Kalaheo is a one-stoplight cluster of eateries and little else. But along the back roads, this neighborly town offers peaceful accommodations away from the tourist crowd, rolling green hills overlooking the scene, and a calm serenity not found on the main tourist trail.
When you pass through town, be sure to stop for a tour of the Kaua'i Coffee Company and Kukuiolono Park (where you can play golf supercheap). The shrines at the Lawa'i International Center are otherworldly.
If you plan to hike at Waimea Canyon and Kokeʻe State Parks, but also want easy access to Poʻipu beaches, Kalaheo’s central location is ideal. Alas, there are no great beaches right here, making this more of a bedroom community for the South Shore.