Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Lihuʻe

Kauaʻi Museum

The island’s largest museum is set in two buildings – one of which was built with lava rock in 1960. Come here for a quick grounding in Kauaʻi’s history and ecology, and in Hawaiian history and culture in general, w…
Top Choice Waterfall in Lihuʻe

Wailua Falls

Made famous in the opening credits of Fantasy Island, these falls appear at a distance. When they are in full bloom and misting the surrounding tropical foliage, it’s a fantastic photo op. While officially listed as…
Top Choice Books in Lihuʻe

Edith King Wilcox Gift Shop & Bookstore

The Kauaʻi Museum's gem of a gift shop carries a variety of genuine Hawaiian crafts, such as Niʻihau shell jewelry, koa woodwork and lauhala (a type of traditional Hawaiian leaf weaving) hats, along with collectible…
Top Choice Luau in Lihuʻe

Luau Kalamaku

Skip the same-old commercial luau and catch this dinner theater-in-the-round with a dash of Cirque du Soleil (think lithe dancers, flashy leotards and pyrotechnics) thrown in. The stage play about one family’s epic …
Top Choice Cultural in Lihuʻe

May Day Lei Contest

Established in 1981, the Kauaʻi Museum's annual lei contest in early May brings out legendary floral art, with do-it-yourself workshops, live music and an auction.
Top Choice Music in Lihuʻe

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

This opportunity to see master slack key guitarists is not to be missed. It's usually staged at the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort in mid-November.
Top Choice Bar in Lihuʻe

Duke's Barefoot Bar

For a convivial, Waikiki-style tropical bar with live music every night, hurry and grab a beachside table before the nonstop evening queue. Happy hour runs from 4pm to 6pm daily.
Top Choice Food & Drink in Lihuʻe

Garden Island Range & Food Festival

This annual foodie gathering at Kilohana Plantation in mid-November spotlights local chefs, as well as the farmers and ranchers who provide their Kauaʻi-grown ingredients. Future dates and the location of this festi…
Top Choice Bakery in Lihuʻe

Right Slice

The amazing pie vendor who graces farmers markets across the island has a commercial bakeshop. Order an hour ahead for your savory pot pie baked fresh, or swipe a sweet pie – blueberry piña colada, anyone? – by the …
Top Choice Drinks in Lihuʻe

Koloa Rum Company

Kauaʻi's own rum label is a relatively new brand, which means it doesn't have a fine aged rum yet, but its dark and spiced versions win awards. Learn how to mix a classic mai tai during a free rum tasting, starting …