Kauai East Shore Attractions

Experience top attractions found along Kauai’s beautiful East Shore. The focal points of this region include the idyllic towns of Wailua or Lihue. From here you can launch into a laundry list of attractions and sightseeing opportunities, including those featured below.

Keahua Aboretum

Keahua Arboretum is located a short drive inland from the town of Wailua or Lihue.  Populated by both native plants and outside plants introduced by the University of Hawaii, the Keahua Arboretum is a great place to take a break from the heat on the beach.  There are numerous picnic spots, several swimming holes, and the start of the Kuilau Ridge Trail, which is a moderately easy 1.5-mile hike. 

Kapa'a Town 

Kapa’a Town:  No trip to Kauai would be complete without a visit to Kapa’a.  Not only is it Kauai’s most populous town, it’s one of the most eclectic places on the island.  A vibrant mix of different cultures and times, Kapa’a is home to many different shops and restaurants, ranging from contemporary art galleries to an art café with a Hemingway themed menu.  Enjoy the farmer’s market held every Wednesday at 3 pm, or if you’re lucky enough to be on the island for the first Saturday of the month, check out the Art Walk, held from 5-9pm.  

Kauai Museum 

Kauai Museum is a perfect place to explore the vast history of Kauai.  They are dedicated to working with native and immigrant peoples to both sustain their cultures and educate the public about their cultural heritage.  The historical arhives are fascinating and extensive, but do require reservations a month in advance.  Numerous educational offerings including hula and throw-net making.  Located in Lihue, the museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. 

Wailua Falls 

Wailua Falls is a stunning two-tiered waterfall, that has been used for decades as a symbol of Kauai’s beauty, and was even featured in the opening scene of Fantasy Island!  Under the right conditions, you can see a rainbow, and occasionally a double rainbow in the mist at the base of the falls.  Not only a beautiful sight, the falls are easily accessible, with the parking lot almost overlooking the falls.  

Opaekaa Falls

Opaekaa Falls is a must-see for all tourists when on the east shore of Kauai.  It is 151 foot tall, a 40-foot wide waterfall that is easily accessible via the roadside lookout (hiking to the falls is very strongly recommended against).  The lookout offers picnic tables, public restrooms, and a short walk away, a lookout over the Wailua River Valley and beyond.