The best “sushi & Japanese restaurant” in Kauai is Japanese Grandma’s cafe!

Aloha! Japanese cuisine has been one of the popular food to eat in the US. There are so many Sushi or Japanese restaurants exist now. 
People consider Japanese cuisine is not only tasty yet healthy.  No wonder Japanese/sushi is popular among America. 
Let me introduce the most delicious Japanese cuisine and sushi restaurant in Kauai island!

I am originally from Japan so I gravitate toward authentic Japanese food. 

The place I went abroad was Guam since my aunt lived there.  It was about a 4 hours plane ride from Japan.  As you know Guam is a part of the United States so Guam is the closest to America from Japan. 
I still remember having Japanese food in Guam in 80s. I was missing Japanese food after being there for three days.  I ordered the meal at one of the Japanese restaurants there but it was not a great experience.  The miso soup tasted with some miso paste and hot water, no flavor at all. 
Now, you can find a great Japanese food at a lot of difference cities and places.  Honolulu, Hawaii is one of the great place to eat Japanese cuisine.
I tend to cook Japanese food at home a lot.  However, there are some things it is difficult to cook at home.  I also craved the delicate flavored professional Japanese cuisine or sushi.  When I first moved here in Kauai, I flew to Oahu and had some Japanese cuisine since I couldn’t find the place I particularly like in Kauai. 
There are some good sushi places in Kauai, such as Hyatt, Koa Kea hotel or Dolphin restaurant but it is not authentic Japanese sushi.  It is hard to describe what makes NOT authentic sushi. It can be the doneness of the rice, seasoning ratio of sushi rice, size of the sliced fish, size of the rice ball, how much tension the chef uses to make rice ball etc. The list is very long. I know it is a small things but when all the checkboxes are checked, it will make authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi! 
There are not only sushi restaurants but also Japanese restaurants.  Most of the places are considered as Americanized Japanese food.  For example, one of the popular Japanese dish, tempura is so breading heavy and you can be full by just eating the breading on tempura.  I don’t say I am a great chef but I have to say I can cook better Japanese cuisine than what most of the restaurants offer in Kauai.  
That being said, we finally have a great authentic Japanese cuisine/sushi restaurant in the city of Hanapepe, Kauai. I approve their Japanese cuisine/sushi 100%! I can say This Japanese restaurant is the BEST Japanese restaurant you can go in Kauai! 

“Japanese Grandma’s Cafe”(Japanese/sushi restaurant)finally opened in Hanapepe town in Kauai island!

“Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant) opened in Hanapepe town in Kauai island in July, 2016. 

”Japanese Grandma’s Cafe”(Japanese/sushi restaurant) was open by Keiko who is the owner of this restaurant. Her father was Japanese restaurant chef in California so she grew up eating great Japanese food, which means she has a great palate when it comes to a great Japanese cuisine.

The restaurant chef, Shin is Japanese and he is a sushi chef so you can enjoy authentic Japanese sushi at “Japanese Grandma’s cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant).

The restaurant was used to be an art gallery. It is a great cafe setting restaurant now. 

One third of the space is boutique shop called “Blue/Umi”(left side) and about two third of the space is the restaurant. When it was first opened, the space was smaller but the restaurant was such a hit, they expanded a bit more.

There are sushi counter and some table seating in the restaurant.
There are some outdoor space in the back of the restaurant, which you can rent for the private gathering or party. The decor is Hawaiian feel to it and very lovely.  
Let me introduce some of the menu at “Japanese Grandma’s Cafe”(Japanese/sushi restaurant)!

“Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant)My recommendation lunch menu(11am-3pm)

☆ Poke bowl $17(Ahi, vegetable, Tamanishiki rice with Chef’s special sauce)
*add masago or avocado $2.50   *Substitutions for white rice

*Local Organic Green +$1    *Brown Rice +$1

You are probably thinking poke? I can eat that anywhere especially while we are in Hawaii. Let me tell you it is different from regular poke which typically has the based flavor of oil and soy sauce. “Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant) uses miso based special sauce created by chef Shin. He even cut fresh tuna for each order.

The fresh tuna, crisp vegetables and the special sauce is simple yet very satisfying flavor that you can find any other restaurants in Kauai. Highly recommended! 

