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Things To Do In Lihue (Kauai)

This five-hour guided tour is a wonderful waterfall adventure for the whole family, combining idyllic paddling on the Wailua River and a hike to a remote bridal-veil waterfall.

4997 C Weke Road
Hanalei, HI 96714

If you like excitement and adrenaline, then this is the tour for you! This 16-mile (25km) kayak trip to the Na Pali Coast is typically carried out on heavy Hawaiian waters. Paddle past the famed Na Pali sea caves, Kauai's lush valleys and beaches cradled in the jungle.

5075 Kuhio Hwy
Hanalei, HI 96714
Phone: 808-826-6900

Learn to surf in sunny Hanalei on the island of Kauai, Hawaii! Kauai North Shore Surfing School has expert instructors to get you up and surfing if it's your first time, or improve your surfing if you are already experienced. With waves of all sizes and a sandy bottom, Hanalei Bay is the perfect spot to learn how to surf.

5-5075 Kuhio Hwy
Hanalei, HI 96714
Phone: 808-212-5962

Food may be the heart of a luau, but music is the soul. Hawaiian ancestors preserved their history by passing down songs and chants called mele. Celebrate these traditions, as well as the songs and dances from other cultures that live in our tropical paradise. The lyrical sway of the Hawaiian hula, the colorful precision of the Tahitian drum dances and the fiery emotion of the Samoan fire knife dance all speak deeply of the people who have come to call Hawaii home.

5971 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746
Phone: 808-821-6895

Kauai's South Shore offers its visitors a seemingly infinite number of activity choices and a myriad of ways to experience all that it has to offer. The adventurous will find kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, surfing, mountain biking, deep-sea fishing, horseback riding and ATV tours. Golfers have 36 holes of championship play and tennis is unlimited. View Kauai's coastline with an ocean cruise, or enjoy a thrilling helicopter ride above its rugged interior. No matter what age, there's something here for everyone in the family.

Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 888-639-7386

Quaint old plantation buildings have been carefully renovated and restored and are now home to unique Shops and Restaurants. Take a leisurely stroll under the canopy of monkeypod trees. Experence Koloa's vibrant past. Visit Old Koloa Town's Koloa History Center and learn about life in the plantation era.

Koloa Road
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-245-4649

Kauai Golf means golf surrounded by the lush, natural beauty of Kauai at the Kiahuna Golf Club in beautiful, sunny Poipu Beach. World renowned architect, Robert Trent Jones II, skillfully included many ancient remnants of an authentic Hawaiian village into his design, where you will experience the course's beauty and a sense of the enduring history of the islands and Kauai. Kiahuna Golf Club offers challenging resort golf within a fascinating area of ancient Polynesian archeology. Enjoy your game surrounded by the lush, natural beauty of Kauai and its historic, Hawaiian culture.

2545 Kiahuna Plantation Drive
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-742-9595

This outstanding course is backed by lush emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean. Nestled among the gentle contours of Poipu Bay you'll discover the remains of Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and ancient stone walls. If this weren't challenge enough, Mother Nature presents you with one distraction after another. From native nene geese and rare Hawaiian monk seals to green sea turtles and humpback whales, you'll have lots of wild excuses to back your scorecard. Even the most focused golfer will be challenged by the breathtaking views. For more info, check out the Course Overview or take the Hole-by-Hole Tour.

2250 Ainako Street
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-742-8711

Four miles north of Lihu'e, Wailua (meaning 'two waters') is a double waterfall rising over 100 feet. After heavy rains, the falls merge into one wide stream, misting the surrounding vegetation. Bring your camera as the falls can be viewed from the side of the road, or more adventurous souls can hike up a steep trail that offers up-close views.

Off of Maalo Road
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-3971

Welcome to Kauai, the island renowned for its jagged mountain peaks and rushing waterfalls! This private deluxe flight is the ultimate way to tour the magical Garden Isle in the privacy of your own Cessna. Soar above Kauai's magnificent, inaccessible scenery on a private air tour - don't be part of a large group! You'll see Kauai's must-see landscapes including Waimea Canyon, Napali Coast and Jurassic Falls.

3651 Ahukini Road
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-635-0815

Kauai's agricultural history is best experienced by exploring this legendary plantation. Visitors can enjoy its manicured gardens and much more, including a train ride through the plantation farms and orchards, a tour of the rum distillery, and other entertainment, dining, and attractions.

