In addition to the plate-lunch eateries, where children are welcome, the following restaurants not only tolerate kids but make them feel right at home.
Hanamaulu Restaurant (3-4291 Kuhio Hwy., Hanamaulu; tel. 808/245-2511). Generations of local families have grown up dining at this Japanese/Chinese eatery. You can feed your family for less than $12 each and still leave food on the plate. Stop by for lunch; the kids will get a kick out of dining at low tables on tatami floors in a Japanese-garden setting.
Kalapaki Beach Hut (3474 Rice St., Nawiliwili; tel. 808/246-6330). This tiny "hut" is a great place for burgers (prepared seven different ways). After a day at the beach, heck, you and the kids can show up in your bathing suits and slippers. Burgers for four, plus drinks, will only set you back $30.
Tip Top Café/Bakery (3173 Akahi St., Lihue; tel. 808/245-2333). This is a great place to take the entire family to breakfast. Most items are $9 or under, and the kids will love the macadamia-nut pancakes. On the way out, stop by the bakery and get the freshly baked malasadas.
Poipu Resort Area
Brennecke's Beach Broiler (2100 Hoone Rd., across from Poipu Beach Park; tel. 808/742-7588). After a morning at Brennecke's Beach, just walk across the street to this casual eatery and chow down on their famous hamburgers. They also have "kid" items like nachos and peppers, fresh-fish sandwiches, build-your-own gourmet burgers, and desserts.
Brick Oven Pizza (2-2555 Kaumualii Hwy. [Hwy. 50], Kalaheo, inland from Poipu; tel. 808/332-8561). Kids and pizza just go together, especially at this old-fashioned stone-oven pizzeria featuring more pizza toppings than you can count. There will be something here to please every member of the family, including Mom and Dad when they get the bill. A 15-inch cheese pizza will feed four and costs less than $7 a person.
Bubba Burgers (4-1421 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa; tel. 808/823-0069; also Hanalei Center, Hanalei; tel. 808/826-7839). Here at the house of Bubba they dish out humor, great T-shirts, and old-fashioned hamburgers. They also serve up the Slopper (open-faced with chili), the half-pound Big Bubba (three patties), the Hubba Bubba (with rice, hot dog, and chili -- a Bubba's plate lunch), chicken burgers, Bubba's famous Budweiser chili, and a daily trio of fresh-fish specials, fish burgers, and fish and chips.
Duane's Ono-Char Burger (on Kuhio Hwy., Anahola; tel. 808/822-9181). If you're on your way to or from the beaches on the North Shore and the kids are starvin', stop at this hamburger stand for Duane's huge selection of burgers: teriyaki, mushroom, cheddar, barbecue, and the Special, with grilled onions, sprouts, and two cheeses. (Even Boca burgers are offered for vegetarians.) These one-of-a-kind burgers will set you back $5 to $7.50, with plenty of money left over for the marionberry ice-cream shake.
Ono Family Restaurant (4-1292 Kuhio Hwy., Kapaa; tel. 808/822-1710). Most items on the breakfast/lunch menu are less than $12, and the portions are huge. (You may want to split an order with the kids, and you'll still walk away full.) Breakfast is a big deal here, with many egg dishes; banana, coconut, and macadamia-nut pancakes; and a few dozen other choices. The lunch menu lets you choose from fish, veggie, steak, tuna, and turkey sandwiches. Burgers with various toppings highlight the menu.
Tropical Taco (Hale Lea Building, 5-5088 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei; tel. 808/827-TACO; www.tropicaltaco.com). Kids will love the assortment of tacos and burritos at this counter service restaurant, and you'll love the prices.
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