 Tempura Bowl 
  Shrimp Tempura Bowl $17 *Vegetable Tempura bowl $12
    Mixed Tempura Bowl $15
“Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant) has a great tempura. The breading is very complex when it comes to tempura. It is supposed to be light, crispy and not greasy. They use “Tamanishiki” rice which is one of the best short grain rice that is cropped in America.
They also use fresh vegetables that are harvested locally in Kauai. It will get topped off with some rice seasoning, green onions and sesame. 
[Choose a sauce]
* House Teriyaki  *Tempura Glaze  *Spicy Yuzu Kosho  *Eel Sauce

*Garlic Sauce *Tamari Garlic Ginger.


[Add Ons]

*Avocado +$2.50 *Soft Poached Egg +$1.50 *Shrimp Tempura +$1.50/piece  *Veggie Tempura $2.50/3pc  $4/5pc


[Substitutions for white rice]

*Local Organic Green +$1    *Brown Rice +$1



[Alcohol]  Beer, wine, sake.

[Soft drink] Tea, coffee, konbucha, etc.


“Japanese Grandma’s Cafe”(Japanese/sushi restaurant) My recommendation Sushi lunch menu(11am-3pm)

☆Futomaki-Rito *Shrimp tempura $11  *Poke $13  *Eel $14
Japanese style sushi-burrito rolled with seaweeds.
 Includes, cucumber, avocado, greens and Tamanishiki rice.

“Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant) Lunch Menu

“Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant) My recommendation dinner menu (5:30pm-9pm)


*Ahi Poke Wonton Tacos  $13/2pc(add one taco +$4 )Ahi, Avocado, Tobiko, Yuzu, Wasabi, Aioli.

Looking good! This is the most popular appetizer.


*Agedashi Tofu $6 Fried tofu topped with grated daikon and ginger in dashi soy broth.

This one of my favorite dish.


*Tempura / Mixed Tempura $11 (Shrimp, Green Beans,Okinawa Sweet Potato, Kabocha, Eggplant)

It doesn’t matter lunch or dinner. Tempura is number one dish at Japanese Grandma’s Cafe. 
*Pan Seared New York $17 with Yuzu Kosho Glaze
The citrus flavor from yuzu and the spicy taste from pepper are great pairing with steak. The picture shows the half portion that I shared with my friend.
*Pork Tonkatsu $15 with Shaved Cabbage, Katsu Sauce, Spicy Mustard.
*Unagi  $14  Served over white rice with takuwan.
Sweet and Savory sauce with soft eel taste in your mouth. It is also great with perfectly cooked rice. 
*Hamachi Kama-Market Price with mixed greens, lemon, and ponzu.
I know it doesn’t sound like the best part of the fish but I promise, it melts in your mouth once you taste this! If you never tried it, please have your first one here. 
☆Sushi Set with green salad and miso soup
*Nigiri $42 (8 pieces Spicy Tuna Roll or California Roll, Ebi, Hamachi, Maguro, Sake, Tamago, Unagi, Seasonal White Fish)
This is chef’s special nigiri. Everything is perfectly assembled just for you.
*Warabi-mochi with vanilla ice cream and sweet beans.
It is not overly sweet and just perfect dessert that is green tea-matcha flavored soft mochi (rice cake).
Please open this link to view other items on their dinner menu.

Please try delicious sushi that Japanese chef Shin creates at “Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant)

Sushi has been one of the popular cuisines now in Kauai that some of the restaurants and bars even build sushi bars to bring more customers to their places.

When it comes to sushi, the rice ball goes under the piece of fish serves very important part. The doneness, seasoning, temperature, density of the rice ball are all matters to make a great sushi. They used the short grain rice called “Tamanishiki” which the best rice you can get in the US.

Of course, any fish sushi Chef, Shin serves is fresh and delicious but the way he creates both sushi and rolls are exceptional. The pressure that chef uses to make rolls and rice ball under sushi pieces needs to be just right! not too soft and not too tight so when you pick them up with chopsticks or hand, they remain the shape yet when you bite rice doesn’t feel too dense. The pairing of his technique and beautiful fish makes the best sushi in Kauai!

Hope you understand what I am talking about when you experience the sushi at “Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” sushi chef, Shin will always welcome you with a big smile on his face!

Here are Tammy’s recommended sushi menu! 

