What to do and see in Lihue, Hawaii: The Best Places and Tips
Lihue, Kauai's capital city, is also served by the island's only airport, making it the most popular port of entry to Kauai and a hub of industry on this small island. However, Lihue retains its island charm and emerald beauty despite its urbanization. Spend the day sunbathing and dipping into the temperate waters at Kalapaki Beach before enjoying a luau at Kilohana Plantation. Step out of town to witness breathtaking Wailua Falls cascading over tiered stone to a drop of 80 feet.
1. Wailua Falls
4.5 based on 3266 reviews
A popular waterfall attraction.
Reviewed By Allmotorking - Cerritos, CaliforniaCerritos, California
Amazing experience when hiking
3 stars view from above, 5 stars if you make the hike down. The trail is muddy and can be difficult in spots where climbing is needed. Was able to make it down with wife and 12 and 14 year old sons who play sports. View from the bottom is absolutely amazi
2. Kauai Plantation Railway
4.5 based on 946 reviews
Reviewed By IreneandRuben - Salem, OregonSalem, Oregon
Enjoyable ride and hike
We opted for the 4-hour ride and nature hike. We booked online and saved an additional 15%. The train ride was fun, stopping to feed the wild pigs. The nature hike was not difficult but taking in the warm temperature, make sure you stay hydrated!!! We learned a lot about the plantation origins and about the many plants and trees. I appreciated Kuio, our host, he was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Worth the time if you have it. Lunch was catered from Subway.
3. Koloa Rum Company
4.5 based on 697 reviews
For the first time in history, Rum is being distilled legally on the island of Kauai. Visit Koloa Rum's Premier Tasting Room and Company Store at Kilohana Plantation in Puhi, Kaua`i where our award winning Premium Hawaiian Rums are available. Also popular are our rum cakes, rum fudge sauce, Kukui Brand Mai Tai Mix, jams, jellies, syrups, Koloa Rum logo wear and other unique Hawaiian made products. Open daily at 9:30am. All tastings and alcohol sales require a valid photo ID and all individuals must be 21 years or older to enter the tasting room. Please enjoy responsibly!
Reviewed By AdventureTripping - Denver, ColoradoDenver, Colorado
Gotten overly popular
Apparently this is where all the cruise ship passengers end up. They eat next door at Gaylords and come here for free samples. There is now a waiting list. Rum company only allows about a dozen people in there every 30 min. Not worth the wait. Nice souven
4. Kauai Museum
4.5 based on 649 reviews
A natural history museum in Kaua'i.
Reviewed By karinsk6 - Chicago, IllinoisChicago, Illinois
Interesting little museum
I didn't have much time to explore the museum as I had another commitment, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw. There are fascinating artifacts of the island included in the exhibits. I think it is worth your time to visit. I plan to go back and spend mor
5. Kalapaki Beach
4.5 based on 826 reviews
Reviewed By AWSalida - SalidaSalida
Beautiful Protected Beach
Crescent shaped beach were you can watch locals surf, tourists try their skills at the water sports, play beach volleyball, relax and enjoy watching kids playing in the water. The beach is one of the more beautiful places on the island. Just steps from th
6. Kilohana Plantation Estate
4 based on 770 reviews
Built in the 1930's, Kilohana Plantation is a historic landmark and premier visitor attraction offering visitors and locals a glimpse into Kauai's past combined with assorted island-style activities, dining and shopping. Ride on our Kauai Plantation Railway, winding its way through the plantation's working farms and orchards. Learn about Kauai's history, enjoy the beautiful views and stop to feed the pigs! Take the afternoon to stroll the grounds and explore the 16,000 sq. foot plantation home. Stop in at Koloa Rum Co. for a rum tasting or for a full "Rum & Dining Experience." Visit the various artisan shops located around the grounds and both upstairs and downstairs in the home. Established in 1986, Gaylord's restaurant is a Kauai tradition. Set in the courtyard of the estate, it offers fresh, island-inspired food and beverages for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Make lunch a part of your fun afternoon on the estate or make reservations for a romantic dinner. Memorable by day, unforgettable by night. Or check out Happy Hour in the new Mahiko Lounge. Luau Kalamaku is Kauai's only theatrical luau telling the story of the original Tahitian voyage to the Hawaiian islands. An interactive experience, it offers all the exciting luau features including an imu ceremony, torch lighting, Polynesian knife dance and of course traditional music & hula. Choose one or all of the features that Kilohana Plantation has to offer. Open daily, you'll love the chance to see a piece of Kauai's history while experiencing the best of the island today!
Reviewed By Marie C - VisaliaVisalia
Great little adventure!
My little family, three generations, had a great time visiting the rum shop, browsing the wares of local artisans and riding the train. The plantation has become a perfect picture of "sustainability through diversification," which is Hawaiian agriculture
7. Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum
4.5 based on 132 reviews
This 80-acre site was originally a sugar plantation where you can see the original family homestead, the worker's quarters and many fine gardens. Visits are by reservation only, please contact us for arrangements.
Reviewed By Hevsy - Egham, United KingdomEgham, United Kingdom
We had a wonderful tour here. The location is absolutely stunning with beautiful views. It is very peaceful too. The buildings are well maintained and looked after. The tour guides made it very interesting. In the kitchen area the shortbread cookie sample
8. Ninini Point Lighthouse
4 based on 268 reviews
Reviewed By David And Melis... S - Eugene OregonEugene Oregon
The road leading up to the Lighthouse is a little rocky, but the views are amazing! You can sit out there and see the cruise ships leaving port, as well as an awesome place to go whale watching...also nearby the airport, so, the planes will fly above the
9. Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
5 based on 57 reviews
Reviewed By Spoofhound - Maryville, MissouriMaryville, Missouri
Peaceful welcoming step back in time
Wonderful old church. Friendly congregation...the Blessing and Handmade leis for visitors was very humbling
10. Kauai Community Market
4.5 based on 35 reviews
Reviewed By KatikaOttawa - Ottawa, CanadaOttawa, Canada
Shop local produce and goods!
This is a convenient and popular farmers’ market. Lots of farm-grown produce and flowers, and many artisan producers. The sugarloaf white pineapple is fantastic, and one taste of the frozen pineapple convinced us to buy a cup. Too good. Great place to pic