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Lihue

Travel Guide
Lihue showing a coastal town and a beach

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.

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
3.5 out of 5
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$531 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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 Smith's Tropical Paradise. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (890 reviews)
"The hotel was in a great central location, and the amenities were great!! Mamahunes tiki bar was amazing and the beach was just a short walk, we loved staying there!"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
4 out of 5
3610 Rice Street, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$765 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Lihue resort is within a 5-minute walk of Kauai Lagoons Golf Club and Kalapaki Beach. Nawiliwili Bay and The Ocean Course at Hokuala ...
4.3/5Excellent! (986 reviews)
"The property was beautiful but very large and far to walk from front entrance to our room and to pool/beach. Restaurants were nice. It would have been nice to have daily housekeeping, which isn't available due to Covid, so we had to call for every little item we needed. Overall, we really enjoyed ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort Lihue
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$687 per night from 5 Aug. to 5 Aug.
This Hanamaulu resort is on the beach, 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Lydgate Beach Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lae Nani Beach and Kauai Museum. Kauai Lagoons Golf ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,011 reviews)
"Amazing location and property - great to use prior to getting on plane!"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kauai Beach Villas
Kauai Beach Villas
4 out of 5
4330 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue, HI
Located in Hanamaulu, this beach villa is within a 10-minute walk of Kitchens Beach and Nukolii Beach Park. Wailua Golf Course and Hanamaulu Beach Park are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (201 reviews)
"The property was amazing. This location offers great amenities for all. The pool is fantastic, the hot water tub just so relaxing and the kids had a great time at the tennis courts. I rated this hotel the best stay ever."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Kauai Beach Villas
Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences
Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences
5 out of 5
3770 Ala'oli Way, Lihue, HI
Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kauai Lagoons Golf Club, Kalapaki Beach and Nawiliwili Bay. Nawiliwili Harbor is 1.8 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
"The staff was Great and the location and view the Best!"

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences
Nice 2br@beach Sleeps 5-$188 Night-hear Waves! Value, Comfort, Best Location,
Nice 2br@beach Sleeps 5-$188 Night-hear Waves! Value, Comfort, Best Location,
3411 Wilcox, Lihue, HI
Located in Nawiliwili, this romantic condo is within a 10-minute walk of Nawiliwili Park, Nawiliwili Bay, and Kalapaki Beach. Nawiliwili Harbor is 0.4 mi (0.7 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (22 reviews)
Beautiful views of Nawiliwili
"Lovely condo with homelike amenities. Plenty of cool breezes & ocean views.Lots of stairs, but a good workout for your legs. Saltwater pool on site, quite nice with great views of surrounding area."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2021

Nice 2br@beach Sleeps 5-$188 Night-hear Waves! Value, Comfort, Best Location,
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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