Driving up towards Hanalei Bay from Lihue, right around mile marker 24 and the Kahiliholo intersection, you might catch sight of a roadside sign reading Ice Cold Coconuts out in front of a small fruit stand on the right hand side of the road. If you do, stop by. This fruit stand is packed with all kinds of fresh tropical fruit and you can’t get much more tropical than drinking right out of an ice, cold coconut on a hot, humid day.
For $5, you get a whole coconut, which is tapped for a straw as soon as you order. Hang out by the fruit stand while you sip up the slightly sweet coconut water inside (very refreshing and much better than any bottled coconut water sold in “gourmet” grocery stores), then get your coconut halved with a machete so you can scrape out the coconut flesh with a little plastic knife (works better than a regular knife for some reason). Plus, stopping by a cute little roadside fruit stand makes for some great photo ops.