Top Choice Historic Site in Lihuʻe

Grove Farm

History buffs adore this plantation museum, but kids may grow restless. Grove Farm once ranked among the most productive sugar companies on Kauaʻi. George Wilcox, the Hilo-born son of Protestant missionaries, acquir…
Beach in Lihuʻe

Ninini Beach

Accessible from the Hōkūala Resort, this gorgeous beach is perfect for a picnic (but bad for swimming).
Viewpoint in Lihuʻe

Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond Overlook

This roadside overlook offers an oft-photographed vista of the Huleʻia Valley, where the Huleʻia River winds beneath a ring of verdant peaks. The river is walled off at one bend to form a 39-acre loko wai (freshwate…
Historic Site in Lihuʻe

Kilohana Plantation

If you’re curious about how Kauaʻi’s powerful sugar barons lived, visit this historic plantation estate turned shopping complex, which also hosts a luau show, the Kauai Plantation Railway and the Koloa Rum Company. …
Beach in Lihuʻe

Kalapaki Beach

This sandy beach and sheltered bay is tucked between a marina and the mountains. It's overlooked by the Marriott resort facing Kalapaki Bay and by an enviable collection of houses atop a rocky ridge to the east. Its…
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. A…
Beach in Lihuʻe

Running Waters Beach

You don't want to swim here, but the water is sure pretty and there's some good tide pools nearby. Access is by a very steep trail (with no handrails) from the edge of Hōkūala Resort. Follow signs that say beach acc…
Church in Lihuʻe

Lihuʻe Lutheran Church

Hawaii’s oldest Lutheran church is a quaint clapboard house, with an incongruously slanted floor that resembles a ship’s deck and a balcony akin to a captain’s bridge. The building is actually a faithful 1983 recons…
Lighthouse in Lihuʻe

Ninini Point Lighthouse

This lighthouse was built in 1906. It's been automated, so alas, no light keeper. You can get here by taking the Ninini Point Trail. By car, take the road through the Hōkūala Resort, turning off near the airstrip to…
Wildlife Reserve in Lihuʻe

Huleʻia National Wildlife Refuge

On the north side of the Huleʻia River lies the 240-acre Huleʻia National Wildlife Refuge, a breeding ground for endemic waterfowl. The refuge is closed to the public, except for guided kayaking tours.