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

Maalo Rd, off Hwy 580, Lihue, Kauai, HI Nature & Parks, Waterfalls
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4.5 based on 3266 reviews

Wailua Falls

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

Enter a destinationLihue, HI, USA
Excellent
59%
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4.5 based on 946 reviews

Kauai Plantation Railway

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

3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9505 Food & Drink, Distilleries
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4.5 based on 697 reviews

Koloa Rum Company

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

4428 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1338 Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums
Excellent
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4.5 based on 649 reviews

Kauai Museum

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

Shoreline Access, Off Highway 56, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766 Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
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4.5 based on 826 reviews

Kalapaki Beach

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

3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9505 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4 based on 770 reviews

Kilohana Plantation Estate

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

4050 Nawiliwili Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-8600 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Grove Farm Sugar Plantation Museum

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

Fabulous

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

Ninini Point St., Lihue, Kauai, HI Sights & Landmarks, Lighthouses
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4 based on 268 reviews

Ninini Point Lighthouse

Reviewed By David And Melis... S - Eugene OregonEugene Oregon

Beautiful views

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

4453 Kapaia Rd, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9420 Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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5 based on 57 reviews

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

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

3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy, Kauai Community College, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-9591 Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Kauai Community Market

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

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