Kauai Regions

West Side, Kauai

Waimea Town, Kauai A statue of Captain James Cook, who first landed in Hawaii at Waimea Bay in 1778, can be found in the center of this historic seaport town.

Hanapepe Town, Kauai Known as “Kauai’s biggest little town,” charming Hanapepe Town is the art capital of Kauai.

Kokee State Park, Kauai Kokee State Park features 45 miles of Kauai’s best hiking trails and is the home of the Kalalau Lookout.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai Waimea Canyon, on Kauai’s west side, is nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”


East Side (Coconut Coast), Kauai

Opaekaa Falls, Kauai With a roadside lookout, this is one of Kauai's most accessible major waterfalls.

Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant), Kauai Legendary mountain range that looks like a sleeping giant featuring a scenic hiking trail.

Wailua River, Kauai Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii, and the Wailua River is one of the most popular.

Fern Grotto, Kauai The Fern Grotto is a beautiful lava-rock grotto covered with hanging ferns, popular for weddings.

Kapaa Town, Kauai North of Wailua on the East Side is Kapaa Town, a great area for shopping on Kauai.


Lihue, Kauai

Kauai Museum, Kauai Located in Lihue, the Kauai Museum features amazing collections from the artisans of Kauai and Niihau.

Alekoko, Menehune Fishpond, Kauai According to legend, the Menehune built Alekoko Fishpond on Kauai’s southeast shore in one night.

Wailua Falls, Kauai Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, 80-foot-high waterfall located north of Lihue.

Grove Farm Homestead Museum, Kauai Founded in 1864, this 100-acre sugar plantation museum in Lihue provides a fascinating look into Kauai’s plantation past.

Kilohana Estate, Kauai Past Lihue is Kilohana, a restored plantation estate that provides a glimpse of life in the 1930s.


South Shore, Kauai

Spouting Horn, Kauai Spouting Horn Park features a blowhole that’s one of the most photographed spots on Kauai.

Koloa Heritage Trail, Kauai Koloa Heritage Trail, on Kauai’s south shore, spotlights significant cultural, historical and geological sites.

Poipu Beach Park, Kauai Poipu Beach Park, on Kauai’s south shore, was once voted “America’s Best Beach.”

Old Koloa Town, Kauai Old Koloa Town, in south Kauai, is a charming area with a historic plantation past.


North Shore, Kauai

Hanalei Town, Kauai Timeless Hanalei Town is home to taro farms, art galleries and the Hanalei Pier overlooking beautiful Hanalei Bay.

Waioli Mission House and Church, Kauai Waioli Mission House and Church is a Hanalei landmark, giving a glimpse of what Kauai was like in the early 1800s.

Napali Coast, Kauai The Napali Coast is a breathtaking coastal range that can only be accessed by hiking, sea tour or helicopter tour.

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse, Kauai Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse, on Kauai’s northernmost tip, is a wildlife refuge offering amazing views.


Driving Times from Lihue Airport (LIH) to:

1: Hanapepe: 30 minutes
2: Kalalau Lookout: 1 hour, 40 minutes
3: Koloa: 25 minutes
4: Poipu: 30 minutes
5: Princeville: 1 hour
6: Wailua: 15 minutes
7: Waimea Canyon: 1 hour, 15 minutes

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Kauai Driving Times