The Marriott at Kalapaki Bay in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i.

Eating in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i

Kaua‘i’s east side is home to many great restaurants and eateries. This is where you’ll find the majority of the island’s high-end and elegant restaurants, but there’s also a great array of hole-in-the-wall local eateries.

The best way to experience Kaua’i's Na Pali Coast is the 11-mile Kalalau Trail.

Hiking Na Pali Coast, Kaua‘i

What may be the best way to experience Kaua‘i’s Na Pali Coast is the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. There are several beautiful places to stop along the way to rest and refresh yourself, or to break the trail down into smaller—but not less challenging—chunks.

View of Kauai's coast from the Kalalau Trail.

Na Pali Coast State Park, Kaua‘i

Nature’s wonders all join together in the heavenly and harsh Na Pali Coast State Park. Day-use permits are required past a certain point even if you’re not staying overnight, while camping is strictly regulated. Most areas are accessible only by foot or boat, and more than the basics are needed to camp out here.

Where to find a vacation rental or condo in Hanalei.

Vacation Rentals and Condos in Hanalei Under $200

If you’re looking for simple, comfortable accommodations in Hanalei, you’ll do well with either of the options here. Two offer fully-equipped kitchens, all three have great locations, and depending on your need for privacy, you can stay tucked away from Hanalei’s bustle or right in the middle of it.

Rocks jut out of the sand at Hanalei Bay on Kauai's northern shore.

Best Beaches in Hanalei, Kaua‘i

The best beaches in Hanalei are along Hanalei Bay & Waikoko Beach, all excellent for sun, sand, and surf. Hanalei Bay is big, popular, and full of conveniences, while Waikoko is smaller and less-crowded but still located close to Hanalei’s amenities.

Close up of white-petaled naupaka flowers in the Oahu mountains.

Pele Legends in Hawaii

Pele, the goddess of fire, features in many Hawaiian legends, most of which showcase her fiery nature. Here are two, one to explain the curious appearance of certain flowers, and another a cautionary tale about the consequences of stealing her lava rocks.

Eucalyptus trees forming a natural tunnel near Koloa Kauai.

Sightseeing in Koloa, Kaua‘i

Many of the sights on the Hawaiian Islands are a combination of history and beauty, and the same holds true for sightseeing in Koloa, Kaua‘i. Two of Koloa’s main sights to see give visitors a deeper understanding of the town’s heritage, which in turn deepens appreciation of wandering its lovely landscapes.