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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.
Located in Hanamaulu, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Kitchens Beach, and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Nukolii Beach Park and Wailua Golf Course are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Kapaa, this romantic cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of Wailua River State Park, Kadavul Hindu Temple, and Opaekaa Falls. Opaekaa Falls Overlook and Iraivan Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated by the ocean, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wailua River State Park, Opaekaa Falls, and Opaekaa Falls Overlook. Kadavul Hindu Temple and Iraivan Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Kapaa, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wailua River State Park, Opaekaa Falls, and Opaekaa Falls Overlook. Kadavul Hindu Temple and Iraivan Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Wailua Beach Park and Smith Family Garden Luau are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Offering direct access to the beach, this Lihue hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Wailua Beach Park and Lydgate Beach Park. Lae Nani Beach and Kitchens Beach are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Kapaa, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wailua River State Park, Opaekaa Falls, and Opaekaa Falls Overlook. Lydgate Beach Park and Kadavul Hindu Temple are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
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