Lihue Travel Guide

  • The edge of town
    The edge of town
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  • Kauai Museum in Lihue
    Kauai Museum in Lihue
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  • Kauai Museum in Lihue
    Kauai Museum in Lihue
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Lihue Things to Do

  • Island Helicopters Waterfall Tour

    My husband I took the Waterfall Landing Tour with Island Helicopters in early January. We know Kauai very well, but, still, I was stunned with what I saw. Wow! As we wound our way into the upper reaches of Hanapepe Valley, headed towards our landing at a truly spectacular waterfall, I thought to myself, "There is no way any virtual reality master...

  • Kauai Museum

    If discovering the history of Kauai and the Hawaiian Islands is your thing then there is probably no better place on the island to do it compared to the Kauai Museum in Lihue. Once inside you will be directed to watch a 30 minute video introduction on the islands and they the rest of the time is spent wandering around the two buildings full of...

  • Wailua Falls

    This is an easy waterfall to visit since there is no hiking involved -- you just drive right up to it. The day we visited it was raining pretty hard and the falls were full of muddy water. This is a good rainy day activity when in the Lihue area of Kauai.

  • Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tour

    We took Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ Kauai Eco Tour at 10 am. When you check in, you are weighed and the employees decide your seat in the helicopter by weight. We watched the safety video and then they called our names, forming us in groups of 6 for each helicopter. We were each given a number, which would be our seating arrangement in the...

  • Hike the Napali Coast

    There are 3 good options for hiking the Napali Coast - 1. Do the entire 22 miles in and out of Kalalau Beach. This requires an overnight at least - look into permits and weather before you go, 2. day hike into Hanakapiai Falls (2 miles to Hanakapiai Beach, and another 2 miles inland to the falls) - 8 miles round trip, or 3. day hike into...

  • Fantasy Island Falls

    The Garden Isle of Kauai is filled with verdant foliage and flowing waterfalls. One of the most famous of these falls is Wailua Falls. It gained celebrity when it was featured in the opening credits of the popular American television show, Fantasy Island. These falls are a popular tourist destination because the lookout point is close to Lihue and...

  • Kauai and Oahu Air Tours

    Flew on Air Ventures airplane tour on both Islands and it was the best thing weve done in the islands. From the check in process with Donna on Kauai to the pilots informative narration. Definitely recommmend to everyone. Say hello to bubbly donna she's a hoot!

  • Kipu Ranch ATVs

    Once you find your way to Kipu Ranch (check the website for directions) you'll have the time of your life! At the beginning of each tour, the staff trains everyone on how to use the ATVs, it's not difficult. My personal favorite is the 4-hour waterfall tour. There is a stop for lunch part way through, as well as swimming opportunities, so make sure...

  • Kilohana Plantation

    The planation house was built in 1935 as the estate of sugar king Gaylord Parke Wilcox. The Tudor-style mansion fell into disrepair for a time but has been restored to its former glory with many of the original antique furnishings and carpets over wood floors. Items of Hawaiian history can be found throughout the building which visitors are free to...


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Lihue Restaurants

  • Best saimin and good lilikoi pie!

    The saimin here is the best because everything is made to order and on the premises. You can get the chewy noodles in broth with a variety of toppings including fish cake (kamaboku), green onion, won tons, etc. It's also a fun lunch counter atmosphere reminiscent of the 1950s. Don't forget to leave room for the lilikoi chiffon pie! There's often a...

  • Maria's Mexican Restaurant

    Just thought this little ancedote about Maria's was kind of amusing... we went there on Cinco de Mayo thinking that they might be doing something somewhat fun and festive, only to find it was closed. We went back the next day and asked why they weren't open the day before and the owner told us, 'No, man, we were at Duke's for the free beer.' Wish...

  • I already covered the popular...

    I already covered the popular Hamura's Saimin Stand in Lihue. If you like noodles in broth, give it a try. It's great if you've been drinking, partying, or just want a late night snack. It's open until around 2 a.m., so lots of people go there late at night. It's also a great place for lunch.Another great place to eat is Duke's in Lihue. I think...


Lihue Transportation

  • Lihue Airport

    Lihue Airport is a small, semi-open air airport and the major point of entry for the island of Kauai. There are a small number of flights directly between Lihue and the mainland but a majority of visitors will have to change planes in Honolulu to get to Kauai. If you are flying to or from another Hawaiian Island you will need to change planes in...

  • The best way to get around...

    The best way to get around Kauai is by rental car, as many of Kauai's best sights can only be reached by independent transport.Kauai has a bus system, it goes from Hanalei to Kakeaha, they have stops all along the main highways, but they aren't well marked.Kauai Bus -- 241-6410

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Lihue Shopping

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  • Where to Find Just About Everything

    Across the street from the Costco in Lihue is the largest shopping center on the island. Here you will find a Long’s Drug Store, a large grocery store, a Macy’s (department store), a bank as well as many other retailers and small restaurants. This is a great place to stock up on anything you might need while you’re on the island, especially if...

