LihueUnited States of America

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Visit Lihue

Relax on one of the many sandy beaches, visit varied cultural museums and historic plantations and try a traditional luau.  

Lihue is a picturesque town in the midst of sweeping, green valleys, with excellent views of the Pacific Ocean. Its white-sand beaches provide excellent sunbathing spots, while its large estates and museums introduce the Aloha culture. Increase your understanding of the early inhabitants to Hawaii in this dynamic town.

Take advantage of year-round warm weather with a trip to Kalapaki Beach, where you can learn to surf. Sunbathe during the hottest and driest period from April through September. Rent canoes and catamarans and watch the boats leaving and arriving at Nawiliwili Harbor.

Other scenic stretches of sand include Nukolii Beach Park, secluded Hanamaulu Beach Park and Niumalu Beach Park, which has a charming stream that features in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Explore the southern coastline on foot to encounter such coastal gems as Ninini Point Lighthouse and Nawiliwili Park. Play a few rounds at the vast, picturesque Puakea Golf Course.

For a change of scenery, head into the town and visit the Kauai Museum. Here, learn about early Hawaiian life and the arrival of Captain James Cook on the island. Browse intriguing photo exhibits and admire the sculptures and paintings representing the island’s culture and traditions.

Among the region’s highlights is the Kilohana Plantation, which has a rainforest, serene gardens and a spa. Ride the elegant, mahogany passenger cars of the train around the park and arrive at the luau center in time for a traditional meal and theatrical performance. Watch fire dancers and representations of deities.

Lihue is based in the southeastern corner of the island of Kauai. Fly to Lihue Airport in the town’s northeastern outskirts from airports across Hawaii and mainland United States. See other landmarks in the region, including the Kalepa Mountain Forest Reserve, the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge and the town of Kapaa. Enjoy a slow pace of life, with picturesque scenery and cultural hubs.

Where to stay in Lihue

On Tv way to Poipu in Kauai.  Awesome view
trover photo by Keith Strobel


4.5/5Wonderful!(301 area reviews)

A noteworthy feature of Hanamaulu is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Hanamaulu Beach Park and Nukolii Beach Park.

Saturday market at Kauai CC brings farmers from all over the island. Amazing range of food, flowers and people.
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The beaches and restaurants are just a few features travelers like about Puhi. If you want to do some sightseeing nearby, Kilohana Plantation and Kukui Grove Shopping Center are a few top places to visit.

Sunset over mountains on Kauai.  My wife and I watched this sunset together from the aft of the ship as we were leaving the island.  Kathy Calhoun took this particular image with her iPhone.  The result is amazing.
trover photo by Dennis L. Calhoun


4.5/5Wonderful!(125 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Nawiliwili, Nawiliwili Harbor and Nawiliwili Bay are top sights worth seeing.


Top Hotels in Lihue

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kauai Beach Resort
Kauai Beach Resort
4 out of 5
4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Hanamaulu, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Kitchens Beach, and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Nukolii ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,994 reviews)

"Great location, close to the airport, right off the highway, and in the middle of everything. Property was very popular with events each day I was there hosted in the conference center. I was hoping to be able to hear the ocean from my room but the sound of the central waterfall drowns it out. The ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Kauai Beach Resort
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
3.5 out of 5
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

Offering direct access to the beach, this Lihue hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Wailua Beach Park and Lydgate Beach Park. Lae Nani ...

4.1/5Very Good! (690 reviews)

"Rooms were good, bathroom was bit old style but clean.Beautiful Landscape... near to Airport, Coconut Market, restaurants. Tikki Bar and Beach right outside the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Kauai Inn
Kauai Inn
2.5 out of 5
2430 Hulemalu Road, Lihue, HI
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

Located in Nawiliwili, this resort is steps from Niumalu Beach Park and Nawiliwili Bay. Nawiliwili Harbor and Kalapaki Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

4.1/5Very Good! (1,289 reviews)

"The staff was very friendly and accommodating. They welcomed us with leis and helped us with directions and printing boarding passes. The landscaping and outdoor gardens are beautiful and well maintained, and the rooms were clean, however, could use some sprucing up."…"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Kauai Inn

Popular things to do in Lihue

Nawiliwili Bay
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Nawiliwili Bay

4.5/5(318 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Nawiliwili Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Lihue. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches, or seek out the local tours.