3-2087 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-5608

Want to do an activity that includes kayaking, ziplines, hiking, waterfalls, rope swings, a hayride across Kipu Ranch and a ride on an exotic motorized canoe? Then don't hesitate and join this day trip today!

Waimea Canyon Drive
Waimea, HI 96796
Phone: 808-274-3444

Over 100 years ago Mark Twain, first viewed the Waimea Canyon and nicknamed it the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". Waimea Canyon on Kauai is the largest canyon in the Pacific and is a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit which receives an average of 440 inches of rain a year, making it the wettest spot on earth.

Waimea Canyon
Waimea, HI 96796
Phone: 808-833-3000

Food & Drink In Lihue (Kauai)

Oasis is a beautiful oceanfront location that showcases the best of what Kauai has to offer in cuisine, service and ocean views. Oasis strongly believes that residents and guests of Hawaii want to experience Hawaii. They use local sources for almost 90 percent of their ingredients, and work closely with Kauai's farmers and fishermen to provide you with the best and freshest possible ingredients. They work to highlight the quality and freshness of the ingredients in a style that captures the diversity of local cultures and influences without burying the delicious flavors that local ingredients offer.

4-820 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, HI 96746
Phone: 808-822-9332

At Kauai Pasta, we take great pride in our food. We believe that food tastes best when it's made fresh using only the finest quality ingredients. All of our sauces, dressings and desserts are made daily in our kitchens. When creating Kauai Pasta, we set out to establish a restaurant that people could dine at more than just once in a while. We did this by crafting a menu that was both affordable and diverse, offering everything from simple pasta dishes to extravagant steak entrees created by our team of talented chefs. On this site you will find the most current menus for both locations as well as a wine list with some of the most delectable varietals available. Be sure to check back soon, as we update our menus seasonally with new entree selections. In addition, we offer holiday menus and special wine pairing dinners.

4-939B KuhioHighway .
Kapaa, HI 96746
Phone: 808-822-7447

Beautiful views of the romantic torchlit landscaped grounds of the Kauai Coast Resort and the blue Pacific Ocean are yours at Hukilau Lanai. Hukilau Lanai has indoor and outdoor seating, Kauai Fresh Cuisine, a special wine list of 20 wines for $20, a full bar, seating in the bar as well as on the lanai with gentle tropical breezes. Hukilau is known for its fine food and service. Fresh Island produce, seafood fresh from the Pacific and Hawaiian chocolate are signatures that define the menu along with old favorites.

520 Aleka Loop
Kapaa, HI 96746
Phone: 808-822-0600

Chef-Owner Peter Merriman has brought his unique style of Hawaiian regional cuisine served in a casual yet elegant setting of an old Hawaii plantation. A pioneer in the "Farm to Table" concept, Peter serves only the freshest products, at least 90 percent of which are locally grown or caught using only sustainable methods. His international menu items are prepared in a manner that highlights the natural flavors of these fresh, local foods. Located in Poipu, they feature both mauka (mountain) and makai (ocean) views as well as sunset views over the Kukui'ula resort. The aloha-friendly staff, with a food and beverage knowledge second to none, will ensure that you have an extraordinary dining experience.

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Street #G-149
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-742-8385

Dondero's will satisfy your soul as well as your appetite. This restaurant combines elegant ambiance with stellar service making this a dining favorite. The menu is designed as an Italian tasting menu offering complimentary flavors and contrasting textures with a large selection of appetizers, homemade pastas, risotto, flatbread pizza, fresh fish and beef specialties. This delicious Italian cuisine is carefully paired with wines from all over the world. Luscious desserts include freshly made gelato.

1571 Poipu Road
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-240-6456

Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar is located in a beautifully restored plantation manor on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Dating back to the 1930's, the estate once served as the plantation manager's home for Hawaii's first sugar plantation, the Koloa plantation. Later, the estate was acquired by the Moir Family who built the world famous gardens that surround the restaurant. The menu reflects the heritage of old plantation Hawaii, which celebrates the abundance and beauty of the Hawaiian Islands.

