Attractions

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Wailua

Kauaʻi's Hindu Monastery

Serious pilgrims and curious sightseers are welcome at this Hindu monastery, set on 70 acres and surrounded by verdant forest above the Wailua River. The property was an old inn, until the monks bought it in 1966. N…
Top Choice Beach in Kapaʻa & the Eastside

Kealia Beach Park

Blessed with a wild, near-pristine location, a laid-back vibe and easy access via car or the coastal path, scenic Kealia is the Eastside's best beach. Isolated from residential development, the beach begins at mile …
Top Choice Beach in Koʻolau Road

Moloaʻa Beach

This classically curved bay appeared in the pilot for Gilligan’s Island. There's a shallow protected swimming area good for families at the north end; to the south, the waters are rougher but there's more sand. When…
Top Choice Beach in Anahola

ʻAliomanu Beach

Secluded ʻAliomanu Beach is a spot frequented primarily by locals, who pole- and throw-net fish and gather limu (edible seaweed). It’s a mile-long stretch of beach, with grittier golden sand, a few rocks in the shal…
Top Choice Beach in Wailua

Lydgate Beach Park

A narrow stretch of blond sand strewn with driftwood can entertain restless kids of all ages, all afternoon. There's generally safe swimming to be found in two pools inside a protected breakwater, and beginner snork…
Beach in Kapaʻa & the Eastside

Paliku Beach

Once officially known as a nudists' playground, this scenic beach is rarely swimmable, but the rugged and isolated terrain makes for fun beachcombing and rock collecting along the water's edge where windswept ironwo…
Beach in Koʻolau Road

Larsen's Beach

This long, loamy, golden-sand beach, named after L David Larsen (former manager of the Kilauea Sugar Company), is stunning, raw and all-natural, with a scrubby backdrop offering afternoon shade. However, although th…
Park in Wailua

Wailua River State Park

To ancient Hawaiians, the Wailua River was among the most sacred places across the islands. The river basin, near its mouth, was one of the island’s two royal centers (the other was Waimea) and home to the high chie…
Landmark in Kapaʻa & the Eastside

Hole in the Mountain

Ever since a landslide altered this once-obvious landmark, the puka (hole) in Puʻu Konanae has been a mere sliver. From slightly north of mile marker 15 on Hwy 56, look back at the mountain, down to the right of the…
Archaeological Site in Wailua

Holoholoku Heiau

Thought to be the oldest luakini (temple dedicated to the war god Ku, often a place for human sacrifice) on the island, Holoholoku Heiau is located a quarter-mile up Kuamoʻo Rd on the left in the sacred Waimea River…