum!

  • 1 TBS kauai coffee beans
  • 2 TBS chili power
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS kosher salt
  • 1 TBS paprika
  • !.5 TBS granulated garlic
  • I.5 TBS black pepper
  • 1.5 TBS thyme
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 TSP canned chipotle in adobo
  • 8 oz. sashimi quality ahi (tuna)

Puree the coffee beans, salt and sugar in a coffee grinder. Combine with the rest of the spice ingredients. Cube the ahi and coat with the spice ingredients. Sear in a hot pan with a little bit of oil. For the sauce, reduce the coconut milk with canned chipoltes in adobo until thickened.

Top Pick – New Year’s Eve Party

A Roaring Good Time At Oasis On the Beach — Celebrate New Year’s Eve at a beautiful oceanfront setting.  Starting at 10 p.m., show up for dancing and good music, featuring entertainment by DJ Kana and Evan Daniels plus a champagne toast — all in the Roaring 20’s theme. Costumes reflecting the 1920s are encouraged. Want to experience a very special dinner before-hand? Oasis On the Beach is offering a pris-fixe dinner largely made from locally grown and raised foods, including  choice of two appetizers, salad, three different entrées (fresh catch fish, locally raised rib-eye or pork), four sides, and two desserts. A wine flight is available for an additional charge. Oasis On the Beach is located at Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and situated right on the ocean. For reservations, go to or call 808-822-9332.