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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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Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls
A popular waterfall attraction.
Attraction type: Waterfalls
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Kalapaki Beach
Kalapaki Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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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. 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! less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Kauai Museum
Kauai Museum
A natural history museum in Kaua'i.
Attraction type: History Museums; Natural History Museums
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Ninini Point Lighthouse
Ninini Point Lighthouse
Attraction type: Lighthouses
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The Fish Express
The Fish Express
Ranked #1 of 116 Restaurants in Lihue
Price: $5 - $11
Cuisines: Seafood, Hawaiian, Fusion
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Kauai Pasta Lihue
Kauai Pasta Lihue
Ranked #2 of 116 Restaurants in Lihue
Price: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gaylord's at Kilohana
Gaylord's at Kilohana
Ranked #3 of 116 Restaurants in Lihue
Price: $12 - $36
Cuisines: American, Hawaiian
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mark's Place
Mark's Place
Ranked #4 of 116 Restaurants in Lihue
Cuisines: Fast Food, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Kauai Beer Company
Kauai Beer Company
Ranked #5 of 116 Restaurants in Lihue
Cuisines: American, Pub
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Kauai Palms Hotel
2.0 of 5
Kauai Palms Hotel
$90 - $107
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Kauai Palms Hotel
2.0 of 5
Kauai Palms Hotel
$90 - $107
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Garden Island Inn
2.5 of 5
Garden Island Inn
$149 - $187
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Kauai Beach Resort
3.5 of 5
Kauai Beach Resort
$190 - $265
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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The Kauai Inn
2.5 of 5
The Kauai Inn
$147 - $216
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Kaua'i Marriott Resort
4.0 of 5
Kaua'i Marriott Resort
$310 - $512
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
4.0 of 5
Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
$252 - $507
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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Kauai Beach Villas
4.0 of 5
Kauai Beach Villas
$223 - $379
Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Lihue
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