Kauai Shopping – A Guide to Kauai Grocery Stores

Most of our Kauai vacation rentals have full sized kitchens so you’ll want to stock up on your favorite foods and beverages while you’re here. Maybe try some new Hawaii foods too like poke. These bite sized pieces of raw, fresh fish are also known as “Hawaii’s soul food.”

Some of our Kauai grocery stores have familiar names like Safeway. Others will look new to you like Sueoka which has been owned by the same family for 90 years. Wherever you decide to shop you’ll see unique foods not available on the mainland. Also different are the store locations near beautiful Kauai beaches with spectacular mountain backdrops.

The first thing to decide when you arrive is how much shopping you want to do the first day. For a quick stop try the new Safeway in Lihue at Hokulei Village. If you’re ready to grocery shop for your entire Kauai vacation, you may want to consider other stores like Costco.

Kauai Shopping Tips:
  • See our shopping guide to Hawaiian foods. It covers everything from fish to produce.
  • Hot or Cold thermal bags are an easy way of transporting any temperature sensitive foods to your Kauai vacation rental.
  • Weekly Kauai grocery sales begin Wednesday. Some of our store links below list weekly sale items.
  • Plastic bags are no longer available. You may want to purchase a reusable grocery bag for your purchases.
  • Safeway and Foodland offer complimentary savings cards.
  • Hawaii Pineapples pass agriculture inspection and can be taken home to the mainland. Make sure they are free of soft spots and insects.
Our Island Guide to Kauai Grocery Stores

Click store links for up to date hours, directions and store coupons.

Lihue Stores Are Close to Airport

Now Open! The first Safeway in Lihue at the corner of Kaumualii Highway and Nuhou Street. This brand new 122,400-square-foot Safeway is at Hokulei Village.

Costco | 4300 Nuhou Street | Lihue | 808-241-4000
Best gas price on the island. Shop for local items like Anahola Granola, Koloa Rum, reef slippers, sporting goods and Aloha wear.

K-Mart | 4303 Nawiliwili Road (Kukui Grove) | Lihue | 808-245-7742
Popular malasada stand at entry. Best buy on Hawaii jewelry. Alcohol and food items. Look for sale items in center aisle. Large souvenir department too.

Wal-Mart | 3-3300 Kuhio Hwy | Lihue | 808-246-1599
Reasonably priced beer and wine. Expanded food selection including frozen items.

Times Market | 3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy (Kukui Grove) | Lihue | 808-245-7777
Formerly Star Market and now better than ever with some organic foods.

Kapaa Stores (East Shore)

Cost-U-Less | 4525 Akia Rd. | Kapaa | 808-823-6803
Like a smaller Costco but without membership fees. All credit cards accepted.

Foodland | 4-771 Kuhio Hwy (Waipouli Town Center) | Kapaa | 808-822-7271
Recently remodeled with new pharmacy, you’ll find good deals on fish here.

Safeway | 4-831 Kuhio Hwy (Kauai Village | Kapaa | 808-822-2464
The only 24 hour grocery store on the island. Large produce selection and familiar surroundings.

North Shore

Foodland | 5-4280 Kuhio Hwy | Princeville | 808-826-9880
Largest Kauai grocery store on the North Shore with Pharmacy. Located at Princeville Center.

Harvest Market Hanalei | 5-5156 Kuhio Hwy | Hanalei | 808-826-0089
Shop for organic and natural foods in the heart of Hanalei. Check for sale items at the end of aisles.

Healthy Hut Market | 4480 Ho`okui Road | Kilauea | 808-828-6626
Featuring locally grown produce and organic and gluten free products. Located off the highway near Kilauea.

South Shore

Big Save | 5516 Koloa Rd | Koloa | 808-742-1614
Now owned by Times Market.

Kukuiula Market | 2827 Poipu Rd | Koloa | 808-742-1601
Locally owned with organic products, local produce, good meat selection and new juice bar.

Living Foods | Shops at Kukuiula | 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka | Koloa | 808-742-2323
Extensive wine selection, gourmet goods, deli, organic foods and cafe with European style menu.

Sueoka | 5392 Koloa Rd | Koloa | 808-742-1611
Family owned for 90 years, shop for Asian grocery products, cut flowers/lei, liquor. Snack Shop offers burgers and plate lunches.

