Attractions

Kaua'i's East Side Attractions

Kauai's East Side is sometimes referred to as the Coconut Coast for the groves of coconut palms that grow in its resort areas. The most populated district on the island, about 16,000 of the island's 62,000 residents reside in the Wailua/Kapaa area. Amongst the clusters of coconut trees you’ll find historic places, amazing beaches and memorable attractions. In Wailua, you’ll find a variety of sightseeing opportunities and outdoor activities. Kayak the Wailua River in Wailua River State Park, take a boat ride to the Fern Grotto, or take photos at Opaekaa Falls. Don’t forget to try and spot the Sleeping Giant in the Nounou Mountains or take a hike up this scenic ridge. Sacred places like Polihau Heiau, the large lava-rock temple of Kauai’s last king, Kaumualii, can also be found on the East Side. And be sure to visit Kapaa Town to discover fine Hawaiian craft pieces, aloha-print shirts, jewelry and art. But the golden beaches of the Coconut Coast may be the area’s biggest draw. Unwind at Anahola Beach Park, whale watch at Donkey Beach or watch the surfers at Kealia Beach to the north. Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua has two lava rock enclosed ocean pools that are perfect places for families and first-time snorkelers. Fun in the sun awaits you on the Coconut Coast.

HO'OLALAEA WATERFALL

Plenty of parking and all along the highway barrier. It has great views of the falls, which are actually 3 separated flows....you're not all that close but any zoom lens will give you great photos. If you walk up to the bridge you can cross the highway for another nice viewpoint.

KAUAI'S HINDU MONASTERY

Kauai Aadheenam, also known as Kauai's Hindu Monastery, is a traditional South-Indian style monastery-temple complex on the tropical Garden Island of Kauai in the Hawaiian chain in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The head of the monastery, called the Guru Mahasannidhanam, is Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami.

KAYAKING & CANOEING

Tour company offering guided river trips featuring kayaking & hiking to waterfalls.Marvel at plunging waterfalls, caves, hanging valleys and secluded beaches. Snorkel Hanalei. Sea kayak Na Pali one day or Camp.Family-friendly tours are a great way to explore the marvels of Kauai and experience an adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime.

SLEEPING GIANT TRAIL

If you’re looking for a great Kauai hiking trail with fantastic views and a breathtaking lookout point from the mountain peak, we introduce you to the Sleeping Giant.
The Sleeping Giant Trail is one of three Nounou Mountain Trails. As you hike across the hulking guy’s chest, you’ll understand the origin of the trail’s name. The "giant's" profile is most easily seen from nearly anywhere in Kapaa – you’ll likely spot his chin first.

Address: Haleilio Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746, USA

SMITHS TROPICAL PARADISE

Smith's Kauai is a family business established by Walter Smith, Sr. and his wife Emily on the Wailua River and Wailua River Valley. It began with a rowboat and borrowed outboard motor and has expanded to include the Fern Grotto Wailua River Cruise, Smith's Tropical Paradise (a 30-acre botanical and cultural garden), Smith's Weddings In Paradise (a wedding site) and the Smith Family Garden Luau. The offerings take place on a 4th generation estate in Wailua Marina State Park, Kauai. Walter "Freckles" Smith II is the proprietor and it is known for its kalua pork luau prepared in an imu oven