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LihueUnited States of America

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

Hanamaulu

4.5/5Wonderful!(337 area reviews)

Travelers to Hanamaulu praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Hanamaulu Beach Park and Nukolii Beach Park.

Hanamaulu
Saturday market at Kauai CC brings farmers from all over the island. Amazing range of food, flowers and people.

Puhi

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.

Puhi
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.

Nawiliwili

4.5/5Wonderful!(181 area reviews)

While visiting Nawiliwili, you might make a stop by sights like Nawiliwili Harbor and Nawiliwili Bay.

Nawiliwili

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
¥26,918
per night
Apr 23 - Apr 24

Located in Hanamaulu, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Kitchens Beach and Nukolii Beach Park. Hanamaulu Beach Park ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,312 reviews)

"We had a great visit and will plan to return here! Our room was fine - reasonable size, clean, small fridge, coffee maker, comfortable king size bed, small outside seating area (we had a ground floor room). We had two breakfasts and two meals in the restaurant, which were all good, especially enjoyed ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

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
¥24,549
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

With direct access to the beach, this Lihue hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Wailua Beach Park, Lydgate Beach Park, and Smith's ...

4.1/5Very Good! (783 reviews)

"Stayed during the corona virus craziness and found staff to be so very professional, kind and accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Kauai Inn
Kauai Inn
2.5 out of 5
2430 Hulemalu Road, Lihue, HI
¥17,066
per night
Apr 19 - Apr 20

Located in Nawiliwili, this resort is within a 10-minute walk of Niumalu Beach Park and Nawiliwili Bay. Nawiliwili Harbor and Kalapaki Beach are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,395 reviews)

"The staff at the resort was one of rge most pleasant i have experienced"…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Kauai Inn

Popular things to do in Lihue

Nawiliwili Bay
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Nawiliwili Bay

4.5/5(364 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Nawiliwili Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in Lihue. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area, or seek out the local tours.

Kalapaki Beach
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Kalapaki Beach

4.5/5(660 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(200 reviews)

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

Lydgate Beach Park
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Lydgate Beach Park

4.5/5(332 reviews)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Lydgate Beach Park might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Lihue. Stroll along the seaside in this romantic area, or seek out the local tours.

Kauai Museum
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Kauai Museum

4.5/5(39 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(83 reviews)

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

Top activities in Lihue

Backcountry Tubing Adventure
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Backcountry Tubing Adventure

98% of travellers recommend
¥14,664
Per adult
Wailua River & Waimea Canyon Tour
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Wailua River & Waimea Canyon Tour

84% of travellers recommend
¥14,243
Per adult
Scenic UTV Ultimate Ranch Tour
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Scenic UTV Ultimate Ranch Tour

98% of travellers recommend
¥13,733
Per adult
Off-Road Waterfall Picnic Tour
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Off-Road Waterfall Picnic Tour

98% of travellers recommend
¥20,017
Per adult
Luau Kalamaku
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Luau Kalamaku

94% of travellers recommend
¥12,638
Per adult
Kaua`i Museum
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Kaua`i Museum

100% of travellers recommend
¥1,619
Per adult

Reviews of Lihue

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
411
5 - Excellent 57.48251748251748%
4 - Good
247
4 - Good 34.54545454545455%
3 - Okay
50
3 - Okay 6.993006993006993%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 0.6993006993006993%
1 - Terrible
2
1 - Terrible 0.27972027972027974%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Small rustic town. Keep it this way

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Everything closes early around the island but this place closes a little bit more late I could say

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Wonderful island. Lots of things to do close by.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Very expensive compared to the other islands in hawaii

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 5, 2020

Love Lihue definitely choosing different place to stay though, lots of hidden fees

5/5 - Excellent

M.

Feb 1, 2020

Relaxing, enjoyable, beautiful, great restaurants

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