Holidays in Wailua River State Park

Holiday Travel Guide

Paddle upstream on a kayak for a picnic at Secret Falls and climb the trailhead to the Sleeping Giant hillside.

Wailua River State Park is a lush, verdant park known for its waterfalls and namesake river, where kayaks and riverboat cruises explore the rainforest. It has Hawaii’s only navigable river, which provides the playground for such activities as waterskiing and motor boating. Explore the various historic landmarks interspersed with the tropical vegetation of the park.

Rent kayaks and discover the picturesque gems of the park at your leisure. Enjoy the serenity in this scenic park, away from the bustle of civilization. You can also participate in one of the many river excursions arranged by tour operators here. Paddle to Secret Falls and bathe in the swimming hole. Pay attention to weather alerts as the river and trails can become dangerous during times of flash flooding.

Among the highlights of this vast, green area is Wailua Falls. Embark on a hike through the tropical forest to these twin falls. See the Opaeka’a Falls, where water flows over basalt from a height of 151 feet (46 meters). The nearby highway overlook offers a panoramic view of the falls and its surrounding valley.

Climb the trailhead to Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant) and snap photos of the excellent views of the park. See the landmark of Fern Grotto, which comprises a cave made of moss-covered lava rock.

Note that the Wailua River was considered among the most sacred parts of the island by early Hawaiians. Approach the river mouth to find the remains of significant heiau (stone temples) and pu’uhonua (places of refuge). Among the most important are the Hikinaakalā (Rising of the Sun) and the Malae. Admire the intricate petroglyphs dating back many centuries. Tour guides may share the legends of ghost warriors and deities.

Wailua River State Park is in the Wailua River Valley, a little west of Wailua on the eastern part of Kauai Island. See some of the nearby landmarks, such as the Kalepa Mountain Forest Reserve, the Wailua Golf Course and the Smith Family Garden Luau.

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Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$274 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lae Nani Beach and Lydgate Beach Park. Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve and Kauai Museum are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (966 reviews)
"This place is so cute! Super friendly staff, and location is great."

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

Kauai Shores Hotel
Beautiful 3 Bed Home in the Wailua Rise Estates in Kapaa,Kauai ($249 for four)
Beautiful 3 Bed Home in the Wailua Rise Estates in Kapaa,Kauai ($249 for four)
7155 Aina Pono St, Kapaa, HI
Located in Wailua Homesteads, this family-friendly Kapaa holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Iraivan Temple and Kadavul Hindu Temple. Lihue-Koloa Forest ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
MAGICAL house, gracious hosts
"This property is breathtaking and the owners are absolutely lovely!! From the minute you arrive, you are surrounded by a lush, tropical oasis! The property is absolutely stunning! Everything was clean and we had everything we needed to feel at home. We absolutely LOVE the lanai, perfect place to ..."

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

Beautiful 3 Bed Home in the Wailua Rise Estates in Kapaa,Kauai ($249 for four)
Wailua Hideaway - One Bedroom Stream-Side Apartment
Wailua Hideaway - One Bedroom Stream-Side Apartment
5792 Ahakea St, Kapaa, HI
Located in Wailua Homesteads, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Wailua River State Park, Opaekaa Falls and Opaekaa Falls Overlook. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Lovely little get-away spot
"The apartment was as advertised and in a peaceful and quiet setting. Yes, there are roosters, but of course they’re everywhere on the island. The apartment is very well equipped and very comfortable. I enjoyed sitting out on the back lanai overlooking the jungle and the stream. I would definitely ..."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

Wailua Hideaway - One Bedroom Stream-Side Apartment
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Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$274 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Kauai Shores Hotel
Beautiful 3 Bed Home in the Wailua Rise Estates in Kapaa,Kauai ($249 for four)
Beautiful 3 Bed Home in the Wailua Rise Estates in Kapaa,Kauai ($249 for four)
7155 Aina Pono St, Kapaa, HI
Beautiful 3 Bed Home in the Wailua Rise Estates in Kapaa,Kauai ($249 for four)
Wailua Hideaway - One Bedroom Stream-Side Apartment
Wailua Hideaway - One Bedroom Stream-Side Apartment
5792 Ahakea St, Kapaa, HI
Wailua Hideaway - One Bedroom Stream-Side Apartment
Luxurious Wailua Hideaway Vacation Rental at the base of Sleeping Giant Mountain
Luxurious Wailua Hideaway Vacation Rental at the base of Sleeping Giant Mountain
5792 Ahakea St., Kapaa, Kapaa, HI
Luxurious Wailua Hideaway Vacation Rental at the base of Sleeping Giant Mountain
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, HI
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, HI
3.5 out of 5
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$489 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, HI
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$438 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Aston Islander on the Beach
Aston Islander on the Beach
3 out of 5
440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$335 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Aston Islander on the Beach
Castle Kaha Lani , a Condominium Resort
Castle Kaha Lani , a Condominium Resort
3 out of 5
4460 Nehe Rd, Lihue, HI
Castle Kaha Lani , a Condominium Resort
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
4 out of 5
650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$841 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
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.