Koloa Travel Guide

  • The original St. Raphael’s Church.
    The original St. Raphael’s Church.
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  • The cemetery at St. Raphael’s.
    The cemetery at St. Raphael’s.
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  • Koloa Sugar Plantation
    Koloa Sugar Plantation
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Koloa Hotels

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  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort And Spa

    I generally don't like staying in large hotels, preferring more atmospheric hotels. That being said,...

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  • Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club

    Just down the beach from Poipu is the Marriott Vacation Club, otherwise known as Marriott’s Waiohai...

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  • Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

    2251 Poipu Road, Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Turtle's Nest Cottage

    P.O. Box 1550, Meads Bay, The Valley, Anguilla, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Sheraton Kauai Resort

    2440 Hoonani Rd, Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Kahili Mountain Park

    Kahili Mountain Park, Koloa, Hawaii, 96756, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Whalers Cove

    2640 Puuholo Rd, Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Kuhio Shores Condos

    5050 Lawai Beach Road, Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Poipu Kapili

    2221 Kapili Rd, Poipu, Hawaii, 96756, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Koloa Restaurants

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    Pizzetta: Pizza and Beer

    by Etoile2B Written Jul 27, 2009

    Pizzetta is your run-of-the-mill pizza joint in Old Koloa Town. They serve a variety of pizzas and pastas and do a good job of it. It’s a family restaurant and they cater to people with children but there is also a full bar for the adults. The service is friendly and the food is good. It’s a nice, affordable alternative for a family dinner out and away from the resorts. Work off your pizza with a walk through town after dinner.

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    Koloa Fish Market: A Definite Don't Miss!

    by Etoile2B Written Jan 29, 2009

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    The Koloa Fish Market is a great place to go to grab some fresh fish. If you’re staying in a vacation rental or something with kitchen facilities and you want to cook up a meal of fresh island fish go here to grab your supplies. They also serve fantastic hot lunch plates and will cook up the fresh fish right there for you if you’re looking for a ready-made bite to eat. Another plus is a variety of fresh poke to choose from at reasonable prices. All the fish is fresh caught in the islands so the selection changes daily. At the very least stop by for some poke. You won’t be disappointed!

    Favorite Dish: Come here for the fresh seafood, of course. Try any or all of the several varieties of poke. And if you want a prepared meal try one of their lunch plates - you can't go wrong with anything here!

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    Tomkats Grille: Better a Bar than a Grille

    by Etoile2B Written Jan 29, 2009

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    Tomkats Grill is an affordable dining option in Koloa. It’s located in the heart of Koloa town and the small open-air dining room looks out onto a garden. It’s definitely a casual, rustic restaurant. The food isn’t the best but it’s cheap. Tomkats is owned and operated by a nice couple, but it’s usually just them on the floor and a cook behind the grill so service can be uneven and slow, but always friendly. I’d recommend it more for Happy Hour drinks at the bar or for drinks after dinner than for dining. Every night they have drink specials and different happening at the bar (like Karaoke night) but I can’t imagine they draw a huge crowd in this sleepy little town. It is definitely a more casual and younger bar option than Stevenson’s Library or Roy’s.

    Favorite Dish: The food is your standard bar food, salads, nachos, all things fried and like I mentioned the food’s not great but the drinks are good!

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Koloa Shopping

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    Big Save: Grocery Shopping and Great Poke!

    by Etoile2B Written Feb 3, 2009

    If you need groceries while you’re in Koloa or Poipu you have a couple options. Big Save is the largest grocery store in town. They have a wide selection and here you’ll find most anything you’d need n the mainland. They have a full liquor department as well as prepared foods in the deli area. Their prices are reasonable, but remember, since you’re on an island prices will be higher here than at home.

    What to buy: I highly recommend a trip to the prepared foods counter while you’re here. They have a great selection of poke and other Asian and Hawaiian specialties that are delicious. It might not look like much but it’s delicious and worth it.

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Koloa Off The Beaten Path

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    Koloa Sugar Plantation

    by Etoile2B Written Jul 26, 2009

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    I just loved this old sugar plantation on the road out to Poip’u. I thought it had some great character. But then again, I tend to find a certain beauty in old buildings and run-down barns. They’ve always intrigued me so why should this old sugar plantation be any different. One afternoon, during a break in the rains, we pulled off the main road and drove up to the plantation gates so I could take a couple pictures. When I returned home I did a little research on the place. It was once home to the Koloa Sugar Company but is now abandoned. The mill was constructed in 1836 and remained operational until 1996.

    Take Highway 530 (Kaloa Road) after Mile Marker #11. Near the town of Koloa, turn right on Weliweli Road which ends at the Koloa Sugar Mill.

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    St. Raphael’s

    by Etoile2B Written Mar 27, 2009

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    Built in 1841, St. Raphael’s is the oldest Catholic Church on the island of Kauai. Some of the original structure remains on the property as well as the old cemetery. A new church has been constructed on the site and is in use for religious services. But even if you’re not Catholic, it’s an interesting detour, if you’re in the area, to check out the original structure and the old headstones. It’s not something I would go out of my way to see, but as a photographer I enjoyed the short diversion off the beaten path.

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