Where do local folks hang when the moon is up and the surf is down? Their favorite neighborhood bars, of course. However, this is an island that shuts down early, so get started before 10 p.m. if you expect to catch a little action.
Hot spots on the North Shore include BAR ACUDA in Hanalei and TIKI ‘INIKI in Princeville, where patrons will fi nd the embodiment of 1960s Hawai‘i. The bar and restaurant serves Hawaiian fusion cuisine and cocktails crafted with fresh-squeezed juices. Don’t forget to break for a mai tai at the iconic TAHITI NUI RESTAURANT & TIKI BAR , featured in THE DESCENDANTS . The PO‘IPŪ RESORT area, on the South Shore, is a good place to fi nd great drinks, jazz, local sounds and a little dance music. Check out STEVENSON’S LIBRARY at THE GRAND HYATT for jazz, and restaurants dotted throughout THE SHOPS AT KUKUI‘ULA for live tunes. On the east side, you can fi nd live music, good beverages and a Kaua‘i-grown menu at OASIS ON THE BEACH at WAIPOULI BEACH RESORT . In Līhu‘e, HUALANI’S , located at Hōkūala in the Timbers Kaua‘i resort features farm-to-table off erings and live music 6-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. DUKE’S BAREFOOT BAR at Kalapakī Beach spotlights contemporary Hawaiian music. In Kapa‘a, HUKILAU LĀNAI restaurant and OLYMPIC CAFÉ are good spots to eat and drink with the locals. TAHITI NUI 808-826-6277 TIKI ‘INIKI 808-431-4242