West Shore

Ishihara Market | 9890 Kahakai Rd | Waimea | 808-338-9915
Nice deli, bentos are popular here, a good place to stop on the way to Waimea Canyon and Polihale.

Specialty Stores

Fish Express | 3343 Kuhio Hwy | Lihue | 808-245-9918
Reasonable prices, excellent poke, also local lobster tail. Grill features plate lunches. Located across from Wal-Mart.

Hoku Food Natural Market | 4585 Lehua St. | Kapaa | 808-821-1500
Large bulk container area and assortment of organic foods. Located on a side street at the Dragon Center.

Koloa Fish Market | 5482 Koloa Rd. | Koloa | 808-742-6199
Great plate lunches and a must for fresh fish.

Papaya’s Natural Foods | 4-831 Kuhio Hwy (Kauai Village) | Kapaa | 808-823-0190
In addition to organic foods, check out their cafe and salad bar. Located near Safeway.

Princeville Wine Market | 5-4280 Kuhio (Princeville Shopping Center at South Entrance) | Princeville | 808-826-0040
Fine wine, cigars, specialty liquors, craft beer, artisanal cheese, chocolate and more. Shop for wine online too.

The Wine Shop | 5470 Koloa Rd. | Koloa | 808-742-7305
Best selection and variety of wine. Located across from the Koloa Post Office.

To book a stay at our Kauai vacation rentals, we invite you to call us at 800-325-5701. You can also visit our website to see our latest Kauai deals and live Kauai webcam with the best view of the Poipu Beach coastline.


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Deepak Rao August 9, 2015 at 7:59 pm

you get all the product in one place, this is best stop for shopping. and you get every where grocery store. this is nice blog..!


JP August 10, 2015 at 7:09 am

Mahalo Deepak!


I. Shiffman July 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Staying in Princeville this fall. Where is Lihue in relationship to Princeville? Staying for one week plus where is the best grocery store near or in Princeville? Thank you.


Pat July 7, 2015 at 6:34 pm


Lihue is more on the south side and where the airport is that you will be flying into. This is where the Costco and several other stores are, including a new Safeway to open this summer. Right in Princeville Center is a Foodland, so this will be the closest once you are in Princeville. You will have plenty of options along the way as well.

Safe travels and we will see you soon.


Jack June 20, 2015 at 9:45 am

News on the new Safeway? Open 24 hrs?
Great website!


JP June 20, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Aloha Jack,

Thanks for liking our website. This week the Garden Island newspaper published an update on the new Safeway in Lihue. The scheduled opening is now mid-August. Some of the other stores in the new Hokulei Shopping Center will open in late June. We believe that Safeway will be a 24 hour store and can confirm closer to its opening. Stay tuned and we’ll post more updates soon.

Best Wishes,

JP and the Parrish Kauai team


MaryAnn Pulu February 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Would like to know where I may order poi and have it shipped to me please


Pat February 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Aloha MaryAnn,

The place we suggest for shipping to the mainland is Hanalei Poi at http://hanaleipoi.com/. You can call in an order and I believe they do have a minimum of 12, 1 pound containers. It’s delicious and will hold well…I used to send it to my niece and she’d freeze it.

Mahalo, Pat


Pat January 10, 2015 at 9:22 am

Is there an update to when the new Safeway, and other stores in the shopping center under construction in Lihue, (at the corner of Kaumualii Highway and Nauhou St.), will open? Visiting soon and would like to know.


Rob January 31, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Aloha Pat, We are anxiously waiting too for Hokulei Village to open in Lihue and the new Safeway. When you drive by you can see that tremendous progress has been made including a new roundabout that is now in use. According to Pacific Business News, we can expect Safeway to open in the second quarter of 2015. If it’s not open for your upcoming vacation, it will be ready to welcome you next time. Have a great stay on Kauai! Aloha from the Parrish Kauai team.


Cache June 13, 2014 at 8:49 am

I am wondering what prices are like at the costco? We shop costco on the mainland weekly so wondering how much more our normal items are there?


Rob June 18, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Aloha! The prices at Costco in Lihue are very comparable to their mainland stores. Fill your rental car up at Costco too for the lowest price on island. Have a great time on your Kauai vacation. Aloha from The Parrish Kauai team.


lisa hagan February 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

Very helpful! Thanks!


JP February 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

Mahalo Lisa!


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