The Kahuku Sugar Mill is a shopping center that has been set up inside Kahuku's old sugar mill. The mill's enormous gears, flywheels and pipes have been painted in bright colors to help visitors visualize how a sugar mill works. The steam systems ar red, the cane-juice systems light green, hydraulic systems dark blue and so on. There's a bar, a few eateries and other shops in the complex. I really enjoyed looking at the enormous gears of the sugar mill more than I enjoyed the shops and eateries.
Kuilima Estates is a modern condominium complex on the ground fronting the Hilton. This property has expansive deluxe gardens and the amenities that include 5 pools and tennis courts. They have available studios with a loft and units with one and two bedrooms. All the one and two bedroom units have a full kitchen, washer/dryer, TV, phone, ceiling fan (few units don't have one), and lanai. All the units have an air conditioner. This is a nice place to stay at if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and town.
Strong Current Surf Design is located in the North Shore Marketplace along with Surf-N-Sea. Like Surf-N-Sea it also sells new and used surfboards. In addition, it has a little free surf museum that's essentially a collection of old surfing photos and vintage surfboards. This is an interesting surf shop to visit, especially if you are interested in the history of surfing and you want to see what it was like surfing in Hawaii in the old days when surfboards were much longer and heavier.
Celestial Natural Foods , opposite Cafe Haleiwa, is a good place to find bulk foods, granolas, fresh produce, yogurts and just about everything else you'd expect to find in a good health food store. In the back of the store you can get deli style foods such as sandwiches and salads for a reasonable price. This is a good place to stop at if you want to buy health foods and you are in the Haleiwa vicinity.
A small and personable operation run by husband and wife team Tom Shockley and Lisa Choquette. They are conservation-oriented and have a good word-of-mouth reputation. They offer different types of dives depending on your diving skills. they have one-tank as well as two-tank dives. The Kona Coast has many good shore-diving areas, including steep nearshore drop-offs with lava tubes, caves and diverse marine life. A dive off the Kona Coast is definitely woth it.
Kokee Lodge manages the 12 cabins in Kokee State Park. It is worthwhile to stay here if you love to go hiking. There are numerous trails that are very scenic where you can see native birds, trees and plants. Kokee Lodge is not an overnight lodge but is actually a restaurant and the concessionaire station for the nearby cabins. You should definitely stay at the cabins (the oldest cabins are a little tired) if you want to go hiking in the area and you don't mind roughing it a little. You should book the cabins in advance because they are often booked up.
This is a good place to learn about Kauai's ecology. It features displays of local trees, birds, climate and geology. There are also topographical maps of the area and a glass case of poi pounders, stone adze heads and other historic Hawaiian artifacts. They also sell beautiful koa bows, a nice selection of books and inexpensive trail maps here. The museum also gives out brochures to the short nature loop trail out back where you can see native plants and trees. I would certainly stop here while you are in Kokee.
Waimea Plantation Cottages is a collection of nearly 50 plantation workers' homes that date to the early 1900s. The wooden cottages which are clustered in a coconut grove, are very rustic-looking right down to their tin-roofed porches. They've been thoroughly restored and pleasantly furnished with simple decor. Rates are pricey but it is well worth it if you want to stay in a plantation-like cottage.
Hanalei Colony Resort is an older but renovated low-rise condo complex on the east side of Haena. Eachof the units has a full kitchen, a lanai and two bedrooms, although one of the bedrooms is really a sitting area with two twin beds that's separated from the rest of the living room by sliding doors. The complex is right on the beach, and there's a swimming pool and barbeque area. I would recommend this hotel to visitors during the low season.
Located in a small cottage like building, this clothing store sells beautiful clothing with a Hawaiian theme. This store sells tropical print dresses, tank tops, sarongs, jacket and pants sets and other island style quality clothing. It also sells some men's clothing. You can wear these these island style clothing out on the town or for casual dining. I would recommend a stop at this nice boutique.