Lihue

Travel Guide
Lihue showing a beach and a coastal town

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

Kauai Inn
Kauai Inn
3 out of 5
2430 Hulemalu Road, Lihue, HI, 96766
The price is CA $338 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly resort in Lihue. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (959 reviews)
"It was close to the airport, but not too far to walk to shops/eateries."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Kauai Inn
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
4331 Kauai Beach Dr, Lihue, HI, 96766
The price is CA $474 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Lihue. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
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, 96746
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The price is CA $489 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Lihue. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (986 reviews)
"Clean, quiet, excellent food"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, HI
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Marriott's Kauai Lagoons
Marriott's Kauai Lagoons
3.5 out of 5
3325 Holokawelu Way, Lihue, HI, 96766
The price is CA $910 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3.5-star golf aparthotel in Lihue. Enjoy free WiFi, a golf course, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (98 reviews)
"Great property. Loved the layout of the villa."

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2022

Marriott's Kauai Lagoons
Castle Kaha Lani , a Condominium Resort
Castle Kaha Lani , a Condominium Resort
3 out of 5
4460 Nehe Rd, Lihue, HI, 96766
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Lihue. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (703 reviews)
"Great location next to beaches and close to walking path by beach."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Castle Kaha Lani , a Condominium Resort
Kauai Beach Villas
Kauai Beach Villas
4 out of 5
4330 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue, HI, 96766
Stay at this 4-star beach villa in Lihue. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a business center. Our guests praise the quiet rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (243 reviews)
"Great to be at a mid point on the island for day trips"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Kauai Beach Villas
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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