Kapaa Travel Guide

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  • Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa
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  • Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa
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Kapaa Things to Do

  • Downtown Kapa'a

    Downtown Kapa'a had alot of little restaurants and shops. Its about two or three blocks long and you can find tons of places to eat here. Its very convenient if you are staying around here.

  • Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concerts

    while in Hanalei, go to the community center in Hanalei, to hear a Hawaiian Slack key Concert. Sandy & Doug McMaster are the m/c-preformers of the concert. Great fun and oh so nice to listen to. I have several of their CD's and we play then while we go to sleep.

  • Here fishy fishy fishy...

    Go hook some dinner. Watch as your friends barf up breakfast over the side of the boat. Barf up your breakfast over the side of the boat. Brain a big fishy with a baseball bat.I called several places to price them out, Hawaiian Style Fishing had the best deal. $95 per person for 4 hours and a maximum of four people at a time.

  • The Oh-so-secret-falls off the...

    The Oh-so-secret-falls off the Wailua RiverPaddle your a** up the Wailus River and hike to the falls through the forest. The pool is about 7' deep in the middle and pretty chilly.

  • Ya wanna find a way to make...

    Ya wanna find a way to make your whole body feel like it was beat repeatedly with a large stick? Go kayaking! Three out of five people had fun. Our super-guide, Terry, tossed some kayaks in the river, said, 'Hop in...uhhh, do you guys know how to swim?...uhhh, okay.' and we were off. We paddle a mile or two up the river, hiked a mile or so to a...

  • Make sure you save time (and...

    Make sure you save time (and money) to take a helicopter ride along the coast. (Unfortunately I didn't). The helicopter trip takes you to places with aren't accessible by road. Many of the scenes from Jurassic Park can be reached


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Kapaa Restaurants

  • Seafood and More

    We had a great dinner experience here. The staff was friendly and attentive, and the food was great. Laurie ordered a seafood sampler from the daily specials which consisted of three different fish prepared three different ways, and I got the baby back ribs. The amount of ribs was a bit on the light side, but other than that it was all very good....

  • Best Tuna in Kauai

    Coconuts is the type of place you drive by and think... boy that place looks cheesy and touristy. Oversized tiki statues and torches don't quite fit in a parking lot on the side of the highway next to a strip mall. Even the way the name was written on the sign... cocoNUTS (big emphasis on the NUTS!!!!) made us crack up every time we drove by (which...

  • Banana Pancakes are Worth the Visit

    Eggberts was advertised as one of the best, if not THE best breakfast places to go in the Kapaa area. Service was quick and friendly... wanted to order blueberry pancakes, thinking that the batter was chock full of blueberries... nope, they only had blueberry syrup? Same for strawberry and all the rest. Had to settle for banana pancakes. They were...

  • You've Got to be Kidding

    Based upon a recomendation of some people we met, we had dinner at the Lemongrass Restaurant. One of us had a "Surf and Turf" selection. The lobster was good, but when my friend bit into the steak, she immediately spit it out. I smelled it, and I think I have only experienced that smell of rancid meat coming out of a dumpster at the rear of a cheap...

  • Eggbert's

    Casual indoor or outdoor dining; apparently, THE breakfast spot in town. Go for the banana pancakes or eggs Florentine. I couldn't pass up trying their Loco Moco (two scoops of rice, a hamburger patty, and an egg all smothered with brown gravy)!

  • They'll relish your buns.

    Definitely NOT Bubba's Burgers (should this go under travel warning?)Some guy I sat next to on the flight over kept raving about how wonderful Bubba's was. 'Dude, you gotta go there.' After eating here, I've come to two conclusions- 1. The guy eats his own fecal matter and likes it ~or~ 2. He doesn't have any taste buds. Petrified lump of rat meat...


Kapaa Transportation

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    by SFHulaGIrl Updated Jun 3, 2004

    There is NO taxi line at the Lihue airport. Once you reach the baggage claim, you must call for a taxi from the white telephone (don't worry, it's a free call). A taxi will arrive in the designated area within 5-10 minutes. The approximate one-way taxi fare to Kapaa, in the vicinity of the Coconut Marketplace, is $14-$16, not including tip. Please remember to have singles available as the taxi drivers don't have lots of change, as most people who come to Kauai rent cars. We were also told by a taxi driver that there is only ONE 24-hour taxi driver on the island!

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Kapaa Shopping

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  • Arts & Crafts

    Kapaa Craft Fair, from what we could tell, is a permanent fixture in the town of Kapaa. It’s easy to spot on the side of the highway in the middle of town. There is ample parking available if you want to stop and check out the various craft stalls. Most of the stalls hawk kitschy touristy souvenirs and jewelry. It’s a place to buy all the...

  • Tahitian Pearls

    This shop in the Coconut Marketplace has a fine selection of Tahitian pearls; earrings, rings, bracelets, pins, pendants. If there's a sale going on, you can purchase a black pearl pendant for as little as $99!

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Kapaa What to Pack

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    by designerlorraine Written Jul 25, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking shoes that can go into the water ... there's lots of beautiful spots to enjoy, but you'll want to wear some shoes that you can slosh around in ... there's some beautiful rivers you will walk through to get to a hiking trail or the perfect beach spot.

    Photo Equipment: A digital camera that is waterproof and light ... you'll be the "expert" photographer here because everywhere you turn ... there's a beautiful "postcard" picture ready to be taken by you. A waterproof camera might be a good choice for days by the water.

    Miscellaneous: Fill up a water bottle with a bit of water/juice ... store it in the freezer, and when you're ready to go out for the day ... take that with you for a refreshing cool treat. A small portable cooler you can throw over your shoulder also is great ... pack some healthy snacks, some fresh mango, coconut ... and enjoy along the hiking trails.

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Kapaa Favorites

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    by MikeyUK Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take a slow drive north as far as you can go. The road at times seems only a few feet away from the sea - its not a long drive and relatively quiet. Just pull off at the many beaches along the road

    Fondest memory: The mountain backdrops to the beaches have to be seen to be believed. Take a trip up the river to The Fern Grotto, those of you old enough to remember Elvis in Blue Hawaii might recognise the grotto

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