 “Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant) Tammy’s recommendation! Sushi! 


*Ebi  $6

Kauai is know to have a great shrimp(Ebi)! They are large and texture is beautiful. Ebi(shrimp) sushi pieces are not only my recommendation but sushi chef Shin’s as well. You can request small shrimp roll, too.


*Ika(squid) $13

You can taste deliciousness of Ika(squid)but also you can admire the knife skills that sushi chef, Shin presents on this piece.


*Unagi(fresh water eel) $9

Fresh water eel would melt in your mouth and well balanced unagi sauce is just perfect!

*Any white fish that changes daily is great as well so please ask sushi chef, Shin when you visit:)



*Tiger Roll $19 (Spicy Tuna,Shrimp Tempura, Ponzu, Japanese Dressing, Topped with Shrimp)


A proud presentation of shrimp goes on top and inside the roll. This roll will fill you up.


*Grandma’s Futomaki  $14 (Egg, cucumber, yamagobo, kanpyo, shiitake, eel, shrimp)

without eel and shrimp $9.50

This is a Japanese traditional roll with full of great flavors. It looks beautiful and people from Japan would feel nostalgic.


*Uni(sea urchin, salmon and tuna are delicious, too!

You can eat great sushi at lunch time as well. 

Please view other sushi menu from the link below. 

You can check any events that are held at “Japanese Grandma’s cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant)

There is Hanapepe art night on every Friday night between the hours of 5pm to 8pm. They changes what they do weekly, such as Hawaiian BBQ, drawing in backyard of the restaurant, fashion show, traditional special occasion Japanese dish(Kaiseki). You can’t miss these fun when you come to Kauai!


Hawaiian BBQ




Please check the events by viewing their website.

“Japanese Grandma’s Cafe” (Japanese/sushi restaurant) Contact information.

*Open everyday besides holidays(Please contact and check before you visit if you want to make sure)

*address:3871 Hanapepe Rd.


*HP :

Please understand when you order take out, 10% of the service fee is automatically added to the total.


I hope you are hungry for great Japanese food and sushi! Tammy’s recommended place to visit in Kauai, “Japanese Grandma’s Cafe”(Japanese/sushi restaurant).

When you come to Kauai, please come and try “Japanese Grandma’s Cafe”(Japanese/sushi restaurant)^^

*Information may get changed or updated since I wrote the article. Please excuse me regarding to the changes you may find.
Much Aloha♡Tammy

Fun Outdoor activity in Kauai – Tubing tour

Aloha! People ask me about any fun activities that I recommend and can do in Kauai. One of the things I can suggest is Tubing! It is recommended from kids to grown ups! Let me tell you more about it:)

Tammy’s recommendation -Tubing tour in Kauai

People used transporting sugarcane along rivers back in the day but now they offer people to enjoy floats on tubes. These are not rapid streams, you just float on the slow and calm movement of the water down the river. There are some spots the stream gets little faster but nothing is extreme.
Some people may be worried that tube may flip over and they get tossed in a water but don’t worry. It is shallow water since this is the route people used to use for transportation so even if the tubes flipped over, it is not a difficult depth to stand and regroup.
Floating on a tube was so relaxing and make Tammy almost fall asleep. Tubing tour that I recommend in Kauai is offered by “Kauai Backcountry Adventures”.
”Kauai Backcountry Adventures ”offer this tubing tour in Hanamaulu, Kauai. They call this tour the Mountain Tubing Adventure. They also offer zip lining if you are interested in more than tubing.

Tammy experienced “Mountain Tubing Adventure!”

Let me explain how everything was on this tour! Tammy went ahead and made a reservation for this Mountain Tubing Adventure with “Kauai Backcountry Adventures”, so once we arrived we went to the office first to confirm our names and filled out liability forms.
They recommend for you to be there 30 minute before the tour starts so you have plenty of time to do this and they will go over some of the things you need to know before the tour and get yourself prepared for the tour.
The office is a warehouse looking building and you usually will see a tour van or two near by. When you face the office building, there is a big parking lot on your right side.
Once you enter the office building, you can view the video of tubing.
There is a gift shop as well. It is a good way to remember this day!
There is a changing room and restroom in this building. You can change before and after the tubing tour. They also offer Hawaiian coffee for free:)
Make sure you have a helmet and a pair of gloves before your departure for “Mountain Tubing Adventure”
The staff member will call you at the counter and hand off the correct size helmet and a pair of gloves before the departure.
There is a headlight on the helmet and they will explain it to you how they function since there are two different types of headlights, one with twist and turn on and the other is pushing a button.
The staff members were very caring and helpful and they will also double-check it with you to make sure you have the functional equipment by turning on the lights and trying on both helmets and gloves.