Kalapaki Beach
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Kalapaki Beach

4.5/5(599 reviews)

Learn to surf in this protected cove, rent a canoe or catamaran and enjoy the picturesque vista of verdant green mountains.

Nawiliwili Harbor
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Nawiliwili Harbor

4.5/5(163 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Lihue with a trip to Nawiliwili Harbor. Discover the mountain views and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Kauai Museum
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Kauai Museum

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Watch a movie to learn about the island’s history and listen to the fascinating tales of James Cook and the Hawaiian monarchy.

Kilohana Plantation
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Kilohana Plantation

4.5/5(79 reviews)

Marvel at fire dancers and learn about Polynesian history after a tasty luau and ride through the tropical forest on an elegant train.

Grove Farm Homestead
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Grove Farm Homestead

Visit this beautifully preserved 19th-century plantation to learn about Hawaii’s sugar cane heritage and see many of the homestead’s original buildings.

Top activities in Lihue

Backcountry Tubing Adventure
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Backcountry Tubing Adventure


Venture to some of the most beautiful and remote areas in Kauai for breathtaking scenery and backcountry mountain tubing. As your knowledgeable guide shares stories of the island's history, sit back, relax, and float down a century-old waterway made of open ditches, tunnels, and flumes.

Wailua River & Waimea Canyon Tour
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Wailua River & Waimea Canyon Tour


From the comfort of an air-conditioned tour bus, see Garden Isle highlights such as the majestic Waimea Canyon and historic towns. Afterward, hop on a boat for a scenic cruise up the serene Wailua River to the legendary Fern Grotto.

Scenic UTV Ultimate Ranch Tour
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Scenic UTV Ultimate Ranch Tour


Join us for a beautiful and breathtaking 3 hour Kauai off-road scenic tour through Kipu Ranch. With a diverse landscape, abundant wildlife, and spectacular views our signature tour makes Kipu Ranch one of the premier eco-tour locations in Hawaii.

Off-Road Waterfall Picnic Tour
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Off-Road Waterfall Picnic Tour


Drive through a private cattle ranch and ride a rope swing out into the Hule'ia River for a fun-filled day with family and friends. Make sure you pack a towel, bring your swimwear, and experience the incredible wonder of the Hawaiian wilderness.

Luau Kalamaku
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Luau Kalamaku


Fire knife dancers and passionate storytellers await at the Luau Kalamaku. Immerse yourself in the legends of ancient Hawaii and Polynesia, sip a refreshing Mai Tai, and enjoy a delectable buffet of delicious island cuisine at the historic Kilohana Plantation.

Kaua`i Museum
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Kaua`i Museum


Visit: Kauai Museum, 4428 Rice St, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1338 Kauai Museum reflects the heritage and artistic achievements of the indigenous and immigrant people of Kauai and Ni`ihau.

Reviews of Lihue


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 58.63708399366086%
4 - Good
4 - Good 32.9635499207607%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 7.448494453248811%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent


Dec 11, 2019

Very peaceful and friendly.

5/5 - Excellent


Dec 8, 2019

Loved it all. Will return soon 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

Love the "free range" chickens!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 30, 2019

Can’t wait to go back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 25, 2019

love lihue and surrounding towns

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 24, 2019

Lihue had all the major stores, such as Costco and Walmart to pick up supplies which helped save money and avoid having to eat out all of the time. Lihue is convenient and will pass through it when traveling to many of the sites on the island.