The island of Kauai has many famous attributes, including natural attractions such as Waimea Canyon, the Napali Coast, the Fern Grotto, and the island’s scenic North Shore. The Garden Isle is also known as the setting for some of Hollywood‘s most successful films, from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Jurassic Park.
But more and more, Kauai is becoming known for its growing menu of locally made products. From fine arts to tasty treats, Kauai offers a wide range of specialty goods.
Perhaps one of the most famous of these products is Kauai Kookies. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2005, the Kauai Kookie Kompany has been making these delicious treats from its bakery in the small town of Hanapepe. The company offers eight cookie flavors: Kona Coffee Macadamia, Guava Macadamia, Macadamia Nut Short Bread, Almond, Coconut Crunch Macadamia, Coco Krispies, Peanut Butter, and Cornflake Krunch.
The Kauai Kookie Kompany also produces a distinctive line of salad dressings. Hawaiian Hula Dressings was started 20 years ago with the introduction of a zesty papaya seed dressing. The product took off, and today the line includes Hawaiian French, Oriental, Passion Fruit Dressing with Herbs, and Maui Onion Dressing.
Guava Kai Plantation
Another product thriving on Kauai is guava. Visit the Guava Kai Plantation in Kilauea and see how the juicy fruit is grown, processed and made into a variety of savory treats. Free samples are given! There’s also a gift shop that offers a complete line of guava goodies.
The Big Island of Hawaii isn’t the only island that produces world-famous Hawaiian coffee. On Kauai, for example, the Kauai Coffee Company cultivates more than 3,400 acres of Hawaiian coffee on an estate near Koloa, located on the southwest part of the island. All of Kauai Coffee’s products are 100 percent estate-grown and processed.
Finally, a man may not live by bread alone, but he could if the bread is as good as the freshly baked creations at Kilauea Bakery. Located on Kauai’s North Shore, some of the island’s best bread is sold from the early morning until the afternoon. Try the Napali Bread or Cajun breadsticks. After 11 a.m., the bakery also serves pizza, including its famous mahimahi pizzas.