Let’s get in a van and start the tubing tour! 

Please make sure you carry out a helmet and gloves when you get in a can. I was with my friend, Mako, Ryoko and her son, Issa. We look like we are a group of explores right? lol.
They entertained us even in a car. During our ride, they asked out what’s our spirit animals  and favorite flavor of ice cream. My answer was dog for spirit animal and green tea flavor:)

Beautiful view during tubing tour! 

Before we start tubing, they made some spots that we could enjoy a magnificent view of the island. Kauai is known as green island which you can see in the picture. It feels like you can cleanse yourself by just looking at this scenery.
Tour itself is pretty popular and I recommend to book it sooner than later. I wanted to try this for a while but I couldn’t book for a while. We have a man and a women team as tour guides on this day.
Including some stops, it was about 30min van ride to the spot we started tubing.

I am so excited to start tubing! 

We were all excited to start tubing.
Any carry on items that you couldn’t take with you was stored in a box and staff member carried it to the spot we had lunch.
There are a lot of phones that are water proof or resistant so you can use to take a picture but it is good to have it in floating case so they would not go down the bottom of the river when you drop.
We walked about 5min to the spot where we start tubing. We could see some sugar cane, tall bamboos(some bamboo shoots which I wanted to harvest and eat it :))along the way.
As we follow the tour guides, we saw the stack of tubes which made us all excited more about the tour!
Always safety first when you have fun so one of the staff members demonstrated  before we start tubing. It is not just a talk so if you are visual learner or may not speak a great English, this will help you understand what you need to do.
First, we went down the steps and walked toward the river. Tubes were already floating in the river so you don’t have to carry them. One by one, we got on a tube by taking turns. Basically, you face backward to a tube and slowly sit on it as you see in pictures:)

Tour wouldn’t begin until everyone in the tour were on the tubes. Don’t worry! All the tubes are tied with ropes so they wouldn’t move until the staff member would remove them.
Here is the video of our tubing tour departure! It will start moving slowly first so you can ease into the tour.
River stream is not consistent. Based on the way you ride the tubes and weight, the speed you move may be different from people you are on the tour.
Staff members were always near by us when we had this tour so we felt comfortable and 10 year old boy, Issa enjoyed it very much even through his mother was not next to him.

You can see the pictures of him! Not only kids, but also the grown up people enjoy it too. You can tell by looking at the picture of my hubby.
Of course, I enjoyed with him, too^^
Water is simmering and feels cooler to be floating. All of my friend, Ryoko and Mako were having so much fun!
This “Mountain Tubing adventure” is not only exciting but at the same time you feel relaxed and enjoy the nature in Kauai.

“Mountain Tubing Adventure” is not only relaxing but also exciting! 

As you see in pictures, everyone wore the helmets with headlights. There is a reason for that. Because you will go through caves along the way!
When we approached to the cave, one of the staff member in front would give you a heads up and say “lights on” so you would inform the people behind you to make sure everyone is ready for the cave excursion. Here we come!! Now we were in the cave!
Some people may get uncomfortable with this but I enjoyed it. You can see it clear of where you were facing. My friend, Ryoko was having too much fun!
Here is the video while we were in the cave.
The cave surface was covered with sparking rocks and minerals. Once the light was hit, it looked beautiful.
The one of the staff members started singing the song from Moana while we were in the cave. The voice was echoing as we moved and it was very nice. We went through total of four caves along the way. See not only relaxing but there are some exciting with it:) This is “Mountain Tubing Tour”
Her is the video of exiting the cave.
Once you go out from the cave, you appreciate the different shades of greens and lay down to your tube to see the blue sky in Kauai island offers.
 “Mountain Tubing Tour” offers the sound of stream along the way which is soothing to most people. Relaxation is needed for a happy life!
Once you get out of your tube and your feet are on the ground once again, they have lunch ready for you.