  • Saving a Dime

    If you are staying in a vacation rental and are planning to cook some of your own meals, or just need to pick up some snacks and toiletries it’s easy to do your bulk grocery shopping in Lihue, right after you land, before you venture on to your final destination city on the island. No matter what city you are staying in on Kauai you will be able to...

  • Small set of discerning shops

    There are only a few shops at the Kilohana Planation but the merchandise they carry is of high quality and reflect the talents of many contemporary Hawaiian artists. Our favorite store is The Country Store, with a selection of jewelery, ceramics, glassware, wood objects, and other items. Keoni, the owner, is happy to give you the history on any...


Lihue Warnings and Dangers

  • by kahiwa Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This warning applies no matter where you travel. Don't leave your valuables in the car, no matter how short a time you'll be gone, or even if you think no one will break in. There are thieves who target tourist cars since they're left unattended at scenic areas and they usually contain excess money, cameras, video cameras, etc. Tourists also don't usually stick around for trials, so the charges (if someone is caught) are often dropped. Be smart and don't get taken.

    There are always areas where tourists are less welcome. I really can't think of too many places like this on Kauai, but just keep in mind that you are a visitor to someone else's home, so please behave accordingly and show respect.

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Lihue Tourist Traps

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    by derats Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fern Grotto, nature's attraction is the Wailua River itself. Hawaii's only navigable stream. Along this route is the Fern Grotto, a tourist institution of glitz, hype and beauty rolled into one.As you head upriver in large motorized barges, the crew tells legends of the area and serenades visitors with Hawaiian songs.
    The grotto itseft is a hugh rock amphitheater, although the grotto is smaller than one might imagine, the resounding acoutics are wonderful from the inside. Here in the natural cathedral, musicians break into the Hawaiian Wedding Song.
    The Fern Grotto trip is an amusement ride, but it's also the only way to get there. It's enjoyable and memorable, if you stay in the right frame of mind.

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Lihue What to Pack

  • by kahiwa Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Travel light. You're in a tropical area, so you won't be needing cold weather clothes.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The climate in Hawaii is very tropical, and casual. On Kauai especially, there are few opportunities to 'dress up', so unless you're going to attend a wedding or formal event, don't even think of bringing suits or fancy dresses. If you're camping out in Koke'e, you might need a warm jacket, but otherwise a light jacket or windbreaker is all you'd need.

    Wear sneakers or similar footwear if you're going hiking. Slippers/go aheads/flip flops (whatever you call them) are okay if you're just sightseeing, but it's safer to have covered footwear when walking around outside.

    For tourists just having a good time, shorts and t-shirts are fine at just about all times.

    Don't forget your sunscreen!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is a very large WalMart right in Lihue town that carries just about everything you need. There are also other stores and pharmacies, so you can probably get whatever you need. Bring your prescription medications, but if you need refills, you probably can get them at our pharmacies. There is also a major hospital right in Lihue, Wilcox Medical, and a Veteran's Hospital on the west side of the island.

    Photo Equipment: Bring your cameras! If you're doubtful about the x-ray machines at airports, you can buy film here. Same for developing the film. There's a lot to see and a lot to take pictures of.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are places to camp, but you need a permit. It's also not safe to do so, so consider staying at a cheap hotel instead of camping out.

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Lihue Off The Beaten Path

  • ABC Stores. These things are...

    ABC Stores. These things are located like every block in Honolulu and a little more spread out on Kauai. As everyone who's been there or lives/d there knows, they're the one-stop shop for all your tourist junk. However, something I discovered, is that their alcohol is a hell of a lot cheaper than even the grocery stores. I bought a bottle of wine...

  • If you're into hiking,...

    If you're into hiking, consider taking a half-to-full day walk to Hanakapiai Beach. You drive all the way to the end of the road on the north shore of the island, at Haena Beach Park. Park your car (at your own risk) on the side of the road, and you will see the trail head with signage right there. Have water and snacks with you, and sneakers or...

  • Grove Farm Homestead Museum is...

    Grove Farm Homestead Museum is an original Plantation complex that has daily tours. It is very low key and interesting. They even give you a treat of sugar cookies from a wood oven. There is a lot of history here, and beautiful grounds. (808)245-3202Near Kmart on Nawiliwili Road


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  • Explore the island. It has a...

    Explore the island. It has a lot of scenic beauty, so you should take your time and literally stop to smell the roses (and all the other tropical flowers along the way). If you're looking for something that the locals do, ask around and find Hamura's Saimin. Saimin is a local food item, primarily composed of noodles in broth. You can have it with...

  • Kauai is the Garden Isle, the...

    Kauai is the Garden Isle, the scenery is breathtaking. From the mountians to the sea it is one beautiful view after another. An absolute must is just to look around you. Kauai is the first place that I ever set foot on American soil. Who could ask for a better place for their first visit. It is truly paradise.

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