When people come to Kauai, whether they’re visitors or kamaaina from another island, a pit stop to Hamura Saimin Stand is usually on the itinerary.
Located in Lihue, less than 10 minutes from the airport, Hamura Saimin is a Garden Island mainstay.
Charles and Aiko Hamura founded their namesake restaurant in 1952. Today, granddaughter Lori Tanigawa runs the small, open-air restaurant known for its classic saimin.
Hamura’s soup is made with flavorful broth—a secret recipe—char siu, a sweet and spiced roast pork, and wonton, meat-filled dumpling (starting at $7.50).
Even better, the eatery uses its own house-made noodles.
Note: Hamura Saimin is cash only.