“Mountain Tubing Tour” comes with Pita Sandwich lunch:)

It is do-it-yourself style sandwich station with pita bread.
I made a sandwich with turkey and cheese. Of course I topped it off with Lettuce, alfalfa, olives, mayo and mustard. You could also ear Maui onion chips, chocolate chip cookies and water.
There was an area you can change so you can switch to a dry clothing and you don’t have to keep wet swimsuits on. It is about 30min rest with lunch so most of the people ended up wearing swimsuits while we ate. They also brought all the items that you checked in before you started the tubing at lunch spot.
After lunch was done, we got back in the van and went back to the office where we started. They don’t also mind getting back in the van with wet garment. If you have a towel, it is a good cutesy to have it down on the seat before you seat. It was about 15min ride back to the office.
There is no restroom at the location you would have lunch so you can use it when you go back to the office. You also have a changing area back in the office so you can change your cloth if you need to go somewhere after this adventure.

You can purchase pictures after you are done with “Mountain Tubing Tour”:)

You don’t have to bring the camera if you want to enjoy the moment but at the same time if you want to have some picture memory, you will be able to purchase some photos that staff members took throughout the tour. There are several computers in the office so you can take your time to go through some pictures and let them know which one you would like to purchase. If you are in a hurry to the next activity, don’t worry. you can go to “Kauai Backcountry Adventures” website offers to view and purchase pictures from there.
Now days, people have water proof camera or water proof cellphone (case) but it is always good to have options. If you rather take pictures with your phone, you can always get reasonable pricing waterproof case at ABC store.
Don’t you think you want to try this tour? It looks fun right?
Let me summarize what you need to know about “Mountain Tubing Tour” by “Kauai Backcountry adventures”.

What you need for “Mountain Tubing Tour”

[Somethings you can prepare yourself]
-water shoes(you can also rental/I don’t personally recommend flip flops. More than likely you will loose them along the tubing tour)
-swim suit or cloth that can be wet
-sun screen
-hat(if you wish)
-bug spray(recommended)
[something “Kauai Backcountry Adventures” prepare]
-helmet with head light
-lunch(sandwich, cookie, chips and water)
[“Mountain Tubing Tour” Pricing]
-$116 per person plus tax(please check with “Kauai Backcountry Adventures”/price may change)
[Things you need to know about “Mountain Tubing Tour”]
-Cancelation policy is 24hours prior notice to your booking. If you have a party of more than 6 people, you need to notify 72 hours prior to your reservation.
-You need to be older than 5 years old and need to be more than 43inch height to be able to participate for this activity
-Unfortunately, you cannot participate if you weight more than 300 pounds
-If you have spinal, hip, knee injury, this may not be a good activity for you.
-Please consult with your physician if you are pregnant.
-Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

“Mountain Tubing Tour” schedule

-They offer 6 different outing time: 8am, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
-You need to check in 30min before your adventure time at “Kauai Backcountry Adventure”
-Here is the link you can visit “Kauai Backcountry Adventure” site to sign up for the activity tour that they offer. You can choose the date that will work for you and easy to book your fun activity!

Kauai Backcountry Adventure” contact

*address: 3-4131 Kuhio Highway Lihue Hawaii 96766
*telephone: 808-245-2506
What do you think? Hope you want t to try “Mountain Tubing Tour” offered by “Kauai Backcountry Adventures”. It is one of the activity a whole family can enjoy and quite popular one so I recommend to book the tour sooner than later. I would always love to hear about this tour after you try 🙂
*Information may get changed or updated since I wrote the article. Please excuse me regarding to the changes you may find.
Much Aloha♡Tammy

Come to Kauai to meet Hawaiian Monk Seal!

Aloha!  Do you know about the “Hawaiian monk seal”?

They are known as “Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua” to native Hawaiian. They have a sort of calming and cute appearance.  They aren’t typically afraid of humans so you can find them sunbathing on Kauai beaches often. Just looking at them makes me feel very peaceful in a way^^


Why do you have to go to an aquarium if you can see Hawaiian monk seals up close in person in Kauai?

