The Alakoko Fishpond tells the story of Hawaiian history and myths.

Sightseeing in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i

While Lihu‘e certainly has some amazing sights to see, such as a beautifully preserved plantation and truly inspiring museum architecture, the stories behind the sights make them worth the time to fully experience.

Koloa offers shoppers many boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops, and clothing stores.

Shopping in Koloa, Kaua‘i

Shopping in Koloa on the south side of Kaua‘i is contained to several areas where many boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops, and clothing stores are clustered together. Many offer local goods, giving you a chance to support the island and sometimes get a sneak-peek into how things are made.

Take a kayak up the Wailua River in Kaua'i.

Spend a Day Exploring East Side Kaua‘i

To experience the best of the best on the east side, begin early, be ready for a busy day, and since the best beaches are found on other parts of the island, go with activities rather than lounging on the sand. Begin in Kapa‘a, then work your way toward Lihu‘e.

A beautiful beach in Po'ipu, Kaua'i.

Shopping in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i

Shopping in Po‘ipu on Kaua‘i’s south side is weighted towards arts and crafts of all kinds from home decor to furniture to jewelry. Amongst all the galleries and boutiques you’ll find a few clothing stores that meet island apparel needs.

Palm trees on the yellow sand of Po‘ipu beach.

Exploring Kaua‘i’s South Shore

Kaua‘i’s south shore, the island’s main resort destination which includes the Koloa, Kalaheo, and Po‘ipu areas, boasts lush green pastures above warm sunny coastlines, oceanfront accommodations bordered by the birthplace of Hawaiian royalty, and thick tropical inland jungles.

Enjoy a sweet breakfast at the Ohana Cafe in Kalaheo.

Restaurants in Kalaheo, Kaua‘i

Restaurants in Kalaheo have a satisfying range of dining styles, price points, and cuisines, making it fairly easy to find something to fit your tastes and mood. There’s a good selection of American, Italian, and local foods, and don’t worry if you’re traveling with kids—most places are kid-friendly.

A Hawaiian monk seal enjoying Gillian's Beach.

Maha‘ulepu Beaches, Kaua‘i

For a little adventure into the outskirts of Kaua‘i’s south side, take the drive out to the Maha‘ulepu Beaches at the east end of Po‘ipu. Together, these four beaches offer the best of any beach activity you could want, including simply relaxing on the sand.

The Hanapepe Swinging Bridge runs between the historic town and the inland side of the Hanapepe River.

Sightseeing in Hanapepe, Kaua‘i

Sights from Hanapepe to the end of the road share two common themes: history and natural wonders. Easily accessible and camera-worthy, Hanapepe Valley and Lookout and Hanapepe Swinging Bridge are two real standouts.