The best local businesses on the island of Kauai have been named for 2011. This is the sixth annual People’s Choice ranking by MidWeek Kauai, a city paper.

Over 80 first place winners were honored at an award ceremony at the beautiful Kauai Beach Resort. The evening began with live Hawaiian music performed by Maluhia. Before the awards were given out, we ate delicious dinner featuring fresh tropical fruits, salads, pastas, fish and desserts. I attended the ceremony as a freelance writer for MidWeek Kauai.

We are proud of our super achievers and appreciate their valuable contribution to Kauai. While you are visiting, feel confident in using any of these businesses. After all, you have the “local” word that this is the best in Kauai!

Best After Hours SpotRob’s Good Times Grill, Lihue

Best Art Gallery
Tropic Isle Music Co., Lihue

Best Artist
Glenn Ichimura, Lihue

Best Boat Tour
Kauai Sea Tours, Eleele

Best Garden
National Tropical Botanical Garden, Poipu

Best Helicopter Tour
Jack Harter Helicopters, Lihue

Best Live Show Performance
Smith’s Family Garden Luau, Wailua

Best Wedding Planner
Kauai Kai Weddings

Best Hotel or Resort
Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club, Lihue

Best Buffet
Kukui’s Restaurant at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club

Best Chinese Food
Ho’s Chinese Kitchen, Lihue

Best Dessert
Kauai Bakery, Lihue

Best Filipino Food
Mama Lucy’s Kitchen, Lihue

Best Hotel Restaurant
Hukilau Lanai

Best Japanese Food
Kintaro, , Kapaa

Best Mexican Food
Monico’s Taqueria, Kapaa

Best Poke
Fish Express, Lihue

Best Restaurant
The Bull Shed, Kapaa

Best Salad
Duke’s Canoe Club, Lihue

Best Kauai Products
Aunty Lilikoi, Waimea

Best Wellness Center
Dolphin Touch Wellness Center Spa, Kapaa

Best Gas Station
Shell Hanamaulu, Lihue

Best Bike Shop
Bicycle John, Lihue

Best Dive Shop
Seasport Divers, Kapaa

Best Grocery Store
Foodland, Kapaa and Princeville.

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