Hawaiian monk seal lives in the Northwestern part of Hawaii islands. They live a pretty quiet life eating fish and mollusk from the beautiful Hawaiian sea. Males are about 2m10cm(6.8 ft) and weigh 150-200kg(330-440lbs). Females are usually bigger and they are about 2m30cm(7.5ft) and weigh 250-270kg551-595lbs. Females tends to have their first baby at 5 years old. Their average lifespan is about 30years.

Look at this picture that I took at Kauai beach! Look at how cute they can be!!

However, this adorable Hawaiian monk seal is an endangered species.


Currently, Hawaiian monk seal is marked as a conservation animal.

Unfortunately, the population of Hawaii islands increases and the increasing number of tourist caused people to develop and interfere with Hawaiian monk seal’s living area., which caused the Hawaiian monk seal to neglect nursing and decreased their surviving numbers. We are very sorry…., Hawaiian Monk Seal… : (

Additionally, the number of sharks have increased, more commercial fishing, and poison caused by coral demolition, have all made the Hawaiian Monk Seal’s existence even more difficult and as a result, their numbers have decreased. Because of all this, when a Hawaiian Monk seal comes up to the beach and starts sunbathing with their belly up like these pictures above, a volunteer member or a lifesaver immediately puts the tape around the Hawaiian Monk Seal and put up the sign like this along with it.

This is what we, people in Kauai, can do to make it up to them.  

We protect Hawaiian Monk Seals and that is why they can take a peaceful nap like this^^


Please be a part of helping Hawaiian Monk Seal by keeping the ocean clean^^

I saw the sad news about Hawaiian Monk Seal earlier this year. It was about Hawaiian Monk Seal who was laying down on a beach sickly.  Volunteers found him and he was in surgery as soon as possible but it was too late and he lost his life on the table. Doctors found out he swallowed a plastic bag, which caused blockage in the intestines. Plastic bags are common items that people bring to the beach. A lot of marine organisms often mistake plastic bags as their food since in their eyes they looks like octopuses and squids. They can’t clearly identify. I am spreading the message the newscaster was airing through this blog. Please do not leave anything that does not belong at the beach or ocean when you leave. Please keep the beach clean for any marine organism out there. They will appreciate any cooperation^^


I met a Hawaiian Monk Seal at glass beach in Kauai!

You are free to just look at Hawaiian Monk Seals quietly from the distance(sounds a little creepy but you know what I mean…) Look at another picture of it. Sooo peaceful!!!

It may be hard to tell from the picture but this one is covered with sand and you can tell the belly was going up and down and completely feeling at ease. Hehe^^  The younger they are, the darker their appearance is. Here is another one up close! Can you see the eyes are closed? This body form give me a familiar feeling and similarity of my body. Haha.

They look pretty darn cute in pictures but when you meet in person, they are even cuter! There is nothing like meeting Hawaiian Monk Seal at one of the beautiful Kauai beaches up close, not at aquarium. It moves your heart! I find myself going to the beach they appear often, hoping I will run into one. Just sitting at the beach and looking at a napping Hawaiian Monk Seal with a calming wave crashing sounds is pure relaxing and peaceful moment. All photos are taken by me when I saw them at the beach in Kauai.

Do you see something sparkling in sand?

As I mentioned in the title, this beach is known as glass beach. Because the sand at this beach includes a lot of glass pieces like these. There are from regular bottles and such but over years, they became round edge smaller pieces because of  all the traveling they went through the waves in ocean. My hubby says it used to be a lot more and had a lot of sparkling in the sand but as the word spread about this beach tourists took so many pieces of this beach and it is not the same as before anymore. It is still beautiful but it is sad that people lose respect and do not protect what the place offers. Just take the memory with you not what belongs in the island… makes me a little sad. It holds a value because they are where they belong. Don’t worry I only take pictures of them and left the glass pieces there. This beach has a lot of rocks so it is not suitable for swimming.

This beach is very close from my place. I live in the small town called Hanapepe,Kauai and it is about 5 minutes away. When you turn left from Port Allen, it will be less than a minute of driving. You will see the beach on your right next to factory.


A couple reminders to Hawaiian Monk Seal in Kauai

If you are lucky enough to meet Hawaiian Monk Seal, please promise me some things.  One, don’t get too excited and scream. They don’t like too much noise around them. Second, please do NOT take pictures with flash. They are pretty sensitive to lights like that. Third, Never touch them!! I know my words may not mean anything to you but I have to inform you of this as a resident of Kauai island. I promise just watching them quietly in beautiful ocean and beach is enough.


