Hawaiians know how to eat. From the celebratory luau dinner to a heaping plate lunch, Hawaiians sure do enjoy a good meal. From a quick appetizer of fresh poke, to a slow cooked underground oven called an imu where whole pigs are cooked, there's an abundance of Hawaiian food to try on Kaua`i. And you know the old cliche, when in Rome... The same goes for when on Kaua`i, try some Hawaiian food!
It's not hard to find. Each side of the island has somewhere you can find local style food. You have probably heard of a luau dinner. This is where family and friends gather to eat A LOT of food. There's usually a buffet style set up where multiple tables have loads of different dishes. Plate lunches usually come out of small shops or lunch wagons and often consist of a scoop of rice, some macaroni salad, and some meat and/or fish. Poke is a local classic. It's an appetizer made of fresh ahi with various seasonings like soy sauce and fresh onion, among others.
Purple sweet potato is another Hawaiian staple. You'll usually find it steamed in chunks or simmered in coconut milk. Taro of course is another famous part of a Hawaiian meal. A starchy staple that sustained the culture for generations, taro can be served in chunk or as poi, a pudding like dish. Kalua pig is a whole pig cooked underground and very flavorful. While in Hawaii you'll hear the term ono very often. It's a Hawaiian term for delicious, and there's no shortage of ono Hawaiian food on Kauai.