Hawaii is one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the US. Which is why we talked to Poipu local and expert, Jody Kjeldsen, to get the inside scoop on the best kid friendly spots on the Southside of Kauai. Whether checking out a secluded beach or visiting the local farmers market, here are some of the top things you and your little ones (keikis) can enjoy together. Keiki Lagoon at Poipu Beach Park This is a MUST says Kjeldsen. “There’s great swimming and wading for the little ones, and good snorkeling for the adults. There’s also a good chance you’ll spot some sea turtles or monk seals who visit the beach frequently.” Brennecke’s Beach Deli is located across the street and offers take out lunch, snacks and shave ice. Forgot your sand castle kit? Nukumoi Surf Company across the street provides any beach rental gear one may need, including beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkels, boards, etc. They even do surf lessons! Lifeguards on duty from 9 a.m -5p.m.
Baby Beach Baby beach with shallow calm waters and protection from high surf. Although there are no comfort stations or lifeguards, it allows for a quiet beach day away from the bustling crowd. Finding the beach can be a little tricky. (From the Lawai Road, make a left on Ho’ona Road and look for a yellow pipe that marks the beach access.)
Poipu Beach Athletic Club poipu club to those staying at various Poipu properties. Not a member? No problem. The club offers a $100 week pass for up to 6 guests. Make sure to stop by Whalers Cove Resort to purchase. There is a great pool for toddlers and a slide for kids 5 and up. The pool also boasts a café, bar service, and live music on the weekends. Kid friendly concerts take place every month. 2290 Poipu Road, Koloa, 808-742-2111
Uncle’s Shave Ice Located in the Shops at Kukuiula this shave ice shop has an extensive menu and a photo booth to boot! Sample one of their popular island flavors like guava or passion fruit topped with macadamia nut ice cream. 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St, Koloa, uncleskauai.com 808-742-2364
Kauai Culinary Market This weekly market located at the Shops at Kukuiula is held Wednesday from 3:30pm -6pm. With over 20 local farmers and vendors coming out to sell and sample fresh fruits, vegetables and locally made products this is a great event to check out with the family. There’s also live music, chef demonstration, and happy hour drink specials for the adults. 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St, Poipu, theshopsatkukuiula.com 855-742-0234
By Leela Lindner