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Kauai Dining Guide

(Revised December 2016)


he following restaurants and natural food stores are sorted alphabetically. To be listed, a restaurant must offer 3 or 4 vegetarian dishes or be exceptional at fewer. It is best to call ahead to check the restaurant's hours and to make reservations. Members must show their current VSH membership card to receive special offers and discounts. We are not able to check all listed items personally, and changes may take place without notice. We encourage your comments regarding additions to or deletions from this guide, including changes in discount policies; please send them to DiningGuide@VSH.org.

Restaurants & Natural Foods Stores 

Banana Joe's - 828-1092 - 5-2719 Kuhio Highway, Kilauea
Fruitstand and smoothies

Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Bar - 742-9888, 2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr., Koloa
Open daily at 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., Su-Th and 10 p.m. F-Sa.
Veg-friendly and vegan items.

Caffe Coco - 822-7990 - 4-369 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa (Wailua)
Specializing in vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
Open 5 p.m-9 p.m. daily.
Free dessert with entree for VSH members.

Cafe Turmeric Food truck with pleasant outdoor eating area. Almost the entire menu is vegan and gluten free. Entrees cooked fresh to order, most can be made allium free. Everything is made from scratch and mostly organic. Closed Mondays and Sundays
tel: 808-631-6310, 5-5100 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, HI 96714 Yelp Reviews
5% for VSH members

Garden Island Barbecue & Chinese Restaurant - 245-8868 - 4252 Rice St., Lihue
Menu includes "Vegetarian" section of 13 items. Ask for no oyster sauce. 
Open 10 a.m-9 p.m. M-Sat. (may be open Sunday) http://www.gardenislandbbq.com/

Greenery Cafe - 246-4567 - 3146 Akahi Street Rear Cottage Lihue Hawaii 96766
The Greenery Cafe is a family operated restaurant serving delicious, organic soul food in the heart of Lihue. http://www.thegreenerycafe.com/

Hanai - 822-2228 - 4-1543 Kuhio Hwy - Kapaa, HI 96746-1897
Market with local Produce and meals with vegan optionshttp://www.hanaikauai.com/
5% for VSH members

Harvest Market
Harvest Market Hanalei serves Kauai’s visitors and community alike as the north shore’s source for the best natural and organic fruits and vegetables, groceries, nutritional supplements, body care products, and ready-to-eat gourmet deli foods from our soup and salad bar. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to assist you with all you need to support a healthy and happy lifestyle.
tel: 808-826-0089, 5-5161 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, HI 96714 Website
10% for VSH members

Healthy Hut Kauai - 828-6626 - 4480 Ho'okui Road, Kilauea
We offer fresh local produce, fresh locally-made baked goods (many of which are vegan and/or gluten-free). We carry a variety of gluten-free vegan chips, crackers and cookies. We even have a locally made vegan coconut milk ice cream! We have a large raw foods section with a tasty assortment of vegan treats and snacks. We also carry a variety of eco-friendly vegan soaps, lotions and sunscreens. We have a small bulk foods section and supplement section, as well.
5% for VSH members

Hippie Cafe (Bakery located in Caffe Coco). VHippie Cafe offers Acai Bowls, Smoothies, Coffee, Backed Goods, and Salads daily. Take-Out or enjoy our backyard seating on the slopes of sleeping giant. We have gluten-free, and vegan options using all organic ingredients.
Open 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Free cookie with soup or sandwich for VSH members

Hoku Whole Foods - 821-1500 - 4585 Lehua St., Kapaa (behind the Dragon Building in Old Town Kapaa) - http://www.hokufoods.com/ 
Open 7 days, 10 am - 6 pm. 

Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza - 828-2020 - Kong Lung Center, Kilauea Rd. (off Hwy. 56 on the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse

Living Foods Market - 742-8910 - 5356 Koloa Rd. Building #9, Koloa

Mermaids Cafe - 821-2026 - 4-1384 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa
Vegan friendly. Lunch & Dinner. http://www.mermaidskauai.com/

Monico's Taqueria - 822-4300 - 4-356 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa (Wailua). www.monicostaqueria.com/
Mexian. Vegan burrios & enchiladas. Open 11 a.m-3 p.m. & 
5-9 p.m. Tue-Sun. Closed Mondays.

Papaya's Natural Foods & Cafe - 823-0191 - 4-831 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa
Located in the Kauai Village Shopping Center (Safeway), This casual market/deli offers shaded tables outside.

Postcards Cafe - 826-1191 - 5-5075 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei

Rainbow Living Foods - 635-2592 - 4-1384 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa
Located right behind Java Kai in Downtown Kapaa. Vegan, organic, dairy and gluten free. http://rainbowlivingfoods.com/

5% for VSH members

Shivalik Indian Restaurant - 821-2333 - 4771 Kuhio Highway (Foodland Shopping Center), Kapaa.
10% for VSH members

Vim 'n Vigor
Health Food Store and cafe. tel: 808-245-9053, 3-3122 Kuhio Hwy, Suite A9, Lihue, HI 96766 Yelp Reviews
10% for VSH members


-          Most Thai and Vietnamese restaurants have vegetarian sections on their menus and may offer brown rice. Request no fish sauce. Most Vietnamese restaurants now offer vegan pho (made with vegetable broth) and vegan summer/spring rolls, even if these are not on their menus.

-          Most Chinese restaurants will offer up whatever you request. Tell them what vegetables, noodle, or sauce, e.g., bitter melon with look fun noodles and black bean sauce. Request no chicken stock. You may also request reduced soy sauce and oil in the cooking and no MSG. (Your request can be honored because Chinese dishes are generally cooked to order, with the exception of soups, dumplings, egg rolls, and similar preparations.) Few Chinese restaurants offer brown rice.

-          Most Italian and many continental restaurants have one or two pasta primavera-style dishes (or can readily prepare one on request). Vegans must be wary of eggs in the noodles and dairy products in the sauce. You may also request reduced oil.

-          Many restaurants have good to excellent salad bars and plain baked potatoes.

-          Most restaurants can accommodate vegetarians although the selection may be minimal. Call ahead to ask.

-          At build-your-own sandwich shops (Subway, Blimpie, Quiznos), you may choose whole-grain bread and vegetarian/vegan/low-fat contents. Suggestion: you may build an over-spiced sandwich and eat it at home with steamed vegetables.

-          Hawaii is rapidly becoming increasingly friendly to vegetarians and vegans. This Guide has trouble keeping up!


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