2253 Poipu Road
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-742-2121

Embrace the tempting combination of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine served in a unique Hawaiian setting. Open air hale pili (thatched huts) with waterfalls and koi-filled lagoons create a charming rustic scene. Inspired by the natural ingredients and rich traditions of Hawaii, the tantalizing selections pay homage to the classic fare of Hawaii while creating new taste sensations. Awarded Honolulu Magazine's prestigious Hale 'Aina award for fine dining in Kauai year after year, Tidepools will dazzle you with dishes such as Sashimi of Hamachi and Ahi.

1571 Poipu Road
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-240-6456

Don't miss a traditional and local luau on Kauai! As the golden light of torches beckons you to a night filled with life and song, you'll join a casual, relaxing and romantic dining experience that can be found only in paradise! If there's only one experience you must have during your visit to Kauai, it is a night out filled with traditional Hawaiian culture and hospitality.

Overlooking magical Hanalei Bay and Makana Mountain the main dining room is the perfect venue for sophisticated, casual, all-day dining. Makana Terrace menus showcase the freshest Hawaiian grown produce flawlessly represented in the dishes prepared by the Executive Chef and his Culinary team. Do not miss the Sunset from the outdoor seating overlooking the Hanaley bay!

5520 Ka Haku Road
Princeville, HI 96722
Phone: 808-826-2746

The Kauai Grill is a comfortable yet elegant hideaway featuring signature Jean-Georges sophistication realized far from home. Sweeping views of Hanalei bay and Bali Hai surround Kauai Grill, the latest in creative dining experiences from Michelin awarded Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Kauai Grill combines a curated selection of Jean-Georges' greatest appetizers, side dishes and accompaniments from his portfolio of domestic and international restaurants around the world with the highest quality of meats and freshest local fish available. Simply grilled preparations accompanied by bold condiments anchor the Kauai Grill experience at The St. Regis Resort Princeville.

5520 Ka Haku Road
Princeville, HI 96722
Phone: 808-826-0602

With Kids In Lihue (Kauai)

Aloha, and welcome to Ka Ala Hele Waiwai Ho'olina o Koloa, The Koloa Heritage Trail. Your journey will whisk you through 5 million years of exploration highlighting the natural history, archaeology, culture and history of the Koloa District of Kauai and its people.

Koloa Heritage Trail
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-742-7444

To the west of Poipu Beach is Baby Beach, a sweet little protected cove perfect for very young children. This tiny crescent shaped beach has very calm and shallow waters making it an ideal choice for babies. For the adults you will be able to relax as your little ones splash around the ankle-deep waters. Note: no bathrooms or lifeguards.

Hoona Road
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 888-744-0888

Located at the eastern end of Poipu Beach Park, Brennecke's Beach is known for its easy to catch body boarding and body surfing waves. It is a favorite with Kauai residents and visitors alike. There is a great protected area for swimming and snorkeling - with surf breaks offshore. Note: Bathrooms: Yes Lifeguards: No.

Brennecke's Beach
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 888-744-0888

Further to the west on Spouting Horn Road is Lawai Beach, a delightful snorkeling spot fronted by a resort of the same name. Although the strip of sand is narrow, the snorkeling is good and in calm waters. Further out is an offshore reef that provides several exciting surf breaks that are quite popular with local surfers. Notes: Bathrooms: Yes Lifeguards: No.

South Shore, Poipu
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 888-744-0888

Further to the east is Mahaulepu Beach, a gorgeous and idyllic stretch of golden sand that feels truly remote. Mahaulepu is a two mile car trip from the end of Poipu Road. Travel east on the dirt cane field road to the main cane haul road intersection and turn right. There will be a security shack posting beach opening and closing hours. Beach access closes at 6pm. Hours are strictly enforced by the landowner that allows public access at their own risk. Mahaulepu is popular with locals and visitors, including wind surfers, swimmers, snorkelers, fishermen (or women) and sunbathers. Notes: Bathrooms: No Lifeguards: No.

Southeast coast of the Hawaiian island
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 888-744-0888

Another lovely beach is Shipwreck's Beach, a long stretch of golden sand on the eastern end of Poipu. Shipwreck's Beach is fronted by some resorts and a county park facility. During most of the year, the waters here are best for advanced surfers due to a short shore-break. This is a great beach however, to walk along, wade a little, sunbathe or hook up with a spectacular shoreline trail that goes east for a couple miles.

