When you want to get away from the crowds for a bit, you cannot go wrong with a trip over to Kilauea Park. Set right behind the Kilauea Community Center, this small park largely consists of a baseball diamond backed by an open field. Soccer nets often sit at either end of the field as well, making it a great place to play baseball, soccer, kickball, and many other fun games.
As a result of this setup, local kids from the community center and neighborhood teams often come to the field to play sports. If you happen to arrive while they’re playing, you can settle in at the bleachers outside of the fence to watch them play. There’s also a picnic table along the edge of the field if you want to enjoy lunch while you’re here. You can bring your own picnic fixings, of course, although it’s best to grab a meal from the nearby restaurants.
Just around the other side of the block, you can find Sushi Girl Kauai, Kilauea Bakery & Pizzeria, and Palate Wine Bar & Restaurant serving delicious food of all kinds. A little bit further out, there’s Java Kai Bar, Big Nick’s, and Kilauea Fish Market as well. And if you time your visit just right, you can even get tasty treats from the farmers market that lands at the community center each Thursday at 4:30 pm sharp.
All throughout the year, more than a dozen farmers bring their organic produce, homemade dishes, and tropical flowers to the community center parking lot. If nothing else, you’ll want to get a fresh coconut plus apple bananas to munch on. Other amazing treats include sunrise papayas, mangos, and rambutan. Depending on which vendors show up, you might even luck out and find plate-style dishes served hot and ready to eat.
After filling up on delicious food, you can take advantage of the open fields by playing whatever sports suit your fancy. If you’re lucky, other people from the neighborhood will swing by for pick-up games to remember. Just be sure to settle on the rules ahead of time, so you can all agree on who won each competition. Also, don’t forget to take lots of photos of your time out on the field, especially since the palm trees all around serve as the perfect backdrop.
-Want to get a camping permit to use on your Kauai adventures? Go inside the community center to purchase one.
-You can park along the field off Kalekolio Street if the community center lot is full.
-Never leave any valuables in your vehicle while visiting local parks, beaches, and other island attractions.
-Watch your volume level while playing on the field to avoid disturbing the peaceful neighborhood aesthetic.