Wailua 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 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…
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…
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…
Viewpoint in Wailua

ʻOpaekaʻa Falls Lookout

While not a showstopper, these 150ft-high waterfalls make for an easy roadside stop, less than 2 miles up Kuamoʻo Rd. For the best photographs, go in the morning. Don’t be tempted to try trailblazing to the base of …
Archaeological Site in Wailua

Poliʻahu Heiau

Perched high on a hill overlooking the meandering Wailua River, well-preserved Poliʻahu Heiau, a luakini (temple dedicated to war god Ku), is named after the snow goddess Poliʻahu, one of the sisters of the volcano …
Archaeological Site in Wailua

Hikina'akala Heiau

In the sacred Waimea River Valley, the Hikinaʻakala Heiau sits south of the Wailua River mouth, which is today the north end of Lydgate Beach Park. In its heyday, the long, narrow temple (built around AD 1300) was a…
Viewpoint in Wailua

Wailua River Lookout

For views of Kauaʻi's most sacred river.
Cultural Center in Wailua

Kamokila Hawaiian Village

While not a must-see, it's a pleasant diversion, especially for kids. Along the Wailua River, the 4-acre site includes reproductions of traditional Hawaiian structures amid thriving gardens of guava, mango and banan…
Gardens in Wailua

Smith's Tropical Paradise

Other gardens might have fancier landscaping, but you can’t beat Smith’s for value. Take a leisurely stroll along a mile-long loop trail past a serene pond, grassy lawns and island-themed gardens. The setting can se…