Lihue

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Lihue, Kauai

Lihue is the government and commercial center of the island, as well as a cultural and historical area. This may be the most traveled town on Kauai since it is home to Kauai’s main airport (the Lihue Airport) and Nawiliwili Harbor, the island's major commercial shipping center and cruise ship port.

Lihue has a variety of natural wonders to explore. Kalapaki Beach is the home of the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club and the Hokuala Golf Resort. Bodysurfing, SUP, surfing and swimming make Kalapaki a popular destination. Ninini Beach is home to an automated lighthouse, in operation since 1897. And just north of Lihue, don’t forget to stop at the Wailua Falls lookout for an amazing waterfall view.

The Lihue area also has numerous historical spots including Alekoko Fishpond, a roughly 1,000-year-old aquaculture reservoir; Kilohana, a historic plantation estate home to one of the island’s most iconic luau; and both the historic Kauai Museum and Grove Farm Homestead Museum. Lihue is your gateway to adventure on Kauai.

Lihue Highlights

Kauai Museum

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

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Alekoko Fishpond

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

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Wailua Falls

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

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Kilohana Estate

Past Lihue is Kilohana, a restored 1930s-era plantation estate renowned for hosting one of the island’s most iconic luau.

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Grove Farm Homestead Museum

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

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