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Lihue
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.

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Grove Farm Homestead
Grove Farm Homestead
This 80-acre site was originally a sugar plantation where you can see the original family mansion, the worker's quarters and many fine gardens.
Attraction type: History Museums
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Kalapaki Beach
Kalapaki Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls
A popular waterfall attraction.
Attraction type: Waterfalls
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Kilohana Plantation Estate
Kilohana Plantation Estate
Owner description: 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... more Owner description: 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. Opening soon: A fun new bar in the Kilohana living room. 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! less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Kauai Museum
Kauai Museum
A natural history museum in Kaua'i.
Attraction type: Natural History Museums; History Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Fish Express
Fish Express
Ranked #1 of 98 Restaurants in Lihue
Price: $5 - $9
Cuisines: Asian, Asian fusion, Hawaiian
Dining options: Takeout
Kauai Malasadas
Kauai Malasadas
Ranked #2 of 98 Restaurants in Lihue
Cuisines: Bakeries
The Right Slice
The Right Slice
Ranked #3 of 98 Restaurants in Lihue
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Bakeries
Dining options: Delivery
Kauai Pasta Lihue
Kauai Pasta Lihue
Ranked #4 of 98 Restaurants in Lihue
Price: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Gaylord's at Kilohana
Gaylord's at Kilohana
Ranked #5 of 98 Restaurants in Lihue
Price: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Pacific Rim
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Kauai Palms Hotel
2.0 of 5
Kauai Palms Hotel
$86 - $100
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Garden Island Inn
2.5 of 5
Garden Island Inn
$127 - $161
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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The Kauai Inn
2.5 of 5
The Kauai Inn
$127 - $162
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Kauai Beach Resort
3.5 of 5
Kauai Beach Resort
$171 - $251
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy
3.5 of 5
Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy
$152 - $279
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Kapaa
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Plantation Hale Suites
3.0 of 5
Plantation Hale Suites
$153 - $237
Ranked #3 of 12 Hotels in Kapaa
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Kauai Marriott Resort
4.0 of 5
Kauai Marriott Resort
$337 - $492
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
4.5 of 5
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
$439 - $581
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Poipu
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Waipouli Beach Resort
4.0 of 5
Waipouli Beach Resort
$274 - $378
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Kapaa
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.