Lihue, United States Vacations


Kauai is the northernmost island in Hawaii and quite easily the most spectacular with the dramatic Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, considered the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. There are numerous locations to snorkel and scuba dive, and there is much to see at the Salt Pond Beach Park. The island's 10 golf courses are each more spectacular than the last. There are interesting places to shop, incredible spas to relax in, and spectacular hotels to help you rest up. Kayak the Wailua River. Snorkel on Poipu Beach - winner of the Travel Channel's Best Beach award. Hike the trails of Kokee State Park. Even go ziplining above Kauai's lush valleys. Kauai will surprise and delight even the most avid travelers.

There are five major resort destinations on Kauai: North Shore (Princeville), East Side (Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu), West Side (Waimea). Lihue is home to the main airport and commercial center of the island and features a variety of beaches and natural wonders to explore. Bodysurfing, windsurfing and swimming make Kalapaki a popular destination. Ninini Beach is home to an automated lighthouse, operating since 1897. And just north of Lihue, don't forget to stop at the Wailua Falls lookout for an amazing waterfall view.

Things to know about Lihue, United States Vacations

Activities & Sports
From boating along the sea cliffs of the Napali Coast to kayaking down the Wailua River toward the Coconut Coast, you'll find there is no shortage of adventure in Kauai. In addition to golf, the island also offers other unique activities, such as mountain tubing in the miles of water flumes of Lihue, ziplining above Kauai's lush rainforests, off-road exploring by 4x4 or ATV on Kauai's South Shore, horseback riding in the pastures of Princeville, or hiking the trails of Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon.

Dining & Nightlife
Dining on Kauai ranges from fine cuisine in world-class resorts to local favorites in the island's small towns. Fresh fish on island menus include ahi, mahimahi, ono, wahoo and opakapaka, just to name a few. You can sample Hawaii Regional Cuisine at various restaurants including Merriman's Poipu or Roy's Poipu Bar & Grill on the South Shore. Duke's Canoe Club, a tribute to legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku, is a popular restaurant and barefoot bar with live Hawaiian entertainment and stunning ocean views. And no trip to Kauai is complete without celebrating at an authentic Hawaiian luau. After sunset, head to the stand-alone restaurants and bars around the island or at hotels and resorts for tropical drinks, pupu (appetizers), live Hawaiian music and entertainment.

Along with one major shopping mall, and a few shopping centers, Kauai has some delightful shops and specialty boutiques. With a large and talented community of artisans and fine artists, galleries all around the island showcase their creations. Here are a few shopping destinations: Princeville Shopping Center, Kinipopo Shopping Village, Coconut Marketplace, Poipu Shopping Village and Lihue for farmers' markets (on Kauai, they're called Sunshine Markets).

Languages: English, and other commonly heard languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Chinese.

Currency: US dollar.
Climate: With warm temperatures year round,  Kauai offers seven distinct microclimates from lush interior spots with rainforest-like conditions to arid areas on the West Side. Light trade winds generally help with the humidity.
Electricity: 110-120V, 60Hz.
Documents: A valid passport and a return or onward ticket required.

Note: Departure tax is usually included in your ticket price, inquire on booking. makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.