Hawaii Guide

Lihue, Kauai Accommodation Kauai

Lihue Kauai Lihue Airport

Lihue is a small town on Kauai's south east corner and is home to the main airport. Visitors to who arrive in Lihue and only a short drive away from the sun drenched beaches at Poipu or the shopping centres and condos on Kauai's busy east coast. There is accommodation near the airport for those who have early flights. There is a wide selection of places to stay, varying from the very exclusive Kauai Marriott Resort to more basic bed and breakfasts and other budget accommodation.

Lihue's beach, Kalapaki, is a great beach for kids it is protected by a jetty and is patrolled by lifeguards making it very safe for swimmers and those wanting to learn water sports such as boogie boarding. During the winter the waves are high enough for surfing. The beach is quite small at fifty yards wide and quarter of a mile long but it is considered to be the best beach on the east coast. There is a fantastic view of the peaks of Haupu Ridge to the south. The entrance to Kalapaki Beach is near the Kauai Marriott Resort. The beach is very well catered for: in addition to the lifeguards the other facilities include parking, showers and toilets. Check out the menu at the nearby JJ's Broiler (1 808 246 4422) for excellent North American food. The restaurant has open air dining with great views of the bay and a varied menu.

Lihue boasts two excellent golf courses, both designed by Jack Nicklaus. The Mokihana Course would appeal to golfers looking for a not so challenging round, while the Kauai Kiele Championship Course is for those who take their game much more seriously. The courses have full facilities including food, showers, a driving range, pro shop, equipment hire and transport to and from the airport.

If golf isn't your thing and you fancy a change from the beach, Lihue has many other attractions to offer. The Grove Farm Homestead Museum is a testament to life during the sugar plantation years. The homestead has been kept as it was since the millionaire sugar planter, George N Wilcox, who passed on in 1933. The Kauai Museum at 4428 Rice Street in Lihue is a great place to find out about the island's history and gain a better understanding of what events shaped its future. The impressive Grecian building used to be the town library. Just outside Lihue down Maalo Road off Highway 56 towards Kapaa, there is the must see attraction of Wailua Falls. Young men used to jump off the top of the falls as a test of their manhood, often dying in the process.