Eastern end of Poipu
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 888-744-0888

Nightlife In Lihue (Kauai)

Keoki's Paradise invites you to relax in a lush tropical paradise with delicious island style cooking, exotic drinks & live music. Cascading waterfalls, meandering streams and lush foliage make this open-air restaurant one of the Island's most striking. Seafood is the main attraction at Keoki's and guests are treated to a variety of fresh fish selections and preparations. In addition, the contemporary menu offers prime rib, prime steaks and lobster. Keoki's tropical ambiance, moderate prices and family friendly service have made it one of the most popular restaurants on Kauai. The lively Bamboo Bar features more casual fare serving both lunch and dinner and is seated on a walk-in basis only.

2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-742-7534

The warm woods and intimate seating areas of this classic lounge create a welcoming atmosphere for our guests. Take a seat at the 27-foot, hand crafted koa wood bar or select a table in the cozy booked lined room. Reminiscent of a Victorian-era gentlemen's club, our unique Kauai bar boasts an extensive selection of Cognac and Port and plenty of entertainment. Enjoy a game of pool, backgammon or chess or just relax to the soothing sounds of the nightly live music.

1571 Poipu Road
Koloa, HI 96756
Phone: 808-240-6456

Come early and explore the many shops of the Kilohana Plantation or stop at the local arts and crafts demonstrations and learn about the many ancient Hawaiian crafts and games. Then experience an unforgettable evening filled with delicious island cuisine and a truly spectacular traditional Hawaiian show.

3-2087 Kaumualii Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 877-622-1780

Board the 65 foot (20 meter) power catamaran and cruise to the famous Napali coast line for some incredible photo opportunities.

Shopping In Lihue (Kauai)

A few minutes from Hanalei Bay the Ching Young Village Shopping Center has many small boutique stores, art galleries, eateries and a supermarket. You can also see local bands performing live music.

5-5190 Kuhio Highway Suite C3
Hanalei, HI 96714
Phone: 808-826-7222

From their humble beginnings on the island of Kauai and the International Marketplace in Waikiki, Hilo Hattie has become synonymous with vacation shopping. With their online store and Hilo Hattie stores on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a wonderful and wide assortment of Hawaiian fashions, gifts, souvenirs, t-shirts, home & beach accessories, beauty products, gourmet foods and stunning island jewelry. Founded in 1963, Hilo Hattie has grown from one store into a chain of seven stores to become Hawaii's largest retailer, manufacturer and wholesaler of Hawaiian fashions and gifts.

3-3252 Kuhio Highway
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-3404

North of Wailua on the East Side is Kapaa Town, a great area for shopping on Kauai. Kinipopo Shopping Village offers a variety of fun shops and eateries. It also has a water sports shop that carries everything you need to purchase or rent for a water adventure. You can also arrange for water skiing or kayak rental in Kapaa. Aloha shirts, vintage maps, fine art and jewelry can be found as you browse at this shopping village.

Kapaa town
Lihue, HI 96766

Shopping on the South Shore of Kauai is nearly as spectacular as the landscape that surrounds it. A variety of shopping in Poipu Beach awaits you, including art galleries, clothing and swim wear boutiques, gift shops and jewlery, offering tropical stylings that Hawaii is known for, as well as many craft products made right here on Kauai.

Kiahuna Plantation Drive
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 888-744-0888

You will love the charming array of specialty shops, boutiques, activities, souvenirs and personal services. You will discover that perfect vacation memento; a thoughtful gift for a loved one; a fabulous outfit with cool accessories; a breathtaking tour or activity; a new look for your hair; your favorite tattoo; and a timeless spa experience.

3501 RIce Street #50
Lihue, HI 96766
Phone: 808-245-6255

The north shore's premiere gathering place. Nestled between the lush sea-cliffs of Kaua`i's north shore mountains, and Princeville Ranch, with views of Bali Hai and Kaua`i's ancient Taro fields you will find Princeville Center. At Princeville Center you will find a collection of shopping, dining and business services to meet your every need. Princeville Center is a comfortable rest stop while on the North Shore of Kaua`i.

5-4280 Kuhio Highway
Princeville, HI 96722
Phone: 808-826-9497