On location in Hawaii: film and TV locations in paradise
With nearly every climactic zone on Earth, months of amenable weather and landscapes of rugged beauty, the Hawaiian Islands have long caught Hollywood directors’ eyes...
Places in Kauaʻi
Hanalei Bay & the North Shore
Forget Eden. Arguably the most pristine part of the island, the North Shore’s quilted green slopes and valleys are unbelievably fertile. Somewhere between Hanalei Valley and the ‘end of the road,’ the seemingly untouched landscape makes it easy to imagine what life must have been like for ancient Hawaiians.
Kapaʻa & the Eastside
If you look past the strip malls and highway traffic, the Eastside fascinates. Its geography runs the gamut, from mountaintop forests to pounding surf and a majestic river. In ancient times, the Wailua River was sacred and Hawaiian royalty lived along its fertile banks. Kapaʻa’s historic town center echoes another bygone era of sugar plantations.
Poʻipu & the South Shore
Tourists adore Poʻipu, and it’s no surprise why: sun, surf and sand. The quintessential elements of a beach vacation are guaranteed here, where the weather’s less rainy and the waves are less changeable than on the North Shore. Since the 1970s, condos and resort hotels have mushroomed along this coastline.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Kauaʻi with kids: top family activities on the Garden Isle
Lonely Planet writer Andy Murdock takes his kids to the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi for some outdoor adventures...
Kaua‘i's coast and mountains: a hiker's dream
Crisscrossed by centuries-old footpaths once trod by Hawaiian royalty, Kaua‘i is an unbeatable choice for hikers, especially first-time visitors to Hawaii...
Top 10 experiences on Kaua'i, Hawaii's natural wonderland
Small is beautiful. If you’re skeptical, lo and behold Kaua'i, the diminutive doyenne among the major Hawaiian Islands. Here, no town surpasses 10,000 people. By law no building is taller than a coconut tree...
Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island
Planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands but not sure where to start? Torn between picking a single island or doing some island hopping? A stand-up paddleboarder off the coast of O'ahu...