Poipu Beach in Kauai is another spot for seeing Hawaiian Monk Seal!

Additional note for you! Not only this glass beach, but you also have a high chance of meeting Hawaiian Monk Seal at Poipu beach! Poipu beach is located in the south part of the island. This is my favorite beach in Kauai. This picture is also taken by me when I met a Hawaiian Monk Seal at Poipu beach.

Poipu beach is one of the popular destinations among Kauai island so usually you see a crowd of people and see more kids around since wave is not so strong at this beach. However, Hawaiian Monk Seal likes to come here and sunbath in the middle of the beach for a while and then go back in a water.

Poipu beach is pretty wide and large compared to other beaches in Kauai which include the area for surfing and body board. However, some parts of the beach are too shallow and those water sports are prohibited. That is where Hawaiian Monk Seal likes to go! Lifeguard on duty usually watch Hawaiian Monk Seal to protect them as well as us, humans! Hawaiian Monk Seal probably knows Lifeguard protects them if they take a nap here. That is why they keep coming back to the same spot even it gets little busier sometimes.

As my thank you, I posted the picture with one of the life guard. I biked to the beach so I have a helmet on… just in case you are wondering…  haha. FYI… In the state of Hawaii, helmet is optional for motorcycle BUT you MUST wear a helmet when you are on a bicycle.

As you also figured by reading this, Poipu beach will give you the highest percentage of seeing Hawaiian Monk Seal in Kauai. You can also try Glass beach(as I mentioned earlier) or Hanapepe beach. My friends told me they met them in North shore of Kauai island, too so if you are lucky, you will be able to see adorable creature like Hawaiian monk seal!

After reading this article, don’t you want to meet Hawaiian Monk Seal in person in Kauai?  As I find them, I will keep you updated where I see them!

Much Aloha Tammy!



Hawaiian Monk Seal in Kauai– Update April, 2016

This is also another picture that I took when I saw a Hawaiian Monk Seal in Kauai. This one found a good spot that was right on the edge so the sun is warm but still can feel a little bit of water ; ) 

I had to take a selfie with a cute Hawaiian Monk Seal! My body looks like them so it will be uncanny when I lay next to that cute one.


Hawaiian Monk Seal  in Kauai – Update August, 2016

This photo was taken by one of my blog readers “Being Happy in Kauai” Hawaiian Monk Seal number 339. What a great shot! How do we know this one is 339? They keep up with them very well so you can see the sign like this and get to know them a little more. I just wish they can come up with names like Hurricanes. Apparently, he came to this beach around 9:30am and stayed until 5pm. He didn’t take a nap, it was a good long sleep! Must be a very good day for him!!


Hawaiian Monk Seal  in Kauai – Update May, 2017

This photo was taken in Poipu Beach again. This was send from one of my readers “Being Happy in Kauai” I have never seen three in a row sleeping like this! That is why I was wondering if they are family like father, mother and a child or three brothers and sisters? The reader of my blog, Michiyo found them sunbathing on the right side of Poipu beach near rocks.

Hawaiian Monk Seals will give you calm feeling just looking at them.


Hawaiian Monk Seal in Kauai – Update , August, 2017

Look at him swim! Of course, they are good swimmers. Another reader of my blog “ Be Happy in Kauai”, Ryoko and Masako met this swimming Hawaiian Monk Seals from the ocean on to Poipu Beach.


Hawaiian Monk Seal in Kauai- Update August, 2018

Sometimes you can meet two of them like this. Another reader of my blog “ Be Happy in Kauai”, Yoshiko met this moving Hawaiian Monk Seal on Poipu beach. So cute♡


Hawaiian Monk Seal in Kauai- Update August, 2018

Another reader of my blog “ Be Happy in Kauai”, Mana met this moving Hawaiian Monk Seal on Kappa beach. Look at this Hawaiian Monk Seal’s face! His face heals us♡

Mana took a video, too.


Unfortunately, you can not take Hawaiian Monk Seal but you can get a stuffed animal toy as a memory instead. Haha!

Please come to Kauai to meet Hawaiian Monk Seal!

*Information may get changed or updated since I wrote the article. Please excuse me regarding to the changes you may find.

Much Aloha♡Tammy