Kauai North Shore Attractions

Discover the stunning North Shore of Kauai and base your stay out of Princeville or other nearby vacation rentals. Don’t miss attractions including the Limahuli Gardens, which is home to many endangered species, a stroll around the charming Hanalei Town and a tour of the Kilaeua Lighthouse—to name a few.

Limahuli Gardens

Limahuli Gardens is one of the most biodiverse valleys in the Hawaiian Islands and is home to dozens of endangered plants and birds you cannot find anywhere else on earth.  Less than a 30-minute drive from Princeville, self-guided and guided tours are offered Tuesday-Saturday.   

Hanalei Town

Hanalei Town is a lovely small town to the west of Princeville.  It is home to everything from historic places to contemporary art galleries.  Of particular note is the farmer’s market that takes place every Saturday from 9:30 am to noon and includes more than 50 stalls/vendors. 

Waioli Mission House & Church

Waioli Mission House and Church is a Hanalei landmark that was built in 1836 by the Reverend William Alexander, later becoming the home of early Christian missionaries Abner and Lucy Wilcox.  After their deaths in 1869, the mission home sat abandoned until It was restored in 1921 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Tours are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Kilauea Lighthouse & Wildlife Refuge

Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge was first opened to the public in 1985 to allow the public to experience and learn about the various native seabirds and coastal plants, and the historic Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Light House, which was restored in 2013.  The lighthouse and wildlife refuge is located 2 miles north of Kilauea, about 15 minutes away from Princeville.  Tours of the lighthouse are offered Wednesdays and Saturdays every hour from 10:30am-2: 30 pm, and the refuge is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Garden Island Chocolate

Garden Island Chocolate is for all chocolate lovers!  They offer an unforgettable three-hour guided tour, where you will learn about all the steps in the chocolate-making process and sit down to an extensive chocolate tasting.  Tours are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, beginning at 9:30 am.  Advance reservations are required. 

Ho’opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill 

Ho’opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill is a nonprofit museum located in the taro fields of Hanalei Valley.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the ONLY remaining rice mill in all of Hawaii!  It has been restored three times by the Haraguchi family; in 1930 after a fire, in 1982 after Hurricane Iwa, and in 1992 after Hurricane Iniki (which is also believed to be the cause of all the chickens running around on Kauai).  Guided tours are conducted on Wednesdays at 10am, rain or shine. 

Kalihiwai Falls 

Kalihiwai Falls a beautiful multi-tiered waterfall that you can see for free from the bridge that spans the Kalihiwai River.  The falls are located on private land.  If you want to get up close and personal with the falls - as opposed to viewing them at 50mph as you whiz past on the highway - you'll need to pay for a guided tour.  Tours include a picnic lunch and a CPR and first aid certified guide.  The guided tours are the only way to swim in the falls. (This company also offers zip lining, horseback tours, kayaking, and ATV tours).


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